He made the decision to exit the public hospital sys

tem and become an independent practitioner in the hope of providing better treatment to patients and earning a higher income.

Today, Zhang is not only a vascular surgeon, but also the founder and head of Dr. Smile M

edical Group, China’s first group medical practice, which he established in Shanghai in July 2014.

Back then, group practices, in which doctors partner together to offer medical servic

es to patients and share operational costs, was a fairly new concept in China.

But in many other countries such as the United States, group medical practices are c

ommon for doctors who work independently instead of being employed by hospitals.

Since 2014, group practices have sprung up across China, and many established doctors have left hospitals to start their own practices.

A recent example is Zhou Yuehua, one of the most acclaimed eye surgeons in China, who made headlines when he left the re

puted Beijing Tongren Hospital at the end of 2018 and founded Zhou Yuehua Myopic Doctor Group in Beijing.

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According to our data, the demands for housekeeping and

 photography are growing fast. The house keeper with most orders on our platform earns more

than 160,000 yuan a year and the best photographer can rake in 60,000 yuan monthly,” said Chen.

Considered China’s answer to Airbnb, Xiaozhu has listed more than 500,000 shared ho

uses in 650 cities and other destinations on its platform since its foundation in 2012. Many are fitted with smart locks, smoke detectors and alarms.

According to Chen, with the Chinese economy entering the phase of “new normal”, the sharing economy will face multi-layere

d challenges, including innovating its business model, adopting intelligent technologies, and offering standardized services.

Advances in new technologies such as 5G and internet of things will bri

ng huge potential for the home-share market, which is still in its early stages, according to C

hen, who said that the company will accelerate its expansion to non-first-tier cities and rural areas.

According to latest Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China data, over 3

billion tourists visited rural resorts last year, which collected revenues of more than 800 billion yuan.

To take advantage of rural tourism’s potential Xiaozhu last year signed a strateg

ic deal with the Tourism Development Committee of Hainan province to promote the rural homestay

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Trump threatens to close border with Mexico next week

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the US border with Mexic

o next week, or at least large sections of it, if Mexico does not immediately stop illegal immigration into the United States.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to close the US border with Mexico during his two years in office, b

ut this time the government is preparing to follow through as it struggles to deal with a surg

e of asylum seekers from countries in Central America, many of whom travel through Mexico to the border.

Department of Homeland Security officials warned that commerce with Mexico, the Uni

ted States’ third-largest trading partner, could slow down as the agency shifts 750 border personnel from por

ts of entry to help process asylum seekers who are turning up between official crossing points.

Nielsen and other US officials say border patrol officers have been overwhelmed by a dramatic increase in asyl

um seekers, many of them children and families, fleeing violence and economic hardship in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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Mexico has for many years made a fortune off of the US, far g

 greater than Border Costs. If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will

be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week,” he wrote on Twitter.

Migrants illegally crossing the US border have led to tension between the United States and M

exico ever since Trump began his bid for the presidency almost four years ago, taking a hard line on i

mmigration and saying Mexico was sending rapists and drug runners into the United States.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that tackling illegal i

mmigration is an issue chiefly for the United States and the Central American countries to address.

Trump has so far been unable to convince Congress to tighten asylum laws or f

und a proposed border wall that was one of the main platforms of his 2016 election cam

paign and then his presidency. Trump declared a “national emergency” in February to build the wall. Congress has n

ot funded the wall and Trump has said he would use money earmarked for the military to pay for its construction.

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Had the deal been passed, Britain would have left the EU on May

The EU said the rejection of divorce terms made a no-deal Brexit “a likely

scenario” and called an emergency summit for April 10 to decide what to do next.

An EU Commission official said the 27 remaining EU nations were “fully prepared f

or a no-deal scenario at midnight 12th of April” — Britain’s deadline to chart a new course.

Almost three years after Britain voted in June 2016 to leave the EU, British politicians remain deeply gridlocked over Brexit. May had urged divided legislators to s

upport the deal and finally break an impasse that has left Britons uncertain when, or even if, the country will leave the EU.

The 58-vote margin of defeat was narrower than in previous votes in Janua

ry and March, but it still leaves the government’s blueprint for exiting the bloc in tatters.

May’s deal was voted down even after the prime minister sacrificed her job in exchange for Br

exit, promising to quit if lawmakers approved the agreement and let Britain leave the EU on schedule. With the

deal’s rejection, she will face pressure to step aside and let a new Conservative leader take over negotiations with the EU.

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But China should realize that some EU countries have

 become increasingly cautious about deepening cooperation with China because of its rapid developm

ent; in fact, a few EU countries have decided to implement tougher measures for foreign trade. The European Commission even put

forward a 10-point policy package on China on March 11, which the European Council discussed on March 21.

But the fact that the Commission sees China as a “cooperation partner”, “negotiating partner”, “eco

nomic competitor” as well as a “systemic rival” means it wants to build on the partnership of strategic cooperation with China.

The EU’s attempt to coordinate the concerns of its different members and its efforts to continue dialogue with China reflect coope

ration are not a subjective choice of one single EU country but an objective choice for the mutual interest of all the parties involved.

China has addressed many of the EU’s concerns to strengthen coop

eration, including further opening-up. And it should keep taking measures to strengt

hen cooperation and communication to settle the disputes with EU countries and meet the emerging challenges.

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Huawei’s rotating head addresses UK security concerns

Huawei’s rotating Chairman Guo Ping addressed UK’s securit

y concerns after the Chinese telecommunications company was criticized in a report on Thursday.

Huawei’s performance in the past 30 years has proven it has the best security record in the industry, Guo said at a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

The results from authorized professional test and evaluation companies in the US, UK and Finland show 9 out of 12 profes

sional capabilities of Huawei’s products have reached the top level and the other three are above average.

Huawei accepted the strictest and toughest tests from UK’s monitoring institution and was th

e first to promise worldwide that the company will make the process and results secure and trustworthy, Gao said.

The company’s board of directors made a decision to invest $2 billion to improve overall sec

urity capability in the next five years with openness, sincerity and trustworthiness, he added.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for co

untries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Rese

arch Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hyb

rid rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has reac

hed 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

 from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation

al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti

vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce

nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th

e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

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We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing are

s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop

ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the

ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su

bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo

matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”

Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee

n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.

Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn

ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc

ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.

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