China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday urged the United States to correct its use of tariffs, and vo
wed to take necessary countermeasures if the US’ new tariff plan targeting $300 billion in Chinese imports takes effect.
The US government’s bullying behavior and maximum pressure regime on China violate mu
ltilateral trade rules, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a regular news conference.
The office of the United States Trade Representative proposed to take further action by imposing 25 percent of addition
al tariffs on Chinese imports with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The USTR is seek
ing comment and will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed modification on June 17.
Gao said the impact of US tariffs imposed on Chinese products starting last year was “completely controllable.”
Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt
and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientific and technological coop
eration in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.
The collaboration aims to make areas along the initiative safer, more sustainable a
nd disaster-proof, according to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-r
oad Disaster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.
Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reduct
ion Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sic
huan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.
Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport
President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir
Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.
The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.
Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma
de an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.
On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co
ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.
Also on Monday, Premier Li Keqiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.
China and Switzerland should make joint building of the Belt and Road into a new highlight of bilateral cooperation and firm
ly safeguard economic globalization and trade liberalization, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.
Xi spoke during a meeting with Swiss Confederation President U
eli Maurer, who is to conclude his eight-day state visit to China on Tuesday.
Noting that China’s establishment of a bilateral innovative strategic pa
rtnership in 2016 with Switzerland was the first ever created with another country, Xi said
that China is ready to work with the European country to further strategic cooperation.
Xi also underscored the importance of following a pioneering spirit, recalling that Swiss busines
ses began to explore the Chinese market soon after the country’s reform and opening-up began.
“The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 has touc
hed the hearts of the Azerbaijani people, as the restoration of the ancient Silk Road i
s for the benefit of the entire world, and the development and prosperity of all countries,” Hajiyev said.
“The Belt and Road Initiative is not imposing anything on anyon
e, it just provides a framework for mutually beneficial cooperation,” he added. The fundam
ental features of the Belt and Road Initiative are that every country knows how to de
velop in their own way. As China and Azerbaijan have a strong traditional friendship, Hajiyev believes the init
iative will provide immense opportunities to bring China and Azerbaijan closer.
According to Hajiyev, Azerbaijan fully supports the initiative, and
is building new bridges of cooperation and frien
dship. “We are looking forward to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Co
operation at the end of this month, and Azerbaijan will actively participate in this high-level event,” he said.
President Xi Jinping called upon civil affairs authorities to focus their efforts on meeting the requirements of poverty red
uction, special groups and matters of public concern in an instruction released on Tuesday.
The remark by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of Central Mil
itary Commission, came as the 14th National Conference on Civil Affairs began in Beijing on Tuesday.
Xi said work related to civil affairs is related to the public’s well-being and the hearts a
nd minds of the people, and it is also fundamental work that extends a helping hand to those most in need.
Party committees and governments at various levels should stay committed to a people-cent
ered approach and improve their capacities in civil affairs services at the primary level, he said.
He also urged civil affairs authorities to enhance their Party building, stay comm
itted to advancing reform and innovations, better assume their responsibilities in ensur
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged civil affairs authorities to focus on poverty alleviation, special groups and issues of public concern to better fulfill their duties.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commis
sion, made the statement in an instruction read at a national civil affairs conference held in Beijing Tuesday.
Editor’s Note: While Boeing struggles with the crisis following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft in
less than half a year, European aerospace heavyweight Airbus inked a record deal during President Xi Jinpin
g’s recent visit to France to sell 300 aircraft to China. Will Boeing‘s struggles prove to be a boon for Chinese airplane manu
facturers, as some media outlets claim? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:
A very long way to go for China
Ning Zhenbo, lead consultant for the Center of Information Technology, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.
Boeing’s loss does not mean Chinese aircraft manufacturers’ gain, simply because China la
gs far behind the West in the aerospace industry. The fierce competition between Boeing and Airbus, the t
wo aerospace heavyweights, will not have any impact, positive or negative, on China because it is not a player in the field.
China should be good partners with inclusive interests and pursue common development. Xi called on the two count
ries to boost mutual political trust, enhance communication of policies and support each other’s major concerns and core interests.
China appreciates Italy’s contributions to promoting relations between China and Europe, Xi said, adding that China would like to enhance cooperation with Italy under
multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations and the G20, to support multilateralism and free trade.
Saying that the world is facing unprecedented challenges, Xi added that China w
ould like to make joint efforts with the international community to build a more beautiful world.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partners
hip, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
China and Italy have respected, trusted and helped each other for nearly half a century, and t
he two countries have strengthened high-level exchanges and boosted strategic mutual trust, Xi said.
China will expand opening-up in education, enhance mutual learning with different countri
es and jointly push forward the development of education, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remark during a meeting with Ha
rvard University President Lawrence Bacow at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Xi said China advocates mutual learning, encourages its students to
study overseas and supports exchanges and cooperation in education with other countries.
He said he hopes more positive outcomes can be achieved from people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States.
Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education are impor
tant for China-US relations because they help enhance public support for those relations, he said.
Several gunmen opened fire at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday afternoon, leaving 50 people dead.