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The police department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) set up the Sina
Weibo account Hong Kong Police on Jan 29, which was welcomed by a large number of netizens.
The official account so far boasts more than 140,000 fans, with some posts receiving more than 10,000 comments.
The account Hong Kong Police focuses mainly on practical information like crime prevention and event ar
rangements, such as the Lunar New Year fireworks display and traffic control measures during the celebration parade.
The latest data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board shows that among the 58 million visitors to H
ong Kong in the first 11 months of last year, Chinese mainland visitors accounted for almost 80 percent.
Hong Kong Police Force hopes to increase engagement through t
heir Sina Weibo account with Chinese mainland tourists, new arrivals, and students stu
dying in Hong Kong, and effectively convey important messages in a timely and effective manner.
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In April and July, Japan signed the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), a military logistics pac
t, with Canada and France respectively. The Japanese government will try to get it approved by the National D
iet this year. Canada and France are also advancing domestic procedures for its approval.
The agreement will enable the provision of food, fuel and military supplie
s between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and French and Canadian armies. Jap
an has also inked ACSAs with the US, the UK, Australia and India. Why did Japan sign such an agreement?
After WWII, especially in the late 1960s when Japan became an economic powerhouse, it was no longer satisfied with its status as a military microstate.
In the mid-1980s, Japan accelerated the pace to push its SDF onto the w
orld stage with the aim of becoming a major political power.
In 1996, Japan signed the ACSA with the US, followed by one with Austr
alia in 2010. After the new security law took effect on March 29, 2016, Japan amended t
he two ACSAs, which enabled more flexible provision of ammunition in wartime between the signatories.
Comments Off on Ministry of Education addresses Zhai plagiarism case
The Ministry of Education has zero tolerance for academic misconduct and has ordered relevant universities and education authorities to investigate pl
agiarism allegations leveled at actor Zhai Tianlin, a ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
The investigation will not only include Zhai’s plagiarism allegations, but also possible miscond
uct of other people that allowed this to happen, ministry spokeswoman Xu Mei said at a news conference.
“We have zero tolerance for behaviors that ignore academic rules and standards and undermine education equality,” she said.
The universities and Beijing education authorities will seriously look i
nto the case and publish the investigation’s results as soon as possible, she added.
The Beijing Education Commission and the Education Work Committee of the
Beijing Committee of the Communist Party of China sent an investigative team to
the Beijing Film Academy － where Zhai got his PhD－to look into the matter, the academy said on Thursday.
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China after Spring Festival. Before embarking on their next move in interest rate reform, however, policymakers need to assess dom
estic macroeconomic conditions in order to reduce financing costs. It is more urgent to let the financial market determine the lending rate, Sun said.
“We hope (policy fine-tuning) will not surprise the market when it is introduced,” Sun said.
Communication with other countries is also needed before launching new policies or introdu
cing creative monetary policy tools, and “the PBOC has good communication mechanisms with other c
entral banks including the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank”, Sun said.
Last year, the PBOC removed some constraints on credit, including liquidity in
jection through cutting the reserve requirement ratio four times and capital rep
lenishment by allowing commercial banks to issue perpetual bonds, which have no maturity rate, he said.
Chinese commercial banks, however, are still using the one-year lending rate of 4.35 percent — th
e rate commercial banks charge businesses — set by the central bank in 2015. It is higher than in
terbank market rates or the interest rates banks have been paying to the central bank of 3.05 to 3.30 percent.
Comments Off on Mentality of US poses biggest threat to humanity from space
Forget asteroids, it is the United States and its pathological need to maintain its he
gemony at any cost that pose the biggest threat to humanity from space.
In its latest Defense Intelligence Agency report, the US claims that Russia and Chi
na have taken steps to challenge the US in space technology, blatantly ig
noring the fact that space does not belong to it, and every country has the right to peacefully explore it.
The report says that “long-standing technological and cost barriers to
space are falling, enabling more countries and commercial firms to participate in sa
tellite construction, space launch, space exploration and human spaceflight”.
But from the way it talks about what China and Russia or other countries have a
chieved in their development of space technology, it seems as if the US believes th
at when it planted a flag on the moon it staked the claim to have the sole use of space.
Comments Off on South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribut
ion for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous fai
led negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance.
The development comes as President Donald Trump is set to hold his second summit w
ith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February.
South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,
500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North K
orea. Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more.
On Sunday, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new cost-sharing pla
n, which requires South Korea to pay about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in 2019, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement said the two countries reaffirmed the need for a “stable” U.S. mili
tary deployment amid the “rapidly changing situation on the Korean Peni
nsula.” The ministry said the U.S. assured Sou
th Korea that it is committed to the alliance and has no plans to adjust the number of its troops in South Korea.
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the early 1990s, after rebuilding its economy from the devastation of the 1950-1953 Korean War.
About 20 anti-U.S. activists rallied near the Foreign Ministry building in Seoul on Su
nday, chanting slogans like “No more money for U.S. troops.” No violence was reported.
“The United States government realizes that Korea does a lot for our alliance and peace an
d stability in the region,” chief U.S. negotiator Timothy Betts said Sunday in Seoul. “We are very pleased ou
r consultations resulted in agreement that will strengthen transparency and deepen our cooperation and the alliance.”
The deal, which involves the spending of South Korean taxpayer money, requires parliam
entary approval in South Korea, but not in the United States, according to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry.
The allies had failed to reach a new cost-sharing plan during some 10 rounds of tal
ks. A five-year 2014 deal that covered South Korea’s payment last year expired at the end of 2018.
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and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will meet this month in an unidentified Asi
an country ahead of their leaders’ planned second summit in Vietnam, South Korean officials said yesterday.
The US special representative for the DPRK, Stephen Biegun, visited Pyongyang last week to work out details of t
he February 27-28 summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
After being briefed by Biegun about his talks in the DPRK, South Korea’s presidential office said that the US and t
he DPRK used Biegun’s trip as a chance to explain what concrete steps they want from each other.
South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who met Biegun, repor
ted that US-DPRK diplomacy “is working well,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.
He said a follow-up US-DPRK meeting ahead of the summit will take place in a third country in Asia in the week beginning February 17.
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World leaders send greetings
By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2019-02-09 04:28
A child’s fascination with the zodiac sign for the new lunar year is captured in a photograph in Hong Kong on Thursday. Perform
ers put on lion dances and set off fireworks in San Francisco on Tuesday to celebrate Chinese New Year. [Ph
Contributions of Chinese, hope for coming year noted
World leaders sent Lunar New Year’s greetings as Chinese people around the globe cel
ebrated their most important holiday season of the year — Spring Festival.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev extended his greetings to the Chin
ese people on Thursday, the third day of the Chinese New Year.
“We are glad that today we have the opportunity to meet and convey our warmest words and wishes to the Chinese peop
e,” Medvedev said to a gathering at the Chinese embassy in Moscow. “We are hopeful that in the new year, we will contin
ue our effective contact to develop our strategic partnership and interaction that has distinguished our countries in recent years.”
Medvedev said his visit to the embassy “also has a symbolic meaning”, given this year’s 70th
anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China diplomatic relations.
Comments Off on Chinese researchers in Antarctica arrive at Zhongshan Station after
ANTARCTICA — A total of 37 members on China’s 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.
They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The sta
tions are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964.
The Chinese researchers, 21 of them from the Taishan team and 16 from the Kunlun team, came to Zhongshan after successfully completing their tasks. The two te
ams together departed on Dec 18 from near Zhongshan for their missions.A helicopter transfers fuel oil to the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese res
earch base in Antarctica, Feb 9, 2019.
The Taishan team completed the construction project of the supporting facilities at Taishan in 38 days, a week ah
ead of schedule. Taishan was put into operation in February 2014 after its main building on the ground was completed.
The Kunlun team conducted research works on astronomy, ice berg and surveying and
mapping, among other things. For instance, they on Feb 7 set up a new automatic meteorological station, so
me 100 km away from Zhongshan. The team members arrived at Taishan on Jan 31 to join the researchers there.
The members of the two teams are scheduled to board on China’s icebreaker Xuelong
on Feb 15, leaving Antarctica for home. They are expected to arrive in Shanghai on March 10.