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China’s courier sector keeps steady expansion in the firs
亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝女神会所t half of the year (H1), according to the State Post Bureau (SPB) Thursday.
The combined revenue of the sector in domestic marke
t hit 213.8 billion yuan ($31.08 billion), up 18.3 percent year on year, SPB data showed.亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝
A total of 27.13 billion parcels were handled during the period, up 25.8 percent from
亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝女神会所a year ago, and June alone saw 5.4 billion parcels delivered, according to the SPB.
Cross-border courier services rebounded fast thanks to the cou
ntry’s preferential policies, booming online retail sales and higher clearance efficiency.亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝女神会所
The business revenue of the cross-border service increased 16.9 percent to 33.86 billion yua
亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝n in H1 compared with a year ago, with 630 million parcels delivered during the period.
China plans to extend the courier network and improve computer systems, services and in
ternational connections by 2020, when the target annual revenue of the courier sector will hit 800 billion yuan.亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝女神会所
Firms ramping up innovation efforts in new sectors like high-quality drugs and biologics
亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝As China moves forward from being the world’s manufacturing powerhouse t
o an innovation-driven economy focusing on high-quality development, the innovation capa
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he rapid development of domestic biologics and innovative medicine sector, industry people said.
亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝According to the Center for Drug Evaluation under China’s Natio
nal Medical Products Administration, it granted approvals for 91 drugs with prio
rity review status in the first half of this year, among which, 65 were domestic drugs while 26 were imported.亚博体育官方app贵族宝贝女神会所
In fact, clinical trial and market approval application
s for high-quality biologics and innovative drugs have been increasing in China.
rial structure, aiming to move from an agricultural province to a provin
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“A modern industrial system dominated by manufacturing and related services is taking shap
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According to him, the total industrial output grew at an annual growth rate of 12.1 percen
亚博体育官方app龙凤1314t to hit 1.19 trillion yuan ($173 billion) in 2018, with a string of emerging sectors witnessing robust growth.
The industrial output of 11 emerging sectors including machin
ery, electronics, information and pharmaceuticals exceeded 100 billion yuan last year, he added.亚博体育官方app龙凤1314
With some of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers based in the province, Hunan has c
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he province’s major goals in near future is to become a strong manufacturing power.
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al of Hunan, had received recognition as national pilot models of intelligent man
ufacturing, the most among all provincial capitals, according to a local government work report.
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domestic product of 3.64 trillion yuan last year, Hunan was ranked as one of the Top 10 regions in terms of GDP.
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dustry predicted its net profit attributable to shareholders in the first half could reach between 6.5 billion yuan a
nd 7 billion yuan, which would be an increase of 92 percent to 107 percent year-on-year.
y the unique characteristics of different universities will be established across the country by the end of 2020, the guideline said.
?亚博体育官方app会所Universities should explore how to turn a traditional bookstore into an integrated cultural activities center, where book clubs, aca
demic salons, exhibitions and leisure-time gatherings could be held. University libraries and publishing house?亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
s should help bookstores keep up with students‘ needs by sharing information and resources, according to the guideline.
?亚博体育官方app会所The guideline also supports campus bookstores recycling and selling second-hand books to help save and reuse resour
ces and build a greener campus. Branded bookstore chains are welcome to open outlets on university campuses.
Physical bookstores in universities are encouraged to play a part in work-study and entrepreneurship programs, according to the document. Cam?亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
pus bookstores can offer work-study jobs to students. It also encourages university graduates to run such bookstores as a startup business.
?亚博体育官方app会所Phuntsok Yangdron, a 16-year-old Tibetan girl, received help from experts at Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital seven years ago.
In 2012, she was diagnosed with leakage in her left atrium and right heart crown. La
ter, she was transferred to Wuhan to receive heart surgery, and Tao was her surgeon.
The two met again this year when the hospital’s expert team revisit?亚博体育官方app会所
ed Yangdron’s hometown in Naidong county, Shannan, Tibet autonomous reg
?亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信ion. The teenage girl was excited to see Tao, she said. “I still remember how frightened I was when I went to Wuhan. I wa
s 9 years old, alone and far away from home, and was about to receive my first ever heart surgery.”?亚博体育官方app会所
But Yangdron was lucky. “The doctors at the hospital were very kind to me,” she said. “T
?亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信hey comforted me, took care of me. They gave me the courage to do the surgery without too many worries.”
After undergoing the minimally invasive surgery, Yangdron recovered quickly and the operation was a total success.
Experts from Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital in Central China’s Hubei province h?亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
ave travelled thousands of kilometers across the nation to conduct examinations on child
ren with congenital heart diseases and carry out surgeries free of charge, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.
Ever since the hospital was founded in 1999, the team of medical experts led by Tao Lia
ng, head of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery department, has paid visits to a number of poverty-stric
ken regions, old revolutionary base areas and remote mountainous areas. In the past eight years, they have visited Tib
et autonomous region five times, bringing professional medical assistance to local residents.
ng-level talks on denuclearization as the two leaders met at the peninsular border village of Panmunjom.
亚博体育官方app千花坊It is a common aspiration of the international community for the two sides to resume talks as soon as possible, Hua said.
All parties involved should cherish the hard won momentum for dialogue, show goodwill and work together for the p亚博体育官方app千花坊品茶微信
eninsula’s denuclearization and a political resolution of the peninsula issue, Hua said.
亚博体育官方app千花坊Analysts said Pyongyang’s latest missile launches may have a negative impact on prospects for future talks.
Li Chengri, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the aims of Thursday’s missile launches are t亚博体育官方app千花坊
wofold. “First, the calibrated move is a protest of the planned US-ROK military exercises next month. Second, it also a
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Li added that launching short-range missiles is a vital negotiation tactic of Pyongyang when dealing with Washi
ngton as it believes it can pressure the US to come up with proposals that are closer to Pyongyang’s demands.亚博体育官方app千花坊
Lee Jung-nam, a professor at the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University in Seoul, said the impact on future DPRK-US
亚博体育官方app千花坊品茶微信talks will be “limited” because Pyongyang does not wish to turn away from dialogue.
“It is in a way a diplomatic gesture from Pyongyang calling on Washington to lower the hurdles, which is to e
ase the terms of denuclearization if they want the wo亚博体育官方app千花坊rking-level talks to proceed,” Lee said.
The central government’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong “sternly denounced” on Thursday
亚博体育官方app千花坊品茶微信the remarks of a United States senator for his “double standards” in justifying violence in Hong Kong.
The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region responded after Senator Marco Rubio, on亚博体育官方app千花坊品茶微信
his Twitter account on Tuesday, accused China of violating its promises on Hong Kong aff
亚博体育官方app千花坊airs amid the city’s recent protests against the now-suspended extradition bill.
Rubio has applied double standards on violence and freedoms, the spokesman said.
on-compulsory education for persons with disabilities has also made steady progress. In 2018, China had 133 sec
亚博体育官方app会所ondary vocational schools or classes with an enrollment of 19,475 students with disabilities.
From 2012 to 2018, a total of 62,200 students with disabilities were enrolled in regular institutions of higher education.亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
“It’s a good start, and we believe we will be able to send more children with disabilities to schools and even colleges,” Zhang said.
亚博体育官方app会所The white paper noted that the development of the programs of persons with disabilities are still unbalanced and inadeq
uate, and there is still a big gap between the lives these people lead and lives to which they aspire.亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
“China will continue to improve the mechanisms for ensuring their rights and interests — elimin
亚博体育官方app会所ating discrimination, fully respecting and guaranteeing their human rights, improving their wellbeing,
enhancing their ability to improve their situation, and ensuring that they are able to par亚博体育官方app会所
By April 2018, more than 80 laws and 50 administrative regulations had been passed con
亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信cerning the protection of the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, according to the document.
The programs of persons with disabilities have received increasing financial support in the past decades, said the white paper.
Disabled persons’ federations across the nation spent 57.36 billion yuan (8.35 billion U.S. dollars) o亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
n their programs during the 11th Five-year Plan period (2006-2010), and the figure grew to 145
.12 billion yuan during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), an increase of 153 percent.
亚博体育官方app会所The investment was 41.67 billion yuan in 2016, the first year of the 13th Five-year Plan period (2016-2020), an i
ncrease of 24.15 billion, or 138 percent, compared with the first year (2011) during the 12th Five-year Plan period.
From 2013 to 2017, the fiscal allocations from all levels of the government for persons亚博体育官方app会所品茶微信
with disabilities added up to over 180 billion yuan, up 123 percent over the prior five years.
The CDPF, as a legitimate organization approved by the State Council, represents and safeguards the legitimate rights and inte
亚博体育官方app会所rests of persons with disabilities. By 2018, a total of 42,000 disabled persons’ federations had been set up across the nation.
Led by the CDPF, there are associations for persons with specific disabiliti
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nches of these associations at provincial, prefectural (municipal) and county levels were in place.
?across a wide range of fintech businesses, including banking, insurance, wealth management and payme
nt services,” said Simon Lance, managing director of Hays China, adding the industry risks losing valuable mom亚博体育官方app乌托邦品茶微信
entum given the shortage of skills and the overwhelming demand for experienced professionals.
亚博体育官方app乌托邦”For those already in the fintech industry, China offers great potent
ial. And for those in banking and financial services – or with relevant technology skill
s – now is a good time to consider what your career could be in the fintech industry,” Lance said.亚博体育官方app乌托邦品茶微信
According to Hays, large-scale commercial banks are accelerating the establishment of fintech subsidiaries across
亚博体育官方app乌托邦the country. It said the roles in demand in the banking sector include data security, data scientists, user experi
ence and user interface engineers, and full stack developers for mobile and web applications.
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nking and financial services, as well as experts in artificial intelligence, biometrics, cloud and big data,” Lance said.
亚博体育官方app乌托邦Global fintech funding rose to $111.8 billion in 2018, up 120 percent from $50.8 billion in 2017, fueled by mega mergers
and acquisitions and buyout deals, according to a report from global auditing and consulting firm KPMG.
“China is at the cutting edge of the fintech industry and will provide a robust and exciting career for many years to come,” Lanc亚博体育官方app乌托邦品茶微信
e said. “Fintech also provides opportunities for those in related technology fields.”
亚博体育官方app乌托邦There is high demand from fintech startups for high-caliber talents with expertise in digita
l payment systems, digital asset management, blockchain and cryptocurrency, said the 2019 Hays Asia
Salary Guide. Hays expected qualified fintech candidates to command higher salaries in 2019.亚博体育官方app乌托邦品茶微信
Fintech is already a fast-growing industry in China. Statistics from Beijing-ba
亚博体育官方app乌托邦sed market consultancy Analysys showed the market scale of China’s fintech industry rea
ched 115 trillion yuan ($16.7 trillion) in 2018.This figure is expected to surpass 157 trillion yuan in 2020.
“Compared with the traditional financial sector, fintech talents should亚博体育官方app乌托邦
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ovative thinking,” said Zheng Xia, assistant general manager of Ping An Securities.
A two-month-old baby with serious illnesses was rushed by land and air from Enshi, Central China’s Hubei province, to Wuhan Chil
dren’s Hospital, 500 kilometers away, to receive urgent treatment by way of Yichang, a city in between.亚博体育官方app夜生活
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One day later, the staff at the welfare home found Xiaoen’s face had turned blue and亚博体育官方app夜生活
purple and he was short of breath. He was soon taken to the central hospital of Enshi.
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nesses, including congenital heart disease, pulmonary infection and pulmonary arter亚博体育官方app夜生活
ial hypertension. Treatments to strengthen the heart, help him urinate and control infection were given to the baby boy.
亚博体育官方app夜生活品茶微信During his 33-day hospitalization, Xiaoen was in critical condition and several times had to undergo emergency treatments.
Given the great complexity of Xiaoen’s case, the doctors decided to transfer him to a more advanced medica
l facility where he could receive advanced treatment to increase his chances of life. They contacted the Wuhan Children’s H亚博体育官方app夜生活品茶微信
ospital, a higher-level facility in the province’s capital, Wuhan, and asked for assistance.
On July 16, the Wuhan Children’s Hospital received the application for hospital transfer. After revie亚博体育官方app夜生活
wing the case, a group of experts, including those specializing in cardiothoracic and cardiovascular diseases, came to the sa
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The distance from Enshi to Wuhan exceeds 500 kilometers. It would take at least eight ho
亚博体育官方app夜生活urs for an ambulance to cover the distance, but a faster high-speed train or passenger plane couldn’t
be loaded with the medical equipment necessary to keep the baby alive during transport.
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a ventilator, infusion pump, ECG monitor and many other medical devices and the trip to Enshi would only take two hours.
The transfer was originally scheduled for Wednesday but unfavorable weather conditions hindered the helicopter’s takeoff. R
亚博体育官方app夜生活品茶微信ainy season has been upon Hubei and massive rainfalls have affected many parts of the province. Mountain ranges on
the flight path have been shrouded in heavy mists and clouds, posing a high risk to the safety of the flight.亚博体育官方app夜生活品茶微信
On Friday, Xiaoen’s condition deteriorated again. There was not much time left to wait and a new plan was proposed.
The election to Japan’s upper house on Sunday has acquired added significance because the result would be critical to the ruli
?亚博体育官方app419论坛ng Liberal Democratic Party’s attempts to amend the country’s pacifist Constitution.
Constitutional amendment, the amendment to Article 9 in particular, has been a controversial?亚博体育官方app419论坛
issue in Japan since the end of World War II. Article 9 renounces war, and notes that the proh
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prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and denies Japan the right of “belligerency”.?亚博体育官方app419论坛
And it is precisely to change Article 9-which would allow Japan to have a regular military and be
come a normal country-that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made constitutional amendment his goal.?亚博体育官方app419论坛
But Abe should realize that amending the Constitution is no small feat beca
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jority in both houses of parliament, and then win an absolute majority of votes in a ref
erendum. Several attempts have been made to amend the Constitution, but none has been successful.?亚博体育官方app419论坛
Abe should also know that the ruling LDP’s coalition
?亚博体育官方app419论坛品茶微信artner Komeito is a conservative party which is skeptical about amending Article 9.
Differences among political parties, even within o
ne party, have made it almost impossible for the LDP to amend the Constitution.?亚博体育官方app419论坛
For example, there are diverse voices on constitutional amendment within the Abe-led LDP. While some support rev
ising the pacifist Constitution to allow Japan to have a regular military, others say the Japa?亚博体育官方app419论坛品茶微信
n Self-Defense Forces, which has constitutional sanction, should be strengthened to the level of a full-fledged military.
?亚博体育官方app419论坛品茶微信The LDP and Nippon Ishin no Kai are in favor of a constitutional amendment. But the Constitutional Democratic Party of J
apan, Democratic Party for the People, and the Japanese Communist Party strongly oppose the idea.
center in Guangzhou aims to become a high-tech hub for South China, by attracting world-class companies
Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City in Guangzhou – a sm亚博体育官方app楼凤品茶微信
art eco technology center being developed to showcase the latest in sustainable devel
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These will aim at developing the facility, a 123-square-kilometer green-field township in Guangzhou, into a high-tech hub in South China.亚博体育官方app楼凤品茶微信
The knowledge city was selected as one of the core platforms that sup
亚博体育官方app楼凤port the Guangzhou-Shenzhen science and technology innovation corridor con
struction in Guangdong province, which involves the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan.
“As a core platform for constructing the corridor, SSGKC will enhance infrastructure construction and continue to e亚博体育官方app楼凤
xpand its transportation network,” said Xu Hui, deputy director of the development and construction office of SSGKC.亚博体育官方app楼凤品茶微信
An extension of subway line 14, connecting SSGKC and other parts of Guangzhou, will go into operation by the end this month.
亚博体育官方app楼凤Cutting-edge knowledge city takes shape
Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen Intercity Railway and another three subway lines are under construction, layi
ng foundations as a strategic node of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.亚博体育官方app楼凤
“SSGKC will make efforts to build public facilities with international sta
ndards to create a good living and working environment for businesses and re
sidents,” said Tan Minghe, director of the development and construction office of SSGKC.亚博体育官方app楼凤品茶微信
The construction of sports venues and ecological footpaths have started. Hospita
亚博体育官方app楼凤ls, schools, an international conference center, a museum and a library will be built soon.
More than 900 companies, with combined registered capital of 100 billion yua
n ($15.4 billion), had committed to being in the new knowledge city as of the end of November.亚博体育官方app楼凤品茶微信
The city is home to leading companies such as BeiGene and US giant General Electric.
gton and Moscow over the INF Treaty, the first such agreement to reduce the two countries’ nuclear arsenal during the Cold War, has left the treaty hanging in limbo.
亚博体育官方app后花园女神会所It goes without saying that the exit of both signatories from the tre
aty makes the future of other such nuclear agreements uncertain. To begin with, the stabili
ty of the world order and international security could be undermined. The ruse to scrap the INF Trea亚博体育官方app后花园
ty is the US’ latest one in a series moves to nullify many international agreements and organizations since the incumbent US dispensation assumed offi
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chanisms, most of which were created due to its own efforts, has put the world order based on rules under extreme pressure.
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bilateral relations. The actions of the US and Russia have further worsened their relations following their face
亚博体育官方app后花园女神会所off over the Ukraine crisis and the Syrian civil war, and led to multiple large-scale military exercises by both side
s in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea in an apparent show of strength. Their withdrawal from the INF Treaty means the
ir tactical conflict has deteriorated into a strategic conflict, which has further jeopardized bilateral relations.亚博体育官方app后花园
Worse, the two countries’ moves could abort the international disarma
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elop new intermediate-and short-range missiles without constraints, which in turn could trigger a new global arms race.
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eploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, heightening regional tensions and fuelli
亚博体育官方app后花园ng an arms race and geopolitical competition among major powers. The new arms race, which could prompt major
powers to build new types of smart weapons, would pose a severe threat to international peace and security.What is especi
ally surprising is that some Western observers want to drag China into the discussions on certain intern亚博体育官方app后花园
ational issues regardless of whether it is a party to such issues. Regarding the INF Treaty, which has play
亚博体育官方app后花园女神会所ed an important role in improving international relations, promoting nuclear disarmament, even safeguarding glo
bal strategic balance and stability, and therefore remains very much relevant and sig
nificant even today, China has made clear that it is opposed to not only the US’ unilateral w
ithdrawal from the treaty but also the West’s efforts to make it part of a new nuclear treaty.