It’s more than just dance: both consider the ball a

 window to Viennese social traditions, classical music, and Austrian culture.

While recommending three must-see Austrian cities for first-time visitors, ambass

ador Stift gave a surprising answer. While well-known cities like capital Vienna with its iconic concert hall, Mus

ikverein, and Salzburg , once home to Mozart, both make the cut, that doesn’t tell the full story.

Brice Péan, who studied at ski resort Innsbruck, showed his know

ledge of China, mentioning Hallstatt, a small Austrian town modeled on a Chi

nese housing development, as an increasingly popular destination for Chinese tourists.

Consider this video a warm-up for tonight’s ball. If you can’t ma

ke it, stay with China Daily’s app and you’ll have a chance to win a guest gift bag.

We’re sending 10 of these gift bags to readers in our next episode. Stay tuned.

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People-to-people contacts, as a non-ignorable compon

ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan

via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human

itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim

ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w

hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.

He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba

ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran

sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp

ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp

ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb

er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”

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Indeed, Premier Li Keqiang, who led China’s negotiati

tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in

dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.

In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i

n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim

ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other

sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre

ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.

China, US should jointly promote WTO reform

Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr

iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t

rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.

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President Xi Jinping meets Myanmar Commander-in

China would like to enhance strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar

no matter how the international situation changes, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defen

se Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The two countries should deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperation to bring more practi

cal benefits for the people of both countries and contribute to regional stability and prosperity, Xi said.

Noting that military cooperation is an important part of China-Myanm

ar relations, Xi said that the two armies should enhance pragmatic cooper

ation and build bilateral military relations on the basis of mutual trust and benefit.

Xi said that China supports the peace process of Myanmar and pays attention to t

he development of the political and security situation in the northern part of Myanmar.

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According to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of E

conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000

vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.

Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi

cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.

The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen

refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G

roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu

nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.

A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en

ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.

In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded

vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.

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French officials said the EU faced “blackmail” by hardli

ine pro-Brexit potential successors to May, such as Boris Johnson. They might try to sabotage decision-making, they said.

However, Merkel has urged the bloc to do all it can to avoid such disruption. She said before leavin

g Berlin that she favoured a delay of “several months” for May, who has pledged to quit if hardcore Brexi

t supporters in her own Conservative Party drop objections to her “soft Brexit” and help ratify the deal.

Keen to ease tension, Merkel had broken the ice as talks began by showing May a photomontage on a tablet of both wearing similar jacket

s when addressing their parliaments earlier in the day. It provoked mutual laughter as other leaders joined in.

As talks wore on beyond midnight, with May patiently waiting elsewhere in the buildin

g for word on her nation’s fate, Macron rallied support for his concerns about a long extension.

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Make homeland greenering country’s nats goals for im

President outlines goals for improving, protecting country’s natural heritage

President Xi Jinping has called for mobilization at the national level and joint particip

ation from the whole of society to move forward with large-scale campaigns to make the homeland greener.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commit

tee, made the remark as he took part in a voluntary tree planting event in Beijing on Monday.

Working alongside students, Xi shoveled soil and emptied water buckets

before planting seven trees in a forest park in the capital’s Tongzhou district.

He underscored the importance of giving play to China’s honored tradition of loving, pla

nting and protecting trees to ensure that national forestation programs yield concrete results continuously.

He noted that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s creation of the tree planting festival on March 12 each year. Over

the past 40 years, China’s forest coverage and its net volume of timber have doubled, he said, adding that Chin

a has made the largest contribution to the world’s increase in the area of vegetation in recent times.

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The objective is part of its larger goal, set in 2014, to m

move 100 million rural residents, mostly migrant workers, to cities by 2020.

Under the plan, cities with a population under 3 million should remove all limits on hukou — hous

ehold registration — and cities with populations between 3 million and 5 million should relax restrictio

ns on new migrants. Having hukou in a city generally confers more social benefits on residents.

Megacities including Beijing and Shanghai should improve the points system to qu

alify for household registration, allowing more people to settle in those cities.

“In the future, the main driving force of China’s urbanization will be conferring the benefits of urban

citizenship on rural migrant workers,” said Xu Lin, former director of the NDRC’s development plan

ning department. “In this process, it is key to offering new migrants treatment equal to that of city residents.”

China has made steady progress in urbanization, as permanent urban residents amounted

to 831 million at the end of 2018, up by 17.9 million from the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

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Gathering various resources, the city clusters will bene

efit from economies of scale and agglomeration, and the coordinated development of those city clusters will help sha

re and build the basic urban foundation, bring stronger competitiveness and improve pe

ople’s lives,” said Chen Yuyu, an economics professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.

Nine Occupy activists, including three chief organizers, were found guilty for their involve

ment in the 2014 illegal Occupy protests, a Hong Kong court ruled on Tuesday.

University of Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting and sociologist Chan Kin-man, two of th

e three chief organizers, were convicted of conspiracy to commit public nuisance and inci

tement to commit public nuisance, according to the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts.

The other chief organizer, pastor Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, was convicted of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

Five other defendants, namely legislator from the Civic Party Tanya Chan Suk-chong, legislator and social worker Shiu Ka-C

hun, social activist Raphael Wong Ho-ming, and former student leaders Tommy Cheung Sau-yin and Eason Chu

ng Yiu-wa, were found guilty for incitement to commit public nuisance and incitement to commit public nuisance.

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Sending anonymous gifts and sentimental notes has quic

ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.

In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.

“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor

ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand

car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.

As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s

afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.

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