Server manufacturer Inspur Group has signed a strategic

 partnership with Tianjin to set up an AI research institute in the city. By opening the new institute

, Inspur aims to join the top ranks of Chinese AI powerhouses in their quest to attract global talent.

“We will step up our efforts to develop the AI sector in Tianjin, and will focus on fields i

ncluding cloud operating systems and cloud databases,” said Sun Pishu, chairman of Inspur.

he Ministry of Commerce urged the United States on Thursday to stop abusing the

concept of national security and export control measures, and it promised that China will take all nec

essary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese enterprises.

The comments came after US President Donald Trump signed an executive

order on Wednesday that is expected to restrict Huawei from selling its products in the US.

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Huawei has more than 13,000 component and service su

uppliers worldwide. In November, it unveiled a list of its 92 core suppliers for the first ti

me. Thirty-three of them are from the US, including chip giants Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp.

Wang Yanhui, secretary-general of the Mobile China Alliance, said, “Huawei has also been pre

paring for such a situation for some time and has hoarded chips to handle a worst-case scenario.”

The company became the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors last year.

China will definitely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of its businesses, and Trump’s executive order is n

ot a “constructive and friendly” gesture, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday.

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ercent of interviewees believed that incorrect readin

Father-sharing”, a mini interactive program on WeChat platform, recently went viral on social media.

Although the name suggests it is taking the sharing business to a whole new level, the program

is just a promotion campaign by the Guangdong-based furniture maker Oppein.

Similar to a ride-hailing app, the mini program shows different kinds of “fathers” – businessmen, athletes, etc. Users can choose their f

avorite one, just like they select a car. Once the selection is done, a video pops up to explain what exactly is “father-sharing”.

The over 5-minute video focuses on the important role fathers play in raisi

ng a child. Most dads are busy with their work and it’s hard for them to spend time with their c

hildren, and that is where the idea of “father-sharing” business took shape. At the end of the film, the protagonist, a “sh

ared father”, decides to quit his job because he believes family matters, and it cannot be replaced.

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Online English education sector records 168% growth but ch

nline English-language courses for children saw an explosive growth in 20

18, according to a report released by data-monitoring firm Trustdata on Tuesday.

The report on China’s online English education market for children s

hows that the market had more than 15 million users last year, up 168.3 percent year-on-ye

ar. It’s expected that the market size would surpass 50 billion yuan ($7.3 billion) in 2019.

The market pattern of one-on-one teaching has been gradually for

med and the top brands have secured the lion’s share of the market, as per the report.

Market size doubles in one year

The market size of online English-language education for childre

n was 21.3 billion yuan in 2018, an increase of 104 percent year-on-year, with one-on-one teaching taking

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With its key role in the national economy, the integrated dev

velopment of the region could play a vital part in leading regional growth, the statement said.

It noted that the elevation of the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta t

o the status of a national strategy is a major decision adopted by the CPC Central Committee.

Authorities in the four provincial areas must enhance their awareness

of integrated development and boost their interaction and cooperation, it added.

The meeting also decided to start a thematic education campaign of Party member

s on the subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping their mission firmly in mind.

It called for struggles against all problems that affect the Party’s purity and ad

vanced nature, and for efforts to make the Party even stronger, the statement said.

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Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

n some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a few of the poorest-Niger, Mali and th

e Democratic Republic of Congo-the rate is 6-7 children per woman. The resulting flood of new ent

rants to the labor market is far outstripping the number of jobs available.

Empowering women key to meeting challenge

No known growth model can accommodate or keep up with this k

ind of demographic surge. Even sustained economic growth of around 7 percent per year

won’t be enough. And although fertility tends to decline as incomes rise, that does not happen immediately. Em

powering women, therefore, may be the most effective way of starting to address the challenge.

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The reform and opening-up policies are exactly the kin

ds of market-driven reforms needed to make this happen. The Chinese government is investing heavily in research

and development, but it should be noted that the R&D spending as a percentage of GDP is still lower than that of the US.

Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it must be admitted that China’s transiti

on to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as a shock to many companies around the world.

The US economy, which has about 7 percent of GDP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes around 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Ge

rmany and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be painless for its compa

nies or for foreign competitors. But, reform and opening-up policies that create more com

petitive companies and markets are the only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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Liu said that at the level of trade representatives, both side

both sides have the sincerity to solve the existing problems.

“The purpose decides everything,” Liu said, in English. “China wants a very equal and dignif

ied deal, and under this premise, a good, cooperative deal,” he said. “I hope our US colleagues would understand this.”

Liu said he believed both sides have a strong desire to reach a deal. “We need to work hard tog

ether to surpass the temporary difficult period of time, and then we’ll have a bright future,” he said.

Asked by China Daily how China and the US could help world economic growth, whose p

rospects have been already compromised by the escalation of trade tensions between the two countries, Liu said co

operation serves the interests of the two sides and the whole world, while conflict hurts both.

“We have tremendous common interests and many commo

n foes, only through cooperation could we solve these problems,” Liu said.

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Wu Zhongliang, director of the administration’s Institu

itute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help form a

“united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.

Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said t

he work cannot see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be imp

roved as technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said.

Paul Tapponnier, a distinguished research professor a

t the administration’s Institute of Crustal Dynamics, said he “wholeheartedly” wel

comes the project. China boasts unique conditions to carry out the experiment as most of its earthquakes oc

cur “inside the land under the feet of the people” rather than in the ocean, and there are many active faults in the country.

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One reason for publishing the article on Nature was to sho

show the resolve of the government and ethics scholars in China to improve ethical compliance in the sciences, Zhai said.

In the commentary, the four scholars said the government should release clearer rules and regulations on the use of tech

nologies and hand down sharper punishments to offenders, including disqualifying them from scientific research.

“Self-regulation of scientists is unlikely to be enough, given their potential conflicts of i

nterest under market pressures. Thus, top-down regulation is crucial,” they said.

The scholars suggested that authorities such as the National Health Commission should

monitor all gene-editing centers and IVF clinics in China to ensure trials are in line with regulations.

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