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utual trust also is growing between China and countr

ntries in the region due to joint efforts. The overall situation in the South China Sea is stable and becoming better, Shao said.

“Countries from the region have the will, wisdom and capability to manage differences an

d jointly promote peace, thus transforming the area into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” he said.

On the Korean Peninsula question, China insists on denuclearizin

g the peninsula, and solving issues through dialogue and consultation, Shao said.

“China has consistently, seriously, fully and rigorously implemented the

United Nation’s resolutions regarding the peninsula,” he said. “China also is willing to w

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hile the United Kingdom remains deeply divided over Br

ded over Brexit, most agree that it will shape the future of the United Kingdom for generations to come.

Pro-Europeans fear Brexit will undermine London’s position as one of the world’s top two financial capitals and weake

n the West as it grapples with Donald Trump’s unpredictable US presidency and growing assertiveness from Russia and China.

The Liberal Democrats, who campaigned under the slogan “Bollocks to Brexit”, oppose Brexit and want a second referendum to stop it.

The loss of Britain for the EU is the biggest blow yet to more than 60

years of efforts to forge European unity after two world wars, though the 27 other me

mbers of the bloc have shown surprising unity during the tortuous negotiations.

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Man sentenced to death for murder of Shanghai schoolchildren

The man who stabbed and killed two 10-year-old students in Shanghai was senten

ced to death by the Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

On the morning of June 28, 2018, Huang Yichuan, a native of Shaoyan

g city, Hunan province, killed two boys near the gate of the Shanghai World Foreign Lan

guage Primary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district, Shanghai. He also injured another boy and a woman.

The court, which had heard the case on Dec 6, said on Thursday that Hua

ng, who was then 29, committed the crime as he was frustrated by problems at work. He t

raveled to Shanghai on June 6 and bought a kitchen knife at a supermarket on June 12.

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US soy farmers call for cool-down of trade tensions

US soy farmers have urged Washington to work for a positive solution to the current tarif

f dispute with the world’s top oilseed buyer China, and avoid further escalation of trade tensions.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) described the t

hreat by US President Donald Trump’s administration to increase the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 p

ercent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as the “worst case” for US soybean growers.

“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Kentucky.

“With depressed (soybean) prices and unsold stocks fo

recast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we nee

d the China market reopened to US soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer,” he added.

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Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Drug regulators in Hainan province are investigating the suspected sources of HPV 9-valent vaccines that were illegally adm

inistered at Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International Hospital, whose business license was revoked as a result.

If a crime is found to have been committed, the case will be handed to public

security departments, according to a statement jointly issued on Sunday by Hainan’s Health Co

mmission, Market Supervision Administration, Drug Administration and Public Security Department.

It said the four departments will form a working group to supervise the investigations and legal enforcement.

The working group will contact people who received the vaccines at

Yinfeng hospital, listen to their opinions and take action to safeguard their rights.

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Only in this way can the development be sustainable,

Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering Co, a Beijing-based private company established in 2001, has been drill

ing wells in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including in Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.

Tian Chao, president of the company, said those projects have provid

ed jobs for local people, solved their water problems and helped balance foreign exchange.

“The projects are platforms for more influential good things that we can do for those countries,” he said.

The company said it has drilled about 10,000 wells in 275 projects in those countries, with a total c

ontract value of $510 million. The wells ensure that more than 20 million African people can drink clean water, Tian said.

At present, the company employs around 200 Chinese in Africa, with an average age of 30. The company has been inve

sting in projects that are beneficial to local communities in Africa, with the help of Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office.

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Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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Ye, its chief public affairs officer, would be leaving his

 post for “personal and family reasons” on May 31.

This is the latest senior executive departure for JD, which said in February th

at it would lay off 10 percent of its senior executives above vice-president level this year.

The company is now facing tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo. Chen Tao, an analyst at the Beiji

ng-based consultancy Analysys, said JD’s reach in first and second-tier cities is high, or close to saturation, addin

g it should seek new growth engines and pour more resources into smaller cities and rural areas.

Activists are calling for more supervision over labor exploitation in an online crusade spearheaded by software develo

pers against the so-called 996 work schedule, which is widely practiced in China’s tech industry.

The rules-which require employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week witho

ut overtime pay-came under fire after a programmer created 996.ICU, a page on cod

e-sharing platform GitHub.com. The page garnered immediate attention at home and abroad.

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Myopia cannot be cured under current medical technol

ology, according to the notice jointly issued by six ministries including the National Health Comm

ission, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The notice also said that authorities would crack down on activities that deceive the p

ublic and damage their interests in the name of using Chinese medical technology to treat myopia.

Hu Ailian, vice-director of the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology at Beijing Tongren Hospital, said tha

t myopia can’t be cured at the current stage but children and teenagers could prevent, control or slow its progressio

n by using their eyes properly, increasing outdoor time, and avoiding looking at close objects for long time.

Once parents find their children have problems with eyesight, they should send them to ophthalmic medical institutions for e

xamination, listen to doctors’ suggestions and receive vision correction, Hu added.

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