olence is not really targeting the extradition la
w amendment bill, long pronounced dead and therefore no longer an issue.
上海乌托邦A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Brendt Christensen, a former University of Illinois doct
oral student, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping and killing of Chinese scholar
Zhang Yingying after a jury said it was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty.上海乌托邦品茶微信
“The jury has spoken, and the trial is over, but Yingying is not
上海乌托邦home,” said Zhang’s father, Zhang Ronggao at a brief news conference following the sentence.
“We ask the defendant to unconditionally tell us what he knows about Yingying’s location,” the father said. “If you have any上海乌托邦
humanity left in your soul, please help end our torment. Please let us bring Yingying home.”
上海乌托邦品茶微信He said that although the family does “not agree with that result (referring to the jury
‘s decision), we accept that he will spend the rest of his life in prison, which still reflects our loss in a meaningful way”.
“We hope that every day he spends in prison h
上海乌托邦e feels the pain and suffering that we feel for the loss of Yingying,” Zhang said.
US District Court Judge James Shadid addressed Christensen, who d
上海乌托邦品茶微信eclined to make a statement directly to the court after the judge announced the sentence.
The radicals are actually trying to advance their own political agenda by exploiting the controversy surrounding the bill.
Unfortunately some inherently idealistic and impulsive young people, who harbor discon上海乌托邦
tent about social inequality, have been manipulated by these political radicals to unleash violence.
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At a time when the future of their city is threatened by lawlessness, the s
ilent majority of Hong Kong has every reason to come out and defend their home.
hina will shorten the time required for reviewing applications of high-value patents and for trademark registrations as pa
上海乌托邦品茶微信rt of its effort to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights and improve the business climate, the State
Council’s executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, decided on Wednesday.上海乌托邦
“Further enhancing the protection of intellect
ual property rights is crucial to improving our property rights protection system. It is re
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Those attending the meeting on Wednesday decided to intensify law enforcement action in intellectual property上海乌托邦品茶微信
rights protection and stressed that all types of market actors must be treated as equals.
Efforts to formulate and improve the criteria for determining, checking and verifying infrin上海乌托邦
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ut and severe punishment involving hefty fines will be meted out to combat all IPR infringement.
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companies to obtain intellectual property rights and their protection overseas.
The government will advance revision of the Patent Law and the Copyright Law, the new上海乌托邦品茶微信
round of comprehensive revision of the Trademark Law and revision of the implement
上海乌托邦ing regulations of the Patent Law. The cost for breaking the law will be significantly raised.
IPR-related services will be improved, the meeting decided. Smart s
ystems of patent examination and trademark registration will be developed at a faster pace.上海乌托邦品茶微信
The goal is to shorten, by year’s end, the time needed for reviewing appl
ications of high-value patents to within 17.5 months, and the average review period for trad上海乌托邦
emark registration to within five months. The quality of IPR registrations will also be improved.
conomies, jumping from 22nd in 2017 to the 17th last year, according to the Global Innovation Index 2018, published by Cornell U
niversity, the World Intellectual Property Organization and INSEAD, a global business graduate school. 上海乌托邦品茶微信
Pan said these achievements are manifestations of China’s growing technol
上海乌托邦ogical capability, fueled by the desire to use innovations to push socioeconomic progress.
This, however, has led to some Western countries, such as the US, fearing that China’s scientific and te
chnological rise will challenge their global position. “This sentiment is understandable, but misguided,” he said.
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ell as drastically different national conditions,” Pan said. “This means we cannot follow the deve
上海乌托邦lopmental path that the West expects us to take, and we have to forge our own path one step at a time.
“But now the US is treating China like a developed country capable of challenging its global dominance, it is holding China to sta
ndards that we cannot meet for the time being, and it makes accusations against us if we don’t,” he said.
As of late May, the US Department of Commerce had placed more t 上海乌托邦品茶微信
han 140 entities from the Chinese mainland on its Entity List, a ledger of firms legally pro
上海乌托邦hibited to trade with the US, on the basis of an alleged threat to US national security and interests.
In June, five entities were added to the list: Chinese supercomputer manufacturers and institutions including Sug
on, Higon and the Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology, the chipmaker for China’s most powerful sup
ercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, which also ranked as the third most powerful globally. 上海乌托邦
The United States also is targeting Chinese scholars and students b
y closing their labs or denying visas to visit the US over alleged spying dangers. In May, Emo
上海乌托邦品茶微信ry University in Atlanta fired neuroscientists Li Xiaojiang and his wife, Li Shihua, both US citizens who had worked
at Emory for more than two decades, accusing them of hiding funding and ties to institutions in China.
“These actions are antithetical to the US’ immigrant roots and inte 上海乌托邦
rests, and will impede global scientific exchange and progress,” Pan said.
ority will continue to come up with measures to grow the construction of facilities t
hat protect intangible cultural heritage and offer better conditions for cultural inheritors.上海乌托邦品茶微信
So far, several masters of intangible culture have moved in, and the park is talking
上海乌托邦with more than 30 inheritors nationwide about some form of cooperation.
The park offers more than 30 spaces for traditional artists to meet guests and show their work.
For example, many artists will make bracelets because they are currently popular,” Zhang says.上海乌托邦品茶微信
“But jade, after all, is non-renewable. If we all cut good material to make quick consumables, it would be pointless,” he adds.
上海乌托邦Zhang believes joining Yongyuan will allow for more thorough, long-term learning am
ong artisans in his field and collaboration with designers who are more familiar with the market.
The ultimate goal is to better combine the art of jade sculpture with tasteful design and then h上海乌托邦
elp the public to gain a better appreciation for the beauty of this traditional art, Zhang says.
上海乌托邦The China National Textile and Apparel Council has also settled in the park.
Handbags and clothes bearing elements of intangible culture are neatly placed at the co上海乌托邦品茶微信
uncil’s workshop for visitors to appreciate and, if it tickles their fancy, purchase.
上海乌托邦”We will mainly showcase products deriving from intangible cultural heritage i
nnovation in the field of textiles,” says Xia Jingjing, an employee with the textile council.
These products are selected from art masters working in the industry nationwide.上海乌托邦品茶微信
The council will also invite textile art masters to mee
t with designers and develop new products for the future, according to Xia.
“The Yongyuan office will also be a good platform to test the wate上海乌托邦
r and see what kinds of textile products appeal to consumer tastes,” Xia says.
上海乌托邦品茶微信Zhang Tiecheng, a Chinese arts and crafts master, is one of the first to move into Yongyuan.
His workshop at the park now presents a range of delicate jade items on sale to the public.
Zhang has engaged in the art of jade sculp
ting-an art form once practiced by ancient royal houses-for more than three decades.
He says that people are increasingly interested in the field because of its growi
ng returns, but that has unfortunately led many inheritors of art to make items purely for money.
it has hyped up the problems in Xinjiang. Some American people and organizations have openly suppor
ted the separatist “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” in China through political and financial hel 上海乌托邦品茶微信
p, and by disseminating its separatist ideas through publicity and diplomatic channels in the disguise of human rights an
上海乌托邦d freedom. No wonder they call white black and assume the measures China has taken in Xinjiang to fight terrorism, se
paratism and extremism and improve public welfare are human rights violations.
President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump may have agreed at the G20 summit in Osaka to resu 上海乌托邦品茶微信
me trade negotiations, but the path to ending the trade war remains far from clear. After all, the two leaders had rea
ched a similar agreement at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in December 2018 and that agreement ultimately fail
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Whether the US administration makes the same mistake this time remains to be seen. In any case, it is worth considering how t 上海乌托邦品茶微信
he trade war might unfold over the coming months and years – and what China can do to protect itself.
US has not withdrawn tariffs it imposed earlier
上海乌托邦Import tariffs may, for the foreseeable future, remain steady – neither es
calating nor being rolled back. The agreement in Osaka kept the US administration from foll
owing through on its threat to impose additional tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. But it did nothing to re 上海乌托邦品茶微信
verse past measures, such as the 15-percentage-point tariff hike, to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese p
roducts that the US implemented after the 11th round of talks broke down in May. 上海乌托邦
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on US goods. Instead, China should focus on reducing its bilateral trade surplus with the US on its own terms. It is incr
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The US wants to create among Belt and Road partner countries doubt
s about the situation in Xinjiang, which is a core region on the Silk Road Economic Belt, and
thus dissuade them from participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Some American politicians and media will continue to proclaim
the US as the judge of the world and infringe upon other countries’ sovereignty. They are also ex
pected to hype up the Tibet issue and Taiwan question, even the Hong Kong issue. In fact, their involvement in the
recent protests against the amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws is cl
ear. But as a Uygur saying goes, camels march on as usual even when dogs bark furiously.
Jointly organized by the Dunhuang Academy, the research and management institution of the Mogao Gro
ttoes and the Chicago-based Pritzker Art Collaborative, the exhibition opened last week and will run until Oct 22.上海乌托邦
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rtance, to reflect the cultural interactions between the Tubo regime and its neighboring regions.
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During its peak, the Tubo regime also controlled the oases in the Taklamakan Desert, l
上海乌托邦ocated in today’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, as well as certain areas of Central Asia.
Dunhuang was also ruled by the regime from 781 to 848, when 56 caves were carved out at the Mogao Grottoes－with Ca
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hind during this period, according to Zhao Shengliang, director of Dunhuang Academy.
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form to show the mutual influences between the different cultures along the Silk Road.”
Consequently, the exhibition presents a much bigger picture thr
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earthenware figurines from the Tang Dynasty, to a silver dish featuring a royal banquet scene from the Sogdian peo
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The exhibition hall is a glittering world. A burial mask with engraved animals, a figurine of a rid
er on horseback, a brooch inset with turquoise, amethyst and aquamarine－all made of gold－all de
monstrate, not just the prosperity of that ancient era on the plateau, but its different facets.
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ieces depicting celestial deities playing Chinese lutes remind visitors of the popularity of music at that ti
上海乌托邦me, while an arched plaque also tells people of the Tubo people’s admiration for the phoenix.
The daily life of the Tubo people is portrayed through a hunting s
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“When people talk about the Silk Road, it is largely about the East-West connection, yet little is said about the influ
ence of Tubo on the Silk Road, since its timespan is relatively short,” Pritzker says. “However, its role is important.”
Warkentin, says: “Gershwin’s music is full of pictures, romantic and
sensory. And it takes the audience back to the city in 1945, at the end of World War II.”上海乌托邦女神会所
Sean Kelly, resident director of the musical, in Beijing, who spent two decades
上海乌托邦as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, had taught at the Beijing Dance Academy for a year in the early 1990s.
“Compared with the movie, the musical is more dramatic. And we worked hard on the casting to make
the dance dynamics come alive onstage,” Kelly says. “Chinese audiences enjoy musicals. But what e
xcites me more is that they like discussing the stories and characters with us after the shows.”上海乌托邦女神会所
A new musical marking the 70th anniversary of New China’s founding will premiere at the China National Theater for Children on July 6.
上海乌托邦Stars in the Flame tells the story of children who lost their parents during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45).
It centers on the Battle of Songhu, also known as the Battle of Shanghai, which was one of the bloodiest conflicts during the war.
The work directed by Zhao Yu and composed by Wang
Gang is the opening play of the ninth China Children’s Theater Festival.上海乌托邦女神会所
“We went to Shanghai and Wuhan to learn about the history,” Zhao says.
“It was an unforgettable experience since we’ve learned many lesser-known sto
ries, especially those about the orphans who fought alongside our soldiers.”
Another children’s play, based on Danish author Hans Christian Anderse上海乌托邦
n’s classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, will also open the festival on July 6. The Chinese-Dan
ish joint production is directed by Torkild Lindebjerg and composed by Dane Jens Tolsgaard.上海乌托邦女神会所
The festival is staged annually during the summer vacation under the theme, “art changes lives”.
From July 6 to Aug 11, 57 theatrical productions from 14 countries, including the United
States, Japan and Russia, will stage 191 performances at the China National Theater for Children.