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has taken a tougher line on protection of agriculture. France, for example, is opposed to including agriculture in transatlantic trade talks.
The Greens are one of the big winners in the elections (even beating Germ
any’s Social democrats into second place), and they will seek to impose strict conditions reg
arding climate change, the environment and human rights on future trade deals. This attitude will also make it dif
ficult to agree a new trade deal with the US, as it has not endorsed the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Although the nationalist and populist parties now have more seats, it does not mean they will form a united front in the EP. Th
ere are divisions on trade, on the environment and on dealing with China. Some of these parties, such as the Na
tional Front, are seen as firm opponents of free trade, whereas Alternative for Germany and Matteo Sal
vini’s Lega Nord in Italy tend to be more supportive (depending on the content of the trade agreement).
also partnered with local authorities in Hefei to test autonomous
driving technologies, including robotaxis and autonomous fleet management, and on-de
mand mobility services, like ride hailing and car sharing, but none of the parties revealed the details.
Kong Xuanyou, vice-foreign minister and special representative of the Chinese government on
Korean Peninsula affairs, will take up his new post as Chinese ambassador to Japan on Thursday.
Kong, 59, is a fluent Japanese speaker. During his 34-year diplomatic care
er, he has spent two-thirds of the time dealing with issues related to Japan.
He has served in Chinese diplomatic missions in Japan on three occasions, and was China’s ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014.
the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig
ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive
rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.
With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera
te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re
port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.
In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f
rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r
emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.