It was in the European Parliament elections five years

ago that small numbers of nationalists and far-right politicians won seats, signaling the challenges since faced by ruling parties acr

oss the EU, said Cui Hongjian, director of the department for European studies at the China Institute of International Studies.

Mainstream European political groups have tried hard to curb their

rise and haven’t coped well with problems raised by the populist and far-right parties, Cui said.

Clemens von Goetze, Germany’s ambassador to China, said at a news conference

in Beijing on Saturday that he hopes mainstream political groups that support the integration of EU will win the elections.

He said, mainstream groups in Germany are working hard to tell voters the importance of the EU and encouraging those realize the value of EU integration to

cast their ballots this week. The turnout of voters was quite low in the 2014 European Parliament elections.

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From chips to its self-developed operating system, Huawe

wei has long been preparing for independent research and development in core technologies. It has the ab

ility to adjust to changes in the global market,” said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance.

Huawei has also made preparations with core chipsets. Existing st

ocks are thought to provide the company with a buffer of six months to a year, he said.

The root cause for the repeated twists and turns in the China-US trade talks lies, to a

great extent, in the United States’ serious deviation from, and disdain for, the objective laws of eco

nomics. The fact that China will never accept its unreasonable demands further complicates the matters for the US.

The US administration’s often competing and clashing objecti

ves-though many of them are understandable-cannot be realized simultaneously. For instance, the

US hopes to revive its industries and boost its real economy while maintaining the huge bubble in its financial market.

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More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regio

ns and international organizations supported the declaration. It recommended a

ctions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and inf

rastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.

The conference also saw the launch of a scientific alliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included aro

und 30 institutions and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati

on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.

The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chi

na Association for Science and Technology, the United Nations Environment Progra

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Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

iding several versions of edited application essays to setting students up with internships and volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Shen said she paid a counselor $12,000 to edit seven or eight of her daughter’s c

ollege application essays. She also regularly takes her daughter to private tutors who charge $180 per hour.

“It’s very normal (to hire private counselors and tutors) among Chinese parents (living in th

e San Francisco Bay Area),” Shen said. She is in several WeChat groups, each having hundreds of parents.

Shen said it is easy to find a counselor. “You just pst in the groups, and somebody will quick

ly respond with recommendations. I know many parents easily spend over $150,000 on the counseling or tutoring.”

The San Francisco Bay Area has a high concentration of private college admiss

ions consultants. Tutoring schools and consultancies with Chinese signs can be seen in shopping malls.

A popular consultant is IvyMax, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential US

premier college application institution serving the Chinese-American community”.

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It’s Xinzhu’s first overseas production base, marking

 the first step of its overseas development.Du Xiaofeng, vice-president of the company, said it aims to serve members of the Commonweal

th of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and other Middle East and European marke

ts. He said the company will adopt localized management and hire a large number of Belarusian employees.

The company also introduced the core technology for medium- and low-speed maglev traffic system f

rom German company Max Bogl Group and put it into local production. Its production line is expected to be completed in June.

“Our overseas outreach has gradually transformed from technological and academic com

munications to capacity cooperation,” said Hu Jishi, senior counselor and technical director of the company.

More BRI-related countries and companies have found

business potential in Chengdu. The Sino-German small and medium-sized enter

prises cooperative park, Sino-French ecological park, Sino-Italian cultural innovation park, Sino-South Korean innovation and

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China’s innovation and entrepreneurship activities ha

s have accelerated since 2015 as the government sees them as drivers for the economy’s transition.

As a result, a number of supportive policies have been issue

d to support maker spaces, incubators and companies to speed up innovation.

Roee says that the Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship market has “mind-blowing speed and scale”, which, despite short-

term fluctuations, has a growth trajectory from a long-term perspective and might grow more than tenfold in the next decade.

“Chinese enterprises have advanced consumer-oriented thinking and strong manuf

acturing capabilities, and China’s speed of getting from an idea to a product is unparalleled,” he says.

Dylan Huang, who oversees WeWork Labs’ Greater China operations, says the demand a

mong Chinese startups for all-round support is strong, and the platform will leverage its global re

ources to facilitate exchanges between Chinese partners and their overseas counterparts.

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Expat jobs in some sectors increasingreign students see

The service sector, IT and media industries have

overtaken the education industry as major job sources for expat

s in China, according to figures from the 2019 Job Fair for Foreigners in Beijing.

The job fair was organized on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Center and the State Administration of Foreign Exper

ts Affairs, attracting more than 500 expats with nearly 1,000 jobs available in a range of professions.

The expat job market, once dominated by language teachers, has seen a major shift. Approximatel

y half the jobs available at the fair were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including ope

nings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.

“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager of the research center. “The be

st-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Ma‘

’ndarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”

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Dinghao Electronics Plaza in Zhongguancun was pu

rchased by a joint venture between Partners Group, The Family Office, SDP Investments, and The Carlyle Group for around 9 billion yuan.

“Given the strong presence of leading and fast-growing IT firms in the area, Zhongguancun remai

ns a bright spot for investment opportunities in Beijing,” said Michael Wang, head of capital markets for JLL in Beijing.

“Due to the lack of commercial leasing space in the IT-driven submarket, rapidly expanding

companies are increasingly choosing to purchase entire buildings to meet large office requirements.”

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to attra

ct more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing

said on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa services

on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities n

ext year,” said Han Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a domestic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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