Despite China’s reiteration about it being committed to pea

ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav

e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.

Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise

to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be

ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou

ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.

According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st

andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa

nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.

Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could

still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.

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Chen was single when he bought his apartment, but since ma

arrying and starting a family, the 38-year-old has moved twice within the community.

To avoid the morning rush hour, Chen has to get up before 6 am every day and catch the subway to Xicheng district, in the west of the c

ity, before 7 am. His wife, Zhu Zhu, who also works in Xicheng but drives to her job, has to get up at 5 am to avoid traffic congestion.

The 35-year-old said that when she was pregnant and underwent prenatal examinations, the drive to the hospital usually took an hour.

“However, if I encountered a traffic jam, I had to endure a three-hour round trip,” she said.

Regular access to medical services is still a problem. Though the community has six high-quality hospitals and 30 health clinics, Zhu

said she doesn’t trust the quality of service, so if her son falls ill she takes him to the downtown for treatment.

Before buying his apartment, Chen didn’t realize that Changping lacked high-quality schools.

He is now considering renting an apartment in the downtown when his son, now 3, is old enough to attend primary school.

Du has other considerations. Last year, the situation in Tiantongyuan became so bad that he decided to look for a new hom

e in a different neighborhood. He is still looking. “I am still searching for an affordable apartment,” said the financial sector management trainee.

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The fourth opportunity is the Belt and Road Initiative, Liu

said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re

gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w

as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.

More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l

inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.

Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be

tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.

“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n

ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w

ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”

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My China Album’ to celebrate 40 years of China-US memories

‘My China Album’ to celebrate 40 years of China-US memories
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-02-07 12:57


Share Your Unforgettable Memories and Join Us in Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of China-US Diplomatic Relations

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and China Daily Launch “My China Album” Photo Competition

Guests pose for photos at the My China Album sign at the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Wednesday. [Photo by Z

hao Huanxin/China Daily]
WASHINGTON — My China Album, a story-sharing event focusing on the frie

ndship between people from China and the United States, was launched on Wednesday at a reception hosted by the Ch

inese embassy celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations.

The event, co-organized by China Daily, China’s largest English-language ne

wspaper, which has a global audience, encourages Americans to submit photos an

d stories highlighting their most memorable experiences in China, especially their encounters with Chinese peo

ple. The top winner will receive two economy-class, round-trip airline tickets from New York to Beijing.

The exchange of visits between Chinese and American table tennis teams in 1971 and 1972 opened a new chapter in China-US friendly relations and contacts.

On Jan 1, 1979, the two countries officially established diplomatic relations. Since then, people-to-people excha

nges have helped cement a foundation and have played a key role in promoting understanding and mutual trust between the two countries.

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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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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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Americans to spend $14.8 bln on Super Bowlllars as they watch

Americans are expected to spend 14.8 billion US dollars as they watch the New England Pa

triots take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday, a survey showed.

According to the latest annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and

Prosper Insights & Analytics, about 182.5 million American adults plan to watch this year’s National Footb

all League (NFL) championship game, and each of them is expected to spend 81.3 dollars on average.

The biggest spenders will be those who are between 35 and 44 years old, as they are willing to spend an average of 123.26 dollars, the survey showed.

Viewers in the northeastern part of the country plan to spend the most, at an avera

ge 94.89 dollars, followed by the western part at 84.01 dollars, said the survey.

According to the survey, about 61 million people who plan to watch the game will attend a par

ty, 44 million people will throw a party while 13 million people will watch it in a bar or restaurant.

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n suspect of Jolo blasts surrenders to Philippin

A main suspect in the deadly twin blasts hitting the southern Philippines late last month has surre

ndered to authorities, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the suspect, identified as Kamah Pae, and four others “performed individual role

s” in the church bombings that killed 22 and injured more than 100 others on Jan. 27 in Jolo in southern Sulu province.

Albayalde said Kamah, a student, turned himself in along with four others over the weekend in Jolo.

Multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges will be filed before the provincial prosecutor of Sulu on Monday, Albayalde added.

“The five surrendered due to the massive hot pursuit operations by troops from the Patikul Municip

al Police Station,” Albayalde told a news conference in Manila, adding that the five “performed individual roles in that incident.”

Albayalde said the five suspects belong to a group of Abu Sayyaf militants led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, which is believed to be responsible for the blasts.

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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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Important progress has been achieved in the current

e two sides had candid, specific and constructive discussions,” the Chinese delegation said in Washington on Thursday.

Vice-Premier Liu He met with US President Donald Trump, who confirmed that a US trade delegation will visit China in m

id-February for further consultations, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

During the talks, the two sides also determined the timetable and road map for next-step

consultations. They attached great importance to the issue of IPR protection and t

echnology transfers, and have agreed to further enhance cooperation in this regard.

The US delegation is to be led by US Trade Rep

resentative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, it added.

The two-day talks that started on Wednesday morning in Washington were led by Liu

and Lighthizer, with the participation of dozens of senior officials from both governments.

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