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old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr
egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.
“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog
ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best
surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi
ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”
More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw
ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.
“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures
such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with
International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.
The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize
that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.
In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w
hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.
Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education
Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la
rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.
The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re
sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.
uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.
China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create
a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.
Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin
g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter
national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.
Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.
The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World
Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult
ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun
tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.
showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc
ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.
Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China
will further open up and strengthen international coop
eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.
The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more
than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec
hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.
About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection
material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon
tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy
s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.
Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and
production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.
ou to produce complex (functional) sha
pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.
Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm
ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.
China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi
rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.
on Music, outside the Eastern Fourth Ring Road. Despite the location, far from downtown, Fusi
on Music says it has a firm fan base with more than 80,000 vinyls in the two-story store.
Zheng, also a Beijing native, says his passion for record shops was kindled when he was a child. He g
raduated from the Communication University of China, majoring in English, in 2003, and opened his rec
ord store in the same year. He also runs a shop on the e-commerce platform Taobao and sells more than 1,000 albums a month, he says.
One week after the 2019 Record Store Day, an event bringing together lo
cal record store owners, including Wang and Zheng, will be held at Blue Note Beijing, the first b
ranch in China of the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. The event will bring a vinyl market of a diversity
of music genres from jazz, soul, hip-hop to rock, as well as lectures on vinyls targeting those aged under 15. Celebratin
g Record Store Day last year Blue Note Beijing’s vinyl event attracted more than 400 people.
Camo Lin, a Taiwan designer who co-launched a Shenzhen-headq
uartered vinyl audio brand, HYM Originals, in 2015, says vinyl sales and turnt
able sales on Taobao were worth about 1 billion yuan ($148 million) last year.
“It shows that vinyl culture is back,” says Lin, who graduated from Tainan Universi
ty of Technology, with a master’s degree from visual communication design department.
ing as well as jointly reward and punishment system building among government depart
ments for high-quality development of cross-border posting and delivery services, Tu said.
In 2018, Chinese express delivery firms handled a record 50.71 billion p
arcels, up 26.6 percent from the previous year. Business revenue expan
ded by 21.8 percent to reach 603.84 billion yuan (about $90 billion).
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units,
data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, acc
ording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 19.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1