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accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare
nts in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Shandong provinces as well as Beijing will eventually be able to sell bonds at count
ers in commercial banks directly to retail investors, and the practice will be expanded nationwide after an additional period of time.
The ministry said individuals do not need to pay taxes on the bonds’ interest income, and this policy is likely to attract more investors.
Selling local government bonds to retail investors should facilitate liquidity
in the secondary market, improve the market-oriented bond pricing mechanism and pu
sh issuers to enhance the quality of information disclosure, said Amanda Du, a Moody’s vice-president and senior analyst.
“Higher coupon rates compared with treasury bonds, and the tax exemption on the interest income, make
local government bonds more attractive for retail investors,” she said. “The fast takeup by retail investors also indicates that the
bonds have won high recognition among individual buyers, supported by the local governments’ high credit ratings.”
levated China’s ties with Italy, Monaco and France to a new level, and injected new impetus into China-Europe compreh
ensive strategic partnership, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.
When the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi’s Europe tour, hailed b
y the international community, is dedicated to deepening partnership for cooperation, improving global governance, and uphol
ding multilateralism, which shows China’s sense of responsibility as a major country, Wang said.
In six days, the Chinese president attended over 40 events during his visit to five cities including Rome, Palermo, Monaco, Nice a
nd Paris, Wang noted, adding that it is a trip of friendship, cooperation and exploration that has delivered fruitful results.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic
partnership, and next year will witness the 50th anniversary of China-Italy diplomatic relations.
At meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Xi agreed with them to further i
ntensify high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust, and elevate bilateral relations, Wang said.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday for victims who died in a chemical plan
t explosion seven days prior in Xiangshui township, Yancheng city, East China’s Jiangsu province.
More than 200 officials, police officers, firefighters, bereaved families and volunteers attended the serv
ice at 7:30 am. The cars at the site honked their horns and attendees presented flowers to pay tribute to the victims.
To date, the deadly explosion of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co in Yancheng’s Xiangshui county has claimed 78 lives.
According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning period.
subsidies continue gradual phase-out
China will whittle down subsidies on new energy vehicles as the industry develops and cost drops, aiming to boost high-quality development in the NEV sector.
The newest measure will lower subsidy standards for new energy passenger cars, buses and t
rucks, taking factors such as industry growth, cost reduction and subsidy phase-out policies into consideration, the
Ministry of Finance said in a joint statement Tuesday, adding the move was set to bring more competition in the industry.
in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.
But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli
ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.
“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea
red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.
“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.
France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward
being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.
In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France
on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.
“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go
od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.