reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot

ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.

China must promote the healthy development of the capital m

arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part

y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.

Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye

ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.

“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha

ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.

“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital

market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig

ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p

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rating the push for economic upgrading, which offers strong impetus for the growth. Despite the pressure, we still can see gr

owth momentum,” Zhang said during a macroeconomic seminar earlier this month in Beijing.

“Recently, the government has introduced a series of su

pportive policies which will gradually help grow the real economy,” Zhang added.

NDRC said a further 3.24 million new urban jobs were added in t

he first quarter, with surveyed unemployment ra

te remaining at a comparatively low level of 5.2 percent in March. And consu

mer prices registered a moderate rise of 1.8 percent in the first three months of this year.

A basic equilibrium in the balance of payments was maintai

ned, and China’s foreign exchange reserves exceeded $3 trillion, Yuan added.

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hina can lend a helping hand in the rebuilding of Paris’s Notre Dam

e Cathedral, whose spire and roof were destroyed by the huge fire that engulfed the 8

50-year-old Gothic building on Monday evening, said a historian from Cambridge University.

Alan Macfarlane, a historian and professor emeritus at King’s College, said that give

n China’s widely acknowledged engineering and construction expertise, “it would be a very appreciated gesture if the pe

ople of China offered their help in whatever way the French thought appropriate to rebuild a symbol for all of our world”.

“The Chinese have built the largest airport in the world, a far larger job than rebuilding

Notre Dame, in less than three years,” Macfarlane said. “They could be of immense help.”

President Xi Jinping sent a message of support to French President E

mmanuel Macron on Tuesday, expressing sincere condolences to all French people.

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 before the explosion. The facility is adjacent to a

natural gas station, the explosion of which caused the tragedy, the report said.

An assessment report on the factory’s environmental protection

facilities drafted in July 2018 by the Jiangsu Provin

cial Academy of Environmental Science showed that Tianjiayi has a warehouse wit

h a floor area of more than 1,000 square meters to store industrial waste, which includes tar and methyl alcohol.

The assessment report said the plant generated on average about 11 metric tons of solid waste and w

aste­water per day, and there has been an accumulation of 4,500 tons of hazardous waste in the factory every

year. While some of the waste materials are transported out for disposal, others are processed within the factory.

A special license is required to dispose of hazardous waste in China. Accor

ding to the Jiangsu’s Department of Ecology and Environment, 460 enterprises in the prov

ince had the necessary licenses as of the end of 2018, but Tianjiayi was not among them.

Official records also show that Tianjiayi had been punished at least twice for violations in waste management.

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eries performed every year, authorities have also established a computerized supervision syst

em that covers the entire sector, including organ donation, retrieval, distribut

ion and transplant, so they are under the supervision of health authorities, she said.

Despite the increase in the number of donors, a shortage of organs is still seve

re in China, considering the number of patients in need of transplant surgeries.

Every year about 300,000 patients with terminal diseases need transplants in China, but

only about 20,000 surgeries can be done, according to Huang Jiefu, former-vice-minis

ter of health and now chairman of the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.

Chen Xinguo, director of the organ transplant center at Armed Police Force General Hospital, said th

at since people’s traditional beliefs are still a major obstacle to organ donations, more education is required.

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recovered from the black boxes of the crash in Ethiopia showed similarities to the Air Lion crash. But the investigation is ongoing.

Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash — the second crash of a 737 Max 8 plane in less than five months — countries and airlines around the world grounded their 737 Max planes.

Boeing insists that the 737 Max 8 is safe to fly.

“Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the Max,” Boeing said in a statement on March 12.

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made d

ecisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. It is also important to not

e that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the i

nformation currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”

With reporting from CNN’s Chris Isidore and Ralph Ellis.

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ation of grasslands and push forward the establishment of pilot national parks.

China is rich in grassland resources – with nearly 400 million hect

ares of natural grassland accounting for 41.7 perc

ent of the country’s land. Protection and restoration of grassland resources will be strengthened, Zhang said.

Measures to be taken include finding out the entire picture of grassland resources, assessing

current pol2olkcimcn-2ting a guideline on how to strengthen grassland protection and restoration, he said.

As for national parks, Zhang said that after the central authorities released an overall plan for introducing a national park

mechanism, the administration drafted a layout of national parks and standards for their protection.

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  that he’s destroyed her career such that she won’t be the Democratic

nominee he’ll face in 2020.

  ”I should have saved the Pocahontas thing for another year because I’ve destroyed her politica

l career and now I won’t get a chance to run against her and i would have loved

it,” he said. “I don’t want

to knock out all of the good stuff and end up with somebody that’s actually got talent, that would be bad.”

  Trump also referenced his efforts to eradicate ISIS’ presence in Iraq, telling the CPAC audience that different gene

rals told him on his trip to Iraq that they could defeat the group in one week as opposed to two years.

  ”What I was told by a general who I had to fire, I said, ‘General, how long

before we get 100% of the ca

liphate?’ He said, ‘sir, two years.’ I said, ‘I can’t take it two years.’ And then I flew to Iraq,” Trum

p said. It was unclear to whom Trump was specifically referencing but former

Defense Secretary Gen. James M

attis resigned in December over disagreements with Trump over how to

pull troops out of Syria.

  Trump said that while in Iraq, he asked generals there why it would take

two years to “knock off two or three or four

percent, which is what we had left.” He said that a general he called “Raisin’

Cain” then told him, “‘It won’t, sir, if we atta

ck them in a different manner, we can do it much faster … we can have it totally finished in one week.'”

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ely more accurate, said Sun Bushu, deputy director of the South China City Research Association.

However, per capita GDP in Hong Kong in 2018 was HK$381,870, equal to around 322,000 yuan according to the an

nual average exchange rate, and remains above Shenzhen’s 200,000 yuan.

Furthermore, he estimated that Guangzhou would also catch up with Hong Kong soon.

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said in his budget speech that the local ec

onomy was expanding with a stronger growth momentum during the first half of 2018, but had slo

wed down in the second half due to brewing trade tensions and other unfavorable conditions.

For the fourth quarter, the growth rate was a mere 1.3 percent, making it the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2016.

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  Deripaska, whose ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort have also been of interest to investigators.

  Moscow-based businessman David Geovanis

  Two witnesses who have given evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee say the

y were asked about Geovanis’ past relationship with the President during interviews last year. The

interviews were conducted by staff working for both the Republican and Democratic sides of the committee, ac

cording to the sources, who wish to remain anonymous due to the confidential nature of the Senate inquiry.

  This is the first time that Geovanis’ name has been reve

aled in connection with the various investigations underway into Russian influence on US politics, wh

ich include a sweeping new House investigation into Trump’s financial interests.

  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s interest in Geovanis indicates its inv

estigation is delving further back into Trump’s past in Russia than previously thought.

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