Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursda

that enterprises in any country will not disregard their own interests and blindly follow other countries’ “political command”.

“Most countries have always been highly alert to US government acts of

resorting to state power to crack down on companies in other countries, disrupt m

arkets and obstruct mutually beneficial cooperation between other countries,” Lu said.

But the positive development is also accompanied by some concerns. A string of Japanese

carriers, including NTT Docomo, said they were also considering delaying the launch of Huawei’s new sma

rtphones. Their hesitance is due to uncertainty about Google’s previous announcement that it would restrict H

uawei’s access to updates of the Android operating system in compliance with a US ban.

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Zhang Dawei, chief analyst with Centaline Property, sai

id the main reason behind this is the real estate market in some cities is at risk of going out of control, and the land market shows signs of overheating.

China’s house prices continued to stabilize despite slight increa

ses in April, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Sixty-seven out of the 70 major Chi

nese cities saw an increase in the number of newly built homes that were sold in April.

On a month-on-month basis, new home prices in Dalian and Nanning rose 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent, re

spectively. On a year-on-year basis, new house prices in these cities grew 13.2 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.

Although excluded from the 70 major Chinese cities surveyed by the N

ational Bureau of Statistics, Foshan and Suzhou also saw a surge in home prices in April.

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Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it mu

st be admitted that China’s transition to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as

a shock to many companies around the world. The US economy, which has about 7 percent of G

DP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes ar

ound 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Germ

any and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be pai

nless for its companies or for foreign competitors. But, refo

m and opening-up policies that create more competitive companies and markets are t

he only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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The success case of Entertainment One in defending th

Last year, the Hangzhou Internet Court ruled in favor of Entertainment On

e which identified the infringement of the Peppa Pig copyright by two Chinese comp

anies. These companies were subsequently ordered to cease production and sales of their toy kitchen sets

that featured the image of Peppa Pig. They were also ordered to pay a combined 150,000 yuan ($22,150) in fines.

“As we are still a relatively new brand in China, the biggest achievem

ent is to have made such an impact on piracy in such a short space of time,” Pfeiffer said.

First broadcast in the UK in 2004 and formally introduced in China

in 2015, the cartoon chronicles the adventures of Peppa, her family and friends. The latest trai

ler for the theatrical release of the Peppa Pig generated more than 1.5 billion views in China, according to company stat

istics. Its popularity has generated a raft of toys, clothes and other spin-off products. Counterfeits are also rife.

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Chen is a professor of immunology at the Yale Sch

ool of Medicine. He was the first scientist to reveal the function

of the PD-L1/PD-1 immune escape pathway in a tumor’s microenvironment.

The programmed death ligand-1/programmed death-1 (PD-L1/PD-1) signaling pathway is a key component of tumor immu

nosuppression, which can inhibit activation of T lymphocytes and enhance immune tolerance of tumor cel

ls, leading to tumor immune escape, according to a study published in January on biomedcentral.com.

Chen, along with four other scientists, was awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for 2017 for the break

through in tumor immunology, which made him the third Chinese recipient of the prize.

Chen said the research environment in China also has improved in terms of govern

ment funding and talent compared with when he was in China three decades ago.

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Emperor Akihito abdicates, Japan embraces end of era

Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close

on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde

r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”

“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western

-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.

“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru

itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer

ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.

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Revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen once suggested that

an underwater tunnel should be built to connect the railways in Nanjing

, but his dream was not realized for about 100 years. In 1929, Sun’s casket was transpor

ted to Pukou district along the Tientsin-Pukow Railway before being ferried to downtown Nanjing.

In 1930, John Alexander Low Waddell, a 76-year-old Canadian who was a

traffic consultant to the Chinese government, said the Yangtze in Nanjing was too deep and

was flowing too fast to construct a bridge, according to the Academy of Sociology.

The government launched large-scale investigations in 1936 and 1946 before dropping the pla

n. In 1956, the State Council, China’s Cabinet, proposed constructing the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.

To test the bridge’s load-bearing capacity, Xu Shiyou, who comma

nded the Nanjing Military Region, ordered an armored regim

ent to drive 118 amphibious tanks on the newly built structure at 8 am on Sept 25, 1969.

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The turtles’ circadian rhythm is slower than a mamm

mal’s, which means that the signs of trouble during the procedure will not be as obvious as

with mammals. It is easier to cause irreversible damage if an unexpected situation is encountered.”

“It’s obvious that their near-extinction was caused by huma

ns,” he said. “We haven’t done the basic work of researching the turtles’ biological inf

ormation, behaviors and genetics. The knowledge we have is too limited to save the species.”

Save your look of judgment for anyone blocking your path as you try to walk past them on an

escalator in Shanghai. The new safety notices posted in every metro station in the city tell you to stand still.

The notice also warns people against playing, leaning and faci

ng the wrong way, as well as carrying heavy goods or trolleys on escalators.

While standing on the right and walking on the left has been the norm, the city has changed t

his etiquette to “no walking” for the safety of commuters and the proper functioning of escalators.

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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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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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