Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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Luckin recorded 375 million yuan in revenue while

Luckin recorded 375 million yuan in revenue while

 the loss and gross margin were 875 million yuan and -433 million yuan in the first nine months of last year, according to NetEase, citing the firm’s financing plan.

In April, the firm mortgaged its movable properties in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu to raise money.

Earlier reports, including by Reuters, said the coffee chain had tapped Credit Suisse to w

ork on an IPO to raise $300 million on the US market as soon as in the second quarter of this year.

On April 10, Luckin announced plans to build new stores in ano

ther 14 Chinese cities and start selling tea-based beverages to satisfy customers’ diverse demands.

There are no more than 20 paintings ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci the Renaissance polymath and genius by art historia

ns around the world. And the majority of these works, housed at top museums worldwide, easily draw huge crowds.

Now, recent developments in high-definition reproduction technology are providing easy access to appreciating these paintings.

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es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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Mafia-style gang crimes are acts that include eleme

Mafia-style gang crimes are acts that include eleme

ments of outrage and public oppression. Crimes committed solely for economic gain

without such elements should not be handled as gang crimes, Jiang said. Also, to be iden

tified as a gang members, suspects must be aware of the mafia-style nature of the activities they are involved in.

“We’ve seen cases where judicial workers at the grassroots level have wrongly identifie

d mafia-style criminal gangs, so clarifying the legal definition is very important. Such g

angs are sometimes associated with crimes such as organizing prostitution and drug traffic

king, but it doesn’t mean that any group that is involved in such criminal activities can be handled as a mafia-style gang,”

said Lin Wei, vice-president of the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an expert in law.

According to the directive, gang members who commit minor crimes or who cause little bodi

ly harm to others, and who confess, can be given lenient sentences or even exempted from punishment. But those w

ho commit brutal crimes and cause severe harm to society won’t receive leniency, even if they confess.

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The report also found out that in the choice of prope

The report also found out that in the choice of prope

perty, unlike men, women showed stronger preference to those that were close to premium education resources and transport infrastructure.

The changing trend has to some extent affected the marketing strategy of some property developers. Liu Ce, research direc

tor of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong listed property developer, said the look of the property, inc

luding interior design and views, was becoming an important factor, while location and price were less decisive.

“The gender gap in the workplace is shrinking. Thus more women are financially capable of buying properties on th

eir own, especially those living in first and second-tier cities,” said Pan Helin, an economic commentator.

He said as the divorce ratio remained relatively high, owning property provided a sense of security for women.

“Growing salaries of women professionals have changed their perceptions about marriage,” he added. “More

women have come to realize the importance of having their own place and gaining independence.”

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The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys

tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.

Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de

al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work

ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.

To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro

duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int

o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.

They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot

eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst

ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.

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Liu Zhenjiang, secretary-general of the China Iron and

Liu Zhenjiang, secretary-general of the China Iron and

 Steel Association, urged the industry to be aware of the fact that growth may

outpace demand in the sector.

“China’s steel output grew rapidly in the first quarter of 2019, and crude steel

output from China accounted for more than

half of the world total, a record,” he said, adding the increased output has led to

increased steel inventories.

China’s iron and steel industry reported profits of 470.4 billion yuan ($70 billion)

in 2018, surging 39.3 percent year-on-year, while crude steel out

put grew 6.6 percent to 928.26 million tons, according to the National

Development and Reform Commission.

ALGIERS – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation on Tuesd

ay, weeks before his presidential term expires on April 28, official APS news agency reported.

The Constitutional Council, however, is due to hold an urgent meeting to validate Bouteflika’s resignation before making it official, APS said.

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Her remarks were based on a Deloitte research, named

Her remarks were based on a Deloitte research, named

Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade

rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.

According to the report, the revolution-which features the booming new technologies and th

e combination of them-has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great

challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri

oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures-all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.

A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu

siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last

year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu

siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.

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China and Italy complement each other in terms of resou

China and Italy complement each other in terms of resou

 resource endowment, with trade cooperation being the cornerstone of their relationship. Belt and Road projects have already helped expand the shipping trade

in the Mediterranean region, creating unprecedented development opportunities for Italy’s major ports.

And now that Beijing and Rome have signed a MoU on the Belt and Road Initiative, the two sides can establish better con

nectivity in order to promote globalization and free trade. The MoU also suggests that even developed coun

tries have started to accept the BRI as a connectivity and economic development initiative.

The MoU could also be an antidote to the rising wave of unilateralism

and trade protectionism in some regions, as more developed economies could now join the BRI.

China is now one of the largest cooperative partners of Italy i

n terms of imports and exports. As of November 2018, the bilateral trade volume had reac

hed $48.25 billion, more than the total for the whole of 2017, making Italy China’s ninth-largest export des

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In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.

In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a

ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma

kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.

The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok

ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca

mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.

The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb

ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud

ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.

The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.

According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score

s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th

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