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Last September, the IWC’s annual meeting rejected Japan’s latest proposal to resume commercial whaling. The Japanese government had threatened to withdraw from the international organization.
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Japan says it will conduct commercial whaling only in its territorial waters and exclusive ec
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Environmental activists are criticizing the resumption in light of resource conservation and animal protection.
Festive vibes spread across Hong Kong on Sunday with citywide celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.
Speaking at the launch of a three-day gala in Victoria Park that features high-tech and innovations－the largest celebration eve
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It has invested more than HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion) in innovation and technology, Cheung said.
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sic concerts, trendy culture, a food festival and a special area for young people to showcase their creative ideas.
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People of all ages were seen snaking through the venue, event by event and booth by booth, to
try out advanced high-tech products featuring virtual reality, 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence.
Hong Kong resident Tsang Ka-hei, 22, was amazed by a mind-co
ntrolled robot invented by Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.
Tsang, who had a go at controlling the robot, was awed by the advanced product and
said he enjoyed the experience, adding that he had never seen such a device before.
In addition to the high-tech exhibition and food booths, music concerts by inter
national and local pop singers are also being staged in the park every night during the festival.
construction of the Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, SUSTech Institute of Microe
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The park will also dismantle old factories to add 3.5 million sq meters of floor space for industrial development.
Shenzhen’s first united headquarters building will also be located in the Na
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In 2019, the Pingshan park will provide an additional 50,000 sq km of land for industrial development through urban rejuvenation and upgrading old industrial parks.
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It yielded 24.4 billion yuan ($3.87 billion) of GDP and 4.3 billion yuan of tax revenue per square kilometer in 2018, the biggest among
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One of Britain’s leading economists said Chinese consumers will be the driving force of future global economic growth.
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es (meaning inflation), and if the Chinese consumers become the 50 percent of that total, the change from the next year to the next decade is so
mewhere between $11 to $12 trillion, which is equivalent to create another China,” he said.
economy, Council of Foreign Relations staff members James McBride and
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Focusing largely on standards and regulations, both crucial to a firm’s generic value chain, the report found however that when authorities take steps to reduce compliance costs, the competitiveness of SMEs is greatly improved.
It also underlined an important shift which is seeing more and more developing countries setting voluntary sustainability standards (known as VSS, these are set by businesses and NGOs) which govern international trade together with public standards and regulations.
Findings show that while 75 percent of VSS originate in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development, over a third of new voluntary standards are thought up in developing countries, up from eight percent in 1990.
The outlook also outlined that many regions across the world can increase their export potential “by directing regulatory efforts to boost SME competitiveness.”
In the Middle East and North Africa region for example, researchers found there is large untapped export opportunity in the fresh and processed food sec
tor, while metal and basic manufacturing represent 28.4 percent of Eastern Europe and Central Asia’s unexploited export potential.
In China, ITC estimated that telephone sets have an unrealized export potential of more than $100 billion, while other prod
ucts including automatic data processing machines and parts and accessories for printers also have potential.
held a meeting in Tokyo on May 26-27 to work out policy recommendations for the leaders.
an Asian com上海419论女神会所坛munity with a shared future in the past few years, Xi encouraged CICA me
mbers to hold on to their goals, jointly seize opportunities and address challenges, and make concerted efforts in opening up ne
w prospects for Asian security and development under the new circumstances.
Building a prosperous Asia is a shared aspiration of Asian countries, a
nd development is the key to all problems, Xi said, adding that CICA members shoul
d work together to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and ink regional integration doc
uments such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at an early date.
Building an open and inclusive Asia is a common pursuit of Asian countries, said Xi. He urged CICA members to well imple
ment the consensus reached at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations held in May in Beijing, and devel
op a vision of civilizations based on equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusiveness.
tions on Chin上海419论坛女神会所a, but also blocked technology exports to Chinese companies. Therefore we need to be prepared for
the possibility that the US may ban all high-tech product exports to China in the future,” Li said.
“The new move will be a major step to strengthen controls over technological exports. It is necessary for China to set up export control
s and management systems for certain products, especially for those advanced technological produc
ts in which we’ve gained a global edge. China needs to tighten regulations and prevent those exported products fro
m being used to suppress and damage China’s development as well as its national security,” Li added.
Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the academy, said, “Compared with ad
vanced countries, we still lag behind in management of technology concerning national security.”
“I would suggest China takes key measures to safeguard national security in terms of
both imports and exports,” Mei said. “First, we need to ensure that the imported te
roughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed
as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state official and poet who lived during the Warring State
s Period (475-221 BC) before the reunification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after
opposing his king’s decision to ally with the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, h
e committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so t
hey would not eat the body of their poet hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calen
dar is celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
Asia and Pacific Department Deputy Director Kenneth Kang, summarized that “China can play an important role and wou
ld benefit from further opening up and other structural reforms that enhance competition.”
The previously issued policy is sufficient to stabilize growth by 2020, desp
ite the recent US tariff hike, according to the fund’s report. “No additional policy ea
sing is needed, provided there are no further increases in tariffs or a significant slowdown in growth.”
Only if the trade tensions further escalate and threatChina’s Dragon Boat Fes
tival, or Duanwu, is just around the corner. Also called the Double Fifth Festival, the hol
iday, which falls on June 7 this year, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.en economic and
financial stability, additional policy easing, such as fiscal expansion, could be used to stabilize the economy, it said.