Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday ahead of his European tour, with visits to Italy, Monaco and France.
Though far apart from each other, China and ancient Rome were linked by the old Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, Xi said in the ar
ticle, mentioning the cultural exchanges between the two countries in the distant past.
He said Beijing is willing to deepen cooperation with Rome in such areas as land and marine transportation, avia
tion, aerospace and cultural exchanges to build the Belt and Road in the new era.
“I’m willing to avail myself of this visit to work with Italian lea
ders on the blueprint of Sino-Italian relations and lead the ties into the new era,” Xi said.
He called on the two sides to tap more potential for partnership
in port logistics, shipping, energy, telecommunications and medicine, and encourage enterprises fr
om both countries to develop third-party cooperation to seek mutual benefit and win-win results.
Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said a slew of measures will be taken this year to boost China’s social consumption, such as improving urban consumption, to promote
consumption upgrades, expand rural consumption, and develop service consumption while optimizing service supply.
The country will upgrade a number of pedestrian streets, optimize the layout of convenience stores, and encourage brand development and franchising.
The country will promote “selling agricultural products to the cities, while selling industr
ial products to the countryside”.hina’s investment environment is expected to become more stab
le, open and transparent, as the draft foreign investment law stipulates foreign enterprises will receive pre-established nati
onal treatment plus a negative list management system, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday.
The foreign investment law is expected to help establish an environment where foreign co
mpanies can compete fairly in China, and better protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors, Wang
Shouwen, vice-minister of commerce, said at a news conference during the two sessions.
Wang also cited that the law will protect the intellectual property rights of foreign investors an
d encourage technology cooperation based on voluntary principles and commercial rules.
who has called Beijing home for 15 years, several of Premier Li’s points affect my family, so it should come as no surprise I paid special attention to these.
First is the environment. While politicians in the US are making the Green New Deal a zero-sum political football, China has
made great strides in improving its environment. While President Trump, is in the process of gutting established domestic envir
onmental regulations, China has become the global leader in promoting a sustainable environment for future gener
ations. While Trump began the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, whose passage was assu
red by the joint leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama, China is stre
ngthening efforts to prevent and control pollution and boost environmental protection.
Fighting pollution is expensive so it’s heartening to hear from the GWR that China has budgeted 25 billion yuan ($3.73 bil
lion) to prevent and control air pollution, a 25 percent year-on-year increase. Likewise, China will reduce its sul
fur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 3 percent this year, in an effort to consolidate and increase prev
ious gains in its efforts to keep skies blue. It also will continue its quest to further decrease PM 2.5 density par
ticulate pollution in a number of key areas, such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin Hebei region.
said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.
”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi
talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so
me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”
”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in Vietn
am physically that triggers something different than what we’ve shown them before is kind of non
sense.”There’s something for both Washington and Pyongyang to like when studying the US-Vietnam relationship.
For North Korea, it’s an example of a single-party communist country that reformed its economy without democr
atizing. For the United States, it’s an example of how to redefine a relationship and make a buck at the same time.
In 1995 — the year Hanoi and Washington normalized relations — US exports to and imports from Vietnam were
worth just $252 million and $199 million respectively. However in the first 11 months of 2018, the US exported more th
an $8 billion worth of goods to Vietnam and imported goods worth $45 billion, according to US Census figures.