Month: February 2019

Great Wall Motor bets big on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu

siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.

The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve

hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20

22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.

“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna

tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.

He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene

rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.

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Chinese icebreaker Xuelong ends odyssey through ‘roar

  The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong with the 126 members of China’s 35th research mi

ssion to Antarctica on board ended on Friday a nine-day odyssey through the infamous “roaring forties.”

  Xuelong is taking the Chinese researchers back to home. The voyage beginning Feb 14 has turned o

ut to be the longest and hardest of its altogether four travels through the westerlies during the research mission.

  After leaving Prydz Bay by which the Chinese research base Zhongshan Station is loca

ted, the Chinese icebreaker almost immediately entered the westerlies.

  ”The westerlies usually are between 40 and 60 degrees south latitude, but this time the winds reached further to near 69

degrees south latitude, and that is where Prydz Bay and Zhongshan are,” said Xuelong’s Captain Shen Quan.

  ”We are currently north to the westerlies, but I’m afraid there is still a rocky, shaky journey ahead because of a tropical low pressure,” he added.

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More than 80 percent of the respondents said their salary was

not adjusted for more than one year, while 54 percent said their salary was cut due to shrinking bonuses.

Nearly 54 percent of those surveyed said they were unable to strike a balance bet

ween family and career due to low salary, according to the survey.

The survey was based on questionnaires completed by 1,064 employees aged 20 and above from Jan 24 to Feb 11.

According to the island’s statistical agency, the real average monthly salary of employees in Taiwan’s industrial and ser

vice sectors was NT$38,235 ($1,243) in 2018, which is below the average monthly salary of NT$38,398 in 2001.

Employees in the telecommunications sector earn the most on the

island, with an average monthly salary of NT$100,791, followed by those working in

the industries of banking, electricity and gas supply and air transport, the agency said.

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Such services provided by Hong Kong and Macao arbitrato

y Hong Kong and Macao arbitrators will increase our confidence in business investmen

t in the area,” according to a senior human resources manager surnamed Zheng with Luk Fook Holdings.

The Hong Kong-based jewelry company invested in a factory in Nansha 15 years ago.

“Because of the differences in legal and company structures between Hong K

ong and the mainland, a growing number of Hong Kong-and Macao-invested co

mpanies in Nansha have been experiencing turbulence in labor management,” Zheng said.

Companies from Hong Kong and Macao have increased their investment in Nansha in recent years, with the number of bu

sinesses invested from the two SARs more than doubling in 2018 from the previous year, according to sources at the court.

The mega Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will play a critical role in integr

ating the infrastructure network across the Pearl River Delta region. Hzmb Authority

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma

ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co

mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by

a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.

This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr

active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an

d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so

me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in

terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.

At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t

heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei

r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a

nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will

give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn

ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba

y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti

al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its

strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic

holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.

To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni

versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.

Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i

s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un

veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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rump picks US ambassador to Canada for UN ambassador

  President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame

rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

  Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.

  ”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be

ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst

anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou

ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

  Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.

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The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador

  In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep

ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

  The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.

  Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she

understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the

ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”

  Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their

dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo

ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti

me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.

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Pope Francis vows action on clergy sex abuse but US pros

  As the Vatican began a historic summit on combating clergy sexual abuse, pros

ecutors in the United States slammed the Catholic Church, saying it should not be trusted to police itself.

  In Michigan on Thursday, State Attorney General Dana Nessel held a press conference to update the public on her investigation of the state’s seven Cat

holic dioceses. In October, Michigan police seized hundreds of thousands of pages from church offices.

  Nessel’s office said it is investigating 300 tips and has asked the dioceses to suspend their own internal review processes until the investigation is over.

  At the press conference, Nessel said the dioceses should stop “self-pol

icing,” according to Detroit News. She also accused church officials of asking victims to r

eport abuse only to the dioceses and pressuring victims into non-disclosure agreements or confidential settlements.

  Nessel urged clergy sexual abuse victims to report their abuse to the police, not the church.

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