Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiw

wan Affairs Office, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise aimed to protect national sover

eignty and territorial integrity, as well as protect the common interests of people from both sides of the straits.

Taiwan’s administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, used the drill as an opport

unity to “deceive and mislead the residents of Taiwan and to provoke and escalate a cross-Straits confrontation,” Ma said.

“Its goal of undermining cross-Straits relations and the peace and security of the region will not succeed,” Ma said. “Nobo

dy should underestimate our adamant resolve and ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

On Tuesday, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said she will not be intimidated by the military d

rill, calling the exercise “a threat to Taiwan” and an act of “coercion”, the island’s media reported.

Tsai also thanked the United States for considering a deal with Taiwan to renew a $500

million training program in the US for Taiwan F-16 pilots and maintenance crews.

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In early April, the US increased military interactions

with the island by officially acknowledging that military personnel have been posted in the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan since 2005.

US weapons manufacturer Raytheon was also granted a $9 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system.

Senior Colonel Liang Fang, a professor at PLA National Defense Universit

y, said the recent drill will test and enhance the PLA’s joint operating capabilities.

“It will increase the PLA’s ability to protect national sovereignty, and warn thos

e who are trying to undermine it to abandon their illusions,” she said. “Similar drills

will be more common in the future, with increasingly sophisticated equipment and training methods.”

Xiu Chunping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social

Sciences’ Institute of Taiwan Studies, said the recent drill serves to warn the US and separati

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The two sides can help jointly find solutions to glob

 and bilateral issues despite remaining difficulties in bilateral relations, he said.

The thawing of ties between China and Japan was marked by Li’s visit to the country in

May, the first by a Chinese premier in eight years, and the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China in October.

The economic dialogue between the two countries was launched in 2007,

and deteriorated relations due to disputes over a number of issues resulted in an eight-ye

ar hiatus until last April, when the two sides restarted with the fourth round of dialogue in Tokyo.

China said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is open to economic cooperation with

other countries and regions, and it does not become involved in territorial disputes of relevant parties.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing tha

t although the initiative was proposed by China, it is an international project for the public good.

While advancing the initiative, China upholds the principle of equality, openness and transparency and sticks to enter、

prise-oriented market operations as well as market laws and well-accepted international rules, Lu said.

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schedule must not be imposed on workersschedule

Editor’s note: The “996” schedule (working from 9 am to 9 pm, six

days a week) has sparked a heated public debate, because many workers don’t get any ove

rtime pay and, worse, could end up in the “”. The “996” phenomenon is rampant in the high-tech and internet compani

es. Some internet company chiefs have added fuel to the debate by saying they want their workers to “work hard”. T

hree experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:

Labor Law should never be violated

Given the fierce competition in the high-tech sector industries, start-

ups have to take drastic measures to survive, let alone thrive. To develop new products, and pr

oduce and market them, companies need a great deal of resources and ski

lled manpower. Perhaps this is the reason they make their employees work overtime.

But forcing the “996” schedule on the workers is illegal. To p

rotect the rights of workers, the Labor Law stipulates that employers

should not force their workers to work more than eight hours a day, or more than 44 hours a week. If emplo

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This so disappointed and frustrated it that it has begun

 question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe

ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.

In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i

nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was

hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.

Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot

herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year

would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.

But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max

imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin

g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.

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After the death, only three such animals remain in the

world: One in the Suzhou Zoo, one in Dong Mo Lake west of Hanoi and one in Xuan Khanh Lake in Hanoi’s outskirts.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world’s largest known freshwater turtle species, and one of the world’s 50 most threatened turtles.

The 125th China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, China’s largest

trade fair, will open on Monday in Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong province.

The spring session of the biannual fair will be held in three phases. The export section w

ill have 51 exhibition areas with 59,651 booths booked by 24,800 domestic enterprises.

The first phase of the export exhibition held from April 15 to 19 will mai

nly showcase mechanical and electrical equipment, hardware, and building mate

rials. The second phase from April 23 to 27 will showcase consumer goods and gifts. The third issue from May 1 to 5 will d

isplay textiles and clothing, luggage, culture and sports, food, medical supplies and medical health products.

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Cinema showing films in Burmese launched in Yunnan

China’s first cinema that shows films in the Burmese language opened in Ruili, Southwest China’s Y

unnan province, on Saturday, as the city celebrated one of its most important festivals, the Water Splashing Festival.

Named Bao Bo Hall in Chinese – transliterated from the word “brotherhood” in Burmese, the dedicated screening roo

m is in a 1,500-square-meter new cinema built with an investment of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million).

Films to be shown in the hall will be dubbed and subtitled in Burmese.

A major border crossing between China and Myanmar, Ruili is now home to ap

proximately 60,000 Burmese people, accounting for about one-third of its population.

In benefitting from the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, the small city has seen a

n increasingly close and active interaction between the two nations, both economically and culturally.

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When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Em

mbassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extraditi

on for questioning. He also sought refuge because of fears he would ultimately be extradited to the US

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange af

ter two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors

have said a rape case could be reactivated before the statute of limitations ends in August 2020.

After Assange’s arrest, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson was tapped to look

into a request from a lawyer for one of the accusers to find out whether the case can be pursued.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported bei

ng raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she w

ould “do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted.

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In the spin and swing of a vinyl revivalned recorone th

It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit

s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l

ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th

e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.

Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y

ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.

“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music

online through streaming services is incredibly conven

ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”

The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be

rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.

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Tu Liangcheng, one of the leading scientists of the Tia

nqin project, said that the project has been going smoothly.

“So far nearly 200 Chinese scientists from more than 30 dome

stic research institutions and universities and about 30 researchers from at l

east eight other countries-including Russia, Italy, Germany and France-have participated in the pr

oject,” said Tu, who is also director of the gravitation center at the Wuhan university.

Shen Zhiqiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, and a membe

r of the EHT team, said the success of the first black hole image has encouraged Chinese scientists to engage in mo

re international collaboration and boost the country’s ability in studying deep space.

Chinese scientists participated in Hawaii and Spain in the observations

that yielded the black hole image. They were highly involved in follow-up data analysis and th

eoretical explanation throughout the two years that followed the five-day observations in April 2017.

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