How a Chinese firm fell victim to intellectual property theft
Business owner Frank Liu, a victim of IP theft, says ideas should be protected like "human rights".

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Mar 2019 | 7:58 pm

US v China: Lessons from ancient Greek historian Thucydides
Thucydides lived more than 2,400 years ago. So what's he got to say about US-China relations?

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Mar 2019 | 1:19 pm

SE Asians taking full advantage of scholarship
After launching a scholarship for students from the Lancang-Mekong countries in 2018, Yunnan Minzu University has admitted 109 foreign students from Southeast Asia.The Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute of Yunnan Minzu University has been educating students from Lancang-Mekong countries since 2017. The vocational college now has 546 students.The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River in China, is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping among China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The six Lancang-Mekong countries launched a Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism in March 2016.The university is organizing a set of Lancang-Mekong themed activities such as dancing and singing shows and a Lancang-Mekong cooperation achievements exhibition.These countries have been intensifying cooperation in trade, infrastructure, education and youth exchanges.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Improved infrastructure in Tibet gives a boost to tourism industry
It was four days away from the opening of the annual peach blossom festival and workers were busy setting the steel-structured stage. Yet, hundreds of tourists were already bustling under the wild peach groves in the mountains of Kala Village, Nyingchi City, in the plateau region of Tibet.Undaunted by the effects of acute mountain sickness, Wang Xiaofang and her husband drove all the way from the southernmost province of Hainan to the village.“Hainan has all sorts of flowers except peach blossom,” said Wang, who posed for a selfie against the blue sky and distant snow-capped mountains.Tibet’s exotic culture and stunning landscape, despite its average altitude of 4,000 meters, proved too much to resist and they started a two-week holiday in the autonomous region.The couple is part of a tourism boom in Tibet, which is expected to register 40 million tourist arrivals this year, up from 10 million in 2012.A key factor accounting for this spike is Tibet’s improved transport system, such as an expanding network of highways and an increase in flight links with other regions as well as hospitality facilities.“I could only find hotels in the seat of county when I first drove to Tibet 10 years ago,” said Zeng Weijun, from the coastal city of Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong Province. “Now I can find hotels in the town and even in the village.”In the village of Zhaxigang in Nyingchi City, 54 out of 68 households have opened home-inns to cater for the rising number of tourists. Nyingchi boasts of beautiful flowers, mountains, canyons, waterfalls and glaciers and is a top tourist destination besides the regional capital of Lhasa.Just 3km away from the village, Lulang International Tourism Town with an investment of 3.8 billion yuan (US$567 million) from Guangdong, received more than a million tourists last year, with sales revenue of 50 million yuan. The regional government expects to further boost the tourism sector, which accounted for more than a third of the region’s economy in 2018, up from 29 percent in 2017.Tibet’s GDP grew by 9.1 percent in 2018, and was among the nation’s fastest.A new 450km-long railway is being built between Lhasa and Nyingchi, a sure impetus to tourism. It is part of a grand plan to build a new railway from Lhasa to Chengdu, capital city of neighboring Sichuan Province in Tibet’s southeast, via Nyingchi.In a bid to attract more tourists during the winter, the region has rolled out a spate of preferential policies including waiving admission charges for some scenic spots and discounted flight tickets during the winter season.Tibet received 2.46 million tourists from November 1 last year to March 15, up 84.2 percent year on year, and the region’s tourism industry brought in around 2.62 billion yuan during the same period, a year-on-year growth of 41.1 percent, according to the regional tourism department.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Provinces, cities try out air medical services
China’s civil aviation and health authorities have decided to jointly launch a trial of air medical services, namely emergency aid and medical transport, in 12 provinces and municipalities.The move, to be carried out in regions including Beijing, Hebei and Liaoning, aims to facilitate the establishment and improvement of standards and systems governing the air medical services of medical institutions and capacity building in this regard.According to an implementation plan on the pilot project issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the National Health Commission, competent aviation and health agencies are asked to establish an effective coordination and communication mechanism and improve work procedures so as to enhance efficiency in treating emergency cases and promote air medical services.The plan also stressed flight safety, emergency response capabilities and training for medical workers who deliver efficient air medical aids.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Youngsters spark online literature boom
China’s online literature is embracing an increasing number of young writers and readers born in 1995 or later, who have helped boost the booming industry.Online literary works in China are serialized on certain platforms such as websites and mobile apps, where readers can access the first few chapters for free and need to pay for the rest. Popular works may have the chance to be published.China Literature Ltd, which operates one of the country’s leading online literature platforms, had signed 7.7 million writers and offered 112 million online literature works by the end of 2018. Nearly half of all the writers newly signed with the platform last year were born after 1995, according to the company’s financial report issued last week.An online literature industry report released earlier this year shows that online readers increased by 20 percent in 2018 compared with 2017 while paying users grew about 15 percent year on year.China Literature’s sales revenue exceeded 5 billion yuan (US$744 million) in 2018, up 23 percent from 2017.Dong Jiangbo, editor-in-chief of literature website Tianxiashumeng, said young people are more willing to pay for novels they like instead of reading pirated versions.Apart from getting their works published and earning royalties, online literature writers are also able to get “gratuities,” which are paid by readers to show their appreciation. “It was hard to imagine several years ago that some popular online writers earned over 10,000 yuan per month,” Dong told the Beijing Daily.Shao Yanjun, a literature professor at Peking University, said she saw a transformation taking place in China’s online literature as its readers became younger. “Online literature started developing about 20 years ago and its first readers, mainly born in the 1970s and 1980s, preferred grand narratives,” Shao said, adding that readers born after 1995 like interesting or relatable stories and young writers are writing with more imagination.According to Dong, more writers aged 18 to 25 have been emerging in China’s online literature field over the past four years. He, however, noted that the majority of China’s top online literature writers were still those aged between 25 and 45 and it might take several years to become a successful writer.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Jiangsu blast death toll rises to 78
THE death toll from an explosion in a chemical plant in east China’s Jiangsu Province rose to 78 yesterday. Rescue workers discovered 14 more bodies after searching in 20 companies within an area of 2 square kilometers surrounding the blast site, raising the total death toll to 78, Cao Lubao, mayor of Yancheng, said at a press conference yesterday. Among the dead, 56 people have been identified, according to Cao. Of the 28 missing persons previously reported, 25 have been confirmed dead and another three have been found. Cao said on Saturday that the people reported as missing could possibly be among the victims whose identifications had yet been verified. The explosion happened at 2:48pm on Thursday after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui County in Yancheng. Meanwhile, all 10 schools which were temporarily closed after the blast have been repaired and reopened yesterday. Doors and windows in the 10 primary and middle schools were shattered by the powerful explosion, with more than 100 students suffering minor injuries caused by broken glass, local education authorities said. Students were rushed to safety, and the injured were treated at nearby hospitals, said Gong Yansen, deputy head of the county’s education bureau. Gong said all the school buildings have been vetted by the housing and construction department, which said there were no structural damages. After the blast, more than 400 workers were organized by the bureau to dismantle dangerous buildings, repair doors and windows, and maintain supporting facilities, which cost more than 4 million yuan (US$596,000). The schools were repaired and cleaned over the weekend. Environmental monitoring workers at the site said air quality in the area was safe thanks to high winds. Counseling and safety education were also arranged for students yesterday. Authorities have also made a preliminary plan for treating contaminated water at the blast site. A work team sent by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment is guiding environmental response measures, with more than 30 experts in environmental monitoring and treatment of water, solid waste and soil supporting the efforts. The work team has demanded local authorities to arrange emergency pools, storage tanks and tank trucks for the storage of polluted water, and put water treating facilities in operation as soon as possible. All three waterways linking a local river to the industrial park have been dammed up to prevent polluted water from entering the river, according to the ministry. The Armed Police Force has dispatched a new emergency response team comprising 400 people to assist with rescue efforts. They are specialized in chemical defense, engineering and transport. Before this team, there have been some 1,000 officers and soldiers of the Armed Police Force working at the site.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Xi: Sound ties with France to benefit world
CHINESE President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held talks in Paris yesterday on Xi’s three-nation Europe tour that has taken him to Italy and Monaco. Xi’s visit marks 55 years since French leader Charles de Gaulle established diplomatic relations with China. Xi was welcomed by Macron at the Arc de Triomphe monument, before a meeting and a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Today, Xi and Macron will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to explore “points of convergence” ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month. On Sunday, Xi stressed the importance of maintaining a sound China-France relationship to both countries’ long-term development and its potential impact on the world. Xi made the remarks when meeting with Macron in the southern French city of Nice. Recalling the history of friendly exchanges between China and France, Xi noted that France is the first major Western country to establish official diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. France, he added, also is the first country to form a strategic partnership and conduct strategic dialogue with China and the first to carry out civilian nuclear-energy cooperation with China. He pointed to the special significance of his visit, which came at a special year that marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-France diplomatic relations. Xi spoke of the things that remain unchanged in the face of profound changes in the international situation and bilateral relations. He said the importance China attaches to its relations with France has not changed. China has always regarded France as a priority partner of cooperation, and the two peoples keep a special friendship, he added. “This is a valuable asset that we must inherit and carry forward to keep China-France relations at the forefront of the times,” Xi said. He went on to say the common pursuit for peace, development, fairness and justice has not changed. He said both China and France uphold the basic norms governing international relations underpinned by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter while practicing multilateralism and opposing protectionism and unilateralism in international affairs. Both countries are committed to building an open world economy and working together to meet the common challenges facing humanity, Xi said, adding that China and France have cooperated successfully in the field of climate change, playing a positive leading role in the world. The mutually beneficial and win-win nature of China-France cooperation has not changed, Xi said. “The history of China-France cooperation shows that bilateral ties are not ‘a zero-sum game.’ The strong complementarity between the two economies will remain for a long time,” Xi said, adding that China’s sustained development and further opening-up will create a host of new opportunities as well as broader space for bilateral cooperation. New fields of cooperation Xi called on the two countries to constantly explore new fields of cooperation, nurture new growth areas for cooperation, and speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road and third-party cooperation projects that have been agreed on. “China stands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with France on major issues, including the UN affairs, the reform of the World Trade Organization and climate change,” Xi said. Hailing his successful visit to China last year, Macron said the two countries have been implementing the important consensus reached by him and Xi over the past year, strengthening cooperation on economy, trade, technology and culture. France pays high attention to the Belt and Road Initiative, regards China as an important strategic cooperation partner, and appreciates China’s important role in and contribution to climate change and other international affairs, Macron said. He pledged to further strengthen strategic communication and collaboration with China, and bring into full play the leading role of the France-China comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to jointly safeguard multilateralism and promote world peace and prosperity.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

China can work with SK on environment
CHINA is willing to work with South Korea on improving the environmental quality and seeking solutions to haze, a foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday. Recently some South Korean media have reported that the poor air quality in South Korea was because about 3.6 million local families used boilers, so the haze should not be blamed on China. In response, spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that the South Korean media reports were rational and objective, and China’s environmental protection authorities and experts have given professional and detailed explanations on whether air pollution in China would affect South Korea. He said China-South Korea environmental cooperation has always been an important part of bilateral cooperation, and both countries had in-depth exchanges on strengthening air pollution prevention and promoting the construction of a bilateral environmental cooperation center. “The Chinese side will speed up the control of its air pollution. Meanwhile, China stands ready to enhance exchanges and cooperation with South Korea and make joint contributions to improving the environmental quality in both countries and promoting regional and global sustainable development,” he said. Also yesterday, China urged the United States to properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid damaging China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. On Sunday, the US sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait. “China has closely followed the passing of US warships through the Taiwan Strait and monitored the whole process,” said Geng, adding that China has lodged stern representations with the US. “We urge the US to observe the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, and properly handle Taiwan-related issues so as to avoid undermining China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” Geng said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Efforts to strengthen management of dangerous chemicals
CHINA will strengthen the control and management of dangerous chemicals and conduct risk assessment in all chemical industry parks to eliminate safety hazards, said a statement from the Work Safety Committee of the State Council. Authorities at all levels should inspect enterprises that are involved in nitration manufacturing and storage to make sure they comply with regulations on dangerous chemicals, according to the statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Emergency Management. Authorities should also continue with strict law enforcement and strengthen safety checks in mining, transport and construction industries to prevent accidents. The statement comes as an explosion in a chemical factory in Jiangsu Province killed at least 78 and wounded hundreds.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits
The Oscar-winning biopic debuts in China with references to Freddie Mercury's sexuality censored.

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Mar 2019 | 9:10 am

The woman bringing Mandarin to Uganda
Wang Li Hong Sooma wants secondary schools students in Uganda to be able to speak China's dominant language.

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Mar 2019 | 9:42 pm

Cultures, traditions ensure ethnic pride, bonding in diverse Yunnan
Every year, He Rujun celebrates at least nine traditional ethnic festivals with neighbors from seven different minorities.As one of the Naxi minority, He wore a traditional costume of goatskin ornamented with seven round embroidered discs representing seven stars last Thursday to celebrate Sanduo Festival, one of the annual religious events for the Naxi.“Almost everyone in my neighborhood joins the celebration, no matter which ethnic group they belong to,” He said.“We taught them our songs and dances so that we could sing together in harmony traditional Naxi mythical tales, swaying to the rhythm of drums and other handmade instruments.”He lives in the community of Beimen in the city of Lijiang, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, where more than 86 percent of its residents are ethnic minorities. Yunnan is home to 25 ethnic groups, including Dai, Bai, Hani, Yi and Miao. Different ethnic groups have their own language, costume and customs.“In a community with multiple nationalities, having people with various habits and cultural backgrounds live harmoniously while preserving their ethnic characteristics is our top priority,” said Liu Linjun, Party branch secretary of Beimen community. “We are seeking common ground while reserving differences.”To promote ethnic cultures, Beimen organizes folk artists and culture inheritors to show their skills and give performances in popular tourist spots in Lijiang.Besides, it also holds grand celebrations on every ethnic festival and encourages residents to interact with each other so that everyone can have a better understanding of the diverse cultures and traditions in the community.“People can have a sense of ethnic pride and their cultural identity can be strengthened through communicating and celebrating together,” Liu said.He has been living in Beimen for more than 30 years, witnessing the community’s tremendous change from a wasteland to a modern neighborhood as the result of joint efforts by every ethnic group.“We worked together and hardened all the muddy roads. Last year, we renovated street lamps for about 11 kilometers and paved two new roads,” He said.“Singing and dancing with friends of other minorities at the activity center in our community has almost become my daily routine, which has greatly enriched my retired life.”There’s an ethnic amalgamation in the community. He’s daughter married somebody from the Bai ethnic minority and his daughter-in-law is from the Pumi ethnic minority. Since the Naxi and Pumi people had been at war in the past, marriage between the two minorities once was not allowed, but He’s family broke with the tradition.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Review time for patents to be cut
China will cut the time needed for patent review by at least 15 percent this year, an official said on Saturday.The review time for trademarks will also be reduced to within five months, said Gan Shaoning, deputy head of the National Intellectual Property Administration, at the ongoing 20th China Development Forum.The administration will strengthen intellectual property protection by optimizing the mechanisms governing IP, raising the costs for IP infringements and treating all market entities as equals in terms of IP protection, Gan said.China has vowed to strengthen IP protection across the board, improve the system of punitive compensation for IP infringements and promote invention and creation and their industrial application.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 Mar 2019 | 12:05 pm

Trade war: US-China to resume face-to-face talks next week
The negotiations have taken longer than some had expected with contradictory comments on progress.

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Mar 2019 | 5:55 am

Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province
The fossils found on a river bed in eastern China are estimated to be about 518 million years old.

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Mar 2019 | 4:39 am

Italy joins China's New Silk Road project
Italy is the first G7 country to sign up to China's global investment programme, despite Western concerns.

Source: BBC News - China | 23 Mar 2019 | 1:55 pm

China chemical blast: Survivor found but toll rises again
Firefighters pull a man from the rubble days on from the explosion but the death toll rises again.

Source: BBC News - China | 23 Mar 2019 | 8:05 am

China chemical plant explosion: 'The blast smashed it all'
Dozens have died and hundreds of people were injured in the explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China.

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Mar 2019 | 5:56 pm

Chinese imports 'driving fishermen to despair'
Kenya's Lake Victoria fishermen are struggling to compete with cheap Chinese fish imports.

Source: BBC News - China | 20 Mar 2019 | 8:09 pm