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l kindergarten had used to ask children whether they were involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educa
tional bureau said that the research was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.
A number of regions in China, including Qiannan Buyi and Miao autonomous prefecture in Guizhou, Guangzhou city in Gu
angdong, and the cities of Chizhou and Anqing in Anhui, have decided to reschedule their dragon boat races so as to pr
ovide a quiet environment for gaokaotakers, news portal thepaper.cn reported.
Some places, such as the city of Yueqing in Zhejiang, have banned holding such activities during the gaokao, said the report.
The gaokao, or the national college entrance exam, will take place
on June 7 and 8 this year, coinciding with the Duanwu Festival (aka Dragon Boat F
estival) holiday, when traditionally dragon boat races are held in celebration of the festival.
The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized ar
ound 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.
Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased dir
ect intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is addressed mainly by market forces.
General Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, will attend the coming Shangri-La Dialogue set to
open on Friday in Singapore according to Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
Wei’s attendance will be the second time China has sent its defense mini
ster to the international security forum held by the London-based think tank International Insti
tute for Strategic Studies. The first time was in 2011, when General Liang Guanglie took part and delivered a speech.
uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i
ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.
Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos
ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”
Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.
JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.
“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil
l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.
also partnered with local authorities in Hefei to test autonomous
driving technologies, including robotaxis and autonomous fleet management, and on-de
mand mobility services, like ride hailing and car sharing, but none of the parties revealed the details.
Kong Xuanyou, vice-foreign minister and special representative of the Chinese government on
Korean Peninsula affairs, will take up his new post as Chinese ambassador to Japan on Thursday.
Kong, 59, is a fluent Japanese speaker. During his 34-year diplomatic care
er, he has spent two-thirds of the time dealing with issues related to Japan.
He has served in Chinese diplomatic missions in Japan on three occasions, and was China’s ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014.
has taken a tougher line on protection of agriculture. France, for example, is opposed to including agriculture in transatlantic trade talks.
The Greens are one of the big winners in the elections (even beating Germ
any’s Social democrats into second place), and they will seek to impose strict conditions reg
arding climate change, the environment and human rights on future trade deals. This attitude will also make it dif
ficult to agree a new trade deal with the US, as it has not endorsed the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Although the nationalist and populist parties now have more seats, it does not mean they will form a united front in the EP. Th
ere are divisions on trade, on the environment and on dealing with China. Some of these parties, such as the Na
tional Front, are seen as firm opponents of free trade, whereas Alternative for Germany and Matteo Sal
vini’s Lega Nord in Italy tend to be more supportive (depending on the content of the trade agreement).