Man who rammed and killed seven pedestrians shot dead

Seven people were killed and seven others were injured in an intentional collision by a driver in Zaoyang, central China’s Hubei province, according to a report by Zaoyang Metropolitan TV Channel on Friday.

The incident occurred at 6 am on Friday, when a suspect drove a car into pedestrians in Taiping county, causing seven people to die onsite. The seven injured were sent to the hospital for medical treatment.

The suspect was shot dead by police on the spot and the case is now under investigation.

India rushes in paramilitary forces to Indian-controlled Kashmir to fight separatists

India’s federal government rushed 100 companies of paramilitary forces for deployment in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir amid a major crackdown on separatists, officials said Saturday.

The troops were airlifted Friday on the directive of the Indian home ministry.

The deployment has come at a time when the local government has launched a major crackdown on separatists in the region.

During a late night crackdown, a senior separatist leader Yasin Malik was detained from his residence.

Reports said dozens of Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) leaders including the party chief were also detained by government forces during the night raids.

Following last week’s suicide car bomb attack on paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troopers, there has been a considerable build-up of paramilitary forces in the region.

mutually beneficial, win-win agreement.

Thirdly, IPR protection between China and the United States should be strengthened given the size of their trade. Currently, the United States is China’s largest export market and 6th largest source of imports. China is in turn the United States’ fastest growing export market. Since they are so closely linked, it is natural that they have higher demands for each other in the field of IPR protection.

The United States has called on China to strengthen protection of the IPR of U.S. companies operating in China. This coincides with the goal of China’s own reform and opening-up drive. William Mansfield, Director of Intelletual Property at U.S. company Abro Industries Inc. said that his company has had many successful cases in IPR protection in China, which shows the Chinese government takes this issue very seriously and appreciates contributions foreign companies make in boosting the local economy.

Meanwhile, as more and more Chinese companies “go global,” China is hoping the international community will better protect the IPR of Chinese firms. According to the latest list on the number of patents applied in the United States released by the IFI Claims Patent Services, Chinese companies were granted over 12,500 patent claims in the United States in 2018, an historic high with a 12% increase over the year before. As Chinese companies galvanize their innovative capacity, they expect the U.S. to make greater efforts in protecting their intellectual property rights.

Trade teams from China and the United States are racing against time in order to strike a deal in Washington. They have been in search of common ground in IPR protection, which is a good example of how they can deal effectively with their existing differences. As long as they set their eyes on mutual and global interests and expand their consensus, they will find themselves closer to reaching a

Photo exhibition in Belgium pays tribute to Chinese labour corps of WWI

In the run-up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, an exhibition paying tribute to Chinese labour corps was held Friday in the Belgian city of Bruges, 100 km northwest of Brussels.

There were around 140,000 Chinese laborers serving for the Allies during WWI. Most of them were recruited by Britain and France from May 1916 to early 1918.

Chinese workers were assigned to arduous work such as digging trenches, building docks, laying tracks, unloading ships, repairing tanks and clearing battlefields. Their logistic support was critical to the Allied armies in the west front.

Christophe Dejaegher, a provincial councilor of Belgium’s West Flanders province and mayor of the Belgian city of Popringe, hailed in his remarks at the opening ceremony that the Chinese laborers had become bridges between war and peace.

The title of the exhibition –“Cherishing Peace through Remembering History of War”– conveyed the same message of peace, he underlined.

Zhang Chi, minister-counselor of Chinese Embassy in Belgium, said the photo exhibition, jointly organized by the Chinese and Belgian side, “will enable our peoples, particularly the younger generation to remember this shared memory, so that they will cherish peace and carry forward China-Belgium friendship.”

A local resident of Bruges, after viewing the exhibition, told Xinhua that he got a better grasp of this history and was quite touched.

As the exhibition showed, out of the 140,000 Chinese laborers, nearly 20,000 were dead or missing.

Many Chinese laborers lost their lives even before arriving at the destination in Europe. One of the most harrowing stories happened in February 1917 when the French ship Athos carrying Chinese laborers was torpedoed by a German submarine, causing the loss of 543 lives.

At present, there are 69 cemeteries in France and Belgium where 1,874 Chinese laborers were laid to rest.

Nobly the giant battled for his life, beating with his stone hatchet against the bony armor that covered that frightful carcass; but for all the damage he inflicted he might as well have struck with his open palm.

Nobly the giant battled for his life, beating with his stone hatchet against the bony armor that covered that frightful carcass; but for all the damage he inflicted he might as well have struck with his open palm.

At last I could endure no longer to sit supinely by while a fellowman was dragged down to a horrible death by that repulsive reptile. Embedded in the prow of the skiff lay the spear that had been cast after me by him whom I suddenly desired to save. With a wrench I tore it loose, and standing upright in the wobbly log drove it with all the strength of my two arms straight into the gaping jaws of the hydrophidian.

With a loud hiss the creature abandoned its prey to turn upon me, but the spear, imbedded in its throat, prevented it from seizing me though it came near to overturning the skiff in its mad efforts to reach me.

“Come to think of it,” remarked California Ed, “it’s funny some ain’t drifted in. Town ain’t settled enough yet for to bring in the rubber- ring brigade, I reckon.”

“To top off this Christmas-tree splurge of Cherokee’s,” went on Baldy, “he’s goin’ to give an imitation of Santa Claus. He’s got a white wig and whiskers that disfigure him up exactly like the pictures of this William Cullen Longfellow in the books, and a red suit of fur-trimmed outside underwear, and eight-ounce gloves, and a stand-up, lay-down croshayed red cap. Ain’t it a shame that a outfit like that can’t get a chance to connect with a Annie and Willie’s prayer layout?”

“When does Cherokee allow to come over with his truck?” inquired Trinidad.

“Mornin’ before Christmas,” said Baldy. “And he wants you folks to have a room fixed up and a tree hauled and ready. And such ladies to assist as can stop breathin’ long enough to let it be a surprise for the kids.”

The unblessed condition of Yellowhammer had been truly described. The voice of childhood had never gladdened its flimsy structures; the patter of restless little feet had never consecrated the one rugged highway between the two rows of tents and rough buildings. Later they would come. But now Yellowhammer was but a mountain camp, and nowhere in it were the roguish, expectant eyes, opening wide at dawn of the enchanting day; the eager, small hands to reach for Santa’s bewildering hoard; the elated, childish voicings of the season’s joy, such as the coming good things of the warm-hearted Cherokee deserved.

Of women there were five in Yellowhammer. The assayer’s wife, the proprietress of the Lucky Strike Hotel, and a laundress whose washtub panned out an ounce of dust a day. These were the permanent feminines; the remaining two were the Spangler Sisters, Misses Fanchon and Erma, of the Transcontinental Comedy Company, then playing in repertoire at the (improvised) Empire Theatre. But of children there were none. Sometimes Miss Fanchon enacted with spirit and address the part of robustious childhood; but between her delineation and the visions of adolescence that the fancy offered as eligible recipients of Cherokee’s holiday stores there seemed to be fixed a gulf.

Christmas would come on Thursday. On Tuesday morning Trinidad, instead of going to work, sought the Judge at the Lucky Strike Hotel.

“It’ll be a disgrace to Yellowhammer,” said Trinidad, “if it throws Cherokee down on his Christmas tree blowout. You might say that that man made this town. For one, I’m goin’ to see what can be done to give Santa Claus a square deal.”

“My co-operation,” said the Judge, “would be gladly forthcoming. I am indebted to Cherokee for past favours. But, I do not see–I have heretofore regarded the absence of children rather as a luxury–but in this instance–still, I do not see–”

“Look at me,” said Trinidad, “and you’ll see old Ways and Means with the fur on. I’m goin’ to hitch up a team and rustle a load of kids for Cherokee’s Santa Claus act, if I have to rob an orphan asylum.”

Keeping score

By 2020, these two systems will be combined with the social credit system under a comprehensive nationwide plan launched by the Chinese government. The program will score citizens based on their social behavior.

Citizens who honor contracts and display good behavior, such as donating to charities or volunteering for community services, will be rewarded with lower utility bills and other similar benefits, while those with a poor social grade due to bad behavior, such as not paying loans on time, evading tax, selling counterfeit goods, spreading false information, forcibly occupying a seat on a train or even walking a dog without a leash, will have their privileges restricted.

The China Credit Research Center under Peking University is tasked with conducting research into credit theory and practice, and providing a decision-making basis for the government in the construction of its social credit system. Du Liqun, deputy director of the center, and her colleagues helped establish the system in 2002.

According to Du, the system is expected to be completed by 2020 in four fields – business, individual, politics and jurisdiction.

By then, the database, platforms, software and hardware at local and national levels should be in place, and each department should be ready to interact with the others and a reward and punishment mechanism will have been set up. Businesses will be given a unified social credit code and individuals will have an ID-linked code. A credit website will be set up to trace all credit records.

The system has already been implemented at the national level. Early this year, an annual report by the National Public Credit Information Center revealed that 17.5 million attempts at buying air tickets and 5.5 million attempts at buying domestic train tickets were blocked in 2018, and 128 citizens were prevented from leaving China due to unpaid taxes.

Some parts of China have also started testing the social credit system. At the provincial and city levels, websites have been set up to track the credit scores of enterprises and individuals.

The government of Yichun in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province started experimenting with the system as early as 2008. Yichun is one of the most active cities in the country in implementing the system. It has held conferences with the Credit Research Center led by Du to explore the best approaches, and is expected to have a complete set of rules and practices in place by 2020.

Chu Lidong, deputy director of the Yichun Administration for Industry and Commerce tasked with operating the system, told the Global Times that the city began with the sectors that matter most to people’s daily lives, such as transportation, education, medical care and employment. The work includes clarifying the rules for defining and publishing the credit red list and black list and improving the reward and punishment mechanism.

“But the sun, Perry!” I urged. “How in the world can the sun shine through five hundred miles of solid crust?”

“It is not the sun of the outer world that we see here. It is another sun—an entirely different sun—that casts its eternal noonday effulgence upon the face of the inner world. Look at it now, David—if you can see it from the doorway of this hut—and you will see that it is still in the exact center of the heavens. We have been here for many hours—yet it is still noon.

“And withal it is very simple, David. The earth was once a nebulous mass. It cooled, and as it cooled it shrank. At length a thin crust of solid matter formed upon its outer surface—a sort of shell; but within it was partially molten matter and highly expanded gases. As it continued to cool, what happened? Centrifugal force hurled the particles of the nebulous center toward the crust as rapidly as they approached a solid state. You have seen the same principle practically applied in the modern cream separator. Presently there was only a small super-heated core of gaseous matter remaining within a huge vacant interior left by the contraction of the cooling gases. The equal attraction of the solid crust from all directions maintained this luminous core in the exact center of the hollow globe. What remains of it is the sun you saw today—a relatively tiny thing at the exact center of the earth. Equally to every part of this inner world it diffuses its perpetual noonday light and torrid heat.

“This inner world must have cooled sufficiently to support animal life long ages after life appeared upon the outer crust, but that the same agencies were at work here is evident from the similar forms of both animal and vegetable creation which we have already seen. Take the great beast which attacked us, for example. Unquestionably a counterpart of the Megatherium of the post-Pliocene period of the outer crust, whose fossilized skeleton has been found in South America.”

“But the grotesque inhabitants of this forest?” I urged. “Surely they have no counterpart in the earth’s history.”

“Who can tell?” he rejoined. “They may constitute the link between ape and man, all traces of which have been swallowed by the countless convulsions which have racked the outer crust, or they may be merely the result of evolution along slightly different lines—either is quite possible.”

Further speculation was interrupted by the appearance of several of our captors before the entrance of the hut. Two of them entered and dragged us forth. The perilous pathways and the surrounding trees were filled with the black ape-men, their females, and their young. There was not an ornament, a weapon, or a garment among the lot.

Why Chinese drinkers are the greatest ‘contributors’ to China’s stock market

Can you imagine a major stock market with a liquor brand showing the strongest growth momentum? In China, this can and does happen. The rising share price of China’s leading liquor maker Kweichow Moutai is a reflection of the consumption transformation in the world’s second-largest economy, which is often ignored by Western observers.

In the morning trading session Monday, Moutai saw its stock price exceed 800 yuan ($119) per share, pushing its total market value above 1 trillion yuan.

With a population of about 1.4 billion and a growing army of middle-class consumers, the Chinese economy has its own characteristics. For many Western people who have never been to China, it’s hard to imagine that a liquor maker can become a first-class enterprise, standing shoulder to shoulder with some well-known US high-tech giants, but Chinese people really did it.

Amid the ongoing process of restructuring, China’s economic picture has become more complex and uneven. Some high-tech firms, such as telecoms giant Huawei, have become world leaders in developing cutting-edge technology, while other companies in traditional sectors have become pillars of the national economy, thanks to the country’s consumption transformation. These are achievements that Western media outlets all too often ignore.

Chinese scientists discover infrared stealth material

Chinese scientists have found a material that can hide a hot object from heat-sensing infrared cameras, according to Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO).

Hiding an object from thermal cameras could be useful for military and technology applications as well as for research. The team led by Zhang Xuetong in SINANO with Chinese Academy of Sciences found a flexible, foldable and robust film that can achieve infrared stealth.

The researchers fabricated an aerogel film with good thermal insulation performance and enhanced it by coating its fibers with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and a protective waterproof layer.

PEG stores heat when it melts and releases heat when it solidifies. In simulated sunlight, the composite film covering an object soaked up heat from the sun while only slowly increasing in temperature, just like the surroundings, making the object invisible to a thermal camera.

When the light was turned off to simulate night, the coating gradually surrendered its stored heat energy to match the surroundings.

“The new material has a wide range of applications. It can not only be used for infrared stealth but also as a heat insulator for electronic components and battery separators,” Zhang said.

The findings have been published on the recent issue of the academic journal American Chemical Society.