Vice-Premier Liu to hold trade talks with US officials in Beijing

  Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will hold a new round of high-level China-US economic and trade consultation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a

nd Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing from March 28 to 29, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

  Liu will visit Washington in early April for further cons

ultation, the ministry said.The Government Work Report released on March 5 has charted a co

urse for China’s economic development for this year. By setting fairly robust growth targets, the country is s

et to be the locomotive pulling the world economy amid global economic headwinds. A number of pro-growth eff

orts have been unveiled to spur innovation and continue opening-up. The country has also released the Foreign Inv

estment Law to better protect the rights of foreign businesses in China. China Daily polled senior executives from mul

tinational corporations to understand their positioning, perception and predictions of the Chinese market.

  Q1: The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. What in your opini

on are China’s biggest achievements to date? What are the biggest achievements made by your company so far?

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New Mueller probe revelations explain Trump’s rage

President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d

isclosures on Tuesday show there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the vast shadow it is casting over his life, business and presidency.

Newly unsealed court documents detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s activity reveal an investigative field

of breathtaking scope and a prosecutorial machine that ratcheted quickly up in mid-2017.

The search warrants targeting Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen offer a glimpse of the covert world of the probe. As

is often the case with Mueller, they give only a tantalizing hint of the wider, yet still hidden, puzzle.

In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week

But such disclosures are almost never good news for Trump.

There is enough to explain from Tuesday’s reveal why the in

vestigation must be weighing on Trump’s spirits, and driving his angry Twitter outbursts.

The vast breadth of the investigation by various jurisdictions also could offer a rich seam for Democratic House chair

en should they eventually subpoena primary evidence uncovered by Mueller and other prosecutors.

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Extra pilot averted disaster on previous Boeing 737 Max 8 flight

An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help

crew disable a malfu

nctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to Bloomberg.

The next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

On doomed Lion Air Flight 610, pilots searched in a handbook f

or a way to stop the plane from nosediving, according to an exclusive Reuters report.

Reuters cites the information from three people with knowledge of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder that has never been made public.

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has refused to comment to CNN on the content of the voice r

ecorder as the investigation is still ongoing. Boeing also refused to comment to CNN on the matter Wednesday.

Indonesian authorities found the cockpit voice recorder in the Java Sea on January 14 and said it could take up to a year to publish a full report into the crash.

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Apple on Monday quietly announced new versions of the

  Pad Air and iPad mini, the company’s first refresh for those products in years.

  Typically Apple (AAPL) creates fanfare around the arrival of new hardware. But this year it wants the focus of its upcoming spring press event to be on

its rumored streaming service. That’s why the company let the world know about its new iPads in a press release.

  The iPad Air comes with a bigger 10.5-inch display (starting at $499), and the iPad mini has

the same 7.9-inch screen (starting at $399). The devices support the Apple Pencil for the first time and

a processor that’s three times faster than the previous models.The iPad mini will mostly serve as an entertainment devi

ce, likely to attract students and teenagers, while the lightweight iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

  The iPads don’t offer any revolutionary experiences and probably won’t move the

needle too much in terms of sales. However, they may appeal to consumers looking to adopt some of the fun

ctionality of a higher-end iPad Pro, according to Ben Stanton, a senior analyst at Canalys.

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Four carriers-Swisscom, Australia’s Telstra and Opt

 and Sing-Tel of Singapore-will sell the as yet unnamed 5G Oppo phone first, which is scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of this year.

Shen Yiren, vice-president of Oppo, said the four overseas carriers are rolling out the 5G netwo

rks rapidly, so the company chose to first sell its 5G smartphones in Europe. Its partnership with Swisscom is the fastest.

The move marks the latest step by Oppo to build itself as an innova

tive brand in Europe, trying to lure consumers with cutting-edge products and design.

This is also proof of the company’s determination to conquer more develop

ed markets after its products became available in more than 40 countries and regions.

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About 100 million units of handsets are sold in Europe ever

year. We must build a presence there.”In the fourth quarter of 2018, Oppo outcompeted Samsung to

become the largest smartphone vendor in Thailand with a market share of 22.2 percent, gro

wing about 70 percent year-on-year, according to the market research company Canalys.

Its products and services are also well received in other South Asian and Sout

heast Asian countries, including India, and African countries such as Kenya.

In 2018, Oppo shipped 113 million units of smartphones wor

ldwide, garnering a global market share of more than 8 percent, according to IDC data.

Other Chinese smartphone makers, including Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo, are also looking beyon

d their home turf for growth. In this context, Oppo believes it has an edge over others as it first started its i

nternational journey as early as in 2009 in Thailand, much before others jumped on the going-global bandwagon.

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The deal is the latest in a series of patent license agreements

with key industry partners such as Qualcomm, Dolby and Nokia. This strategy is expected

to clear the patent obstacles for Oppo to better serve global consumers in the 5G era, said Fu Liang, an independent telecom analyst.

“Talent is what we are in dire need of, to explore overseas market,” Wu said.

Oppo aims to have 90 percent of its Europe-based staff sourced from the local talent po

ol, so as to better tap into the design and art scholars from local universities.

The company said it currently has over 40,000 emplo

yees globally, with 10 manufacturing facilities and six research institutes across the world.

Its mobile operating system ColorOS commands 250 million users w

orldwide. To expand its reach, Oppo has also set up over 400,000 points of sale worldwide.

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Twelve operating theatres worked through the night on

he more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities. Thirty six people were still

being treated on Saturday, of which 11 remained in intensive care. One victim died in hospital.

“The wounds from gunshots are often quite significant,” Christch

urch Hospital’s Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson told reporters. “Many of the peop

le require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have.”

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were bor

n overseas.
Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, whic

h is still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2011 that killed almost 200 people.

Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Chr

istchurch refugee center on Saturday. “I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you,” she said.

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Major world social media including Facebook, Googl

  and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

  One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that pur

portedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

  The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other pos

ts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

  Mia Garlick of Facebook’s New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journa

list Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

  Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on

its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

  YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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Huawei, which is a private company that has no affiliation

to the government, can provide the most advanced technologies and equipment for 5G mobile net

works. Those trying to block it on national security grounds are simply not keeping up with the times.

No country has provided any solid evidence to support the accusations that the Chinese telecoms giant presents a threat.

What they’ve done to Huawei will, as technology progresses, be show

n to be nothing more than a political farce.China Saturday announced specific rules con

cerning tax exemption to reduce the amount of individual income tax (IIT) paid on incomes earned overseas.

According to the rules jointly unveiled by the Ministry of Finance and

State Taxation Administration (STA), individuals who have lived on the Chines

e mainland for six consecutive years and have stayed there for 183 days or more each year will need to pay IIT on th

eir overseas-sourced incomes. Otherwise, their incomes earned overseas will be IIT exempt.

The clock for the six-year period will be reset if the individual leaves the mainland for more than 30 consecutive days in a year, according to the rules.

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