Unexpected twist in Gui case embarrasses Swedish FM

There has been a new unexpected twist in the case of Gui Minhai, and this time, the Swedish Ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt is involved.

Gui Minhai was born in China and later became a naturalized Swedish citizen. He was a Hong Kong-based bookseller be

fore being sued in the Chinese mainland in 2015. That lawsuit strained relations between China and Sweden.

His daughter, Angela Gui, has recently detailed a bizarre account of her visit to Stockholm, which has

embarrassed the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Angela Gui, who grew up in Sweden, now live

s in Britain where she is studying for a PhD in history at university. She gave her account in a media interview last we

ek and made an announcement Wednesday on her blog. Gui said that Ambassador Lindstedt contacted her in mid-January, inviting her to go to Sto

ckholm to meet two Chinese businessmen, who Lindstedt trusted, to discuss a new approach to her father’s case.

Angela Gui said she went to Stockholm in late January where she met two Chinese businessmen in the presence of Lindstedt. In

her statement, she said that the two businessmen asked her to stop all media engagements and public comment in exch

ange for her father’s release or commutation. According to Gui, Lindstedt supported the plan and said t

hat if not, the relationship between Sweden and China would otherwise be further undermined.

Angela Gui said that after the meeting, she called the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for confirm

ation. “They told me they hadn’t had the slightest idea this whole affair was taking place. They hadn’t even been informed the amb

assador was in the country,” she wrote. In her account of what happened, she not only gave details of the meeting,

but also described how she was feeling threatened and how the whole arrangement seemed suspicious.

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he story has caused an uproar in Sweden. Gui made it clear that

she would not keep quiet in exchange for various conditions and the Western media is backing her stand. The Swedish Mi

nistry of Foreign Affairs said it already launched an internal investigation into Lindstedt, who had been appointed for an

other position in the Swedish government in March. Lindstedt has now been recalled to her country.

Is Angela Gui telling the truth? The Chinese Embassy in Sweden has responded that China has never and will never authorize

anyone to be in contact with her. China handled Gui’s case in accordance with the law and legal p

rocedures. People need to be aware of Angela’s unique position as Gui Minhai’s daughter; and, considering her lack of ex

perience in distinguishing complex issues, it is necessary for people to be cautious about her story.

However, the role of Ambassador Lindstedt is also part of this. If she did arrange a meeting between Angela Gui a

nd the Chinese businessmen not authorized by Beijing, then we can make the following analysis.

First, there are domestic groups in Sweden that hope the relationship between Sweden and China will not be a

ffected by Gui’s incident in the long term. They are willing to facilitate public discussions between Stockholm and B

eijing on this matter. Ambassador Lindstedt herself is a representative of such groups.

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The tariffs imposed on Chinese goods by the US so far hav

ave had a negative impact on the Chinese economy, but it has shown resilience in coping with the shocks, and the repercussions have not been as severe as pred

icted. In January, for instance, Chinese exports rose 9.1 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 3.5 percent declin

e in December, according to customs data released on Thursday. And although its export growth to the US continued t

relations with a deal that is in line with the interests of both countries. If that has been the shared und

erstanding during this week’s talks, and it is carried forward in the negotiations in Wa

shington next week, hopefully the two sides will be able to narrow the differences between them sufficiently so that the t

o drop, no doubt due to the raised tariffs on Chinese goods, China’s shipments to other major

markets, such as the European Union, Japan and Southeast Asia, all rose strongly.

Meanwhile, leyishengpxcn/ions otherwise, the US economy has not rem

ained unscathed, as shown by the need to offer emergency assistance to its farmers and t

he voices of complaint from US companies urging the administration to change tack.

Cooperation based on fully respecting mutual interests is the best way for t

he two countries to renew their trade and economicwo leaders can pencil in a date f

or a meeting at which they can shake hands on a deal that sets the right course for future relations.

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Between each April and October, villagers from Dingri Cou

unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.

Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.

“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.

Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan

g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.

Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f

oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am

ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.

To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c

arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr

ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.

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Forward-looking measures have already been taken

 by the Chinese monetary authority, earlier than other major central banks, based on the evaluation on macroeconomic conditions and the exter

nal environment. Policy fine-tuning will send positive signals to the market and support financial resilience, Zhang said.

This year, the remarkable change in tone from the world’s major central banks is shifting into a monet

ary easing cycle, and policies from the Chinese central bank are headed in the same direction, Zhang added.

A recent research note from Goldman Sachs forecast China’s credit growth to rise in January as commercial banks may be “si

gnificantly more aggressive than before” with encouragement from the easing policy. With the PBOC scheduled to

release more data this week, the trend may be reflected in faster growth of new yuan loans and the broad money supply.

Amid a good fall of snow, which Chinese traditionally believe promises a year of harvest and

prosperity, Chinese and United States top officials started two days of talks in Beijing on Thursday.

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hina has seen 4.8 percent yearly growth in foreign dire

rect investment in January, and its high-tech service industry has seen the most dramatic increase in the use of foreign capital.

According to Ministry of Commerce data released Thursday, the country has attracted 84.18 bil

lion yuan ($12.41 billion) in FDI in the first month of 2019, up 4.8 percent year-on-year.

Foreign capital flowing to the country’s high-tech service sector in January has mo

re than doubled compared to the same period in 2018, reaching 15.77 billion yuan.

The total FDI used in the manufacturing industry has also climbed by 5 percent y

ear-on-year, totaling 26.7 billion yuan. The service sector has used 56.2 billion yu

an in FDI, up 5.1 percent, and the high-tech industry has seen a 40.9 percent yearly growth of FDI used.

FDI from the United States has seen a staggering 124.6 percent year-on-year growth.

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Demographic data on births, deaths and population mov

ements may appear boring, but they matter a lot. They are important to understanding how humans function as individuals and as members of society.

China’s development is now more focused on the quality of economic growth, including

spreading its benefits to all citizens irrespective of their life circumstances. This emphasis aligns well wi

th the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of leaving no one behind, and putting the furthest behind first.

However, without greater attention to the collection, disaggregation and utilization of data

on key aspects of population trends, this quest will be more difficult to accomplish.

Developing sound social and economic policies and making smart infrastr

ucture investments require a full understanding of the key features of the population at ev

ery level-its size, gender and spatial distribution, and age structure-now and in the future.

The author is the resident representative for China of the United Nations Population Fund.

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Trump announced last week that he will sit down with

for their second summit. Their first summit in Singapore last June resulted in Kim’s vague commitment to the “complete

denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” a term that his propaganda machine previously used w

hen it argued it would only denuclearize after the U.S. withdraws its troops from South Korea.

Trump’s top envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, visited Pyongyang last week to work out details of the upcoming summit. After

being briefed by Biegun about his Pyongyang trip, South Korea’s presidential office said Sunday that U.S. a

nd North Korean officials plan to meet again the week of Feb. 17 in an unidentified Asian country.

The U.S. military arrived in South Korea to disarm Japan, which colonized the K

orean Peninsula from 1910-45, following its World War II defeat. Most U.S.

troops were withdrawn in 1949 but they returned the next year to fight alongside South Korea in the Korean War.

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Chongqing to transform rural houses, toiletsvisit tothe

  Colorful lights offer a beautiful night view of Chongqing’s Hongyadong area, on May 28, 2018. PhotoVCG

  HONGQING — Authorities in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing plan to

transform rural houses and toilets to boost development in the countryside.

  A total of 30,000 dangerous houses will be renovated in 2019, in addition to 375,000 toilets. Authorities also plan to build 24,000 km of new roads.

  According to the local government, polluted water in the countryside will be p

roperly treated, and agricultural waste will be utilized effectively. The aut

horities will also strengthen protection for rural culture and traditions.

  A series of projects will be implemented to help with the supply-side reform in Chongqing.

Philip drove Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to lunch at Windsor Castle during their st

ate visit to Britain in 2016, prompting the former US president to remark: “I have to say I have never been dr

iven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding.”

The queen, a trained military driver during World War II, is said to have sh

ocked Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, then crown prince, by climbing in

to the driver’s seat and taking him for a ride around her estate during a visit to Britain in 1998.

At the time, women were banned from driving in Saudi Arabia.

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Police in Russia have art theftd uncovered in Moscow t

Moscow in January 28 (xinhua) 28 (reporter liu Yang) Russian police annou

nced that it had uncovered in Moscow the day before the national season, denis polyakov gallery of art th

eft, and capture, a 31-year-old male suspect stolen paintings were retrieved intact.

According to local media reports, a famous stolen pain

ting is a famous Russian painter al heap, because of the Cri

mean Mr Petri peak.27, a man from Moscow state column season denis polyakov gallery to remove the m

asterpieces in public, and then quietly left the scene.Gallery announced that the painting was stolen and later the police.

Interior ministry spokesman said irina volk 28, a

suspect in the interior and the federal security service (FSB) were arrested in the raids.The police, ac

cording to his account from Moscow on the outskirts of a construction site to find the stolen paintings of intact.

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