According to the news portal Chinanews.com, Xie Diao and

d Zhou Kaixuan had known each other for many years and shared the same dormitory when they were in high school in C

hongqing. Both did well in their studies. After graduating from high school, Xie Diao went to Xidian Uni

versity, while Zhou Kaixuan was also admitted to Sichuan University, but soon dropped out of school. Xi’an Jiaotong Uni

versity later admitted Zhou in the second year. However, because of his addiction to games, he couldn’t continue hi

s studies. By that time, Xie had become a postgraduate in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

After graduation, Zhou experienced frustration in finding a job and failed the civil service

exam. According to the report quoting Xie Zhonghua, Xie Diao tried to comfort Zhou at a previous high sch

ool reunion, but they had a quarrel later during the role-playing game Werewolf.

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Shanghai hotels no longer provide disposables automatically

Hotels in Shanghai will no longer automatically provide disposable daily necessities such as toothbrush, comb and shaver f

rom July 1 as a regulation on household waste will come into effect in the city on the day, People’s Daily reported.

Around 4.8 billion guests booked into 440,000 hotels in China in 2017, as per data. More than 70 percent o

f soaps are thrown away after being used once, a survey shows. Calculated by weight, each hotel t

hrows away 2.5 kg disposable soaps every day and 440,000 hotels would throw away more than 400,000 tons

of soaps every year. If each ton of soaps costs 20,000 yuan, that would be 8 billion yuan worth of soap.

Apart from soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo and bath foam are often discarded

after one-time use. It’s not only a waste of money, but also a burden for environment as many articles are non-degradable.

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Many travel products that cost just a few hundred yuan

can be very educational and well within the reach of ordinary families, she adds.

One of Ctrip’s most popular museum tours in Shanghai costs just 168 yuan for a child,

and is led by a scholar from Shanghai-based Fudan University’s School of Life Science.

The tour is open to children older than the age of 5 during weekends and exposes them to fossils and specimens.

Ctrip has developed 12 themed study tours, such as scientific ex

ploration, outdoor survival and sports, to meet the growing needs of the market.

Each product has been divided to suit different age groups and learning goals, so c

ustomers can more easily choose the one that best suits their needs, Zhang explains.

For the fast-approaching summer, a series of tours coverin

g both Eastern and Western civilizations in such destinations as Henan province’s Luo

yang and Shaanxi province’s capital, Xi’an, have been developed for children to better understand the Silk Road.

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Chen is a professor of immunology at the Yale Sch

ool of Medicine. He was the first scientist to reveal the function

of the PD-L1/PD-1 immune escape pathway in a tumor’s microenvironment.

The programmed death ligand-1/programmed death-1 (PD-L1/PD-1) signaling pathway is a key component of tumor immu

nosuppression, which can inhibit activation of T lymphocytes and enhance immune tolerance of tumor cel

ls, leading to tumor immune escape, according to a study published in January on biomedcentral.com.

Chen, along with four other scientists, was awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for 2017 for the break

through in tumor immunology, which made him the third Chinese recipient of the prize.

Chen said the research environment in China also has improved in terms of govern

ment funding and talent compared with when he was in China three decades ago.

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Restoring a feature-length film by hand can easily tak

e months, if not up to half a year. Hong Kong film director Peter Ho-sun Chan once said the image restoration of his most a

cclaimed work Comrades: Almost a Love Story cost 1.5 million yuan ($224,000), excluding the expenses for restoring the soundtrack.

Faced with hundreds old TV series to restore, Youku was naturally reluctant to throw such a huge sum of money at every project. Their

technicians then turned to artificial intelligence to develop programs that could automatically enhance the tapes.

“If a lengthy manual frame-by-frame restoration might be able to achieve a full score of 10, at least we could turn an ‘unw

atchable’ series into one that achieves a score of 7 to 8 points within a shorter period of time using mass digital techn

iques,” says Jiang Wenfei, a leading technician and head of Youku’s 30-member restoration team.

He estimates that a single episode takes one working day to restore using traditional methods.

Pei explains that correcting the color cast is the most common problem they have to fix. “People’

s faces sometimes look like they are covered by dirt (on film), and their black hair turns green or blue.”

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China is using high-tech measures, such as satell

ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage

, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection

department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens

ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.

Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi

ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.

He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and

ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each

other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov

ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang

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First, they have to ensure the orderly shifting of Beijing’s

remaining non-capital functions, and take measures to reduce the negative impact that will have on the local residents.

Second, Xiongan New Area should be developed into an eco-friendly and habitable place, a leading innovation-driven de

velopment zone, a coordinated development demonstration area and a pilot area for further opening-up.

Third, the authorities need to expedite the construction in Beijing’s su

bcenter, including for the second stage of sub-center administrative office area and sub-

center comprehensive transport junction, and expand the transport network, public services and industries to the

three nearby counties of Sanhe, Dachang and Xianghe in Hebei to foster more coordinated development.

Fourth, there is a need to strengthen environmental protection

in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to keep the air clean and prevent water pollution.

And fifth, the authorities should optimize the education and medical resources in the region, in

order to promote and share basic public services, in order to facilitate the orderly progress of the region’s economy.

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Diversified urban lifestyles and women’s growing financial

l independence also seemed to be crucial contributors to the lower marriage rates.

A report released this month by Beike Zhaofang — a major housing trading platform — said

women’s purchasing power has been increasing, with 47.9 percent of its buyers being female. And amo

ng female buyers, 74.2 percent said they have not received financial assistance from their partners.

Almost 30 percent said they bought homes on their own, without even a helping hand from their parents, the report said.

A graduate student surnamed Xu in Tianjin, 24, who has opted to stay single so far, said

women can now pursue furthering their educations, enter the workplace or start a business, which sets the

m apart from their counterparts 30 years ago who had little choice other than to wed when they came of age.

“The changes have greatly reduced the appeal of marriage and childbearing for women,” she said.

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We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing are

s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop

ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the

ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su

bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo

matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”

Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee

n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.

Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn

ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc

ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.

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As a sovereign state, however, Venezuela’s future should

d be decided by its own people, not outside powers.

The US has been working overtime to get international recognition for Gu

aido, who is the Venezuelan National Assembly leader, as the country’s president. The US has e

ven demanded international supervision of Venezuela’s political affairs in its draft to the UN.

Russia made a counter resolution, saying that Venezuela’s territorial integr

ity and political independence need to be safeguarded, emphasizing that the globall

y approved Montevideo Mechanism put forward by Mexico, Uruguay and the Caribbean Community be

applied to address Venezuela’s problems through dialogue, negotiation, commitments, and implementation.

The two resolutions make it clear that Washington wants to oust Maduro from power so it can h

elp install a US-friendly government in the country, especially because it sees Maduro as being anti-US and

pro-Russia; while Moscow is opposed to any outside interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

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