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China and the European Union have committed to achieving major progress this year in negotiations for a high-level bilateral in
vestment agreement with a view to concluding the ambitious accord next year, according to a joint statement.
The two sides pledged to widen market access, eliminate discriminatory requireme
nts for foreign investors and establish a balanced investment protection framework, according to a joint statem
ent issued after the China-EU leaders’ meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and Eur
opean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker co-chaired the annual meeting and reach
ed consensus on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, global challenges and governance.
They committed to building an economic relationship based on openness, nondiscrim
ination and fair competition, ensuring a level playing field, transparency and mutual benefit, the statement added.
Two-way trade between the EU and China reached more than $682 billion last year. The E
U is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner.
aspects,” he said, adding that besides a growth rate withi
n a reasonable range, the economy is likely to register accelerated prog
ress toward higher-quality development this year amid a new round of reform and opening-up.
“Structural opportunities (in the capital market) may con
tinuously emerge from the development of the new economy and mass co
nsumption upgrades, fueling the long-term inflow of international capital,” he said.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde sai
in a recent interview with China Central Television that China’s economic d
evelopment now allows for “a focus on quality growth”, rather than necessarily quantity growth.
“And China’s development is clearly at the stage whe
re it can afford and should afford to do that,” Lagarde said.
Over the past year, amid the escalation of US-China trade tensions, credit tighten
ing took place in China, macroeconomic stress was seen in Argentina a
but also people who are very pro-Meghan, about recessive genes, about whether the baby will have an afro, whether the baby will have its mother’s nose,” she said.
”There’s all these coded conversations happening about what the baby will look like, and it sounds really horr
ible to think, but a lot of people offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks, the worse its treatment will be.”
Hermansson said the anti-Meghan trolls have also seized on themes like so-called “cultural decline.”
”Meghan Markle fits into this bigger idea of the West and the UK in d
ecline,” he said. “She does that by not fitting in, by being who she is, which is mixed race. Pe
ople tie these things so much to what they think it means to be British, which is white. So, it has a racial element to it.”
”But there’s also this idea of cultural decline — [that] what we were before, a strong palace, a monarchy, an empire … is falli
ng apart, and that of course is brought on by these other far-right conspiratorial ideas, like what mass imm
igration is doing with our society, the replacement of British people of British culture.”
the gender pay gap. Men generally are more inclined to take jobs with high work intensity and high sala
ries, such as technician or salesman, for example. Women, on the other hand, prefer jobs with average work intensity and
moderate salaries, such as administrative, operational and marketing positions. In the past two ye
ars, more and more women have taken up senior technical, senior management and other senior posts. How
ever, in most well-paid positions, the ratio of men to women is still seriously unbalanced.
In terms of industries, the engineering and manufacturing industries, including mining, smelting and chemistry, have a bigg
er gender pay gap. In the science and tech industries, such as the internet, medical care and electronic co
mmunications, large differences in earnings between women and men also exist, the report said.