he premier attached great importance to such measur

asures as reducing the rate of the value-added tax, increasing the

tax exemption for research costs and reforming individual income tax.

The measures should not only ease the tax burden for manufacturing com

panies but also reduce taxes for construction enterprises, which provide a great num

ber of jobs, Li said, adding that all industries should be covered by the benefits of tax cuts.

Li pledged more efforts to urge government departments and State-owned e

nterprises to pay off their debts so that the effects of tax reduction are not diminished.

The government will take further measures to deepen reform and opening-up, en

courage innovation and entrepreneurship and promote fair competition, Li said, adding that com

panies should also seize the opportunity to promote high-quality growth.

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died and 24 were injured in a fire in Guilin, the Guangxi Zh

According to a news release from the local fire department, the battery of an electric bicycle parked beside a building for s

tudents ignited, starting the fire. The incident is still being investigated and some people have been detained.

This is not the first fatal fire caused by an electric bicycle. In December 2017, five people were killed and nine injured when an electric bike started a fire in Beijing, and

in July last year, one person was killed and another injured in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In fact, type “electric bicy

cle” and “fire” into any online searching engine and you will get hundreds of pages recording them.

How could that happen?

The all-too fast expansion of the industry is to bla

me. There are already 300 million electric bicycles in China, roughly one for every four persons.

However, when it comes to charging the bikes, a big proble

m has emerged. As a growing number of people live in residential buildings without separa

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We should extract the essence of Chinese tradition

l culture, which has contemporary value and relevance to the modern wor

 

ld, and show it. In this way we can on the one hand tell the world how and why China is wh

at it is, and on the other have Chinese and other civilizations create benefits for mankind.

It is hoped that the Conference on Dialogue of Asi

Many pets entering China will now be subject to streamlined customs clearance procedures.

As of Wednesday this week, dogs or cats from designated countries or regi

ons that carry valid electronic chips and pass on-site inspection will no longer be subject to

extended quarantine, under the latest regulations issued by the General Administration of Customs.

Designated countries or regions include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Haw

aii and Guam of the United States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, C

yprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and Singapore, as well as from Hong Kong or Macao.

an Civilizations will make fresh contributions to the construction of the community of shared future for mankind.

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Shanghai purrs over new Hello Kitty theme park

The world’s only Hello Kitty-themed pavilion brings a fantasy world with a retro decor for fans in Shanghai.

Hello Kitty Shanghai Times was launched by propert

y developer Shimao Group and Japanese animation powerhouse Sanrio on March 29.

By creating an immersive experience of Shanghai during three symbolic periods of the city’s history – the 1930s, 1980s and today – the

indoor theme park provides a unique experience for visitors with Sanrio’s best-known characters, incl

uding Hello Kitty, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Pompompurin, Keroppi and Cinnamoroll.

The time travel-themed attraction is located at Shimao Festiva

l City on bustling East Nanjing Road, and is expected to attract 2 million visitors a year. S

preading across three floors, the play area takes up a total gross floor area of about 6,000 square meters.

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Economic data for March have beaten market expectat

ons in many aspects, and based on those data, China’s year-on-year GDP gr

owth rate in the first quarter may reach 6.3 percent or a bit higher,” said Liu Chun

sheng, an associate professor of economics at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

Improved market expectations resulting from progress in the Sino-US trade talks and Beijing’s tax and

fee cut plan, as well as eased liquidity, have helped to offset negative effects of the traditional Spring Fes

tival holiday and downside pressure that continued from the end of last year, Liu said.

China has set this year’s GDP growth rate target at 6 percent to 6.5 perce

nt, after registering full-year growth of 6.6 percent in 2018 and 6.4 percent in the fourth

quarter. The NBS is scheduled to announce the country’s first-quarter economic growth data on Wednesday.

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Underscoring the increasingly important role of railw

way in social and economic development, leaders from China and the CEECs voiced support fo

r moving forward practical cooperation in the development of the China-Eur

ope Land Sea Express Line and making use of European Union (EU)-Chin

a Connectivity Platform to promote development of intermodal freight transportation.

Taking note of the Three Seas Initiative, the participants to the leaders’ meeting expressed their welcome to port cooperat

ion between China and the CEECs, including the opportunities deriving from inland waterways and the interm

odal connections to further enhance the cargo transportation between Asia and Europe.

Leaders from China and the CEECs also expressed their willingness to explo

re the possibilities of establishing a China-CEEC Customs Information Center in Hungary and

their support for the holding of the 5th China-CEEC Transport Ministers’ Meeting in 2020 in Croatia.

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The US’ move poses a challenge to the WTO and its basic

principles including that of the most favored nation and national treatment. If the US gets its way and introdu

ces the “American First” policy to the WTO as part of the reform, the WTO system would suffer a deadly blow.

It is imperative therefore that the WTO reform strengthens its dispute settlement mechanism, which is at the heart o

f the multilateral trade system, to overcome its existen

tial crisis. Besides, the principle of starting the reform from the least complicated areas should be adopted to carry o

ut deep and far-reaching WTO reforms so that it can accommodate the new trends in international trade.

As the largest developing and developed economies, China and the US generally represent the collective interests of the develo

ping and developed worlds. If the two countries make a breakthrough in the ongoin

g talks to resolve their trade disputes, they could join hands to drive the WTO reform forward.

And, as James Carafano, director of foreign policy studies at the Washin

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Make homeland greenering country’s nats goals for im

President outlines goals for improving, protecting country’s natural heritage

President Xi Jinping has called for mobilization at the national level and joint particip

ation from the whole of society to move forward with large-scale campaigns to make the homeland greener.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commit

tee, made the remark as he took part in a voluntary tree planting event in Beijing on Monday.

Working alongside students, Xi shoveled soil and emptied water buckets

before planting seven trees in a forest park in the capital’s Tongzhou district.

He underscored the importance of giving play to China’s honored tradition of loving, pla

nting and protecting trees to ensure that national forestation programs yield concrete results continuously.

He noted that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s creation of the tree planting festival on March 12 each year. Over

the past 40 years, China’s forest coverage and its net volume of timber have doubled, he said, adding that Chin

a has made the largest contribution to the world’s increase in the area of vegetation in recent times.

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While fast urbanization in China has brought larg

 population inflows from rural areas to cities, only those registered with permanent residence permits are fully entitled to social welfare in their resident cities.

Basic public services should be guaranteed for unregistered

permanent residents in cities, with an increased supply of education resources in cities where th

ere are a sizable number of children of migrant workers, according to the NDRC document.

The coverage of government-supported rental hom

es and housing provident funds should be expanded to benefit more unregistered permanent residents, the document said.

China aims to add 100 million registered permanent urban residents from 2016 to 2020.

By the end of 2018, the share of such residents in the country’s total population stood at 43.37 percent, up 1.02 p

ercentage points from a year earlier, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

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In contrast, Li said in an interview with China Daily

 that we are already seeing people’s lives improved by, for example, shopping websites that help you fi

nd what you are looking for. “For people who are feeling that this is not science fiction, this is just Amazo

n showing me an ad or a bank giving me a loan. Just wait. In the next five or 10 years, we’ll see robotics and in the nex

t 10-20 years autonomous vehicles – and they will be magical,” he said.

“The atom part will take longer, but that will happen too. The hardes

t part today appears to be the atom side – robotics, autonomous vehicles, flying cars and thin

gs like that. Because the big breakthroughs have been just pure software.”

Ironically, Theil, the co-founder of PayPal and a lead investor in Fa

cebook and big data mining company Palantir, has said that we live in a financial age, rather

than a scientific and technological age. “It’s not clear it’s enough to bring our civilization to the next level.”

Most tellingly, Theil points out that the oligopolistic US tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft – are each sitti

ng on billions of dollars of cash, but they can’t think of any technological opportunities where they can invest that money.

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