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Political observers say Lula, Novel Books who ruled from 2003-2010, has a realistic change at becoming Brazil's president again - and is using environmental policies as a way to differentiate himself from the incumbent president.

SHANGHAI, June 2 (Reuters) - said it will stop supplying retailers in China with its Kindle e-readers from Thursday and will shut its Kindle e-bookstore there next year, in the latest pullback by a U.S.
tech firm from the restrictive Chinese market.

"We remain committed to our customers in China. As a global business, we periodically evaluate our offerings and make adjustments, wherever we operate," a spokesperson for Amazon said in an emailed statement.

Other Western internet companies, including Microsoft's LinkedIn, Yahoo and Airbnb Inc have cut services in or retreated completely from China in recent months, amid government efforts to tighten control over online content and new laws targeting data sharing and customer privacy.

site, - a project that came to be known as China Novel Books. But the document shows that it was seen by Amazon as crucial to winning support in China as the company grew its Kindle electronic-book device, cloud-computing and e-commerce businesses. The venture - which eventually offered more than 90,000 publications for sale - hasn't generated significant revenue.

Some companies have responded to Beijing's demands by leaving the market. Yahoo recently exited China and Microsoft Corp's LinkedIn announced it would pull out some of its services.
Both cited the country's difficult business environment and regulatory requirements.

Amazon dedicated several employees to the effort, which involved CIBTC, the government book-trading company, which the document described as "the executing body from GAPP." The company planned to tout the portal to Chinese authorities as Amazon's only store named after a country, the document said.

Amazon went down across the globe, frustrating thousands of users who are trying to purchase Christmas gifts. DownDetector , a site that monitors online outages, shows North America, parts of Europe and Asia were all experiencing issues

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One is titled "Stories of Courage and Determination: Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown." Another begins with commentary from Xi: "Our success to date has once again demonstrated the strengths of CPC (the Communist Party of China) leadership and Chinese socialism." Some books portray China's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, Buy Book which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in heroic terms.

But Lula's commitment signals an abrupt shift from the policies of Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized for dismantling Brazil's environmental policies and weakening the main government bodies that fought deforestation.

The report detailed how the Kindle business was one it had sought to expand in China, and cited an internal 2018 Amazon briefing document that said by the end of 2017, China had become Kindle's largest global market, "accounting for 40%+ of our world device sales volume".

To reach "net zero" deforestation, Brazil would have to scale up its efforts to restore forests across the country while also fighting deforestation, said Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, a Brazilian non-profit.

The 2018 briefing document spells out the strategic stakes of the China Books project for Jay Carney, the global head of Amazon's lobbying and public-policy operations, ahead of a trip he took to Beijing.

This left vans that were supposed to deliver parcels sitting idle with no communication from the company, according to Bloomberg. Three delivery service partners said at 2pm ET that an Amazon app used to communicate with delivery drivers and track packages is down.

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Our relationship with CIBTC is entirely appropriate." "Details about the company are readily available online," Amazon told Reuters, "and CIBTC has placed its name and logo prominently throughout its page.

"On average, to restore a thousand hectares ... you generate approximately 400 jobs" in things such as growing and planting seeds and seedlings and monitoring regrowth, said Ludmila Pugliesi, a restoration manager at Conservation International Brazil.

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The lack of detail about "net zero" deforestation and jobs in the new political plan is not by accident, said Astrini, who met with Lula's representatives four times as it was developed, twice with Lula himself present.