The document said such practices have adversely affect

ted the interests of WTO members, especially developing-nation members, and undermined the

authority and efficacy of the WTO. As a consequence, the organization is facing an unprecedented crisis.

China suggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to overcome the crisis, strengthen its auth

ority and efficacy, and enlarge its relevance in terms of global economic governance. It also

proposed strengthening the inclusiveness of the multilateral trading system, said an official with the De

partment of WTO Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce, in an online statement late on Tuesday.

The unnamed official stressed the need to resolve several urgent issues threatening the existence of free trade and globalization.

Even though China didn’t mention the United States by name in the proposal, it refe

rred to a number of policies clearly associated with Washington. Experts stressed tha

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ess. And the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiativ althoug

ugh criticized by much of the West, and the US in particular-could bring dramatic

improvements in physical and digital connectivity to Central Asia and parts of Africa.

Further advances in critical infrastructure will create important growth opportunities for developing countries via e-commerce, mobile paym

ents, and related financial services. The experience of China suggests that these digital platforms, and the ecosy

stems that develop around them, are powerful engines for incremental, highly inclusive growth.

China, of course, is a very large, homogenous market. If smaller, lower-income developing countries are to bene

fit from equally rapid inclusive growth, the digital platforms will have to be regional and international in scope.

Some are starting to emerge. Jumia, a Nigeria-based e-commerce

platform covering 14 African countries, recently went public on the New York Stock Exchange, am

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competitors. This was the policy followed by the US in the

 in the 19th century and by Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea in the years after World War II.

China is no longer a poor country. It can no longer compete by using l

ow-wage labor. Fortunately, it has now developed world-class companies that are incr

easingly developing new products and services that can compete successfully in many foreign markets.

Now that it has reached middle-income status, China’s economic strategy will focus on creating a highly competitive dom

estic market that forces companies to produce high-value goods so they can pay high wages to highly skilled people.

Because of its long experience in manufacturing, much of th

at push will be focused on higher value-added production, using the new technologies of rob

otics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and 5G. This is the only way to avoid the middle-income trap.

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The National Health Commission issued draft regulatio

ons in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technolog

ies, stipulating that clinical research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ tra

nsplants between species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.

Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face

punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.

The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r

egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.

Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics

committee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wit

h ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.

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Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

iding several versions of edited application essays to setting students up with internships and volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Shen said she paid a counselor $12,000 to edit seven or eight of her daughter’s c

ollege application essays. She also regularly takes her daughter to private tutors who charge $180 per hour.

“It’s very normal (to hire private counselors and tutors) among Chinese parents (living in th

e San Francisco Bay Area),” Shen said. She is in several WeChat groups, each having hundreds of parents.

Shen said it is easy to find a counselor. “You just pst in the groups, and somebody will quick

ly respond with recommendations. I know many parents easily spend over $150,000 on the counseling or tutoring.”

The San Francisco Bay Area has a high concentration of private college admiss

ions consultants. Tutoring schools and consultancies with Chinese signs can be seen in shopping malls.

A popular consultant is IvyMax, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential US

premier college application institution serving the Chinese-American community”.

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r kids’ footprints have been left on hundreds of desti

“Products that just scratch the surface, like simple tours of famous universities, have fallen out of favor with the market,” Zhang says.

Language training, NASA’s space camp, computer programming, homes

tays, wild animal care and desert and museum experiences are among the most popular options.

“Certain volunteering and public-welfare routes have seen a particularly fast increase in bookings,” Zhang says.

During the recent winter vacation in February, study-t

rip bookings surged by 80 percent compared with the same period of last year.

Domestic trips cost roughly 4,500 yuan ($663) per capita on ave

rage, while expenditures hit 21,000 yuan for outbound experiences, the agency reports.

Parents from Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong province’s Guangz

hou and Shenzhen are the most willing to spend, according to Ctrip’s data.

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The industrial park sits on nearly 26 hectares of land in

Ballard County and has been set up to use the carp acquired by the fish center. Twelve tracts of land inside the park are for sale.

On opening day, eight tracts were already claimed, with most of the investors coming from China.

Jiang Chenguang, an internet businessman from the Guangxi

Zhuang autonomous region, launched the United Fisheries Group to process carp into fish balls

and fish cakes for export to China. Two Rivers Foods will process smoked fish, and has already shipped a smoker to the site.

A business called Lakeside City has been formed to process carp into salted fish, while

Eco Fish, which already existed, has hired fishermen to catch carp, process them and recycle waste into fertilizer.

Zhu Hongwei, a hotel and catering businessman from Jiangsu province, decided on the day the indus

trial park opened to buy one tract of land for food processing. “I will decide how to process the fish later,” Zhu said.

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The rise in both pet ownership and travel is increasin

The rise in both pet ownership and travel is inIn 2018, the pet market was w

orth 172.2 billion yuan, more than triple that of 2013,” said Neil Wang, president of con

sultancy Frost & Sullivan. “Of which, the dog market was 98.5 billion yuan and for cats it was 60.2 billion yuan.”

According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, services counted for about 15 percent of the pet dog and cat market, totaling 24.1 billion yuan.

As pet hotel services are in hot demand, the industry has been upgrading to assure pet owners

of the safety of their four-legged friends. And some business owners such as Li have taken things a step

further, making sure that it’s not only the owners who are happy, but the pets, as well.

Li said many pet owners worry that there is no comfortable place for their best friends to stay.

“Traditional pet centers can harm pets by keeping them in spaces that are too small, especially big breeds, which can’t even tu

rn around,” she said. “Pets can also see guests going in and out of the facility, and that can frighten them, as well.creasin

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Shanghai alone generated 509.2 billion yuan in touris

m revenue last year, up 13.5 percent year-on-year. Out of it, 447.7 billion yuan was contributed by 340 million passenger trips by domestic travelers.

Shanghai’s abundant cultural and tourism resources, its high lev

el of internationalization, convenient public transportation, fine public service, rapi

dly improving level of intelligent urban infrastructure are attracting travelers from home and abroad, said He.

Last year, 135 products sought official recognition to be sold as city souvenirs. Only 43 made

it to the shortlist, out of which 24 were eventually selected as they featured distinctive Shanghai elements.

Many of the products are made by time-honored brands including White Rabbit creamy candy, Park Hotel’s butterfly cooki

es, local patisserie Xing Hua Lou’s sweetened bean paste moon cake, Bee & Flower sandalwood soap, Liushen Fl

orida Water, as well as Shanghai Museum’s creative jewelry box, silk scarves, teacup sets and table flags.

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ledges at forum draw overseas experts’ praise

The international community has hailed President Xi Jinping’s call on Friday to ease mar

ket access for foreign capital and increase imports so that opening-up reaches a higher level.

Xi said in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the

Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing that the purpose of bu

ilding the Belt and Road is to achieve win-win cooperation and common development.

China will increase its imports of goods and services and will further lower its tariff rates, Xi said.

Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Comm

erce and Industry, noted Xi’s emphasis on quality imports and state-of-the-art products.

“China will keep its commitments,” said Chua, who was attending the forum as a member of the Philippine business delegation.

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