In the meantime, April data showed that six out of 29 cit

cities, includi上海龙凤1314品茶微信ng Kunming, Ningbo, Xiamen and Guiyang, received less than 7,000 visi

ts per kilometer for each day, below the 7,000-visit bottom line required by the National Deve

lopment and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner, as early as 2015.

More global top companies will participate in and expand their exhibition area du

ring the second China International Import Expo, financial news outlet Yicai reported.

The expo, which will be held in Shanghai again this November, will al

so have thousands of companies taking part for the first time, the report said.

“We will expand our display area from 200 square meters to 300 square meters this year, which shows our confidence in the Chi

nese market,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Dutch lighting company Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting.

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The US administration’s more often than not conflicti

conflicting goals have resulted in the trade conflicts with China an

d other countries. For instance, China’s exports to the US grew 11.3 percent

and its trade surplus with the US increased to $323 billion in 2018, up 17.3 percent year-on-year.

Moreover, Washington has forbidden US companies to sell chips to ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equip

ment and systems company, even after imposing huge fines on the company. By so doing, the US has act

ually encouraged China to increase investment in its high-tech sector. So, even if China and the US

were to strike a deal, China would be prompted to import lower volumes of energy and agricultural products from the US.

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One standard goal is to create a “level playing field” so

 that foreign companies can compete against domestic companies in each country.

In the past several months, China has announced and started to implement a “negative list” program

that allows foreign companies to have 100 percent ownership in investments in all areas of the ec

onomy, except for a small number of areas, such as telecoms and defense, that are explicitly prohibited.

Also, foreign investment has been simplified by creating a

one-stop regulatory shop and a single application process.

These new policies will lead to greater competition within China, forcing Chi

na’s companies to become more efficient and to produce higher quality products.

The Chinese government has also recently announced tax cuts and financial regulation

s designed to help private companies. This will hasten the ongoing transition to a market-driven economy.

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launched early last year, has contributed 257 milli

n yuan ($38 million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.

The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000 volunteers to di

rectly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) of China has issued a statement

warning the country’s middle and primary schools against unauthorized selections and rankings.

The statement, made public on Thursday, was based on several lists of so-called “top

100 middle and primary schools in China” recently released by some institutions.

The MOE has never authorized any organizations or institutions to carry out such selections or rankings, according to the statement.

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Short-video apps such as Douyin and Kuaishou offer maj

major platforms for them to learn about the outside world. They also l

ike to use social networking platforms such as Pinduoduo and WeChat, on which they can bu

y products, socialize with friends, learn about the latest fashion trends and make purchases, Yu said.

“For example, Pinduoduo asks consumers to invite friends to join the platform, to help r

educe prices, which can be a good way of obtaining new customers and retaining them,” he said. “C

onsumers also like purchasing activities that can strengthen connections with friends.”

Sun said that because they face less work pressure and shorter commuting time, small-town youths have more free time com

pared with their peers in big cities. They mainly spend this time online or getting together with friends.

Some 88.7 percent of small-town youths surf the internet, 80.6 percen

t hang out with friends, and 60 percent watch movies, according to Sun’s report.

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The zone is located in a labor-intensive area in Cambodi

 which means the project will provide a large number of jobs to lo

cal communities,” he said. “It is expected that up to 100,000 to 200,000 locals will be d

rawn to the new economic zone after its completion. They will rise out of poverty by working in this zone.”

The project will be beneficial to both China and Cambodia, Qian said.

“Many Chinese companies go overseas to expand their businesses. However, because of a la

ck of experience and related knowledge, most of them face huge obstacles abroad,” he said. “Our company has done overseas business for mo

re than 40 years and will provide a familiar business environment for other Chinese companies in the new economic zone.”

Some Chinese companies have decided to join the investment in the ne

w Cambodia project, Qian said, adding that in his opinion, a company should follow the nati

onal policy and direction such as Belt and Road Initiative while being profitable at the same time.

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To attract more foreign investment to China, the country’s

 top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo

r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin

ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.

Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye

ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2

020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate

al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban

k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi

lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.

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After rejecting May’s Brexit deal last week, MPs voted in favor

  tension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before Mar

ch 29. May is expected to ask the remaining 27 EU member states for a delay at this week’s summit.

  It’s possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the UK to take part in the upcoming European elections in May.

  Downing Street has used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second

referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vo

te for May’s deal.The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 pe

ople, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.

  ”You will never hear me mention his name,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the New Zealand Parliament Tuesday.

  ”He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless, and

to others I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took t

hem. He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing — not even his name.”

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The four new missions, according to Li, will improve the wat

quality of those areas worse than Grade V; regulate sewage outfalls along the river; alleviate phosph

orus-related pollution caused by mining and chemical production and regulate waste-water treatment facilities.

The other four missions contained in the action plan were already in process, said Li, inclu

ding protection of drinking water sources, regulations to tackle black and odorous water and solid waste disp

osal.hinese investment in US commercial real estate in 2017 plunged an estimated 55 percent from 2016, acc

ording to a report, but participants in the sector still expect Chinese capital to be a factor in the US.

The 2017 China-US Inbound Investment Capital Watch report from real estate comp

any Cushman & Wakefield put the estimated decline at $7.3 billion in 2017 from $16.2 billion in 2016.

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has denied any wrongdoing. If found guilty, he could face

  ”I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who have stood by me throughout this terrible ordeal,” Ghosn said in a sta

tement Tuesday. He hired a new Japanese defense team last month after previous bail applications were rejected.

  Since Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo on November 19, he has been ousted from his role as the he

ad of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, which he had brought together to form the world’s larg

est alliance of carmakers. The group makes one in nine cars sold worldwide and employs more than 450,000 people.

  The Carlos Ghosn case is putting Japan’s system of ‘hostage justice’ under scrutiny

  Ghosn’s family members and attorneys have repeatedly criticized the cond

itions of his detention. They say he has spent months in solitary confinement and lost a lot of weight.

  Lawyers for Ghosn in France said this week that they’ve submitted a report to the United Nations, clai

ming violations of Ghosn’s fundamental rights during his lengthy detention. They say he was held in “dehumanizing” conditions.

  Japanese prosecutors say Ghosn, like other suspects, has been treated fairly in accordance with the law.

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