WASHINGTON (AP) — Dems in trial brief say Trump aimed 'loaded cannon' at Capitol by inciting mob and must be convicted, barred from office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dems in trial brief say Trump aimed 'loaded cannon' at Capitol by inciting mob and must be convicted, barred from office.
Pope Francis left Rome on Friday to start a four-day trip to Iraq, his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012 and the first visit by a pontiff to the country. An Alitalia airplane carrying the pope, his entourage, a security detail, and about 75 journalists, left Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport for the 4-1/2-hour flight to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Iraq is deploying thousands of additional security personnel to protect Francis during the visit, which comes after a spate of rocket and suicide bomb attacks raised fears for the Catholic leader's safety.
A senior Chinese official says the largely pro-Beijing committee that currently elects the Hong Kong's leader will also elect some members of the city's legislature, as part of Beijing's planned revamp of Hong Kong's electoral system. "The election committee will be entrusted with the new function of electing a relatively large share of Legco members and directly participating in the nomination of all candidates for the Legco,” Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said Friday during the annual session in Beijing.
Australian public broadcaster SBS said it would stop using content from Chinese state-run television Friday, pending a review of serious human rights concerns.
China moved to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system on Friday in a further blow to democracy in the city and unexpectedly set an economic growth target for this year, albeit a modest one, as it kicked off its annual session of parliament. On a smoggy day in Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang touted the achievements of the previous year as China overcame the coronavirus pandemic, and laid out ambitions to solidify the economic recovery, cut emissions, invest in innovation and improve a worsening demographic outlook. Also on Friday, Beijing unveiled its next five-year plan, pledging to lift annual research and development spending by more than 7% until 2025, highlighting a commitment to become self-sufficient as the country clashes with the United States and other countries over technology policy.
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Premier Li Keqiang kick-started China’s parliamentary session by outlining the economic growth target for the nation and a pledge to stop foreign interference over Hong Kong. In his 30-page government work report delivered at the National People’s Congress, Li said China still faced a series of challenges, ranging from lack of growth momentum to problems arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. He pledged measures to boost long-term growth, with a focus on innovation and tax cuts. In addition, a full document on the nation’s 14th five-year plan was tabled to the legislature.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Here are the key takeaways from the opening of the National People’s Congress. Guarding Hong Kong against foreign interference Li said the central government would ensure the “comprehensive and accurate” implementation of the “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and “high degree of autonomy”. “We will resolutely guard against and deter external forces’ interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and Macau. We will support both regions as they grow their economies and improve people’s lives, so as to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau,” he said. Further elaborating on the plan to reform the Hong Kong electoral system, NPC Standing Committee vice-chairman Wang Chen said there were loopholes in Hong Kong that allowed foreign forces to interfere with the city’s affairs. Some even used their public office to call for such interference. “The risks in the system need to be removed, and a democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics need to be established,” he added. Two sessions 2021: China to ‘strengthen constitution enforcement’ in Hong Kong A growth target of “above 6 per cent” Still bracing for further impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Li said China’s GDP growth for 2021 would be “above 6 per cent”. The Chinese economy was still facing challenges, including weak domestic consumption and struggling small and medium-sized enterprises, and the risk of unemployment was on the rise, he said. Offsetting those challenges, Li said China would try to keep urban unemployment rates at about 5.5 per cent, and have a target 2021 consumer price index of about 3 per cent. Included in government measures was raising the value-added tax payment threshold from 100,000 yuan (US$15,500) of monthly sales to 150,000 yuan. Inclusive loans to micro and small businesses by large commercial banks will increase over 30 per cent this year. In the coming five years, the government will raise the retirement age, which is currently 60 years of age for men and 55 for women. A strong boost for national defence Li said training for the People’s Liberation Army would be boosted, raising their readiness for battle. He said better coordination to address security risk was needed. The military budget for 2021 would increase to 1.355 trillion yuan. The 6.8 per cent increase is slightly higher than the 6.6 per cent growth last year. Earlier, analysts expected defence budget growth would be lower, at about 6 per cent, because China was still battling the Covid-19 pandemic. A separate document on the nation’s upcoming five-year plan said measures had to be taken to ensure a strong military by 2027. Those measures include upgrading weapons, focusing more on disruptive technology, and supporting the defence sector. More spending for innovation R&D, and welcoming foreign talent Li said grasping core technology and having “technology self-sufficiency” was key to the country’s development. “Basic research is the wellspring of scientific and technological innovation. So we will ensure the stable functioning of funding mechanisms for basic research and boost spending in this area by a considerable sum,” Li said. A 10-year action plan to boost basic research would be formulated, and the central government’s expenditure on basic research will increase 10.6 per cent in 2021. “We will enhance the capacity of enterprises to make technological innovation, unlock the creativity of talent, and improve the systems and mechanisms for making scientific and technological innovation,” he said. China’s investment in research and development (R&D) will grow at an annual rate of at least 7 per cent over the next five years. The five-year development plan elaborated further. It said policies would be changed to allow more foreign talent to work in Chinese science institutions. China would also explore science and technology immigration mechanism. China’s ‘two sessions’: why this year’s event is so important for Xi’s vision Going green The NPC kicked off amid smoggy weather in Beijing, as authorities said air pollution on Friday was serious. Li, who had previously described tackling air pollution as a war, said the battle against pollution would continue. Toxic air pollution and urban water pollution would be eliminated in the next five years. China will also implement climate control targets and expedite the shift towards a more environmentally friendly economy. He said China would cut its energy intensity by 13.5 per cent and carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 18 per cent. To serve China’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2060, Li said China would make an action plan to ensure carbon emissions peaked by 2030. As part of the efforts, China would develop nuclear power in a “proactive and orderly” manner. And projects to improve soil quality in 100 counties facing serious land pollution would kick off in the next five years. Enforcing pandemic control Li said efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic should not be relaxed, and the nation still had weak points. He said measures were still needed to stop the emergence of cluster outbreaks, and the government should provide free vaccinations. Authorities throughout China together spent more than 400 billion yuan (US$62 billion) on containing the coronavirus last year. According to the budget and expenditure report, spending by customs authorities in this area forced general public expenditure up 8 per cent over the budget to 173.5 billion yuan. On the diplomatic front, Li said China provided 220 billion masks, 2.3 billion pieces of protective gear and one billion test kits to other nations. China had also worked with others on vaccine development. Accelerating China’s involvement in international trade On the global trading regime and China’s global investment, Li said China would continue to promote its coronavirus-hit Belt and Road Initiative, the country’s signature investment and foreign policy initiative. China will also improve the performance of its outbound investment amid growing concerns about its economic clout and increasingly aggressive diplomacy. China is committed to deepening bilateral and multilateral economic cooperation and safeguarding the multilateral trading system, according to Li. China aims to implement the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade deal by 15 Asia-Pacific nations, and wrap up the signing of the China-EU Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. “We will accelerate China’s free-trade negotiations with Japan and the Republic of Korea. China will actively consider joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. We will promote the growth of mutually beneficial China-US business relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect. China stands ready to work with other countries to achieve mutual benefits on the basis of greater mutual opening,” he said. Pang Zhongying, an international relations professor at Ocean University of China, said China would still focus on ties with the United States, but at the same time would strengthen economic partnerships with the European Union, Asean and Japan. “China is aware of the risk of losing the US market and cooperation, such as those in tech area, and is seeking alternative from other nations,” he said. Additional reporting by Shi Jiangtao, Tony Cheung, Zhuang Pinghui and Zhou XinMore from South China Morning Post:China GDP: economic growth target of ‘above 6 per cent’ for 2021 confirmed by Premier Li KeqiangHong Kong polls to be postponed for second year as part of Beijing’s planned overhaul of elections, with expansion in store for legislature, Election CommitteeChina’s ‘two sessions’: five-year plan is key to reaching Xi’s environmental and carbon neutrality goalsChina’s ‘two sessions’: population decline, rising debt worries to be hot topics for political eliteThis article China’s ‘two sessions’: theme of overcoming challenges unifies NPC goals like growth, trade and going green first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Ben Stokes led England's fight in the fourth and final test against India, who suffered a top-order collapse and slumped to 80-4 at lunch on day two of the match in Ahmedabad on Friday. Having managed a below-par 205 in the first innings, England could not afford to let India get off to a flying start after resuming on 24-1 and their bowlers responded brilliantly. Jack Leach removed the obdurate Cheteshwar Pujara and Stokes dismissed India captain Virat Kohli for an eight-ball duck to silence the noisy stands at the Narendra Modi stadium.
Other methods that can also reduce risk of transmission must instead be used, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.
Virat Kohli was dismissed without scoring for the second time in the series as England hit back with three wickets to restrict India at 80-4 at lunch on the second day of the fourth and final test on Friday. Kohli, who was out without scoring in the second test at Chennai, was caught behind off Ben Stokes for an eight-ball duck. It was Kohli’s two scores of 0 in a test series for only second time in his career since 2014.
The 35-year-old lock's current deal with Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union is due to end in June this year. World record cap holder Jones has played 146 times for Wales and nine tests for the British and Irish Lions.
England's Ben Stokes got India skipper Virat Kohli out for nought as the hosts suffered setbacks in their first-innings run-chase in the fourth Test on Friday.
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This is in order to keep the public transport system sustainable for the long term, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.
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Australian broadcaster SBS said it was suspending the broadcast of Chinese TV news services CGTN and CCTV after receiving a human rights complaint. An SBS spokesman told Reuters that programmes from Chinese state media CCTV and CGTN would not air on Saturday and that SBS was reviewing a complaint from a human rights organisation. "Given the serious concerns it raises, and the complexity of the material involved, we have made the decision to suspend the broadcast of the overseas-sourced CGTN and CCTV news bulletins while we undertake an assessment of these services," SBS said in a statement.
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The second of three women who have accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct rejected his public apology on Thursday, a response likely to ratchet up pressure on the embattled Democrat. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former aide to Cuomo who has said the governor questioned her about her sex life with what she took as sexual overtones, made her comments in an interview broadcast by CBS News. Three women including Bennett have come forward to accuse Cuomo, 63, of sexually harassing them or making inappropriate remarks.
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