uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer. “Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday. According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns. Zheng reiterated that customs officers from his bure auRead More →

Ahead of this year’s London Book Fair in March, media reported a rise in interest in translat ed works among British readers, with a special mention of the wider acceptance of transl ated Chinese titles last year. For translator Anna Holmwood, this signals the arrival of a new era. “This is a big moment for Chinese fiction abroad,” says Holmwood, who has translated Chinese literature for almost a decade. Her translation work, Legends of the Condor Heroes: A Hero Born, a fa ntasy novel written by Jin Yong (Louis Cha Leung-yung), and Liu Cixin’s science-fictio n book, The Three Body Problem, are shown in aRead More →

re is a price to pay: time, money and the risk of losing your job. And as a result they took to cyberspace,” she said. Employers are obliged to provide overtime pay, bonuses and welfare benefits to em ployees working overtime. But many tech company employees said it was too much to hope for. A senior developer with the e-commerce giant Alibaba, who asked not to be named to protect his career, said employers seldom say the schedule is compulsory, but failure to follow the rules could lead to low performance scores and layoffs. “Defiant behavior can also lead to losing your annual bonus, whichRead More →

ourts around China will hand down harsher sentences, up to and including the death penalty, for gang-related crimes, under a directive released on Tue sday by the country’s leading group pursuing a national crackdown on gang crime. China has taken a tough stance and stepped up its efforts against gangs. In January last year it launched a three-year campaig n against mafia-style gangs and officials who shelter criminal organizations. Chen Yixin, director of the leading group, said at a news confere nce in Beijing on Tuesday that as of March, more than 79,00 0 people had been prosecuted, and trials are crucial at this stage ofRead More →

The head of one of the world’s best-known museums is retiring, and as the news spread l ate Monday, netizens praised him as a tireless guardian and promoter of the nation’s heritage. The retirement of Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang, 65, whose name has frequently been in the news, was announced on Monday at a meeting at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City. Shan “has made the Forbidden City shift from a luxury beyond reach to one that is accessible to ordinary people”, Feng Kaitai, a la wyer and Weibo user, posted on Monday. “He makes more younger people fall in love withRead More →

he bank, said: “Using big data, artificial intelligence and internet technolo gies, we built a platform based on real transactions to meet the financing needs of private enterprises, and realized synergies between finance and industries via smart risk management. “Enterprises need a series of services, including financing, settlement, asset management and sup ply chain management. Our bank is looking to offer comprehensive financial solutions, not just f inancing solutions, so as to join hands with companies in building industrial chains and ecosystems.” Shi Jie, executive vice-president of China Minsheng Banking Corp, said far-reaching changes have taken place in terms of the market and clients inRead More →

The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and suppor ting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law. Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law and e lectronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang. It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Comm ittee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting. Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative lice nsing,Read More →

 the legislation, including the lack of time available for all the steps it sets out, and had concerns about the precedent it set. Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Bill Cash described it as “a constitutional revolution”. “This is a grave moment in our constitutional history. I think the Bill is reprehen sible … I think it is a disgrace that it was brought in,” he told parliament ahead of the votes. It was unclear when the legislation would be debated in the House of Lords, where legislation usually passes more slowly and opponents could seek to filibuster it, but it could be as soon as Thursday. ConservativeRead More →

Universities in China have reduced their quotas for the independent enrollment of high school graduates. Independent enrollment allows universities to invite students who may not qualify through the traditional route but who have other skills that make them attractive. Wuhan University in Hubei province has reduced the quota for independent enrollment from 350 last year to 192 in 2019. Ce ntral South University in Changsha, Hunan province, reduced its quota from 420 in 2018 to 120 this year. Universities are also cutting back on the preferential treatment of independently enrolled students. For example, China University of Political Science and Law and the University of ScienceRead More →

A saying goes that love knows no age. One example is what happened between the 96-year-old g randfather Han and the 85-year-old grandmother Wu in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province. Their romance can be traced back to Spring Festival in 2017, when they met at their ch ildren’s gathering for the first time, according to Changjiang Daily. They had been living alone since their spouses die d. Their children, who happened to be friends, had worried about their parents’ loneliness and decided to fix them up. Han thought Wu was nice after the meeting and decided to pursue a rel ationship with his children’s support.Read More →