The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.
Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec
ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.
Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa
s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.
Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.
Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca
demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.
Bilateral trade between China and Russia last year exceeded $100 billion as of mid-December, a new record, official figures sh
owed Thursday, and an analyst forecast further increases in high-technology trade and e-commerce this year.
Bilateral trade grew 27.8 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2018 to $97.24 billion,
Gao Feng, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), told a press conference on Thursday.
Projects that China and Russia have been cooperating on include nuclear power and other energy sectors, as well as the aviation industry, Gao said.
China remains Russia’s largest trading partner. In the first 11 months of last year, bilateral trade in electronic pro
ducts and the high-technology sector increased 15 percent and 29 percent, respectively, according to MOFCOM.
Trade in agricultural products increased by 31 percent, Gao said.
Cooperation involving strategic large projects achieved remarkable results. Eme
rging fields such as nuclear energy and aerospace have also increased rapidly, Gao noted.
in information, biology, advanced manufacturing and new materials will grow into core industries in the area. Several key projects in f
ifth-generation (5G) networks, genetic testing, intelligent robotics, 3D printing and the BeiDou navigation system will be cultivated.
Whether the Greater Bay Area can become an international technology and innovation hub is the key
to the area’s success, according to a research report recently issued by the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute.
The region boasts the most complete manufacturing industry chain and has world-class technol
ogy talent from prestigious universities. Moreover, the favorable location offers convenience an
d benefits to enhance technological and innovation exchanges and cooperation with countries and regions al
ong the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative and other major countries in the world, said the research report.
By comparing the Greater Bay Area with the New York bay area and San Fran
cisco Bay Area in the US, Liang Haiming, chairman of the institute, told the Global T
imes on Monday that balancing the interests of traditional and emerging industries, and helping multiple
industries share the work while cooperating are two things that could be learned from the two US bay areas.
The world has been closely watching the latest round of high-level trade
negotiations between the US and China, which took p
lace in Beijing on Thursday and Friday, for clues as to whether a trade resolution
will be reached before the March 1 deadline.
With the slowdown seen in the economies of both countries and the
world in general, the US and China have a sober under
standing of the importance of reaching a trade deal, which is reflected by the
increasing flexibility shown by both parties. Last week, US Pre
sident Donald Trump even suggested that he could extend the deadline if both
parties are making good progress and are nearing a formal agreement.
As the US and China both have the need to reach a deal, it is generally expected
that both parties will make some compromises to avoid an escalation of tra
de disputes. In this situation, China will most likely significantly increase its
imports from the US in the short term, while at the same time making s
ubstantial changes with regards to issues like market opening and technology transfer.
At present, there is much speculation about what compromises China may
make or which industries the nation will open to more for
eign investment. Last year, against the background of the unprecedented trade war, the National D
evelopment and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, published
a new version of the negative list for foreign investment. The negative list, w
hich took effect on July 28, removed foreign ownership limits for special vehicles and new energy vehicle m
anufacturing, with the ownership cap for passenger car manufacturing scheduled
to be lifted by 2022. Moreover, th
e latest list also eased or scrapped foreign investment curbs on sectors like
banking, insurance, ship and aircraft manufacturing, and power grids.
raving about China,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was quoted as saying in The Times of India.
The BJP has also questioned the “request” of the Chinese ambassador to give a ceremonial send-off to Gandhi for his Mansarovar trip. “When Rahul Gan
dhi went for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a letter was sent by the Chinese ambassador to the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) that he wanted to give Rah
ul Gandhi a ceremonial send-off. This protocol is limited to heads of state or government and leader of opposition. No
w it is clear why China wanted to extend this protocol to Rahul Gandhi. Yatra was just an excuse, he had to meet Chinese ministers and discuss so
mething. The cat is out of the bag today, and the Congress needs to clarify,” Patra told Hindustan Times. The BJP didn’t stop at that. It als
o dug into Gandhi’s earlier meeting with the Chinese envoy in India during the Doklam standoff.
If the developments are any indication, the BJP is desperate to raise any issue which could work in its favor in the elections with the mood of the general
masses not looking positive towards the party. It wants to eliminate the anti-incumbency factor and divert the at
ention of the masses from more pressing issues. The main opposition has alleged the BJP failed to keep its promise of
generating 20 million jobs in a year. The opposition is also repeatedly raising the Rafale fighter jet deal to counter M
odi’s take on corruption. Now the BJP strategists feel playing the China card, to a certain extent, could help the ruling party in this matter.
But experts say such issues are not going to impact the elections. “China card will prove to be of litt
le or just no help for the BJP,” says Ajay Jha, a prominent Delhi-based journalist who is an expert in Chinese affairs.