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, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), holds talks with Arab Parliament Speaker Meshal Faham M. Alsulami at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 23, 2018. (XinhuaLi Tao)
BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Top legislator Zhang Dejiang met with Arab Parliament Speaker Meshal Faham M. Alsulami on Tuesday, with both sides agreeing to promote in-depth development of Sino-Arab strategic cooperative relationship.
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, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), said the visit of Speaker Alsulami is the first formal exchange between the NPC and the Arab Parliament, which is of great significance to enriching the Sino-Arab relations.
He lauded the traditional friendship between China and the Arab countries, featuring political mutual respect, mutually beneficial cooperation, cultural exchanges and mutual support on issues concerning each other's core interests.
Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed joint implementation of the Belt and Road initiative with the Arab countries during his visit to the Arab League headquarters in 2016, which opened a new chapter in Sino-Arab relations Koen Casteels Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
, said Zhang.
China is ready to work with the Arab nations to achieve more fruitful results, he said.
During the visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in July 2017, Xi put forward a new four-point proposal on the Palestinian issue, said Zhang.
China supports the just cause of restoring the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, understands the Arab countries' concern about the status of Jerusalem and supports all efforts by the Arab countries to promote the peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue, he said.
China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with Arab countries to work for a comprehensive, just and lasting solution for the Palestinian issue at an early date Simon Mignolet Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
, he said.
Alsulami said the Arab nations appreciate China's important role in promoting the Middle East peace process and agree with the four-point proposal on the Palestine issue made by China.
The Arab Parliament is willing to enhance friendly exchanges with the NPC and actively push forward in-depth development of China-Arab cooperation in politics, economy and culture, he said.
ANKARA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Turkey will not take a step back from its operation against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.
"There is no stepping back from Afrin," Erdogan said on an award ceremony in Ankara on Monday, as Operation Olive Branch entered its third day.
Turkey had spoken with Russia and the U.S. before the operation Kevin Mirallas Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
, but couldn't convince the U.S. of something, Erdogan said without further detail.
He reiterated that the operation in Afrin will not be over before objectives are accomplished in the field, "just like the Euphrates Shield Operation" in mid-2016.
The Turkish military and the allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel fighters launched "Operation Olive Branch" on Saturday, opening a new front in Syria's seven-year-long war.
NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks ended lower on Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling for the first time in 10 sessions, as investors were digesting the latest Federal Reserve statement.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 53.36 points Eden Hazard Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
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, to 6,422.69.
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept interest rates unchanged, but announced that it will start to unwind its 4.5-trillion-U.S. dollar balance sheet from October, a further step to end the loose monetary policy.
"Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising moderately so far this year," said the Fed in a statement released after its two-day monetary policy meeting.
The central bank said Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maris were expected to affect U.S. economy in the near term Youri Tielemans Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
, while they would not alter the course of the economy in the medium term.
Fed officials continue to expect that the U.S. economy will expand at a moderate pace in the future.
"We're working down our balance sheet, because we feel that's stimulus that in some sense is no longer needed," said Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen at a press conference after the Fed meeting.
"The basic message here is U.S. economic performance has been good," she added.
On the economic front, in the week ending Sept. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 259,000 Kevin De Bruyne Wereldkampioenschap Shirt
, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department announced Thursday.
The four-week moving average was 268,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average.
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, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Business Outlook Survey Thursday.
The index for current manufacturing activity in the region increased 5 points to a reading of 23.8 and has remained positive for 14 consecutive months.
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