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China pledges to deepen cooperation with WIPO
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says China will adopt a stricter intellectual property rights protection system.
This, as it enters a critical stage in upgrading its economy.
He says IPR protection is the cornerstone of the market economy, even as protecting IPRs is an inevitable requirement for achieving innovative development.
Li met with World Intellectual Property Organization Director-General Francis Gurry in Beijing at the high-level conference on intellectual property rights for countries along the Belt and Road. (Xinhua)
Mattis says no plans to suspend more military exercises with S. Korea
US Defense Secretary James Mattis says the United States has no plans to suspend any more military exercises with South Korea.
He says the US took the step to suspend several of the largest exercises as a good-faith measure coming out of the Singapore summit.
The Pentagon earlier said that it has "indefinitely" suspended two military exercise programs with South Korea to support the agreements between US President Donald Trump and top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump met with Kim on June 12, when they promised to build new bilateral relations and work toward a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." (Xinhua)
Five passengers injured during an emergency landing at Shenzhen airport
Five passengers aboard a Capital Airlines flight sustain minor injuries during an emergency landing at Shenzhen's Bao'an Airport in South China.
Airport officials say mechanical failure led to the emergency landing.
One of the airport's runways was closed as an emergency response to the incident. (CGTN)
Didi executives apologize, promise better security
Top executives of ride-hailing company Didi apologize for any role it might have played in the death of a 20-year-old woman in Zhejiang Province.
The woman was allegedly raped and killed by one of Didi’s drivers on Friday.
It was the second such killing this year.
Didi says it will re-evaluate its business model and service logic, and will deactivate its online "hitch" ride services indefinitely until such time as its security measures are accepted by the public. (China Daily)
Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns 'be careful'
US President Donald Trump accuses Google and other US tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories and news is bad.”
He offered no evidence of bias.
But a top adviser says the White House is “taking a look” at whether Google should face federal regulation.
Google says it never ranks search results to manipulate political sentiment.
Trump’s tweets echoed his familiar attacks on the news media — that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don’t give enough weight to opposing political viewpoints. (AP)
Meituan-Dianping seeks $4 billion with IPO
Leading third-party delivery and takeout platform Meituan-Dianping is expected to list on the Hong Kong stock market on Sept. 20 to raise at least $4 billion with its initial public offering.
Chinese tech giant Tencent will be the IPO's cornerstone investor, and plans to invest $500 million to buy the stock.
Goldman Sachs Group, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America are joint sponsors for the IPO, and China Renaissance is the sole financial adviser. (China Daily)
Israel warns Assad not allow permanent Iranian forces in Syria
And an Israeli cabinet minister says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will pay a "heavy price" if he chooses to allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
Interior Defense Minister Gilad Erdan says the recent Iran-Syria military cooperation deal is clearly an excuse to legitimize the presence of Iranian forces in Syria. (Xinhua)
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