BRUSSELS -- The agreement between China and the European Union (EU) on the protection of geographical indications (GIs), which formally entered into force on March 1 this year, is bringing new opportunities for both sides to improve the level and quality of agricultural trade while boosting confidence in each other's markets.
GIs aim at protecting the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics linked to their geographical origin as well as traditional know-how.
Since the signing of the agreement on Sept. 14, 2020, agri-foods like Gannan navel oranges, Qianjiang crayfish, Wuchang Rice, Champagne of France and Munich beer have become increasingly popular in Chinese and European markets. (EU-China-GIs)
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TOKYO -- Japan's top COVID-19 adviser Shigeru Omi on Wednesday warned against hurriedly relaxing the anti-epidemic measures, saying that restrictions should be eased only after the state of emergency is lifted.
At the House of Representatives' health committee, Omi stressed again that measures should be gradually lifted after the state of emergency expires and the number of infections declines to a certain level, saying a resurge of cases will certainly occur if the restrictions are eased suddenly. (Japan-COVID-19 restrictions)
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SEOUL -- South Korea successfully test fired a homegrown submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the presidential Blue House said Wednesday.
The test launch was conducted in the afternoon at a test site of the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) in South Chungcheong province, inspected by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and major military figures.
The indigenously-developed SLBM was launched underwater from a domestically-developed 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine that was put into commission on Aug. 13. (South Korea-Missile-Test Launch)
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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- The Taliban intelligence chief in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province has rejected reports of the local presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group as baseless and fabricated.
"Lasting peace has returned to Kunduz province and people are living in peace there and any report about the presence of Daesh (Islamic State) militants in Kunduz is utterly baseless," Hajji Najibullah Haron told reporters here on Wednesday.
Afghanistan will not allow anyone to sabotage peace and security in Kunduz or any other parts of the country, the official noted. (Afghanistan-Kunduz-IS)