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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.
The ongoing China-led international collaboration project Tianq
in, a space-based gravitational wave detection syste
m scheduled to be completed by 2035, is expected to significantly improve unders
tanding of major cosmic phenomena, including black holes, scientists said.
Tianqin uses the Chinese words tian, meaning sk
y or heavens, and qin, meaning stringed musical instrument.
It will consist of three satellites forming an equilater
al triangle around Earth at an orbit of 100,000 kilometers.
Tianqin will work to detect gravitational waves, whic
h scientists theorize are ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by violen
t cosmic events, such as colliding black holes, supernovas and even the birth of the universe.
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.
Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost
cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con
gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c
hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov
erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr
eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
loping cooperation with their Italian counterparts on telecommunications, particularly in the 5G network, Wang said.
The two countries have witnessed productive economic cooperation in recent years. Bilat
eral trade topped $50 billion last year, while the two-way accumulative investment reached more than $20 billion.
Xi also called for intensifying coordination with Italy in international affairs and within multilateral orga
nizations such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization.
China is ready to deepen communication and cooperation with Italy on major i
ssues such as global governance, climate change and WTO reforms to safeguard their shared in
terests, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote world peace, development and prosperity, Xi said.
Regarding Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said it will open a new chapter for their bilat
eral ties, which have become a good example of interactions between big and small countries.
February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.
Zimbabwe and Malawi
After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.
In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.
On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98
people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot
her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.
Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred
s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.