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Industry insiders said that the rapid development of interne

 technology in China and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and

banking services have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passports and paper documents back and fort

h, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

 Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Jud

ges Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts an

d the law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only

under the law, and protect human rights. They must prosec

ute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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hina Arts Festival to showcase power of modern ar

The 2019 edition is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Shanghai municipal government. Since its esta

blishment in 1987, the festival has changed host cities in each edition, traveling to a

reas including Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hubei over the past three decades.

Sales of tickets have opened online, with concessionary tickets price

d from anywhere from no cost up to 380 yuan ($56), according to the organizers.

To allow a larger audience to access the progra

ms, the festival will also feature live broadcasts online. “We will use new media to br

ing the shows to more ordinary people through livestreaming, letting them know about the modern dev

elopment of Chinese arts,” said Zhu Di, head of the ministry’s arts department, at

a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.As China merged the Ministry of Culture and National Tourism Admini

stration into a ministry of culture and tourism in 2018, this year’s festival is also aimed at promoti

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Craftsmen carve out niche with Nixing pottery

Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.

The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa

nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.

Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.

But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.

Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe

rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res

erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.

It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas

and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb

ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.

On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som

ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.

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Yancheng, which is further north of the Yangtze, turned

d to the river for water in late June after experiencing at least four drinking water contamination incidents.

“As many areas abandon local sources and turn to the Yangtze, some sections of the river have become overcrowded” with diversion facilities, the report said.

Even the Yangtze is not a perfectly safe supply. In April 2014, for example, drinking wa

ter in Taizhou was interrupted because of pollutants discharged from local chemical plants.

In 2016, inspectors from the central government visited 12 of the 30 sites for collecting drink

ing water along the Yangtze in Jiangsu province and found eight with environmental violations, includin

g the existence of ports for the transportation of chemicals and fish farms in protected areas.

In March 2018, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Min

istry of Water Resources initiated a special campaign to root out environment

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al violations at sites that supply drinking water. As of the

 of last year, all but nine of 6,251 violations that inspectors found had been corrected, at a total investment of 41 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) in 31 provincial regions.

According to the top environmental watchdog, 3,740 industrial enterprises wer

e relocated and 1,883 wastewater outlets were shut down during the campaign.

“In the long run, the campaign will help curb pollution at sites that supply drinking

water and prevent more of them from being abandoned due to pollution,” Ma from the institute said.

There are specific dos and don’ts at these sites, but some of the restrictions will be lifted if they cease to be sources of drinking water.

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific researc

h and not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

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Scientists said the research, also published in Nature

could open up new prospects for medical research.Huawei’s Ren named China’s most influential business leader

The 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, is the most influentia

l business leader in China, according to the latest ranking released by business magazine Fortune’s Chinese edition.

Pony Ma Huateng, founder and CEO of tech giant Tencent, came i

n second followed by Chen Dongsheng, founder, chairman and CE

O of Taikang Insurance Group. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma grabbed fourth place this year.

These business leaders’ values were not only reflected in the successful m

oments of their companies, but also, most importantly, in their willingness to face challen

ges as well as help their company through a crisis, find new direction and stride for the next success, Fortune China said.

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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In 1908, the rail line from Shanghai reached Nanjing

The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district-the Tientsin-Pukow Railw

ay-was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.

According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers

ity, at least two structures-the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze

River Bridge-were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.

In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan

jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave

rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.

Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe

ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

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