The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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We are optimistic about the physical records market

We are optimistic about the physical records market

in China though it will take some time to recapture the glory years of the 1990s,” Hou

says. “The completion of the factory shows that China’s vinyl record production, wh

ich originated in Shanghai in the 1920s, is ready to take off again in the same city.”

According to Nielsen Music’s sales report for 2018, 16.8 million vinyl recor

ds were sold in North America over the year, 15 percent more than the year before.

A vinyl revival in China started in 2005 and then in 2012, says Zheng

Yu, a record shop owner in Beijing. The boom is the result of a commercial redisco

very and appreciation of vinyl records among collectors and record stores, he says.

“Life is improving all the time in China and some listeners have realized that the format gives off a better sound. It’

s not only old fans who grew up buying and listening to vinyl but younger listeners, too. The

y’ve grown up with the internet but see vinyls as a kind of tangible entertainment and as arresting works of art.”

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As well as The Composer, two other domestic films ha

As well as The Composer, two other domestic films ha

ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.

After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio

n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua

rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.

As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi

na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.

The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ

ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran

and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).

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delivery staff facing pay cutsy to make deliveries in Jinzh

delivery staff facing pay cutsy to make deliveries in Jinzh

hinese e-commerce giant JD is reducing salaries for its delivery staff across the country by a

dopting a commission-based payment scheme and reducing benefits, in a bid to reduce costs and boost margins

after three senior executives of the company announced their resignation.

JD will replace its couriers’ basic salaries with commission-based compens

ation starting from June, and lower contributions to employees’ housing funds fr

om 12 percent to 7 percent, a move that could result in wage reductions, according to media reports.

JD Logistics, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight, responded via it

s official Sina Weibo account, saying that as the number of orders from individual clients increases, th

e company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.

It said that the company’s deliverymen in the second and third-tier cit

ies of southern China could earn more than 8,00

0 yuan ($1,191) under the current pilot scheme. “We expect to add more than 10,000

positions this year as JD Logistics is providing services to more industry customers,” JD said.

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I bought a 418-yuan insurance package for my cat

I bought a 418-yuan insurance package for my cat

 that could reimburse me as much as 15,000 yuan,” said a cat owner in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.

Though China’s pet insurance market is still in its early stages, many industry insiders believe that it is only a matter of time before the market hits 10 billion yuan.

“We had less than 5,000 pet insurance clients between 2015 and February 2018, but now our customer base has r

isen to 160,000 after a thorough reform and two rounds of financing,” said Xu Hua, CEO of a pet company.

“Our performance doubled since we launched online channels last November. We estimate that daily orders for our pet insuran

ce products will exceed 300, with 10,000 monthly orders by the end of this year,” said Chen Ye, a pet brand manager.

Though the prospect of China’s pet insurance market looks pretty rosy, a well-developed business model is still needed for

both market players and customers with more companies running under the lowered threshold.

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Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Palace Museum, Shan joked about applying for a volunteer position after retirement.

His successor Wang Xudong was formerly the director of the Dunhuang Academy. He has b

een dedicated to the preservation of Dunhuang murals since 1991 and became the director of the institution in 2014.

China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during the three-day tomb-sweeping holiday, up 10.

9 percent from last year’s holiday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism revenue reached 47.9 billion yuan (about $7.1 billion) during the holiday which lasts from Fri

day to Sunday, up 13.7 percent, according to the ministry.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor started a t

hree-day trip to Japan on Sunday to attend a symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The symposium, jointly held by Guangdong, Hong Kong and

Macao, will be on Tuesday in Tokyo, site of one of the world’s best-known and largest bay areas.

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Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

dent Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office.

The vice premier, who is heading the Chinese trade negotiation te

am, conveyed greetings and a message from President Xi Jinping to President Trump.

In the message, Xi said that new substantial progress has been made on the text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past month or so.

Xi encouraged the two sides to maintain the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and resolve issues of mutual

concern so as to conclude the negotiations on the agreement text as soon as possible.

Xi also said that a healthy and stable development of China-US relations needs, in partic

ular, their strategic leadership, and that he is ready to keep close contact with Trump through various means.

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China’s Belt and Road policy seeks to integrate smart

China’s Belt and Road policy seeks to integrate smart

ecological infrastructure among developing countries to facilitate

trade, investment and communications while achieving the United Nations Sustainable Develop

ment Goals of reducing poverty and protecting the environment. China’s policy of the “ecological civilization” prio

ritizes environmental protection through technology application to enhance green energy and the deve

lopment of ecological cities. Protection of the oceans and water systems is a priority of the “ecological civilization”.

The Belt and Road follows the historical Silk Road and includes the historical Maritime Silk Road. This cove

rs a vast oceanography involving many sea-lanes for transport and many island areas. Some island archipelagos and many coas

tlines are threatened by rising ocean levels. To prevent a migration crisis, it will be necessary to support increasing popula

tions on the island states and coastlines that will be lost to rising seas. This will require new, technologically smart

and environmentally sound infrastructure. The floating city concept hopes to address this need.

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Shared accommodation industry can boost housing marke

Shared accommodation industry can boost housing marke

The shared accommodation industry should follow a “platform plus” model to inject new impetus in China’s pre-owned hou

sing market, said the co-founder of Beijing home-sharing company Xiaozhu during the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.

‘Platform plus’ is a reference to China’s Internet Plus strategy t

o integrate new technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing, in traditional industries.

Chen Chi, also the company’s CEO, made the remarks while discussing future trends in Chi

na’s sharing economy with founders from other industry players, such as Booking.com, Grab, and VIPKid.

“The ‘platform plus’ strategy is to complete the missing links in the service industry chain,” Chen said.

“Xiaozhu has been offering numerous value-added services, ranging from housekeeping, ho

me interior photography to smart devices, so as to provide shared home users with a more convenient living environment.”

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