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The author is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic a

?亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所nd Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

As the new school semester approaches, groups in the Hong Kong Spe

cial Administrative Region voiced resolute opposition on Thursday to any individual or or?亚博苹果客户端千花坊

ganization planning to bring politics onto campuses and into classrooms, including browbeating students into ski

pping school to attend rallies or bullying those who hold different political views.

?亚博苹果客户端千花坊The concerns have been fueled by a recent call by Demosisto, a local political party, along with several student groups, for

all of the city’s secondary school students to skip class beginning Monday, without providing a more specific time frame.

Their statements also come amid widespread worries of bullying of students, especially children of the city’s police officers.?亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所

At a news conference on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment an

d Progress of Hong Kong, the city’s largest political party in the Legislative Cou

?亚博苹果客户端千花坊ncil, stressed firm opposition to the school strike campaign, saying politics should never trump education.

Recently, many parents have expressed concern to the alliance over possible effect

s on their children’s studies from a school strike, said alliance Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king. They also feared t?亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所

heir children might be targeted or bullied by schoolmates for not joining the strike.

Responding to those concerns, the alliance strongly opposed the strike as it might drag innoc

ent students into the political conflict and disrupt the harmonious atmosphere on campuses.

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The president has been advancing a new type of diplomacy with personal letters, initiatives

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matic work in the new era. China Daily is publishing a series of stories to examine how Xi’s proposals have b

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At the start of the new semester in August, 105 students at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, had chosen to learn Chinese as a world language.

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reply from President Xi Jinping encouraging them to make greater progress in studying Chinese.

Tedd Bowen, director of world languages at Niles Township High School District 219, said C

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“American public schools are increasingly aware of th

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Recalling the letter exchange with China’s leader, Bowen said he was most impres

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In the letter, the students said that they love the Chinese language and character

s, as well as music and Chinese food, and that they would love to have the chance to visit China.

亚博苹果客户端419The letter was sent to the Chinese consulate in Chicago and then sent on to Beijing.

In his reply, Xi welcomed the students to visit China and said he hopes that they will ma

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It was not the first time this year that Xi has replied to letters to foreign stu

dents who are studying Chinese and praised their enthusiasm for Chinese culture.

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?percent of consumption in China occurs at night. In the past three years

, the country’s nighttime consumption has grown by 17 percent on average.亚博苹果客户端千花网女神会所

Authorities nationwide recently unveiled plans to “light up” cities after dusk. In Beijing, a series of policies were rolled

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5 scenic spots, art galleries, museums and memorials across the city extending their

亚博苹果客户端千花网business hours, or presenting special late-night shows or night-tour programs.

Convenience store chain Bianlifeng, which was established in Dece

mber 2016, has already benefited from 24-hour operation at all its more than 800 outlets.亚博苹果客户端千花网

Zhou Zhou, director of the company’s daily distribution operation

s, said nighttime consumption has great potential, and all Bianlifeng outlets have

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jing, whose post-10 pm sales account for about 30 percent of those for the entire day.

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nce stores act as late-night canteens for company employees who frequently work late,”

he said. “In some stores, the number of consumers at about midnight will account for 25亚博苹果客户端千花网女神会所

percent of the peak in the daytime. A majority of them are born after the 1990s.”

However, Zhou said that while nighttime consumption in the bustling business district is strong, in s亚博苹果客户端千花网

ome communities, people are still not aware of the benefits of buying after dark.

Jiang said China has obvious advantages in developing it亚博苹果客户端千花网女神会所

s nighttime economy, with high security levels in cities at nig

ht and a large number of consumers. But such development is still in the early stages.

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The Beijing municipal 亚博苹果客户端龙凤rnment is offering sub

bsidies of up to 73,800 yuan ($10,416) per vehicle if taxi owners will buy electric ones, according to a document released in July.

At a forum in July, BAIC Group Chairman Xu Heyi said all taxisin Beijing will become electric?亚博苹果客户端龙凤女神会所

within three years. BAIC owns Beijing Electric Vehicle Co, which is the largest electric carmaker in the country.

?亚博苹果客户端龙凤A representative at BJEV said that as the subsidies are cut, the number

of private owners may fall somewhat but the proportion of electric vehicles used such?亚博苹果客户端龙凤女神会所

as taxis and ride-hailing vehicles will rise as they are cheaper to use than gasoline ones.

Carmakers have long stepped up their efforts in new energy vehicl

es. BAIC and Changan said in 2017 that they will phase out conventional fuel-powered cars by 2025.?亚博苹果客户端龙凤女神会所

Volkswagen plans to produce around 11 million electric cars in China by 2028. This is more than half of its global target of 22 million.

?亚博苹果客户端龙凤China started its new energy vehicles initiative in 2009 and overto

ok the United States in 2015 as the largest market for them in the world.

So far, there are around 3.5 million new energy vehicles on the country’s roads. The figure is expected to reach 5 million by the?亚博苹果客户端龙凤女神会所

end of 2020, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Foreign marketing, analytics companies are looking to meet strong data tracking demand as Chinese firms expand overseas

?亚博苹果客户端龙凤China is gearing up to be one of the few truly mobile-first economies in the world, which is spur

ring foreign mobile marketing and analytics companies like AppsFlyer to target opportunities in the country.

Oren Kaniel, CEO and co-founder of AppsFlyer, said that in?亚博苹果客户端龙凤女神会所

China, the firm’s development is “much faster than they can grow the team”.

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Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the company which manages most of the

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problem,” Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said in a statement.

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ed to help these underdeveloped areas fight natural disasters, he added.

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arly 4.4 million people to evacuate and have left 627 people dead or missing since June.

亚博苹果客户端夜生活Without comparing the number of people who evacuated, the ministry said the death toll is 23.2 percent lower compared with t

he average of the past five years for the same period. The country also saw the direct economic loss from these disa

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To fight these disasters, more than 14,400 members from fire and rescue teams across the co

亚博苹果客户端夜生活女神会所untry were involved in over 13,000 tasks for flood control. Over 4.6 billion yuan earmarked for d

isaster relief was dispatched to the five worst-hit regions, including Jiangxi and Hunan pr

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Ye Jianchun, the vice-minister of water resources and emergency manage

ment, said 549 major rivers stricken by floods nationwide have seen their water levels inc亚博苹果客户端夜生活

rease above the warning line since June, which is more than the average every year since 1998.

亚博苹果客户端夜生活女神会所He said typhoons may continue to wreak havoc in the near future, with Typhoon Bailu ex

pected to land in Taiwan on Friday or Saturday and then in Fujian province on Sunday.

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Taiwan buying United States ‘fighter jets will not make its military strong enough to resist reunification by the People’s Lib

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ve been spent on improving the island’s economy and people’s livelihoods, military experts said on Thursday.

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A resident whose sur亚博苹果客户端乌托邦 Chen said the prote

protesters stuck stickers on the rail card readers at the

gates so the commuters won’t be able to swipe their rail cards to exit the station.亚博苹果客户端乌托邦

Chen said he and other passengers left the station through a security exit.

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n at the Yuen Long station. But the bus had to halt near the Long Ping Station, about 1.4 kilometers from the

亚博苹果客户端乌托邦Yuen Long station, at the road ahead was blocked. She spent another 20 minutes walking home.

Rail services at the station resumed on Thursday morning, but the damage at the station was quite visible, according to Wa

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In order to develop into a demonstration pilot zone for socialism with Chinese characte

亚博苹果客户端乌托邦品茶微信ristics that would strengthen democracy and rule of law, facilitate the flow of foreign talents and nurture an intern

ational financial hub, Shenzhen has to expand cooperation with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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porting Shenzhen in building the demonstration pilot zone for socialism with Chinese characteristics.

亚博苹果客户端乌托邦Shenzhen’s expanded cooperation with Hong Kong will also lay a solid fo

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Just more than 30 years ago, Hong Kong residents used to be reluctant to visit neighboring Shenzhen. It was not only the complica

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then small fishing village which dissuaded the Hong Kong residents from visiting Shenzhen.

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a global innovation center, offering more opportunities and oozing more vitality than Hong Kong.

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Heong recommende亚博苹果客户端后花园e ong governmen

take steps to ensure land supply for public housing, raise the mini

mum wage and create more well-paying jobs to improve social mobility for young people.亚博苹果客户端后花园女神会所

The Hong Kong government has announced extra budget measures valued at HK$19.1 billion ($2.4 billion), in

亚博苹果客户端后花园cluding relief for small businesses, more student subsidies and benefits for low-income households.

Chief Executive Lam is expected to give a policy address in October, which is likely to include more enhancements, Wang said.

“First and foremost, Lam, with the support of Beijing, must break the stranglehold of local property tycoons on the亚博苹果客户端后花园女神会所

real estate market and curb their political influence by greatly increasing land supply f

亚博苹果客户端后花园or development and providing more affordable housing for low-income families,” Wang wrote.

“Hong Kong may pride itself as one of the freest economies in the world

but, in fact, the property tycoons are calling the shots on the economy,” he said.

亚博苹果客户端后花园女神会所”For better distribution of wealth,” Wang suggested, “the government can also consider raising taxes on those making HK$2 m

illion a year or more, and increasing taxes on property transactions valued at HK$10 million or more.”

Zheng Yongnian of National University of Singapore noted that the mainland has taken the initiative to adjust its policy on Hon亚博苹果客户端后花园

g Kong, including the plan to build the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

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China to have full 5G network coverage along its entire line, Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

China Mobile will work with Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to provide a亚博苹果客户端后花园

full-coverage wireless 5G network for the high-speed railway that connects Hong Kong to the Chinese ma

亚博苹果客户端后花园女神会所inland, according to Wei Ming, chairman of China Mobile Guangdong branch.

Wei made the announcement in Hong Kong during a meeting to witness the for

ming of a 5G industry alliance in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

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Is that civilized behav亚博苹果客户端千花坊he deeds of those Hon

g journalists match Hong Kong’s reputation as a civilized society?

It is fair to say that the Hong Kong journalists involved are b亚博苹果客户端千花坊

adly educated and lack the most basic manners. When they disagree with somebody, they simply ai

m to talk the loudest. When they are in conflict, they always make sure they outnumber the other side to gain “con

亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所fidence“. Their deeds are in every aspect contrary to the behavioral rules of any modern society.

What these Hong Kong journalists did on Tuesday brought shame upon journalism.

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China will roll out its reform of decoupling business licenses from operating permits on all 523 items concer

ning business operations subject to central government approval starting Dec 1 in pilot free trade zones nationwide.亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所

The decision was made on Wednesday at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

“The reform of decoupling business licenses and operating perm

亚博苹果客户端千花坊its is an important step in transforming government functions and improving the busi

ness environment. This ever-deepening reform in recent years has played a crucial role in energizing the mar

ket, unlocking creativity and tackling the downward economic pressure in a shifting external environment,” Li said.亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所

It was announced at the meeting that the decoupling will reduce permit requirements and simplify the review pro

cess. New measures will be introduced under all 523 items that are subject to central government approval.

Review requirements for 13 items, including record filing for fo亚博苹果客户端千花坊

reign trade operators, will be abolished. Review requirements of eight other items, inclu

ding the review of customs declaration enterprises, will be replaced by record filing.亚博苹果客户端千花坊女神会所

For the remaining items, services will mainly be improved by cutting document

ation requirements, providing faster online processing and abolishing on-site verification.

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in the first seven mon 亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314Given the widenin

ing gap between increased spending and the slower expansion of income, some local governments, especially at the co

unty level, are facing fiscal pressure. But the central government will transfer more funds to local go?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314女神会所

vernments to ensure stable fiscal spending and further implement tax and fee cuts, the ministry said.

?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314By the end of July, local governments had issued 2.55 trillion yuan in new b

onds for the year, accounting for 82.8 percent of the annual quota of 3.08 trillion yuan.

A quota of 2.15 trillion yuan for local governments’ special bonds-mainly meant to s?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314

upport infrastructure projects-had been 65 percent used up by the end of July, the Ministry of Finance said.

Market speculation is that there will be additional bond quota space to bolster fiscal spending in coming months. But a seni?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314女神会所

or official at the Financial Department of the Ministry of Finance said in an interview this week: “It is unlik

?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314ely that the government will raise the quota for local government bonds, or for the special bonds.”

Local government special bonds are seen as an important measur

e to support infrastructure investment, and they also are not included in local?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314

budgeted debt. The annual quota was set by the Government Work Report in March.

About 1.55 trillion yuan in local government special bonds had been iss?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314女神会所

ued in the first half, the Ministry of Finance said. The remaining 600 billion yuan

issuance must be finished by September-a State Council requirement to speed financing for key projects.

China should have an expansionary and much stronger fiscal policy in order to inc?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314

rease public spending and prevent a further slowing of economic growth, said Yu Yo

ngding, a senior economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Yu spoke at a recent forum.

The fiscal deficit ratio, which may surpass the government target of 2.8 per?亚博苹果客户端龙凤1314女神会所

cent of GDP this year, should be compensated by issuing more central government

bonds, said Yu, who also suggested the central bank lower interest rates for the bond issuance.

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