Shanghai purrs over new Hello Kitty theme park

The world’s only Hello Kitty-themed pavilion brings a fantasy world with a retro decor for fans in Shanghai.

Hello Kitty Shanghai Times was launched by propert

y developer Shimao Group and Japanese animation powerhouse Sanrio on March 29.

By creating an immersive experience of Shanghai during three symbolic periods of the city’s history – the 1930s, 1980s and today – the

indoor theme park provides a unique experience for visitors with Sanrio’s best-known characters, incl

uding Hello Kitty, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Pompompurin, Keroppi and Cinnamoroll.

The time travel-themed attraction is located at Shimao Festiva

l City on bustling East Nanjing Road, and is expected to attract 2 million visitors a year. S

preading across three floors, the play area takes up a total gross floor area of about 6,000 square meters.

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In 2017 the institute’s bioethics review committee

n evaluated and approved the experiment before applying for National Natural Scie

nce Foundation of China funds, with the project gaining the foundation’s support.

“Experimenting on nonhuman primate models to research the brain’s cognitive function, de

velopment and related diseases have great scientific and medical values,” the statement said.

“For research purposes, there are precedents of scientists implanting human genes int

o lab animals such as mice, rats, and macaque monkeys, and these researchers have made great con

tributions to understanding life, disease mechanisms and clinical drug development.”

In 2008 US scientists implanted macaque monkeys with Huntington’s disease to further understand the condition and possib

ly identify a new form of treatment, with the project’s findings published in the journal Nature.

In 2009 Japanese scientists created the world’s first transgenic primates

and bred monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green.

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Economic data for March have beaten market expectat

ons in many aspects, and based on those data, China’s year-on-year GDP gr

owth rate in the first quarter may reach 6.3 percent or a bit higher,” said Liu Chun

sheng, an associate professor of economics at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

Improved market expectations resulting from progress in the Sino-US trade talks and Beijing’s tax and

fee cut plan, as well as eased liquidity, have helped to offset negative effects of the traditional Spring Fes

tival holiday and downside pressure that continued from the end of last year, Liu said.

China has set this year’s GDP growth rate target at 6 percent to 6.5 perce

nt, after registering full-year growth of 6.6 percent in 2018 and 6.4 percent in the fourth

quarter. The NBS is scheduled to announce the country’s first-quarter economic growth data on Wednesday.

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storage, collection and transportation of hazardous

les in the storage, collection and transportation of hazardous waste. Paper documents are still used in ma

ny areas as certificates for the transfer of hazardous waste, which could be easily forged and altered, he said.

Wang also said the country faces serious shortages of personnel fo

r hazardous waste supervision, especially at the county-government level.

Qiu pledged to take a series of measures to enhance processing capac

ity. Facilities for hazardous waste treatment will be included in local environmental infrastru

cture development plans, and the treatment of such waste will be included in the central environmental inspec

tions led by ministerial-level officials. Research aimed at overcoming technical bottlenecks for treatment will be enhanced as well, he said.

Qiu said the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will coop

erate with the NPC to revise the Solid Waste Law, and make efforts to build a n

ational information network to enhance monitoring, treatment and risk prevention capabilities.

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On the same day Voice of America quoted a US State Dep

artment spokesman saying the US recognizes the one-China policy and that the AIT Taipei office’s security work is carri

ed out by a small group of US personnel and a larger number of local employees and authorities.

“China resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges and military

contacts between the US and Taiwan,” Geng told a news conference.

The US has made a clear commitment to maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan, G

eng said, adding that Beijing has repeatedly stated its position on the issue to Washington.

The one-China principle is the political foundation for bilateral relations, he said, urgin

g the US to keep its promises and to abide by the principles of the three China-US joint communiques.

“We urge the US to correct its wrong practice and prudently and properly handle Taiw

an-related issues to avoid damaging China-US relations and cross-Straits peace and stability,” he said.

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Besides, most of the steel firms in the region still

use blast furnaces that are more polluting than electric furnaces, which res

ults in huge energy consumption and pollution discharge burdens, according to Lyu.

To better protect the environment, it is not enough to relocate the production capacity f

rom one place to another within a province as some local governments have done, he added.

Lyu made the remarks at the 2019 China Iron and Steel Develo

pment Forum, which was jointly held by the China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Res

earch Institute and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing over the weekend.

Since 2016, China has made remarkable progress in reducing overcapacity in the sector, fulfilling th

e upper overcapacity reduction goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) two years in advance. The util

ization rate of crude steel capacity has risen from 70 percent in 2015 to more than 80 percent now, according to Lyu.

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According to iiMedia Research, a market consultancy, cross-

-border online shopping in China grew by 20.6 percent year-on-year to 7.6 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion) in sales in 2017.

The nation is encouraging cross-border e-commerce transactions by easing the annual cap

on cross-border online purchases and adding categories of imports to the duty-free list, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Starting from this year, the annual duty-free quota for cross-borde

r e-commerce purchases for individual buyers will be lifted to 26,000 yuan from the current 20,000 yuan.

“The livestreaming form, as a new operation model for online marketplaces, could settle

the problem of information asymmetry,” said Chen Tao, an analyst with internet consultancy Analysys in Beijing.

Both Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao and its rival J

D, two of China’s biggest online shopping sites, have launched their own livestreaming platforms.

Shop owners hire livestreamers with large fan bases to help promote their products, and meanwhile, a link to the purchasing page hovers on the streaming screen.

Monica Zhang, who lives in France with her husband, opened an online store on Taobao. She became a livestreamer last year.

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Carlson ended his monologue by saying he’s grateful for Fox’

  ”toughness.” Then he said “we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong, and will continue to do that” — but he pointedly did not apologize for any of his misogynistic comments from the past.

  Right after Carlson’s show on Monday, veteran Fox News analyst and former host Brit Hume

tweeted out Friday’s cable news ratings — which had Carlson in first place among total viewers — and said “doing well is the best revenge.”

  CNN analyst Joe Lockhart responded to Hume by expressing regret that “bigotry and misogyny sells so well.”

  ”It’s a stain on our country,” Lockhart wrote. “Ratings don’t trump values and I know you know that.””I hate flyin

g as it is,” she told CNN. “When I saw it was one of the new ones I was absolutely terrified.”

  Nevertheless, she boarded Turkish Airways flight 1969 for the four-hour flight.

  About two hours into the flight, she says she noticed something odd.

  ”Well they didn’t tell us straight away but I could feel some

thing was different,” she says. “And the map on the screens was showing we’d turned back.”

  The pilot then announced they would be turning back to Istanbul because UK airspace was closed, citing weather condi

tions. (Around that time, the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK closed the airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX model planes.)

  The flight turned around and landed about two hours later at the same airport from where they left.

  Tor says Turkish Airways told the passengers they will be put on a Wednesday morning flight instead.

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Highlights of 2019 Government Work Report, opens its seco

  Premier Li Keqiang delivered the Government Work Report to the second session of th

e 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday mornng. Here are the highlights:

  China will raise its fiscal deficit target to 2.76 trillion yuan, or 2.8 percent of GDP, this year from 2.6 percent in 2018. Tota

l government expenditure is budgeted at over 23 trillion yuan, up by 6.5 percent from last year.

  The measure is being taken to stabilize economic growth by enlarging government spending. As a major me

asure to tackle economic risks, the proactive fiscal policy in 2019 will become stronger and more efficient.

  China set its GDP growth target for this year at between 6 percent and 6.5 percent as the country pursues higher-qua

lity development amid mounting uncertainties in the international economic landscape.

  China also set its target for consumer inflation growth at 3 percent for this year, wh

ile it will try to keep growth of the broad measure of money supply, or M2, largely at the same level as last year.

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China’s Dark Matter Particle Explorer detected unexpected and

and mysterious signals in its measurement of high-energy cosmic rays, which might bring scientists a step closer to shedding light on invisible dark matte

r. It is the first time a space experiment has reported a detailed and precise electron and positron spectrum up t

o about 5 tera-electron-volts (TeV, corresponding to 1 trillion times the energy of visible light). In this energy ran

ge, the Chinese researchers detected a spectral break at 0.9 TeV and a possible spike at 1.4 TeV.

7.BREAKTHROUGH IN STUDYING WATER STRUCTURE

Using China-developed new atomic force microscopy, scientists have observed the atomic structur

e of the hydrated ions in their natural environment. It is the first time visualizing the atomic structure of hyd

rated ions since the notion was proposed more than 100 years ago. Scientists also discovered that exactly three water molecules are needed to allo

w a single sodium ion to travel 10 to 100 times faster than other ion hydrates – a process that could lead to more ef

ficient ion batteries, anti-corrosion coatings and seawater desalination plants.

8.SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING TECHNIQUE

A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists developed a new imaging tec

hnology that can perform high-speed, long-term and super-resolution imaging of intracellular phy

siological processes. Using this technique, a variety of new interactions between organelles were discovered.

9.BALANCED PLANT GROWTH

Crops can be bred with high yields and less fertilizer, as Chinese resea

rchers found a growth-regulating transcription factor GRF4 that had the opposite effect of

a growth-inhibiting protein called DELLA in crops. GRF4 and DELLA existed in a balance that regulated plant gr

owth and nitrogen metabolism. The finding could aid efforts toward reaching sustainable global food safety.

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