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Updated: 2011-07-17 07:52

(China Daily)

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China opposes Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

China on Saturday urged the United States to reverse a decision by US President Barack Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama.

"The issue regarding Tibet concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we firmly oppose any foreign official to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Hong's comments came in response to a question concerning a release on the White House website saying Obama was scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama on Saturday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing and the Chinese embassy in the United States have lodged protests, Hong said.

China hails WTO ruling against EU duties

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Saturday welcomed the World Trade Organization ruling that the European Union is illegally taxing Chinese steel fasteners.

The ruling is significant and will help Chinese enterprises compete in the international market including the EU, said an unidentified official of the MOC Treaty and Law Department in a statement on its website.

The ruling from the WTO's appellate body on Friday said the EU isn't complying with international commerce rules by imposing anti-dumping duties on the fasteners from China.

Rare earths export quota unchanged

China, the world's largest producer of rare earths, maintained its export quota at almost the same level as last year, a move analysts said will ease global supply fears.

The Ministry of Commerce said rare earth export quotas for 26 companies in the second six months of 2011 will be 15,738 tons. That means the full-year export quota will be 30,184 tons, almost unchanged from last year's 30,258 tons.

China produces more than 90 percent of the world's supply of rare earths, even though it has just 36 percent of global reserves.

30,000 illegal land-use cases in China

China saw 30,000 instances of illegal land use in the first half of this year, up 8 percent over the same period last year according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Li Jianqin, an official in charge of law enforcement and supervision with the ministry, said that government authorities have investigated 8,894 of the cases thus far. A total of 698 people who are believed to be involved in the cases have been referred to judicial and disciplinary bodies, he said. Widening supply and demand imbalances, Li said, triggered the increase in the number of cases.

Furniture retailer Da Vinci under fire

Da Vinci, a Shanghai-based retailer known as a prominent sales agent for international luxurious furniture brands in China, has been found to have "imported" furniture from Chinese manufacturers.

In the first half of 2011, Da Vinci "imported" 11 batches of furniture that were made in China at the Port of Shanghai, said a spokesman with the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

Ten of the 11 batches of furniture were manufactured by two domestic companies in the city of Haining and Ningbo in the eastern Zhejiang Province.

The two companies "exported" furniture to the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Bonded Zone, and later Da Vinci "imported" and stored the products in its warehouses in Shanghai.

IMF deputy chief will be Chinese

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Tuesday that its managing director, Christine Lagarde, has proposed the appointment of Zhu Min, currently special adviser to the managing director, to the position of IMF's deputy managing director.

Zhu last year joined the IMF as a special adviser to the managing director from the People's Bank of China (PBOC), China's central bank. As deputy governor of the PBOC, Zhu was responsible for international affairs, policy research and credit information.

News watch

An international conference that aims to seek balance between developing modern-industrialization and establishing strong ecology for civilizations, opened in Guiyang, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Saturday.

More than 600 government officials and scientists across the world attended the weekend's 11 main forums about how to build an environment-friendly society and boost low-carbon businesses throughout the world.

China Daily - Xinhua

(China Daily 07/17/2011 page2)