The settlement of the dispute over agricultural product

ts between China and the United States is nothing out of the ordin

ary – it is a normal part of China’s engagement with the rules-based trading syste

m. As Mr Pascal Lamy, a former WTO director general put it, “China has delivered an ‘A-pl

us performance’ since its WTO accession,” and no WTO member has been

a perfect performer when it comes to WTO rules as each country has its own interpretation of the rules.

China will regard every dispute settlement within the WTO framework as an opportunity to cont

inuously adjust and improve its trade practices. Through the process, China will consult extensively with oth

er WTO members in order to promote reforms of the WTO that enhance the organization’s authority and effe

ctiveness so that it can better safeguard free trade and the multilateral trading system.

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In 2017 the institute’s bioethics review committee

n evaluated and approved the experiment before applying for National Natural Scie

nce Foundation of China funds, with the project gaining the foundation’s support.

“Experimenting on nonhuman primate models to research the brain’s cognitive function, de

velopment and related diseases have great scientific and medical values,” the statement said.

“For research purposes, there are precedents of scientists implanting human genes int

o lab animals such as mice, rats, and macaque monkeys, and these researchers have made great con

tributions to understanding life, disease mechanisms and clinical drug development.”

In 2008 US scientists implanted macaque monkeys with Huntington’s disease to further understand the condition and possib

ly identify a new form of treatment, with the project’s findings published in the journal Nature.

In 2009 Japanese scientists created the world’s first transgenic primates

and bred monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green.

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Customs makes its biggest tusk bustuangpu Customs Distri

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.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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From the film, the audience will get a sense of the indo

mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc

e will also feel the profound historical friendship between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s

ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festival’s organizing committee.

Jonathan Shen, the producer of The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ

ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used many special effects to re-create the wartime sequences.

Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of Yellow River

Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936.

“We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.

Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst

an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ

ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.

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More than half of children do not get enough sleep: Report

  More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.

  The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho

urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.

  The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch

ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

  Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th

e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi

ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.

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Luan Shengjun, founder of the restaurant chain Kum

Canteen, which specializes in Japanese food, said that in each of its outlets about 10 seats are spec

ially designed for solo diners, where they can watch chefs making sushi and sashimi at close hand. The r

estaurants also offer small-sized portions of classic dishes so that solo diners can taste a variety of food.

“If solo customers feel like talking, we encourage our chefs to respond enthusiastically. For example, they intro

duce customers to the process of making food and sometimes even have a drink with them,” he said.

Chinese singles, many of whom are well-educated and financially independent, also like traveling alone.

Figures from travel service provider Tuniu.com show that solo travel h

as become increasingly popular with those born in the 1990s. Last year, the number of pe

ople born in that decade who traveled alone rose by 10 percent compared with 2017.

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At a royal foundation event in February 2018, Harry and William

  suggested that if there were any disagreements, they were between the brothers, and not the wives.

  The royal press pack has pushed back against accusations that they are b

iased against Meghan. They say they are just doing their job, covering the news witho

ut prejudice, and they claim they do far more positive stories about Meghan than negative ones. But online trolls have exp

loited the “othering” of Meghan on online news sites and gossip pages and reports of a feud between her and Kate

.Hope Not Hate researcher Patrik Hermansson said he was surprised to see discussions about Meghan, which he des

cribed as “pure conspiracy theories,” suggesting she isn’t really pregnant but is wearing a fake baby bump.

  ”The way I understand that … it’s an attempt to distrust and make her seem unreliable and distrustful,” he said.

  Meghan and Harry’s forthcoming child will be the first known mixed-race baby in the roy

al family’s thousand-year history. Adegoke, the author, said speculation is rife about his or her likely appearance.

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He clarified that the total government debt ratio stood at

percent of the national GDP at the end of 2018, a little higher than the

36.2 percent for 2017, but still much lower than the globally accepted warning level of 60 percent.

Given that the ratio is more than 200 percent for Japan and aro

und 100 percent for other major economies such as the United States and France, it is hard to un

derstand why China, with a much higher economic growth rate, is so often identified as cause for concern.

Some might point to China’s growth-obsessed local governments, which have long been criticized for their opaque ways

of raising funds to invest in massive infrastructure projects, often using financing institutions known as “local gove

rnment financing vehicles”. Much of the so-called hidden debts have been raised through such vehicles.

Yet thanks to deleveraging, the curbing of irregularities and the st

andardizing of government financing, among other measures that have been taken to rein in the hi

dden debts and prevent systemic debt risks, China’s local government debts are under control.

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Li stressed that autonomous driving, as a rising, cuttin

edge technology, is of great importance to China in terms of safety, efficiency, services and the development of industries.

“China is paying great attention to the development of this technology. Our principle is

to encourage trials, allow failures, ensure safety and oppose monopolies,” he said.

Autonomous driving, although a new concept, has been embraced by many people. A survey re

leased in November 2017 by JD Power, a global marketing information services company based in the

United States, found that almost 80 percent of Chinese consumers welcomed autonomous driving, although they might hav

e concerns about the safety of the technology and the lack of related laws and regulations.

To root out people’s concerns and ensure better development, the Ministry of Transport c

reated China’s first regulations for road testing for autonomous vehicles in April, jointly with

the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Li said.

In July, the Ministry of Transport released guidance on how to build safe closed test sites for autonomous driving.

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