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Chinese envoys say fabricated accusation against Huawei harmful to free, fair competition
Senior Chinese diplomats in Europe slammed the "groundless" accusation against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, saying Huawei does not pose a threat to any country.
A signed piece by the Chinese ambassador to the UK was published on Saturday in The Telegraph.
Liu Xiaoming noted the "needless anxiety" over and "a ban in some countries" on companies such as Huawei.
He said Huawei UK has contributed to the economic and social progress of its host country over the past five years by bringing 2 billion pounds and creating 7,500 jobs. (Xinhua)
Military cemeteries envisioned for those who served
China will set up dedicated cemeteries for military personnel and their relatives to honor their service and enhance national identity and pride, according to the Ministry of Veterans Affairs.
The move is an important part of enhancing services to retired veterans, said Wang Zhiming, the director of the ministry's general office.
The ministry is learning from experts and foreign practices to create a grand design for the cemeteries, and details will be released in due time, he said. (China Daily)
US lifts sanctions on blacklisted Russian tycoon's companies
The US Treasury Department said it has lifted sanctions imposed on three Russian companies connected to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.
It’s a move which some lawmakers once attempted to block.
The department said the companies were removed as they have reduced Deripaska's direct and indirect shareholding stake in them and severed his control.
Deripaska reportedly has connections with both the Kremlin and Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who pleaded guilty last September. (Xinhua)
S.Korea's tax agency to intensify probe into companies' tax evasion
South Korea's tax agency has planned to intensify a probe into the tax evasion of companies over tax dodging and embezzlement.
The plan was unveiled during a meeting of senior tax officials on Monday at the main office of the National Tax Service (NTS).
Hong Nam-ki, minister of economy and finance, said that the tax justice must be achieved by taking stern measures against tax evasion.
The tax agency's investigation would be focused on the illegal transfer of management control in the conglomerates, appropriating company money for personal purpose, and subcontracting works to privately-owned firms. (Xinhua)
China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has first 5G base station
China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau recently had its first 5G base station opened in the city of Xining, Northwest China's Qinghai Province.
Part of the city's downtown area is covered by 5G service, with a peak download speed of 1.3 Gigabits per second.
That’s about 10 times that of 4G service.
China Mobile said 5G service is expected to improve communication between Qinghai's Tibetan-populated areas and the rest of the country by closing their information service gap. (CGTN)
France issues special stamps to celebrate the year of pig
The French national post office started selling two sets of stamps on Monday to celebrate the Chinese lunar New Year, which will usher in the "Year of the Pig," and to commemorate the 55th anniversary of China-France relations.
The stamps were designed by Chinese born French painter Chen Jianghong. The set with the mountain in the background will be used for domestic posts while the set with the lanterns for international posts. The two sets are valued at 4.4 euro and 6.5 euro respectively.
This year's stamps mark the 14th Chinese Lunar Calendar series. The first series was issued in 2005 for the zodiac year of rooster. (People’s Daily app)
Poland marks 74th anniversary of Auschwitz death camp liberation
And Sunday marked the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where over 1.1 million people were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Former prisoners of Auschwitz placed flowers at an execution wall.
They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter “P."
That’s the symbol the Nazis used to mark them as Poles.
The camp was liberated in 1945 and declared a national memorial site in 1947. (Xinhua)
And that’s People’s Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.
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