Trump responded on Tuesday according to his creed, with a

  promise of all-out confrontation and a searing blast at his enemies.

  ”It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to our country,” he said, accusing Democrats of being consu

med by anger at their loss in 2016, and framing the coming fight as an extension of his 2020 re-election campaign.

  Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, set the vituperative tone of a fight ag

ainst a Democratic majority seeking to expose the President as historically corrupt.

  ”Democrats have embarked on a fishing expedition because they are terrified that thei

r two year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling,” Sanders said in a statement on Monday night. “The D

emocrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”Sanders and everyone else inside the White House are about to end

ure the bitter, full-on misery of a multi-front oversight campaign. That means a blizzard of subpoenas, officials be

ing hauled up to Capitol Hill to testify under penalty of perjury and a mountain of legal bills.

  But Trump has lived in the eye of such storms for much of his adult life, and he comes to the fight with certain advantages.

  His clash with House Democrats will give him the foil in the form of his Democratic tormentors that he’s lacked ever s

ince his 2016 campaign. This President is always most effective with an enemy to define himself against.

The President pushed harder for his son-in-law to get a clearan

ce because of his wide-ranging portfolio, which includes a Middle East peace proposal, and b

ecause of heightened scrutiny on Kushner’s inability to secure a clearance, sources said. His daughter’s portfolio did not require a high level secu

rity clearance, though as a senior adviser who sits in meetings with other senior officials, she is privy to sensitive inform

ation.On Tuesday, the White House rebuffed a request from House Oversight Com

mittee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents pertaining to the security clearance pro

cess. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the committee’s request for the information was “without legal suppo

rt, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”The White House’s rejecti

on increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.CNN’s Gloria Borger and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

But the activity is surprising. After Trump and Kim’s first sum

  mit in Singapore, the US President appeared to tout reports that North Korea had begun dismantling the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, another name for Tongchang-ri.

  Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies specializing in satell

ite imagery analysis, said that the more notable development is the work being done to the engine test stand, whe

re Pyongyang could theoretically improve the engines on its nuclear-capable missiles.

  North Korea has already successfully tested two types of ICBMs on

mobile launchers, so it doesn’t necessarily need the launch pad to test-fire long-range missiles.

  It’s also possible that the activity at the facility is a chess move in North Korea’s

negotiating strategy, Schmerler said, to ratchet up pressure on Washington.

  Trump and Pompeo have touted as progress the fact that North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests in more than a year.

  ”The site itself, in the macro-sense, is very transparent. And the North Koreans know we are always watching,” he said.

  ”When they do something at Sohae, they know that this could very easily be in the public conversation for domestic American politics.”

  It’s unclear if the recent developments will affect how the White House moves forward with North Korea.

stresses strategic resolve in enhancing building of ecological

  Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, presiden

t, and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a visit to political advisers from the secto

rs of culture, art and social sciences who are attending the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chin

ese People’s Political Consultative Conference, March 4, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

  BEIJING – President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed efforts to maintain strategic resolve in enhancing the bui

lding of an ecological civilization, and protect the beautiful scenery in the country’s northern bordering areas.

  Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military C

ommission, made the remarks when attending a panel discussion with his fellow deputies from Inner Mongolia aut

onomous region at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.

Government Work Report: Diplomats’ viewsvered the Gover

There are several sectors in the Government Work Report that have special interest to Mexico.

China is today Mexico’s second-most important trading partner in the world. We pay special atten

tion to China’s economic growth, social development, and how the new reforms will influence the market so that cons

umption will increase and the Mexican businesses will be able to export more products to China.

We also closely watch China’s domestic social development such as fighting poverty and combating corruption.

We’re interested to see how China will continue to develop and what ki

nds of reforms will be launched. Foreign diplomats are interested in seeing how the

market will continue to open up, and what conditions the foreign investment will have in China.

We’ve observed that China is serious about innovations in various

aspects as well as in poverty alleviation and fight against pollution.

I think the work report is in accordance with the result of the 19th Nati

onal Congress of the CPC in 2017. Lots of things have been carried out by China in 2018

–improving the life of the people, getting people out of poverty, developing the country, and facing the challenges of int

ernational environment. I think it’s a very positive and an enthusiastic report for this year. I am also impressed when the

Chinese premier talked about what China has been doing to improve the life of the people.

I think the targets set this year are feasible. If you see what c

hina has been doing every year, I don’t have any doubt that they will be achieved.

I am also glad to note the reaffirmation to Belt and Road

  Initiative and China’s readiness to share the development dividends with developing count

ries. Pakistan is a partner with China in this initiative and its flagship project of China-Pakistan Eco

nomic Corridor is a key priority and a shared objective for common development and mutual prosperity.

  I have no doubt that as in the past resilient Chinese people wi

ll achieve national targets set forth by the Communist Party of China under the lead

ership of President Xi Jinping to create a moderately prosperous society by 2020.

  The Government Work Report highlights the achievemnts made and the challenges China faced in 2018. It furt

her identifies the problems China faces now and proposes policies and measures to improve governance.

  The government’s primary focus is on ensuring continued quality growth of the economy, reduci

ng the tax burden on small enterprises and reducing air pollution, and investing in in

frastructure. The government plans to keep the overall macroeconomic indicators within an appropriate range.

  Further steps have been announced to create more employment and ensure a stable financial sector, along with propose

d measures in foreign trade, currency exchange mechanism, as well as foreign and domestic investment.

Emphasis is placed on promoting investment by openin

up more sectors for equity investment, improving IPR regime, encouraging innovation and technological development.

Major reforms have been announced to boost market and investors’ confidence. The policy measu

res and programs announced today are considered as key drivers for continued economic growth of Ch

ina. China’s economic development is vitally important for the healthy development of world economy and for Nep

al it is more so as the economies of Nepal and China get increasingly inter-connected.

Moreover, China’s economic policies are more and more relevant for Nepal as we pursue our path of economic develop

ment in a faster pace by further strengthening economic ties with China. We are seeking expanded cooperation in inve

stment, connectivity (more specifically cross-border transport infrastructures including railways), to

urism, technology transfer, industrial development, agricultural development and development of digital technology, an

d we foresee greater investments, tourism and trade between Nepal and China in the year ahead.

Therefore, China’s continued growth, and stable socio-economic

development have paramount importance for Nepal. I wish a complete success in their end

eavor of developing China a moderately prosperous society in all respect by 2021.

ad of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of Chin

The two sides of the Taiwan Straits must and will be reunified, Liu J

ieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.

Over the years, exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits ha

ve become more extensive and the bonds of affection between the two sides hav

e deepened, he said.Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Com

mittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, is interviewed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2019.

“Our compatriots in Taiwan now better understand that only when the cross-Straits relat

ions become better, will they have a better future,” he said, adding that “We are increasingly capable of pr

omoting the peaceful reunification of the country and bringing benefits to compatriots on both sides.”

Defense spending poses no threat to other nations, spokesm

China’s defense expenditure is for the protection of the nation’s sover

eignty, security and territorial integrity and does not pose any threat to other countries, ac

cording to Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

Zhang said at a news conference on Monday in Beijing that China always sticks

to the path of peaceful development and follows policies that are purely defensive in nature.

“To judge whether a country poses threat to other

nations, the key lies in its foreign and defense policies rather than the increase in its defense budget,” he said.

He made the remarks in response to a question on China’s perspective change to its defense budget this year.

Zhang said a reasonable and moderate rise in military

expenditure is to meet the need of safeguarding national security and facilitating military reform with Chinese characteristics.

“Starting in 2016, the increases in our defense budget have been sta

ying inside single digits each year, as opposed to double-digit rises in the five consecutive years be

fore that year,” the spokesman said. “Compared with other countries, our defense spending in 2018 accounted for

about 1.3 percent of our GDP for that year, while some developed nations maintained a 2-plus percent proportion.”

China raised its defense budget by 8.1 percent in the fiscal year of 2018.Escaping the stre

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