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Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiw

wan Affairs Office, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise aimed to protect national sover

eignty and territorial integrity, as well as protect the common interests of people from both sides of the straits.

Taiwan’s administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, used the drill as an opport

unity to “deceive and mislead the residents of Taiwan and to provoke and escalate a cross-Straits confrontation,” Ma said.

“Its goal of undermining cross-Straits relations and the peace and security of the region will not succeed,” Ma said. “Nobo

dy should underestimate our adamant resolve and ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

On Tuesday, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said she will not be intimidated by the military d

rill, calling the exercise “a threat to Taiwan” and an act of “coercion”, the island’s media reported.

Tsai also thanked the United States for considering a deal with Taiwan to renew a $500

million training program in the US for Taiwan F-16 pilots and maintenance crews.

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When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Em

mbassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extraditi

on for questioning. He also sought refuge because of fears he would ultimately be extradited to the US

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange af

ter two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors

have said a rape case could be reactivated before the statute of limitations ends in August 2020.

After Assange’s arrest, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson was tapped to look

into a request from a lawyer for one of the accusers to find out whether the case can be pursued.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported bei

ng raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she w

ould “do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted.

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As a leading company in regional development planning

 Roland Berger has contributed to China’s economic development for more than three

decades and would like to bring those experiences to Xiongan’s development, Jiang said.

“As Xiongan New Area is a national strategy and therefore receives attention and support from the highest levels, its devel

opment must demonstrate very high standards and utilize innovations and deep reforms in various areas,” he said.

Jiang added that Xiongan has attracted the attention of President Xi Jinping from the very beginning of its conception.

On Feb 23, 2017, Xi visited Hebei during the planning process of Xiongan.

“Xiongan New Area will be a legacy for our future generations. Following the principle of global vision, international stand

ards, Chinese characteristics and high goals, we should aim to build a demonstration area that practices new con

cepts for development,” Xi said at the meeting on the planning and development of Xiongan.

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The Belt and Road Initiative is set to promote cooper

globally — not for China only, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun said on Wednesday.

Jin made the remarks in response to questions over whether the BRI only involves C

hinese projects prior to the Boao Forum for Asia, which will officially begin on Thursday.

“It was a misunderstanding,” Jin said, adding any country or investor can do a BRI project

anywhere, so long as it promotes global and regional economic cooperation, peace and development.

“The so called ‘China strategy’ is simply to promote global cooperation,” he added.

Joint efforts essential to fight global warming: China Daily editorial

Record low temperatures in winter and record high temperatures in summer in many parts of the

world year after year and more frequent natural disasters caused by extreme weather events prov

ide strong evidence that global warming is not just an alarmist theory as some claim.

Yet striking a balance between the effective control of human activities that are contr

ibuting to climate change and economic growth is proving a hard nut for countries to crack.

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Explosive device found in Ireland appears similar to thos

  A “viable improvised explosive device” contained in a plastic envelope was found in

a postal collection center in Limerick, western Ireland, the Irish police said in a statement.

  Police were alerted to a suspicious item shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Friday, authorities said in an earlier statem

ent. The army’s bomb disposal team arrived at the An Post’s collection center at 9:50 a.m. local time, where the package was found.

  ”On arrival a cordon was established and the building was evacuated for the duration of the operation. A viable impr

ovised explosive device contained in a plastic envelope was identified and made safe,” the Irish police statement said.

  London’s Metropolitan Police is cooperating with the Irish police on these investigations, both forces

said in separate statements on Friday. group calling itself the IRA previously claimed responsibility for sending five packages cont

aining improvised explosive devices to the UK earlier in March, but British police said they had only recovered four.

  On March 5, three devices were sent to major London transport hubs — Waterloo Stati

on and offices at Heathrow and City Airports — in what police said appeared to be part of a “linked series.”

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Taxpayers whose main business is postal services, telecom

postal services, telecommunications, modern services or consu

mer services will receive 10 percent additional input VAT deduction before the end of 2021.

An increase in the overpaid VAT following this round of tax cuts will be refunded.

“The planned VAT cuts must be delivered as soon as possible,” Li said.

“Their implementation must be closely monitored to ensure that tax burdens are meaningfully reduced

in the major industries and lowered to various extents in some industries. All industries will see their taxes go down, not up.

“In case of an increased tax burden due to inadequate deducti

ons in certain individual industries, the government will work out targeted solutions,” he added.

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He also repeated the untruth that he predicted the result

  when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.

  Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his alternative reality, is unclear. But

his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.

  Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking him to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.

  Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemus

ed look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.

  ”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump s

aid, in a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.

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The collision broke the ship’s mast and left about 250 metr

  tons of snow and ice on its front deck. The rest of the ship was undamaged.

  The difficult ice conditions and active cyclones in the Amundsen Sea have

vexed Chinese explorers for decades. It was not until March that China’s 34th expedition succes

sfully completed the first marine survey of the sea.China has witnessed remarkable growth of tree coverage with th

e implementation of afforestation projects, a senior forestry official said on Tuesday, National Tree Planting Day.

  The forest coverage rate in China has increased by nearly 10 percentage p

oints in the past four decades, with the world’s largest planted forests and an 80 percent ex

pansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  The green coverage rate in rural areas has reached 20 percent, while in urban areas it has hit 37.9 percent.

  According to a report released by the National Afforestation Committee on Tuesday, 7.1 milli

on hectares of trees were planted and 6.7 million hectares of degraded grassland were treated last ye

ar. Per capita greenery coverage in urban areas was 14.1 square meters in 2018, up by 0.6 square meters year-on-year.

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Women’s consumption of healthcare products, wire-free

bras and fish maw recorded year-on-year increases of 81.03, 61.95 and 124 percent, respectively.

Women’s per-customer transaction on Tmall has been increasing for the last two years, with an increase of 8.85 percent in 2018. Wo

men’s spending power in quasi-first-tier cities is also catching up with that of women in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Hangzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen last year joined Shanghai and Beijing as the cities with the h

ighest spend per transaction, while Guangzhou and Shenzhen dropped out of the top five.

Based on their findings Tmall released an independence index of women, which argu

es that women in first-tier and new first-tier cities are becoming more independent.

Among the cities with the highest independence indic

es, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou comprise the top five.

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The Government Work Report presented by Premier Li Keq

iang contains a comprehensive review of the progress made in 2018 and the targets achieved. It al

so mentions the challenges and impediments faced in the process. It is significant that despite h

eadwinds in global economy, Chinese economy registered a growth rate of 6.6 percent. More than 13.6 million new urba

n jobs were generated. Unemployment was around 5%. China contin

ued to make strides in the fields of innovation and high-tech. Concerted eff

orts were also made to deal with the problem of environment pollution while infrastructure development was also on course.

For me the most impressive part is the government’s resolve to tac

kle the issue of poverty and create a knowledge-based economy. Projections for 2019 of 6-6.5% GDP g

rowth, creation of 11 million new jobs, an employment-first policy, supply-side structural reform and three critical batt

les against potential risks, poverty and pollution are reflective of key priority areas. Budgetary spending on educ

ation above 4% of GDP and over 2% on R&D shows that China is moving forward to establish a society which me

ets the needs of the people through scientific applications and modern technologies.

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