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ninth with a break of 76 to make it 6-3 after the first session.
Ding, the 2016 runner-up, will resume the competition with the Scot o
n Sunday morning and look to reach the second round at Crucible for the 10th time.
Ding’s compatriot Tian Pengfei, ranked 81st in the w
orld, took a surprise 5-4 lead over 15th-ranked Stephen Maguire of Scotland.
Tian, one of six Chinese players in the field this year, took the opening frame with a brea
k of 52. Maguire levelled with a run of 80 then took
a scrappy third frame, before Tian made it 2-2 with a 59.
In frame five, Maguire came from 58-0 down to ta
ke it with a clinical 62 clearance, then he added the sixth for 4-2. But Tian rose to the occasion as the sessi
on progressed, winning the last three frames with runs of 45, 100 and 70. They resume on Sunday at 7pm.
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orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,
and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i
s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.
The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.
Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w
ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.
Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci
ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc
hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.
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applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.
Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre
senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.
China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac
hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S
tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim
ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”
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Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, among others, joined the mechanism as observers, and will have advisory roles.
Expanding tax dispute resolution activities, increasing transparency, streamli
ning compliance and digitizing filing are some of the key tasks that the mechanism will
act upon going forward. To help facilitate these goals, an office will be opened in Beijing.
Members agreed that the mechanism is in response to calls by
G20 leaders for a fair, transparent and modern tax system that ultimately contrib
utes to the fulfillment of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Wang Jun, commissioner of China’s State Taxation Admin
istration, was elected chairman of the mechanism‘s council. He suggested that mem
bers jointly enhance tax administration capacity and build a growth-friendly tax environment.
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Mercedes-Benz, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, KIA, Ford, Tesla, and Volvo will bring their latest cutting-edge products.
The new technologies in intelligent manufacturing, aerospace and robot will be displayed at eq
uipment showing area, and exhibitors such as Hexago, Boeing and Bombardier will show their products.
Newcomers such as GSK and Siemens Healthcare will display thei
r new products at medical equipment and healthcare products area with Roche, Novar
tis, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Philips, DH, Thermo Fisher, and Novo Nordisk.
The quality life showing area will set new place to display pregnant w
oman, baby, and children products, and high-end consumer goods. Enterprises such as L ‘Ore
al, Unilever, P&G, Lego, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Amorepacific, and Kao will set booths in the area.
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Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific research a
nd not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.
They should not commit fraud to obtain a research
project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.
Researchers should not seek reimbursement for items that they are supposed to
pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.
Research projects that require external help should be made publ
ic at the university. If there are profits involved between the research leader
and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.
University administrative staff should not seek profi
ts or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.
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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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see three panda cubs frolicking behind a green fence and climbing the fence, along with two h
uman hands touching the nose and head of a cub. The one touching the head had red nail polish.
The post angered netizens who criticized Han for endangering the cub, fearing diseases from humans might pass to the animals.
A week later, Han deleted her posts, saying she loved pandas and would behav
e herself in the future. She also said she loved other animals and kept two dogs at home.
One netizen condemned Han for not considering the spread of the canine distemper virus to the panda cub from her two dogs.
The virus was reported to have caused the deaths of captive giant pandas in 1997, wh
en three of the bears died at the Chongqing Zoo in Sichuan’s neighboring Chongqing municipality.
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aths of five pandas between December 2014 and April 2015.
Pandas are docile but can be fierce. In 2005, a female photographer from Hong Kong jumped into a pand
a enclosure to take photos. To the surprise of onlookers, the panda slashed one of her arms, causing profuse bleeding, the center said.
Zhou Mengqi, a veteran photographer in Chengdu, was chased by a panda that had been eating quietly unt
il he took pictures of the animal up close at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the early 1990s.
“Its claw touched my shoes before I escaped through a door,” he said.
China has a total of 548 captive pandas. Of those, 285 are in the China Conser
vation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and 196 live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
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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.