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icts appear to have a religious or ethnic basis, some scholars believe their root cause may be economic, with ethnic divisio
s serving as a way to exclude other groups from access to scarce resources and opportunities. Whatever its so
urce, inequality of opportunity has a highly disruptive effect on governance and hence growth.
But these obstacles are not insurmountable. For one th
ing, developing countries now have huge potential export markets in middle-inc
ome countries, and no longer depend entirely on advanced economies for access to global markets.
There is also a renewed awareness of the importance of infrastructure in e
nabling growth. In addition to roads, railways and ports, electricity and digital conn
ectivity are crucial. In this regard, the rapid expansion of cellular wireless technology, combined with the install
ation of high-capacity undersea broadband pipes around Africa, represents major prog
Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that
the company announced in 2017 on t
he same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.
The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at
once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.
While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, chargi
ng three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challengi
ng. Furniture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three
phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.
In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will
not achieve our high standards.”
“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,”
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engin
eering, said in the statement. “We continue to believe that the future is
wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”
year. We must build a presence there.”In the fourth quarter of 2018, Oppo outcompeted Samsung to
become the largest smartphone vendor in Thailand with a market share of 22.2 percent, gro
wing about 70 percent year-on-year, according to the market research company Canalys.
Its products and services are also well received in other South Asian and Sout
heast Asian countries, including India, and African countries such as Kenya.
In 2018, Oppo shipped 113 million units of smartphones wor
ldwide, garnering a global market share of more than 8 percent, according to IDC data.
Other Chinese smartphone makers, including Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo, are also looking beyon
d their home turf for growth. In this context, Oppo believes it has an edge over others as it first started its i
nternational journey as early as in 2009 in Thailand, much before others jumped on the going-global bandwagon.
mote the reform and opening-up. There are many things in the pipeline for foreign direct i
nvestment. The government plans to allow many companies in different kinds of sectors. In this
upcoming session, the new law regarding foreign direct investment will be discussed. I believe more Sudanese co
mpanies will be allowed to come to China and more Chinese companies will go to Sudan.
I noticed many important things mentioned in today’s report. It talk
s about employment, the protection of the environment, the opening-up of the Chin
ese economy and external trade, which are very impressive. As an ambassador, I wish success to the Chin
ese government in the coming year and I’d like to see more Chinese investors invest in Tunisia.
When it comes to the opening-up of the financial sector, the bond mark
et, the development of multi-tier capital market, the continued emphasis on controlling lev
erage, I think those are some of the issues that we are very interested in. And we are going to study the report.
We haven’t seen the final version of the Foreign Investment Law yet. We
will look at it. But further opening up, especially related to service sector, is very imp
ortant. I think it will bring big benefits for China and big benefits to all the countries in the world.
Military tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir have erupted in recent
weeks, with India and Pakistan painting different versions of events.
One thing we do know for certain is that an Indian pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan, was captured by Pakistan aft
er his plane was shot down in a dogfight earlier this week between Pakistani and Indian warplanes over the ceasefire line in Kashmir.
He was due to be handed back to India on Friday afternoon, at a famous border post in the village of Wagah.
While Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir are separate
d by a 435-mile de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC), Wagah village sits on the international fron
tier to the south between the Pakistani city of Lahore and the Indian city of Amritsar.
Wagah straddles the border — with the eastern half in India and the western half in Paki
stan — and sits on the Grand Trunk Road, one of the main overland routes between the two nations.
Pakistani rangers (L) and Indian security forces (R) perform the daily Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah in August 2017.
The border post has taken on a symbolic role in the decades-long conflict over Kashmir, despite be
ing outside the disputed region, thanks to a daily military parade known as the Beating Retreat ceremony.
Every evening there for 60 years, Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Securit
y Force have taken part in a lowering-of-the-flags ceremony before sunset, typically around 4 p.m. local time.