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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The city already added 30,000 new kindergarten slots la

last year to meet the increasing demand of preschool education with the implemen

tation of the second child policy and more migrant workers coming to the city, he said at a news conference in Beijing.

Beijing has 450,000 kindergarten students, 63 percent of whom attend public kindergartens, he said.

The city has made great efforts to ensure the safety of kinderga

rten students by making sure the public areas in the facilities are covered by surveillance ca

meras and that camera footage is guarded and stored for 30 days, Feng said.

At least two kindergarten caretakers should be present at all times with stud

ents, he added, noting that educators have worked closely with public security authorities.

Tian Gewen, principal of the Kindergarten of the General Research Institu

te for Nonferrous Metals in Beijing’s Haidian district, said the municipal governm

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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The Tianjin cyberspace affairs authority decided that

he platform’s administrators failed to detect in time illegal user content, some of which seriously breached the law, the statement said.

The company said it was not clear when the platform – which shut down April 11 for addres

s the situation – will resume service, but that it will notify clients when this is confirmed.

The punitive measures followed the false claims from the company regarding copy

right of the recently released black hole picture, which angered a number of media platforms.

The issue received public attention after the Chinese Communist Yo

uth League accused Visual China of selling images of the national flag and national emblem on its website.

The company said that the photos were uploaded by users and it failed to supervise this.

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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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The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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Luckin Coffee raises $150m in latest financingre seen at a stor

Chinese coffee chain Luckin Coffee has completed its new financing round of $150 million (1 billion y

uan), lifting the firm’s valuation to an estimated $2.9 billion, news portal NetEase reported on Thursday.

Global fund manager BlackRock-controlled private equity participated in the financing by investing $125 million.

Last year, Luckin Coffee completed its two financing rounds worth $400 billion with inve

stors including Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Joy Capital and China International Capital Corp Ltd.

The coffee chain founded in 2017 had 2,073 stores in 22 Chinese cities

by the end of 2018, and plans to build 2,500 more in 2019. The firm aims to overtake its rival

Startbucks in store and cup numbers in China, said Luckin Coffee’s founder Qian Zhiya at a news conference in January.

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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It is the duty of car dealers to deliver qualified autom

obile products, and those who refuse to bear responsibility or compensate consumers for

unqualified automobiles violate the law and will be punished, said the China Consumers Association.

The discussion heard that some dealers force consumers to purchase insurance or ask for financial serv

ice fees without issuing invoices, both illegal acts that should be severely punished according to the law, the association said.

During the discussion an unnamed womaen complained that she was sold a defective Mercedes-Benz car.

The woman said the engine of the CLS300 she bought from Xi’an, Shaanxi province dealership Lizh

ixing Co developed problems soon after she bought it March 27, but she failed to get a refund or exchange.

She also said she was asked to pay a “financial service fee” of 15,000 yuan to an employee without knowing what the money was for.

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