He also expressed appreciation for Xi’s decision to cr

crack down on fentanyl, saying that it is of great importa

 

nce to Americans, and for the anti-drug cooperation between China and the US.

Starting next month, China will add fentanyl-related substances to a supplementary list of controlled narcoti

cs and psychotropic substances used for nonmedical purposes, authorities said on Monday.

Trump also said that a trade deal with China is good for both countries and the world as well.

“A trade deal between the two economic giants would help alleviate global gro

wth concerns, provide a much-needed global confidence boost and lift markets,” Gre

gory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics, said in a report on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

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China published its first reference book on occupat

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.

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The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys

tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.

Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de

al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work

ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.

To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro

duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int

o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.

They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot

eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst

ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.

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Ofo denies bankruptcy, claims all is well Ofo has denied

Chinese startup Ofo has denied it is bankrupt, and claimed all is w

ell at the bike-sharing company in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Beijing Baikeluoke Technology Co, one of Ofo’s operat

ors, was involved in a bankruptcy case on March 25, listed on the national bankruptcy disclosure platform.

Ofo, however, insists it is not bankrupt, saying that its debt-related litigation and negotiations are still underway.

The company has been suffering financial problems for the past few m

onths, with tens of millions of users waiting for refunds since the second half of last year.

To compound matters for the company, unpaid bills resulted in several lawsuits in the same period.

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Mobike announced Friday that it will raise its riding

 fees in Beijing – one yuan for 15 minutes and 0.5 yuan for each additional 15 minutes – with the new fees coming into place next Monday.

The move comes after Bluegogo’s fee increase in Beijing from March 21, where the compa

ny cut riding time for a one yuan from one hour to 15 minutes, with each additional 15 minutes costing 0.5 yuan.

Zhang Shule, an industry commentator, told Changjiang Times that price raises will not bother users.

Zhang said, as a niche market, the industry still has room to adjust prices.

ying continuing with warmer weather, the company should attrac

t increasing numbers of users, compared with the cold winter months.

International Financial News cited data showing the number of active users on Mobike and Ofo exceeded 20 million in February.

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Han lived in a 130-square-meter house before m

ng Wu. He planned to invite her to move in, but Wu didn’t want to leave her apartmen

t at the Social Welfare Institute of Wuhan in Jianghan district, where she had been residing for four years. So Han move

d to the institute, into an apartment across from Wu. He would call her every morning and they would eat three meals together.

On Nov 1, 2018, the two tied the knot. Han gave Wu a one-karat diamond ring at their wedding ceremony.

he institute arranged for them a suite, which has turned into a cozy home with their careful arrangement. Han’s books, newspap

ers and magnifying glasses and Wu’s handwork sit on the desk, while Han’s favorite calligraphy works hang on the wall.

Wu learns singing during the day and Han reads newspapers. When he plays Chinese che

ss, she sits and watches him. Sometimes they do handwork together, watch the TV news and order takeout food.

Han said he did astronomy research when he was young and Wu did oil exploration

, both areas requiring field work, so they have a lot of common topics to talk about every day.

On Thursday afternoon, they shot their wedding photos at the garden of the Social Welfare Institute. Han said, “I’m so happy.”

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The notice stressed that management of tourism sites sh

should substantially reduce ticket prices for off-season and peak season. Price reduction for all tickets cannot be replac

d with lower prices for tickets bought through certain channels and for certain groups or schedules.

In the meantime, supervision should be strengthened for the price

of transportation vehicles, cable cars, cruise ships, parking and other services.

Weaving and preferential policies of tickets for designated groups, including soldiers, juveni

les, old people and those with disabilities, should be fully carried out, the document added.China will train ab

out a million farmers this year to use pesticides in a more environmentally-friendly way and promote green de

velopment of the agricultural sector, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The training will be conducted by the ministry’s national agricultural technol

ogy promotion center, with assistance from the China Crop Protection Industry Association, the non

governmental organization Crop Life China, and the China Association of Pesticide Development and Application.

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On the other hand, policies to stabilize growth also contr

tribute to deleveraging, Hu said.

“The large-scale reduction of taxes and fees could efficiently reduce burdens on enterpris

es and strengthen their ability to repay debts and absorb equity financing,” she said.

Zhu Min, chair of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University, sai

d it is clear that China will “move more on fiscal policy than monetary policy” to offset short-term economic challenges.

This year’s tax and fee cut on enterprises-worth nearly 2 trillion yuan ($297.8 billion)-is “really encouraging”, which will

improve their productivity and efficiency, said Zhu, a former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

The debt level, especially for State-owned enterprises, is still high, Zhu said, making i

t necessary to continue deleveraging to contain risks and achieve sustainable growth.

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Xuan Changneng, deputy head of the State Administration of

 Foreign Exchange, said, “China has ample room to maneuver and take measures toward deleveraging.”

That conclusion is based on the debt structure and interest rate level, he said.

“When we’re talking about deleveraging and maintaining stable growth, I think the focus for seve

ral years has been on quality growth, not just any growth,” he said.Chinese President Xi Jinping met wit

h New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Monday in Beijing. They agreed to continuously enrich the China-New

Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit.his year’s Government Work Report said th

at “major progress was made in boosting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region”. In the years since t

he central government put forward the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development plan, local authorities have taken a series of me

asures, including working on key issues such as top design, to help shift Beijing’s noncapital functions to nei

ghboring locations, integrating the region’s transport network and better strengthening environmental protection.

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hows their marriage certificates at a civil affairs office on Valent

China’s birthrate has been on a decline over the past few years, and now the number of people tying the proverbial knot is also heading lower.

Last year, the marriage rate nationwide dipped to 7.2 newly wedded couples per 1,000 people, dropp

ing for the fifth consecutive year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The rate stood at 9.9 per 1,000 in 2013, and was 7.7 in 2017.

The declining figures come as the China is grappling with fewer newborns and a mounting number of divorces.

The birthrate was 10.94 per 1,000 on the Chinese mainland last year, down from 12.43 in 2017, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, couples deciding to end their marriages were rising rapidly, reaching 3.2 divorces

per 1,000 people in 2017, said the Social Service Development Statistical Bulletin of 2017. The number was only 2.0 in 2010.

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