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On the importance of record covers, Yang sees eye to

o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang

tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”

In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.

“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou

ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter

Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh

y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”

For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.

Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex

clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra

ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p

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lace people can visit and communicate with like

ded souls face to face.The Beijing native, who quit his job in the hospitality industry and opene

d the shop 17 years ago, says seeing people in the shop, no matter they are looking for something in particula

r or simply browsing, is a delight. Over 16 years Free Sound has sold about 300,000 records, he says.

“It started out as a dream for me and I feel so fortunate to have lived out that dream.”

Wang, in his mid-40s, was introduced to music by his parents, who played vinyl records at home. One of his

favorite singer-songwriters is the Chinese rock musician Cui Jian, and like many music lovers of his generat

ion, Wang enjoyed going to record shops. Sound quality and nostalgia are what draws him to vinyls, he says.

For many people it has long appeared that traditional physical records such as vinyl and cassettes were

on the edge of extinction in the face of online streaming brought by the internet revolution.

Between 2002 and 2005 in particular, the fall in sales of CDs and other ty

pes of musical recordings in China was precipitous, mostly as the result of piracy and online

streaming, and the customer base for record shops evaporated as people stopped buying physical records.

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Azerbaijan sent a delegation to the first China Intern

ational Import Expo in Shanghai last November. “This kind of expo is extrem

ely important, and provides a chance for Azerbaijan to reach out to the Chinese ma

rket and establish contact with Chinese companies,” Hajiyev said, adding last year’s event was extremely helpf

ul to Azerbaijan and helped traders to understand the requirements and demands of the Chinese market.

Almost 50 percent of China’s trade with the Caucasus region are from

Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan has invested $1.7 billion in Chinese securities. Current trade volu

me between China and Azerbaijan is above $1.5 billion, and Hajiyev believes there is sti

ll more to do to promote bilateral trade, as the two countries have very good relations.

Companies from the two countries are engaged in projects for the

petrochemical industry, and the two countries can touch upon o

ther strategic areas such as energy and communication, the foreign affairs head added.

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China-led project expected to enhance space research

The ongoing China-led international collaboration project Tianq

in, a space-based gravitational wave detection syste

m scheduled to be completed by 2035, is expected to significantly improve unders

tanding of major cosmic phenomena, including black holes, scientists said.

Tianqin uses the Chinese words tian, meaning sk

y or heavens, and qin, meaning stringed musical instrument.

It will consist of three satellites forming an equilater

al triangle around Earth at an orbit of 100,000 kilometers.

Tianqin will work to detect gravitational waves, whic

h scientists theorize are ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by violen

t cosmic events, such as colliding black holes, supernovas and even the birth of the universe.

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and serve the WTO’s interests and goals, and how sh

the organization’s reform be carried out? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts fo

llow:China’s developing country status has not changedBai Ming, a senior research fellow at and deputy direc

tor of the Institute of International Market, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Coope

rationDespite the large size of its economy and remarkable GDP growth, China remains the largest developing economy

. Even though there are no WTO definitions of “developed” and “developing” countries, compared with China, p

eople in developed countries enjoy higher living standards. Besides, China still has to lift millions of people out of pov

erty, especially in its central and western regions.Due to its huge population-the largest in the world-China’s per c

apita GDP is still very low in relation to that in developed countries. For instance, China’s per capita GDP of less th

an $10,000 in 2018 was meager compared with the US’ nearly $60,000, and low

er than the over $10,000 per capita GDP of some other developing countries such as Russia and Argentina.

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Indeed, Premier Li Keqiang, who led China’s negotiati

tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in

dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.

In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i

n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim

ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other

sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre

ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.

China, US should jointly promote WTO reform

Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr

iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t

rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.

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The two countries should walk in the same direction and

d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.

China-Myanmar relations have developed well in all areas, Xi said, add

ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.

Cooperation between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev

elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.

Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend

ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.

Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the development of the country and the ar

my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.

Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo

uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.

Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.

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According to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of E

conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000

vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.

Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi

cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.

The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen

refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G

roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu

nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.

A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en

ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.

In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded

vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.

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Bernard Dewit, chairman of the Belgian-Chinese Cham

ber of Commerce, said that industrial and trade relations between the EU and China will i

ncrease following the meeting, and that China has made great efforts to open its market to European companies.

“China’s new Foreign Investment Law, which has just been (approved), will greatly reassure European investors of the com

mitment of the Chinese government to further protect foreign investments in China,” he said.

Wang Yiwei, a professor of international relations at Renmin University of China, said in an article

published in the People’s Daily Overseas Edition on Wednesday that the Chinese and EU lead

ers’ strategic communication on important issues will help foster new areas for bilateral cooperation.

The concerted efforts made by the two sides to cope with the common challenges

and develop win-win cooperation will add stability to an increasingly uncertain world, he added.

Hu Yongqi contributed to this story.

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EU gives PM May ‘flexible’ Brexit recess to Oct 31

European Union leaders gave Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of Oct 31, four months longer than the p

rime minister asked for, in a move the EU summit chair said would let Britain resolve its domestic deadlock on the issue.

“EU27/UK have agreed a flexible extension until 31 October,” European Council Pres

ident Donald Tusk tweeted after eight hours of talks that went into the early hours of Thursday.

“This means (an) additional six months for the UK to find the best

possible solution,” Tusk added on the eve of what would otherwise have been the day Britain

crashed out of the bloc with no deal to smooth the departure for businesses and citizens.

Britain, he stressed, could still leave earlier if May secures parlia

mentary backing for her Brexit treaty, or it could amend what it wants from a future trade pact. “Until t

he end of this period, the UK will also have the possibility to… cancel Brexit altogether,” Tusk added.

The agreement gives May more than the three months to June 30 that she asked for to bui

ld a parliamentary majority behind the withdrawal treaty she negotiated with the EU last year.

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