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eijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Railway, has kicked off its plan to go public in the A-share market.

China Securities Regulatory Commission listed the guidance form for public listing of Beijin

g-Shanghai High-Speed Railway on Tuesday on its website, signaling the company has formally entered the listing process.

According to an interview with CCTV, the spokesperson from China Railway said going p

ublic was a significant step in the State-owned enterprise’s shareholding reform.

“It was also an action to push forward the mixed ownership econo

my and optimize the railway enterprises’ capital structure,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the company is expected to complete pre-listing tutoring by the end of 2019.

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Great Wall Motor bets big on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu

siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.

The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve

hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20

22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.

“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna

tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.

He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene

rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.

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The Chinese government has set a goal to have 5,000 such

 vehicles on its roads by 2020, 50,000 by 2025 and 1 million by 2030.

Great Wall Motor’s hydrogen energy technology center in Baoding started operation in the first half of 2018. It is cap

able of manufacturing fuel cell vehicles’ core components, as well as vehicle integration and testing.

The center has the country‘s first 104 MPa high-pressure hydrogen

cycle test laboratory, first liquid-based hydrogen storage and hydrogen refueling station wi

th 70 MPa refueling capability, and first fuel cell vehicle power system testing laboratory.

The first-phase investment of the project involved an investment of about 470 million yuan.

LONDON – Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would back calls for a sec

ond referendum on Brexit if parliament rejects its alternative plan for leaving the European Union.

With just over a month until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, Prime Minis

ter Theresa May is seeking changes to her exit deal in order to break an impasse in parliament.

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fter the winds and waves became smaller on ThursdayXuelong

  northward and on Friday passed through the westerlies at last.

  On Saturday morning, a tropical low pressure moving rapidly eastward affec

ted Xuelong’s navigation, causing storms and around 3.5-meter-high swells in the sea.

  Xuelong is expected to sail out of the low pressure area and enter calmer waters later in

Saturday. It is scheduled to be back to Shanghai in mid-March.

  During this mission to Antarctica, Xuelong left Shanghai on Nov 2 and arrived at Zhongshan Station on Nov 30.

  TAIPEI – A survey of more than 1,000 employees in Tai

wan shows that 88.9 percent of them are dissatisfied with their current sal

ary, a six-year record high, a survey released by Taiwan’s online job bank Yes123 showed.

  The estimated number of employed people in Taiwan is 9.06 million, which means about 8.06 million are not satisfied.

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Education proves value of cooperationversity collaborations l

As the United States and China continued trade talks this week, companies and industries in both countries, including the education sector, will be hoping for a sign

ificant breakthrough that can lift Sino-US relations from the current morass and end the tit-for-tat trade war that

has seriously affected exchanges of goods, technology and people between our nations.

For Sino-US joint-venture universities, such as Duke Kunshan University, in China’s eastern p

rovince of Jiangsu, the ramifications of a further ramp-up in tensions would be felt acutely.

Fortunately, the impact of the trade dispute on these educational joint ve

ntures has been minimal. But naturally there has been uncertainty surrounding the

issuance of work and student visas (although the Chinese government has been quick to make assurances), and p

arents have raised questions about the sustainability of such projects should relations sour further.

More than ever before, it is important to remember that joint-venture educational p

rojects highlight the importance and value of true mutually beneficial co

operation. Today, there is hardly a single major global problem for which the long-term solution does not depend on

close collaboration between the US and China, respectively the largest and second-largest economies in the world.

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will

give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn

ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba

y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti

al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its

strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic

holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.

To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni

versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.

Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i

s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un

veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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The United States has so far delivered batches of relief su

  lies to a border town in Colombia, including food and hygiene kits, ready-to-use supplementary foods and high-energy biscuits

. It’s pledged $20 million to help Venezuela, and other countries including Canada, the UK and Germany have chipped in, too.

  Earlier this week, Guaido named Saturday as the deadline for the aid to cross the border.

  But the United States announced Friday preparations to bring aid in through another route.

  ”The US and its partners began pre-positioning additional hu

manitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil,” the US State Department tweeted.

  The aid consists of food kits “containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed nearly 3,500 people f

or 10 days and additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month,” a fact sheet from the State Department says.

  British billionaire Richard Branson sponsored a Live Aid-inspired show Friday in Cucuta, Colombia, featuring Latin

American stars such as Colombian musical legends Carlos Vives and Juanes, and reggaeton singer Maluma. Co

lombian President Ivan Duque, Chile’s Sebastian Piñera and Mario Abdo of Paraguay also joined the crowds.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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NYPD hate crimes task force investigating Nazi drawings

  The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.

  Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.

  Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t

he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.

  I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz

i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce

ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk

  ”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”

  Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the

last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.

  ”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”

  There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared

with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.

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