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A drug gang was busted in the city’s Gengma County on July 29, during which police found 23

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nd the EU Centre (Singapore). The views of the article do not necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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“It is the best time to stock up on those daily necessities of life for the whole year,” said Hong X

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2019, according to Nielsen, the New York-headquartered information, data and measurement company.

Nielsen’s report said that in the first quarter, China’s consumer trend index, which measures perceptions of local job pr

ospects, personal finance and willingness to spend, was close to a historical high.

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eed to update their specializations so as to meet the changing demands of the workplace.

If anything, the national college entrance examination can be compared to a way station in a person’s life journey. It is hard to do a great job in gaokao, but it is even

harder to equip oneself well enough, whether at college or not, for what will unfold in the next section of the journey.

The growing number of gaokao examinees has resulted in an intensified scr

amble to squeeze through the doors into university, with accompanying pressure of being a winner or lo

ser in that competition. Yet the changing nature of work means that for some, vocational education may be the bes

t way station that better serves their interests and offers the path to a rewarding career.

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s during the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June

Xi called for joint efforts to fight the three evil forces — terrorism, separatism and extremism — as well as be

efing up security measures and halting the flow of terrorists and extremist forces.

Noting that Afghanistan is a neighbor of SCO countries and an important observer state in the organiz

ation, Xi said the SCO firmly supports an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.

SCO countries should cultivate new cooperation areas in such fields

as digital economy, ecommerce, artificial intelligence and big data, he said.

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nted refuge in 2012 while on bail in Britain over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

Assange has said that he does not consent to being extradited to the US over charges related to leaking government secrets.

More evidence and details emerged as prosecutors laid out their cas

e in the federal death penalty trial of Brendt Christe

nsen in the slaying of 26-year-old missing Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying, at the federal courthouse on Thursday.

Christensen, 29, a former physics graduate student at the University of Illinois,

is accused of picking up Zhang at a campus bus stop, then raping and torturing her in his apartment,

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he next five to seven years, China’s policy support for new energy vehicles will drive g

lobal growth,” said Kou Nannan, head of research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

As early as in 2012, the State Council introduced a pipeline to guide the development of the natio

n’s EVs, with a goal of producing 2 million units and selling 5 million EVs by 2020. Later on, cent

ral and local governments carried out a series of subsidy policies in the NEV industry, such as purchase tax exemption an

d purchase subsidies, to offer greater support to the industrialization of China’s NEV industry.

According to the agency, China will specifically lead in the e-bus market. It is estimated that by

2025, China’s e-bus fleet share will reach 50 percent, and by 2040, the ratio will rise to roughly 80 percent.

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