The strong performance showcases Huawei’s resilien

 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.

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hina mulls high-quality development of cross-border de

China has issued guidelines to ensure the high-quality development of cross-border e-commerce

posting and delivery services, a State Post Bureau (SPB) official said on April 11.

The guidelines were jointly issued by the SPB, Ministry of Commerc

e and General Administration of Customs, SPB official Tu Gang told a press conference.

While stressing the significance of cross border delivery services, Tu said weaknesse

s remained in aspects such as user experience, security control and international rules.

China will launch a whole-process supervision approach on cross-border delivery services and implement security management

regulations including real-name receiving and posting, human and machine examination of parcels.

China supports foreign investors to set up new busi

nesses in the industry within its territory through legitimate applications.

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Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

tion Development Fund will be halved. Charges for national cultural programs supported by cen

trally administrated enterprises and institutions will be cut in half, effective until the end of 2024.

It was also decided at the meeting to reduce mobile internet service rates and lower broa

dband service rates for small and medium-sized enterprises by about 180 billion yuan in 2019.

The State Council also decided to trim average electricity prices for gene

ral industrial and commercial businesses, lower prices for rail freight transport, cut or

merge port charges, and cancel charges for the certification of citizens’ personal ID information.

The measures identified at the meeting on Wednesday are the most recent moves for fee reductio

ns following the lowering of the social insurance contribution rate. Full delivery of these measures is expec

ted to lighten the fee burden on companies and individuals by more than 300 billion yuan in 2019.

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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 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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UK lawmakers reject government’s divorce deal for third time

UK lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s divorce deal with the European Union for a third time, leaving Brita

in just two weeks to decide between a long delay to Brexit and an abrupt no-deal departure from the bloc.

Lawmakers in Britain’s House of Commons voted 286-344 against the withdrawal ag

reement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU, rebuffing her plea to “put aside self and pa

rty” and “accept the responsibility given to us by the British people” to deliver Brexit.

A visibly frustrated May said the vote had “grave” implications.

“The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union o

n 12 April — in just 14 days’ time,” she said. “This is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal, and yet t

he House has been clear it will not permit leaving without a deal. And so we will have to agree an alternative way forward.”

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Taking into account the Trial Chamber’s conclusions reflec

ting the magnitude of Karadzic’s crimes, the Appeals Chamber is in agreement with the Prosec

ution’s position and considers that the 40‐year sentence inadequately reflects the extraordinary gra

vity of Karadžić’s crimes as well as his central and instrumental participation in four joint criminal enterprises,” said the judge.

“Given the above, the Appeals Chamber considers that the sentence of 40 years imposed by

the Trial Chamber underestimates the extraordinary gravity of Karadzic’s responsibility and his inte

gral participation in ‘the most egregious of crimes’ that were committed throughout the entire period of the con

flict in Bosnia and Herzegovina and were noted for their ‘sheer scale’ and ‘systematic cruelty,'” added Joensen.

The now 73-year-old Karadzic led the breakaway Serbian entity of Republic of Srpska, located w

ithin Bosnia, during the Balkan wars of the 1990s that were initiated by the breakup of former Yugoslavia.

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After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

grower in Laixi of Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, has been able to grow peach trees into the shapes of tab

les and chairs. The price of one of his peach branch chairs has now reached more than 20,000 yuan ($2,987).

In a farm in Jimo district of Qingdao, Zhang, 65, says that he plans to grow the tables and chairs at a ratio of four to one: four chairs to each table.

Zhang said that he started planting peach trees 15 years ago. He used to be a carpen

ter and often made wooden furniture, so, when planting peach trees, he liked to collect the roots of va

rious materials and use them for making ornaments, tables, chairs, figures, flowers, birds, and other root carvings.

As the raw materials became scarce however, Zhang had another idea, asking, “Can I p

lant tables and chairs myself?” Although his family were initially skeptical, Zhang persisted.

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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