Monthly Archive March 2019

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By becoming the first G7 member to join the Belt

Road Initiative, Italy has set an example for other European countries on how to strengthen cooperation with China in the future.As for C

hina and France, the two countries inked agreements on deepening joint development, part

icularly through industrial cooperation. The two sides also signed billions of dollars worth of contracts.Now tha

t French President Emmanuel Macron, a firm supporter of European integration, has taken measures to im

prove China-France cooperation, the healthy and fruitful progress of Sino-French ties can in turn promote better C

hina-EU relations. Macron has always emphasized France’s position in the European integration project and China sup

ports his efforts.By reaching agreements on cooperation, Xi and Macron have paved the way for not only deep

er Sino-French cooperation but also overall Sino-EU cooperation, which was highlighted during Xi’s meeting with Germ

an Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Liu, the spokesman, said the ministry dispatched a team co

nsisting of 49 experts from institutes affiliated with the ministry and universities

, including Tsinghua University, to the site to help with the environmental aftermath from the explosion.

He also said the team has cut off the access of three rivers to Guanhe River, which empties into the sea, to prevent the pollution from spreading.

The three rivers inside the chemical industry park wer

e found contaminated soon after the blast. On Wednesday, an excessive amount of pollutants was still de

tected in two water bodies in the chemical park — the Xinfeng River and Xinnong River.

According to the Jiangsu environmental watchdog, the density of ammonia nitrogen in Xinfeng River reached 183 millig

rams per liter, 90.5 times higher than the national standard, at 10 am on Wednesday. The content of methylene chlor

ide in the river was about 15 times above the national standard with a density of 0.321 mg/L. The ch

emical oxygen demand in the water body stood at 343 mg/L, 7.6 times above the national standard, the watchdog said.

The watchdog also found an excessive amount of these pollutants in Xinnong River, though with much lower densities.

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Top court’s new IP tribunal upholds French firm’s patent

The top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a French global automotive supplier in a patent dispute

with two Chinese car accessory companies amid the country’s intensified efforts to protect intellectual property rights.

It was also the first public hearing by the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People’s Court since the special court was set up on Jan 1.

Valeo Systemes d’Essuyage, one of the world’s leading auto component providers, sued X

iamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co and Xiamen Fuke Wiper Co, two companies based in Fujian pro

vince, claiming infringement of Valeo’s patent on a connector for windshield wipers.

An IP court in Shanghai reached a verdict on Jan 22 finding that the two Chinese companies must cease their infring

ement. The two companies appealed to the top court, insisting that their products did not infringe on Valeo’s patent rights.

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Ground Force tests proficiency of top officersts exam will imp

More than 200 major generals of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force simultaneously took part in a recent examin

ation held across the nation, marking the Ground Force’s first large-scale test of its high-ranking commanders.

The examination was arranged by the Ground Force headquarters and was held earlier this month in seven loca

tions – Beijing, Fuzhou, Nanning, Lanzhou, Jinan, Urumqi and Lhasa. The largest test site was at the Ground Force Acade

my of Armored Forces in Beijing with 52 examinees, according to a statement from the Ground Force.

Experts from PLA National Defense University and inspecto

rs from the Ground Force’s disciplinary committee supervised the examination.

Participants were mostly made up of major generals and some senior colonels – commanding officers from

departments under the Ground Force headquarters, academies, schools, regional branches and training and test bases.

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Chen, who worked outside of Guizhou for many years

ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.

“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor

e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary

of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.

“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen

said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou

ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”

The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb

er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.

“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the

re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.

As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor

mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.

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hina to further improve business climate focusing on weak links

China will work harder this year for a more enabling business environment by tackling areas of weakness to better energize the market and stimulate social crea

tivity, the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on March 26.

The Chinese government puts great emphasis on improving the business climate. General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed the need to improve the investm

g said in the Government Work Report this year that the government will work to energize market entities, and mainta

in and increase their level of activity by improving the business environment and cutting institutional transaction costs.

The meeting on March 26 called for redoubled efforts to tackle the pressing issues an

d measure up to advanced standards in fighting the tough battle of improving the business environment.

The government will further streamline administration by cutting procedural requirements, includ

ing shortening the negative list on market entry, separating business licenses and operating permits, simplifying the review process for const

ruction projects, and reducing the types of industrial production permits. The goal is to cut the time required for starting a busines

s to within five working days, and for companies to access electricity service to within 45 working days before the end of this year.

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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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He also had a busy work schedule, and began to w

what life meant to him, Mu said.”I felt I needed a change, so I talked with my wife. She agr

eed with me that we should sell our house in Beijing and move to somewhere we liked,” he said.

The couple searched online and drew up plans to move, finally deciding on Dali, where they bought a villa on an estate at the foot of Mount Cangshan.

In May 2017, Mu left his job and traveled with his wife and son to their new home.

He said he is happy with his new life. “The lifestyle in Dali is slow, easygoing and totally relaxed. The

re are no business phone calls, as there always were in Beijing. This is 100 percent the life I dreamed of,” he said.

Mu is trying to find something he enjoys to begin a new career. “I don’t intend to take up a job to make money – I want to find so

mething I truly love doing to enrich my life,” he said. “Since I decided to move to Dali, making money is no longer a priority.”

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Internet celebrities and some KOLs (key opinion leaders) shar

user experiences and give good ratings for some niche products, so consumers get to know the

m, and young consumers tend to consider such recommendations. But product quality and personal pre

ferences ultimately influence consumer decision whether or not to buy a product,” Wang said.

The Alibaba report stated that among people who searched online

using the keywords “hair loss”, nearly 80 percent were male consumers. The largest nu

mber of buyers of hair care products came from Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu provinces.

Online searches for hair care and hair growth products fluctuate through the year. In Ma

rch, they tend to rise a bit; in August, they tend to surge, and peak in November, the report found.

Last year, sales of anti-hair loss products on Tmall, Alibaba’s e-commerce platform for established brands, soared 100 percent, according to Tmall.

For instance, Hairmax, a hightech comb that boosts hair growth through use of laser beams, wa

s launched last year. It proved to be one of the best-selling items during the Singles Day shopping festival on

Nov 11. An anti-hair loss shampoo made in France, priced 888 yuan ($132.50), sold out fast.

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In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.

In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a

ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma

kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.

The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok

ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca

mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.

The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb

ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud

ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.

The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.

According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score

s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th

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