China’s new energy vehicle sales performed well in Ap

 April, despite the continuing downward trend of the automotive market, Securities Daily reported on Wednesday.

From January to April, the country’s NEVs market experienced strong gro

wth of sales and production, recording a year-on-year increase of 59.8 percent and 58.5 p

ercent, respectively, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

China sold 97,000 NEVs last month, an increase of 18.1 percent year-on

-year, while the output reached 102,000, up 25 percent compared with a year earlier.

Pure electric vehicles saw a rise in both sales and output by 9.6 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively, to 71,000 units and 82,000 u

nits in April. Besides, about 26,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold during the same period, surging by 50.9 p

ercent from a year earlier, and the output increased 13.6 percent to 20,000 units.

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The downward trend will linger in the first half of th

f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to

the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.

The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA

AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe

nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.

With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction

s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a

utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.

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Move shows Beijing’s resolve to safeguard its interests

China said late on Monday that it will increase tariffs on the bulk o

$60 billion of US imports to three categories of rates between 10 percent and 25 percent.

For the rest of the US imports, the duty rate remains at 5 percent, acc

ording to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The tariffs will hit around 5,000 products such as food, chem

icals and auto parts, and are due to take effect on June 1, the commission said.

In a separate statement on Monday, the commission said i

t will be open to tariff exemption applications for part of qualified US imports.

This is China’s latest response to the additional US tariffs on $200

billion of Chinese goods, which were implemented on Friday morning.

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f the escalation of the bilateral trade dispute is not a short det

detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t

he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ

omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.

Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r

aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said.

The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co

mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen.

Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict

s and trade friction between China and the US that draw global attention will happen fro

m time to time in the future, and these should be rationally regarded and prepared for.

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Conflict also disrupts growth. Although many conflic

icts appear to have a religious or ethnic basis, some scholars believe their root cause may be economic, with ethnic divisio

s serving as a way to exclude other groups from access to scarce resources and opportunities. Whatever its so

urce, inequality of opportunity has a highly disruptive effect on governance and hence growth.

But these obstacles are not insurmountable. For one th

ing, developing countries now have huge potential export markets in middle-inc

ome countries, and no longer depend entirely on advanced economies for access to global markets.

Belt and Road can play vital development role

There is also a renewed awareness of the importance of infrastructure in e

nabling growth. In addition to roads, railways and ports, electricity and digital conn

ectivity are crucial. In this regard, the rapid expansion of cellular wireless technology, combined with the install

ation of high-capacity undersea broadband pipes around Africa, represents major prog

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considerable excitement. True, the company faces similar

bstacles to those that Asian and Latin American platforms previously had to overcome, including a

lack of reliable payment systems, low trust between buyers and sellers, and logistics and deliv

ry bottlenecks. But the experience of other regions shows that these shortcomings can be addressed over time.

Internet regulations must not be disruptive

The bigger risk to these platforms stems from the inevitable and necessary increase in regulation of the internet arou

nd the world. In particular, diverse national regulatory regimes may inadvertently or deliberately disrupt or bloc

k the international development of e-commerce ecosystems, hurting lower-income countries in the process. Avo

iding the creation of such unintended obstacles should therefore be a high priority for the international community.

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Perhaps most notably, the growth rate of women workers wa

s higher than men in new media operators and data analysts among the five professions, illustrating that burgeoning career opportunities and skill requ

irements are presenting an unprecedented advantage for women. That’s a change from the past, when women

normally had more household duties, especially in the era of universal two-child policy, he said.

Lu also said that the number of people engaged in human-centered job positions was growing faster than other rules.

“It implied that jobs requiring insights into people’s preferences and habits, such a

s marketing and human resources, are irreplaceable by machine intelligence so far,” Lu said.

A survey jointly conducted by research firm Trustdata and LinkedIn in April found career starters w

ere establishing their career goals earlier than past generations, exhibiting a stronger self-driven momentum.

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Over the years, many people have been calling for hotels

 not to provide disposable daily necessities. But some customers say not providing the items would cause them inconvenience.

A latest survey by Ctrip.com shows that more than 80 percent of clients back hotels not providing disposable daily necessities.

Beijing’s Yanqing district plans to help more than 20,000 primary and secondary scho

ol students master skiing and skating skills over the next three years, a move designed to spur enth

usiasm among the district’s residents for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Set to run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022, the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijin

g and co-host city Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province in less than 1,000 days.

Yanqing, 74 kilometers northwest of central Beijing, will host several events, including Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge.

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China is at a stage of rapid industrialization and urbani

ization, and the issue of occupational diseases, which has been accumu

lating over the decades of extensive growth, is gradually starting to show,” Li said.

A key task of the campaign is to complete a survey of the threat of dust pois

oning, covering industries including mining, metallurgy and building materials by the end

of 2020, and to hold companies accountable for preventing the hazard, a commission document said.

The campaign also aims to have employers who generate large amounts of dust suspend their businesses and over

haul working conditions, and will ask local authorities to shut down those that cannot improve.

The campaign aims for more rigorous inspections of high-dust employers and to punish those who violate laws and regula

tions. It will also urge employers to sign contracts with their employees and join occupational injury insurance.

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Wang said the Sino-US trade talks have made important

and substantive progress thanks to efforts from both sides. Meanwhile the talks face some serious problems which need to be resolved.

The top diplomat said that as long as the negotiations meet the general direction of China’s reform an

d opening-up policy, adhere to China’s basic needs about high-quality development and serve the com

mon interests of the Chinese and US people, the negotiator teams from both sides could have the capability and w

isdom to settle their reasonable demands and eventually achieve a win-win agreement.

Wang said China insists on upholding national sovereignty, safeguarding the inter

ests of its people and defending national honor when negotiating with any country.

According to the General Administration of Customs, trade between

China and the US in the first four months stood at 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion).

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