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despite the security concerns it faces in some markets. Huawei has repeatedly said the
security llegations it faces are groundless and not supported by any factual evidence.
The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre
asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.
Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L
ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.
Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub
sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub
sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.
Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate
s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.
accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.
With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has
become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.
Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.
This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.
He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational
University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.
In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed
short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.
yuan, 72.38 billion yuan and 902.19 billion yuan, respecti
vely, a year-on-year rise of 13.2 percent, 1.13 percent and 3.62 percent, respectively.
The three companies’ net profits attributable to shareholders were 4.43 billion yuan, 10.9 billion yuan, 36 billion yua
n, a year-on-year increase of 96.6 percent, 1.08 percent and 4.65 percent, respectively.
Last year, GAC sold 2.15 million vehicles, up 7.34 percent year-on-year, with the self-owned br
ands sales volume increasing 5.23 percent; the sales volume of the joint venture brands including GAC Ho
nda, GAC Toyota and GAC Mitsubishi rising 5.16 percent, 31.11 percent and 22.69 percent, respectively.
SAIC’s annual sales were 7.05 million vehicles with self-owned brands Roewe and MG sel
ing 730,000 vehicles and joint venture brand SAIC Volkswagen selling 2.06 million vehicles in 2018.
tional classifications in 1999. It included 1,838 jobs. From 2004 to 2009, China listed 120 new jobs in 12 batches.
In 2010, China started revising the reference book by adding new jobs, and finally published the latest edition of the reference
book in 2015. In the past four years, as new industries bred many new jobs, China renewed the listing of occupations.
The ministry said the regular releases of new job classifications could help boost employmen
t, reform vocational education and training, and assist with policymaking in the labor market.
National flags flew at half-staff in Xichang, capital of the Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Sichuan pro
vince, on Thursday, a day of mourning for the 30 lives lost battling a raging forest fire.
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, declared Thursday a day to honor the 30 people who w
ere confirmed on Monday to have died in the blaze — 27 members of the Xichang fire department, a local fore
stry official, a forestry staff member and a villager. They ranged in age from 19 to 49 years old.
A 50-year-old forestry official, who was missing in the wildfire, was reported on Thursday afternoon to have been killed.
China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.
Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next
three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra
nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.
Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.
Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil
lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.
To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct
ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.
d visits to the city with his wife.
He said he decided to relocate 2,100 kilometers from the capital due to heavy smog, which ha
d caused him serious discomfort. But more important, he wanted to change his way of life.
The 45-year-old worked for a State-owned company in Beijing before moving. Since 2001, he had
been sent abroad by his company to work in countries such as Sudan, Ecuador, Iran, Syria and Iraq as chief manager for busi
ness development. However, he faced great pressure, both from work and security problems.
Mu said he had several narrow escapes from bomb attacks near his office in Iraq, where he worked for seven years.
When he returned to work at the company’s Beijing headquarters in 2015, he found he could n
ot adapt to life in the city. He had to travel for a total of three hours each day on the subway between home and work.
is deep into its most crucial week since the last one.
On Thursday, Theresa May travels to Brussels to meet with the remaining 27 EU leaders, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50, the legal
process by which Britain is leaving the EU. If the EU27 agree, as they probably will, Brexit will be delayed beyond the current deadline of March 29. Lea
ving aside the gravity of this epic failure of British Brexit policy, the key question is how long will the delay last?
There are two likely options. The first is a short delay, which Downing Street said on Wedne
sday it would request. This would give the UK government a little more time to get its Withdrawal Agr
eement through Parliament, perhaps sweetened with some changes to the accompanying political declaration.
Or, the EU could offer May a much longer extension, possibly lasting years, to give to the UK more breathing space in which to u
ntangle its Brexit mess. The EU says it would only grant a longer delay if there was a good reason for doing so.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives in court last year. On Thursday, he was sentenced to 47 months in prison.
(CNN)When Paul Manafort was sentenced to about four years in federal prison, the backlash was fast and furious on social media.
Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Manafort to 47 months Thursday for defr
auding banks and the government, and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income earne
d from Ukrainian political consulting. It was a far cry from the 19 to 25 years prosecutors said he deserved.
He’ll receive another sentence from a different federal judge next week for the two crimes he plead
ed guilty to last year — witness tampering and conspiracy related to years of illegal Ukrainian lobb
ying and money laundering. That sentencing could stack on top of the time he received Thursday.
Some got harsher sentences for doing less, experts say
Social media users, including legal experts and lawmakers, criticiz
ed Thursday’s sentence and outlined other instances in which suspects received harsh
er punishments for lesser crimes. Others cited the case as an example of the sentencing differences between white collar
crime and street crime, and what they described as racial disparities within the criminal justice system.
Scott Hechinger, who works as a public defender in New York,
highlighted cases where suspects got harsher sentences. Just a day earlier, he said, his client
was offered a sentence of between 36 to 72 months for stealing $100 in quarters from a residential laundry room.