2021-11-02 16:39:21 source: CGTN, Xinhua, China Daily
Editor's Notes: G20 is an important intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union (EU). Xi will attend the coming 16th Summit of the G20 Leaders, let's wait and see. Globally, the University of Cambridge and a French museum return Western-Africa-belonged cultural relics, what do they return back? Let's take a look at today's Global Focus.
On October 29, Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, makes an announcement that: in response to an invitation by Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Xi Jinping, China’s President, will attend the 16th Summit of the G20 Leaders from October 30 to October 31 and deliver speeches via video.
As the final work of construction project for Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the renovation of National Stadium “Birds’ Nest”, which is responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games, is completed on October 28. Up to this point, the construction of both the Beijing venue and Yanqing venue and supporting infrastructure for the Games is fully completed.
China has submitted documents to the United Nations outlining its commitments in the fight against climate change.
It comes as world leaders prepare for the COP26 summit in Glasgow in four days.
The documents submitted show that China expects carbon dioxide emissions will peak by 2030 before the country becomes fully carbon neutral by 2060.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed on October 27 that mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity should be an important guiding principle for the East Asia Summit.
Addressing the 16th East Asia Summit via video link, Li said the summit should promote political and security cooperation as well as economic and social development in a balanced manner. He called on relevant sides to be committed to mutual respect, solidarity, and collaboration, intensify efforts to fight COVID-19, maintain peace and stability in the region, and promote development and prosperity.
Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) has resumed normally after the enactment of the Hong Kong national security law, said Andrew Leung, president of the LegCo of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Leung made the remarks at the LegCo President's end-of-session press conference held on October 28.
Leung believes that as the LegCo regains smooth operation, members can now fully express their opinions and various matters regarding economic development and people's livelihood can be dealt with efficiently.
"I believe this is what the Hong Kong people would like to see," He said.
In the current LegCo session, 124 out of 128 bills tabled by the HKSAR government had been passed, 50 percent more than that in the previous two sessions.
On October 27, Jesus College, Cambridge and Musée du Quai Branly （a museum in France) return back cultural relics which they plunder during the colonial times to The Federal Republic of Nigeria and The Republic of Benin respectively. Jesus College, Cambridge returns back a bronze statue of a small cock to the representatives from Nigeria while Musée du Quai Branly returns back 26 pieces of cultural relics to Benin.
Britain on October 28 said it had summoned France's ambassador in an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
"We regret the confrontational language that has been consistently used by the French government on this issue," said a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office. "As a next step, the Foreign Secretary has instructed Minister Morton to summon the French ambassador."
U.S. President Joe Biden on October 28 unveiled a framework for a 1.75-trillion-U.S.-dollar social spending package following weeks of intensive negotiations with congressional Democrats.
The so-called Build Back Better Framework includes 555 billion dollars in clean energy and climate investments, 400 billion dollars in funding for child care and free preschool, 200 billion dollars in child tax & earned income tax credits, and 150 billion dollars in investments for affordable housing, according to a fact sheet released by the White House.
The framework seeks to impose new taxes on the largest corporations and the wealthiest Americans to raise revenue of around 2 trillion dollars over a decade to fully pay for the social spending plan.
Boeing on October 28 broke ground to begin construction of new 370,000-square-foot maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, U.S. state of Florida.
Once complete, it will support Boeing's ability to deliver readiness outcomes for U.S. government customers, the company said.
The facility will include eight new hangars, additional workspace, and offices where Boeing maintainers, engineers, and data analysts will support U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft.
Another 39,842 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 8,936,155, according to official figures released October 28. The country also reported a further 165 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 140,206. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
Editor: He Zhenzhen