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.
The nation's three telecom carriers, China Mobile Communications, China United Network Communications Group and China Telecommunications Corp, said that they are carrying out real-name registration and will firmly implement the system. Forty million people have redone their registration since last year, and 92 percent of phone users across the country are covered, an official from the ministry was quoted as saying by the People's Posts and Telecommunications News.
Moreover, mobile payment applications Alipay and WeChat wallet are gearing up to encourage users to do real name registration as required by July 1. Alipay, the dominant online payment system in China, said the registration process will make the payment system safer and more convenient. Zhu Mingguo, former top political adviser in Guangdong province, admitted to taking bribes and pleaded guilty in an open trial in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Wednesday.
Chinese and British companies are closely and successfully engaging in projects linked to the Belt and Road initiative, demonstrating the compatibility of Chinese and UK expertise across the globe, a report said.
More than 27,000 people have been displaced in the province following heavy rains in the past week. Authorities in the autonomous region plan to recruit more than 11,000 teachers from around the country to ease a teacher shortage. A two-day Naadam fair featuring ethnic Mongolian sports events kicked off on Wednesday at a college in the autonomous region. The ladder is a chain of 17 smaller ladders tied together, some even perpendicular and fixed to the cliff with steel bars or timbers.
Chen Jigu, one of the villagers, said the ladder is as old as the village, maybe hundreds of years.
When a villager is too sick to climb down the mountain, a person must tie him or her onto their back to get down the cliff with the help of two other villagers. Api Jiti, Party chief of Atuler village, said: "It is impossible to build a school on the mountaintop because the area is too small. Jike Jinsong, an official at the Zhaojue county government, said: "It will cost about 60 million yuan to build a road connecting Atuler and two other remote villages. Jike said it is unrealistic to relocate the village down the mountain because their land is on the mountain and the villagers will lose it if they move to other places, where the land belongs to other villages.
After the Beijing News reported the children's dangerous school journey on Tuesday, Lin Shucheng, Party chief of the prefecture, promised to build a makeshift steel ladder to replace the rattan ladder as soon as possible to ensure the safety of the villagers. The government will later invite experts to discuss how to solve the poverty and transportation problem, Lin said. Ke Lage, Party chief of Zhaojue county, said the government is considering attracting investors to turn the ethnic culture and picturesque scenery in the mountains into a tourist attraction. Researchers have confirmed that snow leopards live in areas south and north of Qinghai Lake in Northwest China's Qinghai province.
The animals' presence had been rumored but was never proved, as experts have tried to understand the distribution range and habitat selection patterns of the rare big cat. The new finding was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society of China, which did not reveal specific locations in a bid to protect the snow leopards.
Liang Xuchang, the project officer with the Changtang Program of WCS China, said researchers sighted snow leopards in Area A and found evidence of them - hours-old footprints-in Area B. Liang said the new findings will offer basic information for people studying snow leopards and attempting to protect them. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed the snow leopard, known as the "ghost of the mountains", on its Red List of Threatened Species as globally endangered. George Schaller, a senior conservationist with the WCS, said China still boasts the largest population of the animal by far. Conservationists have called for a national survey to be conducted on snow leopards to provide a basis for their research.
Gao Yufang, executive director of the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center in the Tibet autonomous region, estimates there are between 2,000 and 2,500 snow leopards in China. The survey, published by consulting firm OC&C this week, found that hotpot is China's favorite food.
A total of 2,600 people surveyed in 21 Chinese cities in February placed domestic hotpot chain Haidilao at the top of the list of the country's 10 favorite restaurants.
Others that made the top 10 included foreign fast-food chains KFC and McDonald's, as well as casual dining spots Pizza Hut and TGI Friday's. Hotpot was originally eaten to stave off the winter cold but has become a favorite year-round food in China. Data from Euromonitor International showed that seven of China's top 15 full-service restaurant chains specialize in hotpot. Stephen Dutton, an analyst with Euromonitor International, wrote in a recent research note that hotpot restaurants have become omnipresent nationwide, serving as go-to places for social events and adapted for regional preferences.
Much of hotpot's popularity, Dutton said, comes from the participatory nature of the cooking process and time available for socializing. To illustrate how leading restaurants go the extra mile, the OC&C report recounted how the staff at a famous hotpot chain offered to leave the restaurant to buy ice cream that wasn't on the menu for diners. According to Euromonitor, full-service restaurants accounted for 75 percent of China's food service sector by value.
The implication for foreign brands trying to make a mark in China's food-service sector, OC&C said, is to localize their offerings to suit Chinese tastes - a practice that has brought rewards to Pizza Hut and KFC in China. This snow leopard was sighted by researchers, confirming that the endangered species lives in areas south and north of Qinghai Lake in Qinghai province. Almost half of the high school students polled in China said their online passwords had been obtained illegally by others, much higher than in the United States, Japan and South Korea. The survey, which focused on the safety of high school students, was conducted by research institutes in the four countries. South Korea had the largest proportion of high school students (34 percent) saying they had been hurt by malicious remarks online. In the US, being intimidated, having personal photos or videos spread online without permission and being attacked by groups online are major problems facing high school students, according to the survey.
The survey also found that Chinese high school students were more frequently exposed to other types of cyberassaults such as receiving sham payment requests online and being swindled while shopping online. However, only 62 percent of Chinese high school students said they had ever been taught about cyberspace safety - the lowest proportion among the four countries.
Sun Hongyan, a researcher at the China Youth and Children Research Center, the institute that led the multinational survey in China, said young people's safety in cyberspace hasn't attracted enough attention.
A report released last year by the China Internet Network Information Center showed that China had 670 million Internet users as of June. Zhang Xudong, another researcher at the center, attributed the frequent occurrence of online infringement in China to the absence of related laws, as well as people's weak awareness of cyberspace safety. Benefiting from China's strategy to boost the development of South Jiangsu National Innovation Demonstration Zone, Suzhou Industrial Park has promoted independent brands and encouraged innovative startups in recent years. The park has ranked first in Jiangsu province for eight consecutive years for science and technology innovation. There were 147 newly registered high-tech investment projects at the park in the first quarter of 2016, and 837 million yuan in fixed asset investment was attracted to the park. Trade volume of technology reached 189 million yuan during the same period, and there were 701 newly licensed patents. According to SIP's Technology and Information Bureau, the park has been remarkably successful in both attracting talents and boosting three emerging industries. Attracting and training talents is a core strategy of the park as it looks to upgrade and enhance innovative development among enterprises. To date, 135 employees at the park have been selected through China's 1,000 Talent Plan, the country's leading professional program and a subprogram of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts; 137 have been awarded the status of Dual Creative Talents of Jiangsu Province, and the education level of talents with a junior college-level education or higher hit 40 percent, ranking the first among all industrial parks around China. The park started the Leading Technology Talent Project in 2007, which has selected hundreds of talents.
First, the overall quality of the project was improved, and six talents selected through the project won prizes in technology startup contests. Second, the park is focusing on the undoubted potential of three emerging industries: biological medicine, nanotechnology, and cloud computing, and more than 80 percent of companies in the park are in these three industries. Third, the park's favorable policies and enterprise climate mean that a number of high-level overseas talents have moved to the park. The park also made some major amendments to its tech talent project in 2016, which was opened for applications in January.
SIP has seized the opportunities created by both changes in global industrial trends and the production value of biological medicine, nanotechnology, and the cloud computing industry. The park attracted 500 million yuan of investment in nanotechnology, increasing 11 percent during the first quarter this year. The park has about 700 biological medicine companies, including some with core proprietary intellectual property rights and strong market competitiveness. The production value of the biological medicine industry in the park reached 11.7 billion yuan during the first quarter, increasing 25 percent compared with last year. Meanwhile, more companies achieved breakthroughs in developing innovative products: 29 different medicines have been issued new drug clinical licenses.
The park now also owns 31 licenses for medical device production, and 28 companies own medical equipment product registration permits.
DAAN incubator, established by DAAN Gene Co Ltd opened in the park on March 26, and aims to attract outstanding biological medicine enterprises and startup projects and provide them with startup guidance and a compete incubation and investment service. The park has also opened centers for hosting cooperation forums, including Lengquangang Asian Conference Center, which opened in April 2010.
Roughly 70 international high-end academic conferences have been held at the center, attracting more than 11,000 scientists from more than 60 countries and regions. SIP has attracted 600 companies from the cloud computing and big data industries, with over 50,000 employees. Suzhou Industrial Park will continue to encourage the development of innovative industries as it strives to become a world-class high-tech industrial park.

The park will aim to maintain the current annual GDP increase of 30 percent in the three emerging industries, and create over 300 billion yuan of production value by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20). The park will also continue to attract innovative talents and encourage colleges, research institutions and domestic and international enterprises to set up research centers in the industrial park. Finally, the park will continue to ofer top-notch services to enterprises and will upgrade its financial services information system and technology data center.
A view of Suzhou Industrial Park, which ranks the first among China's industrial development zones in terms of its development strength.
The role of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in China's Belt and Road Initiative will be highlighted at the ninth Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum that opens on Thursday in Nanning, the capital. The event is an international forum that aims to promote economic development among China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and to boost cooperation among the countries in Pan-Beibu Gulf region. The theme of this year's forum is "Cooperation in the Pan-Beibu Gulf and together building the Belt and Road". This year's forum will advance the connections among port cities in China and ASEAN countries and push forward Sino-ASEAN land and maritime cooperation. It will also look to boost Pan-Beibu Gulf cooperation and the construction of the Sino-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor.
The Beibu Gulf is a half-closed peninsular in the northwest area of the South China Sea, linking Guangxi, Hainan province and Vietnam, and Guangxi aims to be a vital bridge connecting the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. Li Yanqiang, deputy director of the administrative committee of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone said compared with the previous forums, the forum this year has a more specific focus and a more practical agenda: It will demonstrate the important role Guangxi plays in the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to establish six major economic corridors, including a Sino-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor.
It is sponsored by China's National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Customs, Development Research Center of the State Council, National Tourism Administration, People's Bank of China, China Development Bank, and the governments of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Hainan province, as well as Thailand's Ministry of Commerce and the Asian Development Bank.
The authorities are working to eradicate duplication of official documents after two well-publicized cases highlighted a rising problem, report Cao Yin in Beijing and Qi Xin in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Thirty provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions are understood to be setting up a system to prevent identity theft in China.
The authorities are now acting to tighten up the system in the wake of two well-publicized cases that made national headlines after it was revealed that one woman's college place had been taken by an imposter, while another discovered that she had had no legal status, and therefore no access to benefits, for six years.
Wang Nana said the past year has been the most traumatic of her life, leaving her panic-stricken and with little hope. The problem began when the 33-year-old from Zhoukou, a city in the central province of Henan, applied for a bank loan. The mystery was solved when Wang discovered that someone else was using her identity, and had even taken her place at college in 2003.
According to the bank's credit check, Wang had graduated from the Zhoukou Vocational and Technical College in 2006, even though she had never attended the school. Liu Hongli, also from Zhoukou, was shocked to find that her hukou and identity card had been registered in Beijing without her knowledge, and that the police had failed to alert her to the fact her hukou had been nullified in 2010. Wang and Liu spent many hours traveling back and forth between their local public security bureau and related government offices to prove their identities, but now, both have some sort of closure. In Wang's case, three people suspected of fabricating fake identity certificates have been detained while investigations continue.
Legal professionals said that the cases were just the tip of an iceberg made possible by the country's poor management of identity security.
Although it is just a small piece of paper, the hukou certificate is far more than just proof of residence because it details a person's marital status, eligibility for unemployment benefit, health service status, education opportunities and pension. Moreover, experts say there is a huge difference between the benefits bestowed by rural and urban residence permits - for example, unemployment benefit is lower in rural areas. Ruan Chuansheng, a criminal lawyer in Shanghai, said that the fabrication of identities will only be eradicated through stricter law enforcement by public security departments and government offices. Wang lived an uneventful life until she discovered that someone had stolen her identity and taken her place at college. In fact, Wang had passed the college entrance exam, but the letter offering her a place at university in 2003 was intercepted by the father of another student, a girl called Zhang Yingying, who then attended college under Wang's name.
When the Zhoukou police investigated the case, they discovered that Wang's enrollment letter had not been delivered to her home in the city's Shenqiu county, but had instead been handed over to Zhang's father in nearby Shangshui county. When the investigators uncovered the fact that Zhang had failed the college entrance exam in 2003, her father, Zhang Heting, confessed that he had bribed the teacher in charge of mailing enrollment letters to obtain Wang's. Now, 13 people alleged to have been involved in the case have been detained, and three of them - those said to have fabricated false hukou certificates - are under further investigation. Since the case was resolved, the mother of two has regained her confidence and has studied the law related to identity issues. As a result of the case, Wang appeared on television many times, piquing the curiosity of her 7-year-old daughter.
Now, 13 years after her name was stolen, Wang still wants to study at university and is determined to fulfill her ambition.
In late September, Liu and her husband tried to buy a car, but she was told that her identity information was incorrect.
In 2005, a woman surnamed Cheng transferred Liu's ID number and hukou certificate to the Dongcheng district of Beijing, which led to Liu's household registration in her hometown being nullified in 2010, according to a report issued by Beijing police on May 2. An investigation showed that having graduated from a vocational school in Henan in July 2004, Cheng had tried to find a job in Beijing, but her attempts were stymied by a ruling that all graduates of universities outside the capital must provide proof of a degree. With that in mind, one of Liu's colleagues, who was a friend of Cheng, borrowed Liu's graduation certificate issued by Henan University to help Cheng apply for a job in the capital. Once in possession of the certificate, Cheng's father used it to help his daughter find a job in Beijing and also "transferred" Liu's hukou and ID card to the capital. Later, when the authorities began a crackdown on ID fraud, they discovered the anomaly, but rather than investigating the case, the police in Beijing and Henan simply canceled Liu's hukou in Henan.
When the deception was uncovered, police in Beijing revoked Cheng's Beijing residency permit and issued Liu with a new one on April 30.
The police said investigations are ongoing and suitable punishments are being considered for the police officers involved. Ruan, the criminal lawyer, said that he had encountered similar cases when dealing with unrelated legal issues for clients in the provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu. He said incorrect and duplicated identity information is a result of the unregulated nature of work in the public security departments. Under the current Criminal Law, anyone who fabricates false certificates faces between three and 10 years in prison.
In addition, some residents purchase fake identities in the slim hope that they will not be detected, "which must be avoided", he said. In China, if a person spends their entire life working in a big city such as Beijing but does not have a permit to live there permanently, he or she can only collect their pension in the place where their household is registered. A police officer surnamed Hu is responsible for household registration affairs in Shanghai.
She confirmed that public security departments do not update information relating to residents' hukou or ID unless a person applies to make an amendment, which is why some people do not realize that their ID cards or hukou certificates have been duplicated or even nullified.
She suggested that people should double-check the reputations of any third-party agencies with which they have dealings, and urged residents to think before handing over sensitive documents such as ID cards and hukou certificates to ascertain what they will be used for.
Now, some businesses, including banks, are exploring the use of biometric information, such as fingerprints, to verify people's identities, which Hu said would be a good way of reducing the number of imposters. For Ruan, the criminal lawyer, the problem lies in the wide gap between rural and urban areas in terms of the benefits provided by a residency certificate: "To eradicate the problem in the long run, we will have to narrow the gap between the urban and rural areas in many spheres, such as providing equal access to education and social benefits.
Situations in which residents must have hukou, also known as a household registration certificate.
Beijing residents can purchase lower-price or affordable housing from restricted stock, while people without hukou can only buy commercial residential properties. Beijing residents can attend less-expensive public kindergartens and do not need to pay extra fees to attend the best middle and high schools. Beijing residents can obtain maternity insurance that is not available to some people without hukou.
Wang Yang could never have imagined the role he would play in China's manned space exploration program when he landed a job at a factory in Shenyang, Liaoning province, 31 years ago. Even now, when the taciturn 50-year-old lathe worker sees pictures of Shenzhou spacecraft on the television he only tells his wife these simple words: "There are some parts on it that were made by me". Born in 1966 as the youngest child of two space industry workers in Shenyang, Wang was employed in 1986 by the Shenyang Xinguang Factory, now called Shenyang Aerospace Xinguang Group, after serving three years with the People's Liberation Army. Aspiring to becoming a lathe master, Wang was apprenticed to Qi Jianguo, who was a top lathe operator at the factory, for more than two years.
In 1997, five years after China commenced its manned space program, Shenyang Aerospace Xinguang was designated as the developer and manufacturer of one of 10 key components to be used on the nation's future Shenzhou spacecraft.
So, for more than two months, he spent almost all of his time making prototypes, conducting experiments and carrying out tests in front of his lathe.
It proved so successful that all such components for the next nine Shenzhou spacecraft were made by Wang.
Wang Jun, head of the company's labor union, said managers had considered promoting Wang to a managerial position several times, but the lathe worker chose to remain in his workshop. Zhang Yinhua, who is also a lathe worker at Shenyang Aerospace Xinguang, said Wang Yang had mentored 12 apprentices, including himself.
Wang Yang's helpfulness not only benefits his apprentices, it is also a boon to other workers at the company.
Wang Yang has also invented dozens of metal-processing techniques and holds three national patents. Wang Yang, a lathe worker at Shenyang Aerospace Xinguang Group, never expected he would make a contribution to China's space program. Three high school students from Hangzhou have been told to work on a local farm as part of their punishment for vandalizing a farmer's field of watermelons. A 17-year-old girl from Xichang has left home in a dispute with her father after he installed a video camera in her room so he could keep an eye on her. More than 2,000 kg of a shipment of live crayfish that was being transported by truck on May 21 were looted by villagers after the truck rolled over on a expressway in Wuhan.
A 59-year-old woman in Wuhan has won praise for her hard life in which she lived in a toilet and held down four jobs so she could afford to send her two sons to study at top universities.
A tourist from Liaoning province and a staff member at an animal park in Weihai were killed in a freak walrus attack on May 11.
A man who lost his cellphone found love when the person who picked it up and returned it turned out to be an old classmate.
An honest swimmer has returned a gold ring that had sunk to the bottom of the Yangtze River.
Photographers from 16 countries pose with their souvenir certificates at the launch ceremony of"2016 Foreign Photographers Focus on Beijing" on Monday.
China has revised its primary and secondary school textbooks to include more about ancient poetry and traditional culture.
Eighteen textbooks used by students from Hunan, Henan, Guangdong, Liaoning and other provincial-level regions, were revised in accordance with government guidelines. The revised textbooks for primary school now have 30 percent of their content related to traditional culture, while for secondary schools it increased to about 40 percent, Wang said.
Meanwhile, the revised textbooks will try to immerse students in traditional Chinese culture by putting emphasis on oral communication and writing ability. The updated textbooks will be used by more than 4 million students in the first and seventh grades across the country starting this fall, Wang said. Sun Shaozhen, a professor at the College of Chinese Language and Literature of Fujian Normal University, said the new textbooks will help inspire young people and give them a sense of national identity. The Chinese textbooks used in Beijing meet the standard, according to staff at the Research Institute of Education on Chinese Language under Beijing Normal University, which is responsible for compiling those Chinese textbooks. Yang Zhenchao, deputy governor of Anhui province, is under investigation for "serious violations of Party discipline", a term often used in reference to corruption, according to the top anti-graft watchdog.
Beijing has identified a second case of a person arriving in the country with the Zika virus.
The number of wild giant pandas in the province has risen in the past decade, according to figures released on Tuesday by the provincial forestry department.
Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, has rolled out a series of measures to protect the city's historic villages, local officials said on Tuesday. In recent years, the regional government has vowed to turn Lhasa into one of China's special cultural heritage sites, and it's becoming a world tourism destination. According to local officials, the protection of ancient villages is urgent, considering the fast speed of urbanization and the increasing conflicts between construction and protection interests. Karma Dzondru, a resident of Lhasa's Barkor Ancient Street, said he was pleased to see the government renovating the ancient street without losing its original appearance. In the aftermath of a BrokerCheck study that concluded 1 in 13 advisors have tainted histories, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to disclose plans for curtailing broker misconduct. In the most recent Eaton Vance Advisor Top-Of-Mind Index study, more than half of advisors surveyed said their concerns over market volatility have increased in the past 12 months. Brilliance isn’t essential for successful financial professionals and, if anything, can be a characteristic that makes employees hard to manage, says David Rubenstein, founder of private equity advisor The Carlyle Group. Advisory firms often focus on training their sales reps and ensuring that advertising and web campaigns target appropriate customers. Changes to forms 1099-R and 5498 that require IRA custodians to disclose hard-to-value assets in IRAs could lead to the Internal Revenue Service increasing its enforcement of required minimum distributions. Present bias, or spending money now rather than saving, and failing to appreciate the power of compounded earnings has cost retirement savers $1.7 trillion. A lawsuit alleging that Edison International improperly favored high-fee funds for its 401(k) plan has been rejected by 9th U.S.
The Security and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee wants the regulator to mandate that standard fees be disclosed--in actual dollar amounts--on customer account statements. Morgan Stanley is building a help desk with more than 10 staffers who will answers questions from financial advisors about complying with the new retirement fiduciary rule. Even though markets have been calm recently, the large equity selloff in the second half of 2015 and in the early portion of 2016 illustrates how quickly investor sentiment can sour. Robo-advisor Betterment has raised another $100 million in venture capital and plans to use the funding to build out additional advice products.
The registered investment advisor community is quickly growing as clients increasingly prefer working with advisors who comply with the fiduciary standard, says Bill Van Law, president of Raymond James’s Investment Advisors Division. Advisors with the Certified Financial Planner distinction tend to have higher levels of trust among clients and earn, on average, 20% more than other advisors, according to a study funded by the CFP Board of Standards and conducted by the Aite Group. The Securities and Exchange Commission has created the office of Risk and Strategy to focus on examining investment advisors and mutual funds. Many Americans nearing retirement age are pursuing careers with a charitable or civic service nature, which is creating opportunities for financial planners. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to shift resources from broker exams to advisor exams has been driven by necessity, says Marc Wyatt, director of the examinations office. Among black working-age households, 62% have no savings in retirement accounts, while only 37% of working-age white households lack such savings, according to a National Institute on Retirement study. Individuals who are old enough to sneak past the recent termination deadline for using the file and suspend strategy that helps boost Social Security benefits are reportedly being told they are not allowed to use the strategy.
A study of retirement assets during the 2000s has concluded that retirees in the top quintile of wealth have been spending substantially less than their savings allows for. Funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Futures Trading Commission would be doubled by 2021 under the budget recently proposed by President Obama. President Obama’s proposed budget includes provisions that would increase the number of Americans covered by employer-sponsored retirement plans by expanding the use of multiple employer plans.
Bill McNabb, who is the chief of ETF giant The Vanguard Group is warning the industry that the large number of ETFs being launched could create problems for investors. The Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary standard could create a big increase in orphan accounts, which are accounts that end up being managed by home offices rather than by broker-dealers registered reps, says Paul Sankovich, chief compliance officer at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is investigating how robo advisors manage risk, says Dawn Calonge, surveillance director at the organization.
Deena Friedman, who skippered the Fidelity Select Retail Fund to an 18.59% return in 2015, has been selected by Bloomberg as the stock picker of the year.
Only one out of every five advisor recruits stays in the industry, but firms can take various steps to improve retention.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has fined Everhart Financial Group nearly $240,000 and ordered the advisory firm to appoint a chief compliance officer after the regulator determined that the company was inappropriately recommending funds with 12b-1 fees for retirement plans. With weakening economic growth in China and other concerns driving market volatility, billionaire investor George Soros says capital markets currently remind him of conditions that existed during the economic crisis of 2008. For financial advisory firms, implementing customer relationship management technology can be a high stakes and dicey undertaking.
Galen Marsh, who as a Morgan Stanley advisor downloaded client data to his home computer without permission, has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution.
Retirement plan fees are falling as 401(k) participants increasingly embrace low-cost products.
The proposed Department of Labor fiduciary standard could cost the financial industry in excessive of $2.4 billion in lost transaction revenues, which is more than double most estimates, says Morningstar Analyst Stephen Ellis. A small number of stocks including Amazon, General Electric, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook drove market gains in 2015.

Having $30,000 in student debt can cut as much as $325,000 from 401(k) balances by the time an individual reaches retirement. Only 64% of advisors responding to a recent Russell Investments Financial Professionals Outlook survey have a positive outlook for capital markets over the next three years. Online market gurus have been forecasting rapid growth of web surfers connecting to cyberspace with smartphones and tablets and a decrease in the use of desktops and laptops. Smart Beta exchange traded funds captured $3 billion in assets in October and $53.7 billion during the first ten months of this year, according to London-based research firm ETFGI. Despite occasional articles about advisors stealing from clients, only 2% of individual advisors have reported criminal charges such as felony convictions or investment related misdemeanors, according to an analysis of industry data by Big Crunch. Morgan Stanley advisors who land clients that need cash management services next year can receive bonuses up to $50,000. Susan Elizabeth Walker, 51, of Plymouth, Minnesota, has been sentenced to more than seven years in the slammer after being found guilty of stealing $1.1 million from at least 24 clients.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning regarding outsourced compliance programs based on deficiencies that it has uncovered during examinations. Providing low-cost tax return preparation to generate financial planning prospects is just one of a variety of successful strategies. During the past year, daily equity market declines and gains exceeding 1% have been common, with investor sentiment quickly changing based on the prevailing outlook for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. File and suspend, which allows one member of a couple to receive a spousal benefit from Social Security while both spouses’ benefits continue to accrue, would be terminated under the budget bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives.
Mounting levels of student debt and declining home ownership among younger people means that many recent college grads will have to work to age 75 before retiring. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards should be raising the requirements to become a certified financial planning. Periodically adjusting asset allocations based on expected returns of different asset classes can generate better returns than traditional target date funds, according to back testing completed by Grantham, May, van Otterloo.
Boston-based startup firm Gradifi has launched the Student Loan Paydown Plan, which allows business to make payments toward their employees’ student debt. Impact investors, or those investors seeking to invest in a socially responsible manner, don’t have to sacrifice returns to stay true to their calling, according to a new Wharton School study.
In the next five years, private wealth is estimated to grow from approximately $14 trillion to $22 trillion.
Traditional advisors can compete with robo-advisors by being prepared to answer tough questions about fees, understanding what services clients value, expanding their referral networks, and clearly articulating the range of services they provide. Advisors should ensure that female clients can find financial planning documents, such as life insurance policies in the event that they outlive their husbands. Advisors need to address frequently overlooked aspects of their digital branding to ensure that their reputation and marketing are assets rather than liabilities.
The Department of Labor is moving forward with a rule change intended to help states start retirement plans without running afoul of regulations included in the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act. Financial services firms are awaiting a list of products that the Department of Labor may restrict from being used in IRAs as part of its fiduciary standard rule. Investors younger than 40 ramped up stock purchases on August 24 when the market tanked 1,000 points at the open, according to Robinhood, which is a stock trading app that is frequently used by Millennials. The Social Security Administration says it will provide retroactive spousal benefits to same-sex couples that were married in states that previously didn’t recognize such matrimonial unions, according to attorneys for plaintiffs. Many advisors may cringe when conversations suffer from akward silence, but such moments can lead to more productive conversations. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says he will continue to push for a fiduciary standard for retirement plan advisors even though Republicans and moderate Democrats are concerned that the rule could harm low-income individuals. Advisors need to understand the complex emotions that can accompany sudden wealth in order to best serve their clients. While blissful couples pledge to stay married until death, the reality is that approximately 50% of marriages inthe U.S. Collecting Social Security early can help retirees assess how much they can spend because the payments are consistent. The annual household savings rate climbed to 5.5% last year, up nearly a full percentage point from 2013.
Advisors can engage their clients and strengthen relationships by using appropriate teaching styles for each investor’s preferred method of learning. May and June have been tough months for Bill Gross and his Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund with investors withdrawing $50 million from the portfolio during the period, according to Morningstar.
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently awarded a whistleblower $3 million for information that helped the regulator crack a complex case of fraud.
Advocates of the fiduciary requirement for retirement investment advisors have delivered a petition with 230,000 signatures to the Department of Labor to urge the regulator to support the proposed standard.
Industry trade groups are proposing legislation that would require retirement planning advisors to serve in the best interest of clients rather than comply with the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary standard, says Steve Saxon, chairman of Groom Law Group.
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. The ministry said that by the end of April, more than 140,000 numbers that relate to telecom fraud have been shut down. The Liuzhou Intermediate People's Court said in a statement that Zhu had been charged with taking bribes of 141 million yuan ($21 million) and could not explain the source of another 91 million yuan. A total of 21 examples of UK-China cooperation in 10 countries on projects worth more than $27 billion feature in a report jointly released by the China-Britain Business Council and Tsinghua University on Wednesday.
A total of 4,589 teachers will be recruited for primary and middle schools, 3,635 for high schools, 3,551 for kindergartens and 78 for special-education schools this year, according to the regional Department of Education. It was organized by the Qingdao municipal government and the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities, an organization including 50 top-notch universities from China and Russia.
The organizer, Hohhot Minzu College, was to hold a series of traditional Mongolian sports events including Mongolian wrestling, archery, Mongolian chess and other activities. The villagers go to the nearest market several kilometers away once a week using the same ladder to buy necessities and sell agricultural products, mainly pepper and walnut. The villagers said their ancestors chose to live in this difficult place to hide from war and tribal conflicts.
Major hotpot chains often have long lines of people waiting hours to get a table, even on scorching summer days. Friends and family sit around a pot of boiling broth, dropping meat, vegetables and other ingredients in to cook and absorb the flavors. Restaurants such as Haidilao provide attentive service to customers, including entertainment, such as a dance performance in which waiters fling dough to make noodles.
While many high-end restaurants have seen business shrink amid the government's austerity campaign, hotpot has largely remained unscathed.
The project review period was shortened from three rounds of reviews to two; and a comprehensive examination database was set up to ensure that the audit procedure is clear. The production value of the industry reached 8.5 billion yuan in the first quarter of 2016, increasing 30 percent compared with last year. In total, 47 biological medicine experts were selected into China's Recruitment Program of Global Experts. Establishment of the Sino-ASEAN Free Trade Area and construction of the Nanning-Singapore Passageway. Summit of Pan-Beibu Gulf think tanks to discuss regional connectivity and cross-border cooperation.
The ninth session that opens on Thursday in Nanning, the capital, will focus on demonstrating the important role Guangxi plays in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Although no details have yet been released, the system will ensure that the information given to authorities is accurate and that identity cards and hukou, or household registration certificates, match the named owners, according to the Ministry of Public Security. In a report published in July, the Internet Society of China said 78.2 percent of netizens have had their personal details - names, addresses or identity numbers - disclosed without authorization. Her application was refused after the bank ran a credit check that suggested she had submitted inaccurate information on the loan form.
I couldn't believe that another person had stolen my dream and made it come true for themself. Meanwhile, Liu obtained a new hukou at the beginning of the month, and her case is also being investigated. As such the hukou and an ID card are the most important documents in a Chinese citizen's life. When she graduated Zhang was presented with a certificate that carried her photo but showed Wang's name and ID number.
Liu said she didn't really question why her colleague wanted to use her graduation certificate, but she never expected so much "drama" to result from her actions. She said residents who wish to transfer their hukou must appear at the office in person and produce the relevant documents, including an ID card and a hukou certificate. Three years later, he was named a model worker of Liaoning province and in 2012, he was awarded a National May Day Laborer Medal. The young woman, surnamed Zhang, has moved in with her mother in Chengdu and says she will not return home unless her father removes the camera. Traffic police and other officers from the local police station attended the scene to restore order after the driver called to say his cargo was being hauled off by local villagers. Migrant worker Wang Xiumei lived in the toilet for 10 years along with her husband, who was too ill to work. Tourist Jia Lijun, 44, was dragged into the water by the massive animal as he took photos with his back to the walrus. The man, named Qu Xuanyi, lost his phone on a bus in May last year, and it was picked up by a woman surnamed Wang who handed it to the driver. The ring, which was valued at more than 6,000 yuan, had slipped off the finger of another swimmer, Chen Qianchang, a Wanzhou resident, on May 17. The photographers will travel around Beijing in the coming few days and take photos of the capital. This revision will go some way to making up the shortfall," said Wang Xuming, president of the Language and Culture Press.
About 15 percent of the content from the books was deleted in order to avoid overworking students. The Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced the case on its website on Tuesday.
The latest case follows one reported on May 15, the city's disease control center said on Tuesday.
Those include services on its 401(k) platform and additional features for use by financial advisors. Now, recent data suggests the use of such portable devices has exploded, which underscores the need for advisors to ensure that their websites are well equipped to handle smartphone and tablet traffic. Instead, it is making it easier to obtain the credentials, writes Rick Kahler, who is president of financial planning firm Kahler Financial Group. During that period, furthermore, women are expected to control two-thirds of private wealth. La Placa and a handful of other team members that collectively manage $3 billion in assets have left the San Francisco office of Deutsche Bank to start their own firm. 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.
The report includes case studies from some of the UK's most renowned companies such as HSBC, BP, LME, Linklaters and KPMG. The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters warned that the Yangtze, Songhua, Huaihe and Pearl rivers may overflow their banks. Of those, 60 percent will work in four prefectures in the southern part of Xinjiang, where a shortage of bilingual teachers poses a challenge. The event, which runs through Friday, aims to boost science and technology exchanges and cooperation, promote the development of cross-regional emerging industries and facilitate international technology transfer. On the opening day of the fair, the college's students and teachers, mainly ethnic Mongolians, attended a fire worship ritual, a Mongolian costume show and singing and dancing activities. The next year, the lathe operator was named a national model worker, the top honorary title. They carried out the act of vandalism on May 19 as they passed the watermelon farm on their way home from school. Zhang's father said he is often out of town on business and wants to know if his daughter is at home when he is not there. Some officers were injured by the claws of the crayfish as they scooped up the spilled load but, thanks to their efforts, most of the crayfish were transferred to another truck an hour after the accident. Wang, who is originally from a rural area, said she often had only three to four hours of sleep a night. A feeder who worked at the animal park jumped into the water to try to save Jia, but was also dragged down into the deep water. Later, when Qu realized that the person who reunited him with his phone was a middle school classmate he had not seen for years, the pair reconnected and eventually started dating.
Chen said he could not find the ring after noticing he had lost it and believed it would never be found in the deep water.
In the latest incident, a 35-year-old man identified by his family name, Song, from Fengtai district, first showed signs of the virus - a rash and a fever - during his return flight from Bolivia on Saturday. If you throw into the mix the occasional premature death of a spouse, then it becomes clear that a substantial portion of advisors’ married clients are likely to become single. The number soared to 2.5 million in 2014, but by March last year, it had fallen to 486, according to statistics released by the ministry in December. The boys said they were just having fun but their spree damaged around half of the farmer's stock of almost-ripe melons. Neither father nor daughter has backed down and relatives have intervened to try to work out a compromise. Her sons are now conducting postgraduate studies at well-known universities in Beijing and are expected to finish their courses next year.
They went to see the bus driver on May 20, the first anniversary of the original incident, to tell him they plan to get married.
He was stunned to get a call the next day from Cheng Wancai who had found the ring wedged in a small crack in a rock on the riverbed. Song informed border control officers of his symptoms, according to a written statement issued by the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Police said they explained to the students the error of their ways and suggested they actually work on the farm to experience the farmer's hard life. Cheng said he had heard that someone had lost a ring the day before and paid close attention when he was swimming. The number of captive pandas in the province stands at 364, accounting for 86.3 percent of all captive pandas nationwide.

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