Much work remains in Sino-US trade negotiations

China and the United States have made new progress in negotiating the text of an econom

ic and trade deal, but much work remains to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

Negotiating teams from the two countries are hashing out the text of the deal, including

an enforcement mechanism, on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, said Gao Feng, ministry spokesman.

The remarks came as the world’s two biggest economies have been i

ntensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.

In the most recent round of trade consultations, the negotiators discussed technolo

gy transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, nontariff measures, the service sector, agriculture, tra

de imbalances and enforcement mechanisms, according to earlier reports.

The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a recent white paper that the US business commu

nity in China, long an advocate of good bilateral relations, can no longer be relied on to be a positive anchor.

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Paris fire sends alarm on relics protectionhedral in Pa

An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa

ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh

ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.

“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi

nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.

“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.

The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.

On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On

Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.

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nd Turkey, disruptions to the auto sector occurre

rred in Germany, and financial tightening in larger adva

nced economies have all contributed to a “significantly wea

kened global expansion”, said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath.

“With this weakness expected to persist into the first half of 2019, o

ur new World Economic Outlook projects a slowdown in g

rowth in 2019 for 70 percent of the world economy,” she wrote in a blog on Tuesday.

With improved prospects for the second half of 2019, global growth in 2

020 is projected to return to the 2018 level of 3.6 percent, according to the IMF report.

“This recovery is precarious and predicated to reboun

d in emerging markets and developing economies, wher

e growth is projected to increase from 4.4 percent in 2019 to 4.8 percent in 2020,” Gopinath said.

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This is an unprecedented move,” said Robert Mann

 president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi

ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce

ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”

James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin

gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m

esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.

“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro

cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”

Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.

“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi

th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”

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The office was established after Kim and South Korean Preside

  nt Moon Jae-in met at the DMZ for an historic summit last year, which was follow

ed by a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

  Pyongyang said it would notify Seoul regarding “further practical matters in the future.”

  In the statement, the Unification Ministry said South Korea regrets the decisi

on, and urged the North to return soon and continue the work being done at the liaison office towards a full peace settlement.

  ”We regard such a withdrawal as very sad and unfortunate (and) we hop

e that the North will return shortly and hope that the liaison contact office will operate nor

mally as soon as possible,” Vice Minister of Unification Chun Hae-sung said at a press conference in Seoul Friday.

  ”We believe that we should take some time to judge (the situation).”

  North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Liason Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent

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The first, he said, resulted from issues like state-sponsore

  hacking and criminal behavior; the second from entities like ad-based revenue models “t

hat commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation”; and the last produced pro

blems such as “the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.”

  The first web page was created by CERN, he European Organization for Nuclear Research.

  He urged governments, companies and citizens to “ensure the other half (of the world) are

not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity.”

  Berners-Lee launched a campaign called “Contract for the Web” at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, last year.

  More than 50 companies and organizations, including Facebook, Google and t

he French government have signed the contract, which will be published in full in May 2019.

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Tang said the company not only exported 64,000 vehicle

in recent years, but also has exported technology.

Such exports are taking place despite some countries setting up trade barriers and resorti

ng to trade protectionism, posing a challenge to traditional trade practices, Tang said.

Wang Dujuan, an NPC deputy and general engineer of China R

ailway Engineering Equipment Group Co, said the company has fully implemented Xi’s ins

tructions on promoting high-quality growth and made breakthroughs in some key technologies.

The company’s tunneling shield products have been exported t

o 18 countries and regions including Denmark, France and Israel, she said.

“We have followed the Belt and Road Initiative closely, and our ‘friends circle’ has become larger and larger,” she added.

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New tech board gets ready for launchpointed chairman of Chin

The preparation work for China’s groundbreaking science and technology innovation board

is in full swing, with more supporting measures in the pipeline and detailed rules to be ann

ounced soon, China’s securities watchdog and the Shanghai bourse said on Wednesday.

“On the whole, related work for the new board has gone rather smoothly. And we will continue to make solid and meticulous pr

eparations to launch this major reform in an effective way,” said Yi Huiman, the newly appointed chairman of

China Securities Regulatory Commission, when convening his first news conference on Wednesday.

President Xi Jinping said in Shanghai in November that China will lau

nch a science and technology innovation board at the Shanghai Stock Exchange, which wi

ll adopt a registration-based system. Draft regulations and rules were released on Jan 30.

Detailed rules of the new board will soon be announced and take effe

ct, after necessary modifications in line with public opinion that was solicited based on

the draft version, said Huang Hongyuan, president of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

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We can no longer act as bystanders. We are honour bound to

  We find it unconscionable that a Party once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no d

eal,” the group said. “No responsible government should knowingly and deliberately inflict the dire consequences of

such a destructive exit on individuals, communities and businesses and put at risk the prospect of ending austerity.”

  The MPs also rejected what they say May has presented as a “false binary choice” be

tween a “bad deal” and a “no deal,” slamming her strategy of “running down the clock” to Brexit.

  May said in a statement on Wednesday that she was “saddened” by the lawmakers’ decision to quit the party, but

was determined to deliver on Brexit, affirming that it was “the right thing for the country.”

  The Independent Group was formed on Monday when seven MPs, including Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger, resi

gned from Labour. An eighth Labour MP, Joan Ryan, joined their ranks on Tuesday evening. The group said v

ariously that they had become ashamed of the Labour party and its shift to the hard-left, denouncing opposition le

ader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and “betrayal” on Brexit.

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In recent years, Japan and North Korea have interact

mainly on the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals, and over Pyongyang conduc

ting nuclear and missiles tests which have Japan within their range. Whenever tensions soared on the Korean P

eninsula, Japan took a hard-line stance toward North Korea and proposed to enhance sanctions.

If Washington-Pyongyang ties improve, Tokyo may rethink its policy toward North Korea, participate in

efforts with other East Asian countries to push for peace on the Peninsula and ease geopolitical strains.

After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo has been marginalized over the Korean Peninsula.

Furthermore, on the abductions issue and North Korea’s nuclear issue, Japan’s right to speak is waning.

If the US’ basic request on North Korea is met, Japan may seek to normalize relations w

ith North Korea. Furthermore, Tokyo may help Pyongyang’s economy later by offering fin

ancial aid and investment. With these moves, Japan may intend to increase its influence on the Peninsula.

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