As the central government started a new round of subsi

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.

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Growth resilience may surprise on the upside in more

 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

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ao poses with a dog at her brick-and-mortar store in Chen

Zeng Niaoniao, a qipao designer in the post-95s generation, started her business when she was a sophomore in 2015, and now runs stores both online and off.

Last year, the turnover from her online store reached 12 million yuan ($1.78 million)

The 24-year-old designer has a track record on improving qipao, displaying her work at the 2018 Shan

g Fashion Week and attracting Chinese pop idol Yang Chaoyue to wear her design for an advertising photoshoot.

Zeng said her wish was to see people wearing her designs to stroll around town, and sh

e wanted to bring more improveqipao with new designs to young Chinese girls.

May’s offer to quit fails to break Britain’s Brexit stalemate

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce de

al on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.

May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passe

d by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.

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Before the start of the China Cup, Cannavaro said that fans

 and media need to focus on long term development of Chinese soccer instead of what happens at the tournament.

“It’s like building a house-the first job is to build a solid foundation,” he said

“Based on that, we can have success. Compared to Japan and South Korea, their plans started decades ago.

“They are 20 to 25 years ahead of China in terms of their soccer development.”

Another factor was that Cannavaro did not recall China’s best striker, Wu Lei, who is now playing for Espanyol in La Liga.

Other experienced veterans, such as captain Zheng Zhi, were passed over in order to make way for younger players.

Cannavaro said he sought out the opinion of Lippi, who now serves as an adviser, including player selection.

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China, Italy agree to expand legislative exchanges

ROME, March 22 — Visiting President Xi Jinping met with Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti

Casellati here Friday on expanding exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions.

China and Italy have enjoyed a traditional friendship, with the ancient Silk Road closely linking the two peoples, Xi said.

Since they established diplomatic relations nearly 50 years ago, the China-Italy ties have seen healthy and stable devel

opment, and the two countries have become important partners who trust each other and work together, Xi said.

The visit is meant to consolidate the stability and strategic nature of the China-Ita

ly relations in the long term, and comprehensively elevate the level of their mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.

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The situation in Beira, a low-lying port city on the Indian

  Ocean, was described by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cre

scent Societies (IFRC) as “terrible” following an aerial assessment conducted by the agency Monday.

  IFRC spokesman Jamie LeSueur said that up to 90% of the ar

ea had been destroyed. “The scale of devastation is enormous,” said LeSueur.

  On Sunday, a dam burst cutting off the last road to the city, which aid workers are now struggling to reach.

  A former Portuguese colony, Mozambiq

ue gained independence in 1975 and suffered a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992. Today, despite recent eco

nomic growth, about half the population remains below the poverty line.

  Cylone Idai has caused destruction on such a large scale because of that poverty and lack of infrastructure.

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Hu said the two new models are likely to conduct their

first mission in about five years if all goes well. Like other Kuaizhou types, they will be mainly tas

ked with meeting demands in commercial launch service from the burgeoning satellite industry in China.

Meanwhile, designers also hope the Kuaizhou 21 will have the opportu

nity to serve government space programs such as the space station program, he added.

Zhang Di, a vice-president at the academy, previously told China Daily that the Kuaizhou 21 will b

e powerful enough to transport supplies to the country’s future space station or to ferry robotic probes to planets far from Earth.

CASIC began to develop the Kuaizhou series in 2009 as a low-cost, quick-response

product for the commercial space market. The company has launched four: two Kuaizhou 1s and two Kuaizhou 1As.

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To address the increasingly fierce international competitio

in the field of quantum information science, China should initiate the building o

f a national laboratory as soon as possible to maintain its competitiveness, according to a top scientist.

Pan Jianwei, a quantum information specialist from the Universi

ty of Science and Technology of China, made the remark during a news conference at the seco

nd session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee on Sunday.

The European Union, the United States and Britain have all launched strategic planning f

or quantum information science development, said Pan, a member of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.

“International competition is fierce,” Pan said, and he urged rapid

construction of a national lab in China to conduct research and development in the field.

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There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter, not just from racists

  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.”

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According to the report, job choice is the biggest contributo

 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.

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