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
s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne
t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo
us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o
ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.
He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni
ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.
Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons
truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co
nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
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.
ith so many applications in different parts of industry and the economy, and we want agreements, project by project.”
Raffarin was appointed special envoy on China affairs by French President Emmanuel Mac
ron. He pointed out that it is not pragmatic to have an agreement about every industrial sector, because, as sovereig
n states, both countries need to protect the interests of their own businesses and industries.
“It’s easier to go project by project, and, after some experience, we can add a larger vision,” Raffarin said.
His comments came after Italy signed a BRI memorandum of understanding with China during
Xi’s visit to Rome last week to become the first G7 country to join the global infrastructure plan.
According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, from January to November 2018, China’s direct investment in France reached $330 mil
lion. China’s growing investment in Europe has prompted concerns in the West, which Raffarin thinks are misplaced.
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.
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.