Huawei said in a statement on Thursday that restricting t

 company from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger.

“Instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior, yet more expensive alternatives, leav

ing it lagging behind in 5G deployment and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

The company said it is ready and willing to engage with the US government to come up with effective measures to ensure product security.

In response to the ban on Huawei buying parts from US companies, the company said such a deci

sion will “do significant economic harm to the US companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of t

housands of US jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist in the global supply chain”.

Wang Peng, deputy head of the China Center for Information Industry Development, said the new US moves will disrupt the whole global electronics in

ustry and hurt a string of US companies that supply chips and other components to Huawei.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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Lee Byong-hyun, chairman of the executive board of UNE

said at the session’s opening ceremony that multilateral cooperation is crucial in tackling local, regional and global issues.

“My experience has taught me that the key for the success of international cooperation is dialog

ue,” he said. “This requires being curious about others, willing to open up and ready to listen with real engagement.”

Chen Baosheng, minister of education, said civilizations are enriched by exchanges, in which people learn from each other.

“To promote the world’s peaceful development, we need to see more and think more in light of protecting diverse Asian civiliza

tions. It’s encouraging to hold a more inclusive and modest attitude about equal dialogue among Asian civilizations.

“We need to keep the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusive

ness in mind to make the dialogue among Asian civilizations an inspiration to the world an

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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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The administration has established over 360 new moni

itoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan and Yunnan pro

vinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vic

e-minister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.

The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.

China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.

Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observation. However, the we

ak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.

He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong

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Huang Jing, 25, from Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, said

 she buys cosmetics, handbags and clothing from top brands through cross-border e-commer

ce platforms every month. Sometimes, she drives for one to two hours to neighboring bigger cities, such a

s Wuxi in Jiangsu, and Shanghai for shopping. She also plans two or three overseas trips every year.

“I don’t have any housing or car loans, and don’t have to worry about daily costs, as I live with my parents. I usually spend all my sa

lary on daily consumption and entertainment, which is quite common for people such as myself,” she said.

Jason Yu, managing director of Kantar Worldpanel, said small-to

wn youths look to the internet for the latest information, products and lifest

yles. The gap between young people in lower-tier cities and those in metropolises has narrowed greatly.

“Small-town youths now have broader horizons, are well informed, and some have even started to lead ‘avant-garde’ lifestyles,” he said.

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Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.

“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno

vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”

Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count

erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t

hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc

ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.

For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha

t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.

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The rise in both pet ownership and travel is increasin

The rise in both pet ownership and travel is inIn 2018, the pet market was w

orth 172.2 billion yuan, more than triple that of 2013,” said Neil Wang, president of con

sultancy Frost & Sullivan. “Of which, the dog market was 98.5 billion yuan and for cats it was 60.2 billion yuan.”

According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, services counted for about 15 percent of the pet dog and cat market, totaling 24.1 billion yuan.

As pet hotel services are in hot demand, the industry has been upgrading to assure pet owners

of the safety of their four-legged friends. And some business owners such as Li have taken things a step

further, making sure that it’s not only the owners who are happy, but the pets, as well.

Li said many pet owners worry that there is no comfortable place for their best friends to stay.

“Traditional pet centers can harm pets by keeping them in spaces that are too small, especially big breeds, which can’t even tu

rn around,” she said. “Pets can also see guests going in and out of the facility, and that can frighten them, as well.creasin

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Shanghai alone generated 509.2 billion yuan in touris

m revenue last year, up 13.5 percent year-on-year. Out of it, 447.7 billion yuan was contributed by 340 million passenger trips by domestic travelers.

Shanghai’s abundant cultural and tourism resources, its high lev

el of internationalization, convenient public transportation, fine public service, rapi

dly improving level of intelligent urban infrastructure are attracting travelers from home and abroad, said He.

Last year, 135 products sought official recognition to be sold as city souvenirs. Only 43 made

it to the shortlist, out of which 24 were eventually selected as they featured distinctive Shanghai elements.

Many of the products are made by time-honored brands including White Rabbit creamy candy, Park Hotel’s butterfly cooki

es, local patisserie Xing Hua Lou’s sweetened bean paste moon cake, Bee & Flower sandalwood soap, Liushen Fl

orida Water, as well as Shanghai Museum’s creative jewelry box, silk scarves, teacup sets and table flags.

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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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