ess. And the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiativ althoug

ugh criticized by much of the West, and the US in particular-could bring dramatic

improvements in physical and digital connectivity to Central Asia and parts of Africa.

Further advances in critical infrastructure will create important growth opportunities for developing countries via e-commerce, mobile paym

ents, and related financial services. The experience of China suggests that these digital platforms, and the ecosy

stems that develop around them, are powerful engines for incremental, highly inclusive growth.

China, of course, is a very large, homogenous market. If smaller, lower-income developing countries are to bene

fit from equally rapid inclusive growth, the digital platforms will have to be regional and international in scope.

Some are starting to emerge. Jumia, a Nigeria-based e-commerce

platform covering 14 African countries, recently went public on the New York Stock Exchange, am

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Some Chinese car companies are State-owned, usually

by provincial governments, but the car business in China is very highly competitive and foreign brands are very successful.

In any case, the continuing growth of an already large private sec

tor should alleviate foreign concerns about competing with State-owned companies.

During the George W. Bush administration, the US imposed tarif

fs on Chinese steel, arguing that State-owned companies had an unfair advantage. But, US st

eel companies also face higher costs because of increased environmental protection. China’s current emphasis on buil

ding an “ecological civilization” means that that kind of polluting heavy industry will be less viable.

China has also recently announced a strengthened regime of intelle

ctual property rights protection. Again, this is what foreign negotiators are seeking, but al

so is important for China’s own economy as it transitions to being a technology leader.

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Emperor Akihito abdicates, Japan embraces end of era

Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close

on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde

r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”

“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western

-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.

“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru

itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer

ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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The name 996.ICU refers to a saying among Chin

hinese developers that following the 996 schedule puts you at risk of ending up in an intensive care unit.

In the weeks that followed the creation of 996.ICU in March, the page ha

s accrued almost 200,000 stars-which indicates popularity among users.

Users listed tech companies that use the 996 schedule, and then crea

ted a licensing agreement that would ban such companies from using their codes.

The 996.ICU page was soon blocked on multiple platforms including the messaging tool WeChat and the UC Browser.

The 996 schedule was allegedly first adopted in 2016 by 58.com, a major online classified advertisement site.

Jiang Ying, a professor at China University of Labor Relations

and a leading expert on China’s Labor Law, said the rare protest by sleep-deprived tech f

irm employees underscored the difficulties facing workers who defend their rights.

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In addition, the NHC also asked the health authoritie

ies of all levels to crack down on ophthalmic medical institutions without a legal lice

nse and strengthen inspection of ophthalmic products and medical instruments in the notice.

Legal experts called for China to protect juveniles through cybersecurity legislation a

nd redoubled efforts against school bullying after several cases aroused public outrage and concern.

Fang Yan, a lawyer from Shaanxi province, said that it’s good to see the nation adding to the protectio

n of juveniles in the past few years, “but in some new aspects, such as cyberspace, the protection is far from enough”.

At the end of 2018, China had 829 million netizens, of whom almost 20 percent w

ere under the age of 18, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.

Another report released by the center in March said that 15.6 percent of juven

iles had experienced disturbances, insults or privacy leaks online, while 30.3 percent said

they had been exposed to pornography, gambling or drugs in cyberspace.

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The gaokao has its faults, but at least it judges all stud

“However, independent enrollment has evolved into a situation where rich people find ways to get their children extra

points. Third-party organizations should be involved in the process to make it fairer and more transparent,” he said.

Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said the goal of independent college adm

ission is to establish a system of multiple evaluations, instead of judging students by test scores alone.

However, students who qualify for independent enrollment also must take the gaokao, and their scores in the exam rem

in an important basis for admission, Xiong said. So students and their parents are still focused on the scores.

Moreover, the pilot program has failed to help establish a two-way a

dmission mechanism between colleges and students. Independent enrollment refo

rm has increased the right of colleges to choose students, but students still have limited ability to seek admission to the coll

ege of their choice, as one student normally gets a call for admission from just one institution, he said.

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Xuan Changneng, deputy head of the State Administration of

 Foreign Exchange, said, “China has ample room to maneuver and take measures toward deleveraging.”

That conclusion is based on the debt structure and interest rate level, he said.

“When we’re talking about deleveraging and maintaining stable growth, I think the focus for seve

ral years has been on quality growth, not just any growth,” he said.Chinese President Xi Jinping met wit

h New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Monday in Beijing. They agreed to continuously enrich the China-New

Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit.his year’s Government Work Report said th

at “major progress was made in boosting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region”. In the years since t

he central government put forward the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development plan, local authorities have taken a series of me

asures, including working on key issues such as top design, to help shift Beijing’s noncapital functions to nei

ghboring locations, integrating the region’s transport network and better strengthening environmental protection.

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As a professional writer, Chu has interviewed dozens of peop

 from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities

such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.

“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare

nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.

People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.

In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno

wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.

Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro

vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.

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The bank, a subsidiary of the South African Absa Group, sai

id the money was not part of its deposit, and the contents of the safe deposit box were only known to the owner, adding that it was working with the police in the investigation.

“The customer had concealed fake currency in his personal safe deposit box against the bank’s rules and regulations whic

h include restrictions of items which can be held in the safe deposit box,” Barclays Kenya said in a statement.

Kenya promotes wildlife heritage on new currency coins

The currency seizure comes as lawmakers in the country push for the implem

entation of a policy that removes strict banking laws mandating financial institutions to record transactions above $10,000.

Kenya’s apex bank chief Patrick Njoroge opposed the amendment sayi

ng it could derail the fight against corruption and money laundering in the country.

A case challenging the implementation of the amendments is due to be heard in Kenya’s High Court

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