Bioethics experts call for more oversightand

Four leading ethics scholars in China are urging government authorities to intensify their supervision over scientific resea

rch to reduce the chances of unethical use of biomedical technologies involving gene editing and stem cells.

The appeal, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, referen

ced a major ethical scandal in November, when a Chinese scientist announced he had pro

duced the world’s first twin human babies whose genes were altered to make them immune to HIV.

Hundreds of Chinese scientists voiced opposition and questioned the safety and effectivene

ss of the procedure following the announcement by He Jiankui, 35, who was an associate professor at So

uthern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

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Bernard Dewit, chairman of the Belgian-Chinese Cham

ber of Commerce, said that industrial and trade relations between the EU and China will i

ncrease following the meeting, and that China has made great efforts to open its market to European companies.

“China’s new Foreign Investment Law, which has just been (approved), will greatly reassure European investors of the com

mitment of the Chinese government to further protect foreign investments in China,” he said.

Wang Yiwei, a professor of international relations at Renmin University of China, said in an article

published in the People’s Daily Overseas Edition on Wednesday that the Chinese and EU lead

ers’ strategic communication on important issues will help foster new areas for bilateral cooperation.

The concerted efforts made by the two sides to cope with the common challenges

and develop win-win cooperation will add stability to an increasingly uncertain world, he added.

Hu Yongqi contributed to this story.

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On the China-CEEC leaders’ meeting, Chen said the

mechanism has made good achievements in economic cooperation over the past several years, including freight trains running between C

hina and Europe. The mechanism should continue focusing on concrete projects in infrastructure and other key areas, she said.

People-to-people exchanges, including education and tourism, should also be stren

gthened to improve mutual understanding between their people, Chen added.

China will take key measures in a new push to improve its cities through boosting the urban pop

ulation and bolstering the nation’s high-quality and stable economic growth, the country’s top economic planner said.

Measures include relaxing residency curbs, promoting investmen

t and financing mechanisms and increasing infrastructure spending in cities.

The National Development and Reform Commission issued on Monday key tasks for 2019’s new urbanizatio

n boost, which will help maintain the country’s sustainable and healthy economic growth and overall social stability.

China aims to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year, accordi

ng to a document posted on the NDRC’s website. The proportion of urban population to total population reached 59.58 percent in 2018.

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Kamal Dhuper, China regional manager at Indian talent

development and training company NIIT, visited Xiongan in September and was received by Chen.

Chen said Xiongan welcomes NIIT to take its advantages in technology and training to enhanc

e cooperation in the building of a digital city and the IT industry, according to a news release.

While attending the top legislature’s annual session in March, Chen told reporters that Xiong

an will soon begin large-scale substantial construction as overall design plans for the area have been completed.

More than 200 teams and 1,000 experts from China and abroad have participated in the drafting of the plans, Chen said.

Jiang Hao, a Shanghai-based partner at global consultancy Roland Ber

ger, said his company is “very interested” in participating in Xiongan’s development.

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ation and safety officials Daniel Elwell, Robert

US senators sharply questioned regulatory officials on Wedne

sday about the Federal Aviation Administration’s reliance on Boeing Co’s engineers to cert

ify the safety of the company’s new 737 Max 8 aircraft, which was involved in two fatal crashes in the past five months.

A self-certification procedure called Organization Designation Authorization came under scr

utiny at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s aviation subcommittee in Washington. Testifying wer

e Daniel Elwell, acting FAA administrator; Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Saf

ety Board; and Calvin Scovel III, Transportation Department inspector general.

For decades, the FAA has delegated some authority for certifying new aircraft to the manufacturers, reducing government costs.

After the crashes of Lion Air in Indonesia in October and Ethiop

ian Airlines this month, which killed a total of 346 passengers and crew members, critics have ci

ted the self-certification process as evidence of an overly cozy relationship between the FAA and the industry.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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The research team also completed its first test drillin

g without a drill pipe core in polar ice bedrock, which helped the scientists obtain the first few samples of bedrock unde

r the ice cores at the station. The conwwwhebeishengxincn-2/ion was also compleexpedition.

Xuelong left Shanghai on Nov 2 and arrived at Zhongshan Station on

Nov 30. The icebreaker entered the Amundsen Sea in early January for a marine survey but

experienced “the worst sea conditions since departure”, according to an earlier report by China Ocean News.

On Jan 19, the ship was caught in a sudden thick fog on the Amundsen Sea and collided with an

iceberg, Cheng Xiao, dean of the College of Global Change and Earth System Science at Beijing Normal University, told Xinhua.

An increase of cyclones in the area since the start of 2019 has great

ly increased the number of floating ice fragments, while in 2018 the area was a single large ice sheet, Ch

en said. The floating ice drifted to the north, pushed by the wind, which also affected navigation on Xuelong’s trip home, he added.

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Once implemented, the law will replace three existing

 laws on Chinese-foreign equity joint ventures, non-equity joint ventures and wholly foreign-

owned enterprises, which were mainly legislated between 1979 and 1988 and then revised.

“The draft law reflects experience on foreign investment governance that China has accumulated over the past decade, and

it sets up a comprehensive basic law framework that resonates well with China’s current situation in attract

ing foreign investment,” said Cui Fan, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics.

“When the three old laws were made, foreign investment came to China mainly because of t

he low human resources cost, but now China’s huge market potential is much more alluring.”

In addition, as globalization goes further, competition between countries and regions is intensifying, which has indu

ced China to further adjust laws and regulations to create a better environment for foreign investment, he said.

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i said preventing and defusing financial risks, especially

  systemic financial risks, are the fundamental tasks of financial work, calling for accelerated construction of the fina

ncial market infrastructure and advanced efforts to nationalize key information infrastructure in the sector.

  He also urged solid statistics in the financial sector and improvement in the warning system and rules on information disclosure and management.

  Education and supervision of senior officials of financial institutions and regulators sh

ould be enhanced, and more should be done to fight corruption in the financial sector, Xi said.

  He called for dynamic supervision of domestic and cross-border capital flow to enable financial watchdogs to fully monitor all flows.

  Xi said tasks for the reform and opening-up of the financial sector should be well implem

ented, calling for the preparation and the rolling-out of new reform and opening-up measures based on

the latest development of global economy and finance as well as the strategic needs of China.

  Reforms including revamps on market access system and trading regulations should be deepened, and regulators should take a two-pronged appr

oach of enforcing both macro-prudential management and micromanagement of behaviors, he said.

  He said those causing major financial risks due to their breaches such as lax regula

tion, cover-ups or decision-making failures must be held accountable and face serious punishment.

  Efforts should be made to address the current situation where the costs of legal and

regulatory breaches in the financial sector, especially capital markets, are too low, Xi said.

  Xi urged enhancing the global competitiveness of China’s financial sector, elevating the two-way opening-up to a highe

r level and beefing up capabilities of financial management and risk prevention and control amid greater opening-up.

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Day E: Apple revokes the FB certificate; Huawei and Qu

Huawei and Qualcomm settle temporarily: Huawei pays Qualcomm $150 million Quarterly

According to foreign media reports, Qualcomm said Huawei had signed a short-term authorization agreement with Qualcomm. In a conference call with anal

ysts on the company’s financial performance, Qualcomm Chief Financial Officer George Davis said Huawei would pay Qualcomm $150 million a quarter. Th

e deal, which was concluded by Qualcomm in the first quarter ending December 30, will last until June 30.

Qualcomm probably wants to concentrate on Apple’s patent war.

Collection of Five Blessings: Occupy Your Blessing, Must Have Houfu and Other Hot Words

This year Alipay’s new “flower card” and “lucky card” set off a

new round of upsurge. In order to get friends’ flower cards or professional dedication, net

izens are also wits and wits. Some netizens have also coined such new words as “Zhan you fu”, “You must have lat

er fu”, “scraping card type poverty alleviation” and so on, which are called “Ji Wufu slang”.

One meal was as fierce as a tiger, with a New Year’s Eve score of 0.5.

Apple revoked Facebook’s iOS Enterprise Developer Certificate

After Facebook was exposed to allow users to download monitoring applications, Appl

e formally revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate. Previously, Facebook paid users to install a data collection app calle

d Facebook Research, which allows Facebook to track users’app usage history, private messages and location data.

Facebook bypassed the App Store review through Apple’s Enterprise Developer Project.

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