The US side has conducted a series of negative rheto

ric and actions regarding the Taiwan question, violated the one-

China principle and the three China-US joint communiques,” he said.

“This has undermined China’s sovereignty and security, sent a seriously wrong message to Taiwan secessionists, and

disrupted regional peace and stability,” Shao said, adding that China must, and will be, reunified.

“If anyone tries to separate Taiwan from the mainland, the Chinese

military will adamantly protect its territorial integrity at all costs,” he said.

As for the South China Sea, Shanahan accused China of undermining fr

eedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and militarizing the local islands.

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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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“It looks like it’s going to be a big win for the Brexit

Party,” Farage told reporters in Southampton in southern E

ngland where vote tallies from across the southeast region were being collated.

“The intelligence I get is that the Brexit party is doing pretty well,” sa

id Farage, who headed one of the two Brexit campaigns in the 2016 referendum.

While May was forced to delay Brexit after agreeing a deal that the British parliament and much of her party reject

ed, the Labour Party has voiced both support for another referendum and a promise to honour the result of the 2016 vote.

The impact of such a severe election drubbing for the major parties is

unclear though potential successors to May are calling for a more decisive Brexit, while L

abour leader Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to openly support another referendum.

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With its key role in the national economy, the integrated dev

velopment of the region could play a vital part in leading regional growth, the statement said.

It noted that the elevation of the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta t

o the status of a national strategy is a major decision adopted by the CPC Central Committee.

Authorities in the four provincial areas must enhance their awareness

of integrated development and boost their interaction and cooperation, it added.

The meeting also decided to start a thematic education campaign of Party member

s on the subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping their mission firmly in mind.

It called for struggles against all problems that affect the Party’s purity and ad

vanced nature, and for efforts to make the Party even stronger, the statement said.

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Democrats have said they may issue a subpoena to

try to force Barr to testify before their committee.

“The failure of Attorney General Barr to come to the hearing today is sim

ply another step in the administration’s growing attack on American democracy an

d its attack on the right of Congress” as a co-equal branch of government, Nadler said.

Barr spent four hours before a Republican-led Senate committee on Wednesday defen

ding his handling of Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the election to boost Trump’s ca

ndidacy and whether the president subsequently tried to obstruct Mueller’s probe.

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, s

aid Barr did not appear before that panel because Nadler had insisted on an aggr

essive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee’s

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hina to issue millions of electronic social security cards

hina has planned to issue at least 100 million electronic social security cards in cities acros

s the country this year, according to a recent notice from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

The notice also shows that China would like to fulfill the full use of the electronic social security cards within three years, form

ing a comprehensive application mode for social security cards for both online and offline purposes.

According to the recent notice, all cities should open mobile payment services for the e-cards.

So far, China has 1.25 billion social security card holders, acc

ounting for 89.6 percent of the total population, according to the MHRSS.

By Jan 23, electronic social security cards were issued in 230 cities in 26 provinces across th

e country, according to data from the ministry. Social security card holders can apply for an e-card through 58 apps.

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Shaorong, vice-general manager of Qinzhou Nixing Po

He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo

ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent

ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.

This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib

uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.

Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient

ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em

ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.

Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

The first-ever image of a black hole has sucked a Chinese image provider Visual China Group into a “black hole” of its own, after

some “we media” players complained that the company put its copyright logo on the image.

Just after the black hole image was released on Wednesday, some found the Visual China Gr

oup website carried the image with its logo, which means payment is required to use the image.

The company released a statement Thursday afternoon that the company gained the ima

ge copyright from the Event Horizon Telescope teams for use in media, not for commercial use such as advertisements.

Materials from the official websites of scientific authorities such as the European Sou

thern Observatory and NASA are available free, so long as users clearly credit the source.

The ESO has said Visual China has not made contact about the black hole image and it is illegal for it to claim copyright.

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Chief teacher’ pilot program announcedprimary school

China will choose chief teachers at primary and midd

le schools in rural areas in its central and western regions in a pilot pr

ogram to promote local education, according to a notice from the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.

Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces were included in the pilot program, a

nd each province will have five underdeveloped cities or prefectures to set chief teachers, according to the notice.

Chief teachers will be chosen from a pool of educators with impeccable credentials, excellent p

rofessional qualities, high educational levels and strong organizational coordination abilities.

According to the notice, chief teachers will be chosen through competitions openly, and

should focus on Chinese, math and English as their subjects. Their tenure will be three years in the pilot program.

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