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nd information technology, had confirmed at the Boao Fo

oao Forum for Asia, that China will grant 5G licenses this year, but didn’t disclose a specific date.

“5G, industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are among the country’s top development priorities

in the telecommunications industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sa

id on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedite the com

mercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.

Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has already unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G fold

able smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.

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Currently, 13 countries have been involved in the proje

roject, including Russia, Egypt and Algeria, and 17 domestic research teams, including on

e from University of Science and Technology of China, have started research on the site, Zheng noted.

The site will “offer research teams with observation equipmen

t, support for outdoor observation and data sharing services”, he said.

Wu Zhongliang, director of the administra

tion’s Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help for

m a “united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.

Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said the work can

not see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be improved a

s technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said

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The General Office of the State Council will take cha

e charge of the task, according to the decree signed by Premier Li Keqiang.

All government services, unless otherwise specified by laws and regulations or involving state secrets, shall

be processed online in line with the procedures determined by the State Council, the decree noted.

Government service providers must not require enterprises or ind

ividuals to submit information that is already acces

sible through information sharing. Neither are they allo

wed to put the submitted information to other uses.

The decree also confirms the legal validity of electronic signatures, seals, certificates and archives.

The decree came into effect the day it was made public.

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The Belt and Road Initiative, which originated in C

 China but belongs to the world, has become an open and inclusive platform for international cooperation and a well-recog

nized global public good thanks to the concerted efforts of the parties involved, Xi said.

Calling think tanks significant forces for Belt and Road constructi

on, the president said developing think tank exchanges and cooperation helps deepen mu

tual trust, unite consensus and promote the BRI to achieve high-level development.

He expressed the hope that the think tank network would develop in-depth academic exchanges to promote solid coope

ration under the BRI and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Also on Wednesday, a ceremony to mark the release of the English and French editions

of a compilation of remarks by Xi on the Belt and Road was held in Beijing by the State Council Information Office.

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Military drill near Taiwan ‘necessary’sman for the State Coun

Mainland slams response by island’s leader, who called exercise ‘a threat’

A spokesman for the Chinese mainland said a military drill by Chinese bombers and warships around Taiwan on Monday was routin

e and slammed the island’s administration for misleading the Taiwan people and hyping tensions.

On Monday, various warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircr

aft of the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command conducted “necessary train

ing” around Taiwan as a means to test the joint assault capability between different branches of the military, Senior Colone

l Zhang Chunhui, the theater command’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.

The exercise took place in waters east of Taiwan and was part of a scheduled PLA exercise, he said.

“It is completely within the normal legal rights of a sovereign cou

ntry, and it’s beneficial for maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Straits,” Zhang said.

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Tax cuts on the way as steps taken at meetingplement a g

China will implement a group of measures to cut value-added ta

x rates, ensuring that the tax burden on all industries will only go down, according to a

decision made by the State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

The Government Work Report this year set out a plan for l

arger tax cuts, including lowering the VAT rate in manufacturing and other industries from 16 t

o 13 percent and the VAT rate in transportation, construction and other industries from 10 to 9 percent.

A number of concrete measures were decided upon at the

Wednesday meeting to achieve the targets, which will be enacted on April 1.

Input VAT eligible for deduction will be expanded and will cove

r passenger transportation services. Taxpayers will be able to get their input tax on real esta

te payments deducted in full on a one-time basis, instead of on two occasions in two years.

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The Olympic giant slalom champion won three giant slalo

  Hirscher’s season tally of 10 wins was reduced to nine after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Stefan Luitz’s ap

peal against a doping violation and reinstated the German’s victory in Beaver Creek on December 2.

  Luitz was disqualified when he was photographed inhaling oxygen from a mouthpiece between the fi

rst and second runs. The International Ski Federation (FIS) ruled it was against anti-doping rules at FIS events. Luitz lodged an app

eal on January 29 and it was heard on March 11. The panel ruled that the World Anti-Doping Code prevails over FIS laws.

  ”FIS fully accepts the decision of CAS and all World Cup records and the World Cup star

ting list for giant slalom has been adjusted to reflect the decision,” said an FIS statement.

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  Pinturault won the giant slalom in Andorra to seal second place on the overall season standings and become the most s

uccessful French ski racer ever with a 23rd World Cup win, eclipsing compatriot Carole Merle, who retired in 1994.

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How the Wagah border post became a symbol of India

  Military tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir have erupted in recent

weeks, with India and Pakistan painting different versions of events.

  One thing we do know for certain is that an Indian pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan, was captured by Pakistan aft

er his plane was shot down in a dogfight earlier this week between Pakistani and Indian warplanes over the ceasefire line in Kashmir.

  He was due to be handed back to India on Friday afternoon, at a famous border post in the village of Wagah.

  While Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir are separate

d by a 435-mile de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC), Wagah village sits on the international fron

tier to the south between the Pakistani city of Lahore and the Indian city of Amritsar.

  Wagah straddles the border — with the eastern half in India and the western half in Paki

stan — and sits on the Grand Trunk Road, one of the main overland routes between the two nations.

  Pakistani rangers (L) and Indian security forces (R) perform the daily Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah in August 2017.

  The border post has taken on a symbolic role in the decades-long conflict over Kashmir, despite be

ing outside the disputed region, thanks to a daily military parade known as the Beating Retreat ceremony.

  Every evening there for 60 years, Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Securit

y Force have taken part in a lowering-of-the-flags ceremony before sunset, typically around 4 p.m. local time.

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photo shared by MP John Lamont showed a smiling Berger

  snapping a selfie of the group as they took their seats in the House of

Commons. But non

e of the group asked a question of the Prime Minister, as she appeared before MPs for her weekly grill

ing, and the defections were barely addressed. The mood in the House of

Commons seemed more subdued than usual.

  The closest May came to acknowledging the issue was when she attacked Corbyn over anti-Semitism in

his party, cited as a reason for some of the defectors leaving his party.

  May said she never thought she would see the day when “a once proud

Labour party was accused of institutional Semiti

sm by a member of that party,” or,

equally, when Jewish people in the UK “were concerned about their future.”

  Responding to those accusations, Corbyn said that “anti-Semitism ha

s no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society,” be

fore laying into the Prime Minister for “pretending to negotiate” a Brexit deal with just 37 days to go.

  May, who will travel to Brussels later in the day, maintained that she was still working on alternative arrangements on the

Irish backstop — an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border between

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Irel

and. She also reiterated her position that a no-deal exit from the EU could only be taken off the table by agreeing a deal.

  Speaking at a press conference later, Allen, Wollaston and Soubry said the Prim

e Minister had been bullied by hard-line Brexiteers onto the brink of a no-deal Brexit.

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He promised to address allegations of corruption reve

  ealed in a report in January in an effort to draw some of the energy out of the opposition campaign to unseat him and President Jovenel Moise.

  But his mention of Roberto was seen as nothing more than lip service in the Miron slum, where Roberto and his mother s

hared one room. She and her family now believe whoever killed her son may seek them out for revenge if they keep talking.

  ”Ever since his death they’ve been threatening us. They said that if we don’t shut up about this case we will get it, ‘We know where you work’. That’s what they said.”

  ”They’ve been threatening us by phone. They said that, ‘We know you work at the hosp

ital so if you don’t shut up about this case we will find you’. That’s what they said,” Pricil insisted.

  A surviving son, Jovency Journal, 24, showed CNN text messages in Creole.

  ”I see you have been active on the Roberto case. Be careful not to follow him,” said one.

  Another threatened: “We’ll do to you worse than what happened to Roberto – they might not even be able to find your body”.

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