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China launches first rocket into space from platform a

hina carried out the country’s first seaborne space launch on Wednesday, from a platf

orm in its territorial waters in the Yellow Sea, opening a new chapter in its space industry.

A Long March 11 solid-propellant carrier rocket blasted off at 12:06 pm fr

om a mobile launch platform — a modified submersible craft — in the Yellow Sea off the e

astern province of Shandong and then sent seven satellites into orbit about 600 kilometers above the Earth.

The mission — the first seaborne space launch in the world in five years — showcased China’s mastery of

the technologies and capabilities required for

such operations and indicates the country has found an alternative to its ground-based launch centers.

China is striving to expand its launch service portfolio and promote its carrier roc

kets to more countries, especially those wishing to have their own affordable satellite networks.

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ommerce ministry to protect Chinese companies’ interests

hina is drafting a list of foreign parties considered “unreliable enti

ties” that harm the interests of Chinese companies, said the Ministry of Commerce on Friday.

Detailed measures of the plan are to be disclosed at a later date.

The list will target companies, people and organizations that fail to abide by market rules, violate th

e spirit of contract, block Chinese companies for non-commercial reasons, and severely violate Chinese co

mpanies’ legitimate rights, said Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman, in a media briefing on Friday.

“Due to the increasing uncertainties in the global economy, including

the rising trade protectionism and unilateralism, the multilateral trading system is facing s

evere challenges and regular international commercial activities have been disrupted,” Gao said.

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Xinjiang to launch up to 100 trains for tourists

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home and abroad, local

authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other part

s of the country to boost Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Ti

ngfen, deputy general manager of Xinjiang Railway Tourism Development Group.

The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern parts of Xinjia

ng, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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When the desired train tickets are not available at the tick

et booking site and the app of the China Railway Corporation, a person can use the “waiting” function, and the system will add the wanted ticket information to a list.

One person could make an order for three tickets in the waiting list, and the function will be

free and much more efficient than other third-party software to grab tickets, according to the operator.

When ticket buyers cancel or change their tickets, the system will allocate the returned tickets to waiting buyers on the list.

To use this function, people have to pass a verification process on their status through facial recognition.

They will have to prepay the maximum price for each ticket, and once the

y have obtained the tickets, the difference from the actual fare will be refunded. If they f

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China’s new energy vehicle sales performed well in Ap

 April, despite the continuing downward trend of the automotive market, Securities Daily reported on Wednesday.

From January to April, the country’s NEVs market experienced strong gro

wth of sales and production, recording a year-on-year increase of 59.8 percent and 58.5 p

ercent, respectively, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

China sold 97,000 NEVs last month, an increase of 18.1 percent year-on

-year, while the output reached 102,000, up 25 percent compared with a year earlier.

Pure electric vehicles saw a rise in both sales and output by 9.6 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively, to 71,000 units and 82,000 u

nits in April. Besides, about 26,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold during the same period, surging by 50.9 p

ercent from a year earlier, and the output increased 13.6 percent to 20,000 units.

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My personal hope is that if there is any way or any futur

e in trying to forecast earthquakes, it may very well happen in China,” said Tappo

nnier, also foreign associate member of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences.

Four leading ethics scholars in China are urging government authorities to intensify their supervision over scientific research to re

duce the chances of unethical use of biomedical technologies involving gene editing and stem cells.

The appeal, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, referen

ced a major ethical scandal in November, when a Chinese scientist announced he had pro

duced the world’s first twin human babies whose genes were altered to make them immune to HIV.

According to the administration, the country is stricken by an average 20 earthquakes abo

ve magnitude 5 every year. There is an earthquake above magnitude 8 every decade. Since the turn of

the new millennium, more than 91,800 people have been killed by earthquakes in the country.

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Faster checks for inbound pets in placegs, cats to got

No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions

Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar

rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.

Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c

ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe

ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.

The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite

d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J

apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

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Sometimes there have been legitimate concerns lyin

 beneath the surface of the anti-China theory. I have not criticized the Australian government fo

r banning foreign campaign donations or requiring representatives of foreign governments to register with the authorities. On Hua

wei, I am neutral. Who knows what evidence was considered by the Australian National Security Committee of th

e Cabinet to justify the ban on the world’s biggest telecommunications company as a supplier of 5G equipment?

Publicity conflated, tinged with racism

But, as Evans says, a lot of the publicity has been conflated, even tinged with racism. Take the following examples:

In 2017, former China correspondent for Fairfax John Garnaut alleged t

hat China was exporting “racial chauvinism” to our universities. This generated a raft of headl

nes and bought warnings from Julie Bishop, then foreign minister, to Chinese students. B

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JD Logistics responds to criticism over courier pay cuts

JD Logistic, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight JD

.com, will cancel the basic salary for delivery staff , CEO and Chairman Liu Qiangdong said i

n response to arguments on the company’s salary adjustments in an internal email sent on Monday.

JD Logistics lost over 2.3 billion yuan ($342.9 million) in 2018, its 12th consecut

ive year to lose money. If the situation continues, Liu said, the company would only last for two more years.

If internal settlements are deducted, JD Logistics lost more than 2.8 billion yuan last year.

The main reasons for the loss are few external delivery orders and high internal costs, Liu said.

The company has only two choices, according to Liu: one, increase external delivery orders to promote external inco

me growth; the other, reduce staff members’ well-being to the level of other express companies.

Reducing fund ratios to average levels and canceling the basic salary a

ims to encourage couriers to get more external delivery orders and increase revenue.

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Former Chongqing court official killedestigated by

Tan Zhihua, former vice-president of the No 2 Intermediate Peopl

e’s Court in Chongqing, was killed during an alleged burglary, ThePaper.cn reported on Sunday.

The Shanghai-based website said the news was from an authorized source, but it did not disclose it.

The case is being investigated by local police, it said.

Tan, 55, a Chongqing native, was removed from his court post in December 2016.

CHENGDU — A forest fire that killed 27 firefighters and three locals in southwest China’s Sich

uan province a week ago started to burn again Saturday afternoon, local authorities said Sunday.

Around 5 pm on Saturday, the fire was found to have started in the northeastern part of the fo

rest, according to the sources with Muli County, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture.

So far, 350 firefighters are battling the fire and other 440 locals from neighboring towns have rushed to the site.

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