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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Online English education sector records 168% growth but ch

nline English-language courses for children saw an explosive growth in 20

18, according to a report released by data-monitoring firm Trustdata on Tuesday.

The report on China’s online English education market for children s

hows that the market had more than 15 million users last year, up 168.3 percent year-on-ye

ar. It’s expected that the market size would surpass 50 billion yuan ($7.3 billion) in 2019.

The market pattern of one-on-one teaching has been gradually for

med and the top brands have secured the lion’s share of the market, as per the report.

Market size doubles in one year

The market size of online English-language education for childre

n was 21.3 billion yuan in 2018, an increase of 104 percent year-on-year, with one-on-one teaching taking

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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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The reform and opening-up policies are exactly the kin

ds of market-driven reforms needed to make this happen. The Chinese government is investing heavily in research

and development, but it should be noted that the R&D spending as a percentage of GDP is still lower than that of the US.

Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it must be admitted that China’s transiti

on to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as a shock to many companies around the world.

The US economy, which has about 7 percent of GDP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes around 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Ge

rmany and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be painless for its compa

nies or for foreign competitors. But, reform and opening-up policies that create more com

petitive companies and markets are the only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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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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Wu Zhongliang, director of the administration’s Institu

itute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help form a

“united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.

Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said t

he work cannot see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be imp

roved as technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said.

Paul Tapponnier, a distinguished research professor a

t the administration’s Institute of Crustal Dynamics, said he “wholeheartedly” wel

comes the project. China boasts unique conditions to carry out the experiment as most of its earthquakes oc

cur “inside the land under the feet of the people” rather than in the ocean, and there are many active faults in the country.

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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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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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