Xi signs article for Italian newspaper ahead of state visit

A signed article by Chinese President Xi Jinping titled "East Meets West -- A New Chapter of Sino-Italian Friendship" was published Wednesday in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his state visit to the European country.


China vows deeper VAT reform to boost economic vitality

China will implement a slew of measures to cut the value-added tax (VAT) rates, making sure that tax burdens on all industries will only go down, not up, according to the State Council's executive meeting.

Trump says IS territory in Syria nearly eliminated

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the last pocket of the Islamic State's land in Syria will be liberated by U.S.-backed forces "by tonight."

China provides emergency aid to cyclone-hit Zimbabwe

The Chinese embassy and Chinese community in Zimbabwe have provided emergency aid to local victims hit by Cyclone Idai.

Differences between China, EU could be controlled: envoy

China and the European Union (EU) both know how to control differences and resolve problems in between, and thus develop their relations healthily, said Ambassador Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU.

Federal Reserve foresees no interest rate hikes in 2019

The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes this year, reflecting a dimmer view of the economy as growth weakens in the United States and abroad.

Chinese citizen killed in U.S. bus crash

The Chinese Embassy in the United States confirmed Wednesday that one Chinese citizen was killed in a bus crash in the U.S. state of Virginia.

China calls for more countries to attach importance to Africa

China reiterated its stance on China-Africa cooperation on Wednesday, calling for more countries to think highly of Africa.

China's resort island launches arbitration center for tourism

Southern China's island province of Hainan launched an arbitration center for tourism on Wednesday as its latest efforts to build itself into a popular international travel destination.

China-Italy Media Dialogue discusses bilateral ties and media cooperation

The China-Italy Media Dialogue was held in Rome on Wednesday, with the theme of Belt and Road as well as media cooperation.

Afghanistan postpones presidential election for 2nd time

The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) has set Sept. 28 this year as a new date for the country's fourth presidential election, an IEC official said on Wednesday.

Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympic torch with cherry blossom design

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic committee unveiled the official relay torch for the Games today, featuring Japan's iconic cherry blossoms.

3D-printed electrical room starts operation in southern China

A power distribution room built with 3D printing technology has started operation in Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong Province.



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