Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well

Stock markets in China edged up on Tuesday as market sentiment was partly boosted by the news about the upcoming Bay Area blueprint.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68 percent to close at 2,671.89

points, while the Shenzhen Component Index closed 1.15 percent higher at 8,010.07 points.

Gains were seen across Greater Bay Area-related sectors.

Kaisa Group, which owns lots of land in the bay area, surged 3.5 percent, while Shen

zhen International Holdings and Shenzhen Invest both notched healthy increases.

5G-related stocks were also up as China Tower closed 2.4 percent higher while Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable climbed 3.5 percent.

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Air NZ flight to Shanghai turns back due to lack of lan

An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni

ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.

The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au

kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a

bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.

In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg

ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”

The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit

h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.

According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to

submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch

eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.

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China and UK celebrate icebreakers, laud even closer ties

China and the United Kingdom should break the ice of protectionism and build an open an

d inclusive world economy, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said in London on Thursday.

“China will continue to embrace the world with open arms and stands ready to work with oth

er countries. We hope the rest of the world would respond in the same spirit,” he said. “In a time when op

enness and inclusiveness are irreversible, protectionism has no future because it is against the trend of history.”

The remarks were made before 400 business, political, and cultural leaders at

tending a Chinese New Year celebration in London that was hoste

d by The 48 Group Club and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Britain.

The year 2018 marked the 65th anniversary of an “ice-breaking trip” to Chi

na in 1953 that was made by a group of farsighted people from the British business community.

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Police in Russia have art theftd uncovered in Moscow t

Moscow in January 28 (xinhua) 28 (reporter liu Yang) Russian police annou

nced that it had uncovered in Moscow the day before the national season, denis polyakov gallery of art th

eft, and capture, a 31-year-old male suspect stolen paintings were retrieved intact.

According to local media reports, a famous stolen pain

ting is a famous Russian painter al heap, because of the Cri

mean Mr Petri peak.27, a man from Moscow state column season denis polyakov gallery to remove the m

asterpieces in public, and then quietly left the scene.Gallery announced that the painting was stolen and later the police.

Interior ministry spokesman said irina volk 28, a

suspect in the interior and the federal security service (FSB) were arrested in the raids.The police, ac

cording to his account from Moscow on the outskirts of a construction site to find the stolen paintings of intact.

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Macao sets election date for members of chief executive e

he election of members of an election committee of the chief executive of China’s Macao Spec

ial Administrative Region (SAR) is scheduled for June 16, the government of the Macao SAR said on Monday.

According to the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, the chief executive, with a five-year te

nure for each term, shall be elected by a broadly representative election com

mittee in accordance with the law and appointed by the central government.

The election committee consists of 400 members from four sectors, including the industrial, commercial and financial sect

or; the cultural, educational, professional and sports sector; and the labor, social services and religion sector.

The committee also includes members of the Legislative Assembly of Macao, Macao dep

uties to the National People’s Congress and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Poli

tical Consultative Conference, and members of local departments and organizations.

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The preferential treatment will target those registered as needy

alf a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.

The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.

Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also en

joy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 30 percent at most according to local conditions.

The tax deduction mainly covers value-added tax, urban maintenance and constru

ction tax, educational surcharge and individual income tax and will be effective from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021.

A separate statement, which was jointly issued Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, the State Taxation Administration and the Ministry of Vete

rans, said that self-employed veterans can also enjoy all the preferential treatments.

Companies who have hired veterans can also enjoy tax deduction to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three ye

ars. Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 50 percent at most according to local conditions.

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Overseas Chinese feel confident in China’s future

Overseas Chinese were attentive to the speech of Chinese President Xi Jinping at

the festival reception held in Beijing on Sunday, sp

eaking highly of China’s achievements in the past year and expecting a brighter future.

“In the past year … we have made efforts and achieved a lot,” Xi said at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing ahead of the Spring Festival.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee an

d chairman of the Central Military Commission, extended greetings to Chinese nationals of all ethnic groups, compatr

iots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and overseas Chinese on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.

Ren Limin, president of the Association of Chinese Residents in France, said he is proud of China’s fast development under the leadership of the CPC.

China has achieved a tremendous transformation in the past several decades, growing rich and becoming stronger, Ren said.

“In France, the overseas Chinese are paying close attention to the development of our motherland. We wish our motherland a better future,” he said.

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refugee commission evacuates over 4,000 refugee

The United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday said it evacuated

more than 4,000 refugees from Libya from 2018 to the end of January 2019.

The commission said it resettled or evacuated 4,080 refugees from Libya and provide

d 34,505 medical consultations during last year up until the end of last month.

It also said that 6,219 families have received cash assistance, and 1,311 shelter kits have been distributed to internally displaced Libyans.

UNHCR confirmed that 56,643 refugees and asylum seekers have been registered in Libya so far.

Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal immigrants hoping to cr

oss the Mediterranean Sea into Europe because of insecurity and chaos in the No

rth African country following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of illegal immigrants rescued at sea or arrested by the Libyan security services.

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ump unwilling to commit to making Mueller report

In an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday, US President Donald Trump refused to commit to making special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report public.

During the interview, Trump said the decision would be made by his attorney general.

“Totally up to the attorney general,” Trump said. “I don’t know. It depends.”

“I have no idea what it’s going to say,” the president said of the Mueller report. “There was

no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing. (It) doesn’t implicate me in any way, but I think it’s a disgrace.”

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said last week that the Russia investigatio

n led by Mueller is “close to being completed,” although there has been no confirmation of this from the special counsel’s office.

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, until Feb. 7.

During his confirmation hearing last month, Barr said that Mueller’s findings in the Russ

ia investigation will be confidential but that he supports their release to the public.

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Local railway operation companies have also experienced the local

growth of CR Express.Some 1,305 CR Express services have been carried out by Chengdu

Railway Corp, gradually forming an international logistic gateway in southwestern regions. A “s

ingle window” service serving CR Express was established in May. Customers can handle al

l paperwork related to the freight train service, such as customs clearance, at one window.

In China’s northern Erlianhaote border, the railway department built a fast pass lane. The time a CR Express train must stop

in Erlianhaote has been reduced by five hours to build the China-Mongolia-Russia economic gateway.

 Road Initiative,” Li Wenxin, deputy general manager of China Railway Corp, said at the launch ceremony.

Measures to be taken include establishing transfer hubs to assemble co

ntainer cars for a train trip as needed, launching an international inf

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