Lu Zhenwang, CEO of Shanghai-based Wanqing Consul

ltancy, said: “The lawsuit against Liu will bring damages to the image and reputation of JD, hav

e an impact on investors’ confidence, and cause fluctuations in its share price. Moreover, emp

loyees’ trust in the company may also be affected as the Beijing-based tech heavyweight is laying off staff to cut costs.”

Shen Meng, director of boutique investment bank Chanson & Co, said Liu’s case won’t chan

ge his actual control over JD, which is now making some innovations to reassure investors. Liu owns

15.8 percent of JD’s stock and controls nearly 80 percent of the company’s voting rights.

Liu was detained in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on suspicion of criminal sexual c

onduct on Aug 31 and later released without charge or bail. He returned to China on Sept 3.

In December, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the prosecutorial office handling the case announced that no sexual as

sault charges would be brought against Liu as prosecutors could not prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

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It handed over 124 tons of hazardous waste in late 2012 to

 two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra

dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w

as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.

In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va

rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.

Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha

rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.

At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol

id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini

stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid

waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.

Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h

alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.

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Minor earthquake in Beijing “normal, isolated event”

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be

ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the

earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th

ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.

“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering

School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.

“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the

Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e

xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,

according to past exper

ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the

China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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The move could also boost economic development, espe

ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.

In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl

y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab

out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.

But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and

May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t

he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol

iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet

ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.

But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be

cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or

have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put

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According to Li, the project drew to a close recently as

sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ended as scheduled. “However, more gre

en super rice species are expected to be rolled out, thanks to funds from the bilateral collaborations und

er the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South Cooperation.”

Gary Atlin, a senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, said the p

roject demonstrates a new collaboration model in which rice scientists from different cou

ntries can work together to understand local needs and develop solutions on a global basis.

“Expertise of Chinese scientists in rice breeding and cultivation is a tremendous resou

rce for the developing world,” he said. “I believe it will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

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But a customs union would ensure UK businesses can cont

ontinue to trade with the EU, and would solve many of the problems that bedevil May’s deal. In partic

ular, it would remove the need for customs posts and border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

There’s a good chance a withdrawal agreement that included a

customs union pledge would be approved by Parliament, and welcomed by the EU.

But some hard-line Conservative Party lawmakers have written to May, insisting that she not agree to a Brexit extension beyond M

ay 22, which would force the U.K. to take part in the next European Parliament election, the Sun newspaper reported.

The letter urged the prime minister to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament for

a fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, the Sun said.

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tainers carrying goods for export are seen in Qingdao Port

hina aims to reduce logistics costs by nearly 121 billion yuan ($17.8 billion) this year, the Ministry of Transport anno

unced on Thursday at a news conference of the State Council Information Office.

Spokesman Wu Chungeng said the ministry will unveil a string of m

easures not only to cut costs but to promote innovative development of the industry.

China will continue to increase railway freight volume, upgrade its w

ater transportation system, regulate highway freight transport and speed up mult

imodal transport in a bid to improve its logistics network and optimize its structure, Wu said.

It will also further integrate important ports and harbors into the inland multimodal transport and logistics net

work, which will connect them with more railways and highways and enable improved cargo interoperability, he said.

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Li, who inspired the boom after winning Asia’s first major

 title at the 2011 French Open, warned that increased funding and exposure for the sport does not guarantee Grand Slam champions will follow.

“After the US Open (in August), players don’t need to travel overseas with tournam

ents held at home one after another,” said Li, who is an ambassador for her hometown Wuhan Open in Hubei province.

“However, for the younger players nowadays they are likely to squander the opportuni

ties that we had to fight hard to earn, because everything comes easier and more frequently.

“They have to focus on the game itself rather than the exposure or expectations off

the court to really improve one event at a time and benefit from the momentum.”

When Li turned pro in 1999 China had only two entry-level tournam

ents. Now the Women’s Tennis Association calendar features nine Chinese tourn

aments, including the premier mandatory China Open in Beijing and year-end WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

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Volunteers inundate blood donation center near explosion site

After an explosion at a chemical plant killed 47, residents of Xiangshui county in Ji

angsu province have flooded centers to donate bolod for the severely injured survivors.

There were so many people coming in to donate blood that the organ

izers at one center ran out of application forms, China Daily discovered Friday afternoon.

“On average, people have to wait for at least five hours for their turn,” said Meng Xiangh

ua, a member of the local labor union that has been assisting in the drive to build up blood supplies following the blast.

He said one of his neighbors came in at 8 am Friday and had to wait until 1:30 pm to d

onate. “There are so many people coming that we failed to count how many people have donated so far,” he added.

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Trump weighs in on Conways’ marriage in escalation of feud

President Donald Trump escalated his public feud with the spouse of a top adviser Wednesda

y, attacking counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s husband George as “jealous” and a “husband from hell.”

“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that

I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump tweeted, referring to a post at the Justi

ce Department. Conway, a conservative lawyer, withdrew from consideration for the role early in Trump’s presidency.

Trump continued, “I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”

Wednesday’s tweet marks the first time Trump has publicly weighed in on the Conways’ marriage. While George Conway has

long been critical of Trump, attacks between the two ratcheted up this week when Conway questioned Trump’s men

tal health, tweeting screengrabs of the medical definitions of narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial pers

onality disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

“*All* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, inclu

ding and especially the media, Congress—and the Vice President and Cabinet,” he wrote Monday.

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