Special trains connecting Xinjiang with major tourist are

areas such as the cities of Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao will be launched during the coming summer vacation, which usually spans June to August.

In the second half of the year, more trains for tourists will go into operation, linking the region to the Guangdong-Hong K

ong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guiyang city in Guizhou province, and Guilin city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Huang said more services will be provided on a regular basis on the trains, including karaoke, dining, bathing and internet.

Herder Ahmat Abla is considering returning to a livelihood abandoned by his people almost 100 years ago – fishing.

Ahmat currently grazes his sheep on a small pasture near the lower reaches of the T

arim River, China’s longest inland river. Once upon a time, there were dozens of dried-up

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Moreover, the guideline stressed the significance of impr

oving internet access in rural areas in poverty alleviation and called for enhanced inform

ation sharing to promote urban-rural integrated development.The Port of Dunkerque in Fra

nce would seize the opportunities presented by China’s Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade between the two nati

ons, authorities said on the Seventh Dunkerque Port Night on May 16 in Shanghai.

Held by the Dunkerque Port Authority of France at the St Regis Jingan in Shangha

i, about 400 delegates attended the event to discuss the port’s performance in 2018 and its future development.

Officials said during the event that bilateral trade volume bet

ween China and France grew 15.5 percent year-on-year to reach $62.9 billio

n (434.5 billion yuan) in 2018, the highest level in the history, and believed that trade exchanges between the two countries wo

uld become more frequent under the Belt and Road Initiative and with the support of the port.

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Shanghai has ‘best business environment’ in China

hina’s financial center Shanghai boasts the best business environment in the country, according to a report on China’s urban busi

ness environment index jointly released by the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, the C

hina Economic Media Association, WANB Institute and YICAI Research Institute.

With an index of 86.73, Shanghai topped the list of Chinese cities with best business environment, followed by the capi

tal city Beijing at 84.63, and then Shenzhen, in South China‘s Guangdong province, at 84.48.

The report evaluates Chinese cities according to five “soft environment” indexes — technological innovation, finan

cing, talent, culture and life — and two “hard environment” indexes, natural resources and infrastructure.

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Hundreds of Chinese scientists voiced opposition and

questioned the safety and effectiveness of the procedure following the announcement by He Jiankui, 35, who was a

n associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

The university terminated He’s employment contract following the incident. A team of investigators said he deli

berately evaded oversight to conduct the research in pursuit of fame and profit and may face criminal charges.

“In our view, China is at a crossroads,” the four scholars said in the Nature commentary. “The government must make

substantial changes to protect others from the potential effects of reckless human experimentation.”

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Laoshan district launches global design competition

Laoshan district in Qingdao, Shandong province has launched a global compet

ition for cultural and innovative designs, offering a top prize of 50,000 yuan ($7,370).

The competition will run till July 30, and organizers will invite experts to

review collected works in August, with winners expected to be announced September.

The collection is divided into two sections: production

designs and special projects from individuals and groups, at home and abroad.

Production designs are to range from art crafts to prints, digital product

s, cartoons, furniture, as well as garments, while special projects can be related to sc

ulpture, tourism, festivals and even red cultural heritage, the color embodying China’s revolutionary spirit.

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Singer created a false profile for Guo, presenting her as

s a competitive soccer player. He paid former Yale women’s soccer coach Rudolph Mered

ith $400,000 to pass Guo off as a recruited player, despite Guo never having played soccer competitively.

Guo has since been expelled by Yale. Meredith resigned and pleaded guilty to federal fraud-related charges.

Neither the Guos nor the Zhaos have been charged in the investigation, which was

made public in March. Federal prosecutors have charged 50 people in six states, inc

luding 33 parents who allegedly paid a total of $25 million to Singer between 2011 and February this year.

The typical sum ranges from $15,000 to $75,000 per child for rigged college entrance exams, and $100,00

0 to $400,000 per child for what Singer called his “side door” to admission-guaranteed access to top institutions. M

ost international students gain admission through the “front door”-doing it on their own.

In court, Singer admitted using his charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to collect payments from parents and bribin

g coaches and others. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Parents who have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so include the preside

nt of a California real estate company and his wife, and the actress Felicity Huffman.

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Experts believe these policies were set to introduce tal

lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost

the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.

While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.

Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction

and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente

r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg

istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.

Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the

ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p

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Consultancy IDC estimates the country will pour in bill

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.

Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min

istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus

try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.

Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the

sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.

But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr

ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.

 

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BAIC sold 1.46 million vehicles BAIC last year, dow

percent with its joint venture brands- Beijing Benz, Beijing Hyundai

and Fujian Benz selling 485,000 vehicles,790,000 vehicles, and 29,000 vehicles, an increa

se of 14.8 percent, 0.7 percent and 27.3 percent, respectively; while its self-owned brands sold 156, 000 vehicles last year.

Beijing Benz becomes backbone in BAIC’s revenue with the figure reaching 135.41 billion yuan in 2018 from 116.77 billion yuan

in 2017, jumping 16 percent year-on-year, that accounted for 89.1 percent of BAIC revenue in 2018.

A pair of giant pandas will leave Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, on Thursday for Denmark.

They will stay in the Copenhagen Zoo for 15 years as part of a joint research project between the

Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and Copenhagen Zoo to protect and breed giant pandas.

A grand farewell ceremony for the duo, Xing Er, a 6-year-old male, and Mao Er, a 5-year-old fe

male, was held at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Wednesday.

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Shared accommodation industry can boost housing marke

The shared accommodation industry should follow a “platform plus” model to inject new impetus in China’s pre-owned hou

sing market, said the co-founder of Beijing home-sharing company Xiaozhu during the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.

‘Platform plus’ is a reference to China’s Internet Plus strategy t

o integrate new technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing, in traditional industries.

Chen Chi, also the company’s CEO, made the remarks while discussing future trends in Chi

na’s sharing economy with founders from other industry players, such as Booking.com, Grab, and VIPKid.

“The ‘platform plus’ strategy is to complete the missing links in the service industry chain,” Chen said.

“Xiaozhu has been offering numerous value-added services, ranging from housekeeping, ho

me interior photography to smart devices, so as to provide shared home users with a more convenient living environment.”

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