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
ling and wildlife protection knowledge among the public, and it welcomes public supervision or reports of smuggling.
As social networks and online stores have become increasingly important tools for wildlife s
mugglers, the administration has beefed up its anti-smuggling work online this year.
Customs officials are working on cases involving another 100 tons
of endangered wildlife and wildlife products, of which about 300 kilograms are tusks and ivory products.
Last year, the administration purchased advanced screening and detection equipment to improve th
e efficiency of its anti-smuggling work, according to Wang Wei, director of the administration’s ports supervision department.
People caught entering China with endangered wildlife or wildlife
products worth less than 200,000 yuan ($29,800) face up to five years in prison. If such contr
band goods are worth more than 1 million yuan, the penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 10 years in prison.
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.
sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
poverty-reduction workshop, where over 40 women from poor families found jobs. They draw on their fine craftsmanship and hand
made items such as wallets, insoles and pillowcases, which sell at places as far away as Beijing and Shanghai.
In December 2018, Shangyan and Yangcao were removed from the list of poverty-strike
n villages with eight other villages of Huanghua Township, which means poverty had dropped to 3 percent and
below, with all impoverished population included in the national basic medical insurance scheme.
Ma died about a year after she was diagnosed with lymph cancer by a Beijing-based hospital in May 2017.
Even during chemotherapy, she often thought about poverty relief work, and after five months treatment, she returned to her office.
The mountainous Guyuan City, where Huanghua Township is located, is one of the sites whe
re the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army of the Communist Party of China arrived during the epic Long
March from 1934 to 1936, which had seen a large number of officers and soldiers killed or injured.
rm has been in operation since Feb 4, 2018.
It is the first Pacific Hydro wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm invested in by China in the South American country.
The $150 million project, financed and constructed by China State Power Investment Corpo
ration, has an installed capacity of 82 MW and will generate about 282 GWh/year, which can meet electri
city demands for 130,000 households and reduce carbon emissions by 157,000 tons per year.
Located in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic, the Yamal liquefied natural gas project reached f
ull production capacity with its three production lines, each of which has a capacity of 5.5 milli
on tons per year, with operations starting in December 2017, August 2018 and December 2018, successively.
The project is the world’s largest of its kind within the Arctic Circle and is also the first m
ega- energy cooperation project implemented in Russia after the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed.
It is owned by Russia’s Novatek (50.1 percent), France’s Total (20 percent), China N
ational Petroleum Corporation (20 percent) and China’s Silk Road Fund (9.9 percent).
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I want to do the same to save others.”
With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long.
By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ion, compared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin
a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China banned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which
made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
udents’ trust. Upon arrival, they were not only faced with the high altitude and thin
ner atmosphere, but also naughty students with a low level of basic knowledge.
Wang Qiming, a history teacher from Huai’an city, Jiangsu, said he experienced some friction when he taught his first class in 2015.
“The students knew less than those in Jiangsu. They didn’t behave well in class or listen to me, so if the situation had not been
handled carefully－if I had become impatient or irritated－the tension could have been harmful,” he said.
Wang decided to proceed slowly and adjust his schedule to match t
he students’ poor skills. He quickly realized that even the seniors sometimes acted like young chi
ldren and needed coaxing and incentives, which many local teachers overlooked.
“Many local teachers have problems. For example, when they teach a class, they may think th
at they have taught a lot at a slow pace with enough detail, and they get annoyed if students don’t remember. In
fact, you should give the children time to digest, sparing five minutes in each class to help them review the work,” he said.
Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation
The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted
by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c
ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.
More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc
h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri
d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea
ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.
Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For
um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.
hina and the United States will hold their eighth round of high-level economic and trade cons