In the meantime, April data showed that six out of 29 cit

cities, includi上海龙凤1314品茶微信ng Kunming, Ningbo, Xiamen and Guiyang, received less than 7,000 visi

ts per kilometer for each day, below the 7,000-visit bottom line required by the National Deve

lopment and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner, as early as 2015.

More global top companies will participate in and expand their exhibition area du

ring the second China International Import Expo, financial news outlet Yicai reported.

The expo, which will be held in Shanghai again this November, will al

so have thousands of companies taking part for the first time, the report said.

“We will expand our display area from 200 square meters to 300 square meters this year, which shows our confidence in the Chi

nese market,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Dutch lighting company Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting.

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y year-end, ETC lanes will become the mainstream, which

h will allow nonstop passage of freight vehicles in addition to passenger vehicles.

The action plan aims for establishing an electronic toll system for China’s expressways by 2025.

The move to dismantle the real tollgates will help resolve traffic jams on provinci

al borders, said Dai Dongchang, vice-minister of transport in a policy briefing in May.

The ministry has piloted dismantling 15 concrete tollgates on provincial borders in three provinces — Jiangsu, Shandong an

d Sichuan – as well as the municipality of Chongqing. Time to pass was greatly reduced from 15 seconds to two seconds f

or passenger vehicles and from 29 seconds to three seconds for freight vehicles.

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In spite of objections from his family, Zhang chos

 to start a photography studio in Beijing in 2011 rather than find a steady job.

“It takes a long time for people to understand this profession. Now with online promotio

n, I have been receiving more and more orders,” he said. “The clients now have to wait until next year for a

n appointment.”An evening gala was staged for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhi

bition in the capital’s Yanqing district on Sunday. The Chinese traditional dance performance used holo

graphic projection to present flying butterflies over the stage, and featured some segments of Kunqu Opera.eijing aut

horities have prepared an overall traffic plan to better serve visitors to the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019

Beijing that opened to public on Monday and is expected to attract more than 16 million tourists.

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The program will help them explore new education

ncepts, modes and methods and form new teaching characteristics

and styles, encouraging them to be leading talents in basic education.

They will play an exemplary and leading role in driving local rural teachers to improve their level of education and teach

ing, and consequently improve the quality of rural education in the central and western regions.

Institutions and individuals are prohibited from using overs

tatements and misleading words implying their my

opia treatments could cure the eye disease, according to a notice released Wednesday.

The words such as “full recovery”, “a cure for shortsightedness” and “to c

onquer myopia” could not be used in the advertisements, according to the notice ca

lling for greater oversight of the industry of myopia prevention and treatment.

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UK lawmakers reject government’s divorce deal for third time

UK lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s divorce deal with the European Union for a third time, leaving Brita

in just two weeks to decide between a long delay to Brexit and an abrupt no-deal departure from the bloc.

Lawmakers in Britain’s House of Commons voted 286-344 against the withdrawal ag

reement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU, rebuffing her plea to “put aside self and pa

rty” and “accept the responsibility given to us by the British people” to deliver Brexit.

A visibly frustrated May said the vote had “grave” implications.

“The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union o

n 12 April — in just 14 days’ time,” she said. “This is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal, and yet t

he House has been clear it will not permit leaving without a deal. And so we will have to agree an alternative way forward.”

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Europe alone is not what makes London the number one cen

ter for foreign exchange, for example. We clear more dollars than New York, and are the largest center for RMB trading outside greate

r China. London is strong and international,” she said. “The long-term fundamentals of London and the UK still remain strong.”

Alex De Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, echoed the

view of McGuinness, saying: “Whilst I think Brexit has clearly had a significant impact, it must be remembered that Lon

don is a global financial center and the majority of assets held by the financial services sector are outside of th

e EU, with the US, China, and other emerging economies particularly important markets.

“The 800 billion pounds figure only comprises about 10 percent of the estim

ated total assets of the UK banking sector,” he said. “So, the total volume of business affected has been relatively small.”

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperation wit

 China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dialo

gue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two coun

tries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his

three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

Prince Albert II has visited China 10 times. As a member of the International Olympic Commi

ttee, he has been actively supporting the development of Olympics in China. He attended the opening cer

emonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Prince Albert II visited China last September. President Xi ex

pressed his appreciation for the long-term commitment of Prince Albert II and Mon

aco’s monarchy to developing bilateral relations, and welcomed him to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.

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Liu Gang, the founder of PayNews.net, a Hangzhou-based

online news service focusing on China’s mobile payment industry, said to Securities Daily he

expects the run-up of cashless payments will maintain for three to five years until it takes up as much sha

re of consumption as possible, as consumers incrementally wade farther into cashless payments.

Data from PBOC revealed banking financial institutions in 2018 conducted 220.31 billion deals in non-cash paym

ents involving 3,768.67 trillion yuan, a rise of 36.94 percent and 0.23 percent year-on-year respectively.

In the same period non-banking payment institutions, mainly referring to third-party online payment service providers, had 530.61 b

illion deals, surging 85.05 percent, and the transaction volume was 208.07 trillion yuan, up 45.23 percent fro

m the previous year. Mobile payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay occupy over 90 percent of market share.

By the end of 2018, a total of 424 commercial banks and 115 payment institutio

ns were connected to a unified clearing platform set up by the Payment and Clearing Association of China, PBOC said.

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Key GOP senator with aviation oversight says he would “pr

  Republican Sen. John Thune — who has oversight of the aviation industry and the FAA as a member of the Aviation subcommit

tee of the Commerce and Transportation Committee — said Tuesday he would “prefer flying on some other plane” rather than Boeing’s 737 MAX 8.

  Thune, who is also a the second-ranking Senate Republican leader, seemed to suggest he would be open to ground

ing the planes if the evidence pointed to it, but stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded at this po

int unless and until an NTSB investigation finds there is a problem with the plane.

  He said he will also wait for the investigation before considering hearings in

his subcommittee. He said he has not talked to anyone at Boeing about his concerns.

  Reporter: Would you safe flying a Super Max 8 right now? Would you fly on it?

  Senator Thune: “Uhh…well, I guess I would uh, probably like everybody else, prefer flying on some other plane.”

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