Xinjiang to launch up to 100 trains for tourists

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home and abroad, local

authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other part

s of the country to boost Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Ti

ngfen, deputy general manager of Xinjiang Railway Tourism Development Group.

The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern parts of Xinjia

ng, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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At 65 meters in diameter, the radio telescope Tianma-or

 heavenly horse-located in the suburban Songjiang district, is the largest omnibearing movable telescope in Asia an

d is ranked third in the world in comprehensive performance. It began providing celestial observations in 2012.

While Tianma was not directly involved in the observations that led to the black hole image, its ability to see other phenome

na in the universe on certain wavelengths, contributed to the precise calibration of the final data for the image, s

cientists in Shanghai said. Tianma is part of the East Asia Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, or EAVN.

Shen Zhiqiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ S

hanghai Astronomical Observatory and a member of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) inter

national team that assembled the black hole image-more than 200 astronomers worldwide linked via a g

lobe-spanning array of eight ground-based radio telescopes-said that the equipme

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than 10 million visitors each year. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei

World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,

has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le

ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.

Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof

ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo

us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th

e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.

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China’s new energy vehicle sales performed well in Ap

 April, despite the continuing downward trend of the automotive market, Securities Daily reported on Wednesday.

From January to April, the country’s NEVs market experienced strong gro

wth of sales and production, recording a year-on-year increase of 59.8 percent and 58.5 p

ercent, respectively, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

China sold 97,000 NEVs last month, an increase of 18.1 percent year-on

-year, while the output reached 102,000, up 25 percent compared with a year earlier.

Pure electric vehicles saw a rise in both sales and output by 9.6 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively, to 71,000 units and 82,000 u

nits in April. Besides, about 26,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold during the same period, surging by 50.9 p

ercent from a year earlier, and the output increased 13.6 percent to 20,000 units.

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A man giving his name as Million Zhao, who has nearly

 followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra

pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak

e them appear skinnier before they are posted online-even those who are already super-thin.

The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri

ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.

He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus

cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h

ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”

Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in

North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.

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Uber has also weathered controversies including revelati

ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res

ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.

Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup

erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra

nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.

But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los

ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma

rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro

bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska said.

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Faster checks for inbound pets in placegs, cats to got

No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions

Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar

rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.

Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c

ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe

ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.

The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite

d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J

apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

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“It is the predictability, transparency and nondiscr

rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan

t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.

Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr

essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.

“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini

tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.

Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.

“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t

o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.

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Zhang Huoding, one of the most popular Peking Opera

 stars in today’s China, will take the opera makeover to the stage of the Chang

‘an Grand Theater on May 25, as the closing show of this year’s Meet in Beijing inte

rnational arts festival. Celebrated Peking Opera artist Gao Mukun will star as Xiang Yu.

For 48-year-old Zhang, it’s a dream come true.

“It’s always been my dream to play concubine Yu since I was learni

ng Peking Opera in Tianjin in the 1980s, but I didn’t get the chance,” Zhang said at a news conf

erence in Beijing on Tuesday. “I look forward to it very much and I hope the audience will like it.”Zhang is an inh

eritor of the “Cheng School” of Peking Opera, a performing style founded by Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58), one of the great Pe

king Opera masters of the 20th century. While Mei Lanfang’s “Mei School” is fam

ous for his smooth, moderate and poised style in playing elegant female roles, Cheng style is kn

own for interpreting tragic women with frequent changes in sounds and rhythm.

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More than 500 cases have been handled through the

WTO dispute settlement system. Although the rulings are not bindi

ng, most WTO members take them seriously and view the process as a normal part of their

participation in the multilateral trading system, regardless of whether they win or lose any particular case. In do

ing so, they show their respect for the WTO’s principles of consultation and consensus.

China had filed 17 cases with the WTO as of Ap

ril 2018, of which eight had been closed. At the same time, 27 cases had been filed a

gainst China with 23 closed. The United States has had more cases filed against it than any other member state

in the WTO, and it lost quite a number of these cases. In 2016, for example, the WTO ruled against the Unite

d States with regard to a complaint from China in 2013 that it had violated WTO rules by imposing anti-dumping duties

on a number of industries, including machinery, electronics, light industry, metals, and mining.

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