China and the United States have made new progress in negotiating the text of an econom
ic and trade deal, but much work remains to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Negotiating teams from the two countries are hashing out the text of the deal, including
an enforcement mechanism, on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, said Gao Feng, ministry spokesman.
The remarks came as the world’s two biggest economies have been i
ntensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the most recent round of trade consultations, the negotiators discussed technolo
gy transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, nontariff measures, the service sector, agriculture, tra
de imbalances and enforcement mechanisms, according to earlier reports.
The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a recent white paper that the US business commu
nity in China, long an advocate of good bilateral relations, can no longer be relied on to be a positive anchor.
An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
and bilateral issues despite remaining difficulties in bilateral relations, he said.
The thawing of ties between China and Japan was marked by Li’s visit to the country in
May, the first by a Chinese premier in eight years, and the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China in October.
The economic dialogue between the two countries was launched in 2007,
and deteriorated relations due to disputes over a number of issues resulted in an eight-ye
ar hiatus until last April, when the two sides restarted with the fourth round of dialogue in Tokyo.
China said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is open to economic cooperation with
other countries and regions, and it does not become involved in territorial disputes of relevant parties.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing tha
t although the initiative was proposed by China, it is an international project for the public good.
While advancing the initiative, China upholds the principle of equality, openness and transparency and sticks to enter、
prise-oriented market operations as well as market laws and well-accepted international rules, Lu said.
tting due remuneration, very few employees use the Labor Law to defend their rights, because it is not easy for them to seek legal redress for their grievan
ces. For example, workers spend a lot of time and money to furnish effective proof that they were asked to work a
nd indeed worked overtime. By so doing, they could even lose their job – as employers could sack them for poor performance.
Interesti2365zuchewangcn-/ngly, Liu Qiangdong, founder and CEO of JD.com, used his WeC
hat account to say he now follows a “8116+8” schedule (8 am to 11 pm, six days a week, and 8
hours on Sunday, with only two days off a month), arder when he started his company. Had
he not followed the schedule, JD.com might not have survived the fierce competition from other internet companies.
Although Liu said he would not force his employees to work accordin
g to the “996″ schedule, he would want them to work as hard as he did during the initial years of JD.com.
It is therefore important that standards to calculate workload per da
y should be set and quantified, and supervision over the exploitation of labor made s
head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. So far, 22 European countries have signed memorandums of understanding with Chi
na to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, with Italy and Luxembourg the most recent examples, he said.
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International
Relations, said that Li’s European trip is to further enhance high-level exchanges and political trust between
China and the EU, following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy, Monaco and France last month.
Both sides support the multilateral trading system and face challenges posed by risin
g protectionism and unilateralism to economic globalization and multilateralism, Chen said. On the global geopoliti
cal stage, China is developing at a very fast pace with an enormous economic scale, Chen said.
“As a huge market, China has reiterated its opening-up (policy) to the ou
tside world, including to European countries. Therefore, both sides should strengthen cooper
ation and exchanges in areas such as trade, investment and the Belt and Road Initiative,” she said.
inated and inter-connected, and fair and inclusive approach and forge a growth
model of vitality, a cooperation model of openness and win-win results, and a developm
ent model of balance and common benefits, so that people from across the world could share the benefits of economic globalization, Xi said.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Wang said.
During his visit, Xi, based on China’s just-concluded Two Sessions earlier this month, illu
strated to the European leaders the fine performances of the Chinese economy which had overcome multiple challenges in 2018.
Wang said Xi also introduced the newly-adopted foreign investment law, emphasizi
ng that it is necessary to use legal means to better protect intellectual property rights and attract foreign investment.
Xi pointed out that China will continue to push forward all-round reform and opening-up, promote trade and investment
liberalization and facilitation, so that European friends can better share China’s development opportunities.
in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.
But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli
ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.
“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea
red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.
“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.
France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward
being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.
In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France
on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.
“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go
od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.