Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships

Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships

 said on hearing the British national anthem playing, she felt too weak to stand on the podium.

“I felt very guilty for not winning the gold for my coach, my teammates and my country. We have

been working so hard for this world championships. It is the biggest event before the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

“Many fans came up to console me and some of them are British. I know most people know what is fair play,” Zheng said.

Having trouble discerning one furry panda from another? A facial recognition app will make it easy for you.

The app is developed by the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pan

das along with researchers in Singapore Nanyang Technological university and Sichuan Normal University.

The image analysis research kicked off in 2017. A database now contains about 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas.

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Shanghai has ‘best business environment’ in China

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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Laoshan district launches global design competition

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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In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

one of the most popular items bought on e-commerce websites during the holiday period.

Leading e-commerce platform JD claimed that high-quality household items such

as home appliances, home building materials and cooking utensils, saw a sales uptick during the past few days.

Data from another online e-commerce firm Suning showed that sales of home appliances jumped 49 percent from the same

period in 2018, with air-conditioners, electric fans and televisions being the top sellers.

“This year’s May Day Holiday showed that people have stronger high-quality consump

tion demands, reflected not only in high-quality products but also in services,” said Zhao Ping, head of int

ernational commerce of the Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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Li said enrollment work has begun for the class of 2019

Li said enrollment work has begun for the class of 2019

“So far, eight nations-Venezuela, Bolivia, Algeria, Egypt, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia-have applied for places for some 20 candidates.”

Cui, meanwhile, said he looks forward to collaborating with his foreign students in the future.

During the ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing’s Yanqing district, reporters fro

m various local and international media outlets can expect 5G technology coverage and floriculture lectures at the media center.

According to Ma Guoying, deputy head of the publicity and planning department of the expo’s coordinat

ion bureau, the media center, which opened on April 27, is fully covered by 5G-the fifth-generation wireless network.

“Reporters can get a 4K high-definition view of the expo through the 5G network,” she said.

Andres Osorio, a Colombian reporter who arrived on the center’s opening day, said it was easy to use.

“I am convinced that some of the students will become our partners in the future. Actuall

y, the former director of the Venezuelan space agency was one of the trainees here at the institute.

“So by teaching them, we are promoting not only spacecraft knowledge, but also China’s space industry standards.”

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Smaller airports seeing new surge in busines

Smaller airports seeing new surge in busines

More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small

er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.

Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G

uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum

p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates

of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.

“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai

rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but

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Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes

, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.

Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said

the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.

“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he

said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf

fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”

Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des

ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.

“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g

reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.

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Last year, China reduced the tax and fee burden on

Last year, China reduced the tax and fee burden on

enterprises and individuals by around 1.3 trillion yuan, official data showed.

The country aims to implement large-scale tax cuts and fee reductions this year to boost the vitality of m

arket entities, increase urban and rural personal incomes and expand capacity for consumption.

China’s pet insurance market has a bright future amid growing rates of pet ownership across the country.

Last year, over 73 million households in Chinese cities were also home to a pet. The

value of the Chinese pet market reached 170.8 billion yuan ($25.3 billion), w

ith medical care for cats and dogs accounting for 14 percent and 15 percent, according to an industrial report.

The report also showed that the average annual cost of medical care stood at 1,557 yua

n for dog owners and 1,446 yuan for cat owners. However, those who bought medical insur

ance for their pets saved most of the expense, spending only around 300 to 500 yuan on pet insurance.

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Supply chain finance gets tech edge, to boost private

Supply chain finance gets tech edge, to boost private

Chinese commercial banks are strengthening supply chain finance with the help of tech

nology to solve difficulties at private enterprises, especially small and micro-sized businesses.

Supply chain finance allows a supplier to sell its invoices to a bank at a discount as soon as they ar

e approved by the buyer. This allows the buyer to pay later and the supplier to secure its money earlier.

China Minsheng Banking Corp, a national joint-stock commercial lender – a business entity in which shares

of the company’s stock can be bought and sold by shareholders – is providing comprehensive financial and nonfin

ancial services to private enterprises in the upstream and downstream supply chains.

Downstream supply chain management refers to coordinating the flow of information and goods with clients. It cont

rasts with upstream SCM, which involves coordinating buying activities with suppliers.

The Beijing-based bank has offered solutions adapted to the features and needs of private companies in six industr

ies, including home appliances and pharmaceuticals, since setting up a supply chain finance department last year.

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Shared accommodation industry can boost housing marke

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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