hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

China plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development play

s a crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of buildin

g digital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the adm

inistrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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The site has thousands of Chinese volunteers and hun

ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad

ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.

The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne

ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.

During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo

ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm

ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.

“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ

y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.

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A few lucky ones managed to jump outside the net, whil

When the flurry subsided, Berry began to pull the net up and pick carp from it one by one.

Repeating this process one or two times, they had enough carp to deliver to the nearby Kentucky Fish Center owned by An

gie Yu, who also operates Two Rivers Fisheries, the largest Asian carp processor and exporter in the United States.

Berry and Irwin, half-brothers originally from Washington, came to Kentucky to fish for Asian carp in November.

Irwin is a commercial fisherman who has worked all over the world, most recently in Ala

ska during the summer. For three months, he worked 20 – to 22-hour days in Alaskan wate

rs. The pay was good enough to cover a year’s worth of living expenses, but the work was extremely hard.

One day, Irwin read an internet article about Asian carp and commercial fishing in Kentucky, and immediately became interested.

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A leak that may have come from the Australian Secu

ty Intelligence Organization suggested that Chinese-Australians contesting local government elections represented securit

y threats because they might have belonged to an organization called the “Australian Council for the Promotion of Peace

ful Reunification of China”. Actually, none of the candidates mentioned has ever been associated with ag

itation or lobbying on issues of concern to Beijing such as the South China Sea, Taiwan or Tibet.

Worst example of anti-China prejudice

One of the worst examples of anti-China prejudices comes from a bo

ok written by a professor of public ethics, Clive Hamilton-Silent Invasion published in earl

y 2018. On pages 280-281 Hamilton writes that up to 40 percent of the Chinese in Australia are disloyal. Speci

fically, he says they are ready “to take to the streets to express their loyalty to Beijing-in other words, to Australia’s enemy”.

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Indeed, Premier Li Keqiang, who led China’s negotiati

tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in

dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.

In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i

n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim

ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other

sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre

ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.

China, US should jointly promote WTO reform

Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr

iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t

rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.

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hina to ease permanent residency requirements in lar

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populatio

ns between 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrictions

for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency restrictions in

small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations above 5

million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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The terraced fields are where my roots are. They are the

 golden rice bowls passed down from our ancestors,” said Lu, 61. “We cannot afford to lose them.”

The local terraced fields have been in existence for about 1,300 years when

the Hani people built a complicated channel system to direct water from the forested hillto

p to nurture paddies on mountain slopes. The natural and cultural wonder was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2013.

It has not always been plain sailing. In the 1960s, a blight caused for

est coverage to drop to just 17 percent, threatening the terraced fields with a devastating drought.

The situation improved in recent decades after China tightened its crackdown on illegal lumb

ering and returned marginal farmland into forest, breathing new life into the local forests as well as terraced paddies.

But as economic takeoff swept across China, the Hani villages faced new trouble, as their old w

ays of farming and the limited output failed to keep young laborers from leaving for better-paying jobs in the cities.

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Meanwhile, 15.6 percent suffered cyber bullying and

percent encountered illegal or bad information, the report said. And 69.1 percent

know how to protect their rights and interests through the internet and report infringements.

According to the report, 91.9 percent learn relative legal knowledge through offline means, and 72.3 percent learn legal knowledge through the internet.

The report suggests that the regulations on protecting minor netizens should be legislated as soon

as possible. Authorities should enhance content supervision and industry management, regulating ente

rprises to shoulder social responsibly, promote education on the internet among minors and crack down on infringement.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD is starting to cultivate key opinion leaders (KOLs) to build u

p its strength in the field of e-commerce, according to a report by technology media 36kr.

At its JD Shopping Circle, a mini program for WeChat providing a platform for users to post reviews on products and share experiences, JD la

unched a “Super Partner Program”, aiming to incubate online celebrities in the e-commerce sector to take a share of the fan economy.

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While there does appear to be some parallels between the

  start of the Arab Spring and the recent Algerian marches, experts are wary of drawing comparisons.

  McInerney says these protests feel very reminiscent of what was witnessed in Tunisia in Janua

ry 2011. He adds that similar protests erupted in Algeria at the same time but were quickly and violently quashed.

  ”In the past, the default position [for the regime] has been to crackdown on protests … The nature of these protests, they’ve chos

en not to do that. They’ve been more careful and thoughtful and strategic in how they respond,” he says.

  McInerney says there are some concerns the regime will try to trigger violent cl

ashes, perhaps by sending pro-regime thugs into the protests to create violence as a pretext for a crackdown.

  For now, protesters seem intent on continuing their calls for Bouteflika to withdraw and planning further peaceful marches.

  ”If the determination continues and if the protesters keep their demands clear … and i

f they remain peaceful, this might transform into a big social movement,” Carnegie research scholar Gha

nem says, adding that countries across the Mediterranean will be closely watching how events unfold.

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Beyond Parallel reported there has been “activity” at a verti

  ical engine test pad and a launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure. It concluded that the activity was “deliberate and purposeful.”

  The CIA declined to comment on the photographs.

  South Korean lawmaker Lee Hye-hoon told CNN Wednesday that the country’s Nationa

l Intelligence Service (NIS) revealed in a briefing that there has been restoration activity at Tongchang-ri.

  Tongchang-ri activity

  Though the satellite images provide useful information, analysts and experts caution

against reading too much into them without sufficient intelligence to complement.

  ”If North Korea does something they want us to know, they would say it. They haven’t said

anything,” said Joseph Yun, the State Department’s former special representative for North Korea policy.

  ”We don‘t know enough to say one way or the other. My own guess is it’s too early to think that this is a response to happen in Hanoi,” Yun said.

  Joel Wit, a former State Department diplomat and founder of 38 North, said on Twitter that the movement at Ton

gchang-ri did not provide any evidence that North Korea was preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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