hina formally arrests two Canadians over security concerns

China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December

last year on suspicion of endangering national security, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Thursday.

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, has been arrested by Chinese authorities in accordance with the law on susp

icion of prying into state secrets and intelligence for overseas forces, Lu said at a regular news conference.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, has also been arrested on suspicion of ste

aling and illegally providing state secrets to overseas forces, Lu added.Teenagers’ first exposure to elec

tronic gadgets and online games tends to be at a younger age, said a report released Wednesday.

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The move fully demonstrates Beijing’s firm determinati

on to defend its due interests and legitimate rights in international trade and economic cooperation, according to analysts.

The US has totally ignored the fact that China has been eager to resolve trade and economic issues through high-level official ta

lks and pledged to further expand market access for global businesses, said Liang Ming, a senior resea

rcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation.

China has emphasized that the US should not use the tariff method. That is not just for China’s benefit; it is the rational choice a

ny country would make when facing unreasonable requests in trade, said Dong Yan, director of the inte

rnational trade office at the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regio

ns and international organizations supported the declaration. It recommended a

ctions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and inf

rastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.

The conference also saw the launch of a scientific alliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included aro

und 30 institutions and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati

on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.

The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chi

na Association for Science and Technology, the United Nations Environment Progra

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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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US soy farmers call for cool-down of trade tensions

US soy farmers have urged Washington to work for a positive solution to the current tarif

f dispute with the world’s top oilseed buyer China, and avoid further escalation of trade tensions.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) described the t

hreat by US President Donald Trump’s administration to increase the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 p

ercent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as the “worst case” for US soybean growers.

“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Kentucky.

“With depressed (soybean) prices and unsold stocks fo

recast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we nee

d the China market reopened to US soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer,” he added.

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Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

iding several versions of edited application essays to setting students up with internships and volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Shen said she paid a counselor $12,000 to edit seven or eight of her daughter’s c

ollege application essays. She also regularly takes her daughter to private tutors who charge $180 per hour.

“It’s very normal (to hire private counselors and tutors) among Chinese parents (living in th

e San Francisco Bay Area),” Shen said. She is in several WeChat groups, each having hundreds of parents.

Shen said it is easy to find a counselor. “You just pst in the groups, and somebody will quick

ly respond with recommendations. I know many parents easily spend over $150,000 on the counseling or tutoring.”

The San Francisco Bay Area has a high concentration of private college admiss

ions consultants. Tutoring schools and consultancies with Chinese signs can be seen in shopping malls.

A popular consultant is IvyMax, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential US

premier college application institution serving the Chinese-American community”.

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uangdong ready for visa-free visita-free policy will further cem

Guangdong province in South China will allow overseas travelers

from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-free visi

t starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can visit a

ll of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pr

ovince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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Located in the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tour

ism Pilot Zone, the hospital injected 38 patients since January last year with HPV 9-valent vaccine, ch

arging 9,000 yuan ($1,350) for most of them. One person was given an injection as a welfare tre

atment. The hospital did so without obtaining an official vaccination outpatient license, the statement said.

It said the health commission of Qionghai, which administers the Boao pilot zone, no

tified the hospital of penalties on April 18, which included a warning, confiscation of more than 201,

000 yuan in illegal income, a fine of 8,000 yuan and a revocation of its business license as a medical institution.

The HPV 9-valent vaccine, which has only been legally available at the United Family Vaccin

e Center of Boao Super Hospital in the pilot zone since May last year, was developed for women between the

ages of 16 and 26 mainly to help prevent cervical cancer caused by nine types of HPV.

More than 18,500 vaccinations have been provided, and more than 4,300 clients completed the standard series of three vaccinations within six months.

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Tesla said it planned to deliver 90,000 to 100,000 vehicl

les to customers in the second quarter, where it predicted that an estima

ted loss would be “significantly” less than the $702 million lost in the first quarter.

The company delivered about 63,000 vehicles in the first quarter.

The gross profit margin on the Model 3 – a focus for investors – remained steady at 20 percent.

Tesla also announced it would start offering its own ins

urance product in about a month to better reflect the safety of its vehicles.

Tesla reported net loss attributable to common shareholders of $702.1 million, or $4.10 p

er share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $709.6 million, or $4.19 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding some items, Tesla lost $1.77 per share, compared with

Wall Street expectations of a loss of 69 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.

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In a large-scale randomized clinical study over a period

 of eight years, Ma found Chinese patients with advanced nasopharyngeal cancer suffered more side

effects than benefits from the additional chemotherapy, which cost about 13,400 yuan ($2,000) per patient.

The findings, published in the journal Lancet Oncology in 2012, drew the attention of

Western experts, and the United States and Europe revised their treatment guidelines.

More recently, Ma added a new drug to the original dual drug ch

emotherapy regimen, and moved post-radiotherapy chemotherapy to pre-radiotherapy.

In another clinical study of 480 cases, Ma and his team found th

at this regimen increased the five-year survival rate of patients by 8 percent.

The nasopharynx is in the upper part of the pharynx behind the nose, connecting the nostr

ils and throat. The location makes it hard for doctors to operate, so radiotherapy is the first choice

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