Weather-related disasters such as typhoons pose a thr

reat to life and property. Tracking their path could help local authorities decide how to proceed with evacuations,” she said.

In addition to real-time monitoring, the China Meteorological Administration set up the Emergency Suppor

t Mechanism for international users of Fengyun satellites last April, which covers disaster prevention and mitigation.

So far, 15 countries including Iran and Mongolia have registered as users of the mechanism.

According to the administration, the mechanism can switch the on-duty satel

lite to a quick-scan mode focusing on areas required by users when they are hit by disasters.

“During disasters, Fengyun satellites can scan as often as every five or six minutes. The China

Meteorological Administration could send users cloud images and products via satellites and public clouds,” Wei said.

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The document said such practices have adversely affect

ted the interests of WTO members, especially developing-nation members, and undermined the

authority and efficacy of the WTO. As a consequence, the organization is facing an unprecedented crisis.

China suggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to overcome the crisis, strengthen its auth

ority and efficacy, and enlarge its relevance in terms of global economic governance. It also

proposed strengthening the inclusiveness of the multilateral trading system, said an official with the De

partment of WTO Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce, in an online statement late on Tuesday.

The unnamed official stressed the need to resolve several urgent issues threatening the existence of free trade and globalization.

Even though China didn’t mention the United States by name in the proposal, it refe

rred to a number of policies clearly associated with Washington. Experts stressed tha

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Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it mu

st be admitted that China’s transition to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as

a shock to many companies around the world. The US economy, which has about 7 percent of G

DP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes ar

ound 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Germ

any and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be pai

nless for its companies or for foreign competitors. But, refo

m and opening-up policies that create more competitive companies and markets are t

he only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

to give lectures to the students to provide access to new developments in the international space sector.

“We want to make sure that they will be able to design satellites when they complete their study here and go back to their countries,” Cui said.

He added that compared with their Chinese peers, the foreign

students are more active in class and are better at asking questions and sharing their thoughts.

The foreign students will choose either remote sensing or comm

unications satellites as the topic for individual research at the Shenzhou Institute, Cui s

aid, adding that their choice will depend on what they will do in their homeland after the program.

Wang Jie, the mentor of the eight-student class, said that in addition to professional knowledge

and on-site tours, the institute also arranges lectures on Chinese language and culture for the foreign s

tudents and takes them to such historical sites as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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Guangdong province in South China will allow ove

erseas travelers from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-fr

ee visit starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can vis

it all of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pro

vince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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Some rural banking institutions lacked control ov

r related party transactions and even transferred benefits throug

h abusive related party transactions. Some institutions had management irregu

larities in pledges of equity. Some stakeholders bought shares by breaking fundraising rules, faking qualifications or ent

rusting a third party to hold the equity. Some shareholders sought control over rural banking institutions’ ope

rations through invisible association and even instigated the institutions to issue loans to them and refused to repay.

The regulators will strengthen areas of institutional weakness by increasing supervision of the

shareholders of rural banking institutions, making detailed rules on shareholders’ related party tran

sactions, and pushing forward with equity trust, in addition to urging the rectification of problems, imposing seve

re punishment, and enhancing corporate governance capabilities of such institutions, said an official of the CBIRC.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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hina still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its

per capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of Water Resources has

put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting management mechanism of water saving cont

acts and water-saving service industries. job fair is held for foreign students at the University of Inter

national Business and Economics in Beijing on April 18, 2019. Around 1,000 foreign students attended, seeking jobs

Torrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than

an hour, and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s air

port is located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen were delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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