Terracotta Warriors begin tour of duty at Australian museum

Eight life-size Terracotta Warriors from China are among the works sho

wn as part of a rare exhibition being hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

The exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality/Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, runs from May 24 to Oct 13.

It offers a new perspective on China’s traditional culture with more than 160 exhibits

on show, including the Qin emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 in China’s nor

thwestern Shaanxi province, and are widely described as one of the wonders of the world.

The exhibition features eight warriors and two life-size horses from the im

perial army, as well as two half-size replicas of bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses.

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alwai highly commended China’s achievements in its ref

form and opening-up drive, and said the country’s success has not only brought changes to itself, but als

o has profound and positive influence on the world. Vanuatu firmly honors the one-China policy

and supports the Chinese government in its efforts to realize peaceful national reunification, he added.

oreign investors may get access to more onshore commodity contracts 

China will give foreign investors more access to its commodity futures market as part of it

s continuing efforts to strengthen the real economy, the top securities regulator said on Tuesday.

The move will benefit both overseas and domestic market participants, and

the opening-up of the stock index futures market will also speed up, experts said.

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Under the trade pressure, the world’s second-largest econo

onomy is accelerating restructuring reform and shifting from an export-dominated growth model to a more services-driven model, they added.

“The United States escalated trade tensions, but it cannot solve any problem. This causes volatility and sluggishness in global financial markets an

d hurts the global economy,” said Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and also head of the China Banking and In

surance Regulatory Commission. His keynote speech was delivered by a commission spokesman at a forum on Saturday.

Impact on the Chinese economy will be very limited, said Guo. “Chinese fi

nancial markets, although they were excessively affected by trade tensions last year, are un

likely to be hit more dramatically going forward, as financial resilience is strengthening.”

The huge domestic consumer market in China will digest most of the un

salable exports, and many of China’s exports will also shift to other foreign markets. The US will con

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Provincial growth tops expectationsroducts at a mach

Figures show faster Q1 development, signaling a healthy start for industries

Most provinces in China achieved faster-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2019, reflect

ing the resilience of the country’s sprawling industrial economy, the country’s top industry regulator said on Tuesday.

Huang Libin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said at a news conference that 22 p

rovinces’ industrial growth rates from January to March were higher than their targets for the whole year and driven

partly by central and local governments’ favorable policies to accelerate supply-side reform.

Industrial output in Zhejiang province grew 8.9 percent year-on-yea

r in the first quarter, compared with the 7.3 percent it recorded for all of 2018 and faster

than its 2019 target, Huang said, without specifying the province’s growth goal.

“We are in the critical stage of industrial upgrading and seeking high-quality development. The upb

eat readings will continue boosting market expectations and confidence,” he added.

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The meeting highlighted the importance of implementi

ting the spirit of December’s Central Economic Work Conference.

Macro policies should be stable, micro policies should be flexible and social policies should guarantee the basic needs of the grassroots

people, the statement said. Macro policies should focus on promoting high-quality growth and stimulating market vitality.

The importance of manufacturing’s high-quality development in stabilizing economic growt

h was stressed. Traditional industries should be guided to upgrade, and new industries should grow stronger.

The development of small and medium-sized companies and private businesses should be supported through measures like s

peeding up the supply-side structural reform of finance and providing better loan services, the stat

ement said. It also reaffirmed that houses should be used for living rather than for profit.

Reform should be further deepened and opening-up boosted, and forei

gn capital should have bigger access to the Chinese market. Poverty reduction is a key meas

ure of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which must be achieved by the end of next y

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Hu said the administration also will promote anti-smug

ling and wildlife protection knowledge among the public, and it welcomes public supervision or reports of smuggling.

As social networks and online stores have become increasingly important tools for wildlife s

mugglers, the administration has beefed up its anti-smuggling work online this year.

Customs officials are working on cases involving another 100 tons

of endangered wildlife and wildlife products, of which about 300 kilograms are tusks and ivory products.

Last year, the administration purchased advanced screening and detection equipment to improve th

e efficiency of its anti-smuggling work, according to Wang Wei, director of the administration’s ports supervision department.

People caught entering China with endangered wildlife or wildlife

products worth less than 200,000 yuan ($29,800) face up to five years in prison. If such contr

band goods are worth more than 1 million yuan, the penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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Employees have been working according to the che

edule in some companies, including some well-known internet enterprises. Earlier this year, Youzan, an e-commerce compa

ny based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, triggered controversy by introducing the “996” schedule in its annua

l meeting. The move even prompted the labor authorities to conduct an investigation against Youzan.

Workers have been working overtime in many industries for yea

rs. But now, many programmers in internet companies are opposing the “996” schedu

le because the extra work does not come with any compensation or bonus. To reduce the labor cost, many high-tech and int

ernet companies are laying off workers. That means, there are fewer people left to shoulder the extra work. Tha

t’s a reason why the overloaded IT programmers have now burst out with complaints.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has said that only by working harder

and longer than others can an employee achieve success in life. He h

as also said that those who want to join Alibaba should be prepared to work for 12-hour work a day. This not only goe

s against the Labor Law but also violates the rights and interests of the employers, and could harm their health.

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kilometers of land roads have been built in the

 past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi

ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport

ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra

nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo

r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l

ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio

n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus

sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A

zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t

heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.

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our responsibility to eliminate this risk. We own it

nd we know how to do it,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video, according to the report.

Also on Thursday, an Ethiopian official confirmed news reports that the flight crew of the d

oomed flight had followed Boeing’s recommended procedures, at least in part, by disabling the automated anti-s

tall system of the 737 Max 8 but were unable to regain control of the plane before it crashed.

At a news conference in Addis Ababa, the nation’s transportation minis

ter confirmed earlier indications that the plane’s anti-stall system was repeatedly triggere

d in the minutes between the takeoff and crash, but he did not draw definitive conclusions about the crash’s cause.

“The pilots turned the MCAS on and off, but I can’t say how many times, because we will find t

hat out when we have the final report,” Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s transportation minister, told The N

ew York Times. Moges was referring to the anti-stall Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.

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The country will further open up its financial sector and

accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in

banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ

ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.

Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati

ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.

Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w

ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.

Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl

ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.

“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.

Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said

Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare

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