The move fully demonstrates Beijing’s firm determinati

on to defend its due interests and legitimate rights in international trade and economic cooperation, according to analysts.

The US has totally ignored the fact that China has been eager to resolve trade and economic issues through high-level official ta

lks and pledged to further expand market access for global businesses, said Liang Ming, a senior resea

rcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation.

China has emphasized that the US should not use the tariff method. That is not just for China’s benefit; it is the rational choice a

ny country would make when facing unreasonable requests in trade, said Dong Yan, director of the inte

rnational trade office at the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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In 2008, he accidentally came across a group of people fly

 flying a remote-controlled model aircraft, which intrigued him

and brought back his fantasy. He immediately bought a model aircraft for himself. Ho

wever, due to his lack of basic knowledge in operating it, he broke the aircraft that same day.

“I tried very hard to fix it but failed,” he said, adding that he was then d

etermined to make himself an expert. He began to study online and made friends with many dieh

ard fans. After half a year, he was able to make modifications on model aircrafts.

With drones becoming mainstream in China, Zhao decided to s

et up his own company in 2010 to sell drones. After his compa

ny was set up, five drone models had been invented by his team, including a modified drone powered with fuel.

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The regulation also called for stricter implementation

 of programs and compliance oversight to ensure that the required funds of investment programs are in place on time.

The approval mechanism for government-invested pro

grams will be further standardized, and major programs must go through procedures suc

h as evaluations by intermediary service institutions, the public and experts, as well as risk assessment.

Government investment funds must prioritize investments into areas where the market cannot effectively allocate res

ources, such social services, public infrastructure and environment protection, the regulation said.

It also calls for equal treatment of various

types of investment entities, adding that authorities should not set up biased conditions.

The premier said in his Government Work Report this year that Chi

na will pursue a proactive fiscal policy with greater intensity and enhance its performance.

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Wealthy pay millions to put kids in collegesailing

A college admissions cheating scheme in the United States has triggered widespread discussio

n among Chinese netizens during the four-day May Day holiday after it was reported that a w

ealthy family paid $6.5 million to assure their daughter’s admission to Stanford University.

Billionaire Zhao Tao, 52, president and co-founder of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals, a company that spec

ializes in traditional Chinese medicine to fight cardiovascular disease, reportedly funneled money to William Ric

k Singer, the admissions consultant who is at the center of the explosive case brought by US federal prosecutors.

The executive’s daughter, Zhao Yusi, also known as Molly Zhao, got a spot at Stanford University by presenting h

erself as a recruit for the school’s sailing team. The price was $6.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Zhao’s mother, identified as Mrs Zhao in a statement delivered through her attor

ney, said the family gave $6.5 million to Singer for the school’s scholarship fund and other purposes.

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The price of carp is low compared with other comme

ial fish, but the ease of catching large quantities makes up for this, both men said.

Irwin has turned down a job in Alaska for the summer. Catching carp in Kentucky is a much easier, he said.

“Here, the weather is warmer, the climate is better and I get to sleep in my own bed at t

he end of the day,” he said, adding that the earnings are comparable to what he would get in Alaska.

Irwin and Berry make a good living catching Asian carp, which

are so abundant in rivers and lakes that they have become a serious ecological pr

oblem for states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Ron Brooks, fisheries director at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said Asian carp are disru

pting $1 billion worth of recreational and commercial business in western Kentucky alone.

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All 15 films were selected from 775 aspiring nomina

tions from across 85 countries and regions worldwide, a noticea

ble rise from the pool of 659 films from the 71 nations and regions last year.

Helmed by US director Rob Minkoff as president, the jury panel consists of six other

members: Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Hon

g Kong actress Carina Lau, Iranian director Majid Majidi and British director Simon West.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sha

rma, the Bollywood movie Zero will be screened as the closing film of the festival.

While the race for the awards is attracting insiders, a special segment titled Film in Panorama will screen 261 new

and classic films in 30 theaters over 15 days, providing a visual feast for film fans in the capital.

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Mafia-style gang crimes are acts that include eleme

ments of outrage and public oppression. Crimes committed solely for economic gain

without such elements should not be handled as gang crimes, Jiang said. Also, to be iden

tified as a gang members, suspects must be aware of the mafia-style nature of the activities they are involved in.

“We’ve seen cases where judicial workers at the grassroots level have wrongly identifie

d mafia-style criminal gangs, so clarifying the legal definition is very important. Such g

angs are sometimes associated with crimes such as organizing prostitution and drug traffic

king, but it doesn’t mean that any group that is involved in such criminal activities can be handled as a mafia-style gang,”

said Lin Wei, vice-president of the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an expert in law.

According to the directive, gang members who commit minor crimes or who cause little bodi

ly harm to others, and who confess, can be given lenient sentences or even exempted from punishment. But those w

ho commit brutal crimes and cause severe harm to society won’t receive leniency, even if they confess.

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Health, education authorities step up intervention on child

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xia

owei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

Ma said priority would be given to young students, and health departments would assist scho

ols in measures such as increasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of s

chool-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

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The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys

tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.

Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de

al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work

ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.

To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro

duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int

o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.

They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot

eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst

ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.

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Bank of Beijing planning venture with Dutch lenderCo Ltd said

Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the esta

blishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, whic

h is still waiting for regulatory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a for

eign shareholder has a controlling interest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.

Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct ba

nking services, the joint venture will build a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial tec

hnologies and try to become a benchmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open

up its financial sector to foreign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.

Different from the traditional counter-based model, the direct banking model uses e-cha

nnels to provide financial products and therefore has no restriction of time, regions or geographic branches.

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