Two Chinese nationals were confirmed killed, the

Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.The embassy is verifying the number of Chinese injured in the attacks.

Earlier information from the embassy said that four Chinese nationals were injured

in the multiple church and hotel explosions that ripped through the island nation on the Easter day.

The Chinese Embassy has activated an emergency response mechanism immediately a

fter the blasts, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment.

Curfew and ban on social media imposed

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

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Taylor said the US will ultimately “pay the price for

this”, in the form of an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of China by barring scholars wh

o have great familiarity with US politics and policymaking and have the ear of Chinese officials.

Douglas H. Paal, vice-president of the Asia Program at the Carn

egie Endowment for International Peace, said it appears that the scholars who best unders

tand the US and communicate well with China’s leaders are being denied visas or threatened with denial.

“I don’t see how this is in America’s interest,” Paal said.

Some US media have mentioned that China also denies visas to

US academics, but Taylor and Paal said that has not been

their experience when applying for Chinese visas to visit China for academic exchanges.

In a news conference on Thursday, when asked if China rejected a visa application fr

om an adviser to US President Donald Trump, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang

said Chinese embassies and consulates overseas always handle visa applications according to law.

China welcomes cultural exchanges between China and the US an

d will actively promote mutual understanding between the two countries, Lu said.

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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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On investment, members of the cooperation mechan

nism will provide a fair and just environment and a level playing

field for foreign companies doing business in their own countries by upholding the principl

es of mutual respect, mutual benefit and fair competition, according to the guidelines.

On the role and significance of China-CEEC cooperation, the guidelines said the mechan

ism constitutes an important part of Europe-China relationship and complements the EU-China Compre

hensive Strategic Partnership and the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation.

Reaffirming their commitment to deepening their partnership for peace, growth, reform a

nd civilization, the participants to the leaders’ meeting expressed their support for the early conclu

sion of an ambitious EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, said the guidelines.

On the Belt and Road Initiative, the participants said they recognize the importance

of the initiative and the EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia and welcome forging synergies between them.

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Kim Jong-un says 3rd summit with Trump possible

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.

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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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Shanghai aims to rev up car sales with trade-in subsidies

The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove

rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi

nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.

The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i

n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi

ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.

The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered

vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.

China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time

in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y

ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy

vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.

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Bolstering high-end sectors part of capital’s plan to see

After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha

s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh

ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.

Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc

h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova

tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.

Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin

g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.

“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus

try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro

botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”

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een the Chinese and American people, but also

ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.

Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it

is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll

aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.

Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.

As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag

e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.

Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi

nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.

Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.

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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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