Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Chinese embassy in

n London has helped set up links between Surrey and Liaoning provinc

e and, in February this year, the mayor of Shenyang paid us a visit, where under

standing was built about mutual opportunities, since when I have also been there,” Samuels said.

As the gateway to the industrial heartland of northeast China, Liao

ning has huge commercial market potential, with more than 109 million customers, and S

amuels believes Surrey has a headstart on some other regions because of its existing connections.

“The vice-chancellor of Surrey University, Professor Max Lu, is a graduate of

North Eastern University in Shenyang, and retains strong alumni links. My visit there helped strengthen e

xisting connections between the two institutions, and I’m hopeful thi

s will lead to greater mutual understanding and tangiblebenefits in the months to come.”

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Last month, the central government issued a guideline on

promoting the application of e-buses, by supporting technology innovation, improving fiscal

and taxation policies, enhancing infrastructure construction, as well as reinforcing fund supervision.

“It is estimated that in the future, China’s e-bus market will transform to a more market-driven pattern, instead of policy-driv

en. The market will shift from an incremental market to a stock market, maintaining steady growth,” he said.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that EVs will attain price parity by the mid 2020s, as lithium battery pric

es have been falling. From 2010 to 2018, lithium battery prices dropped by over 85 percent, with an annual average decl

ine rate of 20 percent. And the decline, with the same rate, is estimated to continue for the next few years.

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Low travel costs may stimulate college students to trave

el more frequently, and enable them to have higher budgets for spending on accommodati

on and destination entertainments,” said Sun Peiming, director of e-commerce at Sichuan Airlines.

Last year, along with graduate students, there were 37 million enrolled college students in the country,

according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, students registered on Qunar flew 4.4 time

s annually on average, higher than the average of 3.45 times nationwide, according to the company.

“Low prices have a decisive impact on their choices. Compani

es that provide cheaper options will attract more students and gain the initiative in seizing tho

se future backbone consumers,” said Liu Simin, a researcher at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

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For first time, scientists watch entire animal’s muscle sy

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Chicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have

mapped the full-body muscular activity of an animal while it was moving and behaving, for the first time in the world.

In the study, the researchers watched the patterns of muscle activity in a small aquatic animal called a hydraas. Based on prior su

ccess in mapping full-body neural activity in hydra, they pinpointed seven distinct patterns of hydra’s muscle act

ivity this time, according to a news release posted on the website of the University of Chicago on Thursday.

Hydra are freshwater organisms, only a few millimeters in length, and be

long to the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish and coral. Their tubular bodies are c

omprised of two layers of muscle, each composed of a different cell type and separated by two nerve nets

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an India in terms of economic might-the past two years

s have seen Modi front-loading India’s unique religious, cultural and civilizational links with neighboring countries.

This pragmatic approach has not just made the Sino-Indian summits most frequent but hopefully also more produ

ctive. Modi has not had as many one-on-one meetings with any other global leader. And since this trend is like

ly to continue, it could see them jointly responding to the White House’s blitzkrieg against friends and foes alike.

The fact that Russia still faces serious economic challenges and the US has slipped into confrontations with some coun

tries will provide further traction for Modi and Xi to play larger roles in setting the tone and tenor of multilateral debate

s and initiatives. Their synergy in tackling regional and global issues will continue to have positive effects on bila

teral equations, which remain an essential prerequisite for the two countries’ peaceful rise.

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Local government authorities said the races may disturb g

 Chen Xiang, head of the sports bureau of Qiannan prefecture in Guizhou, t

old the thepaper.cn. It was agreed after meetings with education authorities and parents of stud

ents that the large crowd gathered during dragon boat races will create noise, Chen said.

Therefore, the dragon boat racing activities in the city, previ

ously scheduled on June 5-7, were postponed to June 9-11. Teams participating in the races were cont

acted and told the reason for the delay. They understood the reasons, Chen added.

An official at the sports bureau of Chizhou city, Anhui, said they have received letters and calls f

rom parents of examinees and people, expressing their concerns (that noise generated by dragon boa

t races may disturb students sitting the gaokao). So the bureau decided to postpone the races until June 9-10.

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Huawei’s workers tell their stories of resilience, solidarity

A public letter titled “We, the Huawei people” from telecom giant Huawei detailing its employee

s’ personal stories of solidarity and resilience amid restrictions from the United States, went viral on Chinese social media on Friday.

The letter was published by Xinsheng Shequ, Huawei’s official employee community platform, on i

ts Sina Weibo account on Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, the letter has received more than 190 million reads.

Chinese netizens have flooded the comment sections of Huawei’s social media platf

orms as well as news outlets that have reported on the letter, many leaving the message: “Huawei, fight on.”

The letter is a collection of short stories submitted by anonymous

Huawei employees depicting how their lives have subtly changed after the US last week put H

uawei and its affiliates on an “Entity List”, which restricts the sale or transfer of US technologies to the company.

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Footwear makers: cut and run from tariffsrtment at the

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines

s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an

d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.

A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi

na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p

olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask

ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by

the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

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It indicated that nearly 70 percent of tourists traveled over

d overseas to see wildlife at least twice a year. Asia, Africa and Europe are the top three destinations.

About 60 percent of interviewees said they would refuse to take part in tours that migh

t interrupt the normal life of animals in the wild or be harmful to them, even if such a tour might be exclusive.

More than 70 percent of tourists said they are glad to choose tours wit

h higher prices and which take more time in order to be more in touch with the wildlife.

“Wildlife watching has attracted millions of tourists annually and many travelers are driven by the affection of animals. Ho

wever, some activities on such tours have had an adverse impact on the wildlife,” Zhao said.

He said hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the world are taken away from natural habitats, forced into cap

tivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit.

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The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administ

stration show China had 5,354 museums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 2

6,000 exhibitions in 2018 and received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The International Council of Museums organized the annual I

nternational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.

Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interacti

ve, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.School students and adult

visitors learn about making prints and carving stamp seals and learn about the appreciation of and technological me

thods being used in the conservation of the age-old buildings at the Palace Museum, May 1

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