Talks with Vanuatu PM China seeks no private interests

and scope of influence in developing relations with Pacific island cou

ntries, and will be good friends and partners trusted by them forever, Xi said on Tue

sday. Xi made the remarks while meeting with visiting Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai in Beijing. The Chi

na-Vanuatu relationship has become a good example of relations between China and Pacific island countries, Xi s

aid, adding political mutual trust between the two countries keeps d

eepening and exchanges and cooperation in various fields continue to expand.

Xi said the country appreciates Vanuatu resolutely adhering to the one-C

hina policy, and supports it independently choosing the development path that suits its

national conditions. Xi called for strengthening the alignment of the development strategy of the Pacific island cou

ntry with the BRI and tapping potential for bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

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ercent of interviewees believed that incorrect readin

Father-sharing”, a mini interactive program on WeChat platform, recently went viral on social media.

Although the name suggests it is taking the sharing business to a whole new level, the program

is just a promotion campaign by the Guangdong-based furniture maker Oppein.

Similar to a ride-hailing app, the mini program shows different kinds of “fathers” – businessmen, athletes, etc. Users can choose their f

avorite one, just like they select a car. Once the selection is done, a video pops up to explain what exactly is “father-sharing”.

The over 5-minute video focuses on the important role fathers play in raisi

ng a child. Most dads are busy with their work and it’s hard for them to spend time with their c

hildren, and that is where the idea of “father-sharing” business took shape. At the end of the film, the protagonist, a “sh

ared father”, decides to quit his job because he believes family matters, and it cannot be replaced.

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Global index compiler MSCI will implement the first step

 of the weight increase of China A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Indexes, according to a MSCI index review released on Monday.

Twenty-six China A shares, 18 of which are ChiNext stocks, will be added to the MSCI China Index and the inclusion factor for 238 existing consti

tuents will be increased from 0.05 to 0.10, the MSCI Equity Indexes May 2019 Index Review said.

China A shares will have an aggregate weight of 5.25 percent and 1.76 pe

rcent in the MSCI China and MSCI Emerging Markets Indexes, respectively, according to MSCI.

The weight increase of China A shares in the MSCI Emerging Marke

ts Indexes will be implemented through a three-step process, the report said.

The Foreign Inclusion Factor-adjusted market capitalization of China

A shares will be further raised to 0.15 as part of the August 2019 Quarterly Index Review and

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ons of people and reshape the physical world, and

countries should be mindful of these projects’ impact on the environment and inhabitants.

“It is encouraging that the government of China is taking proac­tive measures to ensure tha

t the development of the Belt and Road Initiative is risk-informed and sustainable,” she added.

“Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure initiative is a challenge, but achi

evable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potential for innovation and creativity, suc

h as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said disas

ter risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Plateau, the H

imalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serious

disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

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Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic env

vironment are also rising and there remain downward pressures on the domestic

economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs.

Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though

t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thr

ough deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said.

He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business enviro

nment and invigorating the market, which will not only stabilize growth and employment bu

t also encourage companies to invest more in innovation for long-term development.

Tax reduction is a comprehensive policy that requires governmen

t departments to enhance coordination as they implement various policies, Li said.

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Besides catering to fans, the festival has also acted as an indus

With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie

s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.

A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi

on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.

For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.

“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am

brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.

As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr

ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.

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The Asian carp dominates the biomass, creating pro

lems for commercial and recreational fishing, boating and water skiing. It deters a

lot of new business owners when they talk to us about opening in Kentucky,” Brooks said.

In some waterways, carp are so abundant that they jump out of the water into boats, sometim

es hitting boaters and creating a nuisance. The massive schools of the fish are also hazardous to water skiers

on popular lakes. Commercial fishermen in pursuit of other types of fish have to try hard not to catch them.

Asian carp are having a $7 billion negative effect on various businesses in the US.

But He Lining, development manager at Two Rivers F

isheries, said the fish are not a problem, but an opportunity.

According to He, who is writing a book about the species, the fish was introduced to the US

by scientists in the late 1960s and early ’70s as an easy and cheap way to treat domestic waste.

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learer view on self-driving cars offered in road tests report

Almost 60 vehicles drove for more than 150,000 kilometers around the national capital

The Beijing Commission of Transport has released the first autonomous driving road test report in China. I

nsiders believe it advances the development and application of self-driving technology in the country.

Released at the end of March, the report said Beijing had 56 self-drivin

g vehicles from eight companies traveling more than 153,600 kilometers in 2018.

Among the companies – including the Shanghai-based electric car

startup Nio and Beijing-based Pony. ai, as well as Germa

n auto giants Daimler and Audi – China’s search giant Baidu made an outstanding contribution.

While other participants tested their one or two autonomous vehicles, B

aidu tested a fleet of 45 cars equipped with its Apollo autonom

ous driving system. They accounted for more than 80 percent of self-driving cars tested in 2018 in Beijing.

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The government said there were many flaws with th

 the legislation, including the lack of time available for all the steps it sets out, and had concerns about the precedent it set.

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Bill Cash described it as “a constitutional revolution”.

“This is a grave moment in our constitutional history. I think the Bill is reprehen

sible … I think it is a disgrace that it was brought in,” he told parliament ahead of the votes.

It was unclear when the legislation would be debated in the House of Lords, where legislation

usually passes more slowly and opponents could seek to filibuster it, but it could be as soon as Thursday.

Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, who was also involved in

putting forward the legislation, said earlier on Wednesday there was “overwhelming supp

ort in the House of Lords” for it and he anticipated it would pass through the Lords rapidly.

“The House of Lords has in fact already passed a motion which

provides for the expeditious consideration of exactly this form of bill,” he said.

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According to him, the country’s accommodation sharin

ng industry will maintain high-speed growth this year, and might make a breakthro

ugh in legalization. For instance, owners of short-term rental houses will have a lega

l identity, and safety standard of the shared homes will be in accordance with that of hotels.

“However, there is no law to regulate home-sharing services at present, which is the biggest challeng

es we face,” Yang said, adding that the Chinese government has a positive attitude toward the sharing economy.

In October, the State Council released an action plan for 2018-20 to further stimulate domestic consumption.

Market access should be relaxed in several service-related fields, such as tourism, and efforts to boost the develo

pment of short-term rental services, such as rental apartments and guesthouses, are encouraged.

Launched in 2011, Tujia lists 1.4 million online homes, including apartments, home

stays and villas across 400 Chinese cities and more than 1,000 overseas destinations.

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