It was also decided at the meeting to submit the dr

raft amendments to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, C

hina’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.

Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrativ

e licensing, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade

marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.

Last month, the National People’s Congress passed the foreign

investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection and a better bus

iness environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.n costumes of ethnic grou

take part in a parade during a culture festival in Wangmo county, Southwest China’s Guizhou province, Ap

ril 6, 2019. A culture festival of the Buyi ethnic group kicked off here Saturday to c

elebrate “San Yue San”, or the third day of the third month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 7 this

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By becoming the first G7 member to join the Belt

Road Initiative, Italy has set an example for other European countries on how to strengthen cooperation with China in the future.As for C

hina and France, the two countries inked agreements on deepening joint development, part

icularly through industrial cooperation. The two sides also signed billions of dollars worth of contracts.Now tha

t French President Emmanuel Macron, a firm supporter of European integration, has taken measures to im

prove China-France cooperation, the healthy and fruitful progress of Sino-French ties can in turn promote better C

hina-EU relations. Macron has always emphasized France’s position in the European integration project and China sup

ports his efforts.By reaching agreements on cooperation, Xi and Macron have paved the way for not only deep

er Sino-French cooperation but also overall Sino-EU cooperation, which was highlighted during Xi’s meeting with Germ

an Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Action plan created to improve water quality in Yangtze River

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has drawn up an action plan to impro

ve the water quality of the Yangtze River over the next two years, it announced on Feb 28.

The ministry aims to finish the overhaul of sewage outlets and eliminate nearly all water below Gra

de V — the lowest quality grade in China’s five-tier system — near the river by 2020 under the action plan, whi

ch was released by the ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission on Feb 25.

Other goals include guaranteeing at least 1,000 metric tons of drinking water a day in the Yangtz

e River Economic Zones and suspending all large-scale construction activities that affect the river.

“It is hard to overhaul sewage outlets. Most of the time, we can’t tell

who is discharging or where the discharge takes place, because many enterprises are now shar

ing a single exit,” said Zhang Bo, director of the ministry’s department of water ecology and environment.

“To distinguish who is generating the pollution, we need to trace sour

ces, measure pollutants and renovate the outlets one by one. It’s a big job.”

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