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.
philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.
Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.
“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also
a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each
other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”
China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the
average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi
gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.
The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.
t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.
Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi
al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.
Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind
due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.
With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.
I hope all Asian countries will respect and trust each other, co-exist in harmony, expand cross-border, cross-time-and-space as well as cross-civ
ilization exchanges, and jointly maintain the peaceful time that is more valuable than gold.
Asian people expect Asia of common prosperity
I hope all Asian countries will jointly promote economic globalization that is open, inclusiv
e, balanced, and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries.
Asian people expect open, integrated Asia
Civilizations will lose vitality if countries go back to isolation and cut themselves off from the rest of the world.
Mutual respect, equal treatment among civilizations stressed
It is foolish to believe that one’s race and civilization are superior to
others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations.
s are a weapon it can employ to bring China to its knees and extract one-sided
concessions, apparently ignorant to the fac
t that China is not what it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the country was forced into signing humil
iating treaties, which resulted in the opening of trading ports and paying of indemnities to Western powers.
Perhaps the blame for the breakdown in the talks should be laid at the door of the mind-set o
f the West, which sees only winners and losers, rather than a holistic whole in
which all benefit from each other.
That Eastern viewpoint explains why
China still hopes that the US will meet it halfway for
the benefit of both countries and both
peoples as well as the development of the world economy.
en he visited a museum of broken relationships in Chengdu, capita
l of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, with two friends in January. They tho
ught it would be a good thing for Taiyuan to have a place for people to bury souvenirs from a failed relationship.
They acted fast and opened the museum after three months’ preparation.
The world’s first museum of broken relationships was founded in Croatia in 2006 by two artists, who
ended their four-year relationship and got the idea of setting up a museum to house their leftover personal items.
China has several museums of broken relationships now, in Nanjing, Chen
gdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, Beijing, Chongqing, Jinan, Harbin, Changsha, Guangzhou and Changchun.
lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle
icts appear to have a religious or ethnic basis, some scholars believe their root cause may be economic, with ethnic divisio
s serving as a way to exclude other groups from access to scarce resources and opportunities. Whatever its so
urce, inequality of opportunity has a highly disruptive effect on governance and hence growth.
But these obstacles are not insurmountable. For one th
ing, developing countries now have huge potential export markets in middle-inc
ome countries, and no longer depend entirely on advanced economies for access to global markets.
Belt and Road can play vital development role
There is also a renewed awareness of the importance of infrastructure in e
nabling growth. In addition to roads, railways and ports, electricity and digital conn
ectivity are crucial. In this regard, the rapid expansion of cellular wireless technology, combined with the install
ation of high-capacity undersea broadband pipes around Africa, represents major prog
bstacles to those that Asian and Latin American platforms previously had to overcome, including a
lack of reliable payment systems, low trust between buyers and sellers, and logistics and deliv
ry bottlenecks. But the experience of other regions shows that these shortcomings can be addressed over time.
Internet regulations must not be disruptive
The bigger risk to these platforms stems from the inevitable and necessary increase in regulation of the internet arou
nd the world. In particular, diverse national regulatory regimes may inadvertently or deliberately disrupt or bloc
k the international development of e-commerce ecosystems, hurting lower-income countries in the process. Avo
iding the creation of such unintended obstacles should therefore be a high priority for the international community.
government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.