le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.
Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic environment are also rising and there remai
n downward pressures on the domestic economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs.
Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though
t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thro
ugh deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said.
He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business environm
ent and invigorating the market, which will not only stabilize growth and employment bu
t also encourage companies to invest more in innovation for long-term development.
sustained sense of security, Xi said.Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill
Xi called for reforms in public security work and said big data should be used as a major engine to promote innovation in the sector. More
measures for higher-quality services should be implemented to give the public a substantial sense of fulfillment, he added.
While demanding that high discipline be exercised within the public security forc
es, Xi said there will be zero tolerance for violations of laws and Party discipline.
He also urged Party committees at all levels to suppo
Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tues
day to bolster Taiwan’s defense capability, calling it “boorish interference” in China’s domestic affairs.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment on Wedn
esday after the House voted to pass a nonbinding resolution reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan. It also backed the
so-called Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which supports Taiwan increasing its defense spending.
rt public security staff in exercising power and fulfilling their responsibilities in accordance with the law.
of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.
Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-quality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i
n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.
They supported comprehensive infrastructure connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q
uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.
All parties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle
of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.
The leaders also upheld green and sustainable growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ
mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.
China will support 5,000 people from innovation sector in Belt and Road countries i
n conducting exchanges, training programs and joint researches in the next five years.
Sustainable development under BRI stressed
China will work with other parties to promote a coalition of sustainab
le cities and an international coalition for green development under the Belt and Road Initiative.
China to invite 10,000 representatives of political parties, think tanks, NGOs from B&R countries
A total of 10,000 representatives of political parties, think ta
nks and non-governmental organizations from count
ries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be invited to China for exchanges in the next five years.
China to allow foreign businesses in more sectors with controlling or full stake
China will allow foreign investors to operate businesses in more sec
tors with controlling or full stake. China will roll out a new batch of pilot free trade zones.
way in social and economic development, leaders from China and the CEECs voiced support fo
r moving forward practical cooperation in the development of the China-Eur
ope Land Sea Express Line and making use of European Union (EU)-Chin
a Connectivity Platform to promote development of intermodal freight transportation.
Taking note of the Three Seas Initiative, the participants to the leaders’ meeting expressed their welcome to port cooperat
ion between China and the CEECs, including the opportunities deriving from inland waterways and the interm
odal connections to further enhance the cargo transportation between Asia and Europe.
Leaders from China and the CEECs also expressed their willingness to explo
re the possibilities of establishing a China-CEEC Customs Information Center in Hungary and
their support for the holding of the 5th China-CEEC Transport Ministers’ Meeting in 2020 in Croatia.
fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take the opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China.
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since the event started nine yea
rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
In recent years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry
of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto components, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection.
After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate
ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan
via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human
itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim
ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w
hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.
He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba
ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran
sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp
ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp
ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb
er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”
The government has started formulating matching regulations and rules to support implementation of the Foreign Invest
ment Law, adopted two weeks ago, Li said, adding that supporting regulations will take effect along with the law on Jan 1.
The draft amendment to the patent law has been submitted to China’s top legisl
ators. It sharply increases compensation for infringement to a cost that violators will not be able to afford, he said.
Forced technology transfers are prohibited and violators will receive harsh penalties, Li said. The complaint mecha
nism for foreign-invested companies will be perfected to improve exchanges and coordination between the gover
nment and investors, making it an effective way to protect the legal rights of foreign companies, he said.
China will not resort to massive economic stimulus to boost
growth, but will continue to open up and innovate to energize market players, Li said.
found changes in the international situation and bilateral relations.
He said the importance China attaches to its relations with France has not changed. China has always regar
ded France as a priority partner of cooperation, and the two peoples keep a special friendship, he added.
“This is a valuable asset that we must inherit and carry forward to keep China-France relations at the forefront of the times,” Xi said.
went on to say that the common pursuit for peace, development, fairness and justice has not changed.
He said both China and France uphold the basic norms governing international relations underpinned by the purposes and
principles of the UN Charter while practicing multilateralism and opposing protectionism and unilateralism in international affairs.
Both countries are committed to building an open world economy and working together to meet th
e common challenges facing humanity, Xi said, adding that China and France have cooperated su
ccessfully on many occasions in the field of climate change, playing a positive leading role in the world.
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