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The settlement of the dispute over agricultural product

ts between China and the United States is nothing out of the ordin

ary – it is a normal part of China’s engagement with the rules-based trading syste

m. As Mr Pascal Lamy, a former WTO director general put it, “China has delivered an ‘A-pl

us performance’ since its WTO accession,” and no WTO member has been

a perfect performer when it comes to WTO rules as each country has its own interpretation of the rules.

China will regard every dispute settlement within the WTO framework as an opportunity to cont

inuously adjust and improve its trade practices. Through the process, China will consult extensively with oth

er WTO members in order to promote reforms of the WTO that enhance the organization’s authority and effe

ctiveness so that it can better safeguard free trade and the multilateral trading system.

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Customs makes its biggest tusk bustuangpu Customs Distri

China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.

It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in

dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.

The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ

ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo

ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.

Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor

ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.

Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.

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From the film, the audience will get a sense of the indo

mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc

e will also feel the profound historical friendship between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s

ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festival’s organizing committee.

Jonathan Shen, the producer of The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ

ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used many special effects to re-create the wartime sequences.

Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of Yellow River

Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936.

“We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.

Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst

an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ

ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.

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to ease permanent residency requirements in large cities

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw

een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict

ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r

estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo

ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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Guangzhou introduces 3D printing to restore remain

A special 3D printer worked next to a display cabinet filled with a variety of imitations of bo

dy parts at a funeral parlour in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province.

The city’s funeral service center is trying to introduce the new technology to help restore remains damaged in accidents.

“We want the deceased to leave with dignity,” said Yu Jiaqi (pseudonym), an embalming expert at the funeral parlor.

Previously, the restoration was carried out manually, using plasticine, plaster and clay. A facial repair usually took 15 to 30 days.

Yu said not only the long wait but the sometimes barely satisfactory restoration prolonged the pain for family and loved ones.

“The materials can easily deform. We have been looking for better ways to restore the original form of the deceased,” she said.

Li Zhijian, deputy head of the funeral service center, said 3D printing only takes 10 da

ys for a much more lifelike and accurate face, and the texture is stronger and feels more like real skin.

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The second squad brought 60 liters of drinking water and

 foodstuffs to more than 1,000 people in the shelter, and also provided medical services to more than 800 people, the ministry said.

The Chinese aid team arrived in Mozambique on Monday as the first foreign

aid team sent abroad by the country’s recently established top emergency management authority.

The UN said Tuesday that Cyclone Idai has affected almos

t 3 million people in southern Africa, with almost 500,000 driven from their homes.

The cyclone hit Mozambique early March 15 and unleashed hurricane-force winds and rain th

at flooded much of the center of the country and then hit eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi.

According to an Agence France-Presse toll, compiled from government and UN figu

res, more than 700 people have been killed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and hundreds are missing.

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Detailed analysis of the fragment indicated that the

 bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea

d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.

This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye

r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.

In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.

hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine

ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.

Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa

ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi

ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first overseas visit in 2019

  levated China’s ties with Italy, Monaco and France to a new level, and injected new impetus into China-Europe compreh

ensive strategic partnership, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

  When the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi’s Europe tour, hailed b

y the international community, is dedicated to deepening partnership for cooperation, improving global governance, and uphol

ding multilateralism, which shows China’s sense of responsibility as a major country, Wang said.

  In six days, the Chinese president attended over 40 events during his visit to five cities including Rome, Palermo, Monaco, Nice a

nd Paris, Wang noted, adding that it is a trip of friendship, cooperation and exploration that has delivered fruitful results.

  FRIENDSHIP & MUTUAL BENEFIT

  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic

partnership, and next year will witness the 50th anniversary of China-Italy diplomatic relations.

  At meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Xi agreed with them to further i

ntensify high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust, and elevate bilateral relations, Wang said.

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Bank of Beijing planning venture with Dutch lender NV at a bra

Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the estab

lishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, which is still waiting for regulat

ory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a foreign shareholder has a controlling int

erest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.

Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct banking services, the joint venture will build

a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial technologies and try to become a benc

hmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open up its financial sector to for

eign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.

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ad of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of Chin

The two sides of the Taiwan Straits must and will be reunified, Liu J

ieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.

Over the years, exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits ha

ve become more extensive and the bonds of affection between the two sides hav

e deepened, he said.Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Com

mittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, is interviewed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2019.

“Our compatriots in Taiwan now better understand that only when the cross-Straits relat

ions become better, will they have a better future,” he said, adding that “We are increasingly capable of pr

omoting the peaceful reunification of the country and bringing benefits to compatriots on both sides.”

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