China’s GDP reached 21.34 trillion yuan in the first three

months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the

first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.

In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation

al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.

All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest

growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).

The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro

vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.

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However, not everyone in the poverty-stricken areas want

To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.

“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s

ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.

To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w

estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.

Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.

In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r

eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.

In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.

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A national registry dedicated to clinical trials involvi

ng cell technologies should be established to promote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scient

ists would need to pass an ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.

Universities and research institutes should strengthen education a

nd training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci

entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.

In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice agains

t people with disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby inci

dent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.

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Baoxun pays 1,550 yuan for each ton of sludge it sends

to qualified waste disposal operators. But it only paid 300 yuan per ton to individuals

who carted it away to carry out unauthorized disposals, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Qiu, the environmental official, also acknowledged that capac

ity for authorized hazardous waste treatment is unevenly distributed across the country and enterp

rises in areas with inadequate capacity could be dissuaded from lawful practices by high disposal costs.

“The country‘s complete industry chain means that we

generate a large variety of hazardous waste. The treatment is technically demand

ing and it can be hard for some regions to have the capacity to handle all types of hazardous waste,” he said.

Wang said most companies with treatment licenses are located in the Yangtze a

nd Pearl river deltas. The treatment capacity in regions with high discharge of hazardous waste, including Shand

ong, Henan and Hunan provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, however, remains insufficient.

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Last month, the National People’s Congress passe

the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a

nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.

Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t

hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo

under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus

inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.

Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi

mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.

For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins

tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha

s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.

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Meanwhile, 15.6 percent suffered cyber bullying and

percent encountered illegal or bad information, the report said. And 69.1 percent

know how to protect their rights and interests through the internet and report infringements.

According to the report, 91.9 percent learn relative legal knowledge through offline means, and 72.3 percent learn legal knowledge through the internet.

The report suggests that the regulations on protecting minor netizens should be legislated as soon

as possible. Authorities should enhance content supervision and industry management, regulating ente

rprises to shoulder social responsibly, promote education on the internet among minors and crack down on infringement.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD is starting to cultivate key opinion leaders (KOLs) to build u

p its strength in the field of e-commerce, according to a report by technology media 36kr.

At its JD Shopping Circle, a mini program for WeChat providing a platform for users to post reviews on products and share experiences, JD la

unched a “Super Partner Program”, aiming to incubate online celebrities in the e-commerce sector to take a share of the fan economy.

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Preparatory tests for manned space station mission to star

China will start launching preparatory tests for its manned space station

mission in the second half of this year, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the core module of the space station, a Long M

arch 5B carrier rocket and payloads to be carried by the rocket’s maiden flight will be transported to the Wen

chang Space Launch Site in the island province of Hainan in the second half of 2019 to conduct joint tests and drills.

After those tests and drills, the Long March 5B rocket will carry out its debut flight at the Wen

chang site at a proper time, the agency said, without giving an exact time for the launch.

Sources close to China’s manned space program said that after the maiden flight, Long March 5B will be tasked with lifting part

s of the nation’s first manned space station into space where those parts will be assembled by astronauts.

Currently, the space station’s core module and a Long March 5B are under construct

on, the agency said, adding that it is also selecting and training astronauts for this mission.

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delivery people consider their job ‘promising’ Surveyter tra

  BEIJING – A recent survey by China’s State Post Bureau said 35.8 percent of delivery workers c

onsidered their occupation “promising” and would like to continue in that position.

  The survey consisted of 6,000 delivery people across China mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s.

  About 76 percent of the delivery workers are from rural areas, wh

ile nearly 16 percent are from towns or counties, according to the survey.

  Major sources of stress for delivery workers include low wages and insufficient benefits, lack of understanding of t

heir job from customers and the public, long working hours and little chances of promotion, the survey said.

  Most of those surveyed earn less than 5,000 yuan ($743) per month but gen

erally gain more during the annual Double 11 online shopping spree in No

vember, during which over 80 percent of the country’s delivery workers handle more than 200 packages per day.

  China’s express delivery industry is rapidly developing, with around 3 million delivery workers.

  ”Delivery worker” was added to the revision of the national occupation list of China in 2015, meaning it has been recognized by the state as an occupation.

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MPs Anne Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes

Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker and Chuka Umunna announce their resignation from the La

bour Party at a press conference on February 18, 2019 in London, England.

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday after Ryan’s resignation from the

party, Labour MP Chris Williamson said that he had never known Labour to be “more united

” than it was now, adding it was “regrettable that a minority of MPs” were out of step with the popular mood in the country.

Though many within the party have publicly moved to criticize Ryan’s decision

, her departure will likely fuel concerns that further resignations could follow in the weeks ahead.
In a state

ment after the initial resignations Monday, Corbyn sai

d he was “disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for th

e Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945.”

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The Modi administration has undertaken significant steps

India’s tax system, upgrade its bankruptcy laws and relax restrictions on foreign investment. The country witnessed a 23-place jump to a record 77th p

osition in the World Bank’s latest report on the ease of doing business, which covered 190 countries and regions. Fa

cts have proved that India’s economic reforms are conducive to improving the business climate for foreign investment.

Modi has launched a range of reform initiatives, and now the Modi administration must t

ell local authorities to fully implement these policies to ensure that the country’s economic re

form will go forward ahead of the general election. Effective implementation of current policies is mo

re important than launching new initiatives, and this effort will lay the groundwork for a better business climate.

India’s labor cost advantage has led some Chinese manufacturers to look closely at setting up assembly lines

in the country. Achieving a better understanding of India’s changing business climate will he

lp achieve win-win results and joint development of the two emerging economies.

China and India must enhance strategic communication and mutual trust to move their ec

onomic ties forward. Currently, the most urgent task is to prevent the suic

ide attack in the Pulwama district from affecting economic relations and India’s inbound investment.

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