energy vehicles (NEV), sales of NEVs reached 111,000 in March, up 100.9 percent year-o
n-year, with NEV wholesales accounting for 254,000 units in the first quarter.
CPCA predicts a 40 percent increase in NEV sales to 1.7 million
units in 2019, based on these first quarter figures.
As China began to cut manufacturing sector VAT from 16 to 13 percent on April 1, som
e imported and high-end vehicle brands lowered prices to boost sales nationwide.
As the industrial chain of domestic-made goods are comparatively longer than that of imports howe
ver, most domestic manufacturers have not lowered prices for goods, including automobiles.
“Consumers should not expect too much on price cuts of automo
biles, but choose vehicles based on demand and affordability,” CPCA said.
move 100 million rural residents, mostly migrant workers, to cities by 2020.
Under the plan, cities with a population under 3 million should remove all limits on hukou — hous
ehold registration — and cities with populations between 3 million and 5 million should relax restrictio
ns on new migrants. Having hukou in a city generally confers more social benefits on residents.
Megacities including Beijing and Shanghai should improve the points system to qu
alify for household registration, allowing more people to settle in those cities.
“In the future, the main driving force of China’s urbanization will be conferring the benefits of urban
citizenship on rural migrant workers,” said Xu Lin, former director of the NDRC’s development plan
ning department. “In this process, it is key to offering new migrants treatment equal to that of city residents.”
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as permanent urban residents amounted
to 831 million at the end of 2018, up by 17.9 million from the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I want to do the same to save others.”
With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long.
By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ion, compared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin
a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China banned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which
made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
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.
Britain has now been instructed to properly finish the process of decolonizati
on, and return the Chagos Islands, located half way between Africa and Indonesia, to Mauritius.
The ruling, though non-binding, potentially creates a huge problem for the Unite
d States. Today, Diego Garcia is one of America’s most important — and secretive — overseas assets.
Home to over 1,000 US troops and staff, it has been used by the US Navy, the US Air Force and ev
en NASA — the island’s enormous runway was a designated emergency landing site for the spac
e shuttle. Diego Garcia has helped to launch two invasions of Iraq, served as a vital landing spot for bombers that fly mis
sions across Asia, including over the South China Sea, and has been linked to US rendition efforts.
Many in Britain, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the country’s opposition Labour Party, are now calling for the
UK to return the islands to Mauritius. Should that happen experts believe the ownership of Diego Garcia co
uld be up for negotiation — a move that would make Mauritius a much more important country geopolitically.
on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.
Military personnel in full regalia perform elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship.
Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.
It’s a powerful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint
ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side as officials awaited the return of their pilot.
Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen
ior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and sec
urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.
”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer
a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.