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Almost 500,000 international students in China in 2018

Almost 500,000 international students studied in China in 2018, earlier slight increase on 2017, the Ministry of Education said Friday.

A total of 492,185 international students from 196 countries and region

s studied in China last year, up 0.62 percent on the previous year, the ministry said in a statement.

South Korea ranked first in the number of students sent to China last year, with 50,600 students, followed b

y Thailand with 28,608, Pakistan with 28,023, India with 23,198, and the United States with 20,996.

The number of students pursuing academic education increased

6.86 percent year-on-year to 258,122, accounting for 52.44 percent of the total.

Students studying for master’s and doctoral degrees increased by 12.28 percent to 85,062, the ministry said.

Most international students in China have been self-funded, accounting for 87.19 percent of the total, it said.

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Mapping of parathyroid hormone to help patients of os

Scientists have for the first time seen clearly the dynamic structure of the receptor of human parathyroid hormone, of which the s

ecretion is closely related to diseases including osteoporosis, hypoparathyroidism, and cachexia.

The revelation provides valuable insights into discovering novel therap

eutics against such diseases, the group of researchers said at a media briefing on Friday.

Patients of osteoporosis, who the National Health Commission in October said number nearly 20 percent of Chin

ese over the age of 50, need to take medicines stimulating the human parathyroid hormone receptor.

As such medicines are polypeptide, they can only be injected rather than being orally ta

ken, which can trigger a reaction with enzymes in the mouth and become ineffective, researchers said.

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The new round of foreign investments will inject m

ore powerful momentum into the high-quality development of Chengdu,” he said.

“We will do everything possible to create a law-based, internationalized business environment

with quality services that facilitate and support development of foreign investment projects.”

He emphasized the city plays an important role in China’s national agendas such as the Belt and Road Initiati

ve, the Yangtze River economic zone development, and the West China development strategy.

“A large number of national strategic opportunities have prese

nted themselves in Chengdu… Chengdu is now at the frontier of China’s further ope

ning-up, which shores up the city’s fast growth in regional competence and influence,” he said.

Currently, the city has 8,155 foreign-invested enterprises. Among the 285 Fortune 500 enterprises in Chengdu, 198 are foreign-in

vested. Last year, the city’s actual use of foreign capital reached $12.28 billion, increasing 22.3 percent from

2017, and foreign direct investment was $2.69 billion, with an annual increase of 44.1 percent, said Luo.

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Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

The first-ever image of a black hole has sucked a Chinese image provider Visual China Group into a “black hole” of its own, after

some “we media” players complained that the company put its copyright logo on the image.

Just after the black hole image was released on Wednesday, some found the Visual China Gr

oup website carried the image with its logo, which means payment is required to use the image.

The company released a statement Thursday afternoon that the company gained the ima

ge copyright from the Event Horizon Telescope teams for use in media, not for commercial use such as advertisements.

Materials from the official websites of scientific authorities such as the European Sou

thern Observatory and NASA are available free, so long as users clearly credit the source.

The ESO has said Visual China has not made contact about the black hole image and it is illegal for it to claim copyright.

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The National Copyright Administration issued a state

tement Friday morning saying a campaign will be launched to regulate the image copyright market.

The administration said it attaches importance to copyrigh

t protection and protects owners’ legal rights, and companies sh

ould establish a mechanism to safeguard rights appropriately according to laws, not abusing them.

The image company was founded in June 2000 and in 2014 it was listed on China’s A-share

market. In the first three quarters of 2018, the company achieved revenue of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million).

Some have questioned the company’s use of copyright lawsuits. One company faced more t

han 4,200 lawsuits from Visual China Group, and more than 3,900 cases were decided.

According to a plan, the company would release 388 million restricted

shares on Friday, equal to 10.33 billion yuan. The share price has plunged sharply on Friday.

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All 15 films were selected from 775 aspiring nomina

tions from across 85 countries and regions worldwide, a noticea

ble rise from the pool of 659 films from the 71 nations and regions last year.

Helmed by US director Rob Minkoff as president, the jury panel consists of six other

members: Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Hon

g Kong actress Carina Lau, Iranian director Majid Majidi and British director Simon West.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sha

rma, the Bollywood movie Zero will be screened as the closing film of the festival.

While the race for the awards is attracting insiders, a special segment titled Film in Panorama will screen 261 new

and classic films in 30 theaters over 15 days, providing a visual feast for film fans in the capital.

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China to build new FTZ in Yangtze River Deltaised in stacks at th

China is planning to build a new Free Trade Zone in the Yangtze River Delta region, China Business Network reported on Wednesday.

Deputy Director of the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission Zhu Min made t

he announcement at a press conference on promoting high-quality development on Wednesday in Shanghai.

Although Zhu didn’t reveal the exact location of the new FTZ, S

uzhou Industrial Park in East China’s Jiangsu province is expected to be the spot.

Suzhou Industrial Park said to a CBN reporter the FTZ is a national-level plan and the park hasn’t got any news yet.

Zhu emphasized the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone should cooperate with other FTZs in th

e Yangtze River Delta to play a greater role in leading high-quality development in the region.

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On March 31, two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Ai

r Force Shenyang J-11 fighter jets flew across the so-called median line of t

he Taiwan Straits, prompting a strong reaction by Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen. She vo

wed a “forceful expulsion” of mainland fighters should they cross the line again.

A former official on the island, Lai Ching-te, said in

a recent interview that the pro-secession Democratic Progres

sive Party, of which Tsai and Lai are members, is protecting Taiwan by pursuing independence.

Responding to both questions, Ma said the flight was part of the PLA’s scheduled exercise this year.

“Protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity is the sacred duty of the PLA,” he s

aid. “Tsai’s wild talk means she is scared. We warn them not to play with fire. Don’t even think about it.”

As for Lai’s comment, Ma said it was an example of “confusing right and wrong”.

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The doctor known for saving lives of leukemia patients

His dedication led him to discover a drug to cure an aggressive form of the cancer

Every Thursday, 95-year-old Wang Zhenyi hosts a discussio

n session with young doctors to find solutions for complicated medical cases. Wang, a pione

ering expert in hemopathology and a tenured professor at Ruijin Hospital affiliated with the Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ

ersity’s School of Medicine, has been doing this for 16 years in order to nurture more medical talent.

With over 70 years of experience in the hemopathology field, Wang was among the first academicians at the Chinese Acad

emy of Engineering, and the recipient of the country’s highest award in science and technology in 2010.

He is best known for saving the lives of patients suffering from acute promyelocytic le

ukemia, also known as M3. It is the most aggressive form of leukemia with the highest fatality rate. If not treated i

n time, 90 percent of patients die within six months, with some patients living not more than three days after diagnosis.

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Ye, its chief public affairs officer, would be leaving his

 post for “personal and family reasons” on May 31.

This is the latest senior executive departure for JD, which said in February th

at it would lay off 10 percent of its senior executives above vice-president level this year.

The company is now facing tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo. Chen Tao, an analyst at the Beiji

ng-based consultancy Analysys, said JD’s reach in first and second-tier cities is high, or close to saturation, addin

g it should seek new growth engines and pour more resources into smaller cities and rural areas.

Activists are calling for more supervision over labor exploitation in an online crusade spearheaded by software develo

pers against the so-called 996 work schedule, which is widely practiced in China’s tech industry.

The rules-which require employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week witho

ut overtime pay-came under fire after a programmer created 996.ICU, a page on cod

e-sharing platform GitHub.com. The page garnered immediate attention at home and abroad.

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