The US’ move poses a challenge to the WTO and its basic

principles including that of the most favored nation and national treatment. If the US gets its way and introdu

ces the “American First” policy to the WTO as part of the reform, the WTO system would suffer a deadly blow.

It is imperative therefore that the WTO reform strengthens its dispute settlement mechanism, which is at the heart o

f the multilateral trade system, to overcome its existen

tial crisis. Besides, the principle of starting the reform from the least complicated areas should be adopted to carry o

ut deep and far-reaching WTO reforms so that it can accommodate the new trends in international trade.

As the largest developing and developed economies, China and the US generally represent the collective interests of the develo

ping and developed worlds. If the two countries make a breakthrough in the ongoin

g talks to resolve their trade disputes, they could join hands to drive the WTO reform forward.

And, as James Carafano, director of foreign policy studies at the Washin

clevru.cn

On the same day Voice of America quoted a US State Dep

artment spokesman saying the US recognizes the one-China policy and that the AIT Taipei office’s security work is carri

ed out by a small group of US personnel and a larger number of local employees and authorities.

“China resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges and military

contacts between the US and Taiwan,” Geng told a news conference.

The US has made a clear commitment to maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan, G

eng said, adding that Beijing has repeatedly stated its position on the issue to Washington.

The one-China principle is the political foundation for bilateral relations, he said, urgin

g the US to keep its promises and to abide by the principles of the three China-US joint communiques.

“We urge the US to correct its wrong practice and prudently and properly handle Taiw

an-related issues to avoid damaging China-US relations and cross-Straits peace and stability,” he said.

www.lgcrm.cn

New business models are trying to reverse this trend.

like many other villagers, contracted his farm to a company, set up by a local, that employs internet technologies to boost agricultural production.

Now much is going on behind the tranquil scenes of ducks and fish swimming around rice crops – data of the fields a

e updated and analyzed for better management; the harvests, including red rice, fish and duck eggs, are fetching bette

r prices on China’s e-commerce platforms, helping triple the income generated from the farmland.

And by improving its existing eco-farming traditions, rather than imposing radical cha

nges, the technologies do not seem to interrupt the other important source of income – tourism.

As visitors from China and beyond swarmed in to view the terraces, the county go

vernment of Yuanyang is also working to renovate old houses and revive farm traditions.

Rice terraces are placed under better protection and projects were launched to improve the irrigation network.

15xe9.cn

isit shows EU seeks deeper cooperationuropean Commiss

Editor’s Note: President Xi Jinping visited Italy, Monaco and F

rance from March 21 to 26. Why is the visit important for China-European Union rela

tions? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

Visit sets positive tones for China-EU relations

Xi’s visit to the three European countries has yielded substantial fruits of cooperation, the most significant being the

signing of a memorandum of understanding between China and Italy paving the way for Italy to participate in th

e China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative to promote mutual development.

The cooperation deals in fields such as trade and infrastructure that Italy has signed with

China will help the Italian government to boost the country’s economic recovery. For instance, the exp

ort of Sicily’s red oranges to China by air will be a small but important step toward boosting bilateral trade.

www.7893391.cn

he EU’s preference is that Britain ratifies the Withdrawa

Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.

A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the

EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous

e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex

tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.

If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti

ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any

one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.

All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g

renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl

iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.

www.shlfwab.com

FUZHOU – In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, East China’s

Fujian province, workers at a garment factory of Kelme are busy stitching and ironing the white and blue jerseys of the Spanish football club Espanyol.

Their goal is to meet the soaring domestic demand boosted by Wu

Lei, a Chinese striker who joined the club a month ago. Wu made history by becoming the first Ch

inese player to score in a La Liga match on March 2, sending his fans into a frenzy.

“Over the last month, we have sold over 10,000 Wu Lei jerseys,” said Ke Yongyuan, presid

ent of Kelme (China), who owns the Yuanxiang garment company in the sportswear manufacturing hub.

Prior to Wu’s debut in Europe, Yuanxiang acquired 80 per

cent of Kelme’s shares and became the controlling shareholder of the renowned inter

national brand. Yuanxiang’s expansion offers a glimpse into Chinese manufacturers’ endeavor of going global.

xuexizhongguo.cn