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accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare
Cooperation at the ministry’s Office for International Military Cooperation, said that comp
ared with other branches of the military, the PLA Navy plays a relatively larger role in protecting China’s overseas inter
ests and maintaining security in key sea lanes such as the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
“The PLA Navy is at the forefront of proving that the Chinese milita
ry is an open, cooperative and competent force for peace,” he said, adding that the PLA Navy has f
requently participated in humanitarian rescue missions, naval escorts, joint exercises and exchanges in past years.
“Through these non-war military operations, the Chinese Navy has also improved its capability and operability in dis
tant waters,” Zhou said. “Many security issues around the world require global efforts, and as its capability impr
oves, the PLA Navy can play a bigger part and contribute more to global maritime security.”
Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t
wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.
Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the
US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec
urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.
Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit
ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.
“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi
nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco
gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.
“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio
n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.
nts in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Shandong provinces as well as Beijing will eventually be able to sell bonds at count
ers in commercial banks directly to retail investors, and the practice will be expanded nationwide after an additional period of time.
The ministry said individuals do not need to pay taxes on the bonds’ interest income, and this policy is likely to attract more investors.
Selling local government bonds to retail investors should facilitate liquidity
in the secondary market, improve the market-oriented bond pricing mechanism and pu
sh issuers to enhance the quality of information disclosure, said Amanda Du, a Moody’s vice-president and senior analyst.
“Higher coupon rates compared with treasury bonds, and the tax exemption on the interest income, make
local government bonds more attractive for retail investors,” she said. “The fast takeup by retail investors also indicates that the
bonds have won high recognition among individual buyers, supported by the local governments’ high credit ratings.”
domestically rated “AAA”, the safest level. The sale to individual investors is mainly of project-link
ed special-purpose bonds, a type of local government bond vigorously promoted by the government in re
cent years. The cash flows generated from the underlying projects will be used as the primary repayment sources.
In China, there are two types of local government bonds: general bonds and special purpose bonds. According to the country’s 2019 budget repor
t, which was approved by the top legislature earlier this month, the budgeted deficit for local governments is 930 billion yuan, up 100 billi
on yuan compared with 2018, and this fund gap will be supplemented by general bonds.
In the meantime, 2.15 trillion yuan of special purpose bonds will be issued to support la
rge infrastructure projects, such as shantytown renovation projects and railways, said the ministry.
Letting individual buyers invest in local government bonds is a way to narrow the government’s financin
g gap, said Hu Yijian, a tax professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The gap is expected to expand, as policym
akers decided to cut about 2 trillion yuan in taxes and fees this year while at the same time increase spending on investment.
bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea
d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.
This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye
r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.
In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.
hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine
ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.
Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa
ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi
ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.
came to Europe again in his first overseas trip this year, manifesting the great importance China attaches to Europe, Wang said.
In a world of unprecedented transformations, Xi noted that a stable, strategic and reciprocal China-EU relationship is urgently needed.
Wang said during his visit, Xi had in-depth communication with the European leaders to discuss cooperation in internation
al issues and reached important consensus of adhering to multilateralism, and discarding isolationism and unilateral moves.
He also said Xi and the European leaders agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation wit
hin the UN system, give full play to the constructive role of global and regional multilateral mechanisms s
uch as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and Group of 20 and the EU, and
actively contribute to solving international conflicts, combating climate change and promoting sustainable development.
In his keynote speech at the global governance forum, Xi raised “four deficits” in global affairs including governance deficit, tru
st deficit, peace deficit and development deficit. To address these deficits, he proposed a four-pronged approach of fairness and reas
onableness, consultation and understanding, joint efforts and mutual assistance and mutual benefit and win-win results.