utual trust also is growing between China and countr

ntries in the region due to joint efforts. The overall situation in the South China Sea is stable and becoming better, Shao said.

“Countries from the region have the will, wisdom and capability to manage differences an

d jointly promote peace, thus transforming the area into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” he said.

On the Korean Peninsula question, China insists on denuclearizin

g the peninsula, and solving issues through dialogue and consultation, Shao said.

“China has consistently, seriously, fully and rigorously implemented the

United Nation’s resolutions regarding the peninsula,” he said. “China also is willing to w

shlfcc.com

In April, the CSRC pledged to promote the opening-up

 of stock index futures. At present, onshore stock index futures are unavailable to overseas invest

ors, and they can only hedge risks associated with investing in A shares through offshore instruments.

“After the stock index futures market opens up, investor bases will dive

rsify, helping China’s capital market achieve a higher efficiency in asset pricing,” Wang sai

d, adding that capital market reform and opening-up is part of China’s moves to promote quality development.

“One of the key priorities this year is to accelerate the development o

f direct financing and the capital market, to strengthen the capital market’s capacity to pr

omote economic growth,” Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and head of the China Ban

king and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said in an interview with China Central Television on Monday.

shlfao.com

Beijing still open to talks, but will not bow to tariffs: China Daily

ith China retaliating in kind to the United States hiking the existing “punitive” tariffs on Chinese go

ods, the world was not left long in suspense wondering how Beijing would react to Washington putt

ing the kibosh on what was evidently an impending trade deal in such a high-handed manner.

With hindsight, it is easy to see that despite the product

ive efforts of the two negotiating teams, such a scenario was perhaps inevitable.

The US administration has made it clear on more than one occasion

that it wants to halt China‘s development in its tracks and therefore it is questionable whether it

has any real interest in striking a trade deal that is not tilted entirely to its advantage.

While Beijing, on its part, has consistently responded to Washin

gton’s attempts to turn the screws on it by each time giving it a sharp rap across the knuckles.

whcoding.cn

The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.

China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.

Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observatio

n. However, the weak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.

He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, his admini

stration has established a research institute to accelerate the development of new app

aratuses for underground detection that could reduce interference from human activity.

“We will also explore carrying out observational experiments in wel

ls from hundred of meters to 1,000 meters deep, and through scientific drilling that will penetr

ate active earthquake faults to gain more information about underground structures,” he said.

ash419b.cn

Li Qiang, director of the Shenzhou Institute’s postgradua

raduate department, said China has trained hundreds of foreign space engineers since the mid-1990s.

However, those training sessions were mostly occasional, often accompanied a satellite export deal, and were mainly focu

sed on ground-based control and applications of satellites rather than their design and production, the director said.

“However, in recent years, along with the expansion in our cooperation in the space indu

stry with other countries, many of our foreign partners voiced their hopes that we could hold some sort of syst

ematic training programs to help them create their own spacecraft designers and technicians,” he said.

Therefore, he said, “We decided to open a two-year postgraduate prog

ram and then sent the message to countries having space cooperation with China.”

www.qinhuaili.cn

As the state was looking for innovative ways to tackle

 the Asian carp problem, Kentucky awarded Yu its first-ever fish house contract in fall last year. Under the deal, Yu’s Kentucky Fish

Center will buy Asian carp at a guaranteed price, with part of this coming from a government subsidy.

All fish at the center will be sold by auction to buyers in the US or overseas. S

ales will be overseen by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Kentucky provided a secured $734,000 fixed-assets loan to help the center begin oper

ating. Additional incentives will be awarded every year based on performance.

The center needs to reach certain goals: to remove 2.26 million kg of Asian

carp from Kentucky waters this year and increase that amount gradually to just ov

er 9 million kg annually by 2024. If those goals are met, the loan will be waived.

The entire program will cost Kentucky about $4 million.

ash999.cn

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.

shlf168.cn

Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

www.sh419cn.com

A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

www.shf419.com

Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th

an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.

The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t

he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.

But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan

jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.

For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.

Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.

Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi

ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.

chengxinxigua.cn