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Wind power is widely used as clean energy in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. [Photo/For China Daily]

>Ecological product value-realization mechanism

China has issued a guideline on setting up and improving the mechanism to realize the value of ecological products amid its environmental protection and green development efforts. The country vows to establish a basic policy framework for value realization of the products by 2025, according to the guideline jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council. Problems related to measuring, mortgages, transactions, and value realization of ecological products will be effectively solved by 2025, and an interest-oriented mechanism for environmental protection will take basic shape.

A sound mechanism for realizing the value of the products will be formed by 2035, and green production and a green way of life will be widely adopted in the country, the guideline said.

Measures will promote the trading of rights and interests related to ecological resources, such as improving carbon-trading plans, piloting carbon emissions trading, and fine-tuning the system for paid use of pollutant discharge rights.

The guideline also stressed more support for green finance, and encouraging banks to increase medium and long-term loan support for entities managing or developing ecological products and reasonably reducing financing costs.

China's National Intellectual Property Administration launches a registration-information inquiry system for trademarks registered in the European Union. [Photo/IC]

>Inquiry system for EU trademarks

China's National Intellectual Property Administration on Monday launched a registration-information inquiry system for trademarks registered in the European Union.
国家知识产权局表示,欧盟商标查询系统(EUTMS )4月26日正式上线运行。

The system, named EUTMS, is the first official inquiry tool of international trademark information in China, and is capable of handling 100 active users simultaneously, according to Wang Peizhang, head of the administration's Public Service Department. The general public may search with keywords, such as trademark name, application number and applicant, to browse and download trademark information.

The system was developed following an agreement signed on Sept 25, 2020 on the mutual exchange of trade mark information between the administration and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

By the end of March, the EU Intellectual Property Office had offered nearly 2 million pieces of trademark information to China’s administration, and China had shared more than 31 million pieces of information to the EU’s TMview database, Wang said at a press conference in Beijing.

A tourist shops at a duty-free store in Hainan province. [Photo/for China Daily by Meng Zhongde]

>28 policies liberalizing trade in Hainan

Chinese authorities have released a circular of 28 policies and measures to liberalize and facilitate trade in goods and services at the Hainan free trade port. The circular was jointly issued by the Ministry of Commerce and 19 other government bodies.

In terms of the trade in goods, the country will implement 13 policies, such as allowing certain regions to pilot the easing of controls on the import and export of commodities like crude oil and refined oil. The import of sugar at the Hainan free trade port also will be excluded from tariff rate quota management.

Regarding trade in services, the country will adopt 15 measures, including supporting the establishment of national cultural export bases.

People rally to protest against the Japanese government's decision to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater in Fukushima Prefecture into the sea, in Tokyo, capital of Japan, April 13, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>IAEA to invite Chinese experts

Experts from China will be invited to be part of an International Atomic Energy Agency technical working group pertaining to Japan's disposal of nuclear wastewater, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily press briefing that the news has been recently confirmed by the IAEA.

Noting that the Fukushima nuclear accident is one of the most serious in the world, Wang said the Japanese government, in disregard of concerns and opposition both at home and abroad, has unilaterally decided to discharge the wastewater into the sea without exhausting every means for safe disposal, disclosing complete relevant information, or having sufficient consultations with neighboring countries and the international community. "Such an irresponsible act not only directly jeopardizes the immediate interests of the people in Japan's neighboring countries, but also poses threats to the global marine environment and international public health security," Wang said.

It is only natural for China, as a major stakeholder, to have serious concerns over Japan's irresponsible practice, Wang said.

China maintains that the IAEA should initiate a technical working group as soon as possible that involves China and other relevant stakeholders to carry out work concerning the wastewater disposal plans, their implementation and international assessment and supervision, the spokesman said.

Before discharging the radioactive wastewater into the sea, Japan should earnestly address the concerns of relevant stakeholders, including China and the international community, Wang added.

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