Kim Jong-un supervises test of new tactical guided weapon

Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) supervised the

test-fire of a new tactical guided weapon, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

Kim “supervised and guided a test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon cond

ucted by the Academy of Defense Science on Wednesday,” the KCNA reported.

The design indexes of the weapon, with advantages of “the p

eculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead,” were “perfectly verified at the test-fire con

ducted in various modes of firing at different targets,” the report said, giving no details of the weapon.

“Tactical” implies a short distance weapon instead of a long-range ballistic missile in military battles.

According to the report, Kim described the development as “an event of v

ery weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army,” sayi

ng that the scientists and workers have done a great work in increasing the country’s capabilities of

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awmakers Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden

More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found

er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.

The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa

jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens

ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa

s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.

He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a

nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request

from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.

He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait

ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.

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Gathering various resources, the city clusters will bene

efit from economies of scale and agglomeration, and the coordinated development of those city clusters will help sha

re and build the basic urban foundation, bring stronger competitiveness and improve pe

ople’s lives,” said Chen Yuyu, an economics professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.

Nine Occupy activists, including three chief organizers, were found guilty for their involve

ment in the 2014 illegal Occupy protests, a Hong Kong court ruled on Tuesday.

University of Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting and sociologist Chan Kin-man, two of th

e three chief organizers, were convicted of conspiracy to commit public nuisance and inci

tement to commit public nuisance, according to the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts.

The other chief organizer, pastor Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, was convicted of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

Five other defendants, namely legislator from the Civic Party Tanya Chan Suk-chong, legislator and social worker Shiu Ka-C

hun, social activist Raphael Wong Ho-ming, and former student leaders Tommy Cheung Sau-yin and Eason Chu

ng Yiu-wa, were found guilty for incitement to commit public nuisance and incitement to commit public nuisance.

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The number of unicorn companies in Haidian makes

 up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno

logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.

“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i

n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit

y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea

s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the

financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.

For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to

50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m

ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.

For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer

s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.

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Xiongan New Area afforests over 1,400 hectaresngan New

The Xiongan New Area in north China have completed an afforestation project of more tha

n 1,400 hectares with several green belts built this spring, the Hebei provincial forestry and grassland bureau said Sunday.

By the end of March 29, Xiongan had planted trees covering an area of 1,466.7 hectares.

In 2018, Xiongan New Area afforested a total of 7,333 hectares, increasing the area’ forest coverage by 6 percent.

In January, China’s central authorities approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan. According to the plan, which str

esses high-quality development, Xiongan will become a modern city that is green, intell

igent and livable with “relatively strong competitiveness and human-environment harmony by 2035.”

Hebei will beef up afforestation programs. A total of 513,333 hec

tares of forest will be added in the province in 2019, increasing the forest coverage to 35 percent.

The province began a three-year afforestation campaign in 2018, planting more trees to build a “green wall” for Beijing.

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Piraeus Port is the largest port in Greece. On Aug 10, 2016, COSCO Shipping (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China COSC

O Shipping Group, became a controlling shareholder of the port and started operating the facility.

Around 290 million euros are expected to be invested by the company for the expansion of a crui

se terminal, improvement of a ship repair wharf and a new multi-storey garage of roll-on roll-off ship wharf.

The port, as an important meeting point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Cent

ury Maritime Silk Road, has become one of the fastest-growing container ports in the world in recent years.

Under the joint operation of Chinese and Greek enterprises, the port’s infrastruct

ure conditions and operational capabilities have been greatly improved. The freight hub has become increas

ingly prominent, not only providing more jobs, but also promoting local economic development and be

coming a model of win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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The two nations should also further exchanges and

cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.

Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll

owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi

sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.

She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a

nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.

She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co

mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.

She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p

olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.

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The Chinese government has never imposed any policy

 to force foreign companies to transfer their technology,” Gao added, sayi

ng that the country’s Foreign Investment Law bars forced technology transfers.

The newly passed law, approved this month and set to take effect in January, stipulates that China will treat foreign and Chi

nese enterprises equally and protect their intellectual property rights. Under the law, foreign enterprises will recei

ve pre-establishment national treatment, in addition to a negative list system for market access.

A negative list shows areas where investment i

s limited or prohibited for foreign investors, with all other areas presumed to be open.

Gao said the ministry is working with relevant de

partments to conduct research on shortening the negative list for market access.

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New cross-border bridge to boost China-Vietnam trade

The Second Beilun River Bridge opened to traffic on March 19. It connects the Chinese city of Dongxing with the Vietn

amese city of Mong Cai, two important trade cities along the border between the two countries.

The new bridge spans 549 meters across the border river between China and Vietnam and is built to the first-class high

way standard. Construction started in 2014 and was completed in late 2017, costing a total of 220 million yuan ($33 million).

The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilometers away, whi

ch was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.

Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,05

6 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.

The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be

ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo

ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.

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The office was established after Kim and South Korean Preside

  nt Moon Jae-in met at the DMZ for an historic summit last year, which was follow

ed by a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

  Pyongyang said it would notify Seoul regarding “further practical matters in the future.”

  In the statement, the Unification Ministry said South Korea regrets the decisi

on, and urged the North to return soon and continue the work being done at the liaison office towards a full peace settlement.

  ”We regard such a withdrawal as very sad and unfortunate (and) we hop

e that the North will return shortly and hope that the liaison contact office will operate nor

mally as soon as possible,” Vice Minister of Unification Chun Hae-sung said at a press conference in Seoul Friday.

  ”We believe that we should take some time to judge (the situation).”

  North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Liason Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent

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