Footwear makers: cut and run from tariffsrtment at the

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines

s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an

d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.

A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi

na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p

olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask

ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by

the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

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hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

China plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development play

s a crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of buildin

g digital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the adm

inistrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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“Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust

level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi

c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli

ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev

elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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a simple inspection at ports of entry. The administration

was disestablished in the latest government reshuffle and quara

ntine management functions were merged into the General Administration of Customs.

With a rising number of inbound foreign travelers and Chinese students returning home wit

h pets in tow, the administration issued the new rule in January to facilitate entry.

Shanghai Customs inspected 25 cats and 15 other pets at its ports of entry between May 1 and May 5. Twenty-seven of them were all

owed in after on-site inspections. Eleven were put under quarantine, and two were sent back to their original co

untry or region due to the lack of quarantine reports and rabies antibody test results.

Last year alone, 1,577 pets-822 dogs and 755 cats-entered Shanghai from overseas, customs data show.

Shanghai Customs has been publicizing information on the new regulations throu

gh various channels to passengers, including cooperating with more than 60 air carriers, it said.

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investment in environment-friendly urban mas

 transit. According to NBS preliminary estimates, the share of consumption of clean energy such as natural gas, hydropo

wer, nuclear power and wind power in total energy consumption in the first quarter was 1.5 percentage points hi

gher than that of the same period last year. Energy consumption per unit of GDP went down by 2.7 percent year-on-year.

Total investment in fixed aassets grew by 6.3 percent, with private invest

ment growing at 6.4 percent, slightly faster than the overall number. This is es

pecially significant in the light of last year’s fears that private investment in the econo

my might collapse. So, the government’s efforts to strengthen the private sector appear to have borne fruit.

Investment in high-tech manufacturing rose by 11.4 percent and investme

nt in high-tech services rose 19.3 percent, both far higher than overall investment gro]

wth. This shows that the shift toward advanced manufacturing and services is well underway.

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nitiative proves worth as welcome public good: China Da

Convening nearly 40 foreign leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries, th

e Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which opens in Beijing on Thursday, testifi

es to a growing aspiration for collaboration amid rising unilateralism and protectionism.

The conspicuous increase in the size of foreign participation com

pared with the inaugural forum two years ago corrobo

rates United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ earlier comment that the Belt and Road Initia

tive, like the UN Millennium Development Goals, is a public good for the entire world.

Since President Xi Jinping proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, some pe

ople have tried to persistently frame them as geopolitical tools. While such a label and subsequent fearmong

ering have stirred up worries in the ill-informed, they can’t hoodwink those with insight.

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However, the consumption structure has changed, with

service consumption accounting for 47.7 percent, up 1.4 percentage points year-on-year

. Meanwhile, sluggish auto consumption dragged the whole consumption growth.

The continuous decline of auto consumption has become

a key for stabilizing this year’s consumption, said Liu Xiaoguang, a resear

cher at the National Academy of Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China.

Mao Shengyong, spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics, recently said t

hat based on March data, auto production fell, however, the drop was narrowing.

The National Development and Reform Commission was reportedly considering a sl

ew of new measure to boost spending on automobiles, home appliances and consum

er electronics products. It has sent a draft plan to encourage consumption in the three sectors.

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kilometers of land roads have been built in the

 past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi

ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport

ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra

nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo

r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l

ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio

n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus

sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A

zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t

heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.

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Thanks to the extension of the subsidiary policy of new e

energy vehicles (NEV), sales of NEVs reached 111,000 in March, up 100.9 percent year-o

n-year, with NEV wholesales accounting for 254,000 units in the first quarter.

CPCA predicts a 40 percent increase in NEV sales to 1.7 million

units in 2019, based on these first quarter figures.

As China began to cut manufacturing sector VAT from 16 to 13 percent on April 1, som

e imported and high-end vehicle brands lowered prices to boost sales nationwide.

As the industrial chain of domestic-made goods are comparatively longer than that of imports howe

ver, most domestic manufacturers have not lowered prices for goods, including automobiles.

“Consumers should not expect too much on price cuts of automo

biles, but choose vehicles based on demand and affordability,” CPCA said.

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The tax rate on No 2 taxable items, including some

sporting goods, textiles, electronic appliances and bicycles, will be lowered to 20 percent from the previous 25 percent, it said.

The move was aimed at expanding imports and boosting domestic consumpti

on, with tax rates lowered for many daily consumer goods, the commission said.

 Chinese singer Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision of promoting health among young

people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization (WHO).

At the Asia and Pacific session of the ongoing UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, Yi said that to bu

ild a healthier society, “we need to start with our own personal action, make healthy choices” and “we can make an effort to reach

out to those who need support, including children and teenagers.”Chinese singer Yi Yang

qianxi (front), who is a World Health Organization (WHO) China special envoy for health, attends the Asia and Pacific session

of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, at the UN headquarters in New York, April 8, 2019. Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision

of promoting health among young people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization

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