Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, which leads the

 country in very-long-baseline interferometry, the technique the telescope array used for

the black hole image, took the lead in organizing and coordinating Chinese researchers particip

ation in the EHT observations and studies, Shen said. That allowed Shanghai to b

e one of the six cities worldwide involved in the simultaneous news conferences on Wednesday.

No Chinese telescope-including the Five-hundred-meter Ape

rture Spherical Telescope, the world’s largest filled-apertur

e radio telescope, in Guizhou province-was involved in the EHT observations.

Yuan Yefei, a professor in the University of Science and Technology of Chi

na’s astronomy department, also an EHT team member, said the Guizhou telesco

pe did not take part mainly because its wavelength band was not what EHT needed for this observation.

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British lawmakers reject all four Brexit options in sec

British lawmakers on Monday voted to turn down all the four proposed Brexit options on the ta

ble, the second time since Friday that none of MPs’ proposed Brexit options wins clear backing in the House of Commons.

MPs voted down all the four Brexit proposals chosen by House Speaker John Bercow in a bid to break

the current Brexit deadlock. The British government has until April 12 to decide how Britain will leave the European Union (EU).

None of the four alternatives to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Br

exit deal receives support from a majority of MPs in the second round of “indicative vote,” whi

ch kicked off at around 20:00 BST on Monday and whose results were announced at around 22:00 BST.

MPs voted 261 to 282 to reject the proposal that the United Kingdom stays in the single market and negotiates the customs union with the EU.

The customs union proposal means Britain’s close trading relations with the European Union after Brexit.

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We support the BRI globally because it’s a big project wi

ith so many applications in different parts of industry and the economy, and we want agreements, project by project.”

Raffarin was appointed special envoy on China affairs by French President Emmanuel Mac

ron. He pointed out that it is not pragmatic to have an agreement about every industrial sector, because, as sovereig

n states, both countries need to protect the interests of their own businesses and industries.

“It’s easier to go project by project, and, after some experience, we can add a larger vision,” Raffarin said.

His comments came after Italy signed a BRI memorandum of understanding with China during

Xi’s visit to Rome last week to become the first G7 country to join the global infrastructure plan.

According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, from January to November 2018, China’s direct investment in France reached $330 mil

lion. China’s growing investment in Europe has prompted concerns in the West, which Raffarin thinks are misplaced.

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Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consum

ption Alliance, said if Chinese smartphone makers want to trul

y grow into global brands, they cannot just stay in China or Southeast Asia or Africa. Th

ey need to establish a presence in more advanced markets such as Japan, Europe and the United States.

“They had made significant technological advancements as well as product designs in recent y

ears. They are now in a relatively good position to venture out into the advanced battlefields,” Xiang said.

Even as Oppo steps up expansion in Europe, it has filed over 33,000 patent applications worldwide as of January.

It has also inked a multi-year global patent license agreement with Swedish telecom equi

pment giant Ericsson. Under the deal, the two sides will also collaborate on a number of business projects.

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keywords during two sessionsnvestment draft will get NPC rev

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of previews focusing on major issues expected to be disc

ussed at the two sessions. The nation’s top body of political advisers will convene on Su

nday, while the session of the nation’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress, will start on Tuesday.

China’s draft foreign investment law, which will be submitted to the upcoming plenary session of

the National People’s Congress for review, is expected to be approved and provide a streamlined bas

ic law framework to promote foreign investment, experts and company executives said.

The legislative pace of the proposed law, which is designed to bolster the opening-up of the Chine

se economy, has been comparatively fast. The Standing Committee of the NPC conducted two r

ounds of reviews within little more than a month, in late December and late January.

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Prep work for science and tech innovation board underway

Preparation work for China’s ground-breaking science and technology innovation boa

rd is in full swing, with more supporting measures in the pipeline and detailed rules to be an

nounced soon, said China’s securities watchdog and the Shanghai bourse on Wednesday.

“On the whole, related work for the new board has gone rather smoothly. And we will continue to make solid and me

ticulous preparations to launch this major reform in an effective way,” said Yi Huiman, the newly appointed chairman of

the China Securities Regulatory Commission, when convening his first-ever press conference on Wednesday.

Detailed rules of the new board will be available soon to take effect, after necessary mod

ifications in line with public opinions solicited, based on the draft version, said Huang Hongyuan, ge

neral manager of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the bourse that will launch the board.

“We will receive listing applications after the regulations are available,” H

uang said. How soon the first company will go public on the new board depends on variou

s factors, including preparation progress of the companies and their investment banks, Huang added.

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