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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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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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sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
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Some of the winners will represent Latvia in the 2019 Chinese Bridge competition for universities
and middle school students in China where they will compete with Chinese language learners from all over the world.
Latvia has made remarkable progress in teaching and learning Chinese in recent years, with the succes
sful 16th Chinese Bridge competition taking the promotion of the Chinese language and culture to an even highe
r level in Latvia and strengthening cultural ties between the two countries even more.
The 16th “Chinese Bridge”, was organized by Confucius Institute at the
University of Latvia in cooperation with various education institutions in Latvia.
China’s last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died on Saturday after an a
rtificial insemination at the Suzhou Zoo in East China’s Jiangsu province. Now, only three remain in the world.
An international research team carried out the fifth artificial insemination for the female turtle on Fri
day, but the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life.
The dead female turtle is believed to be over 90 years old; Suzhou Zoo’s male turtle is over 100 years old.
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Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country’s leading aircraft manufacturer, on Sunday launched an ex
hibition park in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.The park is located in an aviation industry compound in Xi’a
n’s northeastern suburb and showcases 16 aircraft used in flight testing.The exhibits represent prototypes of the Chinese military’s major aircraft down
through the years, including the CJ-6 basic trainer, J-7 fighter jet, KJ-2000 early-warning and control plane, as well
as the Z-10 attack helicopter.A J-8II fighter jet is on display at the exhibition park that opened to the public on Sunday in X
i’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. Photo by Zhao Lei/chinadaily.com.cnThese aircraft contri
buted significantly to China’s aviation industry and flight test endeavors, and highlight the growth of the co
untry’s aviation sector, according to an Aviation Industry Corp of China statement.In addition to the aircraft, the par
k also features relief sculptures depicting the histories of Chinese planes’test flights.
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PYONGYANG – Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Repub
lic of Korea (DPRK), said he is willing to meet the US president again on certain cond
itions, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday.
Kim made the remarks in his policy speech marking the First Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) on Frid
ay, a day after he was re-elected as chairman of the DPRK’s State Affairs Commission (SAC).
“If the United States adopts a correct posture and comes to the third DPRK-US summit with a certain methodology that can be shar
ed with us, we can think of holding one more (round of) talks,” Kim said. “It is necessary for both sides not to table t
heir unilateral demands but find out a constructive solution to meet each other’s interests.”
The top leader said he will “wait for a bold decision” from Trump “with patience till the end of this year.”
In his speech, Kim blamed the United States for only considering
its own interests during the second DPRK-US Summit in Vietnam’s Hanoi this Febru
ary. This has led the DPRK to question Trump’s willingness to improve relations with the DPRK.
Comments Off on Inside Beijing’s must-attend April eventbassador to
Guests like Austrian ambassador to China Friedrich Stift, p
erformances from the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna, and reality TV star Allen Wu as
host have made the event the most talked-about on Beijing’s April social calendar.
The dapperly attendees and the venue at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, a lux
ury hotel in downtown Beijing, will make April 13 a night of waltz, high fashion and haute cuisine.
With tickets priced 1,500 yuan ($224), the ball has sold out every ye
ar during its five-year history in Beijing, according to organizer, the Kempinski Hotel.
In this video interview with China Daily’s website, both the ambassador and Brice Péan, mana
ging director of the Kempinski Hotel, give a preview of what to expect at this year’s ball.
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nt the album to the public,” Yang says.Yang was talking a couple of weeks before Record Store Day, an eve
nt that a group of record store owners and employees in the United States establishe
d in 2007 aimed at highlighting the importance of record shops to the music industry.
The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008 and is celebrated
by record stores around the globe. This year’s event takes place on Saturday.
Yang, also a producer and chief executive of Maybe Mars, one of the larg
est independent record labels in China – and whose founding in Beijing coincided with that of Reco
rd Store Day – announced that to mark the day this year the company would hold a live show in the capital on Apr
il 21 featuring three indie rock bands: Lonely Leary, Muzzy Mum and Streets Kill Strange Animals.
Three days before the show the record label will release a compilation of vinyls featuring the three
bands’ latest singles, and P.K 14 will contribute two singles to the compilation.When Yang gets to Free
Sound his fans are waiting in a basement room whose walls are adorne
d with concert postures featuring well-known Chinese rockers such as Dou Wei and Ma Tiao.
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o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang
tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”
In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.
“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou
ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter
Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh
y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”
For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.
Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex
clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra
ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p
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ded souls face to face.The Beijing native, who quit his job in the hospitality industry and opene
d the shop 17 years ago, says seeing people in the shop, no matter they are looking for something in particula
r or simply browsing, is a delight. Over 16 years Free Sound has sold about 300,000 records, he says.
“It started out as a dream for me and I feel so fortunate to have lived out that dream.”
Wang, in his mid-40s, was introduced to music by his parents, who played vinyl records at home. One of his
favorite singer-songwriters is the Chinese rock musician Cui Jian, and like many music lovers of his generat
ion, Wang enjoyed going to record shops. Sound quality and nostalgia are what draws him to vinyls, he says.
For many people it has long appeared that traditional physical records such as vinyl and cassettes were
on the edge of extinction in the face of online streaming brought by the internet revolution.
Between 2002 and 2005 in particular, the fall in sales of CDs and other ty
pes of musical recordings in China was precipitous, mostly as the result of piracy and online
streaming, and the customer base for record shops evaporated as people stopped buying physical records.