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past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi
ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport
ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra
nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo
r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l
ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio
n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus
sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A
zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t
heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.
nd we know how to do it,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video, according to the report.
Also on Thursday, an Ethiopian official confirmed news reports that the flight crew of the d
oomed flight had followed Boeing’s recommended procedures, at least in part, by disabling the automated anti-s
tall system of the 737 Max 8 but were unable to regain control of the plane before it crashed.
At a news conference in Addis Ababa, the nation’s transportation minis
ter confirmed earlier indications that the plane’s anti-stall system was repeatedly triggere
d in the minutes between the takeoff and crash, but he did not draw definitive conclusions about the crash’s cause.
“The pilots turned the MCAS on and off, but I can’t say how many times, because we will find t
hat out when we have the final report,” Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s transportation minister, told The N
ew York Times. Moges was referring to the anti-stall Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.
accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare