It was also decided at the meeting to submit the dr

It was also decided at the meeting to submit the dr

raft amendments to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, C

hina’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.

Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrativ

e licensing, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade

marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.

Last month, the National People’s Congress passed the foreign

investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection and a better bus

iness environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.n costumes of ethnic grou

take part in a parade during a culture festival in Wangmo county, Southwest China’s Guizhou province, Ap

ril 6, 2019. A culture festival of the Buyi ethnic group kicked off here Saturday to c

elebrate “San Yue San”, or the third day of the third month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 7 this

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Action plan created to improve water quality in Yangtze River

Action plan created to improve water quality in Yangtze River

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has drawn up an action plan to impro

ve the water quality of the Yangtze River over the next two years, it announced on Feb 28.

The ministry aims to finish the overhaul of sewage outlets and eliminate nearly all water below Gra

de V — the lowest quality grade in China’s five-tier system — near the river by 2020 under the action plan, whi

ch was released by the ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission on Feb 25.

Other goals include guaranteeing at least 1,000 metric tons of drinking water a day in the Yangtz

e River Economic Zones and suspending all large-scale construction activities that affect the river.

“It is hard to overhaul sewage outlets. Most of the time, we can’t tell

who is discharging or where the discharge takes place, because many enterprises are now shar

ing a single exit,” said Zhang Bo, director of the ministry’s department of water ecology and environment.

“To distinguish who is generating the pollution, we need to trace sour

ces, measure pollutants and renovate the outlets one by one. It’s a big job.”

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New regulations will target abnormal trademark filings

New regulations will target abnormal trademark filings

In a bid to improve the nation’s business environment, the China National Intellectual Property Administration will roll

out a new set of regulations on trademark filings to curb the “applications out of malice”.

The regulations draft has been publicized on the CNIPA website, soliciting suggestions and opinions from the public until March 14.

The move reflects a shift in policymakers’ focus from intellectual property quantity to quality, s

aid Li Shunde, a senior IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Comprised of eight articles, the new regulations target “abnormal applications”, such as trademark sq

uatting, imitating established brands and filings with no intentions for actual use in industry or business.

The regulations, once they take effect, will also come as a severe blow to tradema

rk speculators, who apply for and stock trademarks for trade rather than industrial or business use.

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“I’ve always regarded myself as a writer who can… well, write an

“I’ve always regarded myself as a writer who can… well, write an

ything – and I cut my teeth (an appropriate pun, perhaps) composing jokes and one-liners, so this commission from Hakkasan was

an absolute joy for me: I loved having the opportunity to create a subtle interplay between the different fortunes, hoping that at the end of

the meal the diners would open one… then another, share the fortunes, laugh – perhaps grimace a little as well! – and th

at this would make the ever-memorable experience of dining at these superb restaurants, yet more noteworthy.”

As the number 8 represents prosperity in Chinese tradition, a total of 88 different fortunes penned by Self will be featured in the f

ortune macaron conceived by Hakkasan Group’s Global Executive Pastry Chef Dale DeSimone. The gold fortune macaron will be wrapped with a d

elicate red paper ribbon featuring a golden Hakkasan logo, the interior of which will be typed the fortune in gold.

Both Hakkasan restaurants in London will be also celebrating the Year of the Pig with the wishing tree tradition inspired by the Lam Tseu

n trees in Hong Kong. Hakkasan will be inviting guests to write their wishes for the year ahead on s

pecially designed ribbons which will then be hung on the wooden cages in the restaurant. There will be an 8 course Ch

inese New Year set menu available for £88 per person for a minimum of two people in which the fortune macarons will feature.

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