Daily Archives: October 7, 2017

China, Morocco vow industrial cooperation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to beef up industrial capacity cooperation with Morocco when meeting with King Mohammed VI in Beijing on Thursday. The Chinese government supports Chinese companies taking part in the infrastructure construction and industrialization in Morocco, he said, suggesting cooperation in the areas of industrial parks, high-speed railways and renewable energy. China will step up efforts to transfer applicable technology and train technical and managerial personnel for Morocco, in a bid to enhance the self-development capacity of the country, said Li. He expressed hope that the two sides would concentrate on several demonstrative cooperative projects, so as to boost common development and prosperity. Li said he appreciated King Mohammed VI’s decision granting Chinese citizens visa-free access from June 1 this year, stressing that China is willing to work with Morocco to facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. King Mohammed VI said Morocco appreciates China’s achievements in development and the strong measures it has taken to address climate change. He spoke highly of China’s policy towards Africa and China’s proposition of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries as well as peaceful settlement of disputes. Morocco hopes to cooperate more with China in infrastructure building, high-speed railways and green industries and expand people-to-people exchanges, said the King. Top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang also met with the King on Thursday. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), called on the two sides to boost cooperation by implementing the ten China-Africa cooperation plans and jointly advancing the Belt and Road initiative. The NPC is ready to expand friendly exchanges and enhance legislative cooperation with Morocco’s parliament, so as to provide legal guarantees for bilateral political, economic and cultural exchanges, said Zhang. King Mohammed VI started his state visit to China on Wednesday.

Federer to skip French Open, focus on grass, hard court reasons

The 18-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday announced his absence from the French Open later this month, and has turned his attention to the grass and hard court seasons.

“Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open,” said the Swiss tennis superstar in a statement on his Twitter page.

“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons,” he added.

The 35-year-old Federer made an astonishing comeback from his injury early this year as he beat Rafael Nadal in full sets in Australian Open final to clinch his 18th Grand Slam title.

He then rode on his hot run to take away the trophies in Indian Wells and Miami, two ATP 1000 Masters, before he skipped some tournaments into the clay season, and finally, the Roland Garros.

“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.

“Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season,” said Federer.

It was the second straight year that Federer withdrew from the French Open. He was absent last year due to knee and back injuries.

“I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year,” he said.

Federer lifted the trophy only once, in 2009, in the French Open, which took up the least part for his total of 18 Grand Slam titles. He has been crowned seven times in Wimbledon, five times apiece in Australian Open and US Open.

The French Open will curtain up on May 28, with the qualifiers beginning from May 22.

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