Both the digital industry and digitalization of other indu

 industries develop fast, and new sectors have been emerging, such as unmanned warehousing, facial recognition payments and new online-to-offline groceries.”

Meng also said that a new version of the nationally unified negative list for market access will be rolled out w

ithin the year. Illegal or implicit entry barriers and locally issued negative lists will be canceled, she said.

The Chinese authorities will also establish and refine mechanisms for adjusting the annually released

list when necessary, she said, adding that the list will better cope with the reforms to delegate power, streamline ad

ministration and optimize government services, and will better meet the needs of market entities for broader access.

Wang Yuanhong, deputy head of the Department of Economic Forecas

ting at the State Information Center, said the fast growth of high-tech industries and the

service sector reflects the ongoing upgrading of traditional industries and the optimization of C

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The National Health Commission issued draft regulatio

ons in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technolog

ies, stipulating that clinical research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ tra

nsplants between species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.

Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face

punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.

The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r

egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.

Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics

committee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wit

h ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.

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Private counselors’ services can be extensive, from providi

iding several versions of edited application essays to setting students up with internships and volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Shen said she paid a counselor $12,000 to edit seven or eight of her daughter’s c

ollege application essays. She also regularly takes her daughter to private tutors who charge $180 per hour.

“It’s very normal (to hire private counselors and tutors) among Chinese parents (living in th

e San Francisco Bay Area),” Shen said. She is in several WeChat groups, each having hundreds of parents.

Shen said it is easy to find a counselor. “You just pst in the groups, and somebody will quick

ly respond with recommendations. I know many parents easily spend over $150,000 on the counseling or tutoring.”

The San Francisco Bay Area has a high concentration of private college admiss

ions consultants. Tutoring schools and consultancies with Chinese signs can be seen in shopping malls.

A popular consultant is IvyMax, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential US

premier college application institution serving the Chinese-American community”.

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Chen said most Chinese scientists and researchers foc

us on translational research that applies a new discovery from basic research and moves it along toward clinical practice.

“But I think Chinese scientists need to focus more on making innovative and new dis

coveries from basic research and develop new methods for cancer treatment from that,” he said.

China and the US are working together in many medical research areas, Chen said, citing the clinica

l practice cooperation between China and large US pharmaceutical companies, which he said is “huge now”.

“The cooperation between specialists and pharmaceutical companies in China and the US can potentially accelerate resea

rch and development of new drugs and translate laboratory findings to treat human cancers,” he said.

Chen said that there are still many other areas in which the US and China can work together.

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Expat jobs in some sectors increasingreign students see

The service sector, IT and media industries have

overtaken the education industry as major job sources for expat

s in China, according to figures from the 2019 Job Fair for Foreigners in Beijing.

The job fair was organized on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Center and the State Administration of Foreign Exper

ts Affairs, attracting more than 500 expats with nearly 1,000 jobs available in a range of professions.

The expat job market, once dominated by language teachers, has seen a major shift. Approximatel

y half the jobs available at the fair were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including ope

nings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.

“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager of the research center. “The be

st-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Ma‘

’ndarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”

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Health, education authorities step up intervention on child

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xia

owei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

Ma said priority would be given to young students, and health departments would assist scho

ols in measures such as increasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of s

chool-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

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science, compared to figure of over 10 percent wh

o do in developed countries. A key reason for that, according to exp

erts, is the lack of proper scientific learning materials, especially those for adults.

This in turn explains, at least in part, why Chinese engineers have been faring better than Chinese scientists. A certain proport

ion of the population with a good understanding of natural science should be the basis for a nation to produce large numbe

rs of excellent scientists, which in turn will render firm support to the prosperity of the nation.

Having finished the book on quantum physics, I made a thorough check of my daughter’s little

bookshelf and divided her books into a few different categories. The topics of the books ranged from dinosa

urs to animal tongues, then to everyday wisdom, yet they all had one thing in common: They were interesting.

Dinosaurs

Besides the Baby Loves Quantum Physics book, there were books l

ike How Dinosaurs Lived and Why Dogs Are Your Friends. These cartoon books tell stories just

like animations, with the only difference being is that they’re printed on paper, not viewed on an LED display.

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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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Why should MPs who hate the deal back it suddenly? There a

  re arguments to be made either way. Ultimately, all the Withdrawal Agreement does is place the UK into a transition p

eriod, allowing for future negotiations about where all this ends up. If your biggest fear is remaining in the EU, then this is the case for holding your nose.

  Taking back control

  If May fails, as is widely expected, then it’s likely that MPs will do everything in their power to take control of Brexit away from the PM.

  On Monday, MPs will vote on an amendable motion. This means that the Commons vo

tes on a question put forward by the government, which MPs can amend to suit their needs.

  It is highly likely that an amendment will be made demanding that the PM allows the Comm

ons to hold a series of indicative votes so MPs can finally say what they are for, not just what they are against.

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ousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary Gener of the Or

  anization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), condemned the attacks. The OIC represents 57 nations with large or majority-Muslim populations.

  ”The brutal crime had shocked and hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world, and served

as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia,” he said. Otha

imeen urged the New Zealand authorities to investigate the attack thoroughly.

  Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, tweeted his condolences to the victims of the attack,

and confirmed that there will be “highly visible” and armed police around mosques in the UK capital on Friday.

  ”I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London. I have been in touch with the Met Police. There will be highly v

isible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray,” he said.

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