China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
comes in time because, if passed, it will provide better regulations of the gene-editing activities over embryos.
Besides, the draft law did not list clearly the definition of gene-edited em
bryos. Technically speaking, if a fertilized egg is genetically edited and grows into an embr
yo, the total process should be considered gene-editing of embryo and put under the regulation of the law.
Zhang Dake, an associate researcher at Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
In the past, “health rights” mainly referred to the right to stay healthy and free from injuries. T
he draft amendment this time follows the latest progresses in genetic technologies by extending its defin
ition to cover genetic resources, and will be a guiding principle for relevant disputes in the future.
More importantly, the civil code is a guiding law for all laws in the ci
vil sector. If the draft amendment passes, more related laws, regulations as well as sta
ndards will be amended or drafted in the future, which is a major progress in legislation.
China and the United States have made new progress in negotiating the text of an econom
ic and trade deal, but much work remains to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Negotiating teams from the two countries are hashing out the text of the deal, including
an enforcement mechanism, on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, said Gao Feng, ministry spokesman.
The remarks came as the world’s two biggest economies have been i
ntensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the most recent round of trade consultations, the negotiators discussed technolo
gy transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, nontariff measures, the service sector, agriculture, tra
de imbalances and enforcement mechanisms, according to earlier reports.
The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a recent white paper that the US business commu
nity in China, long an advocate of good bilateral relations, can no longer be relied on to be a positive anchor.