Before the development of the possible vaccines, resear

chers in the academy managed to isolate an African swine fever virus at a

farm hit by an African swine fever outbreak last year in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang province. Sub

sequent research was conducted, including on the infectiousness and transmission of the virus.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will also focus efforts

over the next few years on other areas to help fight African swine fever, including tech

nologies that can quickly test for the virus and kill it with high efficiency, according to a plan released by the aca

demy.China has published the most research papers on artificial intelligence around the world, while AI research from the

United States remains the most influential, said a report on AI development released in Shanghai on Friday.

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ei Jianguo, a former vice-minister of commerce, said US bus

inesses and consumers will pay the cost amid hefty levies, which will eventually add significant pressure on the US economy.

The US government’s moves risk sparking a full-blown trade

war with China, and China is fully prepared for any possibility, Wei said.

Economists at Goldman Sachs said in a research note that recent data showed the costs of Washington’s tariffs on China last year

had fallen “entirely” on US businesses and households, with no clear reduction in prices charged by Chinese exporters.

The bank said that US consumer prices are higher, partly because Chinese exporters have not low

ered their prices to better compete in the US market. In addition, some US producers “op

portunistically” increased prices in response to protection from Chinese competitors, it said.

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So far, up to 14,000 students in the district have tak

n skating and skiing lessons, said Zheng Shiyong, deputy director of Yanqing district’s education commission.

“We will continue supporting and encouraging more people to participate in winter

sports,” he said, adding that around 17,000 students will experience winter activities by the end of this year.

Some professional winter sports activities have also been designed into the distr

ict’s education plans, with more professional instruction to students, according to Zheng.

The district’s education authorities also cooperated with its sports bu

reau to make winter ice and snow sports available to all residents in the area.

“We will have 110,000 people participating in winter ice and snow acti

vities by 2022 in Yanqing,” said Ma Zhiyong, deputy director of the sports bureau.

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My reaction (to the share price) is if we build and bu

ild well, shareholders will be rewarded. We’re certainly not measu

ring our success over a day, it really is over the years,” Khosrowshahi told Reuters.

The IPO was a watershed moment for the decade-old com

pany, which was started after its founders struggled to find a cab on a snowy night.

Khosrowshahi was accompanied by a team of Uber officials at the NYSE to celebrate. Co-founder and former CEO Tra

vis Kalanick, who resigned in 2017 under pressure from investors, was also seen on the trading floor.

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The company’s road to IPO was marred by several hurdles includ

ing increased regulation in several countries and fights with its drivers over wages.

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Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

mation, also considers characterization as a crucial element to developing successful animated works.

The studio’s 2018 smash hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won a string of awards, including the 91st Os

cars’ best animated feature, thanks to its unique look that combines computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

Speaking of developing a formula for making hit movies, Marsden says: “It begin

s with characters. If you can create a character that is beloved, charming and appealing, and touches the hearts of an audie

nce, you are well on your way to creating a successful animated movie that can cross all borders.”

If Hollywood’s experience leads it to focus primarily on the characters they create, Japanese director Hay

ato Date says he believes that voice-over dialogue is another important factor affecting the success of any animated work.

Best known for the manga-adapted animated TV series Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, Date r

eveals that he has developed a particular method which gathers all the voice artists together to record the scenes.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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Once operating at its fullest capacity, the indust

trial park’s output would be 2 million units of refrigerators, 1 million units of LED TVs, 1

million units of washing machines and 1 million units of air conditioners annually.

The park will also generate around 14,000 jobs after the first Haier manufacturing plant create

d some 12,000 jobs in Pune, an industrial city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, company sources said.

Having closed the year 2018 with a total turnover of 3,800 crore Indian ru

pees (around $543 million), the global brand is currently at No 5 in terms of sales in Ind

a, and yearns to be among the top three brands by the next year, company sources said.

“India is a big market for us and we would like to continue to invest here in manufact

uring and simultaneously design technological innovations specifically for our Indian consumers,” sai

d Song Yujun, Haier’s vice-president and managing director for South Asia operations.

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Li Shunde, a senior intellectual property researcher at

at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, applau

ded the campaign as a timely and necessary step to regulate those providing stock images.

“We should abide by laws and litigation to protect copyright in

stead of abusing them to profit improperly,” he said.

On April 15, the Shanghai Observer reported that the company, which was founde

d in June 2000 and partners with the photo agency Getty Images in the United States, had faced increased co

pyright-related disputes since it set up a special rights protection division in 2016.

The company was involved 2,279 cases in 2017 and 1,908 last year, the report said, adding that most court rulings had been in its favor.

A search by China Daily for the company’s name on China J

udgments Online, a website operated by the Supreme People’s Court that discloses ve

rdicts, resulted in more than 1,600 lawsuits being found, most of them related to copyright.

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Top 10 Chinese cities with the most job opportunitie

Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong province provides the most

job opportunities in enterprises in the first quarter of this year, a report said.

With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greate

r Bay Area set to begin, Guangzhou witnessed 24.95 percent year-on-year growth in recrui

tment demand in Q1, according to the report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.

First-tier cities including Beijing and Shanghai continue to provide the largest job markets i

n China, while new first-tier cities such as Chengdu in Southwest China’s Sichuan province and Hangzhou in E

ast China’s Zhejiang province show strong momentum in recruitment demand growth.

With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial center, pays the highest salaries in the co

untry, followed by Hangzhou with an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year — the highest growth rate.

Let’s take a look at which Chinese cities provide the most job opportunities.

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According to him, the country’s accommodation sharin

ng industry will maintain high-speed growth this year, and might make a breakthro

ugh in legalization. For instance, owners of short-term rental houses will have a lega

l identity, and safety standard of the shared homes will be in accordance with that of hotels.

“However, there is no law to regulate home-sharing services at present, which is the biggest challeng

es we face,” Yang said, adding that the Chinese government has a positive attitude toward the sharing economy.

In October, the State Council released an action plan for 2018-20 to further stimulate domestic consumption.

Market access should be relaxed in several service-related fields, such as tourism, and efforts to boost the develo

pment of short-term rental services, such as rental apartments and guesthouses, are encouraged.

Launched in 2011, Tujia lists 1.4 million online homes, including apartments, home

stays and villas across 400 Chinese cities and more than 1,000 overseas destinations.

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