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The proportion of lottery sales used for public services and philanthropy has been declining in recent years, according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on Friday. With lottery sales increasing quickly, intensified supervision is urgently needed on the use of the vast amount of money generated to ensure more goes to public services, said the Annual Report on China's Philanthropy Development 2016. China's lottery sales reached 368 billion yuan ($56 billion) last year, more than double the level of 2010, according to the report. Last year, 98 billion yuan from lottery sales was used for public services, such as social welfare, developing sports facilities, education, and medical and poverty relief.
That accounted for 26.6 percent of total sales, down from about 30 percent in 2010, the report said. A notice issued by the State Council in 2001 said that at least 35 percent of lottery sales in China should be used for public services and philanthropy. According to the report, total philanthropic donations from the public was expected to reach 99 billion yuan ($15 billion) last year, a slight decrease from the 106 billion yuan collected in 2014, the report said. The number of registered volunteers in the past several years has been increasing, exceeding 100 million last year, the report said. Yang Tuan, deputy director of the Center for Social Policy Research at the academy, said that with increasing lottery sales, more problems have been exposed in the use and management of the funds. A major reason for the declining proportion of money being used for public services and philanthropy is due to improper management. China's National Audit Office, in an audit conducted in 2014, found that a quarter of the total lottery funds had been misused for various purposes such as buying or building properties and subsidies for government employees.
Dong Zijin, a lawyer and one of the authors of the report, said that a law on lottery management should be made to better regulate sales and distribution in China. The trial against Peking University Third Hospital began at the Haidian District People's Court in northwestern Beijing on Friday.
The hospital claimed that there was no malpractice and the injuries were caused by substandard gas.
In an earlier statement, the hospital said 45 of the 56 patients who used the same batch of perflutren - used during eye surgery as temporary filler in the hospital in June 2015 - had been left with severe injuries to their eyes. Meanwhile, the hospital is filing a lawsuit against the company that produced the gas, Tianjin Jingming New Technological Development. Another 26 patients who underwent eye surgery in June at the Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University in Nantong, Jiangsu province, where the same batch of gas was used, have also had adverse reactions. The China Food and Drug Administration said in a report in January that the administration sent two teams to Peking University Third Hospital and Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University in July after receiving reports of the incidents and ruled out irregularities during the surgeries. The injuries were suspected to have been caused by toxic reactions of the gas, the report said. The patients and two hospitals have been pushing the gas provider to give information about its products, but nothing has been made public yet. The CFDA said the same batch of product was sold to 25 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China and 621 boxes were used by 82 hospitals, in addition to the two hospitals, but no other injuries were reported.
Local authorities in Tianjin imposed a fine of 5.18 million yuan ($798,000) on the company for producing substandard medical products, and confiscated all the perflutren it produced. Xie Hui, who claims he was given substandard medical gas during eye surgery in Peking University Third Hospital, uses drops to relief his poor eyesight.
Beijing's subcenter will be required to meet the standard of a world-class livable city, providing a good environment, cultural elements and convenience to residents, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China announced after a meeting on Friday. According to the plan, the same principles should also be used in developing regional cooperation between Beijing and Tianjin municipalities, and Hebei province.
During the meeting, the central government recognized the breakthroughs that have been made in the transportation, ecology and industry projects to upgrade Beijing's subcenter and its integrated development with Tianjin and Hebei. In November, the Beijing municipal government announced that it will build the city's subcenter in Tongzhou district, and will move its departments in charge of political and cultural functions to the district by 2017. The upcoming administrative subcenter will cover 155 square kilometers, and will support and functionally complement the city center. Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei are the important engines of economic growth in North China and play a significant role in leading national development. Compared with the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta, he said, Beijing and its two neighboring areas lack industrial cohesiveness. According to China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), the construction of city clusters will be accelerated. A total of 18 city clusters are listed in the 13th Five-Year Plan, including Chengdu, Kunming, Lanzhou, Xining and Hohhot.
Foreign diplomats and business people got a closer look at China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region during a presentation by the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Friday. More than 500 people attended the presentation, held by the Foreign Ministry and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region government. Such presentations aim to facilitate communication between foreign diplomats and regions outside Beijing, helping to opening up development. The autonomous region, which borders Vietnam, has seized the opportunity to cooperate with ASEAN countries by helping host the annual China-ASEAN Expo in its capital, Nanning, since 2004. Now it is embracing a new opportunity in assisting in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. In 2015, Guangxi's import and export volume with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative exceeded $31.9 billion, about 42 percent more than the year before. Travis Joern, managing director of China branch at the Canada China Business Council, said he attended the presentation to help Canadian businesses learn more about the second and third tier cities across China. Construction of the second airport in Chengdu started on Friday to meet growing air travel demand.
Shannan in southwest China's Tibet autonomous region was officially reclassified as a city on Friday. The rate of arrest and prosecution of minors in China has fallen, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate. China's meteorological authority on Friday warned of possible geological disasters as heavy rain is expected to linger. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ninth Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum, Peng Qinghua, Party chief of Guangxi, said the region is both an active participant in and a direct beneficiary of the zone. Guangxi hosts the China-ASEAN Expo and several ASEAN-related events every year, and is also actively involved in cooperation projects including Sino-Malaysian "Two Countries, Twin Parks", Sino-Indonesian economic cooperation zone, Sino-Thai industrial park, Sino-Singapore industrial park and Guangxi-Brunei economic corridor, said Peng.
Gu Xiulian, former vicechairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, said the past eight forums have achieved fruitful results, and promoted cooperation in the Pan-Beibu Gulf, creating a win-win situation and becoming the key platform and mechanism for cooperation among Pan-Beibu Gulf countries. Chen Wu, chairman of the autonomous region, said as host region of the Pan-Beibu Gulf forum, Guangxi had worked to improve links with ASEAN countries over the past few years.
Chen said China and ASEAN countries are close partners in the national Belt and Road Initiative, and Guangxi is devoted to both advancing the aims of ASEAN and ensuring that China's key goals for the initiative are met. Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the initiatives of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in September and October 2013. The Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious plan that aims to promote the orderly and free flow of economic factors, efficient resource allocation and integration of markets by improving the connectivity of Asian, European and African continents.
The Indochinese Peninsula represents an important direction for the Belt and Road Initiative, offering grand opportunities for China and its close neighbors in trade.
As important emerging economies, countries in this region have the same strong desire for development. ASEAN has been Guangxi's largest trading partner over the last 15 years, and Guangxi has developed an ideal platform to trade with ASEAN.
According to the Pan-Beibu Gulf administration, on the basis of economic mutual benefit, mutual cultural learning and political trust, China and Indochinese Peninsula countries will further deepen cooperation, expand space for development, build more growth drivers, and boost economic cooperation and trade. To realize these shared objectives, on the basis of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal afairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence - as well as the principles of joint consultation, construction and sharing - Guangxi, in collaboration with ASEAN, is ready to jointly build the China-Indochinese Economic Corridor.
With Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Yunnan province as gateways, the economic corridor will extend to China's vast hinterland and prosperous eastern region in the north, and run through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in the south.
Kong Cho Ha, special envoy to China of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, noted that 2016 marks the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Malaysian diplomatic relations, and bilateral trade has continued to grow as a result of fruitful political and business exchanges at the highest level. He said the two countries have jointly established a "Two Countries, Twin Parks" - the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park and China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park - to further promote mutual investments.
The "Twin Parks" are connected by China's Qinzhou Port at one end and Malaysia's Kuantan Port at the other. Winichai Chaemchaeng, Thailand's vice-minister of commerce, said the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement has been a powerful engine for growth for Asia due to the combination of China's dynamic economy and the unique diversified economies of ASEAN. We will actively coordinate our respective development strategies, plans and policies, deepen practical cooperation, respond to common concerns, and resolve issues through consultation in the building of China-Indochinese Peninsula Economic Corridor. We will move forward with construction of key hub projects, and promote exchanges and harmonization of infrastructure construction plans and technical standards systems so that a smooth, convenient, fast and eficient international network of channels will take shape between China and the Indochinese Peninsula.
We will work together to facilitate investment, trade, and flow of people, and promote customs cooperation on such issues as "two countries, one inspection". In line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation stressed in the Belt and Road Initiative, we will further play out the role of the "Nanning Channel", build and improve the China-Indochinese Peninsula node-city cooperation mechanism, promote exchanges and cooperation in such areas as culture and education so as to build strong popular support for the China-Indochinese Peninsula Economic Corridor. Peng Qinghua, Party chief of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, delivers a keynote speech during the ninth Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum that opened on Thursday in Nanning. Liuzhou, known in ancient times as Dragon City, is not only renown for its rich history, culture and unique landscapes but also its industrial development. Located in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, at the northern edge of a subtropical zone, the city's total area is 18,600 square kilometers and it consists of six counties and four districts.
Generations of the Liujiang Zhuang people and Bailian Cave people settled in Liuzhou about 50,000 years ago. Liuzhou is widely known as a tourist destination, which has played a significant role in regional development.
Its auto, machinery and metallurgy industries are its three largest, with the chemicals, sugar-refining, papermaking, pharmaceuticals, building materials and daily health products its supporting industries. There is a wholesale market for automobiles and auto parts as well as steel, construction materials and daily-use commodities. In recent years, Liuzhou has implemented a plan to become a modern livable city, which includes increasing its forest coverage (currently at 65 percent) and green areas within the city, currently at 41.3 percent. As a national port, Liuzhou has shipping lines that reach upstream to Guizhou province and downstream to Hong Kong and Macao. In 2004, Liuzhou was honored as the best commercial city on the Chinese mainland by Forbes. As a key channel for China to access the ASEAN countries and a distribution hub for the southwestern region, Liuzhou is rapidly transforming into a base for trade and transit as well as an important regional logistics and commercial center. Auto production is one of the pillar industries in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. To date, the local government has invested 20 million yuan ($3.07 million) in reducing emissions and supporting key industries.
It has also implemented energy conservation and emissions reduction projects that include monitoring systems.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), the city renovated 20 square kilometers of green areas and constructed six natural protection communities and eight forest areas. In 2015, the forest coverage rate reached 65 percent, and the per capita public green area was 11.64 square meters. Liuzhou has also strived to improve the city's green facilities and ecological environment. It has invested more than 66 billion yuan in building five sewage collection systems with the sewage collecting pipe reaching 1,058.8 km.
It established 11 urban living sewage treatment plants, and seven environmental living garbage disposal sites. It has established four water quality automatic monitoring stations, and an online real-time environmental monitoring center.
The city is also among the first in the country to release PM2.5 monitoring data to the public. In recent years, the city's industrial total output value has risen at more than 10 percent. Liujiang River has maintained its national Class Three water quality standards and its air quality in urban areas has met the requirements of Class Two standards as described in National Standard for "Environmental Air Quality".
Talented and popular poets praised Liuzhou in their writing, such as Liu Zongyuan, a renowned poet in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 to 907 ). Xu Xiake, a famous geographer and traveler during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) wrote in his travel notes: "Thousands of peaks stand around the city, a flowing river embraces the town", giving a vivid depiction of the city's style and features. Now, Liu Zongyuan's Temple, which includes his hat and clothes as well as inscriptions on tablets and carved stones from different dynasties, are still well protected. Liuzhou is a popular tourist city, with about 80 percent of 4A and higher-level scenic sites in Guangxi within the radius of 250 km.
In addition to enjoying the reputation as the site for the "World's Best Natural Bonsai", the city is also known as the "Capital of Rare Stone in China". There are thousands of stone vendors in the city, which is also known as the largest stone distribution center in Southeast Asia. As the hometown of Liu Sanjie, a popular folk song singer, the site is also where folk songs are shared. Songs of the Zhuang people, dances of the Yao people, festivals of the Miao people and buildings of the Dong people are well known as the top four unique attractions of the city. Taking advantage of the Liujiang River, Liuzhou has developed scenic sites along the waterway, such as the Panlong waterfall group, music fountain, riverside sites and lighting projects and a greening project for Dongti Road. In addition, there are a number of popular snacks, such as glutinous rice cake with desiccated coconut, lotus paste rock crystal cake, orange corner cake, fried glutinous rice and sugar dumplings, oil lamp shaped steam bread, stuffed bean curd, stuffed mushrooms and dried beancurd sticks with meat balls.

Liuzhou is a popular tourist destination for foreigners who are longing for slow pace of life.
A total of 125 projects will be introduced to the city, covering such major areas as high-tech industries, commerce and trade circulation, infrastructure and real estate, tourism, culture and sports, agricultural development and agricultural products processing. The total investment is expected to reach 35 billion yuan ($5.35 billion), according to the city's investment and business promotion authorities. A key project is the Pingan finance e-commerce logistics project with investment of 750 million yuan. With a total construction area of 120,000 square meters, the project will build high standard e-commerce business logistics warehousing facilities. Based on Liuzhou e-commerce and online to offline commerce, the project plans to build a new e-commerce financial industry park, which includes a brand e-commerce service network, small enterprise incubator services, comprehensive finance supporting service and the functions of information services, logistics and fund support.
From January to November 2015, the city introduced 71 billion yuan investment from other areas in the country, an increase of 15.25 percent year-on-year. Two hundred and twenty five contracts were signed with domestic investors, with a total cooperation volume of 53.5 billion yuan. With the country's economy slowing in recent years, the city is also studying new investment trends and directions, and exploring more effective ways to attract investment.
The city plans to accelerate the development of its auto industry by strengthening the development of new-energy vehicles, middle - and high-end vehicles and improving its industry chain. It plans to focus on the introduction of integrated circuits in the auto industry, industrial robots and 3-D printing in high-end manufacturing. In addition to revitalizing the mechanical and metallurgical industry sectors, the city also plans to develop emerging pillar industries, such as electronic information, high-end equipment manufacturing and e-commerce. Besides that, the city will also speed up the development pace in the industry sectors of cultural tourism, modern agriculture, trade and logistics, new materials and new energy. According to the city, an agricultural products wholesale market project will be introduced this year.
With 1.5 billion yuan of investment, the Xinliuyong agricultural products wholesale market is designed to cover 750,000 square meters, and include a fruit and vegetable trade area, dried and nonstaple food trade area, aquatic products trade area, food processing and distribution area, information center, administrative office center, and customer service center. Beijing will carry out an anti-smoking campaign for 100 days starting July 1 to encourage more smokers to quit. The effort will build on the success already achieved since China's strictest tobacco control regulation took effect in the capital a year ago.
Since then, tobacco control in Beijing has made significant progress, with smoking in indoor public places decreasing greatly, Mei Hongguang, deputy director for health promotion at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, said at a news conference on Thursday.
During the campaign, launched jointly by the commission and the World Health Organization, participants will be encouraged to receive professional services at clinics that help smokers quit at 16 major hospitals in Beijing, or they can seek advice and help through three health service hotlines, Mei said. Smokers will be invited to interact and share their experiences on social media such as WeChat, he said. Any resident in Beijing who is over 18 years old and has been smoking for more than a year is eligible to register between Wednesday and June 30, he said.
Participants who successfully quit smoking will have a chance to win prizes worth up to 20,000 yuan ($3,100), Mei said. Since the start of controls last year, smoking in major public places, such as schools, railways stations and rated hotels, has decreased, according to a survey conducted by the commission between March and April.
The survey, which looked at 5,100 residents and 728 businesses, found the greatest smoking decline in restaurants. Only 6.7 percent of all facilities surveyed were found in violation of the regulation, compared with more than 23 percent a year ago when the regulation was adopted, Gao said. More than 46 percent of smokers surveyed said they planned to quit, compared with 11.6 percent who said so before the regulation, Gao said. Health law enforcement officers in Beijing had imposed penalties on more than 1,500 individuals and nearly 400 businesses as of the end of April, levying total fines of more than 1.12 million yuan. The regulation prohibits smoking in all indoor public places and certain outdoor places, such as near children's hospitals. Zhi Xiuyi, a lung surgery specialist at Xuanwu Hospital in Beijing, said more efforts are needed to encourage people to stop smoking. Some big hospitals in Beijing offer such services, but in general such clinics don't get many patients, he said.
Zhi suggested that services to help people quit smoking be offered during the annual physical checkups required by some companies.
This shows China's willingness to shift its development model toward a more sustainable path, he said.
China can also contribute to sustainable development with its railway technology, Sheng said. Chen Jining, minister of environmental protection, said the coexistence of humans and nature is one of the biggest challenges that China is facing. Chen added that "UNEP and China have had a remarkably mutual relationship over the years and have shared a lot of knowledge and experiences".
Environmental ministers and representatives from more than 170 countries, as well as scientists and industry executives, are attending this year's assembly, which began on Monday and ends on Friday.
Law said Tsang must have known clearly that a large number of police officers were lining up under the underpass. The video presented as evidence in court showed Tsang resisting the subsequent arrest, Law said.
Tsang was acquitted of two other charges of resisting arrest, as the judge said it was a natural reaction for one to react with resistance after being pepper-sprayed. The Occupy Central demonstrations broke out in 2014 after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress issued a decision on universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Called a Transit Elevated Bus, it looks like a giant double-decker but is hollow on the ground floor. About 35 percent of traffic jams can be avoided with the use of TEBs, the company's website claimed. Manufacturing of the first TEB is underway and will be finished by July, after which it will be tried in Qinhuangdao.
Zhoukou, Henan province, plans to build a special 120-kilometer line that will allow the running of TEBs. The company has also signed letters of intent with countries including Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Indonesia and Argentina. It is expected that more than 400,000 TEBs will be needed in the next few decades, the company said. Another feature of the TEB is that it is driven by electricity, which is more environmentally friendly than gasoline.
Hebei province, which produces one-fourth of the nation's steel, has cut more iron and steel production than originally projected this year. A teenage girl received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of killing her newborn daughter by throwing her out of an eighth-floor window.
Sansha, nicknamed the "city of spray" because of its proximity to the sea, will become a major tourist attraction comparable to the Maldives and will be a key post on the Maritime Silk Road, its mayor said. Cruise ships have been sailing from Sanya, in southern Hainan province, to several islands in Xisha since April 2013. Though far from the Chinese mainland, Xiao said, tourists will not face unreasonable charges. Food on the islands will be "definitely cheaper than on Hainan island", he said, adding that the Sanya government will pay close attention to tourism management, including pricing. The cruise ships have another key advantage, he said, as they are big enough to cater to large numbers of people without overwhelming the local ecology.
Sansha plans to introduce garbage transfer ships, as well as those for interisland transport and maritime law enforcement.
Xiao said that by developing tourism, fishermen will be attracted to the service industry, pushing forward the transition of the local economy. Tourists experience diving at Yinyu, one of the Xisha Islands in South China’s Hainan province.
Listing smog in the regulation would require the capital to improve urban planning - including better design of green zones and corridors - to reduce damage from smog.
Liu Zhengang, chief of the Beijing Legal Affairs Office, said on Thursday that it's appropriate to make the inclusion since smog and its negative effects have grown into a major concern for the government and public.
Neighboring Tianjin and Hebei province have already listed smog in their regulations, so Beijing should take the same step to better coordinate air-pollution control, he said.
The draft of the Beijing Meteorological Disasters Prevention and Control Regulation defines a meteorological disaster as damage mainly caused by haze, torrential rains, blizzards, sandstorms, drought or freezing conditions. To reduce damage from smog and improve air quality, the municipal government needs better urban planning, like rearranging green zones, rivers and roads, and building corridors to disperse air pollutants, the draft said.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said the capital had a 46 percent reduction in the concentration of PM2.5, fine particulate matter that poses health risks, in 2015, compared with 2013. But the concentration still exceeded the national health standard by 1.3 times last year, and residents saw 46 days of hazardous pollution. Liu said the capital has been prone to meteorological disasters, which can cause huge economic losses accounting for 1 to 3 percent of GDP.
There has been one ship, Star of Beibu Gulf, from Hainan Strait Shipping, running from Sanya to the islands.
It started operating in March and can accommodate 300 guests on four to five trips every month.
According to Cai, the company also plans to run more cruises linking Sanya with Southeast Asian nations through the South China Sea. At the same time, a second-phase of the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal is under construction. The project, with an investment of 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion), will enable the port to receive 2 million tourists annually, making it one of the busiest cruise ports in Asia. Dreamof the South China Sea, a new cruise ship, will join the travel route linking Sanya to the Xisha Islands. He figures that about a third of every year sees him on the waves, traveling more than 10,000 nautical miles to visit and inspect the islands and reefs he administers. As territorial disputes in the South China Sea have escalated in recent years, every move by the southernmost Chinese city attracts global attention. Xiao, 56, who has been mayor since 2012 when city status for the area was established, takes the pressure in his stride.
The math teacher introduces the concept of pentominoes - an arrangement of five squares joined along their edges - and then guides the students to explore 12 different shapes.
Ren says the school has introduced several educational toys into experimental math classes. Tian Lili, a senior teacher in Beijing who has observed the class, said the class breaks the stereotype of math as boring and dull. She suggests the philosophy of learning through play can be adopted throughout math education. Associate Professor Fang Yunjia of Capital Normal University said that China's math education is gradually changing to a greater emphasis on practical application and thinking ability.
Chinese students have a reputation for quantitative skills and have featured in international education studies.
Fang's extensive research on teaching methods and class organization in many countries found that Chinese math classes are teacher-centered and allow less time for student input, while classes in some Western countries focus on real-life projects and use cooperative groups to encourage active participation.
According to Hong Yang, head of Mobby, the popularity of the courses reflects society's changing expectations of math education.
Like many schools on the Chinese mainland, the walls of the country's southernmost school are decorated with children's paintings. The newly built four-story school was opened just six months ago, but Li said it has adopted the most advanced educational methods in Hainan province.
The school requires no fees and all the pupils are provided with free food, bags and uniforms, thanks to the local government. Lin Li, a cleaner working for the Sansha government, said her daughters have been more active since going to the school.
Teachers encourage students in a reading class at Yongxing School, Yongxing Island, where Sansha city is located. But the scale of the operation, including shipping, installing, maintaining and upgrading transceivers and cellular radio towers, is huge, especially as it takes 10 to 15 hours to cover more than 300 km from Hainan Island to Yongxing Island. This means that all the work, be it tower installations, offloading equipment, must be done as efficiently and quickly as possible. Deng Ruming, a colleague of Su, works on optimizing the networks, and he noted one frustrating incident to highlight the point. Other challenges facing Su and his team include high levels of humidity and corrosive seawater, both of which can play havoc with the sensitive equipment.
Those on board Sansha 1 - the largest vessel commuting between Hainan Island and Yongxing - have reason to appreciate the technical expertise that allows them to utilize 4G signals during their trip and make a call at their convenience. Su Xun (left) and Deng Ruming, who work at China Mobile's Hainan branch, are veterans in combating the elements to maintain equipment on the Xisha and Nansha Islands. Standing at the end of Beijing Road and in front of the Xisha Hotel, the brown, steel road sign points out the distances and directions to global destinations. Interestingly, it gives the distance to major cities of countries not directly involved in the South China Sea issue - Thailand, the United States and Australia. Bangkok has echoed Beijing's call for peacefully resolving disputes through negotiation, while Australia has demonstrated an increasing interest in having a say about the South China Sea issue.
And the US is increasing its military presence in the sea by boosting alignment with treaty allies, including the Philippines. Some US politicians and experts have doubted China's sovereignty over the Nansha Islands because the islands are geographically closer to the Philippines and they say China has made "excessive claims".
But they fail to see the glaring contradiction that the US military will go to "great lengths" by traversing the Pacific Ocean thousands of kilometers from their home bases to fulfill what Washington describes as a "rebalancing in Asia". A road sign on Yongxing Island indicates (from top to bottom) the distances to Beijing, Haikou, Sanya, Bangkok, New York and Sydney. The islands group he is responsible for within the Xisha Islands is called Qilianyu, "seven islands in a string".
Qilianyu forms a special part of Sansha city's administration because Wang's committee combines five organs in one - a police station, border defense branch, law enforcement workstation, militia command and a medical, rescue and aid center. Wang and the islanders are at the forefront of protecting the ecology of the South China Sea by regulating fishing activities. For centuries, the islands have played a crucial part both in the work and lives of Chinese fishermen.
Another must-see place is the old office of the village committee, a bungalow built in the 1970s just a few meters away from the new committee building, a testament to China's unbroken presence and jurisdiction. Partly because of shrinking fishery resources, "traditional fishermen on the islands have been encouraged to shift to other sectors", Wang said.
As the annual typhoon season - usually from June to October - is around the corner, Wang said they had a contingency plan in place and the building could function as a shelter for the residents. Wang said his committee sends extreme weather alerts to the residents and fishing boats will be taken onshore.
Construction commenced May last year on the first batch of 27 houses for local residents and they will have all modern conveniences.
Apart from offering shelter from the extreme weather, both sun-baked days and violent wind-fuelled storms, the new housing will allow children and the elderly to stay indoors at enjoy the comforts of home. Island life is not all sunshine, and the man with the wide-brimmed hat seems ready for any situation.
Thanks to the cellular network and Wi-Fi on Zhaoshu, an island in the Xisha chain, simply scanning a QR code on a label hanging from a coconut tree will tell you who has adopted and financed it. In February, Sansha city launched an online bidding campaign that allowed people to adopt 500 coconut trees.
Wang Chun, head of the Qilianyu working committee who lives and works on Zhaoshu Island, told China Daily that a second round of adoptions may be held in July, with 300 to 500 trees available for sponsorship. Shi Guoning, head of Sansha's Bureau of Land Resources and Environmental Protection, said the completion of water desalination plants on islands in the Xisha chain has tackled a chronic shortage of fresh water and produced conditions that allow an increasing number of plants to thrive. The spectrum of colors was more vibrant, more gasp-inducing than I had seen in the Maldives.
But, I had to remind myself, this was the Xisha Islands, two words that have frequently appeared in my daily news reports, yet for the first time I could truly appreciate their scenic lure.

When my colleagues and I walked down the 300-meter-long Beijing Road, surely the quietist road named after our capital 2,680 km distant, I found no fewer than four bank branches.
The stores lack for nothing, and there is even a branch of a famous chain selling spicy duck neck. When having a drink outside a coffeehouse that night, among many relaxed residents, I developed an illusion, incongruous as it sounds, of still being on the Chinese mainland. It was not long before I realized that I was on the largest island of Xisha and the location of the Sansha government.
A marine affairs officer pointed out "how quickly clouds move here" - so there is not much rain on the island.
A fishing vessel captain told me they stop fishing from mid-May to Aug 1 every year to protect stocks. Despite the long distance, it seems residents, both long-term and those more recently arrived to help build or guard the southernmost Chinese city, have developed a stronger attachment to the motherland. I guess that is due to their awareness of the island's strategic significance for China, and the responsibilities on their shoulders.
Five-star red flags are hung at the gates of almost every building, from the school to the greengrocer's.
A soldier told me, when the first ray of sunshine arrives in the new year, national flags are raised at the same time on all islands administered by Sansha.
Sliding profits in China's nonfinancial State-owned enterprises eased in the first four months of the year, data released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Finance showed. SOEs in transportation, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals registered profit increases, but the profits of those in petroleum, chemistry and architectural materials industries dropped significantly.
During the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress this year, Huang Danhua, deputy chief of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, told the media that SOEs suffering losses are mainly from industries with overcapacity. The narrowing between SOE profits and revenues is regarded as a reflection of changing global and domestic macroeconomic conditions. The central government has determined to accelerate SOE reform, focusing on reducing excess capacity in certain sectors.
The measures aim to have 95 percent of all mobile phone users in China registered with a real name by the end of this year, and 100 percent before July 30, 2017, according to a notification issued by the ministry. It also requires telecommunication companies to notify users who haven't registered with a real name, or whose registration information is incomplete, to finish the process or have their numbers suspended or deactivated.
Officials said the measures will help fight terrorism and safeguard national security and social stability. Similar to other birthday-related word games and survey memes, the Birthday Scenario Game has a particularly strong presence on Tumblr and Facebook. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. A tea made from the stems and leaves was used to treat various medical problems such as eye infections, stomach disorders, and swellings. Hidden amongst this mass of green, (which I suspect was rape seed) were millions of these tiny little blue flowers. Whether you-footre looking for the finest in flowers or gourmet garden vegetables, you will find all your answers here. These photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial and agricultural sites, and other aspects of urban and rural life in America in the early twentieth century. Recorded at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000, the program contains performances of over 40 songs that span Barbra's illustrious career. This white flower girl basket is beautifully woven in a diamond pattern with quality smooth Satin accented with faux pearls at each intersection. This concise, illustrated handbook contains detailed information on the care of a variety of lilies. Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier), an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns.
You will learn what origami is, its origins, whether origami is for you, what you can make using origami, the skills required to succeed with origami, together with materials required, basic origami folds, terms and techniques AND the significant educational and therapeutic benefits of origami.This book is for anyone interested in the art of origami. This bed in a bag set will add a touch of warmth and it will create a calm and relaxed atmosphere for your bedroom. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. The hospital said in court that it is willing to cover all medical expenses despite the fact that it was not at fault.
They also asked the hospital to publicize details about the medicine, Liu Wenfang, a Beijing lawyer responsible for the patients, was quoted as saying by Beijing News.
The manufacturer recalled all 8,632 boxes suspected of having problems in July to eliminate risks, it said. In addition, the speed of economic development and the supporting industry in the three areas are different. Beijing and its two neighboring areas, the Yangtze-River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, are listed as the leading projects. By 2019, when the first phase of construction is expected to be completed, Chengdu will be the third Chinese city, after Beijing and Shanghai, with two airports. China's State Council approved Shannan's application to be upgraded from a prefecture to a prefecture-level city. The National Meteorological Center issued warnings for parts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Anhui province, as well as Guangdong province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Based on the pilot comprehensive financial reform border zones in Guangxi and Yunnan, we will move forward steadily with cross-border financial cooperation to facilitate investment. Encourage cultural and people-to-people exchanges to build more popular support for our cooperation. It has more than 3.8 million residents, with 44 ethnic minorities, such as the Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Dong.
Liuzhou is also at the intersection of four main rail routes, three highways and three national highways. A newly built air quality forecast and warning system can make a three-day forecast of changes in air quality.
The number of cigarettes sold in Beijing last year fell 2.71 percent from 2014, said Gao Xiaojun, the commission's spokesman.
Tsang was accused of splashing liquid that smelled like urine on 11 police officers and resisting arrest by another four officers on Oct 15, 2014, as the police were clearing demonstrators from an underpass at Lung Wo Road in Admiralty.
The act of intentionally pouring the liquid over the police officers amounts to assault, as the defendant undoubtedly showed hostility toward the officers while they were performing their duties, Law said.
A man in one wore goggles and a mask when splashing liquid; in the other a man wore a black T-shirt without a mask. Precipitation of up to 130 millimeters will be seen in 10 provinces and in Shanghai, according to the National Meteorological Center.
Iron production will be reduced by 17.26 million metric tons, a change from the previous target of 10 million tons set in January, Zhang Qingwei, the governor, said on Thursday. The Huqiu District People's Court in Nanjing sentenced the woman, identified only as Cai, to three years in prison but with a four-year suspension and probation for intentional homicide.
The articles cover a range of topics and provide a fascinating insight into what life is like on the islands.
The first group of tourists visited the islands after the route from Sanya went into operation in 2014. Xiao is responsible for the largest maritime area in China, some 2 million square kilometers in the South China Sea. Students sit in groups, absorbed in a wooden block puzzle, sometimes rotating the blocks and sometimes discussing. A group of British education officials visited to Shanghai to study Chinese math teaching methods in 2014. It offers courses for children aged 3 to 8, helping them learn early math skills by building on their natural curiosity and having fun.
They hope their kids can develop mathematical thinking and appreciate the fun of math through games and interaction," Hong said. Complied by our reporters Li Xiaokun, Zhang Yunbi and Liu Xiaoli, the articles cover a range of topics and provide a fascinating insight into what life is like.
Shells and marine creatures, from vibrantly colored fish to an octopus opening its inquisitive eyes, have pride of place in the paintings that provide a fascinating insight into life on the island. It is a precious experience and the root of their love for the island," said Li Zanzong, headmaster of Yongxing School. Li and the school's six teachers, all graduates of a famous Hainan teacher training college, volunteered for half-year terms.
Li said they are also considering issuing a scholarship of 10,000 yuan ($1,500) for every newly enrolled pupil. Li said that in the future soldiers will be able to avail themselves of diploma courses through long-distance education.
China's largest cellular network provider is boosting and ensuring fourth generation signal access in the South China Sea. Even Vietnamese fisher-men, who sometimes illegally fish nearby, have bought the China Mobile SIM cards for signals, local islanders said. Su noted that government ships often stay at a destination for just a few hours before weighing anchor and sailing again. Once a colleague's laptop went overboard during a storm," Deng said, adding that the trip had to be made again.
There they are guaranteed a friendly welcome by Wang, whose deeply tanned complexion shows he is a man who enjoys the outdoor life, an impression enhanced by his favorite attire of a wide-brimmed hat and all-weather jacket.
They have also encountered, and firmly dealt with, illegal fishing by foreign ships from neighboring countries. Wang likes to show visitors a traditional temple frequented by fishermen on Zhaoshu Island for blessings before they went out on the perilous sea. They are fully covered by a cellular network and the meeting room on the second floor of the committee building has a videoconferencing system. Modern housing is replacing the flimsy wooden dwellings that appeared randomly on Zhaoshu Island and offered little in the way of protection from the elements. Take a minute and explore the product categories to the right for planning and inspiration, or visit the Gardeners Corner for over a century-foots worth of wisdom.
On each side of the basket at the base of the handle, there are wide satin ribbons and thinner satin ribbons that has a center that is decorated with a floral design made of eight faux pearls. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapelfor free! As any other kanzashi, it can have multiple uses starting from the traditional hair embellishment and finishing with scrapbooking or purse decoration.This is an easy-to-follow guideline that will lead you step-by-step to creating a beautiful and quite unusual pointed tsumami kanzashi flower, which special feature is a stripe of a different color fabric inserted into a petal of the flower. Comforter sets are designed to keep you updated and fashionable in the most convenient and inexpensive way.
Shannan is the fifth prefecture-level city in Tibet after the regional capital Lhasa, Qamdo, Xigaze and Nyingchi. The center suggested people in these areas take precautions against possible mountain torrents, mud and rock flows and landslides. Enterprises such as Wanda, China Resources, Evergrande Group, Overseas Chinese Town, Haiya, Red Star Macalline and Hydoo have established offices in Liuzhou. More and more countries are becoming interested in the way that China has been promoting the railway system as a major model of transportation, which is much more environmentally friendly than road transportation," Sheng said.
The center warned of possible geological disasters triggered by the rain and warned residents in affected areas to remain alert.
Cai, who was 17 at the time, gave birth to her baby at a rented apartment in August, the court said.
Today, our reporters look at plans to further boost tourism, while the mayor of Sansha explains his vision. The interview with China Daily was on a Saturday on Yongxing Island, the largest island in Xisha and the seat of the Sansha government. The teacher might ask students to explore the surface area, the perimeter and the volume of the pentominoes," Tian said. The British government later launched a project to import Chinese math teachers and Chinese-style math lessons to British schools to help improve math education. In these articles our reporters present the colorful and unique way of life on the islands, including Yongxing Island, which despite being no bigger than 280 football pitches hosts the Sansha City government. The crews on board these vessels often use dynamite to kill the fish and the explosions cause immense damage to the fragile marine ecology.
It produces beautiful silky 3-4 inch brilliant blue flowers that shade garden enthusiasts really love. The straightforward approach to essential techniques, together with advice on tackling pests and other problems and the directory of recommended species will ensure successful results. Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
The new airport will have six runways and terminals covering 1,260,000 square meters and is expected to have an annual throughput of up to 90 million passengers. Although they are known to thrive in the Pacific Northwest, they are worth a try anywhere that Rhododendrons grow, as the Himalayan Blue Poppy has very similar needs. Ferry-Morse Seed Company offers gardener's over 350 varieties of flower, vegetable, and herb seed. Then those hands--and their owners, Barbra Streisand and 15-year-old look-alike and singing sensation Lauren Frost--ascend a flight of stairs that leads (sestively, at least) to destiny itself. But although hewill not receive a monetary reward, Homer knows that when his work is done, he'll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than when he found it.
We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. Tea made of about an ounce of seed to a pint of boiling water and taken with lemon juice and a little honey is often recommended for colds and coughs. The renowned actor is highly entertaining in his combative exchanges with Lilia Skala, playing a Mother Superior who survived Hitler and makes no bones about bullying the goodhearted, itinerant worker into doing more and more for her. We are unable to offer a price adjustment on items originally purchased in a sale or on any special promotion items that are temporarily reduced in price. The film has an ambling, easygoing style with several memorable moments, not least of all is Poitier leading his holy hostesses through verses of the gospel song "Amen." Lilies is directed by the late Ralph Nelson, a pioneering director of live television who also made a number of popular feature films with notable performances (Jackie Gleason in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Cary Grant in Father Goose, Cliff Robertson in Charly) in the 1960s and 1970s. Our comforters come in many sizes, including king comforters, queen comforters, and even California King comforter sets. However, even though temperamental, difficult and troublesome, this is a plant worth trying. Who else but Streisand could still pull off such an audacious moment of sentimental psychodrama, the way that only a true star could? Once an item has been purchased at a discounted sale price, no price adjustment will be offered should the item be further marked-down. We've included everything you need to make over your bedroom such as comforter, pillow shams, and bed skirts.
Not only will you be rewarded by the fantastic flowers, but you will be the envy of every green-fingered friend in your neck of the woods. Yet nestled within the autobiographical meringue of the legendary singer's Millennium's-End concert, performed at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31, 1999, that scene--and many other such self-referential moments reliving the sundry chapters of Streisand's life and career--is quite moving in its laid-bare honesty. A fuller experience than listening to the double CD of the concert, this video record of a magical night (does anyone remember our collective Y2K anxieties that New Year's Eve?) provides the most bang for the buck when it comes to reliving all those special scenes: surprise guest appearances (Barry Gibb, Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, and Streisand's son, Jason Gould), duets with Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra (via video footage, of course), an appearance by dance master Savion Glover as Brother Time, a humorous bit with Shirley MacLaine, and several collaborations with Frost.
If Timeless: Live from the MGM Grand was indeed, as Streisand claimed, the first step of a short farewell tour that ended in early 2000, it was the perfect way to exit the stage forever.

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