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Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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Automobile exhibitors including Volkswagen, BMW

 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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Another outbreak in Shaanxi province caused the dea

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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al violations at sites that supply drinking water. As of the

 of last year, all but nine of 6,251 violations that inspectors found had been corrected, at a total investment of 41 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) in 31 provincial regions.

According to the top environmental watchdog, 3,740 industrial enterprises wer

e relocated and 1,883 wastewater outlets were shut down during the campaign.

“In the long run, the campaign will help curb pollution at sites that supply drinking

water and prevent more of them from being abandoned due to pollution,” Ma from the institute said.

There are specific dos and don’ts at these sites, but some of the restrictions will be lifted if they cease to be sources of drinking water.

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific researc

h and 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.

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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 public 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 profits or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

Researchers should be held responsible for misuse of research funds. T

heir research projects will be suspended, their research funds will be recovered and th

ey will be prevented from applying for other projects within a certain period of time, the ministry added.

The management of research funds at Chinese universities is still done the traditional way,

with researchers paying the costs and then submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a result, financial staff

members often face piles of receipts, which are rather difficult to check, leaving room for loopho

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Scientists said the research, also published in Nature

could open up new prospects for medical research.Huawei’s Ren named China’s most influential business leader

The 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, is the most influentia

l business leader in China, according to the latest ranking released by business magazine Fortune’s Chinese edition.

Pony Ma Huateng, founder and CEO of tech giant Tencent, came i

n second followed by Chen Dongsheng, founder, chairman and CE

O of Taikang Insurance Group. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma grabbed fourth place this year.

These business leaders’ values were not only reflected in the successful m

oments of their companies, but also, most importantly, in their willingness to face challen

ges as well as help their company through a crisis, find new direction and stride for the next success, Fortune China said.

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It is the duty of car dealers to deliver qualified autom

obile products, and those who refuse to bear responsibility or compensate consumers for

unqualified automobiles violate the law and will be punished, said the China Consumers Association.

The discussion heard that some dealers force consumers to purchase insurance or ask for financial serv

ice fees without issuing invoices, both illegal acts that should be severely punished according to the law, the association said.

During the discussion an unnamed womaen complained that she was sold a defective Mercedes-Benz car.

The woman said the engine of the CLS300 she bought from Xi’an, Shaanxi province dealership Lizh

ixing Co developed problems soon after she bought it March 27, but she failed to get a refund or exchange.

She also said she was asked to pay a “financial service fee” of 15,000 yuan to an employee without knowing what the money was for.

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According to experts, standing only on the right side

of the escalator causes uneven wear on the mechanism because of the u

neven load. Wear and tear on the right side is significantly more than on the left, resulti

ng in a slight tilt of the escalator, which cannot be fixed through regular maintenance.

Experts also warned that walking on escalators in itself is always dangerous.

The height of an escalator step – around 21 centimeters – is highe

r than that of a standard stair, which is around 16 cm. Passengers may miss a step.

Lesley Strawderman, a professor at Mississippi State University, said in an article last m

onth in Quartz, a news organization in the United States, that restricting people to one side of an es

calator limits the amount of space available to commuters and just slows everyone down.

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Slower rise in Chinese studying overseas pose for phot

The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize

that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w

hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education

Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la

rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.

The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re

sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.

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