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ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.
In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.
“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor
ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand
car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.
As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s
afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.
nts, and health departments would assist schools in measures such as in
creasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.
Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of
school-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.
Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and ev
aluate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.
China to revise laws, regulations related to foreign investment law
The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup
porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.
Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law and electronic signature law were
passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their
major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.
“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud
ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s
tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.
“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r
ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu
ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”
of subforums, such as the ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea subfo
rum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity between BRI count
ries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science
and technology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lan
cang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
“Hainan will ensure that the Boao Forum for Asia continues to promote greater coope
ration in healthcare, tourism, education, technology, tropical agriculture and the seed industry,” Wang said.
-border online shopping in China grew by 20.6 percent year-on-year to 7.6 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion) in sales in 2017.
The nation is encouraging cross-border e-commerce transactions by easing the annual cap
on cross-border online purchases and adding categories of imports to the duty-free list, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Starting from this year, the annual duty-free quota for cross-borde
r e-commerce purchases for individual buyers will be lifted to 26,000 yuan from the current 20,000 yuan.
“The livestreaming form, as a new operation model for online marketplaces, could settle
the problem of information asymmetry,” said Chen Tao, an analyst with internet consultancy Analysys in Beijing.
Both Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao and its rival J
D, two of China’s biggest online shopping sites, have launched their own livestreaming platforms.
Shop owners hire livestreamers with large fan bases to help promote their products, and meanwhile, a link to the purchasing page hovers on the streaming screen.
Monica Zhang, who lives in France with her husband, opened an online store on Taobao. She became a livestreamer last year.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten
sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun
d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t
ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.
So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.
percent of the national GDP at the end of 2018, a little higher than the
36.2 percent for 2017, but still much lower than the globally accepted warning level of 60 percent.
Given that the ratio is more than 200 percent for Japan and aro
und 100 percent for other major economies such as the United States and France, it is hard to un
derstand why China, with a much higher economic growth rate, is so often identified as cause for concern.
Some might point to China’s growth-obsessed local governments, which have long been criticized for their opaque ways
of raising funds to invest in massive infrastructure projects, often using financing institutions known as “local gove
rnment financing vehicles”. Much of the so-called hidden debts have been raised through such vehicles.
Yet thanks to deleveraging, the curbing of irregularities and the st
andardizing of government financing, among other measures that have been taken to rein in the hi
dden debts and prevent systemic debt risks, China’s local government debts are under control.