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05.10.2013
Chinese regulators demanded on Monday an overhaul of the healthcare advertisements displayed by the country's leading search engine Baidu.
The demand came after the death of a young man who received experimental cancer treatment at a Beijing hospital.
Baidu's Nasdaq-listed shares fell by more than 3 percent in morning trade on Monday following the ruling, Reuters reported. Investigators have also found that the hospital illegally outsourced its departments to a for profit private company and published fake medical advertisements to lure patients. Wei Zexi, 21, a student from Shaanxi province, died from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer on April 12. Before he died, Wei denounced the company online as "evil" and warned other cancer patients "not to be cheated" in comments that went viral, drawing waves of criticism against the search engine. Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, is listed on the Nasdaq exchange in New York and has a market capitalization of more than $60 billion, even after its shares fell heavily in the wake of the scandal.
Monday's ruling by the Cyberspace Administration of China said the company relied excessively on profits from its paid listings in search results and did not clearly label such listings as the results of commercial promotion.
The system "influenced the impartiality and objectivity of its search results, making it easy to mislead users, and must be immediately rectified", the statement said. The company has been ordered to adopt a new listing system that does not fully depend on the advertising price but also considers the advertisers' "reputation".
Xiang Hailong, head of Baidu's search business, said that Wei's death has made the company rethink its responsibility. Baidu said in a statement that it will fully enforce the regulators' demands by examining all medical-related promotions.
The company said that by Monday it had reviewed the qualifications of all related medical institutes and had stopped listing 2,518 of them. A search by China Daily's for "infertility" - a popular content for medical advertising on Baidu - found on Monday night only one promotion, separated from the listings on the page, and clearly marked as an advertisement.
Analysts said that changing the rules on how to conduct paid listing business will hurt Baidu's profitability in the near term, as medical-related advertisements account for about 30 percent of the company's revenue. Tian Hou, founder of TH Capital in Beijing, said the tricky part is how to search results by reputation.
Baidu did not immediately respond to requests for comment on how to rank paid listings by reputation.
On Monday, the central government and military health authorities also announced the investigation result into the hospital involved.
It was ordered to stop all commercial cooperation with private companies and check whether it has conducted any other clinical treatment that has not been approved. The National Health and Family Planning Commission has said that immunotherapy to treat cancer is still at the scientific research stage and should not be used for clinical treatment. The bodies were recovered as floods triggered by rainstorms hit a number of southern and central areas of China on Monday.
The landslide, which happened at about 5 am on Sunday in mountainous Taining county, unleashed about 100,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks, burying a temporary shed at the construction site and damaging offices.
The China Meteorological Administration warned that Taining county could be hit by more rainstorms on Tuesday. A mudslide in Nanping, Fujian province, struck two residential buildings, trapping five people early on Monday.
The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters warned that water levels of rivers in Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region could continue to rise in the next few days after rainstorms.
Huang Qiyu, commander of the Fujian Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, told Xinhua News Agency at the landslide site that a plan to increase the flood discharge from a reservoir had been postponed.
The State flood control authority has issued flooding alerts for eight rivers in Fujian, including the upper reaches of the Minjiang.
In Hunan province, floods triggered by rainstorms killed two people and affected more than 615,000, leaving urban areas in Yongzhou and Chenzhou under water. In the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, flooding forced the closure of schools and all scenic spots in Yangshuo county.
The China Meteorological Administration said on Monday evening that some areas of Guangdong, Fujian and Guangxi could be hit by more rainstorms on Tuesday.
Zhang Li in Nanning, Wen Xinzheng in Changsha and Yang Jun in Guiyang contributed to this story. The difference between life and death was decided in the blink of an eye for Yang Yanbiao and a dozen of his co-workers. The 33-year-old native of Shandong province, who is a worker at the site of the hydropower construction project in Fujian province that was hit by a devastating landslide on Sunday, had just awakened and was checking his cellphone when the disaster hit at around 5 am on Sunday. Yang, who suffered four fractured ribs and a broken thigh bone in the disaster, was being treated at Taining County Hospital in Sanming, Fujian.
Authorities later said that the landslide involved 100,000 cubic meters of rocks and mud, which buried the office building and the construction workers' living area.
Yang was rescued by a fellow worker, Zhang Fuyin, who escaped the landslide unharmed, and villagers who live nearby. When he crawled out, he found that the portable houses, made from iron sheets, had been twisted and brought to the ground. Zhang said he knew that Yang was in the debris because the two had talked to each other in the darkness when the landslide hit.
The streamlining drive is aimed at meeting the requirements for another round of opening-up and at improving China's global competitiveness, Li told a national teleconference.
The premier said streamlining administration is also a step toward further opening-up and nurturing new competence in a global context.
The Shanghai government has also explored new business registration policies, cutting the company registration time from 29 days to less than four. Li said these measures have made a difference, and China's business environment has greatly improved in recent years and market access has been further opened up. According to the World Bank, China has risen six places in a year to 84th spot out of 189 economies in terms of convenience of conducting business. Chen Fengying, a global economy researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said China is facing insufficient external demand for goods and growing internal demand for better salaries and welfare. Some processing manufacturing moved to South and Southeast Asia to reduce labor costs, but China has a sounder legal system and can improve its "software" by streamlining administrative processes, Chen said. The State Council stresses in the document that governments at all levels should improve efficiency in 14 areas. These include optimizing tax refund policies for certain exports, enhancing export credit insurance, and offering more financial support to Chinese manufacturers. Lin Guijun, a professor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, said, "In addition to weak global demand, other uncertainties, such as fluctuation of foreign currencies and policy adjustment in major economies, had an impact on global trade and China's foreign trade volume last month. The service trade refers to the sale and delivery of intangible products, such as tourism, financial services and telecommunications services.
The guideline states that other new measures, such as cross-border e-commerce, multimodel logistics services and the government procurement trade, will also help private companies to diversify their global sales channels to enhance their earning ability under the current global business situation. The government will support high-end manufacturing industries to build after-sales stations or centers and training schools overseas to improve their brand influence.
China's four pilot free trade zones in developed coastal areas, including Shanghai and Guangdong, are spearheading structural reforms to make it easier to start businesses and grant foreign companies more access to the service sector.
Loosened capital controls and wider access to sectors that remain closed or restricted to foreign companies elsewhere triggered a surge in new business registrations and cross-border transactions in these zones between January and April. Denis Depoux, deputy president of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants for Asia, said China's policymakers will be increasingly evaluating economic, environmental and operational efficiency, and upgrading manufacturing facilities toward more automated, digitally controlled and responsive factories. The next government in the Philippines might change its policy and exercise more restraint over the South China Sea, according to Chinese observers. The observers, who said Manila's current policy had hurt both its own interests and regional security, were commenting as the Philippines presidential election took place on Monday. But the observers also warned that meddling by the United States in relations between China and the Philippines will cast a shadow over the newly elected administration's decision-making. Unlike outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who adopted a confrontational policy toward China, all three front-runners in the poll have said they are willing to seek diplomatic solutions to solving the country's maritime dispute with Beijing.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said last week that China hopes the new Philippine government can "properly handle the South China Sea dispute" and "improve China-Philippine relations with practical action". He was commenting after Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said he would, if elected, hold bilateral talks with China to resolve the dispute if current multilateral discussions don't bear fruit within two years. Xu said Manila could benefit by returning to the negotiating table to solve the maritime dispute. For example, it could undertake joint sea explorations with China or join the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative. Chen Qinghong, a researcher of South China Sea issues at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said "stirring up" of tensions by the United States in relations between China and the Philippines will limit the new administration's room to maneuver on the South China Sea issue. They were tactful about their words, telling me how difficult it was to communicate with my mother, who tended to be forgetful and stubborn. Years ago I thought it was funny when I visited my parents, who lived several hours away from Beijing by the bullet train.
My mother who is 75, seems to be more progressive in her condition than her mother at the same age.
My parents would have lived with us, if not for the Chinese health insurance system, which is managed by local authorities, and demands non-local retirees pay out of pocket, and get reimbursed later. While my father begins his slow recovery, my mother has acted as his cook and assistant to his caregiver. Without the endorsement of the 1992 Consensus, Taiwan's cross-Straits relations, including the island's participation in activities held by international organizations, will be severely affected, experts said. After being invited on Friday by the World Health Organization, Taiwan plans to participate in the World Health Assembly from May 23 to 28 in Geneva as an observer, in the capacity of "Chinese Taipei". Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said the island's participation is an arrangement based on the One China principle, which is the cornerstone of the 1992 Consensus. Taiwan's participation in the WHA since 2009 has been a special arrangement made on the political foundation that both sides of the Taiwan Straits adhere to the 1992 Consensus, Ma said.
If Taiwan sabotages the common political foundation for cross-Straits ties, the arrangement will no longer exist, Ma added in a statement. The mainland has a clear and consistent stance toward Taiwan's participation in activities held by international organizations, which is that there must be a proper arrangement based on the One China principle and made through cross-Straits consultations, said Huang Jiashu, professor of Taiwan studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing. On May 20, Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, will assume the island's leadership and deliver a speech.
Huang said that if the new leadership continues to dodge inquiries about its position on the 1992 Consensus and undermines cross-Straits ties, it is possible that the Taiwan delegation would be forced out of the WHA, which begins three days after Tsai takes office.
According to Huang, the DPP wants to continue cross-Straits cooperation and exchanges, which he called "the superstructure", without endorsing the One China principle, which he described as the "substructure". It was not until 2009 - following current Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou's election victory and the rapid warming of cross-Straits relations - that goodwill from the mainland enabled Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer, said Liu Guoshen, dean of the Taiwan Research Institute at Xiamen University in Fujian province. The State Council has launched a campaign to tackle school bullying, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday.
The Education Supervision and Guidance Committee under the State Council has sent a notice to local education bureaus, the ministry said on its website.
The campaign aims to curb school bullying in primary and middle schools, including physical and verbal bullying. The campaign covers all primary and middle schools across the country, including middle vocational schools. According to the notice, an inspector will be responsible for monitoring all schools in his or her school district. Schools are required to invite public security and justice departments to provide anti-bullying education.
Procedures to prevent and handle campus bullying should be established, and the responsibility of school staff members should be clarified, the notice said. It also called for improving support programs to prevent bullying, including the use of counseling.
Additionally, staff members should be appointed to discover and investigate any campus bullying. To encourage students to exercise more, the Ministry of Education urged high schools and colleges to give more consideration in admissions to students' PE class attendance, fitness level and on-campus athletic performance. The call was in response to a regulation issued on Friday by the State Council, China's Cabinet, aimed at highlighting physical education's role in China's education system.
Under the ministry's monitoring, if students' overall fitness was found to have declined for three consecutive years, the school leaders and local officials in charge would be punished, and they would not be eligible for promotion, the ministry said. However, students' PE performance is not part of the scoring system of the college entrance exam, or gaokao, which has led students in senior grades to focus more on academics than sports, while leading some schools to replace PE classes with extra tutoring. A lack of exercise was partially blamed for students' fitness decline in the National Fitness Survey released last year.
The survey found that obesity among Chinese students continued to rise, while their key athletic abilities, including lower-limb strength and stamina, continued to decline. To bring a more-balanced evaluation to the gaokao, the ministry will work on measures to quantify PE's emphasis in college admission, Wang said.
Ma Ling, a researcher with the Beijing Academy of Education Science, agreed with the emphasis on PE test results in school admission but stressed that holding officials accountable for neglecting PE's role is equally important.
Since November, at least 10 Chinese companies with Hong Kong listings have unveiled plans to either delist, spin off assets and list them in China or sell a controlling stake to a mainland-listed company. To meet the challenges posed by this tendency, analysts urged the Hong Kong capital market to more closely integrate with the mainland's A-shares.


One example is Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, owned by China's richest man, Wang Jianlin. Yang Feng, founding partner and chief executive officer of Shenzhen-based Blue Ocean Capital Group, said Chinese companies' delisting will influence investors' participation in the Hong Kong market.
The article Prelude to War in the Pacific, published on the latest issue of Executive Intelligence Review, provided a detailed analysis on why the provocative meddling in the Pacific region by the United States is dangerous, why China's territorial claims of the Nansha and Xisha Islands are legitimate, and how the United States is sabotaging the amicable resolution of the regional conflict. Bylined by the Washington Bureau Chief of the publication William Jones, the article noted that Washington did not sign the UN Law of the Sea Convention, but elaborated its unilateral "freedom of navigation policy" out of the country's own selfish interests. The policy effectively allows the US Navy to sail wherever and whenever it wants, unimpeded by any treaty, which essentially making US military vessels a modern form of "gunboat diplomacy", wrote Jones.
It denounced Western media for depicting China's claims to the Nansha and Xisha Islands as a Chinese "power grab", arguing that for most of China's history, these claims have never been contested.
Throughout the region's history, extensive activities by Chinese on the islands were present, including fishing and planting, and some Chinese even lived on the islands for years. Jones also argued that Chinese possession of the islands would have a beneficial effect on navigation in the region. Jones believed that countries in the region had a path to peaceful resolution to the conflicts of their territorial claims, but Washington was actively sabotaging the efforts.
The article highlighted the agreements between the countries of the region, encapsulated in the 2012 Declaration of Conduct signed by the members of ASEAN and the government of China.
Here is the $1.3 billion plant that Tianjin Pipe Corporation (TPCO ) is building near Corpus Christi, Texas. The plant is expected to supply pipe for the massive Eagle Ford Shale formation in south Texas, which energy observers think may contain as much as 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 3 billion barrels of oil.
Despite the downturn in energy prices in the last two years, Kurtz said TPCO hasn't delayed or canceled the project.
When the project was unveiled five years ago, the labor market in the area was different from now.
Chinese employers with a shortage of highly skilled workers have opened their doors wider to foreign talent. Ashley Sutcliffe (left), public relations manager at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, one of China’s biggest private carmakers, holds a discussion session with his colleagues in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, on Friday.
The trend is being spurred by a new government manpower policy that encourages companies to hire directly from the international market.
Major international headhunting companies have benefited from the change, seeing robust growth in such business in recent years, a China Daily investigation has found. Spring Professional, a subsidiary of leading human resources company Adecco Group, has operated on the Chinese mainland for more than 10 years.
It says that in the past three years, its annual revenue in China has grown by between 70 and 100 percent, thanks to the growing demand from Chinese companies for international staff. Robert Parkinson, CEO and founder of RMG Selection, another international human resources company that focuses on China, said its annual placement for foreigners in Chinese companies has doubled in four years. Parkinson said the demand for skilled technical foreign talent is growing as China moves from low-cost manufacturing to more diversified innovative business.
Business for international recruiters is poised to continue soaring after the government pledged to introduce more overseas talent for pillar industries during the 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-20), with "the market playing the leading role", instead of government-initiated recruitment. China targets top overseas talent, including professionals in innovation, breakthrough technologies and new industries, as well as scientists in strategic sectors. Audrey Deng, a recruitment manager with more than eight years' experience, said six automobile clients have created more than 80 new positions, mainly for leading experts from countries including the United States, Germany and Japan. Christine Raynaud, Greater China CEO for Morgan Philips Group, a global recruitment company, said that despite the growing demand, international recruitment is difficult for local and foreign companies in China. Raynaud said the internet could speed up the screening process, but when it comes to the final interview, only professional human resources experts can judge whether candidates are suitable. Backed by international resources and professional experts worldwide, recruitment firms are expected to bridge the gap. Nearly 60 percent of working mothers in China don't want to have a second child, according to a report on the nation's career women. It comes as Sunday marked the first Mother's Day following the relaxation of the four-decade family planning policy in January to allow all couples to have a second child.
Asked why they don't want to have a child, more than 56 percent of interviewees cited the cost.
More than 70 percent said they would not consider leaving their jobs to become mothers, while only 18.53 percent said they would take this into account. Wang Yixin, a senior consultant at Zhaopin, said most career women think it is impossible to live solely on their husbands' paychecks. Peng Xi, 29, a marketing employee for a pharmaceutical company, has been married for two years and still hasn't decided whether to have a child. Peng is also worried about losing promotion opportunities, a concern shared by many women worldwide. Such cases taken up last year by Chinese embassies and consulates as well as the Foreign Ministry's Center for Consular Assistance and Protection reached nearly 87,000. They involved about 96,000 Chinese citizens and 1,928 deaths, the ministry said in a report, adding that the security situation for Chinese abroad is still "complicated and severe". The figures show a significant increase from 2014, when about 60,000 cases were reported, involving some 73,000 Chinese.
There was also an increase in the number of Chinese students abroad in such cases - with 6,000 involved last year, compared with just 932 in 2014. More than 523,000 Chinese studied abroad last year, an increase of about 14 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Education. Ren Yuanzhe, associate professor in the Department of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Management at China Foreign Affairs University, said cases of Chinese students being deceived, injured or even killed abroad require such students to be vigilant over their safety, while Chinese embassies and consulates should provide better services for them.
The Foreign Ministry said the safety of Chinese people in Africa needs to be watched, as more and more Chinese businesses are setting up there.
Yang Guang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of West Asian and African Studies, said the number of Chinese doing business in Africa is growing fast, while the governance of some African countries is too weak to provide a safe environment. Yang added that Chinese companies in Africa should develop relations with local communities by contributing to community development. Asia contributed to more than half of the cases last year, with 37 percent of all the cases reported from Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Singapore - countries that have increasing numbers of Chinese tourists. The largest proportion of cases involved those in which people were barred from entry or exit, followed by cases concerning security, and business and labor disputes. Chinese mainland residents last year made a record 128 million visits abroad, the Foreign Ministry said.
Ren said the increase in consular protection and assistance cases is a natural reflection of the rapid growth in Chinese going abroad and their stronger need for improved and diversified consular services.
Kim emphasized that the DPRK will not resort to nuclear weapons first unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by hostile forces with nuclear arms, the report said. He made the remarks in a report delivered at a national congress of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, the first in 36 years. Kim stressed that the Party has worked hard to implement the strategy of pushing forward economic growth and nuclear development at the same time. At a plenary meeting of the Party's Central Committee in March 2013, Kim put forward the "Line of Byungjin" (Line of Parallel Development) to simultaneously push forward economic growth and bolster nuclear capability. The strategy is said to be a further development of concurrent growth of national defense and the economy, which was introduced by late leader Kim Il-sung, the younger Kim's grandfather. Kim also said, "We see the need to have dialogue and talks" between the military officials of the DPRK and the ROK. The Republic of Korea on Sunday rejected the dialogue offer, saying the proposal is merely a propaganda drive with no authenticity as the DPRK continues to develop its nuclear program.
Wang Junsheng, an assistant researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' National Institute of International Strategy, said the ROK's reaction is "reasonable", but it is unrealistic to set denuclearization as a premise for talks. Yang Xiyu, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said, "Compared to when the DPRK had been vowing a pre-emptive threat by nuclear weapons not long ago, Kim's statement is obviously a positive change. Many have imputed evil motives to Baidu, whose clients can pay to raise the visibility of products or services online. If the doctors lied, or failed to inform Wei about the risks, or if the clinic billed him improperly or violated government regulations, then a serious breach of ethics was committed, and perhaps a crime. Google has its little yellow "Ad" boxes to distinguish paid items from organic search results. A friend of mine at Google said company policy about identifying paid advertising is extremely strict, bordering on "religious zeal".
More broadly, internet service providers in the US enjoy wide immunity from claims of false advertising or libel unless they played a direct role in the creation of the message or failed to exercise reasonable care. The stand sells more than 600 newspapers and periodicals every morning and is believed to be the first of its kind in the capital. China's newspapers are feeling the pressure of the market reforms they are more used to chronicling than confronting.
In the digital era, newspapers are facing tough times, with a growing number of people turning to tablets or smartphones for information. The latest survey on reading habits from the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication showed 70 percent of adult respondents read online last year, while the proportion was less than 25 percent in 2009.
Feeling the chill, a lot of popular publications are reducing their printed pages and turning to internet tools such as developing news apps and promoting their own social media accounts on services like Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-like site, to attract readers.
China's exports grew 4.1 percent on a year-on-year basis in April in yuan-dominated terms, indicating the country's new growth model has not been dragged down by the ongoing global economy's slowdown, trade experts said on Sunday. Lu Feng, a professor at the National School of Development of Peking University, said the government's policies, including export market-oriented reforms and middle- and long-term plans to develop new industries and products, have pushed Chinese companies, especially from the private sector, to ship more of their products to global markets in the past two months. China's largest trade fair - the China Import and Export Fair, known as the Canton Fair - concluded its 119th session in Guangdong province last week, with deals signed there adding to signs of improvement in Chinese exports. Denis Depoux, vice-president of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants for Asia, said from a long-term perspective, made-in-China products in global markets would become less labor-intensive to make and easily serviceable, as well as having more sophisticated technical content.
Termination of the Chinese military's commercial activities will strongly lessen incentives for military-related corruption while consolidating the PLA's combat capability, military experts said.
The closure of the PLA's businesses would focus all of its concentration on honing combat readiness, he said. On Saturday, the PLA and the Armed Police Force selected 17 units to be the first to close their commercial activities such as housing rentals, medical services and hospitality. The move came after the death of Wei Zexi, a young university student who received experimental cancer treatment at a military hospital in Beijing, triggering a huge public outcry. General Zhao Keshi, head of the Central Military Commission's Logistical Support Department, said on Saturday that the chosen units are tasked with exploring effective ways to shut down businesses.
In March, the Central Military Commission ordered the PLA and the APF to end all commercial activities within three years. Gong said commercial activities usually exist in military hospitals, performance groups and publishing houses, major targets of the ongoing troop cuts announced by President Xi Jinping in September. Armed Police Force officers help evacuate stranded local people in the wake of a massive landslide which trapped more than 40 people in Sanming, Fujian province, on Sunday. The landslide occurred at about 5am on Sunday in Sanming, central Fujian, when 100,000 cubic meters of rocks and mud flowed downhill, burying a station office and the construction workers' dormitory at the site, according to Xinhua report.
A team that includes about 100 firefighters and professional rescuers, 60 medical personnel and more than 300 local officials and residents has been mobilized, and rescue and detection equipment is being used, local authorities said on Sunday afternoon.
After the accident, President Xi Jinping urged local governments and departments to make all-out efforts to search for the buried and missing people, as well as requiring proper treatment for the injured and condolences for relatives. Premier Li Keqiang issued written instructions that called for strengthening monitoring and safety checks against hidden perils in surrounding areas to prevent secondary disasters.
The Ministry of Land and Resources dispatched a work team, joined by specialists from the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, to Fujian to lead and instruct the rescue work. However, the continuing downpour, instability of mountain terrain and boulder obstacles are causing problems for the rescue efforts, said Guo Weihong, commissar of a municipal firefighting troop working on the site. According to the CCTV report, an 86-member team from a local garrison of the armed forces, with heavy equipment, and two expert rescue crews from Beijing and nearby Anhui province were on their way to the site Sunday evening.
The heavy downpours, which unleashed 191.6 millimeters of rain in 24 hours starting on Saturday, contributed to the landslide, according to local officials.
Heavy rain will continue to sweep South China in the next two days, the National Meteorological Center forecast on Sunday, saying torrential rain will hit the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian and Zhejiang as well as Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Parts of those regions were to see thunderstorms or hail from Sunday to Monday morning while the rain was to spread southward without signs of relenting, the center said.
Meteorologists warned the public to stay away from mountainous areas and river valleys as floods, mudslides and rock flows are possible.
Chen Zhongwei, 60, the recently retired director of the executive department of stomatology (oral health) of Guangdong General Hospital, was attacked at home on Thursday by a patient he had treated 25 years ago. The 47-year-old suspect surnamed Liu followed Chen home, attacked him and then committed suicide by jumping off a balcony at Chen's home, according to the police. Chen's colleagues told Beijing Times that the assailant stabbed the doctor more than 30 times. In April, the attacker had stopped Chen at the entrance to the residential compound for the hospital's staff, demanding compensation for tooth discoloration after surgery Chen had conducted 25 years ago, according to a statement by the hospital. The provincial commission of health and family planning issued an urgent notice on Friday to strengthen security at hospitals and surrounding areas, especially at living quarters.
The commission is requiring hospitals to immediately go through their lists of medical disputes and make a timely report to local health authorities and police of those in which complainants may have demonstrated an inclination toward attacking doctors.
Hundreds of people spontaneously gathered at a plaza near Guangdong General Hospital on Saturday night to mourn Chen with candles and flowers.


A student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical medicine who declined to give her name said the incident did make her worry about personal safety, though she said she is still passionate about working as a doctor to help those in need.
Take a look around any college lecture hall or company boardroom in China today and you'll see far more women than you would have 25 years ago. Despite a growing number of Chinese women studying science disciplines at all academic levels, relatively few are actually going on to have careers in the field, let alone heading up major government-funded projects.
Insiders say female scientists are still hindered by social and cultural factors that women in other fields have largely been able to overcome, with the biggest hurdles undoubtedly related to starting a family. This can in part be attributed to the fact that postgraduate degree holders don't start their career until their late 20s, which is about the time most Chinese women have their first child (the average age was 28 in the 2010 national census). Funding for scientific research is often time-sensitive, so losing a team member can be a major blow if it delays a project. Li, who was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in December, has juggled her acclaimed scientific career with being a doting mother, but it has not been easy. She says this is not because women are less competent or qualified, but because they tend to be more easily affected by social factors than men. The situation of potential discrimination could be further compounded by the government's decision to ease its decadeslong family planning policy and allow all couples to have two children, Li suggests. Li Na, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and applied mathematics at Harvard University, says Chinese women in many professions face a similar dilemma. She proposes that the authorities cut maternity leave to three months, as well as make it easier for certain parents to use childcare services by offering subsidies.
In October, the South African Academy of Science released a report on a survey of 69 national science academies - believed to be the first of its kind - that found only 12 percent of all members are women. Jin Feng, a researcher with the Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites, says of the 70 people in her department, 20 are women. Yet the 32-year-old, who is a specialist in electromagnetic fields and microwave technology, says things have definitely improved over the years. She cites stories heard from female colleagues around in the 1970s and 1980s who told her that, back then, research facilities lacked even basic amenities for the few women there were.
As a result, women were usually not given senior posts that required a lot of traveling, as they were unable to share accommodation with men, which was inconvenient and ultimately pushed up costs.
Most facilities have been updated to make it easier for female scientists, but Jin says some outdated attitudes have lingered. Women have proved they have the brains for any task: they have outnumbered men at China's universities since 2009 and at its graduate schools since 2010, according to data from the Education Ministry.
Once almost entirely focused on the liberal arts, such as languages, in the early 2000s female students began to major in male-dominated fields like business administration, sciences, engineering and technology. Today, women account for roughly 40 percent of the 70 million or so sci-tech workers in China, according to the China Women's Association for Science and Technology. However, compared with the business world, women in science still have a way to go to catch up with their male counterparts. According to the 2016 survey of Chinese mainland companies by Grant Thornton, the multinational accounting firm, 30 percent of all senior executives are female, higher than the global average (24 percent). Academic studies suggest this could be down to women being given extra credit when they show leadership skills. For one study, Klodiana Lanaj at the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration and John R. The results proved a countervailing bias, showing that when women exhibited good organization, coordination and problem-solving skills they were rated higher than men who demonstrated the exact same qualities.
Li at Tsinghua University argues, however, that such a trend has yet to reach the world of science. Behind the graceful demeanor of this award-winning scientist is someone who is recognized as one of the fiercest warriors in the laboratory. Chen, a professor at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in northeastern China, has had some high-profile victories.
In 2013, after the outbreak of H7N9, a deadly strain of avian flu, her team collected more than 1,000 samples from markets, water sources and poultry farms around Shanghai.
In March Chen was among the five winners of L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award this year for "her outstanding research into the biology of the flu virus, leading to the development and use of an effective vaccine". The award is given to the world's most influential female scientists and carries with it a $100,000 grant for each laureate.
Earlier, she was also named among the "top 10 scientists who matter" by Nature magazine for her cutting-edge research in animal virology. Her research team has now established a "complete bird flu vaccine development platform" that will make it easier to control any new strains, she says.
Chen, who heads China's National Avian Reference Laboratory, is also known for her experiments to engineer hybrid flu viruses, such as by mixing genes from the H5N1 and H1N1 strains to prove that mutations can spread through the air between guinea pigs. Since 2004, about 140 billion doses of flu vaccine have been given to poultry in China, as well as several other countries, she says.
Elizabeth Blackburn, joint winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and head of this year's For Women in Science Award jury, says Chen's achievements are an example of "science with the greatest quality and greatest importance" because "her research prevents epidemics". Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L'Oreal, also spoke highly of Chen and her peers at the award ceremony in March. After such plaudits, it is strange to hear Chen say she was originally hesitant to enter the field of veterinary medicine - largely because a neighbor in her childhood home in the northwestern province of Gansu had told her "a veterinarian's main job is to castrate animals". Outside the laboratory, she is also a wife and mother of a son, although her time at home is limited. Since September, he had spent more than 200,000 yuan ($31,000) on a type of immunotherapy at the Second Hospital of the Beijing Armed Police Corps, which he was recommended while searching for the disease on Baidu.
Its commercial content should be no more than 30 percent on each Web page, the ruling said. It will also place clear disclaimers on advertisements so that online searchers can tell them from natural search results. Medical-related paid promotions are a problem for Baidu, and if they are not completely cut out, this will rekindle concerns for the company's business, Tian added.
Anyone suspected of violating the law will be transferred to judicial authorities, according to the investigation result. When I opened my eyes again, I was already pinned under iron sheets and girders," Yang told China News Agency. The city's free trade zone has introduced a much-reduced negative list for foreign investment, which has cut special administrative measures by more than one-third.
In the free trade zone, more than 100 new measures have been implemented and international trade has its own channel. Both foreign trade growth and overseas investment have declined, due in part to weakening international demand and China's business environment. Her mother, who lives with my uncle's family, was relieved of her cooking duties when they realized Grandma was either adding too much salt or none at all in the kitchen. Parents like mine who worry about becoming a burden to their children prefer to return to their former places of work when they are sick.
Sadly, although China is estimated to have 10 million elderly people with some form of dementia, it's still hard to find effective treatment, and even harder, a proper place where they can be cared for. The inspector is required to report any bullying to the school and to the local education inspection department. If a crime is involved, the staff should report it to the public security department and cooperate with officers in filing a case.
It also asked that the work evaluation of local education and school officials be partially based on students' results. It announced its delisting plan in March, and Reuters reported on Wednesday that Dalian Wanda is considering a backdoor listing in Shanghai.
Many Chinese relics and remains have been found there, including the remains of temples, the article said. It is expected to create 600 jobs and generate $2 .7 billion in economic activity for the area in a decade. That turned out to be one of the advantages that helped Corpus Christi secure the TPCO project.
It will take scrap steel and metal and turn it into 500,000 metric tons of seamless pipe each year.
Now, more than 60 percent of our business has shifted to searching for international candidates for Chinese employers," said Xiao Lirong, director for Beijing and Shanghai at Spring Professional.
State companies have traditionally relied on government agencies to introduce overseas talent. Now, Chinese companies increasingly need technical experts," Parkinson said, adding that this business will continue to grow. Last year alone, China manufactured 379,000 such vehicles, a fourfold increase year-on-year, which has demonstrated the shortage of overseas talent. They fear that if they stop working, they will become isolated from a dynamic society and lose their career prospects," Wang said.
It is not just about maternity leave - a female employee might only get back to work three to five years after having her first child. Chinese embassies and consulates should improve their service, and companies should prepare themselves with emergency plans, so that they won't be caught off guard," he said.
I added that to illustrate a point about Chinese internet search giant Baidu and its connection to the death of 21-year-old student Wei Zexi, who had a rare form of cancer for which he desperately sought a cure. Even an old-fashioned newspaper charges more for an advertisement on its front page than for Page 20.
It might be helpful for China to clarify how its own strict laws apply to online search results.
During President Xi Jinping's visit to People's Daily in February, he sent greetings for the Lantern Festival through its micro blog, WeChat accounts and app for portable devices.
The corruption case of Gu Junshan and those of other senior officers were closely connected to their involvement in businesses," said Senior Colonel Gong Fangbin, a political education researcher at PLA National Defense University, referring to Gu, former deputy head of the PLA's logistics authority, imprisoned in a embezzlement and bribery case.
It told units to stop signing new contracts and to negotiate with civilian clients to try to cancel existing ones. We are clearing the road to bring in more rescue forces while searching the site," he was quoted as saying by China Central Television on Sunday afternoon.
Plus, in China, employers are responsible for covering maternity pay, not social insurance, and there may not be enough surplus funds to hire a temporary replacement.
According to estimates by Wang Zhizhen, a biophysicist and a fellow member of the CAS, women account for only 8 to 10 percent of China's science professors, and just 5 percent of principal investigators leading national-level research projects.
This compares with 10 percent in Europe and the United States, although both have much smaller populations. Meanwhile, only 16 percent of enterprises did not have women in their top management layer, down from 25 percent a year earlier.
Hollenbeck at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business recruited 181 MBA students in the US, of which 28 percent were women.
The data not only proved the virus could spread from birds to humans, but was also used to create a vaccine that has prevented countless infections worldwide.
It means a lot," Chen told China Central Television, the state broadcaster, shortly after accepting her prize at a ceremony in Paris. This work demonstrated the threats posed by emerging strains and led to her developing two new vaccines to prevent potential epidemics.
It was something that had troubled us for some time and we all had hard time accepting: My mother might have symptoms of dementia. Perhaps they had got used to living by themselves since my sister and I left for college decades ago.
Also last year, a video clip showing schoolgirls slapping, kicking and beating another schoolgirl in Jiangxi province went viral online, triggering a widespread discussion of campus bullying. Area economic development officials said they hope the facility will bring in additional Chinese and foreign investment to the area. Ground breaking for the facility, which is located in the town of Gregory outside of Corpus Christi, occurred in 2011. Training programs were set up at the nearby Del Mar Community College and the Craft Training Center for the Coastal Bend.
Other concerns included career risks, the pain of childbirth and little faith in their marriages.
I looked at the menu and talked to the cook, who promised he could prepare the world's ultimate burrito. That triggered a frenzy of innuendo in the media recently, implying that Wei's death was somehow Baidu's fault. He found the clinic in a Baidu search, but then he consulted a doctor who persuaded him to undergo an experimental procedure.
After that, single women, especially those with advanced degrees and higher incomes, can struggle to find partners. They were organized into teams of five, including at least one woman, and after six weeks were asked to rate each other in terms of leadership. Senile dementia carries a stigma in China, as its Chinese equivalent laonian chidai literally translates to "elderly, stupid, demented".



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