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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.”
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.”
headed by No 18 Wang Qiang, who this week reached the Miami Open quarterfinals to
become the first Chinese to go that far at the premier mandatory event since Li’s run to the final in 2014.
Li is delighted to see her compatriots mixing it with the world’s best, but said she expects more.
“It’s good to have a group of girls in the top 50, but the resources they enjoy today make me believe they could do better,” she said.
With more advanced coaching and training methods, WTA
CEO Steve Simon reckons China will unearth the next Li sooner rather than later.
“The chances of finding the next Li Na are very bright; it’s just a matter of time,” he said earlier this month in Shenzhen.
The return of The Road to Wimbledon, a tailor-made tournament for under-14 players, f
or its fourth year in China is part of the latest effort to deepen the domestic talent pool.
It began on Monday with a weeklong trial camp overseen by Dan Blox
ham, head coach of the All England Club. The best performers will be picked to compete at a nat
ional tournament in Nanjing in May, which will decide China’s representatives at the global final at Wimbledon from Aug 11-17.
gmatism over its decision of endorsing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying Xi and Mattarella agreed
that China and Italy, which are at the two ends of the ancient Silk Road, are natural partners in constructing the Belt and Road.
Conte, according to Wang, said the BRI will bring great opportunities to Italy. He also agre
ed to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing next month.
France is one of the earliest European countries that have expressed the willingness to take pa
rt in the BRI cooperation. During Xi’s visit to France, the two countries signed agreements on the third round of the BRI-related dem
onstration projects in third-party markets and kicked off a third-party market fund, Wang said.
At the closing session of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France, Macron
said the BRI is significant and can play an important role in world peace, stability and development, adding that the EU could align
its development strategy with the BRI in an innovative way and jointly promote Eurasian connectivity.
back the motion. Richard Harrington, who resigned as a junior business minister, accused the government of “playing roulette with the lives and liveli
hoods of the vast majority of people in this country” by failing to resolve Britain’s Brexit impasse.
The government said it was disappointed by the vote, claiming it “upends the balance
between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future.”
But it also conceded that the new votes might be a way to break the months-long Brexit gridlock. May said she would “engage
constructively” with the results of the process, though sahe said she was skeptical that it would produce a decisive result.
The move raises the chances that Britain will tack toward a softer Brexit, and is likely to be welcomed by th
e EU. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, tweet that it was an “opportunity to build a cross-party coope
ration leading to an enhanced political declaration & a closer future relationship!”Earlier in the day, May ack
nowledged, “with great regret,” that her deal still lacked “sufficient support” to be approved as of Monday.