People-to-people contacts, as a non-ignorable compon

ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan

via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human

itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim

ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w

hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.

He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba

ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran

sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp

ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp

ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb

er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”

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They are both staunch supporters of free trade and mul

ultilateralism, and with the United States increasingly opting for unilateralism in international affairs, China and the EU can str

engthen their coordination within the framework of the United Nations and buttress the role of multilateral mecha

nisms including the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.

Beijing and Brussels are also two important voices advocating internati

onal efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.

It is hoped that the leaders attending the China-EU Summit in Brussels will send positive signals that the two sides are commi

tted to deepening their strategic and reciprocal cooperation. By strengthening their consensus and solida

rity, they can boost confidence that they will work together to address shared and global challenges.

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Flight systems, however, typically are built with a

 backup system so there can be no single point of failure. Since the crashes of Max jets in Indonesi

a in October and Ethiopia last month, Boeing has modified design of the anti-stall device to include two sensors on all aircraft.

The FAA allows airlines to make minor modifications in previously certified

aircraft to meet their operational needs, a rule Boeing followed in building the 737 Max for

foreign carriers. Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Lion Air — involved in fatal crashes five months apart — repo

rtedly declined to buy two add-on safety devices that might have helped the pilots keep the doomed planes in the sky.

Neither airline purchased the “angle of attack” system display for readi

ngs of two sensors rather than one and a “disagree light” to be activated if the sensors prod

uce conflicting readings. The Lion Air crash in October killed 189 passengers and crew.

Airlines around the world, including China and the US, have flown the 737 Max, introduced in 2018, without incident.

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Meanwhile, automakers’ recommended retail priwas

 on a decreasing streak. Imported models of Ford Motor (China) abated as much as 34,000 yuan, compared with Volkswagen Multivan’s highest cut of

13,300 yuan and some models of FAW Toyota’s 11,000 yuan, said Chinanews. As China International Capital Corporation Lim

ited analyzed, automobile, real estate and medicine industries will enjoy the largest scale of tax reduction; and the bigge

st rise in net profit as a result of tax cuts will go to coal, food and beverage, electricity industries.

Nur Bekri, former head of the National Energy Administration, has been arrested

for taking bribes, said the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

Nur Bekri, also former deputy head of the National Development and

Reform Commission, was investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Com

mission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.

The former chairman of the Xinjiang regional governm

ent was named new head of the National Energy Administration on Dec 31, 2014.

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The government has ruled out holding another referendu

um on Britain’s EU membership, but could change its mind if there appeared no other way to pass a Brexit deal.

Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU in 2016. Since then, polls sugge

st the “remain” side has gained in strength, but it’s far from clear who would win a new referendum.

The new vote could leave Britain just as divided over Europe as it is now.

The Chinese aid team sent to cyclone-stricken Mozambique provided medical services to about 1,30

0 people and food to more than 1,000 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The first squad offered medical services to more than 500 people in a shelter 10 kilomete

rs away from its Beira city camp, and also disinfected an area of almost 10,000 square meters.

Having received information from an unmanned aerial vehicle, the seco

nd squad visited another shelter more than 70 kilometers away from the Chinese tea

m’s camp, carrying food and medicine, the ministry said in a statement late Thursday.

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The announcement was a rare move for Apple, known in

the electronics industry for keeping tight wraps on product plans until it publicly launches them at

splashy events in Silicon Valley. The early announcement of AirPower, along with a wirelessly char

ed version of its AirPods headphones, was a break in that tradition. Apple released the updated AirP

ods last week, heightening speculation that the accompanying charging mat would come soon.

Daring Fireball, a website that covers Apple news, previously reported that Apple engineers h

ad issues with devices overheating on the AirPower pad. Apple declined to comment beyond its statement on the project.

Apple offered wireless charging in the iPhone in 2017, after many of its

rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had offered the feature for several years. Whil

e rumors circulated that Apple might create its own unique wireless charging technology, the company instea

d chose to use a system that works with Qi, an open industry standard already in use by Samsung and others.

Apple shares did not move on the news, and shares of NXP Semiconductors and STMicro

electronics, two major suppliers of chips used in Qi systems, appeared to be unaffected also.

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We will step up efforts to expand cooperation with sho

video platforms such as Kuaishou, Bilibili, Douyin and Huoshan, to obtain more data flows and encourage brands and buyers to do more live broadcasts,” Zeng said.

It also plans to tap into the social e-commerce sector, which is currently in its testing phase.

Experts say the livestreaming explosion is boosting China’s e-commerce sector. The new

format could display the commodities in more dimensions and increase users’ trust.

Cao Lei, director of China E-Commerce Research Center, said this method could attract consume

rs’ attention quickly and accurately as most of the livestreaming users are post-90s generation who are accusto

med to shopping online, as well as help online retailers to gain data flows and create a “real” shopping scenario.

“Immediate feedbacks could be given to merchants based on users’ instructions. Through their

mobile phones, consumers are able to talk with overseas buyers, which will greatly enhance users’ trust on the platform.”

China’s cross-border e-commerce sector has been growing rapid

ly over the past few years, owing to a rapid growth in the nation’s middle and high-income shoppers.

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The 10 percent deduction rate, which applies to buyers of ag

ricultural goods, will be cut to 9 percent, said the statement.

“The VAT reform is not simply lowering the tax rate, but focusing on the integration with the overall tax reform. It has continued to ma

ke progress toward the long-term goal of establishing a modern VAT system, and it also leaves room for cutting the number of VAT brac

kets from three to two in the future,” said Wang Jianfan, director of the department of taxation under the Ministry of Finance.

To implement the statutory taxation principle, China will also accelerate legislation to deepen VAT reform, Wang said.

The joint statement came after Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that China will imp

lement a series of measures to cut VAT rates and ease the tax burden in almost all industries.

Earlier this month, Li said in his 2019 Government Work Repo

rt that VAT reform was key to improving the tax system and achieving better income distribution.

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All the devices were judged to be viable, and the package

  sent to Heathrow Airport burst into flames after being opened by staff. Nobody was injured by the devices and no arrests have been made.

  The packages were posted with Irish stamps and had return addresses in Dublin, prompting Irish police to join the investigation. The packages were all A4-size

d white postal bags containing yellow padded bags, which were capable of igniting when opened.

  Police Scotland confirmed that a controlled explosion was carried out on the p

ackage found at the University of Glasgow on March 6 as a precautionary measure.

  The Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said in a joint statem

ent that the devices “bore similarities” to past packages “linked to dissident groups asso

ciated with Northern Ireland related terrorism,” and that “officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.”

  The devices did not cause any injuries or damage.

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But Wu admitted that it is not easy to crack open the har

 nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.

Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart

s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea

utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.

Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel

ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.

“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee

ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com

munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.

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