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Data from the US Census Bureau showed that bilater

eral merchandise trade between the two

countries has declined by more

than 15 percent since September 2018, when the second round of tariffs went into effect.

“This has also impacted global value

chains in East Asia and other trading partners,” the report said.

“We’ve seen the trade tariffs that have

been introduced on both sides have already been damaging trade,” said Dawn Holl

and, chief of the Global Economic

Monitoring Branch in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Holland said the adverse effects of trade tensions on economic growth in China “has been partly offset by some stimulus measures”.

According to the report, growth in China is projected to moderate gradually from 6.6 percent in 2018 to 6.3 percent in 2019, and 6.2 percent in 2020.

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Customs cooperation to take aim at IPR violationsnd inter

China will expand international cooperation in enforcing intellectu

al property rights to facilitate trade and create a favorable business environment for ente

rprises from China and overseas, a customs official said on Wednesday.

Cooperative customs mechanisms have been establ

ished in more than 130 countries and regions, with more than 190 agree

ments signed, including with major trade partners such as the United States, the European Union, Russia, Japan

and South Korea, said Jin Hai, deputy director for general affairs at the General Administration of Customs.

To more effectively fight crossborder violations of intellectual property rights, Chinese cust

oms will improve information sharing and exchanges of data with other countries and regions.

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Aviators put on spectacular showup in the lap of luxury

Demand for hospitality services grows as number of Chinese travelers surges

While most of the country’s workers enjoy a welcome break in

May, those working in pet hotels will barely have a chance to draw breath.

Every holiday means a heavy workload for people working at pet hotels. As most fami

lies can’t take their pets on holiday with them, a place in a pet hotel can be hard to find during peak times.

“During National Day Holiday and Spring Festival, our resort was fully booked, because we only h

ave 68 guest rooms-although it is a relatively large hotel in the industry,” said Li Chen, founder of Cu

te Beast Pet Resort, a high-end pet hotel of about 5,000 square meters in Beijing, which was established in 2017.

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Since the expo site is about 74 km from downtown Beiji

g and the Yanqing district also has many tourist attractions, especially the Badaling section of t

he Great Wall, the authorities have launched a comprehensive plan to meet the requirements.

The government has added public transportation means for tourists. Six bus lines directly linking the expo site via the exp

ressway linking Beijing and Chongli district of Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, have been introduced.

The bus lines start at Zhuxinzhuang Station of line 8, Beianhe Station of line 16, Tiant

ongyuan North Station of line 5, Jin’anqiao Station of line 6, Xierqi Station of line 13 and Liuliqiao East Station of line 9.

Buses running between Zhuxinzhuang Station and the expo’s P3 Parking

Lot will commence journey once the vehicle is full at every less than 30-minute intervals. Othe

r five lines will run every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays. The bus fare will be 16 yuan.

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Environmental inspections show their effectiveness

More officials have been held to account for violations found in central environmental inspections, raising the total nu

mber of punished officials to more than 12,000, according to the country’s top environmental watchdog.

Most recently, 1,035 officials from eight provincial regions, including Jilin, Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces, were called t

o account for their involvement in 89 environmental violations uncovered in the fourth round of inspections from Augu

st to September 2017, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a news release on Monday.

Among the officials, 218 are in positions at the prefecture level, which is just below

ministerial level, and 320 hold posts equivalent to county head, the ministry said.

While 296 of the officials were summoned, 773 were punished by administrative or Party disciplinary agencies, i

ncluding receiving demerits or warnings that will bar them from promotion for a period of time.

Two officials were transferred to judicial authorities.

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Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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It stated that an expulsion will be given to more seve

re forms of academic dishonesty including dissertation plagiarism or fraudulent pap

ers, after a review by the school’s academic committee. This constitutes a much heavier punishment compa

red to the previous measure, which involved recording a demerit on the student’s record in such cases.

The latest revision also added that students with serious acad

emic dishonesty during their education shall be given a warning and put on probation. At the s

ame time, the academic honors and awards previously granted to them will be revoked. Their qualifications for schola

rships and exemptions from admission exams won’t be restored until any punishment has been removed.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou

, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known

child model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

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Ye, its chief public affairs officer, would be leaving his

 post for “personal and family reasons” on May 31.

This is the latest senior executive departure for JD, which said in February th

at it would lay off 10 percent of its senior executives above vice-president level this year.

The company is now facing tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo. Chen Tao, an analyst at the Beiji

ng-based consultancy Analysys, said JD’s reach in first and second-tier cities is high, or close to saturation, addin

g it should seek new growth engines and pour more resources into smaller cities and rural areas.

Activists are calling for more supervision over labor exploitation in an online crusade spearheaded by software develo

pers against the so-called 996 work schedule, which is widely practiced in China’s tech industry.

The rules-which require employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week witho

ut overtime pay-came under fire after a programmer created 996.ICU, a page on cod

e-sharing platform GitHub.com. The page garnered immediate attention at home and abroad.

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Myopia cannot be cured under current medical technol

ology, according to the notice jointly issued by six ministries including the National Health Comm

ission, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The notice also said that authorities would crack down on activities that deceive the p

ublic and damage their interests in the name of using Chinese medical technology to treat myopia.

Hu Ailian, vice-director of the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology at Beijing Tongren Hospital, said tha

t myopia can’t be cured at the current stage but children and teenagers could prevent, control or slow its progressio

n by using their eyes properly, increasing outdoor time, and avoiding looking at close objects for long time.

Once parents find their children have problems with eyesight, they should send them to ophthalmic medical institutions for e

xamination, listen to doctors’ suggestions and receive vision correction, Hu added.

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Autonomous driving needs to adapt to different roa

ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec

t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.

Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark

ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m

unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.

As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.

The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te

st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.

Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.

As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom

ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.

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