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ogram. Construction of the first prototype began in March 2014 and was completed in July 2016.
亚博yabo平台会所The seaplane made its maiden flight in December 2017 in Zhuhai, Guangdong p
rovince, taking off and landing at an airport. Ten months later, it carried out its fi
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gs and has an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers. It can carry 50 people.
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Wang Yanan, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, said the A
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se the seaplane is suitable for maritime operations as it is much faster and more flexible than ships.
Wang said the aircraft has much room for improvement including using more advanced compo
site materials or stronger engines that will further boost its range and carrying capacity.
?defense industry is to increase national defence capabilities in every way, the KCNA reported.
On Saturday morning, the DPRK fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coa?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
st in South Hamgyong Province, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
?亚博yabo平台会所Saturday’s test marked the seventh missile launch by the DPRK sinc
e July 25 and the ninth this year, which came after the end of a joint annual military exercise
s between South Korea and the United States earlier this week.ver since radical demo?亚博yabo平台会所
nstrations broke out, Hong Kong’s economy has been severely affected, with finance, trade, tourism, and resta
urants suffering the most. Hong Kong needs to stop the violence and restore the economy right now.
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信Married men outnumber women when it comes to having a supportive att
itude toward stay-at-home fathers, showed a recent survey by the China Youth Daily.
Of the 1,987 married people surveyed, 52.4 percent of male?亚博yabo平台会所
respondents are supportive of men being a full-time ca
regiver of children, whereas the figure among women was slightly lower, standing at 45.8 percent.?亚博yabo平台会所
“The fact that dads are willing to be more involved in their children’s lives shows that the traditional mentality of ‘career husb
and and domestic wife’ is changing,” Zhang Baoyi, a professor on sociology at the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, tol
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信d the newspaper, adding that society is accepting diverse values and ways of parenting.
However, more mothers remain the one juggling their children while trying to stick to hou
sehold duties. Close to 36 percent of respondents said mothers are the primary caregiver, an?亚博yabo平台会所
d the proportion of fathers playing the role is only 16.7 percent, according to the poll.
The survey suggested that the stereotyped image of husbands being the bre?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
adwinner prevents fathers from doing so as nearly 60 percent expressed such concerns.
“To embrace the practice, we need to recognize the contributions and val?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
ues of homemakers,” said Zhang, believing the stereotype will change as society evolves.
Among the respondents, 45.7 percent were men, and 89.2 percent had children.
ue to their cost advantage and rapidly growing domestic demand driven by income growth form the basis of their expan
亚博yabo平台会所ding scales. But the greatest factor driving Chinese enterprises’ continuous development is innovation.
Reform will promote innovation. Innovation will generate new demand and prompt Chinese enterprises to impr
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Last year, China’s total investment in R&D accounted for 2.18 percent of GDP, equivalent to the average of OECD countries, with the average R&D intensity o
亚博yabo平台会所f high-tech enterprises and A-share listed companies being about 3 percent and 4.87 percent.
Higher R&D investment has increased the enterprises’ capacity for independent innovation and competition advantage.
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mulated the innovation-driven development strategy and five new development concepts, Chinese en
亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信terprises have increased R&D investment and achieved remarkable breakthroughs in core technologies. In
fields as important as aviation, railways and 5G technology, Chinese enterprises have even taken a leading position.
Huawei is a good example of an innovation-driven high-tech Chinese company.亚博yabo平台会所
For years Huawei’s R&D intensity has been above 14 percent. In actual terms, Huawei’s R&D investment las
亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信t year was 101.5 billion yuan ($14.77 billion)－the fifth-highest in the world and more than that of Microsoft, Apple an
d Intel. Also, by the end of last year, Huawei had more than 87,800 global patents. No wonder Huawei’s R&D in
vestment and abundant innovation have placed Huawei at 61 on the 2019 Fortune Global 500 list.亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
And despite Washington preventing US companies from selling components to Hua
wei in the first half of this year, the company’s mobile phone shipment grew continuously.
亚博yabo平台会所Since the beginning of this century, Chinese companies have been
applying or trying to apply modern information technology to improve production and ope
rations. The Internet Plus strategy has helped expedite the integration of enterprises and the inte亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
net. And many enterprises have achieved rapid growth by making use of innovative business models thanks to IT.
t Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said China
‘s agricultural sector was plagued by inefficient production practices for亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
many years, while annual output was highly susceptible to changes in climate.
For example, from 1959 to 1961 large parts of the country experienced a severe drought.亚博yabo平台会所
In 1961, the arid conditions reduced the total crop yield by 61 million metric tons, a 30 percent fall from 1958.
Since the early 1980s, the central leadership has attached great significan
亚博yabo平台会所ce to agricultural innovation. In 2015, investment in scientific and technological research reached 55 billion yu
an ($7.8 billion at today’s rates), compared with 720 million yuan in 1978, Du said.
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of major crops, including rice, corn and wheat, are sown with high-yield, resilient species.
亚博yabo平台会所A number of crop-breeding platforms that employ scientifically proven approaches-such as the use of “dwarf-st
erile” wheat, the “super rice” system and hybrid corn breeding-have been established to fast-t
rack improvements in edible crops and ensure the food supply is reliable and safe in the long term.
The wide application of modern farming techniques ha亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
s also helped farmers to raise yields and reduce damage to the environment.
At present, environmentally friendly methods are used to prevent and control pests on 56.7 mill
ion hectares under cultivation, accounting for 15 percent of the total area affected by such pests.
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tion areas has reduced the use of chemicals by 20 to 30 percent, the ministry said.
The use of fertilizers has been further contained as a result of a nationwide campaign l亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
aunched in 2005. It aims to tailor the use of synthesized fertilizers to suit local soil conditions
and improve awareness of the scientific management of fertilizers among farmers.
?to encompass peers across the nation after traveling to Hebei province’s Qinhuangdao to attend a domestic skate
?亚博yabo平台会所boarding contest sponsored by the American company Powell Peralta-the first skateboard brand to set up in China in 1990.
The company ran a retail store in Qinhuangdao selling impo?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
rted pro boards and high-quality parts like decks, trucks and wheels, meanwhile di
stributing monthly mimeographed fliers to its customers to share the latest skateboarding news.
?亚博yabo平台会所That’s how I found out about the skateboarding contest,” recalls Han. “I was
really surprised and excited to see skateboarders from across the country show up at the event.”
After the unprecedented gathering, the first generation of Chinese skaters began to explore way?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
s to promote the culture across the country, including opening local skateboard stores, filming videos a
nd setting up online communities and media events to share news related to the sport.
?亚博yabo平台会所Han, then a salesman at a leading dairy producer, decided to quit his stable job and start a ska
teboarding business. In 1999 he opened Shanghai’s first skate shop selling boards and accessories, in
cluding sneakers, clothing and other gear. Three years later, he launched his own skateboarding brand.?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
Then, around the turn of the century, major sk
ateboarding companies also began to arrive in China, one after another, b
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信y cooperating with skateboarding shops, sponsoring skaters and organizing standardized contests.
Tung Chee-hwa, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political
?亚博yabo平台会所Consultative Conference, said he was saddened by the desecration of the national emblem.
Tung said a small fraction of the community has taken advan?亚博yabo平台会所
tage of an inclusive society and deliberately sabotaged Hong Kong’s economy and social ord
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信er in an attempt to undermine relations between the central government and the SAR.
More than 20 pro-establishment lawmakers issued a joint cond
emnation on Monday of the Liaison Office attack and the Yuen Long violence.?亚博yabo平台会所
Boris Johnson has won the United Kingdom’s leadership election, b
y 92,153 votes to 46,656, becoming prime minister and leader of the ruling Conservative Party.
He had been widely expected to win, ever since Theresa May, the nation’s outgoing prime minister, announced on?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
May 24 she was resigning following heavy criticism of her handling of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
?亚博yabo平台会所Johnson and Jeremy Hunt were the last people standing in the leadership battle that had initiall
y involved 10 hopefuls and that was decided in a postal vote open to the party’s 160,000 members.
Johnson takes over as party leader immediately and will be sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday.?亚博yabo平台会所
He was an outspoken critic of May and says he will take the UK out of the EU on Oct 31, with or without a divorce deal with the bloc.
Earth has just experienced the hottest June on record, according to data released by a US agency.
The average global temper?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信ature in June increased by 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit, or by 0.95 degree
Celsius, compared with the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius), making it the hottest
June in the 140-year record of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信The NOAA global temperature record released on Thursday showed that not only Europe has its w
armest June on record, Africa, Hawaiian region and South America also have the highest June temperatures.
Many regions including South America, eastern Asia and western Canada?亚博yabo平台会所
have experienced their hottest first half of the year, according to the NOAA.
The agency also warned that Antarctic sea-ice coverage was bro?亚博yabo平台会所
ught to a new low by the high temperatures in June, which is the second month in a row.
The heat wave across European and American continents has been in the spotlight rec?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
ently, as weather forecasts warned of extreme heat this week across North America and Europe.
ouraged many Chinese companies from (investing in) the industries. The STAR Market, however, has th
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信e potential to correct this resource misallocation and therefore notably enhance productivity,” Xue said.
“By pushing forward development of the STAR Market, we aim to promote reform of the whole capital
market, nurturing more high-tech innovative enterprises and furthering economic upgrading,” said?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
Pi Liuyi, deputy director of the China Securities Regulatory Commission’s Department of Market Supervision.
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has never been a state called “East Turkistan” so th
e separatist forces’ attempts to incite the Uygurs seeking independence in the name of “East Tu
rkistan” is just a political move to split China, according to a white paper released on Sunday.?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
The State Council Information Office issued the white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang.
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信In more recent times, hostile forces in and outside of China, especially separatists, religious extremists and ter
rorists, have tried to split China and break it apart by distorting history and facts, according to the white paper.
Xinjiang was formally included into Chinese territory during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) a?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
nd the central government of all dynasties maintained jurisdiction over the region. The region ha
s long been an inseparable part of Chinese territory. Never has it been “East Turkistan”, it said.
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信The main ancestors of the Uygurs were the Ouigour people
who lived on the Mongolian Plateau during the Sui (581-618) and Tang
(581-907) dynasties, and they joined other ethnic groups to resist the oppression and slavery of the Turks.
?this endeavor. Youku started its digital restoration project in 2017, with many results. E
arlier this year, iQiyi also launched its own restoration project featuring the use of ZoomAI, a video-en亚博yabo平台会所
hancing solution devised by the company, to restore and remaster 50 select TV dramas.
亚博yabo平台会所Before the adoption of new technologies, restoration of the old works, most often in lower resolution, was done manually and it
took a day to restore a 40-minute-long episode. Now, iQiyi’s ZoomAI software, comprising algorithm modules suc
h as color enhancement, sharpening, and white balance, can restore a high resolution feature film in just one hour.亚博yabo平台会所
The restoration process starts with scanning the film negatives or prints into a digital pict
亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信ure and raw sound format. Then each frame of the scanned material undergoes an automated digital res
oration process that involves the correction of color, brightness, and contrast. The process also involves the dig
ital removal of scratches and unnecessary noises, restoration and remastering of sound, said Liu Junhui, a senior director from iQiyi.亚博yabo平台会所
Even with the aid of AI technologies, digital restoration of old productions is no mean fea
亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信t, as increasing the image resolution is one thing, but restoring its original texture is quite another, which requ
ires technologies, as well as a craftsmanship spirit. For instance, 30-plus members of the Youku digital res
toration team worked for as long as a month to fully restore the 1983 megahit,?The Bund.
“Our team has made various attempts to enhance audiences’ viewing experien亚博yabo平台会所
ce. If only the definition is increased through transcoding, audiences may feel that the im
ages have been doctored through filters. So we went to great lengths to restore the texture that is unique to the pe
riod when the classical series was shot,” said Guo Linna, a senior visual optimization engineer from Youku. 亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
Though Youku’s digital restoration team is made up of no more than 40 members who
do not work full time, every week it can restore 100-plus episodes of old TV dramas.
Speaking of her original motivation, Guo said that she chose to restore those old TV series because on the one hand, she wa
亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信nted the post-80s generation to have better access to recalling childhood memories, and on the other hand, she wan
ted the younger generation to gain new experience through watching these classic works.
d protectionism, China will simplify procedures for both imports and exports and reduce customs clearance times, make full use
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信of statistical systems for cross-border e-commerce business and diversify the country’s export destinations.
Li said exports of high value-added mechanical and electrical products have maintained?亚博yabo平台会所
strong growth momentum in the first half of this year, boosted by the country’s ongoing industrial upgrading.
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信Year-on-year exports of portable computers rose by 11.4 percent, electronic passenger ca
rs rose by 91.9 percent and solar cells rose by 57.1 percent, according to customs officials, as
Chinese enterprises sought to tap more markets beyond traditional trade hubs such as the United States.?亚博yabo平台会所
Zhang Xiaoyi, vice-president of Guangdong-based Midea Group, one of China’s biggest home appliance manu
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信facturers, said the company has seen increasing sales in overseas markets in recent years. Last year, overseas sales rep
resented 43 percent of its total sales, and of these, half of the orders originated in economies involved in the BRI.
Trade with economies involved in the BRI outpaced total trade in the first half of this year, customs officials said, while imp?亚博yabo平台会所
orts from and export to BRI markets reached 4.24 trillion yuan. That represented growth of 9.7 percent year-on-y
?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信ear, about 5.8 percentage points higher than overall trade growth, accounting for 28.9 of the country’s total trade.
Domestic sales also are on the rise, especially in high-tech products, given China’s industrial upgrades amid rising domestic demand.
Zhou Jialin, deputy general manager of Shengyi Technology Co, the world’s second-largest producer of copper-clad lam?亚博yabo平台会所
inate materials by production volume, said the city of Dongguan, Guangdong province, once was an exp
orter of low-end products. But now, export volume is not the only standard to evaluate a company’s competitiveness.?亚博yabo平台会所品茶微信
“Domestic demand from companies such as Huawei Technologies Co has increased, and a number of foreign com
panies have set up their factories in China to cater to domestic demand instead of exporting overseas,” Zhou said.
?war is intensifying within the US. For example, the US Chamber of Commerce – one of the country’s most powerful bu
亚博yabo平台会所siness lobbies – has called for the reversal of all tariffs imposed over the past two years.
The effects of the trade war have already spread to cross-border investment
. In recent years, rising Chinese production costs have driven many foreign enterp亚博yabo平台会所女神会所
rises – and, increasingly, even Chinese enterprises – to relocate their operations to lower-cost countries such as
Vietnam and Thailand. The trade war is accelerating this process. According to the Vietnamese government, inward for
亚博yabo平台会所eign direct investment increased by nearly 70 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2019, the highest such i
ncrease since 2015. Meanwhile, the growth of US investment in China is slowing.亚博yabo平台会所女神会所
Essential to improve investment environment
亚博yabo平台会所The US administration wants American companies to leave China. It is u
p to China to persuade them to stay. That means improving the local investment envi
ronment, including responding to foreign companies’ justifiable complaints – say, by strengthening intellectual p亚博yabo平台会所
roperty rights protection – and, more broadly, better adhering to World Trade Organization rules.
But the pressure on China does not end there. The US is also eager to exclude the count
亚博yabo平台会所女神会所ry’s high-tech companies from global value chains. Trump recently announced that he would allow US co
mpanies to continue to sell to Chinese high-tech giant Huawei, after a months-long campaign against the company. But it r
emains highly unlikely that the US administration – which reversed a similarly aggressive policy toward sm
artphone company ZTE last year – will abandon its efforts to strangle China’s high-tech industries.亚博yabo平台会所女神会所
China has three options. First, it could accede to US pressure to disengage from global value chains. Second, it could remain
committed to integration, hoping that, thanks to existing interconnections, sanctions on Chinese high-tech com亚博yabo平台会所
panies will also hurt their US counterparts (such as Qualcomm) enough for the US administration to back d
亚博yabo平台会所女神会所own. The third option is to focus on supporting domestic high-tech companies’ effo
rts to strengthen their own positions within global value chains and develop contingency plans.