Both the digital industry and digitalization of other indu

 industries develop fast, and new sectors have been emerging, such as unmanned warehousing, facial recognition payments and new online-to-offline groceries.”

Meng also said that a new version of the nationally unified negative list for market access will be rolled out w

ithin the year. Illegal or implicit entry barriers and locally issued negative lists will be canceled, she said.

The Chinese authorities will also establish and refine mechanisms for adjusting the annually released

list when necessary, she said, adding that the list will better cope with the reforms to delegate power, streamline ad

ministration and optimize government services, and will better meet the needs of market entities for broader access.

Wang Yuanhong, deputy head of the Department of Economic Forecas

ting at the State Information Center, said the fast growth of high-tech industries and the

service sector reflects the ongoing upgrading of traditional industries and the optimization of C

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Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s and curr

ent Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s championing of Asian values as the ideal way to govern their countries.

Lee and Mahathir maintained that in Asia, social order and strong governance are keys to a stable and wealthy society.

This type of governance succeeded in fostering rapid growth in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and China. Sant

arita said strong Asian leaders are effective because they serve their constituents and value mutual respect and discipline.

Analysts said the Asian emphasis on community and harmony can help resolve some of the wo

rld’s most pressing international issues such as territorial disputes, climate change and sustainable economic development.

Santarita cited the current dispute over the South China Sea which some

times strains relations between nations. He said the claimants can opt to work to

gether to develop and share resources offered by the South China Sea’s blue economy.

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Besides catering to fans, the festival has also acted as an indus

With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie

s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.

A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi

on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.

For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.

“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am

brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.

As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr

ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.

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Lofty goal draws elite satellite students to China

Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he

walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.

His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has

a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia

nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.

“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.

Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso

nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be

ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.

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The Asian carp dominates the biomass, creating pro

lems for commercial and recreational fishing, boating and water skiing. It deters a

lot of new business owners when they talk to us about opening in Kentucky,” Brooks said.

In some waterways, carp are so abundant that they jump out of the water into boats, sometim

es hitting boaters and creating a nuisance. The massive schools of the fish are also hazardous to water skiers

on popular lakes. Commercial fishermen in pursuit of other types of fish have to try hard not to catch them.

Asian carp are having a $7 billion negative effect on various businesses in the US.

But He Lining, development manager at Two Rivers F

isheries, said the fish are not a problem, but an opportunity.

According to He, who is writing a book about the species, the fish was introduced to the US

by scientists in the late 1960s and early ’70s as an easy and cheap way to treat domestic waste.

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A similar smear campaign was directed at a New Sout

Wales Labor MP Ernest Wong in June 2018 in an article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald and claimed that secu

rity agencies believed Wong had been targeted by suspected Chinese government intelligence agents. The report em

phasized that he had done nothing wrong. Still the charge was impossible for Wong to rebut (how many MPs could say with certainty they haven’t bee

n targeted by agents of a foreign government?) and is likely to have damaged his career.

Doubting loyalty on basis of ethnicity

The message is-as Gareth Evans argues-if you are of Chinese background your loyalty to Australia may be suspect.

I think Chinese-background citizens need to learn from Jewish citizens.

Faced with the poison of anti-Semitism, Jews in the United States form

ed an Anti-Defamation League. The purpose of the league was to quickly reply to racist com

ments and to defend the Jewish community from those who attacked it. Australians with Chinese origins need to come tog

ether to set up a similar body to give legal advice to make defensive statements and educate the public about their community.

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Another 11 tax authorities from Italy, Greece, Iran,

Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, among others, joined the mechanism as observers, and will have advisory roles.

Expanding tax dispute resolution activities, increasing transparency, streamli

ning compliance and digitizing filing are some of the key tasks that the mechanism will

act upon going forward. To help facilitate these goals, an office will be opened in Beijing.

Members agreed that the mechanism is in response to calls by

G20 leaders for a fair, transparent and modern tax system that ultimately contrib

utes to the fulfillment of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Wang Jun, commissioner of China’s State Taxation Admin

istration, was elected chairman of the mechanism‘s council. He suggested that mem

bers jointly enhance tax administration capacity and build a growth-friendly tax environment.

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For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu

ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec

ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i

nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”

Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec

ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”

With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno

logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an

d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.

Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to

China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas

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She said women, and men too, want someone who can

 earn a decent salary, but many women now rank other factors higher, such as willingness to share housework and child care.

Coontz said that the increasing inequality in society means that ma

ny low-income individuals — male or female — aren’t seen as good marriage prospects.

“Often, couples who are for each other will cohabit in order to save money or explore th

eir relationship more,” she said. “But they hesitate to marry until they feel they h

ave enough economic security to relieve them of the chronic stress that undermines relationships.”

As women are becoming more self-reliant, the gap between their pay and men’s has been decreasing over the past century.

According to a journal published last year by sociologists Daniel Schneider, Kristen Harknett and Matthew Stimpson, the decl

ine of marriage rates is related to both men’s declining economic resources and the rising rate of incarceration.

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Trump threatens to close border with Mexico next week

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the US border with Mexic

o next week, or at least large sections of it, if Mexico does not immediately stop illegal immigration into the United States.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to close the US border with Mexico during his two years in office, b

ut this time the government is preparing to follow through as it struggles to deal with a surg

e of asylum seekers from countries in Central America, many of whom travel through Mexico to the border.

Department of Homeland Security officials warned that commerce with Mexico, the Uni

ted States’ third-largest trading partner, could slow down as the agency shifts 750 border personnel from por

ts of entry to help process asylum seekers who are turning up between official crossing points.

Nielsen and other US officials say border patrol officers have been overwhelmed by a dramatic increase in asyl

um seekers, many of them children and families, fleeing violence and economic hardship in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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