Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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The strong performance showcases Huawei’s resilien

 despite the security concerns it faces in some markets. Huawei has repeatedly said the

security llegations it faces are groundless and not supported by any factual evidence.

The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre

asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.

Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L

ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.

Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub

sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub

sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.

Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate

s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.

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Experts believe these policies were set to introduce tal

lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost

the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.

While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.

Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction

and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente

r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg

istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.

Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the

ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p

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Cabbies evacuate students free of chargeed many pe

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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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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McGill gave the Chinese super star no chance in t

 ninth with a break of 76 to make it 6-3 after the first session.

Ding, the 2016 runner-up, will resume the competition with the Scot o

n Sunday morning and look to reach the second round at Crucible for the 10th time.

Ding’s compatriot Tian Pengfei, ranked 81st in the w

orld, took a surprise 5-4 lead over 15th-ranked Stephen Maguire of Scotland.

Tian, one of six Chinese players in the field this year, took the opening frame with a brea

k of 52. Maguire levelled with a run of 80 then took

a scrappy third frame, before Tian made it 2-2 with a 59.

In frame five, Maguire came from 58-0 down to ta

ke it with a clinical 62 clearance, then he added the sixth for 4-2. But Tian rose to the occasion as the sessi

on progressed, winning the last three frames with runs of 45, 100 and 70. They resume on Sunday at 7pm.

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hina aims marked cut in water usage by 2020

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to tackle a supply bottl

eneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product w

ill be 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below

670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

China still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its pe

r capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of

Water Resources has put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting man

agement mechanism of water saving contracts and water-saving service industries.

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The draft increases penalties on illegal activities, such a

 manufacturing and selling fake or substandard vaccines, and stipulates a punitive compensation to those who sell or use su

bstandard vaccines with knowledge, causing death or serious health consequences.

Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and

earphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international busine

ss unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Gansu pro

vince. Under China’s ethnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic

minorities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

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Collaboration between the tax administrations of BRI co

untries can lead to the pooling of skills and expertise on tax collection. It can also strengthen natio

nal tax rules in areas such as withholding tax, transfer pricing and dispute resolution to ensure that fair am

ounts of taxes are collected, said Daniel Witt, president of the International Tax and Investment Center.

“BRI countries should be careful not to create barriers to investment, an

d the priority should be to look at practical solutions to remove complexities and co

mpliance burdens on tax administrations and taxpayers,” Witt added.

To serve the BRI, Liao Tizhong, director-general of the International Taxation Department, State

Taxation Administration, said China has expanded a tax treaty network to cover 95 countries and regions.

The number of foreign companies from BRI countries that invest in China and pay annual

taxes of more than 5 million yuan reached 1,205 in 2018. Their average revenue grow

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Names of companies taking part in second CIIE released

The first batch of enterprises to participate in the secon

d China International Import Expo, or CIIE, has been published as the 200-day count

down begins, according to China International Import Expo Bureau on Thursday.

The planned Enterprise and Business Exhibition area will be 300,000 square meter

s and divided into five parts — equipment, consumption, healthcare, food, and trade

in service. There will be seven display areas on science-tech life, automobile, equipment, medical eq

uipment and healthcare products, quality life, trade in service and food and agricultural products.

The science-tech life display area will show

case AR and VR, and technologies companies such as Panasonic, Samsung, Qualcom

m, Bosch, 3M, SAP, Delonghi, Infineon, Steinway, Ricoh, SMEG, Schott, and AGC will display their products.

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