Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

n some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a few of the poorest-Niger, Mali and th

e Democratic Republic of Congo-the rate is 6-7 children per woman. The resulting flood of new ent

rants to the labor market is far outstripping the number of jobs available.

Empowering women key to meeting challenge

No known growth model can accommodate or keep up with this k

ind of demographic surge. Even sustained economic growth of around 7 percent per year

won’t be enough. And although fertility tends to decline as incomes rise, that does not happen immediately. Em

powering women, therefore, may be the most effective way of starting to address the challenge.

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It carries historic meaning that the forum is held in Ch

 China this time. The future of China and Asia is closely related to the Arctic and I’m delighted to see China actively participating i

n Arctic-related dialogues and collaborations with a constructive attitude,” said Grimsson, president of the forum.

Around 500 ambassadors, scholars and entrEditor’s note: Many Chines

e moms tend to get angry when helping their kids do homework. So stressed out are some mom

s that one suffered a heart attack and ended up in a hospital last year. Why do Chinese mothers get so tense when it comes

to their kids’ education, and what should be done to ease their nerves? With Mothers’ Day just a day away, two experts share thei

r views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:epreneurs from home and abroad as well as representatives of Arctic indi

genous organizations participated in the forum, which runs through Saturday. Topics included “Polar Silk Road”, sci

ence and innovation, transportation and investment, sustainable development, ocean, energy and governance.

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US soy farmers call for cool-down of trade tensions

US soy farmers have urged Washington to work for a positive solution to the current tarif

f dispute with the world’s top oilseed buyer China, and avoid further escalation of trade tensions.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) described the t

hreat by US President Donald Trump’s administration to increase the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 p

ercent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as the “worst case” for US soybean growers.

“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Kentucky.

“With depressed (soybean) prices and unsold stocks fo

recast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we nee

d the China market reopened to US soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer,” he added.

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The e-card, which applies across the country as a n

tionally unified social security card, can be used as a recognized form of ID and

contains functions such as information reco

rds, self-service enquiries, medical insurance settlements and payments, and financial payments.

Each electronic social security card corresponds with an actual social security card. Therefore, card holders can get t

hings done by scanning the QR code of the e-card even if they forget to bring the actual social security card.

The first electronic social security card was issued in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong pro

vince, in April 2018, and the e-card has been rapidly growing in popularity because it is easy to obtain and use.

An official from the ministry said that more than 25 percent of the social security card holders will have e-cards nex

t year, and a nationwide unified social security card system will cover the payment and settlement.

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Tesla said it planned to deliver 90,000 to 100,000 vehicl

les to customers in the second quarter, where it predicted that an estima

ted loss would be “significantly” less than the $702 million lost in the first quarter.

The company delivered about 63,000 vehicles in the first quarter.

The gross profit margin on the Model 3 – a focus for investors – remained steady at 20 percent.

Tesla also announced it would start offering its own ins

urance product in about a month to better reflect the safety of its vehicles.

Tesla reported net loss attributable to common shareholders of $702.1 million, or $4.10 p

er share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $709.6 million, or $4.19 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding some items, Tesla lost $1.77 per share, compared with

Wall Street expectations of a loss of 69 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.

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Environmental inspections show their effectiveness

More officials have been held to account for violations found in central environmental inspections, raising the total nu

mber of punished officials to more than 12,000, according to the country’s top environmental watchdog.

Most recently, 1,035 officials from eight provincial regions, including Jilin, Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces, were called t

o account for their involvement in 89 environmental violations uncovered in the fourth round of inspections from Augu

st to September 2017, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a news release on Monday.

Among the officials, 218 are in positions at the prefecture level, which is just below

ministerial level, and 320 hold posts equivalent to county head, the ministry said.

While 296 of the officials were summoned, 773 were punished by administrative or Party disciplinary agencies, i

ncluding receiving demerits or warnings that will bar them from promotion for a period of time.

Two officials were transferred to judicial authorities.

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The two drafts are under their third readings at the on

going session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The emphasis on objectivity and impartiality was suggested after the drafts’ se

cond readings, as legal experts pointed to the importance of procurators to objectively collect evidence.

The new drafts also stipulate tighter supervision over judges and procurators and give th

em more responsibilities such as keeping business secrets and personal privacy infor

mation. There will be legal consequences if they fail to do so, according to the drafts.

Chinese technology company Xiaomi on Satur

day opened its first official store at a shopping center in Bucharest, capital of Romania.

Hundreds of Romanians formed long lines for hours to atten

d the opening ceremony for the first official Xiaomi store in the country.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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The Qiansimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2015, cross

sses the Jialing River with a cable-stayed main span that is 312 meters, connecting the Jiangbei and the Yuzhon

g Districts. It’s the world’s longest single plane cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with one tower.

Both are double deck structures carrying four lanes of traffic on their upper decks and two rail lines on their lower decks.

Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize awards civil engineering projects that have made

great achievements on technological innovation and technological application.

The Twin River Bridges are sceneries by themselves while look

ing separately and complement each other nicely when looking together, according to its review on the o

fficial website of China Civil Engineering Society. “The bridges, blended with surrounding environment, are lan

dmark buildings combining transportation, landscape and technological innovation.”

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Visual China Group faced further complaints Thursd

y after the official account of the Communist Youth League Central Committee que

stioned the company’s right to sell images of the national flag and national emblem on its website.

Some companies and organizations have found the image company also sells products with their logos.

On Thursday evening, the company published an apology, saying some of the images we

re provided by contracted contributors and the company did not fulfill its responsibility to carefully check them.

The Tianjin cyberspace affairs authority has made an appointment to meet the company’s

manager Thursday evening and requested the company stop illegal behavior and carry out thorough rectification.

The company’s website has been closed since Thursday evening and a statement was seen on th

e front page, saying the company had problems in management and closed the website for rectification.

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