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f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to
the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.
The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA
AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe
nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.
With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction
s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a
utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.
Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
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.
rd phases, with 1,000 booths booked by 650 enterprises from 38 countries and regions.
The first phase of the import exhibition has 616 booths displaying electronics and home appliances, build
ing materials and hardware and mechanical equipment. There will be 384 booths in the third phase, m
ainly displaying food and beverage products, household goods, fabrics and home textiles.
Xu Bing, a spokesperson for the Canton Fair, said on Sunday that the 124t
h fair received exhibitors from ten countries and regions. According to Xu, a chamber of com
merce from Istanbul said the fair had helped many Turkish enterprises explore the global market.
“Design for trade” will be a highlight at the upcoming fair. About 100 design companies and institut
ions from 15 countries and regions, including the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Austr
alia, the Republic of Korea and Japan, have registered to participate in the design exhibition at the fair.
o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang
tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”
In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.
“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou
ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter
Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh
y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”
For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.
Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex
clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra
ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p
yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe
cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an
d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.
Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol
ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be
tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was
29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.
That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph
anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.
ight examinations, and counselling services, he said.
Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval
uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup
porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.
Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law a
nd electronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Committee of th
e National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.
Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative licensi
ng, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade
marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.