should maintain regular communication with its EU partners, seek

mutual benefits and use innovative mechanisms to realize better cooperation.

  Tian Dewen, deputy director general of the Institute of European Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  Sino-EU cooperation has great potential

  As one of the world’s three largest economies and a strong driving force of multilateralism, the EU is an

important cooperation partner of China in fields such as free trade, international issues and global governance.

  Xi’s visit to the three EU member states shows a great potential for China-EU coope

ration is still to be tapped. The EU’s wish to deepen cooperation with China was reflected in what the EU states said

about strengthening Sino-EU cooperation through a coherent strategy at Xi’s meeting with Merkel and Junker.

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Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade

rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.

According to the report, the revolution-which features the booming new technologies and th

e combination of them-has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great

challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri

oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures-all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.

A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu

siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last

year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu

siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.

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Environmental monitoring has detected an excessive amount of the harmful gas benzene ne

ar the site of a deadly explosion in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu province, authorities said on Thursday.

At 10 am on Wednesday, the benzene density stood at 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point that is 1 kilometer away in the downwind direc

tion from the site, about 17.5 times more than the national standard. The concentration was below the standard, how

ever, 2 and 3.5 kilometers away, according to a media release from the Jiangsu environmental watchdog.

“Analysis done by environmental experts working on the site shows that the excessive den

sity of benzene occurred because buried pollutants were gradually exposed to the air as cleaning work cont

inues on the site,” Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told a news conference on Thursday.

The explosion occurred at about 2:48 pm on March 21 after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiang

su Tianjiayi Chemical Co. So far, the blast has claimed the lives of 78 people and injured more than 600 people.

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The top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a French global automotive supplier in a patent dispute

with two Chinese car accessory companies amid the country’s intensified efforts to protect intellectual property rights.

It was also the first public hearing by the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People’s Court since the special court was set up on Jan 1.

Valeo Systemes d’Essuyage, one of the world’s leading auto component providers, sued X

iamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co and Xiamen Fuke Wiper Co, two companies based in Fujian pro

vince, claiming infringement of Valeo’s patent on a connector for windshield wipers.

An IP court in Shanghai reached a verdict on Jan 22 finding that the two Chinese companies must cease their infring

ement. The two companies appealed to the top court, insisting that their products did not infringe on Valeo’s patent rights.

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national-level IP court under the Supreme People’s Court on Jan 1, which has strea

mlined the appeals process and helps prevent inconsistency in legal

applications, Ma said.

With such a national-level IP court,

litigants who disagree with the verdicts of local cou

rts at the city level or local IP courts can appeal directly to the top court instead

of appealing to provincial-level courts.

Under previous procedures, the two Chinese companies could not have appealed

to the top court directly but would have had to go to the Shanghai High People’s

Court after the first verdict.

Guan Yuying, an IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said

a streamlined litigation process and more p

rofessional judges for IP-related lawsuits will help ensure the judicial quality of

such complicated patent cases.

Wednesday’s trial was heard by a five-judge panel led by Luo Dongchuan, vice-

president of the top court and the chief judge of its IP court.

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 particularly to prevent polluted water in the chemical park from flowing out.

Cao said that thorough inspections have been conducted in chemical plants on the site to prevent further pollution.

He said that these plants stored a large amount of chemical substances, and some sulfuric acid and nitric acid was leaked from the storage tanks due to the explosion.

“Environmental experts and managers of the chemical park have been summoned to research the water treatment and environmental protection issues,” said Cao.

“Details of the categories, amounts and storage methods of chemicals are being careful

ly examined and they’ll be handled with great caution to prevent secondary disasters,” he said.

Li Ganjie, minister of Ecology and Environment, also held a m

eeting on pollution control after the blast. He demanded a comprehensive monitoring of th

e local environment, and all-out efforts to clean solid waste in the park and prevent polluted waters in the park from enterin

g the Guanhe River, which runs into the Yellow Sea. The river’s estuary is only a little more than 10 km away from the park.

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ation in fields such as environment and sustainable energy, agriculture, sustainable urbani

zation, health, aviation, space technology, infrastructure and transportation, according to the communique.

The two sides also expres

Visiting President Xi Jinping met with Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti

Casellati here Friday on expanding exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions.

China and Italy have enjoyed a traditional friendship, with the ancient Silk Road closely linking the two peoples, Xi said.

Since they established diplomatic relations nearly 50 years ago, the China-Italy ties have seen heal

thy and stable development, and the two countries have become important partners who trust each other and work together, Xi said.

sed willingness to strengthen cultural cooperation that includes heritage protection and figh

t against relic trafficking, education cooperation that highlights language studies, judicial coope

ration that involves extradition and anti-graft experience sharing, and law enforcement cooperation.

During Xi’s visit, the two sides signed 19 intergovernmental bilateral cooperation documents, the communique said.

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Representatives from the Chinese embassy in the UK visited Uppingham School on Thursday, attending the unv

eiling ceremony for a paving stone dedicated to Charles Cao Quin, senior advisor on China-UK partnerships at the school.

Over the past years, Charles Cao Quin of the Beijing Conservatory has worked closely with Uppingham

School, an English boarding school famed for its rich tradition of all-around education, especially of music.

The school flew the Chinese national flag in tribute to the visit of

Wang Yongli, minister counselor for education at the Chinese embassy in London.

Charles was the first person from China honored with an engraved paving slab in his name.

Doctor Richard Maloney, headmaster of Uppingham School, praised that Charles has contri

buted a lot to the communication between China and the UK in terms of music and education partnership.

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The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilomet

ers away, which was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.

Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,056 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.

The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be

ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo

ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.

1.jpgIn early 2015, the Barack Obama administration tried desperately to block the United King

dom and several other European countries from joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by ac

cusing, without any basis, the then newly established bank of possible low environmental and governance standards.

The real reason, according to former US treasury secretary Larry Summers, was that the Obama adm

inistration could not secure any funding from the Republican-controlled Congress to join the AIIB. And to s

ave itself from embarrassment, the US administration tried to prevent European countries from joining the bank.

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  with increasingly urgent logic.

  Option one: Approve the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK will then leave the EU on May 22 and enter the transition period. More on that later.

  If MPs vote the deal down, then they have a decision to make by April 11: stand in the EU parliamentary elections or don’t.

  Option two: Don’t stand in the elections, held between May 23-26, and leave the EU before then. It is unlikely that

any substantial new deal could be struck by this point. What the EU would do at this point is unclear.

  Option three: Stand in the elections and request a long extension. This makes softer Brexit all but inevitabl

e and undoing Brexit a lot more likely.At some point next week, May will bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Com

mons. She needs to flip 75 MPs if she’s to win by a margin of one. Given she dedicated some of this week to accusing them of betraying the nation, it’s hard to see

them feeling charitable. All the PM can hope for is that the EU has bought a new level of focus to London.

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