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Hu said the administration also will promote anti-smug

ling and wildlife protection knowledge among the public, and it welcomes public supervision or reports of smuggling.

As social networks and online stores have become increasingly important tools for wildlife s

mugglers, the administration has beefed up its anti-smuggling work online this year.

Customs officials are working on cases involving another 100 tons

of endangered wildlife and wildlife products, of which about 300 kilograms are tusks and ivory products.

Last year, the administration purchased advanced screening and detection equipment to improve th

e efficiency of its anti-smuggling work, according to Wang Wei, director of the administration’s ports supervision department.

People caught entering China with endangered wildlife or wildlife

products worth less than 200,000 yuan ($29,800) face up to five years in prison. If such contr

band goods are worth more than 1 million yuan, the penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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Employees have been working according to the che

edule in some companies, including some well-known internet enterprises. Earlier this year, Youzan, an e-commerce compa

ny based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, triggered controversy by introducing the “996” schedule in its annua

l meeting. The move even prompted the labor authorities to conduct an investigation against Youzan.

Workers have been working overtime in many industries for yea

rs. But now, many programmers in internet companies are opposing the “996” schedu

le because the extra work does not come with any compensation or bonus. To reduce the labor cost, many high-tech and int

ernet companies are laying off workers. That means, there are fewer people left to shoulder the extra work. Tha

t’s a reason why the overloaded IT programmers have now burst out with complaints.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has said that only by working harder

and longer than others can an employee achieve success in life. He h

as also said that those who want to join Alibaba should be prepared to work for 12-hour work a day. This not only goe

s against the Labor Law but also violates the rights and interests of the employers, and could harm their health.

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IMF upbeat on China’s 2019 growth in Zhuhai, Guangdong

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it expects China’s economy to grow 6.3 percent in 2019-up 0.1 perce

ntage point from its prediction in January. Analysts said the world’s second-large

st economy is set to remain stable as authorities continue to implement supportive policies.

The latest World Economic Outlook, released at the start of the sp

ring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, also predicted the United States e

conomy would grow 2.3 percent this year, 0.2 percentage point lower than the IMF’s earlier forecast.

The outlook for China falls within the range of the country’s targeted goal of securing between 6 p

ercent and 6.5 percent growth for this year, and is very close to that of Chinese researchers.

On April 1, Zhang Ping, a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Acad

emy of Social Sciences, said China’s GDP growth should remain at 6.2 percent in the fir

st half, and average 6.3 percent for the whole year, thanks to incentives including tax and fee cuts.

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Bolstering high-end sectors part of capital’s plan to see

After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha

s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh

ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.

Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc

h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova

tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.

Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin

g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.

“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus

try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro

botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”

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What really matters is what the initiative is all about and

 how the cooperation it has been bringing about can benefit those countries and regions involved and the world economy at large.

Being proposed by China, it is natural that China should have taken the lead in advancing the

Belt and Road, but it has always sought to make clear that the initiative is open and inclusive.

With more countries and international organizations getting involved, the initiative will undoubted

ly become a bigger and more diversified platform with increasing opportunities for multilateral cooperation.

Those who continue to speak ill of it, rather than presenting an obst

acle to it, actually do it a service by highlighting its possible shortcomings and the diffi

culties it may encounter ahead, which will better help the participants address them.

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The mutually beneficial and win-win nature of China

France cooperation has not changed, Xi said.

“The history of China-France cooperation shows that bilateral ties are not ‘a zero-sum game.’ The strong com

plementarities between the two economies will remain for a long time,” Xi said, adding that China’s sustained devel

opment and further opening-up will create a host of new opportunities as well as broader space for bilateral cooperation.

Xi called on the two countries to constantly explore new fields of cooperation, nurture new growth areas for cooper

ation, and speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road and third-party cooperation projects that have been agreed upon.

“China staands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with France on major issues including the UN aff

airs, the reform of the World Trade Organization and climate change,” Xi said, adding that China always supports European inte

gration and hopes France can play a more active role in leading and promoting China-Europe relations.

Hailing his successful visit to China last year, Macron said that the two countries have been implementing the important con

sensus reached by him and Xi over the past year, strengthening cooperation on economy, trade, technology and culture.

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After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has en

entered a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality grow

h model. That has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy wo

uld cool down sharply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.

“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income cou

ntry is to adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an inf

luential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

High-tech manufacturing, the service industry and the digital economy will be the new engines

for the economy, while some traditional driving forces, such as injecting funds into the market, are losing momentum, Zhu said.

China’s total GDP exceeded 90 trillion yuan ($13.4 trillion) in 2018, and the per cap

ita GDP was about $9,700. Economists predict that if the country maintains growth of at least 6 percent th

is year, which is likely given the current momentum, its per capita GDP this year would surpass $10,000.

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The visit was not only for Harvard but also on behalf of

  all of US higher education in order to promote bilateral educational exchanges, he said.

  ”I am here precisely because, like you, I believe these ties are extremely import

ant for our academic institutions, but even more importantly, for our nations,” he said.

  He noted that there are a large number of overseas students from China at Har

vard, and the Chinese language is among the most popular foreign languages at the institution.

  He also expressed his admiration for the great emphasis the Ch

inese government has placed on education and its efforts to enhance higher education, addi

ng that Harvard University is ready to move forward with exchanges with Chinese education and research inst

itutions.He calls for tapping partnership potential in such sectors as shipping, telecommunications

  China stands ready to work with Italy on the Belt and Road Initiative by strengthening its alignment with the Eur

opean country’s development strategies to bring bilateral ties to a new level, President Xi Jinping said.

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No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Ad

  All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed, the airline said on Sunday morning.

  The plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six min

utes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.

  Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters at a press conference that

the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa.

  He was given clearance to turn back, according to GebreMariam, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record.

  The pilot was a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot who had flow

n more than 8,000 hours. He had an “excellent flying record,” according to the CEO.

  The aircraft, flight number ET302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis

Ababa. An airline spokesperson told CNN the victims were of 35 different nationalities.

  The spokesperson said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethio

pians, eight Americans, eight Italians and seven UK nationals were among the passengers.

  Eight Chinese passengers were also on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to

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Type “Meghan” and “Kate” in to Google News and you

  William, Kate, Meghan and Harry attend at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018.

  ”It’s just clickbait,” a source close to both duchesses told CNN.

  The pressure to produce ever more dramatic headlines to drive traffic is intense, perhaps even more so when it comes to Meghan than when Kate Mi

ddleton entered the royal family. Back then, the running theme was how Kate came from working-class roots.

  So, is there any truth to the rift? The duchesses were in their 30s when they met, and already had their own esta

blished, close-knit groups of friends. And while the pair may not hang out together or call each other regularly, the so

urce tells CNN, they are friendly and they text one another — linked as they are by a common bond.

The alleged rift has also been cited as the reasons Meghan and Harry

are moving out of Kensington Palace and plan to establish their own office. But CNN’s sou

rce said this is more to do with Harry wanting greater independence, and William needing his own team in pre

paration for so-called “reign change,” when Charles will become King and William will step up as the Prince of Wales.

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