ciple. So every country has important principles, and we absolutely c
annot make concessions on such issues of principle,” the vice-premier said.
Liu, however, added that he hoped both sides would exhibit flexibility in the talks.
He refuted the criticism of the US side that China reneged on its promises in the draft trade text.
“We believe that it is only natural to have changes before a final deal; it is something that surely occurs in the process, so we
don’t think the Chinese side has back-walked,” he said, adding that he disagreed with the wording of “renege”.
“We just had differing views on how to phrase some things in t
he text, and we hope to resolve it, so it’s unnecessary to overreact to the issue,” he said.
various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int
erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.
Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri
mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.
Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec
hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.
Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.
He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant
eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.
Xi reviewed 18 vessels from 13 countries invited to participate in a naval parade on Tuesday afternoon.
The foreign vessels in the waters off eastern China’s coastal city of Qingdao saluted
Xi, who was on board the destroyer Xining, in their traditional manners as they passed by.
The vessels whistled and officers and soldiers stood in a ceremonial formation, saluting Xi as they passed by.
“Salute to you, comrades,” Xi called out to the officers and soldiers.
“Hail to you, chairman,” they replied.
Xi alternated the greeting with “Comrades, thanks f
or your hard work,” to which the officers and soldiers replied “Serve the peop
urn the salute, and Xi waved to the naval officers and soldiers aboard the vessels
i onboard the destroyer Xining gave an order to commence the naval parade on the sea off Qingdao at about 2:30 pm Tuesday.
A total of 32 vessels of the People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed in six groups, and 39 warplanes of the navy flew in ten echelons.
Under a pilot scheme, the first group of six provinces and cities sold 6.8 billion yuan in bonds
at commercial bank counters to individual buyers between March 22 and early April.
The coupon rates are between 3.01 percent and 3.33 percent, higher than treasury b
onds issued by the central government as well as bank deposits with the same maturity.
Gross local bond issuances hit 1.18 trillion yuan in the first qua
rter, compared with only 219.5 billion yuan in the same period last year.
The total quota for 2019 local government bond issuances is 3.08 trillion yuan, according to the Ministry of Finance.
“About 60 percent of the bonds were issued for ongoing construction, especially
for shantytown renovation projects, railways and roads,” said Hao Lei, head of the ministry’s Budget Department.
While debt financing continues to grow, the government is experiencing sharp declin
es in fiscal revenue growth, especially from tax and land sales, official data showed.
China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.