But Wu admitted that it is not easy to crack open the har

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 nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.

Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart

s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea

utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.

Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel

ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.

“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee

ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com

munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.

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China offers tax relief to overseas talent working in Greater

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  Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and

Hong Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will g

et subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.

  The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.

  The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdo

ng — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.

  It said the move aimed to encourage the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Consisting of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and the nine cities in

Guangdong, the area covers 56,000 square km. It had a combined population of about 70 million at the end of 2017.

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Huawei, which is a private company that has no affiliation

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to the government, can provide the most advanced technologies and equipment for 5G mobile net

works. Those trying to block it on national security grounds are simply not keeping up with the times.

No country has provided any solid evidence to support the accusations that the Chinese telecoms giant presents a threat.

What they’ve done to Huawei will, as technology progresses, be show

n to be nothing more than a political farce.China Saturday announced specific rules con

cerning tax exemption to reduce the amount of individual income tax (IIT) paid on incomes earned overseas.

According to the rules jointly unveiled by the Ministry of Finance and

State Taxation Administration (STA), individuals who have lived on the Chines

e mainland for six consecutive years and have stayed there for 183 days or more each year will need to pay IIT on th

eir overseas-sourced incomes. Otherwise, their incomes earned overseas will be IIT exempt.

The clock for the six-year period will be reset if the individual leaves the mainland for more than 30 consecutive days in a year, according to the rules.

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hina posts rising power generationis installed at the Fuqing nu

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China’s power generation rose 2.9 percent year on year to hit 1.09 trillion kwh in the

first two months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The expansion was 3.4 percentage points lower than that for December.

NBS attributed the slowing growth to a high comparative base from the same period last year and the warm weather this year.

In February alone, the power generation climbed 6.8 percent from the previous year, much faster than the growth in January.

In breakdown, generation of hydroelectricity posted faster growth in Jan.-Feb. period, rising 6.6 percent year on

year, compared with a 0.9-percent decrease last December, while solar power production saw a 3.8-percent increase.

Electricity generated by thermal, nuclear and wind power facilities expanded at a slower pace, the NBS data showed.

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Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weat

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  Nebraska rescue teams have been pulling trapped residents out of flood waters since Thursday.

  James Wilke, a Columbus farmer, got a call to assist a stranger, and never came home. Acco

rding to CNN affiliate KMTV, a close family friend posted on social media about his last moments.

  ”It is no surprise to anyone that knew James that when he got the phone call to assist eme

rgency responders … his answers would be yes,” Jodi L. Hefti wrote on Facebook.

  ”With the guidance of emergency responders, James drove his tractor over the Shell Cree

k bridge on the Monestary Road and the bridge gave out. James and the tractor went down into the flood water below.”

  CNN affiliates KOLN and KGIN reported the Nebraska Emergency Management Agenc

y confirmed a flood-related fatality in Platte County. The mayor of Columbus also told the affiliate sta

tions that person was a farmer on a tractor out to rescue someone from the flood waters.

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Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints

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  She’s ski racing’s undoubted new queen, but Mikaela Shiffrin finished the

slalom season in regal fashion with victory in the final race in Andorra.

  The 24-year-old clinched her 16th win of a record-breaking season

Saturday to take her tally to 59 World Cup titles overall.

  The victory was also her 40th slalom win to equal the record of Swedish great

Ingemar Stenmark, who heads the all-time list with 86 World Cup wins.

  Overall champion Shiffrin, who topped the slalom standings from Slovakia’s P

etra Vlhova and Swiss Wendy Holdener,

is hot favorite to clinch the giant slalom crystal globe Sunday.

  The American has a 97-point lead over Vlhova, with 100 points available to the winner in Andorra.

  Shiffrin, who passed Vreni Schneider’s mark of 14 wins in a season

earlier this month, could become the first skier — mal

e or female — to win the World Cup title in overall, slalom, giant slalom and the

faster super-G discipline in the same season.

  She secured a third straight World Cup overall crown earlier this season and first super-G c

rystal globe to add to a fourth consecutive slalom world title in Sweden last month. She also won super-G gold in Are.

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Premji accounted for 80% of “large donations” defined as m

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  100 million rupees ($1.4 million) — from India’s richest individuals in the 2018 financial year, according to this year’s India P

hilanthropy Report by consulting firm Bain & Company and philanthropy fund Dasra. Private indi

viduals in India donate about 430 billion rupees ($6.2 billion) each year, the report said.

  Wipro was founded by Premji’s father in 1945 as a vegetab

le oil manufacturer, and transitioned to the technology industry in the 1980s under Premji

‘s leadership. It has since grown into one of India’s biggest IT services companies, with more than 160,000 em

ployees worldwide and over 1,200 clients in industries ranging from aerospace to retail.

  Premji’s foundation focuses on supporting education, and ru

ns the Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Its billionaire benefactor’s latest donation coul

d help it open a second university and “scale up significantly,” the organization said.

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His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mastercl

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  class of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

  A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.

  Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uni

que political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.

  Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo

uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe

s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a

slap from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.

  Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat allied with a brazen, relentless

temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

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Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time

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  of national political angst and with a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittling opponents, to de

tract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida gove

rnor’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

  Trump vs. Brexit — and Obama

  At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to “comment on Bre

xit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and poin

ting out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to comp

lete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

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Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly sh

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  out out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own

success, his management of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — appeared like a nerv

ous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

  First, he claimed that the former President had predicted in 2016 that British vote

rs would reject leaving the European Union in a referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

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