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China and the United States have made new progress in negotiating the text of an econom
ic and trade deal, but much work remains to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Negotiating teams from the two countries are hashing out the text of the deal, including
an enforcement mechanism, on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, said Gao Feng, ministry spokesman.
The remarks came as the world’s two biggest economies have been i
ntensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the most recent round of trade consultations, the negotiators discussed technolo
gy transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, nontariff measures, the service sector, agriculture, tra
de imbalances and enforcement mechanisms, according to earlier reports.
The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a recent white paper that the US business commu
nity in China, long an advocate of good bilateral relations, can no longer be relied on to be a positive anchor.
China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
tting due remuneration, very few employees use the Labor Law to defend their rights, because it is not easy for them to seek legal redress for their grievan
ces. For example, workers spend a lot of time and money to furnish effective proof that they were asked to work a
nd indeed worked overtime. By so doing, they could even lose their job – as employers could sack them for poor performance.
Interesti2365zuchewangcn-/ngly, Liu Qiangdong, founder and CEO of JD.com, used his WeC
hat account to say he now follows a “8116+8” schedule (8 am to 11 pm, six days a week, and 8
hours on Sunday, with only two days off a month), arder when he started his company. Had
he not followed the schedule, JD.com might not have survived the fierce competition from other internet companies.
Although Liu said he would not force his employees to work accordin
g to the “996″ schedule, he would want them to work as hard as he did during the initial years of JD.com.
It is therefore important that standards to calculate workload per da
y should be set and quantified, and supervision over the exploitation of labor made s
favorite city to work and live in for the sixth year in a row, followed by Beijing, Hefei, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, S
uzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xi’an and Wuhan.
The campaign also looked at cities with the most potential to attract expats, naming X
iamen, Nanjing, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Jinan, Dalian and Chengdu.
In recent years, China has implemented a work permit system for foreigners to come to Chi
na and a visa system for expats. This has promoted the government affairs, policies, work and living
environment of Chinese cities, allowing more expats to live and work better in China.
The survey has been conducted for nine years, starting in 2010. The A
mazing China 2018 poll took place from November to December. Results were anal
yzed from 239 signed votes from top expert panels, 2,815 votes from foreign experts, and 94,849 votes from internet users.
question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe
ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.
In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i
nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was
hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.
Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot
herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year
would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.
But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max
imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin
g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.