vice by October, an increase in the number of China’s ETC users will make the 90 percent passage via ETC

a reality by year-end, the action plan said.

Starting from July 1, 2019, the country will strictly implement the poli

cy of granting a discount of no less than 5 percent off expressway tolls for ETC use

rs. By the end of the year, the number of ETC users is expected to top 180 million, the action plan said.

The plan calls for increased investment in building the ETC infrast

ucture to increase the proportion of ETC lanes, which should be no less than 70 percent by

the end of October for big and medium-sized cities, new towns and sites near scenic spots.

Given that some vehicles may not have installed ETC devices by yea

r-end, expressways will still offer some manned lanes, accepting mobile payment.

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Candidates bidding to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister

and the leader of its ruling Conservative Party are vying to separate themselves from the pack

in a crowded leadership race that had, as of Monday, attracted 13 competitors and much criticism.

Leadership battles typically attract a handful of hopefuls but this is the largest in Conservative Party history.

The BBC said on Monday the overcrowded race had led so

me senior members of the Conservative Party, including Housing Minister James Bro

kenshire, to urge fringe candidates to pull out in order to save time and leave the waters less muddied.

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It is important that we come to an agreement over time that addresses the problems that we have identified. And the sooner the better,” Allen said.

He said the council had opposed the use of tariffs from the very beginning and hop

ed a “mutually acceptable and supportive” agreement could be reached in the near term.

“But, currently, we are moving away from that agreement. We want to get back to moving toward a

n agreement so that our two economies can begin to interact with each other in a more normal manner,” he said.

Allen, who was in Lexington, Kentucky, last week for the Fifth US-China Governors Fo

rum, said he had spoken to a number of Chinese investors in Kentucky and throughout the United St

ates who are bringing jobs and opportunities that did not exist previously.

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 to promoting a new type of international relationship and building a community with a shared future for mankind, Xi said.

Mourao extended President Bolsonaro’s greetings and best wishes, and delivered a letter from the Brazilian president to Xi.

The new Brazilian administration led by Bolsonaro attaches great importance to relations with China, Mourao said.

Brazil speaks highly of China’s important contributions to promot

ing global economic growth and considers China to be a reliable and stable partner, he said.

Brazil would like to connect the country’s investment partners plans

with the Belt and Road Initiative and expand cooperation with China in areas incl

uding trade, technology and innovation, he said, adding that Brazil welcomes investment from China.

Mourao expressed gratitude for China’s support for Brazil’s hosting of the meeting of BRICS leaders. Brazil would like

to enhance coordination with China under multilateral frameworks including BRICS, the WTO and the G20 to maintain multilateralism and t

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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.

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Premier Li Keqiang urged government departments to speed up the implementation

of tax reductions to invigorate the country’s economy, amid rising uncertainties about growth on Friday.

Li was speaking with entrepreneurs from the manufacturi

ng, construction and service sectors at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing.

The businesspeople said they have received benefits from the tax reduction measu

res in the past months, after the measures were introduced by Li in the Government Work Report in March. They

also offered advice on how to further ease the tax burden on businesses.

After hearing their opinions, Li called tax reduction a great decision made by the Communist Party of China Central Comm

ittee and the State Council. It has boosted market confidence in outstanding ways and promoted the stable

growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.

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le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.

Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic environment are also rising and there remai

n downward pressures on the domestic economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs.

Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though

t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thro

ugh deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said.

He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business environm

ent and invigorating the market, which will not only stabilize growth and employment bu

t also encourage companies to invest more in innovation for long-term development.

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sustained sense of security, Xi said.Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill

Xi called for reforms in public security work and said big data should be used as a major engine to promote innovation in the sector. More

measures for higher-quality services should be implemented to give the public a substantial sense of fulfillment, he added.

While demanding that high discipline be exercised within the public security forc

es, Xi said there will be zero tolerance for violations of laws and Party discipline.

He also urged Party committees at all levels to suppo

Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tues

day to bolster Taiwan’s defense capability, calling it “boorish interference” in China’s domestic affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment on Wedn

esday after the House voted to pass a nonbinding resolution reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan. It also backed the

so­-called Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which supports Taiwan increasing its defense spending.

rt public security staff in exercising power and fulfilling their responsibilities in accordance with the law.

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ld correct our mistakes when we have made any and guard against them when we have not.

The Party should address young people’s concerns in employment,

starting business, integrating into the society, love, marriage and making friends, carin

g for the elderly and raising children, so as to create favorable conditions for their development.

We should educate and guide young people to view the world pr

operly, to understand the national conditions comprehensively, and to grasp the trend of the era.

Communist Youth League asked to mobilize youth for Chinese Dream

The Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) shall unite and lead Chi

nese youth of the new era to strive for the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

The CYLC should serve their duties of guiding and uniting the youth, mobilizing them, connecting them and providing services.

Youth urged to have concerns for humanityThe Chinese youth should work for the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

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China’s new round of opening-up, Xi said, adding that Switzerland

has also led European Union nations by signing a free-trade agreement with China.

He called upon both sides to give play to the opening-up spirit, which features cooperation and win-win outcomes.

He also pledged that China will continue to create an open and fair b

usiness environment for foreign enterprises, including those from Switzerland.

Maurer said both the Chinese and the Swiss are endowed with a hardworking, reliable and innovative character.

He said Switzerland welcomes investment from Chinese businesses and will not im

pose restrictions. Switzerland is ready to enhance exchanges with China in winter sports, he added.

Maurer also said he is greatly in agreement with speeches de

livered by Xi during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

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