sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
wing contributions to global growth tend to mask its extremely unbala
nced development and widening gaps between the rich and the poor. That’s why before determin
ing whether a country is developed or not－and to present a comprehensive picture of its economy－the entire
gamut of the country’s economic data, including its aggregate and per capita GDP, should be taken into consideration.
The WTO treats developing and developed countries differently because some developing and least-developed countries
were deprived of their development rights and thus their chances to develop in the past because of colon
ialism and militarism. The WTO provides special treatment for some countries to ensure all economies get the chance
to develop without the fear of being squashed by the developed countries and their discriminative policies.
That China and the European Union, two staunch supporters of multilateralism and free tr
ade, reaffirmed their commitment at the China-EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesd
ay to cooperate on WTO reform, in order to ensure its continued relevance and allow it to meet the global trade c
hallenges is encouraging. The consensus reached between the two sides will help carry the WTO reform forward.
Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation
The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted
by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c
ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.
More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc
h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri
d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea
ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.
Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For
um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.
video platforms such as Kuaishou, Bilibili, Douyin and Huoshan, to obtain more data flows and encourage brands and buyers to do more live broadcasts,” Zeng said.
It also plans to tap into the social e-commerce sector, which is currently in its testing phase.
Experts say the livestreaming explosion is boosting China’s e-commerce sector. The new
format could display the commodities in more dimensions and increase users’ trust.
Cao Lei, director of China E-Commerce Research Center, said this method could attract consume
rs’ attention quickly and accurately as most of the livestreaming users are post-90s generation who are accusto
med to shopping online, as well as help online retailers to gain data flows and create a “real” shopping scenario.
“Immediate feedbacks could be given to merchants based on users’ instructions. Through their
mobile phones, consumers are able to talk with overseas buyers, which will greatly enhance users’ trust on the platform.”
China’s cross-border e-commerce sector has been growing rapid
ly over the past few years, owing to a rapid growth in the nation’s middle and high-income shoppers.
ssed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-initiated multilateral financial institution, and said
it was only when all other European countries signed up for it that those concerns began to dissipate.
“I expect the same thing to happen now (about the BRI),” he said.
Sun Zhaolong, a researcher at the Academy of Contemporary China and World Stud
ies, wrote in an article that Italy’s involvement in the BRI will play an exemplary role in attracting more cou
ntries to the platform for international cooperation while allaying concerns of some countries over the initiative.
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi also said in an interview with China N
ews Service that Italy could be a protagonist in Belt and Road cooperation with China.
During their talks, Xi and Conte also agreed that the two countries should jointly up
hold multilateralism, promote free trade and cement ties between China and the European Union.
Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” Trump told the tabloid. “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”
Trump apologized in private to May, one of the rare times he‘s admitted wrong. And tho
ugh he’s expressed a desire to remain diplomatically impartial — “I think we will stay right in our lane,” he sa
id last week when questioned about Brexit — he has nevertheless bemoaned May’s handling of the issue over and over.
”I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said in the Oval Office last week, mome
nts after suggesting he wouldn’t offer an opinion on the issue. “I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to n
egotiate it. And I think you would’ve been successful. She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
A few weeks before, Trump spoke briefly with one of the UK’s most visible pro-Brexit campaig
ners, Nigel Farage, on the sidelines of a conservative conference outside Washington. And he’s ma
intained close ties to the hardline conservatives who have bemoaned May’s handling of the matter.
Trump wasn’t alone in his criticism. Two of his top confidants — son Donald Trump Jr. and national security adviser John
Bolton — both offered critical views this week of May and her plan to try and delay Britain’s exit from Europe.
More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.
The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho
urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.
The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch
ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th
e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi
ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.
wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.
A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.
No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c
ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.
Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al
Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.
She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo
n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her
house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.
”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har
rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”
China Railway Rolling Stock Corp or CRRC, the world’s largest railway vehicle manufacturer by sales revenue, is riding an export boom of late.
It exported its electric multiple units or EMUs to Brazil in 2012. This was followed by or
ders for EMUs and freight trains to Chile last year. The company will work with Argentina to revamp the So
uth American country’s aging rail network, including both passenger and cargo trains.
It is now eager to enhance its ability to offer a clutch of railway services as many count
ries have surging demand to either upgrade or expand their railroad networks.
Countries are acutely aware that modern railway networks can support trade, investment and to
urism. This is particularly true for countries in South America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and
Africa that are participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to Lou Qiliang, CRRC’s vice-president.
ed, the president would orchestrate a national conference to pave