Specifically, the draft likely will and should feature key

 reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot

ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.

China must promote the healthy development of the capital m

arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part

y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.

Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye

ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.

“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha

ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.

“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital

market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig

ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p

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Four-day May Day holiday offers best of both the worlds

Editor’s Note: The May Day holiday this year would be extended to four days. When Premier Li Keqiang was asked at a news con

ference during the recent second session of the 13th National People’s Congress whether China would res

ume the May Day golden week holiday, he said relevant departments were studying the issue and would serio

usly consider the public’s opinions before making a decision. What effects will a four-day holiday have on the people and

the economy? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:

Holiday answers people‘s appeals

The four-day holiday will, to a large extent, meet Chinese people’s require

ments for a better life, including the growing desire to enjoy quality longer vacations both at home and abroad.

There have been calls for longer holidays ever since the May Day golden

week holiday was reduced to three days. And the extension of the May Day holiday to four

days this year suggests the government has been taking public opinions into serious consideration.

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Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrecte

 providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain’s biggest change in generations no clearer.

After finally recognising that her minority Conservative g

overnment could not push through a Brexit deal on its own, May started talks this w

eek with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of coming up with a cross-party solution.

But that means accepting the need for more time, including the possibility of Britain hol

ding European Parliament elections on May 23, which May has long hoped to avoid at all cost.

“The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end on 30 June 2019,” May said in the letter.

“The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kin

gdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parlia

ment elections, but will continue to make responsible prepara

tions to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”

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Yorobe said on-site studies have shown that the vari

ieties introduced to the Philippines through the Green Super Rice project are capable of thriving in harsh environments and maintaining steady yields.

“After Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte Island in the central Phi

lippines in November 2013, we found that the Green Super Rice variety was one of the few that w

as still growing when submerged in saline water,” he said. “Local farmers were elated and regained hope.”

In West Africa, six Green Super Rice varieties with high-yield potential and strong tolerance to drought, salinity and iron to

xicity have been developed, and about 14.5 metric tons of such seeds were distributed to local rice breeders, ac

cording to Baboucarr Manneh, a researcher with the African Rice Center in Cote d’Ivoire.

“Moreover, about 500 scientists, technicians and farmers hav

e been trained in fields such as breeding, seed production and crop management th

rough the project. The training helps increase their capability and achieve sustainable growth in the future,” he said.

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From Israel to Brexit to France: Trump dips into allies’ politics

  He’s trashed the British Prime Minister. He’s cheered protesters in France. And now he’s handed Israel’s embattled leader a win days before a re-elect

ion. When it comes to other countries’ domestic politics, President Donald Trump hasn’t hesitated to put his thumb on the scale.

  When he first met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office weeks after his inau

guration, Trump heard out the Israeli prime minister’s appeal to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

  But Trump didn’t immediately deliver. Instead, he waited until less than three weeks before the most consequential election of Netanyahu’s polit

ical career to announce “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

  Combined with the warm embrace Trump will offer Netany

ahu in Washington next week and the White House’s silence on the timing of the annou

ncement, experts quickly identified Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as a brazen attempt to boost Netanyahu’s re-el

ection chances, giving him a foreign policy achievement to tout in the final stretch of the campaign.

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EU ready to grant Brexit delay if UK parliament backs dealpe

LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote

s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de

parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.

Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia

ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.

Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need

ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.

“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v

ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.

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secret/sensitive compartmentalized information” interim clea

  rances saw their access changed to “secret,” a classification for less sensitive material. In the months after Kushner’s cleara

nce was downgraded, Trump badgered aides about the hold up with his daughter and son-in-law, remarking that he did

n’t see what the issue was in granting them clearances because they would likely move back to New York in the c

oming months. Sources tell CNN that, for now, neither of them are expected to leave the West Wing.

  House Oversight Committee issues ultimatum to White House over security clearance information

  Asked for comment, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We don’t comment on security clearances.”

  ”We cannot respond to every anonymous source,” she added.

  Kelly could not be reached for comment. McGahn declined to comment for this story.

  Because they are a married couple, concerns that surfaced during one person’s secu

rity clearance investigation could stall or block both of them from receiving a full clearance. But officials had

concerns about granting Trump a clearance that were separate from those raised about her husband, according to one

of the sources, though it’s unclear what the concerns regarding her were. At the time, the couple told associates they beli

eved Kelly was blocking them from getting clearances because he did not feel like they belonged in the West Wing.

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Until now, China has 3,607 listed firms with a total market ca

capitalization of 53 trillion yuan. However, the weight of sci-tech firms remains quite limited.

The establishment of the board will help promote technological innovation, high-quality develop

ment of the economy and market-oriented reform of the capital market, according to Yi Huiman, CSRC chairman.

The tech board will ease the listing criteria, such as allowing firms that have yet to m

ake a profit to list but will also adopt higher requirements for information disclosure.

Li Chao, CSRC vice-chairman, said the new board will have strict IP

O standards and certain procedures and will not be flooded by listed firms.

The sci-tech board will focus on high-tech and strategically emerging sec

tors such as new generation information technology, advanced equipment, new ma

terials and energy, and biomedicine. The new board is likely to be rolled out as soon as the first half of this year.

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Red Notice fugitive turns himself iner real estate transaction of

BEIJING — One more of China’s most wanted graft fugitives has returned to China and turned h

erself in 17 years after fleeing overseas, China’s top anti-graft authority announced Saturday.

Li Jianxiong, a former real estate transaction official at Nan

hai district of Foshan city in Guangdong province, is suspected of graft crime.

The procuratorate in Nanhai district started investigating his cas

e in July 2002, two months after he fled. Li was listed on an Interpol Red Notice in May 2003.

Through work by an office in charge of fugitives and asset recovery under the central anti-

corruption coordination group, he turned himself in Friday.

 China’s workplace safety record has improved, with the number of accidents and fataliti

es both dropping in the first two months, data from the Ministry of Emergency Management showed.

The number of workplace safety accidents fell 6.1 percent yea

r-on-year during the January-February period, while related fatalities went down 16.8 per

cent, Sun Huashan, vice minister of emergency management, said at a press conference on Friday.

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Five more lunar locations get Chinese nameon Jan

ive more geographical entities on the moon have been given Chinese names, based on discoveri

es from China’s latest Chang’e 4 mission, according to a news conference on Friday.

The China National Space Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences and International Astronomical Union held a j

oint news conference Friday to announce the five names approved by the IAU on Feb 4.

The landing site of the Chang’e 4 probe is named Statio Tianhe, and three annular pits around the landing site are called Zhin

yu, Hegu and Tianjin. The central peak in the Von Karman Crater is referred to as Mons Tai.

The five places are clearly shown on high-resolution images based on data from the Chang’e 2 and Chang’e 4 missions.

China’s Chang’e 4 probe, launched on Dec 8, landed on the Von Kar

man Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3.

Tianhe, another name for the galaxy in ancient China, implies that th

e Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.

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