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State Council revokes administrative boundary of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone
China's State Council has dissolved the administrative borders of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to facilitate integration with surrounding areas.
The decision aimed at the development of the facility in Guangdong Province is in keeping with the new situation. The measure will also include further development of Shenzhen, a first-tier city, said the State Council in a written response to the Provincial Government last week, which was released on Monday.
Shanghai investigates Apple for slowing down old iPhones
Consumer affairs authorities in Shanghai have sent an inquiry letter to Apple over consumers' complaints that the company secretly slowed down its older versions of iPhones, the Shanghai Consumers Council said Monday.
Some of the older iPhone models reportedly operated slower after system upgrades were installed, triggering an increasing number of complaints among users.
China has every prerequisite to get over the middle-income trap: leading economist
China has every prerequisite to get over the middle-income trap, said former World Bank chief economist, Justin Yifu Lin in an article published in People’s Daily on Monday.
Lin, who is currently the counselor of the State Council of China and director of the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University, noted that a correct recognition on economic classification of countries by the World Bank is necessary to understand the middle-income trap.
Biographies of foreign leaders become best sellers in China
Biographies of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and French President Emmanuel Macron, have become best sellers in China, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday.
The Chinese translation of Trump’s biography “The Art of Deal” is now in its seventh printing. One e-commerce platform lists the book among its top-sellers of biographies on famous people, where it has received some 5,000 reviews.
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North Korea to send 140-member orchestra to 2018 Olympics: Seoul
Officials from South Korea’s Unification Ministry confirmed Monday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will send a 140-member orchestra to the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
During the Winter Games, the orchestra will perform in the South Korean capital of Seoul and Gangneung near the Pyeongchang county.
More than 70 injured in Indonesia Stock Exchange collapse
At least 77 people were injured after the floor at Jakarta's Indonesia Stock Exchange collapsed on Monday.
The fall out started when an indoor mezzanine collapsed on the building's main lobby where a group of university students were standing.
MLK day marked by Trump criticism pledges to fight racism
Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion, while King’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where King preached passionately decried disparaging remarks President Donald J. Trump is said to have made about African countries.
In Washington, King’s eldest son criticized Trump, saying, “When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don’t even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is.”
Spain expected to replace US as second top tourism destination: UNWTO
Spain is expected to replace the United States as the world's second tourism destination, while France has retained the top spot, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday.
"It is expected" that Spain will take the second position with some 82 million visitors last year, but definitive figures will not be available until later this spring.
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