Every morning, dozens of students from Myanmar walk hand in hand across the border into China’s Yunnan province.
There, they are led by patrol officers to Yinjing Frontier Primary School. After school, as they are escorted to the border insp
ection station, they wave, tell the officers goodbye and return to their homes in Myanmar.
The students attend the first frontier primary school in China. Loca
ted in Yinjing village in the small border city of Ruili in Yunnan province, the school has 36 My
anmar students and 99 Chinese students. Founded in 1960, it has been admitting students from Myanmar since 1990.
Wen Liang, 10, from Myanmar, has repeated this routine for three years. “I like go
ing to school in China. It makes me very happy because I have many friends there,” Wen said.
The youngest Myanmar student is 5, said Sun Jialiang, the school principal.
China should be good partners with inclusive interests and pursue common development. Xi called on the two count
ries to boost mutual political trust, enhance communication of policies and support each other’s major concerns and core interests.
China appreciates Italy’s contributions to promoting relations between China and Europe, Xi said, adding that China would like to enhance cooperation with Italy under
multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations and the G20, to support multilateralism and free trade.
Saying that the world is facing unprecedented challenges, Xi added that China w
ould like to make joint efforts with the international community to build a more beautiful world.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partners
hip, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
China and Italy have respected, trusted and helped each other for nearly half a century, and t
he two countries have strengthened high-level exchanges and boosted strategic mutual trust, Xi said.
tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.
Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia
logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou
ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.
Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.
hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu
e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.
Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa
cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran
sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th
ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.
Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” Trump told the tabloid. “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”
Trump apologized in private to May, one of the rare times he‘s admitted wrong. And tho
ugh he’s expressed a desire to remain diplomatically impartial — “I think we will stay right in our lane,” he sa
id last week when questioned about Brexit — he has nevertheless bemoaned May’s handling of the issue over and over.
”I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said in the Oval Office last week, mome
nts after suggesting he wouldn’t offer an opinion on the issue. “I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to n
egotiate it. And I think you would’ve been successful. She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
A few weeks before, Trump spoke briefly with one of the UK’s most visible pro-Brexit campaig
ners, Nigel Farage, on the sidelines of a conservative conference outside Washington. And he’s ma
intained close ties to the hardline conservatives who have bemoaned May’s handling of the matter.
Trump wasn’t alone in his criticism. Two of his top confidants — son Donald Trump Jr. and national security adviser John
Bolton — both offered critical views this week of May and her plan to try and delay Britain’s exit from Europe.
Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday ahead of his European tour, with visits to Italy, Monaco and France.
Though far apart from each other, China and ancient Rome were linked by the old Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, Xi said in the ar
ticle, mentioning the cultural exchanges between the two countries in the distant past.
He said Beijing is willing to deepen cooperation with Rome in such areas as land and marine transportation, avia
tion, aerospace and cultural exchanges to build the Belt and Road in the new era.
“I’m willing to avail myself of this visit to work with Italian lea
ders on the blueprint of Sino-Italian relations and lead the ties into the new era,” Xi said.
He called on the two sides to tap more potential for partnership
in port logistics, shipping, energy, telecommunications and medicine, and encourage enterprises fr
om both countries to develop third-party cooperation to seek mutual benefit and win-win results.