Ministry of Education addresses Zhai plagiarism case

The Ministry of Education has zero tolerance for academic misconduct and has ordered relevant universities and education authorities to investigate pl

agiarism allegations leveled at actor Zhai Tianlin, a ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

The investigation will not only include Zhai’s plagiarism allegations, but also possible miscond

uct of other people that allowed this to happen, ministry spokeswoman Xu Mei said at a news conference.

“We have zero tolerance for behaviors that ignore academic rules and standards and undermine education equality,” she said.

The universities and Beijing education authorities will seriously look i

nto the case and publish the investigation’s results as soon as possible, she added.

The Beijing Education Commission and the Education Work Committee of the

Beijing Committee of the Communist Party of China sent an investigative team to

the Beijing Film Academy - where Zhai got his PhD-to look into the matter, the academy said on Thursday.

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Norwegian-born youth predicted to play for China

orwegian-born John Hou Sæter, a midfielder with Beijing Guo’an, received his temporary Chinese ID card Tuesday, becoming the first naturalized Chinese footballer.

Known as Hou Yongyong in China, the 21-year-old is expected to make his Guo’an debut in the Chinese Football Assoc

iation (CFA) Super Cup match between Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Guo’an next weekend, according to The Paper.

Guo’an has also registered him up for the upcoming AFC Champions League.

It has also been predicted that he may receive a national team call-up in the future.

Hou Sæter made his debut for Norwegian side Rosenborg in a domestic cup game against Orkla F

K in 2014. The appearance made him, at 16 years and 101 days, Rosenborg’s youngest ever senior player.

In September 2014 he made his debut in the Norwegian top f

light against Aalesund, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute in a 3-0 win. This made him his sid

e’s youngest ever league debutant, at 16 years and 258 days, beating the previous record by nine days.

Speaking on the speculation that Hou Sæter may one day play for the Chinese national side, h

is mother, Hou Yurong, said that it would be “both my wish and his own choice. I’m always his biggest fan.”

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sq m, Tiantongyuan includes five major communities with

subdistricts that were built in 2000. In the first three years of the century, the population quickly rose to more than 100,000.

The family of Beijing native Du Bo moved to Tiantongyuan in 2005 because at 5,600 yuan per sq m the area was still relatively cheap.

“Our old home in Haidian district was scheduled for urgent demolition, so we had to find another place to live,” the 26-year-old said.

Though the family would have preferred an apartment in the downtown, Du’s parents could not afford

to move to such an expensive area. The urgency of the situation meant the family of four, which included his grandfather, had no alt

ernative but to move to the 120-sq-m, three-bedroom apartment in Tiantongyuan.

“Dirty” and “chaotic” were Du’s first impressions of the neighborhood. Unlicensed traders bloc

ked the roads, meaning people could not park their cars, and feral cats and dogs often ap

peared on the streets. As a result, some people simply bought apartments to rent to tenants.

Du said he has heard that in a building near his tower block, one bedroom can accommodate eight people. “It’s like a dormitory at college,” he said.

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S.Korean president to consult with Trump on 2nd DPRK

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th

e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.

Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d

iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.

Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.

The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon

th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.

Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy

ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.

The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a

greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi

ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl

osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.

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DPRK officials to meet ahead of summithe United States

and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will meet this month in an unidentified Asi

an country ahead of their leaders’ planned second summit in Vietnam, South Korean officials said yesterday.

The US special representative for the DPRK, Stephen Biegun, visited Pyongyang last week to work out details of t

he February 27-28 summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

After being briefed by Biegun about his talks in the DPRK, South Korea’s presidential office said that the US and t

he DPRK used Biegun’s trip as a chance to explain what concrete steps they want from each other.

South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who met Biegun, repor

ted that US-DPRK diplomacy “is working well,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

He said a follow-up US-DPRK meeting ahead of the summit will take place in a third country in Asia in the week beginning February 17.

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China and UK celebrate icebreakers, laud even closer ties

China and the United Kingdom should break the ice of protectionism and build an open an

d inclusive world economy, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said in London on Thursday.

“China will continue to embrace the world with open arms and stands ready to work with oth

er countries. We hope the rest of the world would respond in the same spirit,” he said. “In a time when op

enness and inclusiveness are irreversible, protectionism has no future because it is against the trend of history.”

The remarks were made before 400 business, political, and cultural leaders at

tending a Chinese New Year celebration in London that was hoste

d by The 48 Group Club and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Britain.

The year 2018 marked the 65th anniversary of an “ice-breaking trip” to Chi

na in 1953 that was made by a group of farsighted people from the British business community.

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Senior-friendly furniture remodeling returns home safe and sound

CHANGSHA – Luo Pengfei, 22, is a good communicator with the elderly as it is his job to visit them every day to remodel their furniture.

“We visit the elderly to learn about their self-care ability, measure their bathroom area and threshold

height, and check whether the floor will be slippery when getting wet,” said Luo, who works for K

angle Nianhua, a company providing senior care services in central China’s Hunan Province.

Luo will design the layout and then start home space reformation to clear hidden dangers, to give the elderly a safer home.

In rooms where the elderly are prone to falls, Luo’s company will install handrails or grab bars

and add non-slip stickers and pads. In the bathroom, the company will install a bathstool and a toilet chair.

The company also provides crutches for those with mobility problems.

Long Xinjian, 61, resident in the provincial capital of Changsha, has long suffered fro

m high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. He had fallen in the toilet several times, but now with p

ads, wall handrails, removable toilet chairs and bath stools installed, he no longer worries when using the toilet.

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Chinese research mission to Antarctic leaves Taish

The 37 members of the 35th Chinese research mission to the Antarctic — from the Kunl

un and Taishan teams — left Taishan station for the 520-km-away Zhongshan station on Sunday amid a snowstorm.

After completing their research at Kunlun station, the 16 members of the Kunlun

team left the station on Jan. 24 and met with the 21 Taishan team members at Taishan station on Thursday.

On Friday, the Taishan team finished the second stage of construction on the Tai

shan station, including the completion of the main building and installation of supportin

g facilities. All members then cleared the construction site and collected waste before leaving.

A severe snowstorm hit Taishan when the mission left with 11 snowmobiles. Visibility

was down to about 100 meters and members could only communicate via interphones.

Lying at an altitude of 2,621 meters in the icy Princess Elizabeth Land in the East Antarctic inland ice sheet, Taishan was hit by con

tinual snowstorms when it was opened for use in February 2014 and the weather has been snowy in summer since then.

As a summer station, the Taishan station, which is shaped like a Chinese red lantern, can be used by as many as 20 peopl

e as the second stage of construction has made it more environmentally friendly and better equipped.

The research mission is scheduled to arrive at Zhongshan on Friday and members will celebrate the Chinese New Year on their way back.

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The preferential treatment will target those registered as needy

alf a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.

The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.

Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also en

joy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 30 percent at most according to local conditions.

The tax deduction mainly covers value-added tax, urban maintenance and constru

ction tax, educational surcharge and individual income tax and will be effective from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021.

A separate statement, which was jointly issued Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, the State Taxation Administration and the Ministry of Vete

rans, said that self-employed veterans can also enjoy all the preferential treatments.

Companies who have hired veterans can also enjoy tax deduction to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three ye

ars. Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 50 percent at most according to local conditions.

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China clean energy industry develops fast in 2018

China accelerated the development of clean energy last year, with the installed capacity of renew

able energy exceeding 700 million kilowatts, the National Energy Administration said.

China will continue to boost the growth of the oil-and-gas industry this year, increase efforts in oil and gas exploration and d

evelopment, and build more pipelines and gas storage facilities, according to the administration.

China has adopted a slew of measures to encourage the development of clean energ

y, including building vast solar and wind farms, wi

th aims to make non-fossil energy meeting 20 percent of its energy needs by 2030.

To reach this goal, China is investing heavily in renewable energy, pledging to invest 2.5 trillion yuan (about 373 billion US d

ollars) in renewable power generation – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear – by 2020.

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