The supply of high-end talent, government investmen

t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.

Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi

al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.

Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind

due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.

With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.

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The downward trend will linger in the first half of th

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.

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Austrian pianist set to showcase Beethoveno showcase Bee

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.

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We hope the exhibition, which lasts 162 days, will

l become a platform for people to experience natural beauty and t

o better understand, and then materialize, Xi’s wonderful ecological ideas.

When the sustainable developme

ustin Irwin anad James Berry took turns to steer their boat o

n Barkley Lake in western Kentucky, looking for Asian carp.

It did not take them long to spot a school of fish. Stopping the boat, Berry started to feed a 180-m

eter-long net into the water as Irwin maneuvered the boat to form the net into a large circle.

With the net in place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull with a wooden st

ick. Immediately, carp started to jump out of the water before splashing back in.

nt goals are firmly established in people’s minds, the significance of hosting the exhibition will have been achieved.

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The company will not cancel social insurance and housi

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.

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The import exhibition will be held in the first and thi

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.

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On the importance of record covers, Yang sees eye to

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

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The author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereot

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.

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children and allocate more resources to the eyesi

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.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

  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.

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