US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines
s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an
d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.
A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi
na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p
olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.
“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask
ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by
the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).
Solana hailed the development of relations between China and the Europea
n Union, saying they could work together to uphold the existing international system.
“I think cooperation between China and the European Union is very impor
tant. And fortunately, that relationship now is in a good direction,” said Solana, who se
rved as the EU’s high representative for common foreign and security policy between 1999 and 2009.
He expected China to play a bigger role in the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osa
ka, Japan, saying that leaders of major powers should sit down and have productive talks.
He hailed the Belt and Road Initiative, and said it is a good platform for international cooperation.
nment debt management and stable economic growth, especially at a time when trade te
nsions with the United States have imposed more downward pressure, said economists.
More financial resources and investors will be involved in the debt resolution process, said Qiao Baoyun, head of the Acad
emy of Public Finance and Public Policy at the Central University of Finance and Economics.
The last round of local government debt swaps started in 2015 and ended in August 2018, w
hich saw 14.34 trillion yuan ($2.08 trillion) of local government debt being swapped into bonds.
Local governments are set to face more debt burden in the next three ye
ars, as many of the previously issued bonds are set to expire, income from land sales has
philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.
Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.
“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also
a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each
other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”
China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the
average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi
gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.
The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.
s higher than men in new media operators and data analysts among the five professions, illustrating that burgeoning career opportunities and skill requ
irements are presenting an unprecedented advantage for women. That’s a change from the past, when women
normally had more household duties, especially in the era of universal two-child policy, he said.
Lu also said that the number of people engaged in human-centered job positions was growing faster than other rules.
“It implied that jobs requiring insights into people’s preferences and habits, such a
s marketing and human resources, are irreplaceable by machine intelligence so far,” Lu said.
A survey jointly conducted by research firm Trustdata and LinkedIn in April found career starters w
ere establishing their career goals earlier than past generations, exhibiting a stronger self-driven momentum.
level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.
Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi
c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.
He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli
ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev
elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.
“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com
munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.
traded and they can redirect trade toward one country, away
from others. They cannot directly affect any country’s worldwide current account balance. A count
ry that saves less than it invests will have to borrow foreign funds to import foreign goods to make up that difference.
There are two ways to reduce the US trade deficit. A serious recession would reduce investme
nt, but nobody advocates that as a strategy. The only other path is to change the US financial and gove
rnment system to encourage increased savings. China has almost nothing to do with it.
Ironically, the disputes between the US and China center around both nations’ legitimate desires to
protect some current low-skilled jobs, or at least to allow an easier transition to new jobs and industries.
US administration’s economic policy has rightly focused on the need to
retain jobs for working-class people in the US. And, China’s companies that export to the U
Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr
eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.
Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north
ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou
ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.
As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin
glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig
htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl
etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.
ct “regular sales” of “defense articles” to Taiwan and back its participation in international organizations.