More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
outweigh their differences, and expanding their common interests will help narrow those differ
ences. Li spoke at a joint news conference with Tusk and Juncker after the meeting.
The two sides will continue to strengthen synergies between the EU strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, the EU’s Trans-E
uropean Transport Networks and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, the statement said, adding they welco
me further exchanges in 5G networks and technological cooperation between their business communities.
During the meeting, the EU and China also reaffirmed their commitment to multilaterali
sm. The Chinese and EU leaders also worked on coordinating their positions on regional and internationa
l hot spot issues such as the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Venezuela situation.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday that the joint statement reflects the resolve of China and t
he EU to strengthen their unity and coordination at a time that multilateralism is being challenged.
up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno
logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.
“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i
n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit
y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea
s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the
financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.
For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to
50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m
ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.
For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer
s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.
the past five years, China has built or expanded 260,000 primary and secondary schools, added 1.7 million teache
rs and increased the student body by 27.3 million. The Ministry of Education committed more resources last y
ear to poverty-stricken areas to ensure every child is able to attend school by 2020.
Beyond easing dire poverty in rural areas, China has an ongoing pa
rallel policy to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, a crucial aspect of which is set
ting up a basic social security system. This has been done progressively since the 1980s.
China also has had several social insurance programs since the 1990s, covering unemployment, employment injury, mat
ernity, medical care and pension. The country subsequently embarked on a new and successful phase of so
cial security development to provide healthcare benefits to rural and nonworking urban residents.
be a great literary device, but it makes little sense in a dynamic global economy. Since early research on the middle-income trap was published in 2012, the world economy
has grown by about 25 percent－presumably boosting the moving target of a middle-income threshold by a comparable magnitude over t
hat period. Largely for that reason, recent research has couched the trap not in terms of an absolute threshold, but as relative convergence to high-income cou
ntries. From this perspective, danger looms when developing economies’ per capita income approaches 20-30 percent of the level in high-income economies. Giv
en that China will hit about 30 percent of the United States’ per capita GDP (in PPP terms) in 2019, it must be time to worry!
Slowing growth not as alarming as feared
Third, not all growth slowdowns are alike. A country’s GDP is a broad aggregation of a multiplicity of activities across sectors, busin
esses and products. Structural shifts from one sector to another can give the appearance of a growth discontinuity that may be nothing mo
re than the outcome of a deliberate rebalancing strategy. This is very much the case with China today, given its shift from
higher-growth manufacturing and other “secondary” industries to slower-growing services, or “tertiary” industries. To the extent
that this shift is the intended result of China’s strategic rebalancing, a slowdown in growth is far less alarming.
cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.
Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll
owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi
sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.
She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a
nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.
She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co
mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.
She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p
olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.
trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by
introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som
e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.
By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were
to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.
US must not worsen already tense situation
To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue
mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled
the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way
s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.
loping cooperation with their Italian counterparts on telecommunications, particularly in the 5G network, Wang said.
The two countries have witnessed productive economic cooperation in recent years. Bilat
eral trade topped $50 billion last year, while the two-way accumulative investment reached more than $20 billion.
Xi also called for intensifying coordination with Italy in international affairs and within multilateral orga
nizations such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization.
China is ready to deepen communication and cooperation with Italy on major i
ssues such as global governance, climate change and WTO reforms to safeguard their shared in
terests, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote world peace, development and prosperity, Xi said.
Regarding Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said it will open a new chapter for their bilat
eral ties, which have become a good example of interactions between big and small countries.
President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d
isclosures on Tuesday show there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the vast shadow it is casting over his life, business and presidency.
Newly unsealed court documents detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s activity reveal an investigative field
of breathtaking scope and a prosecutorial machine that ratcheted quickly up in mid-2017.
The search warrants targeting Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen offer a glimpse of the covert world of the probe. As
is often the case with Mueller, they give only a tantalizing hint of the wider, yet still hidden, puzzle.
In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week
But such disclosures are almost never good news for Trump.
There is enough to explain from Tuesday’s reveal why the in
vestigation must be weighing on Trump’s spirits, and driving his angry Twitter outbursts.
The vast breadth of the investigation by various jurisdictions also could offer a rich seam for Democratic House chair
en should they eventually subpoena primary evidence uncovered by Mueller and other prosecutors.
and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.