hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

China plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development play

s a crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of buildin

g digital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the adm

inistrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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However, not everyone in the poverty-stricken areas want

To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.

“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s

ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.

To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w

estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.

Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.

In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r

eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.

In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.

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A national registry dedicated to clinical trials involvi

ng cell technologies should be established to promote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scient

ists would need to pass an ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.

Universities and research institutes should strengthen education a

nd training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci

entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.

In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice agains

t people with disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby inci

dent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.

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died and 24 were injured in a fire in Guilin, the Guangxi Zh

According to a news release from the local fire department, the battery of an electric bicycle parked beside a building for s

tudents ignited, starting the fire. The incident is still being investigated and some people have been detained.

This is not the first fatal fire caused by an electric bicycle. In December 2017, five people were killed and nine injured when an electric bike started a fire in Beijing, and

in July last year, one person was killed and another injured in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In fact, type “electric bicy

cle” and “fire” into any online searching engine and you will get hundreds of pages recording them.

How could that happen?

The all-too fast expansion of the industry is to bla

me. There are already 300 million electric bicycles in China, roughly one for every four persons.

However, when it comes to charging the bikes, a big proble

m has emerged. As a growing number of people live in residential buildings without separa

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A leak that may have come from the Australian Secu

ty Intelligence Organization suggested that Chinese-Australians contesting local government elections represented securit

y threats because they might have belonged to an organization called the “Australian Council for the Promotion of Peace

ful Reunification of China”. Actually, none of the candidates mentioned has ever been associated with ag

itation or lobbying on issues of concern to Beijing such as the South China Sea, Taiwan or Tibet.

Worst example of anti-China prejudice

One of the worst examples of anti-China prejudices comes from a bo

ok written by a professor of public ethics, Clive Hamilton-Silent Invasion published in earl

y 2018. On pages 280-281 Hamilton writes that up to 40 percent of the Chinese in Australia are disloyal. Speci

fically, he says they are ready “to take to the streets to express their loyalty to Beijing-in other words, to Australia’s enemy”.

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Statistics show basic monthly salaries for couriers ran

nges from 1,500 to 2,000 yuan, accounting for 15 to 20 percent of the total according to the report.

JD refuted the mass layoff rumor and said more than 10,000 positions are expe

cted to be added as JD Logistics provides services to more industry customers.

Facing tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo, JD is eyei

ng opportunities in the consumer market, which has shown great potential, Sina Finance reported.

Driven by rapid growth of e-comm

The annual survey Amazing China — the Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Expats 2018 unveiled its results at the Shenzhen foru

m of the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals on April 14 in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province.

Zhang Jianguo, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, announced the results.

erce consumption, China’s express delivery volume reached 50.71 billio

n in 2018, an increase of 26.6 percent over the same period last year, the report said.

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Last month, the National People’s Congress passe

the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a

nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.

Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t

hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo

under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus

inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.

Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi

mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.

For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins

tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha

s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.

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Crude steel production capacity in Hebei, Tianjin to be

Crude steel production capacity in Hebei province and Tianjin will be capped at 200 million metric tons

and 15 million tons by 2020, as part of China’s efforts to optimize the iron and steel industry, a senior government official said.

“There is too much capacity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and

the surrounding areas, as well as the Yangtze River Delta region,” said Lyu Guixin, an ins

pector with the raw material department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

“The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region takes up only 2.2 percent of

China’s territory, but accounts for 25 percent of the nation’s crude steel output.”

Although official figures from the Chinese authorities are not av

ailable, Zeng Jiesheng, chief analyst with steel e-commerce platform Ouyeel.com, told Chi

nese media earlier that the iron and steel capacity of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region stood at about 280 million tons.

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Preparatory tests for manned space station mission to star

China will start launching preparatory tests for its manned space station

mission in the second half of this year, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the core module of the space station, a Long M

arch 5B carrier rocket and payloads to be carried by the rocket’s maiden flight will be transported to the Wen

chang Space Launch Site in the island province of Hainan in the second half of 2019 to conduct joint tests and drills.

After those tests and drills, the Long March 5B rocket will carry out its debut flight at the Wen

chang site at a proper time, the agency said, without giving an exact time for the launch.

Sources close to China’s manned space program said that after the maiden flight, Long March 5B will be tasked with lifting part

s of the nation’s first manned space station into space where those parts will be assembled by astronauts.

Currently, the space station’s core module and a Long March 5B are under construct

on, the agency said, adding that it is also selecting and training astronauts for this mission.

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In addition to sharing resources, the Chinese mainland has

stepped up efforts in recent years to treat Taiwan compatriots equitably. Last year, the mainland released 31 measures related to ec

onomic and cultural exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan, offering the same opportunities as m

ainland residents enjoy in education, doing business and living on the mainland.

To date, 72 local authorities in 25 provinces, autonomous

regions and municipalities have formulated implementation measures, with many pub

lishing more details, including policy interpretations, public services and contacts, An said.

Over the past year, more than 2,000 enterprises from Taiwan on the mai

nland have benefited from a new favorable tax policy. More than 100 Taiwan companies ha

ve received special funds to support green, intelligent manufacturing and upgrades. A number of companies joined m

jor mainland projects including Beijing’s new airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

More young people in Taiwan have chosen to pursue their dreams on the mainland, with the number of students w

ho apply for university admission or who seek careers on the mainland showing steady growth, An said.

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