More than 60 countries will send naval delegations to participate in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peo
ple’s Liberation Army Navy in late April, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
The celebration will showcase the progress of the PLA Navy and its growing capabili
ty in safeguarding China’s overseas interests as well as regional and world peace, an expert said.
The multinational naval event will take place in Qingdao, Shandong province, in late Ap
ril, said ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian. April 23 is the 70th anniversary of the PLA Navy’s founding.
The naval event will include high-level dialogues, an international fleet review, military band performances, cultural and sports e
xchanges as well as other activities, Wu said. Some nations will send military ships to participate in the fleet
review, though details are still in the works and will be announced at a later date, he added.
Cooperation at the ministry’s Office for International Military Cooperation, said that comp
ared with other branches of the military, the PLA Navy plays a relatively larger role in protecting China’s overseas inter
ests and maintaining security in key sea lanes such as the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
“The PLA Navy is at the forefront of proving that the Chinese milita
ry is an open, cooperative and competent force for peace,” he said, adding that the PLA Navy has f
requently participated in humanitarian rescue missions, naval escorts, joint exercises and exchanges in past years.
“Through these non-war military operations, the Chinese Navy has also improved its capability and operability in dis
tant waters,” Zhou said. “Many security issues around the world require global efforts, and as its capability impr
oves, the PLA Navy can play a bigger part and contribute more to global maritime security.”
Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t
wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.
Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the
US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec
urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.
Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit
ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.
“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi
nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco
gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.
“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio
n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.
Chinese local government bonds worth 1.4 billion yuan ($208.5 million) were snapped up by retail investors within a single day, after counter sales in banks we
re made available for the first time. The fundraising will help supplement a broader fiscal deficit this year, analysts said.
On Monday, individuals in China were able to purchase bonds issued by t
he Zhejiang provincial government (five-year term, 3.32 percent coupon rate) and the N
ingbo city government (three-year term, 3.04 percent coupon rate). Proceeds from the sales will be used for land purchases (300 million yuan) and shantytown renovations (1.1 billion yuan), acc
ording to a notice on the website of China Central Depository and Clearing, a clearinghouse under the central bank.
The minimum investment amount for retail investors is 100 yuan, lower than most wealth management products issu
ed by commercial banks. Previously, individual investors could only purchase bonds issued by the central government, kno
wn as treasury bonds. And before Monday, local government bonds were traded mainly in the interbank market.
headed by No 18 Wang Qiang, who this week reached the Miami Open quarterfinals to
become the first Chinese to go that far at the premier mandatory event since Li’s run to the final in 2014.
Li is delighted to see her compatriots mixing it with the world’s best, but said she expects more.
“It’s good to have a group of girls in the top 50, but the resources they enjoy today make me believe they could do better,” she said.
With more advanced coaching and training methods, WTA
CEO Steve Simon reckons China will unearth the next Li sooner rather than later.
“The chances of finding the next Li Na are very bright; it’s just a matter of time,” he said earlier this month in Shenzhen.
The return of The Road to Wimbledon, a tailor-made tournament for under-14 players, f
or its fourth year in China is part of the latest effort to deepen the domestic talent pool.
It began on Monday with a weeklong trial camp overseen by Dan Blox
ham, head coach of the All England Club. The best performers will be picked to compete at a nat
ional tournament in Nanjing in May, which will decide China’s representatives at the global final at Wimbledon from Aug 11-17.
gmatism over its decision of endorsing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying Xi and Mattarella agreed
that China and Italy, which are at the two ends of the ancient Silk Road, are natural partners in constructing the Belt and Road.
Conte, according to Wang, said the BRI will bring great opportunities to Italy. He also agre
ed to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing next month.
France is one of the earliest European countries that have expressed the willingness to take pa
rt in the BRI cooperation. During Xi’s visit to France, the two countries signed agreements on the third round of the BRI-related dem
onstration projects in third-party markets and kicked off a third-party market fund, Wang said.
At the closing session of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France, Macron
said the BRI is significant and can play an important role in world peace, stability and development, adding that the EU could align
its development strategy with the BRI in an innovative way and jointly promote Eurasian connectivity.
ith so many applications in different parts of industry and the economy, and we want agreements, project by project.”
Raffarin was appointed special envoy on China affairs by French President Emmanuel Mac
ron. He pointed out that it is not pragmatic to have an agreement about every industrial sector, because, as sovereig
n states, both countries need to protect the interests of their own businesses and industries.
“It’s easier to go project by project, and, after some experience, we can add a larger vision,” Raffarin said.
His comments came after Italy signed a BRI memorandum of understanding with China during
Xi’s visit to Rome last week to become the first G7 country to join the global infrastructure plan.
According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, from January to November 2018, China’s direct investment in France reached $330 mil
lion. China’s growing investment in Europe has prompted concerns in the West, which Raffarin thinks are misplaced.