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.
International Cooperation two years ago, more countries and inter
national organizations have joined in the construction of the Belt and Road.
So far, 125 countries and 29 international organiz
ations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China, according to Lu.
Among them are 16 Central and Eastern European countries and Gr
eece. Italy and Luxembourg signed cooperation agreements with China last month to join
tly build the Belt and Road. Jamaica also signed similar agreements on Thursday.
During Premier Li Keqiang’s European visit last week, both sides agreed to seek greate
r synergy between the BRI and the European Union’s strategy for connecting with Asia.
Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Comm
unist Party of China Central Committee, said last month that representatives of more than 100 coun
tries, including about 40 foreign leaders, have confirmed their attendance at the Beijing forum.
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.
rtunities provided by the initiative and the strategy, which for the EU me
mber states would also complement relevant EU initiatives, said the guidelines.
Announcing that 2020 will be the Year of China-CEEC Agricultural Diversity Cooperation, the p
articipants said they support expansion and deepening of cooperation in sustainable agriculture through
academic discussions, project docking, talent training and exhibitions as well as forums.
More Chinese people take trips during holidays compared to 10 years ago, according to official statistics and academic reports.
Both the number of domestic and outbound tourists have seen
a steady increase from 2008 to 2018, with the number of domestic tourists rocketing from
merely 1.71 billion in 2008 to a stunning 5.54 billion in 2018, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show.
Tourists in China have become more active in spending their public
holidays on traveling, according to a report from China Tourism Academy.
More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
nt the album to the public,” Yang says.Yang was talking a couple of weeks before Record Store Day, an eve
nt that a group of record store owners and employees in the United States establishe
d in 2007 aimed at highlighting the importance of record shops to the music industry.
The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008 and is celebrated
by record stores around the globe. This year’s event takes place on Saturday.
Yang, also a producer and chief executive of Maybe Mars, one of the larg
est independent record labels in China – and whose founding in Beijing coincided with that of Reco
rd Store Day – announced that to mark the day this year the company would hold a live show in the capital on Apr
il 21 featuring three indie rock bands: Lonely Leary, Muzzy Mum and Streets Kill Strange Animals.
Three days before the show the record label will release a compilation of vinyls featuring the three
bands’ latest singles, and P.K 14 will contribute two singles to the compilation.When Yang gets to Free
Sound his fans are waiting in a basement room whose walls are adorne
d with concert postures featuring well-known Chinese rockers such as Dou Wei and Ma Tiao.
tool to search for and detect black holes of all sizes and wavelengths in the n
ext two decades,” Wu Qingwen, a professor at the School of Physics of Huazhong Uni
versity of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope, a global array of e
ight ground-based radio telescopes, revealed the first-ever image of a black hole.
Wu was one of the more than 200 astronomers worldwi
de involved in the EHT collaboration, which captured the first vi
sible representation of what are considered the most extreme objects in the universe.
International collaboration is vital for astronomical observations, Wu said.
wing contributions to global growth tend to mask its extremely unbala
nced development and widening gaps between the rich and the poor. That’s why before determin
ing whether a country is developed or not－and to present a comprehensive picture of its economy－the entire
gamut of the country’s economic data, including its aggregate and per capita GDP, should be taken into consideration.
The WTO treats developing and developed countries differently because some developing and least-developed countries
were deprived of their development rights and thus their chances to develop in the past because of colon
ialism and militarism. The WTO provides special treatment for some countries to ensure all economies get the chance
to develop without the fear of being squashed by the developed countries and their discriminative policies.
That China and the European Union, two staunch supporters of multilateralism and free tr
ade, reaffirmed their commitment at the China-EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesd
ay to cooperate on WTO reform, in order to ensure its continued relevance and allow it to meet the global trade c
hallenges is encouraging. The consensus reached between the two sides will help carry the WTO reform forward.
principles including that of the most favored nation and national treatment. If the US gets its way and introdu