on yuan ($121.7 billion) between January and March, a decrease of 1
1 percent year-on-year, according to the General Administration of Customs.
In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, the administration said.
Li Kuiwen, spokesman for the customs authority, said trade tensions between the two cou
ntries have had certain impacts on companies’ operations, but the impact is “generally controllable”.
Li said economic and trade cooperation remains the ballast of Sino-US re
lations, and he is hopeful that China and the US will achieve mutually beneficial results.
China’s economy, despite headwinds, has enjoyed a good start in 2019, and the country
has the confidence to achieve the annual projected growth goal, said the nation’s top economic regulator.
Yuan Da, spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission, said the
first quarter’s stable economic development has laid a solid foundation for annual growth.
Editor’s note: The “996” schedule (working from 9 am to 9 pm, six
days a week) has sparked a heated public debate, because many workers don’t get any ove
rtime pay and, worse, could end up in the “”. The “996” phenomenon is rampant in the high-tech and internet compani
es. Some internet company chiefs have added fuel to the debate by saying they want their workers to “work hard”. T
hree experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:
Labor Law should never be violated
Given the fierce competition in the high-tech sector industries, start-
ups have to take drastic measures to survive, let alone thrive. To develop new products, and pr
oduce and market them, companies need a great deal of resources and ski
lled manpower. Perhaps this is the reason they make their employees work overtime.
But forcing the “996” schedule on the workers is illegal. To p
rotect the rights of workers, the Labor Law stipulates that employers
should not force their workers to work more than eight hours a day, or more than 44 hours a week. If emplo