had determined that there are ways to limit the risks of using Huawei in future 5G ultra-fast networks, citing officials familiar with the matter.
Such a decision dealt “a serious blow to US efforts to persuade allies to ban the Chinese supplier from high-speed telecommunications systems,” the report said.
One person familiar with the debate said the British conclusion would “carry great weight” with European leaders, since the UK
has access to sensitive US intelligence through its membership in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, the FT reported.
Zhang said that the UK had been concerned about the risks of usi
ng Huawei because of warnings from the US. But Huawei products are inexpensive a
nd qualified that they could not refuse, which was why they proposed schemes to test Huawei equipment.
Zhang hailed the system and the UK’s conclusion as “significantly pragmatic, and will set an example for other European countries.”
Cui Hongjian, director of the Department of European Studies at the China Institute of Interna
tional Studies, told the Global Times on Monday that it was not in European countries’ interests to blin
dly follow the US, which was confusing security with the market to crack down on Huawei.
attract foreign capital. The first is instability in the job market and relatively low labor efficiency. Particularly, the recent years have seen an increasing number of strikes and the failure of the g
overnment to ease industrial relations conflicts with effective measures has crippled investor confidence in the country. Some foreign ent
erprises even withdrew from Myanmar and shifted to neighboring countries, denting the image of the nation.
Second, Myanmar’s backward infrastructure may deter potential investors. A small nu
mber of power generation facilities and fragmented grids cannot ensure stable and sufficient po
wer supply. Access to electricity is limited to only 26 percent of the population, impeding Myanmar’s economic development.
Third, some Myanmese are prejudiced against foreign investment. Worrying that Myanmar’s eco
nomic and social interests may be impaired, they turned their backs on foreign investment. Demonstrators r
allied in Kachin State to demand the government permanently halt the Myitsone dam project, without giving any constructive suggestion on the fo
llow-up arrangements. It’s fair to say some movements against foreign-invested projects, driven by nationalism an
d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Re
specting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their people. Myanmar State Councilor Aun
g San Suu Kyi recently said an administration shouldn’t terminate foreign-invested projects approved by its predecessor.
group of German friends claimed a world record on Saturday for the highest
number of smurfs gathered in one place.
Fans of the blue elf-like creatures created in a Belgian comic strip during
the 1950s, managed to gather
2,762 people dressed and painted blue in regulation smurf attire – curly hats and all.
The gathering took place at the town of Lauchringen, near the German border
with Switzerland, the organizers reported on Facebook.
Their record came three years after their first attempt failed to beat the record
held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.
The German‘s first effort failed, with only 2,149 turning up.
The rules of the game are strict: The only people counted as the genuine article are
those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.
The group of friends made their second, victorious attempt on Saturday with the
backing of the mayor of Lauchringen, they said.
The smurfs, small, impish creatures who live in a village, were created by the
Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo.
They became so popular that the stories eventually spilled over into cartoons and
even live-action films.
The upcoming general elections are posing quite a challenge to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the situation is looking so tough that the ruling B
haratiya Janata Party (BJP) is raising just every possible issue which it thinks could work in its favor as the vote is about 60 days away.
As a last resort, the BJP is now trying hard to make an election issue of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s reported meeting with
some Chinese ministers and officials during his religious trip to Kailash Mansarovar. Addressing a rally in the eastern Indi
an state of Odisha, Gandhi had cited his recent meeting with some Chinese leaders saying India s
hould learn from the experience of China in creating jobs for youths. He mentioned China as an example to
emulate for fighting unemployment but the ruling BJP has added a new twist to his remark.
According to a government survey reported by an Indian business daily, India’s unemployment
rate stood at 6.1 percent in 2017-18 which was the highest in the past 45 years. Gandhi quickly t
urned to Twitter to hit out at the BJP dispensation, describing it as “National Disaster” but the ruling party termed it “fake news.”
Hundreds of thousands of users on Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform, have flocked to and followed the tw
o official Weibo accounts newly created on Thursday afternoon by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.
PLA Rocket Force, formerly the Second Artillery Corps, was established on Dec 31, 2015, and serves as the strategic and tactical missile force of China.
It marks the first time for the PLA Rocket Force to open up official Weibo accounts, making the emergence of
two at once even more remarkable. One account shared the same name with the force, wh
ile another chose the funnier and more down-to-earth name Dongfeng Kuaidi, which means “Eastwind Delivery”.
Some netizens made a guess that the former one would be used for releasing official and formal news and the latter for communicating with the sea of Weibo users.
At the time of writing, the account PLA Rocket Force had over 82,000 follo
wers and Dongfeng Kuaidi had 180,000 fans, despite the fact that neither of the a
ccounts had posted any content yet. Meanwhile, the number of followers continues to surge wildly.
Most fans are surprised by the PLA Rocket Force’s move to “land” on a social m
edia platform with hundreds of millions of users, due to its air of mystery.
Many of them have said “welcome” to the PLA Rocket Force and could not to wait to le
arn more about and interact with it on the social media platform they often use in daily life.
The PLA is comprised of the Ground Force, Air Force, Navy, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force.
visited his village during a campaign focused on protecting children’s rights in March last year.
Procurators interviewed Xiao’s grandparents, visited Xiao’s former primaryers, and contacted Xiao’s mother during their visit.
Procurators then transferred Xiao’s case to local police and suggested the detention of his aunt while they further investigated the case, having found evidence of maltreatment in his uncle’s home.
After a health examination in a local hospital, Xiao returned to live with his grandparents.
With the help of the county’s procuratorate and relevant government departments, Xiao returned to school in September.
The procuratorates of Meizhou city and Pingyuan county have jointly granted a 60,000 yuan ($8,860) relief fund to help financially support Xiao.
An open public hearing into the matter is to be launched by Pingyuan county people’s court.
wed closely by the US and Japan, the report revealed. The three countries own 74 percent of all issued AI patents globally.
The CISTP report noted that while China has the world’s secondlargest AI talent pool, it has a lower percentage of top talents.
By the end of 2017, China had amassed more than 18,000 AI specialists, behind only the US. But, Ch
ina had only 977 top-tier AI specialists, just one-fifth of the number in the US, ranking sixth globally.
“China’s strengths are mainly shown in AI applications and it is still weak on the front of core techn
ologies of AI, such as hardware and algorithm development,” the report noted. “China’s AI de
IJING – China’s new yuan-denominated loans stood at 3.23 trillion yuan ($477 billion) in
January 2019, up 328.4 billion yuan year-on-year, central bank data showed Friday.
velopment lacks top-tier talent and has a significant gap with developed countries, especially the US, in this regard.”
Hohhot, capital of North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has seen an influx of foreign residents over the past few years.
Traditionally, megacities such as Beijing and Shanghai have been popular with expats, but many are now choosing lesser known cities such as Hohhot.
Thanks to the city’s rapid economic growth, Hohhot is increasingly seen as an exciting place to live and work.
“I have lived here for nearly 14 years; I love everything here,” said Vincent, an expat from the Philippines.
Vincent came to Hohhot in 2006 to work as a foreign language teacher. S
ince then, he has learnt to speak fluent Chinese and has built a successful career in the city.
Hohhot has changed dramatically over the last few years; there are new expres
sways and significant improvements to public transportation networks, he said.
Most importantly, the city is becoming more and more environmentally friendly, he added.
The local culture has also proved attractive to foreigners arriving in the city.
Jason, an Irish expat, works in the city as a foreign language teacher. He
enjoys learning the local dialect and even decorated his house with red lanterns ove
r Spring Festival, despite not knowing anything about the festival when he first arrived in Hohhot.
I’m really pleased to be working here, and hope that I can make a valuable contribution to the city, he said.
The municipal government plans to continue making the city a welcoming environment for
expat workers, with a host of new preferential policies designed to make the city an attractive place to live in.
During this year’s Spring Rush (or chunyun), which started on Jan 21 and will end on March 1, Chinese people are expected to make about 2.99 billion trips. Th