Minor earthquake in Beijing “normal, isolated event”

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be

ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the

earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th

ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.

“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering

School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.

“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the

Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e

xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,

according to past exper

ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the

China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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Prime Minister May is seeking a fourth vote on her

Withdrawal Agreement, which has been rejected by the parliament three times since January.

The first round of unbinding “indicative vote” was conducted on March 27, in which none o

f MPs’ eight proposed options secured a majority, but among them, the proposed options about a custom

s union with the Europan Union and a referendum on any deal received most support from the lawmakers.

Many of those eight options have returned for round two, but some have been replaced with new alternatives.

The prime minister, who is struggling to hold her party together, warned Sunday night that she

faced resignation and a split in the Conservative Party if she agrees to pursue a “soft” Brexit this week.

The British cabinet is expected to meet on Tuesday morning to consider how to proceed

with the vote outcomes amid speculation about possible resignations, a general election or change of Tory leader.

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PICC president Liu Hong under investigationhou, Guangdong prov

Liu Hong, Party secretary and president of the People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC), is being investigated for suspected v

iolations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to an announcement of the top anti-graft agency on Friday.

He is being investigated by the discipline inspection and supervision team of the China Cent

ral Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, according to the announcement.

Liu, 56, was appointed Party secretary, director and president of the PICC since October

A total of 1,883 private equity and venture capital deals were compl

eted in China’s telecommunications, media and technology industry in the second half of last

year, accounting for 46 percent of total PE/VC investment, a record number since 2016, according to a PwC report.

The report showed that 1,290 PE/VC deals were clinched in the third quarter of 2018, while in th

e fourth quarter, the number of PE/VC deals in TMT sectors dipped to below 600, as overall PE/VC investments plunged.

In the second half of 2018, there were 54 large-size deals with a single deal value over $100 million, and these large-size deals

had a total value of $21.3 billion, making up 76 percent of the total in TMT sectors in the second half.

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Huawei, which is a private company that has no affiliation

to the government, can provide the most advanced technologies and equipment for 5G mobile net

works. Those trying to block it on national security grounds are simply not keeping up with the times.

No country has provided any solid evidence to support the accusations that the Chinese telecoms giant presents a threat.

What they’ve done to Huawei will, as technology progresses, be show

n to be nothing more than a political farce.China Saturday announced specific rules con

cerning tax exemption to reduce the amount of individual income tax (IIT) paid on incomes earned overseas.

According to the rules jointly unveiled by the Ministry of Finance and

State Taxation Administration (STA), individuals who have lived on the Chines

e mainland for six consecutive years and have stayed there for 183 days or more each year will need to pay IIT on th

eir overseas-sourced incomes. Otherwise, their incomes earned overseas will be IIT exempt.

The clock for the six-year period will be reset if the individual leaves the mainland for more than 30 consecutive days in a year, according to the rules.

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He fled Afghanistan to escape violence, only to watch a man

  When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.

  But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim

inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.

  Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.

  ”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g

unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.

  Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat

ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.

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Illegal projects have been gradually eliminated to protec

  natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.

  Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab

out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.

  China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa

id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua

rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.

  Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction

s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.

  China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli

on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.

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China has been pulling off a delicate diplomatic balanc

  ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.

  In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.

  The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov

ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.

  Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.

  But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri

me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.

  ”The common interests of China and India far outweigh

their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.

  The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f

riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin

ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.

  Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and

2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.

  It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the

large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.

  But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela

tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.

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Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashes near Houston airport

NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto

n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.

Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si

te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.

The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh

en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add

ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.

The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.

Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.

“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all

we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.

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We understand that this week’s discussions covered famili

ound on structural issues and look forward to hearing details about any progress that was made,” said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.

The Washington-based council has urged both governments to use this month to address their unresolved issues, he said in a statement.

The Chinese delegation said that creating a market environment of fair competition is in line with the general di

rection of China’s reform and opening-up, and therefore China will actively address relevant US concerns.

The two countries have agreed to take effective measures to promote the more b

alanced development of bilateral trade. China will make active efforts to expand im

ports from the US in agriculture, energy, manufacturing and services, which will help the country’s pursuit of high

-quality economic development and meet the people’s demand for a better life, the Chinese delegation said.

It’s clear that changes to the bilateral commercial relationship are underway, but b

ecause the issues are complex, it will take hard work and considerable time to resolve them, Allen said.

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