The association on Wednesday made a report on th

pute, saying netizens supported the female customer in defending her rights and called for Mercedes-Benz to compensate her.

The report also questioned the legality of the financial s

ervice fee and called for stronger market supervision in the automobile industry.

It also urged auto-dealers to respect and protect consumers’ rights, sayin

g that dealers should deliver qualified products and issue invoices, receipts and other cert

ificates, strengthen employee training, and cooperate with investigations in the event of quality problems.

The woman on Tuesday night arrived at an agreement with the dealer, w

hich included a replacement car and full refund of the financial service fee.

The company also invited the customer to visit Mercedes-Benz’s factory and assem

bly line in Germany, offered her ten years of one-on-one, VIP service, and held a belated birthday party for her.

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Top 10 Chinese cities with the most job opportunitie

Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong province provides the most

job opportunities in enterprises in the first quarter of this year, a report said.

With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greate

r Bay Area set to begin, Guangzhou witnessed 24.95 percent year-on-year growth in recrui

tment demand in Q1, according to the report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.

First-tier cities including Beijing and Shanghai continue to provide the largest job markets i

n China, while new first-tier cities such as Chengdu in Southwest China’s Sichuan province and Hangzhou in E

ast China’s Zhejiang province show strong momentum in recruitment demand growth.

With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial center, pays the highest salaries in the co

untry, followed by Hangzhou with an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year — the highest growth rate.

Let’s take a look at which Chinese cities provide the most job opportunities.

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Turtle species nears extinction as last known female dies

The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the

Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir

med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.

The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f

emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.

The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr

ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.

The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet

the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.

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Slower rise in Chinese studying overseas pose for phot

The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize

that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w

hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education

Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la

rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.

The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re

sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.

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However, experts believe an overseas education sho

uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.

China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create

a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.

Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin

g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter

national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.

Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.

The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World

Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult

ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun

tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.

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Noting that there is great potential for China to coop

erate with the international lender, Liu said China is willing to continue deep

ening its cooperation with the World Bank on loan programs and knowledge-sharing.

China looks forward to cooperating with the multilateral development institution in such a

reas as improving the business environment, sharing China’s experience in poverty alleviation, and jointly estab

lishing a high-standard multilateral development and financing cooperation center, Liu said.

Meanwhile, China hopes the World Bank continues loan cooperation with C

hina in accordance with established rules, mak

ing it more innovative and a better model for such projects, and increasing its added value, Liu said.

For his part, Malpass praised China’s great achievement in alleviating poverty, noting that its experience is worth sharing.

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Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on T

hursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

“Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Trans

itional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy,” the report said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and clo

sure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

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talian legwear brand Calzedonia opens two more stor

Italian legwear brand Calzedonia has opened two more stores in downtown Beijing, expand

ing its business in the Chinese capital. Another two outlets are expected to open in the capital in April and May.

Calzedonia is a brand under the Calzedonia Group, which a

lso owns Intimissimi, Tezenis, Falconeri, Signorvino, Atelier Emè and Intimissimi Uomo.

The Italian fashion retailer is taking big strides in China since it first entered the Chinese market in 2017. Calzedonia Group has

so far opened more than 20 retail stores in Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chen

gdu. It’s aimed at owning more than 100 shops in the Chinese mainland by 2020, according to company management.

Founded in 1986, Calzedonia specializes in socks, leggings, tights and beachwear. Its colle

ctions are sold in more than 4,500 stores in over 50 countries and regions around the world.

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As of now, he has released 92 videos, and has won mor

e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.

In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w

ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.

And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun

dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.

Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra

te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut

ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.

Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.

In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.

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journey in style: Boss X Mark Chao luxury travel capsule

Thanks to strong local support and the pursuit of individualism and cre

ativity instead of copying the creations of more established brands, Chinese designers now en

joy more recognition from their international peers, according to the Chinese design community.

“Chinese designers used to have a bad reputation because there was a lack o

f originality in the past. But platforms like Labelhood and Shanghai Fashion Week have ban

ded together independent designers who believe in originality to correct this perception,” says Caroline Hu.

Hu could be seen as the beacon of creativity that illustrates the reality of the Chinese fashion scene today. Despite this being

her first outing at SFW where she was showcasing her debut collection, Hu won the inaugural Business of Fashion China Prize.

Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the New York-based Chinese designer thanked Labelhood, an incu

bator for emerging Chinese fashion designers, and retailer Lane Crawford for playing a key role in her success.

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