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China hopes for better Vatican ties
Religious affairs official say dialogue can lessen divisions, but certain conditions must be met
China is willing to conduct constructive dialogue with the Vatican and hopes that the Vatican will take a more flexible and pragmatic attitude in such a dialogue, a top religious affairs official said on Tuesday, as the country’s Catholic church representatives gathered in Beijing for a national assembly.China Daily Article
Black box recovered from doomed Russian flight
“The main black box was found at 5:42 am Moscow time 1,600 meters from the shore at a depth of 17 meters,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the device would be sent to Moscow to be deciphered by experts.
Abe visit to Pearl Harbor a political ‘show’
“Can a so-called victim-consolation trip to Pearl Harbor completely wipe away World War II history? I am afraid it’s just wishful thinking on his part,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regularly scheduled news conference.China Daily Article
Higher taxes hit only 1.5% of firms
Data from the administration shows that by the end of November, the tax burden of 106.9 million corporate taxpayers engaged in the last four sectors of this round of VAT reform, has been reduced by 110.5 billion yuan ($15.9 billion), a reduction of 14.7 percent compared with the same period last year.
Nation to send unmanned probes to Mars, Jupiter by 2030
Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the China National Space Administration, said at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday that the government has decided to send a robotic probe to Mars to orbit and land on the red planet around 2020. The probe will conduct scientific research on the Martian soil and atmosphere and search for signs of water.