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Xi calls on UAE to build community of shared future with Belt and Road Initiative
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"The UAE is the first Arab state I will visit since I was re-elected as Chinese president in March, I wish to promote the relations between China and the UAE during this visit," Chinese President Xi Jinping made the remarks in his article "Work together, create a better future" which was published in UAE's newspapers on Wednesday.
"There are overlapping visions in the development strategies between the two nations. China and the UAE have become important partners in communicating and coordinating international and regional affairs," Xi said.
China and the UAE established diplomatic ties in 1984.
The UAE is China's second largest trade partner and the largest export market for Chinese goods among Arab countries, while China has been the largest trade partner of the UAE for many consecutive years.
The UAE was one of the first countries to embrace the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). (CGTN)
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau still one of cleanest regions on earth
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which covers over one-fourth of China's land area, is still one of the cleanest regions on earth, said a white paper issued by the Chinese government Wednesday.
With a low intensity of human activity on the Plateau, "the air quality is little impacted, the types of pollutants are few and the density is low, and the content of pollutants is similar to those at the North Pole," according to the paper "Ecological Progress on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau."
The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have made ecological conservation a top priority and believe protecting the Plateau is a vital task for China's survival and development.
A conservation and protection system is being developed step by step for the Plateau, with solid achievements in improving ecological conservation and environment quality, according to the white paper. (Xinhua)
EU to fine Google 4.3 billion euros
The European Commission is set to fine Google 4.3 billion euros (around $5 billion) for a monopoly with its Android operating system, alleging that it violates the EU competition rules, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules," said Margrethe Vestager, the EU Commissioner.
The Commission now wants Google to bring the conduct effectively to an end within 90 days, otherwise it will face penalty payments of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company. (Xinhua)
US Prosecutors want suspected covert Russian agent kept in jail
A 29-year-old gun-rights activist accused of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while she lived in the US, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers.
Maria Butina had contact information for people who, prosecutors say, were employees of the Russia’s Federal Security Services, according to the US government.
Prosecutors also accuse her of using sex and deception to establish influential connections she could tap to infiltrate US political organizations and gather intelligence for a senior Russian official.
Citing her intelligence ties, the government is arguing that Butina poses an “extreme” risk of fleeing the US. (AP)
First commercial flight in 20 years leaves Ethiopia for Eritrea
The first commercial flight to Eritrea in two decades departed Wednesday from Addis Ababa after the two nations declared peace.
Ethiopian Airlines said that flight ET0312 to Asmara had departed Bole International Airport, the latest sign of peace between the neighboring countries, which began only six weeks ago.
"This day marks a unique event in the history of Ethiopia and Eritrea," the airline's chief executive said at a ceremony inaugurating the historic flight. (AFP)
Illegal job posts to be made a crime: official
In China’s first administrative regulation on recruitment services in the human resources market, publishing fake and illegal jobs will be considered a crime starting in October, an official said Tuesday.
Hiring organizations and human resources services that publish fake or illegal job positions will be fined, Zhang Yizhen, deputy minister of human resources and social security, said during a press conference.
The penalties range from 10,000 to 50,000 yuan ($1,489-7,447), and the regulation said that human resources agencies are required to provide background information, including the hiring company profile, number of posts, job description, recruitment requirements, location and payroll. No discrimination content is allowed in job posts. (People’s Daily app)
308 choirs to participate in China International Chorus Festival
More than 15,000 members from 308 choirs across the globe will participate in the 14th China International Chorus Festival (CICF).
Jointly organized by the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), and other institutions, the biennial festival will run from July 19 to 25 in Beijing.
According to the organizers, this year’s festival is cooperating with the China Children and Teenagers' Fund and four other institutions, in funding nine children's choirs from impoverished areas to allow the children to take part in the festival and sing on a grander stage. (Xinhua)
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What is the capital city of United Arab Emirates?
(Answer: Abu Dhabi.)
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