their lawyers, saying they were not aware of Singer’s aims.
The Guos’ attorney, James Spertus, said Singer preyed on Chinese families who were not familiar with
the US education system, and he charged them sums far higher than those he received from his domestic clients.
In China, college admission is based largely on scores attained in the gaokao, the nati
onal college entrance examination, rather than a process involving essays, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Chinese students planning to apply for US colleges usually struggle with the persona
l essay, a critical part of the application process, because the US essay style is hugely different from the Chinese style.
Elizabeth Venturini, owner of Los Angeles admissions consultancy
College Career Results, said: “Unscrupulous college consultants know international stu
dents pay the full tuition price. If they can afford full tuition, they can afford their services.
“To command their high prices, they might promise a wealthy family that their child will
get into a top school by writing their essays, filling out their application, or through other unethical activities.”
that they are supposed to pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.
Research projects that require external help should be made public at the university. If there are profits involved between
the research leader and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.
University administrative staff should not seek profits or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.
Researchers should be held responsible for misuse of research funds. T
heir research projects will be suspended, their research funds will be recovered and th
ey will be prevented from applying for other projects within a certain period of time, the ministry added.
The management of research funds at Chinese universities is still done the traditional way,
with researchers paying the costs and then submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a result, financial staff
members often face piles of receipts, which are rather difficult to check, leaving room for loopho
accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.
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