The climber was brought to an altitude of 7,028 meters

The climber was brought to an altitude of 7,028 meters

Wednesday night, and for safety concerns, the team stayed one night at this location.

On Thursday morning the climber was then brought to a camp at an

altitude of 6,500 meters, the association’s general secretary, Pema Trinley, said.

The association sent ten locals and one riding yak for support, and the climber was transferred to the 5,200-meter base cam

p by 4 am Thursday. He was sent to Gyrong Port by midnight, which he left Friday morning in good condition, Tri

nley said.This year, the region started its annual spring mountain climbing activities in early April, and since then 144

overseas and 12 domestic climbers have been approved to attempt to conquer the mountain.

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The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of No

The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of No

All outdoor activities are banned on Monday at all middle and

primary schools, kindergartens and middle voc

ational schools in Beijing, Beijing Municipal Education Commission said via Sina Weibo on Monday.

The move was taken after at least four people died in strong winds a day earlier.

Such activities include flag-raising ceremony, morning exercises and outdoor social practices.

At least four people were killed, more than 50 flights were diverted to other airports and two trains arrived late in Beij

ing on Sunday when strong gales flattened walls, knocked down trees and damaged farms.

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Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

s in China are ready to commercialize 5G. China will directly grant 5G licenses, instead of the previ

ous plan to give several key cities interim 5G licenses, to better time the rollout,” said a source clos

ed to the telecom industry regulator who asked to remain anonymous because public statements are not authorized.

Michael Gao Wenhao, deputy general manager of the 5G industrial products line at ZTE, disclosed at a 5G conference in

Hong Kong on Thursday that “China is likely to start commercial use of 5G nationwide on Oct 1”.

He told China Daily that he got the information from the country’s major telecom operators.

China said earlier that it was considering a pre-commercial launch of 5G this year, follo

wed by large-scale commercialization in 2020. Miao Wei, minister of industry an

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More new users choose VIPKID among all online Engli

More new users choose VIPKID among all online Engli

glish education brands. Since September 2018, 70 percent of all new users were snapped up by VIPKID.

There is also significant difference between VIPKID and other brands on user activity. Si

nce early 2018, the monthly active users of VIPKID have risen while other brands didn’t see much growth.

People in first- and second-tier cities take up 65 percent of all paid users, becoming a major force i

n online English course market for children. The number of users in third- and fourth-tier cities is growing.

Quality of foreign teachers a challenge

The quality of foreign teachers is a key factor when parents choose English learning pla

tform. The foreign teachers of China’s online English education brands mainly come from No

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The keynote speech delivered by President Xi Jinping is ver

The keynote speech delivered by President Xi Jinping is ver

Diversified, harmonious and inclusive civilizations should be highlighted and they are good for sustainable development.

The conference offers an open platform for us to understand each other, and dialogues will help reduce many misunderstandings.

Asian countries need to reach a consensus by exchanging and mutual learning during this conference, and ba

sed on their histories and philosophies, they can have their own ways, or Asian styles, to solve problems.

I was born in a lucky generation, not in times of conflict or in times of war. Sometimes m

y generation may take peace for granted. But if we see the history, we cannot take anything for granted.

So how do we continue the age of peace? We might not be talking about

war. We might be talking about environmental challenges or terrorism.

This is not an issue that one country faces. We have to sit together, put these issues on the table and hopefully come to a consensus.

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Liu said that at the level of trade representatives, both side

Liu said that at the level of trade representatives, both side

both sides have the sincerity to solve the existing problems.

“The purpose decides everything,” Liu said, in English. “China wants a very equal and dignif

ied deal, and under this premise, a good, cooperative deal,” he said. “I hope our US colleagues would understand this.”

Liu said he believed both sides have a strong desire to reach a deal. “We need to work hard tog

ether to surpass the temporary difficult period of time, and then we’ll have a bright future,” he said.

Asked by China Daily how China and the US could help world economic growth, whose p

rospects have been already compromised by the escalation of trade tensions between the two countries, Liu said co

operation serves the interests of the two sides and the whole world, while conflict hurts both.

“We have tremendous common interests and many commo

n foes, only through cooperation could we solve these problems,” Liu said.

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by US-China trade worries. Moreover, smaller rival Lyft Inc’s s

by US-China trade worries. Moreover, smaller rival Lyft Inc’s s

hares plunged this week after its first earnings as a public company.

Uber was the biggest of a group of Silicon Valley startups that have spent ye

ars raising money in private rounds at record prices. Many of these companies are

now looking to follow with their own IPO. Some, like Uber and Lyft, are unprofitable.

Workplace messaging company Slack Technologies Inc plans to hold an investor presentation on Monday in adv

ance of its direct listing next month. Grocery and food delivery platform Postmates, WeWork owner The We Co

mpany and online mattress retailer Casper Sleep are among startups seeking to launch IPOs this year.

“If a venture capital investor wants to burn cash they can do that as long as they want, but on

ce you get to the public markets you have to show profitability or a path to it,” said Jordan Stuart, a por

tfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann who often purchases companies’ shares during an IPO.

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Rich Chinese parents also caught up in college admissions scandal

Rich Chinese parents also caught up in college admissions scandal

Paying millions of dollars to secure their children a spot at an elite college may

sound absurd to many parents, but some are willing to do this.

Nicole Shen, the Chinese mother of a high school student in Palo Alto, California, said she would be wi

lling to pay a pretty penny upfront to get her daughter admitted to a top-tier university if she could afford it. “As long as eve

rything is legal,” she added.Zhao, 52, was introduced to William “Rick” Singer, a college consultant in California and the mast

ermind behind the scandal, by Michael Wu, who worked as an adviser at the Los Angeles area branch of in

vestment bank Morgan Stanley, according to the Los Angeles Times. Wu has since been fired.

Two wealthy Chinese families have recently been in the spotlight and t

he subject of widespread discussion after media reports showed they paid huge am

ounts in a high-profile college admissions scandal. The sums they paid dwarfed the typical amount footed by US parents.

The highest-known payoff to date is the $6.5 million by billionaire Zhao Tao, president and co-founder of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals Co.

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Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

iding several versions of edited application essays to setting students up with internships and volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Shen said she paid a counselor $12,000 to edit seven or eight of her daughter’s c

ollege application essays. She also regularly takes her daughter to private tutors who charge $180 per hour.

“It’s very normal (to hire private counselors and tutors) among Chinese parents (living in th

e San Francisco Bay Area),” Shen said. She is in several WeChat groups, each having hundreds of parents.

Shen said it is easy to find a counselor. “You just pst in the groups, and somebody will quick

ly respond with recommendations. I know many parents easily spend over $150,000 on the counseling or tutoring.”

The San Francisco Bay Area has a high concentration of private college admiss

ions consultants. Tutoring schools and consultancies with Chinese signs can be seen in shopping malls.

A popular consultant is IvyMax, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential US

premier college application institution serving the Chinese-American community”.

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During Spring Festival, the proportion of small-town yo

During Spring Festival, the proportion of small-town yo

ouths who traveled rose by 101 percent year-on-year, compared with 50 per

cent among peers in bigger cities, according to major online travel agency Ctrip.

Ruan Tianying, deputy general manager of Western-style food chain Houcaller, said t

hat with fastgrowing urbanization in China, lower-tier cities definitely offer great potential.

Houcaller, founded in Xiamen, Fujian province, in 1993, plans to operate about 400 store

s in 100 Chinese cities, with more than two-thirds of them located in lower-tier centers by the end of this year.

Ruan said consumption per capita at Houcaller outlets is about

60 yuan, and about 80 percent of its more than 30 million customers a year are age 36 or younger.

“Opening a restaurant involves different factors, so we cannot reach lower-tier cities as quick

ly as fast-moving consumer goods do,” he said, adding that in these cities, the market still needs to be educa

ted about eating Western-style food, which involves a different dining etiquette from Chinese food.

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