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Cabbies warmed many people’s hearts when they rushed to evacuate stu

dents and residents free of charge after a fire broke out on Qipan Mountain in She

nyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning province, last Tuesday, Beijing Evening News reported.

The fire started at about 1:50 pm and expanded quickly as the wind blew at a speed of 12.8 meters per second.

Students of He University, situated at Mt. Qipan Scenery Tourism Dev

elopment Zone, and residents living nearby needed to be evacuated for safety reasons.

Many cabbies rushed to Qipan Mountain and transported people away free of charge.

“We don’t know if the university has enough vehicles to send studen

ts away, so we came as soon as we heard the news,” said Zhang Shengjun, a member of Fu

shun Leifeng, a voluntary cab-driver team. “We’re waiting outside the school gate to see if we can offer some help.”

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Foreign investment in Beijing property may hit record

Foreign investors have been increasingly active in Beijing’s property market this year,

with their transactions projected to reach a record high in 2019, industry experts said.

“We see an increasing proportion of foreign investors’ participating

in Beijing’s property market this year, and we are expecting another round of brisk inves

tment this year,” said Liu Bing, deputy managing director of DTZ China’s capital market department.

“This is mainly due to the appreciation of the dollar since last year and tightening financing channels for domestic players.”

According to DTZ foreign investors have reached 10 block deals valued more than 25 billion y

uan ($3.7 billion) in Beijing’s property market from the beginning of 2018 till the first quarter of 2019.

Statistics from JLL indicate that foreign investors continue to show interest in the market this year.

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rists from China view cherry blossoms from a boat in Kyo

hen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the Jap

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

“If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to applicants, their w

orkload 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 trave

led to Japan in 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 13.9 per

cent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world‘s largest source of tourists since 2014, reachin

g nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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When more countries that are mainstream travel desti

tinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

Industry insiders said that the rapid development of internet technology in C

hina and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and banking servic

es have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passpo

rts and paper documents back and forth, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Judge

s Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts and t

he law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only under the law, and protect hum

an rights. They must prosecute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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hina increases preschool education spendingritten on lanter

The Chinese central government has increased financial input for preschool education, from 15 billio

n yuan (2.2 billion US dollars) in 2018 to 16.85 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.

Some 1 billion yuan will be allocated to expand the building of kindergartens in the country’s 11 provincial-level regions in 2019,

part of an effort to increase preschool education resources, Lyu Yugang, an official with the ministry, said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, local governments have taken effective measures to increase public access to affordable preschool education.

 China’s top economic planner approved 50 fixed-asset investment pro

jects worth 370.3 billion yuan (about $55.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

These projects are mainly in the energy, transportation and high-tech industries, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Among them, the Yongqing-Shanghai section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pi

peline project will play an important role in optimizing energy structure, improving gas supply along the route

and helping the local economy and environment, according to NDRC spokesperson Yuan Da.

The country’s fixed-asset investment rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in Q1, 0.2 percenta

ge points faster than the first two months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Fixed-asset investment includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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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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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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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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