Weaker economic growth puts at risk essential invest

ments in areas such as education, health, climate change adaptation and sustainable infrastructure.

The growth outlook in all major developed economies and most developin

g regions has weakened due to a confluence of both domestic and external factors, the report said.

Following an expansion of 3 percent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderat

e to 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January.

The report identifies several downside risks that could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown, potentially infl

icting significant damage on development progress. Those risks include a further escalation in trade te

nsions, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change.

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They will also increase the number of personnel exchan

anges to improve the experience and effectiveness of customs officers, Jin said.

China will continue to conduct joint law enforcement operations with other countries targeti

ng IPR violations, including Russia and the US. Customs officials of the EU, Japan and South Kore

a have responded positively to China’s proposal for law enforcement operations, he said.

“We have been encouraging domestic and overseas enterprises to conduct exchanges on t

echnology and protecting the lawful intellectual property rights of overseas enterprises in China,” Jin said. “We a

lso want other countries to intensify IPR protections for Chinese enterprises on their soil.”

Jin made the comments at a news conference organized by the State Council Infor

mation Office in Beijing for the release of an IPR protection report by the Chinese government.

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Digital tech applications creating jobs for women, engineer

merging jobs related to the digital economy have been and are expected to continue gro

wing quickly in China as digital technology is applied in more fields, said a senior executive from LinkedIn.

New media operators, front-end development engineers, algori

thm engineers, user interface designers, and data analysts were the top five profes

sions with the fastest growing number of practitioners in China on the US-based professional networking site fro

m 2013 to 2017, said Lu Jian, president of LinkedIn China in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

“Digital economy, which has become part of the national strategy, is just unfolding in the country. It won’t surprise us if such jobs con

tinue to draw employees of both genders and in both urban and rural areas in the coming years,” Lu said.

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Venezuela’s ANC president calls for defending govt

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) President Diosdado Cabello called on the Venezuelan people to “d

efend” the government of President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday before the alleged coup occurred earlier.

“We invite all the people of Caracas, come to the Miraflores Palace (seat of government) immediately,” said Cabello.

Speaking to the television station VTV, Cabello said that from the “first hour” of Tues

day, President Maduro was checking and reviewing everything that had happened.

“We are already taking corresponding actions. They are fully identified. There are the sa

me coup leaders as always, those who do not respect the rules of democracy,” Cabello said.

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China welcomes financial institutions around the worl

 to participate in financing Belt and Road projects, Xi said, adding that multiple participants will bring common benefits.

Xi announced that China will support 5,000 people from innovative sectors in Belt and Road

countries in conducting exchanges, training programs and joint research in the next five years.

Xi called for joint efforts to facilitate trade and investment and oppose protectio

nism, saying that the flow of products, funds, technology and people can propel forces for economic growth.

According to Xi, more than 150 countries and internat

ional organizations have signed cooperation documents to jointly build the Belt and Road.

The BRI has opened new space for global economic growth and

built a new platform for international trade and investment, Xi said.

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Also, the UNOOSA just signed a framework agreeme

 with China, allowing UN member states to participate in its scientific missions for the exploration of the solar system. It will bri

ng scientists from all over the world to work together, which will bring a lot of innovation,” she added.

The meteorological satellite jointly designed and constructed by

Chinese and French scientists has already started to send back data on the wind and ocean wave

s after it was sent to orbit by a Chinese rocket in October. The data can help scientists learn more about climate chan

ge, said Lionel Suchet, chief operating officer of the National Centre for Space Studies of France.

“In 2021, France and China plan to jointly launch an astronomical satellite to help the world deepen

its understanding on the gravitational wave,” Suchet said. “Space is our future, we need to step into it together.”

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NPC reviews Securities Law amendmentdamental law governin

Country may soon adopt revision to pave way for capital market reform

The top legislature deliberated on the draft revision of the Securities Law over the weeke

nd, signaling China may soon adopt the revision to pave the way for key capital market reforms, experts said.

On Saturday, the draft revision was submitted to a bimonthly s

ession of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for a third reading, Xinh

ua News Agency reported. The session began on Saturday and continues through Tuesday.

Revision of the fundamental law governing the capital market h

as lasted for six years, with 2015 and 2017 having seen readings of two draft versions.

“The latest draft version is of great importance because it will provide legal grounds for the registration-based initial pub

lic offering system-a key reform that China’s capital market has been awaiting for years,” said Dong Dengxin, director of th

e Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

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AI major now available at universitiesigence-powered

Universities in China will welcome the first group o

f undergraduate students majoring in artificial intelligence in September.

According to a list issued by the Ministry of Education, 35 universities received approval to establish th

e four-year undergraduate AI-related majors amid the country’s drive to build a strong AI talent pool.

They include many prestigious universities such as Beijing Jiao

tong University, Beihang University, Nanjing University and Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Lin Youfang, vice-dean of the School of Computer and Information Technology at Beijing Jiaotong University, said the scho

ol plans to enroll about 30 undergraduate students majoring in AI in September.

There might be more students majoring in AI who transfer from other m

ajors through a selection process if the new major proves to be successful, he said.

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Xi’s speech was widely welcomed by people on both sides

of the Straits, most of whom support the peaceful reunification of Taiwan with the motherland. But the separatist forces on the island, who represent a miniscule perce

ntage of the island’s population, and their representative, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, have dev

ised a counter-plan against the peaceful reunification plan to fulfill their own narrow political gains.

And at sucha a crucial moment, 10 US Congress members have made a 7-minute video to commemor

ate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act to openly show their support to Tsai and her “pro-independence” supporters.

Although they comprise a small part of the Congress, they hold representative posts-for example Jame

s Inhofe is co-chairman of US Senate Committee on Armed Services and Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and Eliot Engel is ch

airman of House Foreign Affairs Committee, who has said the US would provide security support for Taiwan to jointly counter the mainland.

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The 10 percent deduction rate, which applies to buyers of ag

ricultural goods, will be cut to 9 percent, said the statement.

“The VAT reform is not simply lowering the tax rate, but focusing on the integration with the overall tax reform. It has continued to ma

ke progress toward the long-term goal of establishing a modern VAT system, and it also leaves room for cutting the number of VAT brac

kets from three to two in the future,” said Wang Jianfan, director of the department of taxation under the Ministry of Finance.

To implement the statutory taxation principle, China will also accelerate legislation to deepen VAT reform, Wang said.

The joint statement came after Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that China will imp

lement a series of measures to cut VAT rates and ease the tax burden in almost all industries.

Earlier this month, Li said in his 2019 Government Work Repo

rt that VAT reform was key to improving the tax system and achieving better income distribution.

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