inister of Commerce Zhong Shan attends a press conference

Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said a slew of measures will be taken this year to boost China’s social consumption, such as improving urban consumption, to promote

consumption upgrades, expand rural consumption, and develop service consumption while optimizing service supply.

The country will upgrade a number of pedestrian streets, optimize the layout of convenience stores, and encourage brand development and franchising.

The country will promote “selling agricultural products to the cities, while selling industr

ial products to the countryside”.hina’s investment environment is expected to become more stab

le, open and transparent, as the draft foreign investment law stipulates foreign enterprises will receive pre-established nati

onal treatment plus a negative list management system, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday.

The foreign investment law is expected to help establish an environment where foreign co

mpanies can compete fairly in China, and better protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors, Wang

Shouwen, vice-minister of commerce, said at a news conference during the two sessions.

Wang also cited that the law will protect the intellectual property rights of foreign investors an

d encourage technology cooperation based on voluntary principles and commercial rules.

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One in every seven smartphones in the world is produced

d in the city, and one in every eight buses is produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co, he said.

Through such efforts as opening cargo train routes to Europe and encouraging cross-border e-co

mmerce, Zhengzhou has helped implement the Belt and Road Initiative and benefited from it, he added.

“We truly feel that the Belt and Road has turned into roads of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and civilization,” he said.

Tang Yuxiang, an NPC deputy and also board chairman of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus, said that since the Belt and Road Init

iative was put forward in 2013, the company has made overseas markets a strategic priority.

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Women’s consumption of healthcare products, wire-free

bras and fish maw recorded year-on-year increases of 81.03, 61.95 and 124 percent, respectively.

Women’s per-customer transaction on Tmall has been increasing for the last two years, with an increase of 8.85 percent in 2018. Wo

men’s spending power in quasi-first-tier cities is also catching up with that of women in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Hangzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen last year joined Shanghai and Beijing as the cities with the h

ighest spend per transaction, while Guangzhou and Shenzhen dropped out of the top five.

Based on their findings Tmall released an independence index of women, which argu

es that women in first-tier and new first-tier cities are becoming more independent.

Among the cities with the highest independence indic

es, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou comprise the top five.

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At a royal foundation event in February 2018, Harry and William

  suggested that if there were any disagreements, they were between the brothers, and not the wives.

  The royal press pack has pushed back against accusations that they are b

iased against Meghan. They say they are just doing their job, covering the news witho

ut prejudice, and they claim they do far more positive stories about Meghan than negative ones. But online trolls have exp

loited the “othering” of Meghan on online news sites and gossip pages and reports of a feud between her and Kate

.Hope Not Hate researcher Patrik Hermansson said he was surprised to see discussions about Meghan, which he des

cribed as “pure conspiracy theories,” suggesting she isn’t really pregnant but is wearing a fake baby bump.

  ”The way I understand that … it’s an attempt to distrust and make her seem unreliable and distrustful,” he said.

  Meghan and Harry’s forthcoming child will be the first known mixed-race baby in the roy

al family’s thousand-year history. Adegoke, the author, said speculation is rife about his or her likely appearance.

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There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter, not just from racists

  but also people who are very pro-Meghan, about recessive genes, about whether the baby will have an afro, whether the baby will have its mother’s nose,” she said.

  ”There’s all these coded conversations happening about what the baby will look like, and it sounds really horr

ible to think, but a lot of people offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks, the worse its treatment will be.”

  Hermansson said the anti-Meghan trolls have also seized on themes like so-called “cultural decline.”

  ”Meghan Markle fits into this bigger idea of the West and the UK in d

ecline,” he said. “She does that by not fitting in, by being who she is, which is mixed race. Pe

ople tie these things so much to what they think it means to be British, which is white. So, it has a racial element to it.”

  ”But there’s also this idea of cultural decline — [that] what we were before, a strong palace, a monarchy, an empire … is falli

ng apart, and that of course is brought on by these other far-right conspiratorial ideas, like what mass imm

igration is doing with our society, the replacement of British people of British culture.”

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Xi stresses perseverance in fight against povertyeneral secretar

 President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for perseverance in the fight against poverty as t

here are only two years left for the country to meet its goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2020.

“There should be no retreat until a complete victory is won,” said Xi, also general secreta

ry of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He made the remarks when joining deliberation with deputies from Gansu provin

ce at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.

resident Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of t

he Central Military Commission, shakes hands with a lawmaker from Gansu province on Mar

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As Liu noted, the debt balance of local governments stood

  at 18.39 trillion yuan ($2.74 trillion), well below the official ceiling of 21 trillion yuan. The loc

al debt ratio of 76.6 percent is also much lower than the international warning line of 100 percent to 120 percent.

  The government has said there will be no major changes in the government debt ratio in the years

to come versus the level in 2017, and, more important, it has vowed to increase the transparency of government debts.

  Hopefully, this will help root out the exaggerated fears about a syste

mic financial meltdown, so that doomsayers will no longer have an excuse to cry wol

f.n 2018, the average monthly salary of Chinese women was 6,497 yuan, which was 78.3 percent of that of men, an incr

ease of 8.7 percentage points over the previous year, according to a report on China’s gender gap in workplaces, relea

sed by online recruitment website zhipin.com on Wednesday. The report said that jobs, industries and seniority we

re the top three contributing factors of the gender pay gap, while education could help narrow it.

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New rocket engine to lift heavier satellite loadcommercial

China has developed a world-class solid-propellant rocket engine that is expected to boost the country’s capabilities in launching small satellites, its developer said.

The Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, a subsidiary of China Aeros

pace Science and Technology Corp, announced that the first ignition test of the engine was successfully made on Tuesday.

The academy said in a statement that the engine uses several ad

vanced technologies and high-performance composite materials and has world-class capa

bility. It can be used with the country’s new-generation solid-fuel rockets, giving such rockets more power to l

ift small satellites and also promising good competitiveness in the commercial launch market, it said.

The academy said the engine has a diameter of 2.65 meters, contains 71 metric tons of solid p

ropellant and produces 200 tons of thrust-making it the biggest and most powerful known solid

-propellant engine in China. The engine that previously held that distinction is made by the China Aer

ospace Science and Industry Corp Fourth Academy in Wuhan, Hubei province, and produces 180 tons of thrust.

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Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Cente

for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of

curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.

“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.

A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge

netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.

“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co

receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth

er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.

Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu

e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.

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The coming battle will be fought on a legal as well as a politi

  Some Washington veterans remember that the Republican impeachment of Bill Clinton in the late 1990s eventual

ly backfired on the party, given that the public didn‘t believe the President’s transgression — effectively lying

under oath about sex — met the constitutional bar of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

  Clinton, with his legendary capacity to compartmentalize, pres

ided over a White House that fought hard against Capitol Hill investigations.

  But he also went out of his way to show that he was doing his job, leading the country throu

gh a period of economic prosperity, in a way that made efforts to bring him down appear petty and inappropriate.

  ”These allegations are false and I need to go back to work for the American people,” Clinton said in 1998.

  One of Clinton’s antagonists, who voted as a House member to impeach him, drew lessons from that long-ago fight.

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