with the island by officially acknowledging that military personnel have been posted in the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan since 2005.
US weapons manufacturer Raytheon was also granted a $9 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system.
Senior Colonel Liang Fang, a professor at PLA National Defense Universit
y, said the recent drill will test and enhance the PLA’s joint operating capabilities.
“It will increase the PLA’s ability to protect national sovereignty, and warn thos
e who are trying to undermine it to abandon their illusions,” she said. “Similar drills
will be more common in the future, with increasingly sophisticated equipment and training methods.”
Xiu Chunping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences’ Institute of Taiwan Studies, said the recent drill serves to warn the US and separati
ber 2017 for graduate students. Many instructors at the school are working on AI-related res
earch so there will be no problem finding capable teachers for the new students, Lin said.
China’s booming AI industry has resulted in a growing demand for tal
ent. It is common for students in AI-related fields to have
already committed to companies before they even graduate and enter the job market, he said.
Master’s graduates majoring in AI can easily find jobs with salaries over 300,000 y
uan ($44,700) per year, and salaries for doctoral graduates are even higher, he said.
Chinese universities are catching up with their counterparts in the United
States in terms of basic research in AI and the numbe
r of published papers, yet they still lag behind in transforming research into application, he added.
on a decreasing streak. Imported models of Ford Motor (China) abated as much as 34,000 yuan, compared with Volkswagen Multivan’s highest cut of
13,300 yuan and some models of FAW Toyota’s 11,000 yuan, said Chinanews. As China International Capital Corporation Lim
ited analyzed, automobile, real estate and medicine industries will enjoy the largest scale of tax reduction; and the bigge
st rise in net profit as a result of tax cuts will go to coal, food and beverage, electricity industries.
Nur Bekri, former head of the National Energy Administration, has been arrested
for taking bribes, said the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
Nur Bekri, also former deputy head of the National Development and
Reform Commission, was investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Com
mission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.
The former chairman of the Xinjiang regional governm
ent was named new head of the National Energy Administration on Dec 31, 2014.
port, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33 gigatonnes last year, the highest level since
2013. Coal use in power generation alone surpassed 10 Gt, accounting for one-third of the total increase.
The fact that most of the increase in coal use comes from coal power plants in developing Asia points to the harsh reality that greenhouse gas emissions are the cost be
ing paid for development. That the majority of coal power plants in Asia are only 12 years old on average, decades short of the
average life span of around 50 years, shows how challenging it is to cut CO2 emissions and maintain economic growth.
That the developing countries obtain help from their developed co
unterparts in both funds and technologies is essential to the fight against global warming.
It is high time that countries appreciated the urgency of this comm
on challenge and how important it is for concerted efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
fossils representing more than 50 previously undescribed animal species dating back 518 million years.
The soft tissues of their bodies, including muscles, organs, eyes and mouths are still visible in some
of the 4,351 fossils discovered in Yichang, Hubei province, according to a new study published in the journ
al Science on Friday. The excavated fossils represent 109 species, including known jelly fish, arthropods and algae.
Fu Dongjing, associate professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, also the first author of the paper, said the research g
roup started exploring the ancient ruins in the summer of 2007, in Changyang Tujia autonomous county. It was lo
cated on the bank of Qingjiang River where a representative insect from the Cambrian period was first found.
The new trove of fossils called the Qingjiang biota－the living organisms of a region－ha
ve the potential to greatly inform the understanding of early animal evolution, according to the study.
About 542 million years ago, life on earth diversified at an extremely rapid pace, known as t
he Cambrian explosion. Almost all present animal categories appeared at that time. Many creatures wen
t extinct in the process of evolution, but others became the initial form of future organisms.
dative effect to strengthen the basis for sustained growth while also considering the need to ensu
re fiscal sustainability. It is a major decision taken at the macro policy level in support of the efforts to en
sure stable economic growth, employment, and structural adjustments,” Li said in the report.
Value-added tax－a major type of corporate tax der
ived from the sale of goods and services－reductions will benefit most of the companies, said Yang We
iyong, an associate professor at the Beijing-based University of International Business and Economics.
“The VAT reductions can effectively lighten the tax burden of en
terprises, thereby increasing the investment by ent
erprises, boosting demand and improving the economic structure,” Yang added.
sent to Heathrow Airport burst into flames after being opened by staff. Nobody was injured by the devices and no arrests have been made.
The packages were posted with Irish stamps and had return addresses in Dublin, prompting Irish police to join the investigation. The packages were all A4-size
d white postal bags containing yellow padded bags, which were capable of igniting when opened.
Police Scotland confirmed that a controlled explosion was carried out on the p
ackage found at the University of Glasgow on March 6 as a precautionary measure.
The Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said in a joint statem
ent that the devices “bore similarities” to past packages “linked to dissident groups asso
ciated with Northern Ireland related terrorism,” and that “officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.”
The devices did not cause any injuries or damage.
going to be very severe economically,” Trump said. “We’re going to tariff a lot of their products coming in.”
Most leaders go out of their way to avoid antagonizing their counterparts and wading into their delicate domestic politics.
The exchange also revealed another one of Trump’s political tools: his fervent effort to in
ject an appeal to his base — in this case on a signature issue, trade — into almost every political situation.
Trump vs. Congress
Trump also launched a mini-campaign rally, seizing on the Senate vote undoing his emergency declaration, to spell
out his hardline policies on immigration and the wall — always with an eye on his most loyal voters.
In an interview published by Breitbart News this week, Trump revealed another aspect of his character — a sens
e that he is being persecuted unfairly — that helps him identify with voters who feel neglected by political elites.
Delivering the Government Work Report to the national legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang said the country would do mo
re to boost innovation while laying the emphasis on ethical scientific research. Over the past few years, the fast development of Ch
ina’s science and technology sector has caught the eye of people both at home and abroad. How did China make brea
kthrough achievements in the science and technology sector? And what direction should the sector take in the futu
re? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:
Several factors behind progress
China has progressed by leaps and bounds in the science a
nd technology sector because of multiple factors. First, thanks to its rapid economic growth, Chin
a has invested huge funds in the science and technology sector. And the results are there for all to see.
Second, China has used its research and development funds more effectively by employing more researchers in the field o
f science and technology thanks to the rising number of Chinese researchers and their somewhat low average income.
that President Trump ordered Kelly to grant Kushner a top secret security clearance despite con