hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
JD Logistic, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight JD
.com, will cancel the basic salary for delivery staff , CEO and Chairman Liu Qiangdong said i
n response to arguments on the company’s salary adjustments in an internal email sent on Monday.
JD Logistics lost over 2.3 billion yuan ($342.9 million) in 2018, its 12th consecut
ive year to lose money. If the situation continues, Liu said, the company would only last for two more years.
If internal settlements are deducted, JD Logistics lost more than 2.8 billion yuan last year.
The main reasons for the loss are few external delivery orders and high internal costs, Liu said.
The company has only two choices, according to Liu: one, increase external delivery orders to promote external inco
me growth; the other, reduce staff members’ well-being to the level of other express companies.
Reducing fund ratios to average levels and canceling the basic salary a
ims to encourage couriers to get more external delivery orders and increase revenue.
Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count
ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.
The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t
he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro
mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through
consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza
tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.
China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is
welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u
nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.
A man has been arrested after an incident in west London on Saturday morning. Police f
irearms and Taser were discharged, according to a latest statement released by Metropolitan Police.
According to the statement, police were called at around 8:30 am local time on Saturday, with reports o
f a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park, west London.
“As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were
deployed to this incident,” said the statement, adding that “on arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers.”
Police confirmed that firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested, not injured.
Andy Walker, chief superintendent in the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “as is st
andard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”