ina’s icebreaker Xuelong leaves research base in Antar

China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, with 126 crew members aboard on the 35th Antarc

tic research mission, on Thursday local time left the Zhongshan Station on its way back to China.

Snow Eagle 601, China’s first fixed-wing aircraft for polar flight, on Th

ursday night also departed from the Antarctic after completing all assignments.

Xuelong arrived near Zhongshan on Feb 9. It supplied the station with fuel oil, then picked up summer exped

ition team members at the Kunlun, Taishan and Zhongshan stations, as well as members of the fixed-wing aircraft project.

Sixteen members of the Kunlun team previously completed all scientific expeditions at Dome Argus (Dome A), the So

uth Pole’s highest icecap. They, together with 21 members of the Taishan team, returned to Zhongshan on Feb. 8.

The Zhongshan team completed tasks including installation of and tests for LiDAR, drilling of ice bedrock, aa

tmospheric sounding observation, surveys of birds and aerial exploration carried out by the fixed-wing aircraft.

As the summer expedition team at Zhongshan left, 19 members stay for winter expeditions.

Also known as the Snow Dragon, the icebreaker carrying a research team set sail from Shanghai on Nov 2 last year, beg

inning the country’s 35th Antarctic expedition. It is expected to arrive in Shanghai in mid-March.

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henzhen to strengthen smoking policylayed at a shopping ma

Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.

The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.

Since the implementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio

n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.

In implementing the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties

with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.

Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jointly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable.

The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de

finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.

It also expands the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p

latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa

ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.

Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.

The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ

cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.

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Another post by the same blogger claimed Zhai’s doctoral gra

aduation dissertation could not be found in the CNKI database, while all graduation dissertations written by his classmates were there.

Zhai’s studio said on Friday he obtained a Ph.D. from the Beijing Film Academy in June, and all h

is academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.

He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.

Netizens later found Zhai’s supervisor Chen Yi, former director of the performance institute of the Beijing Film Academy, on

ly has a bachelor’s degree and has not published any academic papers. However, doctoral supervisors at the university are supposed to have a do

ctoral degree and publish at least eight academic papers and two academic monographs within five years.

Zhai posted an apology letter on his Sina Weibo page Thursday.

“After I have starred in a few films and TV series, I have become full of myself and forgotten honesty is the most important principle,” he said.

“Vanity has misguided me and I brought this attitude into writing academic papers. I will

withdraw from postdoctoral research at Peking University and I am deeply sorry to my school, teachers, fans and the public.”

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Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has found that Paul Ma

nafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has breached his plea a

greement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office by intentionally lying to prosecutors.

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as his campaign manager Pa

ul Manafort looks on during Trump’s walk through at the Republican National Convention in C

leveland, US, July 21, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sa

ys in an order that there’s sufficient evidence that Manafort lied in breach of his plea agreement.

The decision hurts Manafort’s chance of receiving a reduced sentence next month.

Manafort was accused of lying about several matters including his discussions with a longt

ime associate the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence. Mueller’s prosecutors have said the discussions be

tween Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik about a Ukrainian peace plan go to the “heart” of the Mueller probe.

Manafort was also accused of lying about sharing polling data with Kilimnik during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Yuan Yuyu, chairman and general manager of Medprin Bio

ech in Guangzhou, said the city and the whole Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Ar

ea still have huge space to develop innovative businesses compared with the Tokyo, New York and San Francisco areas.

Medprin has proposed building an innovation center for high-performance medical equipment and instruments in the Greater Bay Area.

Guangdong, which has been largely reliant on foreign-oriented economic development, achieved GDP growth of 6.8 percent last year.

The province’s GDP, a barometer of China’s reform and opening-up, reached 9.73 trillion yuan last y

ear, cementing once more the top ranking in the country, a position it has held for more than three decades.

The province’s regional innovation topped the country for the past two years, a

ccording to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Its investment in research an

d development exceeded 250 billion yuan last year, or 2.65 percent of the province’s GDP.

Guangdong had registered more than 40,000 new and high-tech companies as of the end of last year, more than any other provincial-level region.

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High-end Chinese restaurants in London celebrates Year of the Pig

In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the

classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.

The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan m

acarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaro

n will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to m

odern day life in London. The fortune macarons will be available as part of the Chinese New Year set menu and also a la carte.

Will Self is an English novelist and journalist, was a food critic for The Observer, and h

as written for titles including The Guardian, Harper’s and The London Review. Self writes to as

tonish people with his fantastical style, and wrote ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker’, a collection of no

n-traditional restaurant reviews for the New Statesmen. His 2002 novel ‘Dorian, an Imitation’ was long listed for th

e Booker Prize and his novel ‘Umbrella’ shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his unique style and tone of voi

ce, which will be a defining feature of the Hakkasan fortune macarons. Speaking about the partnership he said。

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WTO should play bigger role in global governancetate Coun

reign Minister Wang Yi has called for the World Trade Organization to play bigger role in global governance.

Wang made the statement at the 18th session of the consultations of the coordinators for the China-France Stra

tegic Dialogue with Philippe Etienne, foreign policy advisor to the president of France, in Paris on Thursday.

Wang highlighted China’s position in upholding multilateralism and the rules-based multilateral trading system with the WTO at the core.

Noting China supports for the reform of the WTO to increase its authority and efficiency, Wang said the core value and b

asic principles of the WTO as well as the direction of trade liberalization should remain unchanged.

The WTO reform should follow the practice of decision-making by consensus, and c

annot be dictated by a few, nor decided by an exclusive small group of Members, he noted.

Wang called for safeguarding the special and differential treatment for developing members in the

WTO reform, saying France should objectively treat China as a developing country.

Priority should be given to the resolution of the issue of Appellate Body member appointment blockage, he said.

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Beijing embraces first snow during lunar new year holiday

BEIJING — The wait is finally over after snow fell in Beijing Wednesday amid celebrations marking the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year.

At about 9 am, light snow started to fall in suburban districts of Beijing, such as Yanqing

and Huairou. As of 10 am, more than 10 weather stations in the city had observed snow, a c

riterion for the municipal observatory to declare the arrival of the first snow.

This winter’s snow arrived particularly late, only fi

ve days away from becoming the latest snow on record, which happened in the winter of 1983-84.

Beijing has never had a winter without snow since the capital city started keeping weather data in 1951, according to Beijing News.

A mother and her daughter are excited to see Beijing embra

cing first snow at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport, Feb

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China remains top trade supplier of Algeria in books draws visit

ALGIERS — China consolidated its position as the largest trade supplier of Algeria in 2018, according to a report by Algerian Customs on Saturday.

Algeria imported from China goods and services worth $7.85 billion in 2018, represe

nting 17 percent of the total import of the North African nation, the report said.

China has remained the top exporter to Algeria for the past six years, it added.

France is the second largest exporter to Algeria with $4.78 billion, followed by Italy ($3.65 billion), Spain ($3.53 billion) and Germany ($3.18 billion).

However, Algeria witnessed a 53.73-percent decline in its trade deficit to $5.03 billion in 2018, against $10.87 billion in 2017, said the report.

The decrease in trade deficit is the result of improved oil prices combined with the policy of

restricting import adopted since the beginning of 2017 by the Algerian government, the report said.

According to the report, the country’s exports amounted to $41.16 billion in 2018, up 16.98 percent from 2019.

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Completing the festival lineup is The Story of Xiaoyi, an i

chodrama composed of four major sections, i.e. Dramatic Presentation, Interactive E

xperiences, Volunteer Interpretation and Hui Diji’s Heart Forum, based on real stories and psycho-social counseling cases.

All performances will be presented in Chinese with English subtitles.

The event is part of the second annual Creative China Festival (CCF), which is co-organized b

y Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) and Creative China Center in New York.

The current CCF has been open from September 2018 to March 2019 in New York, Bo

ston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle.

The CCF aims to nurture innovative creators and foster in-depth colla

borations between China and the United States in contemporary arts and culture.

Founded in 1961, La MaMa has become a world-renowned cultural instit

ution in Manhattan. The upcoming China Fringe Theater Festival is co-organized by La M

aMa, BCAF, Beijing Fringe Festival, Shanghai Huidiji Public Psychological Care Center, and The Physical Guerrillas.

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