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Shanghai aims to rev up car sales with trade-in subsidies

The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove

rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi

nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.

The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i

n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi

ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.

The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered

vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.

China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time

in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y

ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy

vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.

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Those criticizing the initiative may seek to present themse

lves as having more sense or greater perspicacity and thus able to see the “truth” of the Belt and R

oad. But those who seek to portray it as ill-intentioned are those who habitually speak ill of China.

Those countries and organizations which choose to join the initiative have a mind of thei

r own. They realize the initiative is not an endeavor that has been planned down to the finest detail, it

is a cooperation framework that is being given substance and significance through the collaborations of countries.

Just as China’s veteran diplomat Yang Jiechi said in an interview on the weekend, the Belt and Road Initiative has created ne

w areas for international cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect, justice, equity and win-win outcomes for all.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and director of the Office of the Central Commissi

on for Foreign Affairs, rightfully pointed out that the initiative provides a platform for fostering closer ties between countries, and i

t has created new impetus and opportunities for the development of the world economy by helping many of the cou

ntries involved remove development bottlenecks and implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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On Sunday, the US sent the Navy’s guided-missile destroy

Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t

wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.

Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the

US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec

urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.

Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit

ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.

“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi

nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco

gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.

“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio

n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

 Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in the sec

ond tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prime, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot

shoulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game of the China Cup in three c

onsecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

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The visit was not only for Harvard but also on behalf of

  all of US higher education in order to promote bilateral educational exchanges, he said.

  ”I am here precisely because, like you, I believe these ties are extremely import

ant for our academic institutions, but even more importantly, for our nations,” he said.

  He noted that there are a large number of overseas students from China at Har

vard, and the Chinese language is among the most popular foreign languages at the institution.

  He also expressed his admiration for the great emphasis the Ch

inese government has placed on education and its efforts to enhance higher education, addi

ng that Harvard University is ready to move forward with exchanges with Chinese education and research inst

itutions.He calls for tapping partnership potential in such sectors as shipping, telecommunications

  China stands ready to work with Italy on the Belt and Road Initiative by strengthening its alignment with the Eur

opean country’s development strategies to bring bilateral ties to a new level, President Xi Jinping said.

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Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broa

  dcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as

“invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

  It is customary in Islam to bury the dead within 24 hours but no bodies have

been released because of the investigation, police said.

  Arden said bodies would be handed over to families from Sunday evening.

  ”It is likely, however, to be a small number to begin with,” she told a media

briefing, adding that all should be returned by Wednesday.

  Ardern said police would be posted at all mosques while they are open.

  Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at

the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people

died after a gunman entered and shot at people with a semi-automatic rifle with

high-capacity magazines, before travelling to a second mosque.

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An additional report should be produced within three

months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.

Prosecuting authorities have been treating the protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said.

“Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.

Last year, prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest

168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1

percent year-on-year — because of insufficient evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime.

“Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist

ent efforts to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected.

“We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.

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ccording to witness testimony provided to CNN by forme

  residents, the Chagosians were herded into the hold of two c

argo ships, then dumped on the quayside in Mauritius or the Seychelles. The pets they left

behind were rounded up by soldiers and gassed. Their houses left to the jungle.

  ”People were living in cemeteries or in cattle houses, anywhere they could get a roof over their h

eads,” says Isobel Charlot, whose family wound up in Mauritius. “The Chagos Islands were b

eautiful. Going to Mauritius abruptly made them depressed, many became alcoholics.”

  In the 1980s, the UK paid some $5.2 million to more than 1,300 islanders on the condition they renounce their right to retu

rn.In 1946, 167 natives of the Bikini Atoll were persuaded to leave their paradise chain of 23 coral islands with twist

ing palm trees and aquamarine waters, after Commodore Ben H Wyatt, the military governor of the Marshall Islan

ds, to which the atoll belonged, told them their land was needed for “the good of mankind and to end all world wars.”

  In reality, that meant dropping 23 nuclear weapons on Bikini between 1946 and 1958, as par

t of the Cold War nuclear arms race — including the most powerful explosion ever detonated by the US.

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