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accelerate drought mitigation strategies and develop a regional sand-and dust-storm alert system. I hope the region can s
eize it to protect vulnerable communities from disasters in every corner of Asia and the Pacific.?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
The author is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic a
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所nd Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.
As the new school semester approaches, groups in the Hong Kong Spe
cial Administrative Region voiced resolute opposition on Thursday to any individual or or?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊
ganization planning to bring politics onto campuses and into classrooms, including browbeating students into ski
pping school to attend rallies or bullying those who hold different political views.
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊The concerns have been fueled by a recent call by Demosisto, a local political party, along with several student groups, for
all of the city’s secondary school students to skip class beginning Monday, without providing a more specific time frame.
Their statements also come amid widespread worries of bullying of students, especially children of the city’s police officers.?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
At a news conference on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment an
d Progress of Hong Kong, the city’s largest political party in the Legislative Cou
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊ncil, stressed firm opposition to the school strike campaign, saying politics should never trump education.
Recently, many parents have expressed concern to the alliance over possible effect
s on their children’s studies from a school strike, said alliance Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king. They also feared t?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
heir children might be targeted or bullied by schoolmates for not joining the strike.
Responding to those concerns, the alliance strongly opposed the strike as it might drag innoc
ent students into the political conflict and disrupt the harmonious atmosphere on campuses.
s have a long history of doing business at night, other sectors, including tourism and culture, still have plenty of room to gro
w if they are to equal the standards set by international cities such as London or Amsterdam, Vernotti said.?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网
Jiang Hao, partner at global consultancy Roland Berger, said China’s nighttime economy has great potential. As the country ha
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网s risen to become the second-largest economy in the world, people’s consumption capacity and willingness to buy are c
onstantly increasing. In the fast pace of city life, many people go shopping only after working during the day.
“The night economy gives people more time to buy and increases their choice, which will bri
ng more business opportunities and become a new growth driver for China’s economy,” he said.?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网女神会所
According to market consultancy iiMedia Research, 60 percent of consumption in China occurs at nigh
t. In the past three years, the country’s nighttime consumption has grown by 17 percent on average.
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网Authorities nationwide recently unveiled plans to “light up” cities after du
sk. In Beijing, a series of policies were rolled out last month to encourage after-dusk eco
nomic activities, including extending the operating hours of several subway lines every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网女神会所
nd later closing hours at tourist spots, museums, sports grounds and art galleries.
Longer hoursThis month, Shanghai announced a list of cultural activities and tour rout?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网
es, with 105 scenic spots, art galleries, museums and memorials across the city extending the
ir business hours, or presenting special late-night shows or night-tour programs.
?ldsports,ldsportsapp千花网女神会所Convenience store chain Bianlifeng, which was established in Decem
ber 2016, has already benefited from 24-hour operation at all its more than 800 outlets.
Over the past two years, the color-coded system has been expand
ed to Beijing as well as Shandong, Jiangxi and Guizhou provinces.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314女神会所
Lin Ge, a doctor at the Wudang District Maternity and Child Health Hospital in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, sai
d pregnant women assessed as a red or purple risk are transferred from town-level hos
ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314pitals to bigger, better-equipped ones for regular health checks throughout their pregnancies.
“Such a management method ensures one-on-one medical care for all the pregnant w
omen and guarantees the safety of mothers and children as much as possible,” he said.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314女神会所
In addition, Shanghai has expanded its medical health service in
the past decade to nearly 5,300 health institutions scattered across 15 districts.
ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314At least one 3A-grade hospital, the highest of China’s three-tier g
rading system for hospitals, is available in each of Shanghai’s suburban districts.
“Shanghai has become a medical high-water mark for
the country, and the region is attracting the largest number of patieldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314女神会所
nts from other provinces,” said Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Health Commission.
“Shanghai’s ability to serve the Yangtze River Delta region
ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314and the whole country medically has improved continuously.”
Shanghai was also the first region on the mainland to includ
e free urinalysis checks to screen for kidney diseases.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314
The health check has been compulsory for pr
imary and junior middle school students since 2003.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤1314女神会所
Since 2010, the screening program has been expanded to 11
provincial-level regions, covering more than 300,000 students.
was found by the review, it said the Confucius Institute established within the depa
rtment “is or could be facilitating inappropriate foreign influence in the department”.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活女神会所
The department said it had decided to end its cooperation with the Confucius Institute p
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活rogram at the end of the 2019 school year, which would terminate the Confucius Classroo
m program in 13 public schools across Sydney and on NSW’s mid-north coast.
Instead, the NSW Department of Education will invest A$1.2 million ($810,000) to conldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活
tinue teaching the Chinese language in the 13 schools, it said, adding that 15 per
cent of the pupils learning Chinese in NSW public schools were doing so in Confucius Classrooms.
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活女神会所The Confucius Institute Headquarters, which is bas
ed in Beijing, said the program was established in the spirit of m
utual respect, friendly consultation, equality and reciprocity. It also said the cooper
ation involved was open and transparent and adhered to laws and regulations.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活
The program had made an important contribution to bilat
eral cultural and educational exchanges and the promotion of mutua
l understanding and friendship, which had been welcomed by local residents, it said.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活
“We noticed that the NSW Education Department
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活said it will continue to strengthen Chinese-language education, and we ho
pe the NSW side will take a more objective view of the Confucius Institute,” it said.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活女神会所
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday that the NSW side had not consult
ed the Chinese side before making the decision to end the program, which was disrespectful anldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活
d unfair to local students and not conducive to bilateral people-to-people exchanges.
The Confucius Institute program was established by the NSW Department of Education and Jiangldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活女神会所
su Provincial Education Department in 2012 at the request by the NSW side, Geng said.
“We hope the Australian side will respect their Chinese partn
er and do more things to strengthen mutual trust,” he said.
The lander and rover of the Chang’e-4 probe have resumed work for the ninth lunar
day on the far side of the moon after “sleeping” during the extremely cold night.ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
The lander woke up at 8:10 am Sunday, and the rover, Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), awoke at 8:42 am Saturday, according to the L
unar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊For the ninth lunar day, the lander’s neutron radiation detector and low-frequency ra
dio detector, as well as the rover’s infrared imaging spectrometer and other instruments will be restarted to co
nduct scientific tasks including moon surface observation and composition analysis.ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
China’s Chang’e-4 probe, launched on Dec 8, 2018, made the first-ever soft landing o
n the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3.
A lunar day equals 14 days on Earth, and a lunar night is the same length. The Chaldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊
ng’e-4 probe switches to a dormant mode during the lunar night due to the lack of solar power.
As a result of the tidal locking effect, the moon’s revolution c
ycle is the same as its rotation cycle, and the same side always faces Earthldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
The scientific tasks of the Chang’e-4 mission include low-frequency radio astro
nomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, detecting the mineral comp
osition and shallow lunar surface structure and measuring neutron radiation and neutral atoms.ldsports,ldsportsapp千花坊女神会所
The Chang’e-4 mission embodies China’s hope to combine human wisdom in space exploratio
n with four payloads developed by the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.
China will link the personal mortgage loan rate to a new lending rate reference, starting fr
om Oct 8, to make it more flexible and market-driven, the central bank said in a statement on Sunday.ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛
For purchasing the first house, individual borrowers of new mortgage loan will pay an intere
ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛品茶微信st rate of no less than 4.85 percent – it is the five-year loan prime rate, or LPR, th
e new reference of bank lending reported by the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, on Aug 20.
Buyers of second house should pay an interest rate that is 0.6 percldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛
entage point above the LPR, which will be 5.45 percent, said the statement.
The existing mortgage loans, with the contracts signed earlier than Oct 8, will keep the old interest rates unchanged, it added.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛品茶微信”That is almost at the same level of the current lowest person
al mortgage loan rate,” a spokesman with the PBOC said. “Compare with the si
tuation before the reform, the interest expense will be basically unchanged for borrowers.”ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛
Liu Guoqiang, a vice-governor of the PBOC, said at a press
ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛品茶微信conference last week that even under the new interest ra
te scheme, the rate for mortgage loans will not be lower, as the government will not ease the
real estate control policy nor “use real estate as a tool to stimulate short-term economic growth”.ldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛
The new method to set mortgage loan rate is part of the market-driven reform of the cou
ntry’s overall interest rate system, which made a remarkable progress on Auldsports,ldsportsapp419论坛品茶微信
g 17. It decided to use the LPR, the price of loans banks offer to their best clients, as a new
reference for bank loans, instead of the existing one-year benchmark lending rate.
?Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday urged South Korea to keep its promises afte
r Seoul decided to terminate a key intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤女神会所
“Regrettably, South Korea is continuing to hurt relations of trust,”
ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤Abe told reporters, adding that Seoul had also unilaterally carried out actions that run contra
ry to an accord inked between the two countries in 1965 aimed at settling an ongoing wartime labor dispute.
Separately, Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said on Friday that the decision by South Korea was “dldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤女神会所
isappointing” and that he believed that the present security environment had been “completely misread” by South Korea.
Iwaya added that Japan will continue to ask South Korea to “reconsider” its decision not to extend the General Security
of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) beyond its expiration in November.ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤
His remarks came after Seoul said a day earlier that the intelligence-sharing pact will not be extended owing to Tokyo’s tightening o
f export controls on materials vital to the South Korean technology industry.
ldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤女神会所It has created a “grave change” in conditions for bila
teral security cooperation, Seoul said, as reported by local media.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that South Korea haldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤
s officially notified Tokyo that it will terminate the pact between both countries.
The GSOMIA pact between both sides, signed in 2016, has enabled the two neighbors to shaldsports,ldsportsapp龙凤女神会所
re military information and has helped both sides to counter potential regional threats.
?but the yuan’s share of global foreign exchange transactions is only 4 percent, ranking eighth i
n the world and lagging far behind major reserve currencies such as the dollar, euro, pound and the yen.ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
Thus Shenzhen needs to ease restrictions properly on capital account flow on a trial basis and, if it proves successful, expl
ldsports,ldsportsapp会所ore reasonable methods and measures for supervision, while developing more yuan-denominated inv
estment instruments and stocks with the help of Hong Kong’s built-in advantages. This will promote the in
ldsports,ldsportsapp会所ternationalization of the yuan and give other countries and regions more choices in terms of international currencies, as we
ll as better safeguard the stability of the global financial market and the security of China‘s foreign exchange re
serves. Along the way, the foundation for Shenzhen to become a global financial center would also be strengthened.ldsports,ldsportsapp会所
As such, Shenzhen, with the support of a new round of policies f
rom the central government, will expedite its development and become the leading city inldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and help build a brighter future for the area.
The author is dean of the Hainan University Belt and Road R
ldsports,ldsportsapp会所esearch Institute. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.
The donation of a dead body or its organs is prohibited if the deceased h
as not previously formally consented. But that could change as lawmakers seek legal soldsports,ldsportsapp会所
lutions to ease the country’s severe shortage of organ donors and cadavers for research.
A proposed revision to the draft civil code made public on Thursday would lildsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
ft the restriction by giving close relatives the right to decide on donation issues on be
half of their departed loved ones, as long as the deceased had not previously rejected that option.ldsports,ldsportsapp会所
A revised draft of the code’s section on personal rights said spouses, adult c
hildren and parents of the deceased must all agree on donating a departed relative
ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信’s body or organs for it to be legal. It has been submitted to the bimonthly session of the Nation
al People’s Congress Standing Committee, the top legislature, which opened Thursday, for a second review.
?participants involved in a project, so all culprits get their due punishment,” he said.
Zhai said ethical issues in science and technology were important because the development of hldsports,ldsportsapp夜网女神会所
ighly risky technologies such as brain science and artificial intelligence could affect the future of humanity.
“For example, the latest biological technologies such as gene editing can produc
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜网女神会所e cross-generational effects and unpredictable results for our offspring,” she said. “We must be cautious about givin
g a certain scientist the right to make such alterations at will in the name of curing a serious disease.
“Ethical standards do not impede the development of science and technology. Ratldsports,ldsportsapp夜网
her, they ensure the development is on the right path for the benefit of humankind.”
Qin Chuan, president of the Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences, said improved ethical supervisio
n was necessary to ensure the welfare of laboratory animals used in research on new drugs.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜网女神会所
“But it is important for the development of science and technology for
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜网the public good not to impose unnecessarily stringent ethical standards,” she said.
For example, scientists would, in principle, use lower-level animals for scienti
fic experiments, but in some research involving the study of the brain, mice mighldsports,ldsportsapp夜网女神会所
t not be suitable and higher-level mammals would been to be used for effective research, she said.
Xiao Keyan, a doctorate in aquatic plant ecology and former associate prof
ldsports,ldsportsapp夜网essor at Wuhan University, is thriving in aquatic plant industry after quitting his job.
Xiao rented some land in a village after resigning from the university and began growing aquat
ic plants, according to Chutian Metropolis Daily on Monday, a newspaper in Hubei province.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜网女神会所
One of his plants has brought him huge economic returns. He got 50
,000 yuan ($7,082) for selling aquatic grass in 2 mu (0.13 hectare), he said.
?the US not to view China as an enemy. Which shows the US administratio
n’s attempt to reduce people-to-people exchanges does not enjoy popular sup?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
port, as many in the US know such exchanges are vital to the healthy development of bilateral ties.
As long as China and the US continue to push bilateral relations forward on the basis of non-c
?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所onflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, they can meet the challenges they face at p
resent and Sino-US relations can be guided toward coordination, cooperation and stability.?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
The author is executive deputy director of the Institute for China-US People-to-Peo
ple Exchange, Peking University. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Dail
?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所The list of unreliable entities will be released in the near fu
ture, Gao Feng, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Chinese and US working groups have been maintaining c
ommunications with each other and had a phone call on August 13, said Gao.?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所
The two sides agreed to speak on phone again within two weeks, Gao added.
The US is set to impose new tariffs on some Chinese imports starting Sept 1, which, accor?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
ding to Gao, will create challenges for the Chinese economy, but the impact will be controllable.
Gao warned any new tariffs would lead to an escalation of economic and trad?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所
e frictions. And China will have to fight back if the US carries out the move, he said
.Second placed Mack Horton (left) of Australia keeps his distance to winner Sun Yang (center) of China while they p
ose with their medals after the men’s 400m Freestyle Final during the Gwangju 2019 FINA W?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
orld Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 21, 2019. Gabriele Detti (right) of Italy finishes thir
Controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang will get a public hearing by the
Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over an appeal brought by the World Anti-Dopi?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所
ng Agency (WADA) against him and the Federation Internationale De Natation Association (FINA) which claim
ed Sun did not violate doping regulations after an out-of-competition test last year.?ldsports,ldsportsapp会所品茶微信
The open hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport will probably be in Switzerland but is “unlikely to be before the end of Octo
ber,” the court said on its website Tuesday, and “will be open to the public (including the media).”