Month: March 2019

But China should realize that some EU countries have

?become increasingly cautious about deepening cooperation with China because of its rapid developm

ent; in fact, a few EU countries have decided to implement tougher measures for foreign trade. The European Commission even put

forward a 10-point policy package on China on March 11, which the European Council discussed on March 21.

But the fact that the Commission sees China as a “cooperation partner”, “negotiating partner”, “eco

nomic competitor” as well as a “systemic rival” means it wants to build on the partnership of strategic cooperation with China.

The EU’s attempt to coordinate the concerns of its different members and its efforts to continue dialogue with China reflect coope

ration are not a subjective choice of one single EU country but an objective choice for the mutual interest of all the parties involved.

China has addressed many of the EU’s concerns to strengthen coop

eration, including further opening-up. And it should keep taking measures to strengt

hen cooperation and communication to settle the disputes with EU countries and meet the emerging challenges.

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streamline certain fees related to ports, highways and airpo

he said. In addition, the ministry will step up its efforts to manage the effects of eliminating highway toll stations at provincial boundaries.

The ministry also called for small and medium-sized enterprises to forge alliances for common development to consolidate the fragmented logistics sector.

In recent years, China’s logistics industry has been experiencing consistent growth on the back of steady economic progress and a rising domestic market. Accor

ding to the National Development and Reform Commission, logistics expenditures rose 9.8 percent to 13.3 trillion yuan, am

ounting to 14.8 percent of last year’s national GDP. The share was slightly up from the previous year.

The logistics sector is of strategic importance in the development of the market econom

y, and the ministry has been making consistent efforts to reduce logistics costs and raise efficiency. It redu

ced logistics spending by 56 billion yuan in 2016, 68 billion yuan in 2017 and 98 billion yuan in 2018.

China ranked 12th last year in the World Bank’s logistics performan

ce index covering 160 countries and regions. China’s position has moved up 15 places since 2016.

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Her remarks were based on a Deloitte research, named

Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade

rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.

According to the report, the revolution-which features the booming new technologies and th

e combination of them-has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great

challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri

oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures-all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.

A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu

siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last

year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu

siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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Her business enabled her to live her dream; every mornin

?she opened the windows, breathed clean air, and the surroundings were often bathed in su

nshine, with beautiful flowers dotting the lake as waterfowl paddled on the surface.

However, in 2017, the local government ordered all 2,400-plus hotels, guesthouses and

restaurants around the lake to close until they had been checked and the authorities confirmed they had all the permits required.

With the tourism industry expanding rapidly in Dali, wastewater and garbage were often found being disposed of directly into

the lake due to insufficient or dilapidated facilities on the shore, creating one of the lake’s major sources of pollution.

Since October, a widespread environmental campaign has escalated and more t

han 1,800 lakeside properties within the protection zone – including 540 guesthouses – have been demolished.

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Schools and kindergartens reopened on Monday after the explos

ion forced their closure on Friday. Read moreAt the same time, rescuers were busy scrutinizing the c

hemical plants that were damaged in the blast in Xiangshui county of Yancheng city for possible toxic substance leaks.

The blast occurred on Thursday at the Tianjiayi chemical plant in Xiangshui county’s Chenjiagang Chemical Park, with a fire that spread to 16 enterprises nearby.n ur

gent notice issued by the Work Safety Committee of the State Council asked authorities related to safety production nationwide to strictly follow the i

nstruction President Xi Jinping made after the Thursday blast in a chemical industry park in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu.

The notice from the State Council, released on Monday, deployed a thorough examination on potential hazards of

dangerous chemicals across the country. All chemical industry parks should undergo safety risk assessments, it said.

Local safety production authorities should conduct careful inspections on nitration-rela

ted processing plants and enterprises that produce or store nitrated compounds, according to the notice.

Law enforcement in the sector should be intensified and not be a flash in the pan. “(We should) make the

law enforcement ‘bite’, and severely punish those enterprises and individuals that are indifferent to laws and lives,” the n

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With steady income growth of young Chinese, more peopl

le are paying attention to the quality of products, and they are willing to spend money on prod

ucts that can help improve appearances,” said Neil Wang, president of consultancy Frost& Sullivan in China.

“Fueled by the promotions featuring film stars and internet celebrities online, young consu

mers are increasingly seeking ways to appear more beautiful. Losing hair is something they can’t stand. Exp

enditure toward better looks reflects the ongoing consumption upgrade trend in China,” he said.

Besides, on social media platforms such as Weibo and Little Red Book, a Chinese online platform

to share lifestyle tips, a large number of internet celebrities and makeup bloggers recommend or discuss pro

ducts (like hair line powder and post-natal hair recovery oil) they think are good or useful.

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hina, Italy sign BRI MoU to advance connectivitynese Presid

ROME — China and Italy signed here Saturday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly advance the con

struction of the Belt and Road during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country.

The two sides welcome the signing of the intergovernmental MoU on jointly advancin

g the Belt and Road construction, said a joint communique issued by the two countries.

The two sides realize the huge potential of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in promoting con

nectivity, and stand ready to strengthen the alignment of the BRI and Trans-European Transport Networks and

deepen the cooperation in ports, logistics, marine transportation and other areas, the communique said.

The two sides expressed willingness to join efforts under the Asian Infrastru

cture Investment Bank (AIIB) to advance connectivity in line with the AIIB’s mission and functions.

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The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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Volunteers inundate blood donation center near explosion site

After an explosion at a chemical plant killed 47, residents of Xiangshui county in Jiangs

u province have flooded centers to donate blood for the severely injured survivors.

There were so many people coming in to donate blood

that the organizers at one center ran out of application forms, China Daily discovered Friday afternoon.

“On average,People wait in line to donate blood at a donation point after

a deadly chemical factory blast killed dozens in Xiangshui county in Jiangsu province on Frid

ay people have to wait for at least five hours for their turn,” said Meng Xianghua, a me

mber of the local labor union that has been assisting in the drive to build up blood supplies following the blast.

He said one of his neighbors came in at 8 am Friday and had to wait until 1:30 pm to d

onate. “There are so many people coming that we failed to count how many people have donated so far,” he added.

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