tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in
dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.
In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i
n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim
ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other
sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre
ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.
China, US should jointly promote WTO reform
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr
iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t
rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.
was “extremely unlikely” any of the 27 countries would veto a delay.
AP”If one country was to veto an extension and, as a result, impose hardship on us, real problems for the Dutch and Belgians
and French as neighboring countries (to the UK)…they wouldn’t be forgiven for it,” he told Ireland’s RTE radio.
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sund
ay in Beijing’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 chan
ges in crustal stress, and there 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 experience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree ev
ery year, according to past experience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, added.
to reduce pollution from industrial production, coal used as fuel, and motor vehicles, which are the t
hree major sources of pollution. In addition, more will be done to reduce pollution by up
grading heating and switching from coal to clean energy in industrial northern China.
As for the still challenging problem of water pollution, according to the GWR, China pl
ans to achieve a 2 percent decrease in both chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen emi
ssions this year as the government strengthens its efforts to curb water and soil pollution.
America’s master of malapropisms, Yogi Berra, once said that “You can observe a lot by wat
ching”. We can see with our own eyes how much progress has begun to be made in Beijing and other cities reg
arding pollution but this is merely a good beginning of a very long struggle that will be measured in decades, not ye
ars. As I write this I can clearly see the mountains that ring Beijing from my window. Once a rare occurrence, I now see
them often. It’s not scientific but it’s my personal way of knowing that the government’s war on pollution is having the
desired effect and it’s heartening to know that much more is being done in what is, in essence, a war on pollution.