hina to remain steadfast protecting national security

First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their s

urrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.

For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never bee

n obstructed. “There is no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.

However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese maritim

e territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.

“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,”

Shao said. “As a result, the PLA has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands i

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pending on health, education, and social protection coul

State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will attend the Shangri-La Dialogue w

hich is set to open on Friday in Singapore, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defense Ministry.

Wei’s attendance will be the second time China has sent its defense minister to the internati

onal security forum held by London-based think tank the International Institute for Strategic St

udies. The first time was in 2011, when General Liang Guanglie took part and delivered a speech.

General Wei is scheduled to speak on China’s security cooperation

with the international community and will meet heads of several foreign delegations to dis

cuss a wide range of topics, Wu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.

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Earnings growth may sustain at a rather high speed

Wang Yang, an analyst with Soochow Securities based in Suzhou, Jia

ngsu province, said that apart from the economic recovery underpinned by su

pportive policies, cyclical factors also imply that earnings growth will continue to recover in the rest of the year.

According to Wang, the current profit cycle of A-share companies started from 2

016 and should end with recovery this year, as the cycles usually last for 12 to 14 quarters.

This year’s gradual recovery in earnings growth could help the A-share market to withstan

d external uncertainties, said Yan Xiang, an analyst with Shenzhen-based Guosen Securities.

“It is quite different from 2018 when earnings growth of most companies deteriorated. Earn

ings growth, a determinant of the market trend, is likely to be on the recovery path,” Yan said in a note.

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Pilot blames lightning for deadly crash landingkhoi aircraft

The pilot of a Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow’s busiest airp

ort, killing 41 of the 78 people aboard, said lightning led to the emergency landing, Agence France-Presse reported.

Investigators on Monday were working to understand the causes of the blaze after the Suk

hoi Superjet-100 returned to Sheremetyevo airport shortly after takeoff on Sunday evening.

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov told Russian media the aircraft lost communication and needed to

switch to emergency control mode “because of lightning” on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk.

He did not specify if the plane was struck directly.

“We managed to restore communication through the emergency frequenc

y on our radio connection. But the link was only for a short time and kept cutting out. … It wa

s possible to say only a few words,” he told The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

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More regulation of rural banks’ shareholder equity

hina is stepping up the investigation and regulation of shareholder equity

for small and medium-sized rural banks to improve their corporate governance, said a

n official of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission on Monday.

From 2018 to 2020, the CBIRC’s offices at the local level will investigate all rural commercial banks, rural cooperatives and rural credit unions.

As of the end of last year, the regulators had investigated 868 rural coopera

tives, which involve 28,000 stakeholders with shareholding of more than 1 percent, and 65,00

0 shareholder affiliates. The rest of the rural banking institutions will be investigated in 2019 and 2020.

The regulators found that small and medium-sized rural ba

nks had a few prominent shareholder equity problems, according to the CBIRC.

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Barca has won 26 league titles in Spain, compared to

 33 for Real Madrid. But Barca have won

eight of the last 11 leagues and 10 of the last 15 (all 10 with Messi in the squad).

Earlier in the day, second-placed Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at home over struggling Valladolid to delay Barca’s celebrations.

The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez put the ball into his own net, but

the visitors were convinced they should have had a penalty after Santiago Arias clearly handed the ball in his own area.

Referee Melero Lopez checked with the VAR but decided the handball was accidental.

Athletic Club Bilbao remains seventh after a 1-1 draw at home with Alaves in the Basque derby.

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This video was allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when

 Niuniu had already worked for most of the day.

Another clip shows Niuniu shocked by her mother’s sudden strike to her hand.

Many netizens have said that the viral videos show the harmful conditions that child mode

ls experience, and have asked for more care for the girl’s psychical and mental health.

More than 110 children’s clothing shops on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform, have unit

ed together to call for better regulation of the child modeling industry and greater protection for child models.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known child

model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with many leaving comme

nts criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” her daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.

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hows their marriage certificates at a civil affairs office on Valent

China’s birthrate has been on a decline over the past few years, and now the number of people tying the proverbial knot is also heading lower.

Last year, the marriage rate nationwide dipped to 7.2 newly wedded couples per 1,000 people, dropp

ing for the fifth consecutive year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The rate stood at 9.9 per 1,000 in 2013, and was 7.7 in 2017.

The declining figures come as the China is grappling with fewer newborns and a mounting number of divorces.

The birthrate was 10.94 per 1,000 on the Chinese mainland last year, down from 12.43 in 2017, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, couples deciding to end their marriages were rising rapidly, reaching 3.2 divorces

per 1,000 people in 2017, said the Social Service Development Statistical Bulletin of 2017. The number was only 2.0 in 2010.

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May also hoped severing the link between the two parts

of the deal would blunt opposition. That gamble failed to pay off, as opposition lawma

kers said if amounted to voting for a “blind Brexit” with no idea what would happen next.

Two years ago, Britain triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit, with the depart

ure date set for March 29, 2019. But with British politicians deadlocked over

whether to approve the divorce deal, the

EU last week granted an extension to May 22 had the divorce deal been

approved by Friday — or to April 12 if rejected.

With May’s deal as good as dead, lawmakers who favor a “soft Brexit” plan

to hold votes Monday in an attempt to find a plan with majority support.

Opposition Labour Party leader said Parliament had a “responsibility to find

a majority for a better deal for all the people of this country.”

And he urged May to step down — “not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now.”

If lawmakers back a new proposal, Britain would need to seek a new delay

to Brexit from the bloc to implement it.

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After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

held the original ruling, and said the two companies should stop their infringement immediately.

The Shanghai IP Court will further calculate the exact amou

nt of compensation that the two Chinese companies should pay to Valeo, accor

ding to the verdict. During the first trial, Valeo had requested compensation of 6 million yuan ($893,000).

Wednesday’s trial is of great significance as it shows China’s growing efforts in protecting IPR, the top court said in a release.

“It shows the country’s strong determination in fighting infringement, and intensif

ied judicial protection for IPR and innovation-driven development,” said Ma Yide, an intel

lectual property professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law who attended the hearing.

The final verdict was reached only two months after the original one.

Such a fast pace reflects improved efficiency in handling IP-related lawsuits in Chinese courts, he said.

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