World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

The first tube of the world’s widest immersed channel is expected to be put in position of a mega bridge across the Lin

gding Bay at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China soon, according to an assistant chief engineer of the project.

Yang Runlai from CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co Ltd said Thursday that workers are preparing

for the connection of a tunnel end on an island with the first immersed tube, the Science and Technology Daily reported.

Yang’s company took charge of constructing an island and major part of the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bri

dge, another mega project of bridge, island and tunnel after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

The new project, 38 kilometers from the HZMB, is 24 kilometers long. It has the immer

sed tunnel in the east and the bridge section in the west to ensure the sea routes there.

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With a length of 6.8 kilometers and a width of 46 meters

the two-way eight-lane tunnel will be the largest and widest in the worl

d upon completion. Its tunnel will be 1.2 meters longer and two lanes wider than the HZMB.

Yang said the immersed tunnel used the steel shell tube, the first of its kind in China, and there were many other new struct

ures and technologies, which brought lots of challenges, such as lack of technical standards in the country.

He said the tunnel will have 32 tubes and each tube will have about 10,000 tons of steel, 165 met

ers long and with a displacement of about 80,000 tons. Each tube has more than 2,500 separate chambers.

After tubes are built in factory, they are floated to th

e construction site, and the most difficult process is to sink and connect, Yan

g said. His company has invited experts to deliberate in rounds on the cement pouring, sealing and connection.

The Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge is another important infrastructure project of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

The construction started on Dec 29, 2016. It is expected to put into operation in 2024.

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China becomes second-largest source of ‘unicorn com

China has become the world’s second-largest source of “unicorn companies” accordi

ng to the latest report on China unicorn companies by the Evergrande Research Institute.

With 88 in total, China is the world’s second-largest source of unicorn compani

es following the US with 151. The report cited data from IC Insight gathered between 2013 and Dec 31, 2018.

Twenty-two companies worldwide were included as super unicorn companies in 2018 and C

hina’s Fintech company Ant Financial ranked first in value worth $150 billion, the report said.

The US and China had the greatest number of new sup

r unicorns worth $10 billion last year with 12 and 7 respectively, accounting for 86.4 percent of

the world’s total. The UK, India and Singapore had one of these companies each in the same period.

New energy vehicles, artificial intelligence chips, robots, big da

ta, computer vision and cloud computing are the main areas for these emerging unicorns.

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Chinese telescope collects more than 11 mln spectra

China has released 11.25 million spectra of celestial objects acquired by the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) to astrono

mers worldwide, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Friday.

As the world’s largest spectral survey telescope, LAMOST mark

s the world’s first spectral survey project to obtain more than 10 million spectra.

Spectra are key for astronomers to read celestial bodies’ chemical compositions, densities, atmospheres and magnetism.

Among the released spectra, there are 9.37 million high-quality spec

tra, which is twice the total number of other astronomic surveys internationally. Th

ere are also 6.36 million stellar spectra, creating the largest stellar parameter catalog in the world.

Finished in 2008, LAMOST began regular surveys in 2012. The telescope is located in NAOC’s Xinglong Observatory, in north China’s Hebei Province.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for co

untries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Rese

arch Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hyb

rid rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has reac

hed 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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hina urges UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs

China on Thursday urged the United Kingdom to respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks after the UK government released its latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong.

“We urge the UK to face the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China for 22 years, respect China’s s

overeignty, stop releasing relevant reports, and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs,” Geng said at a press briefing.

It is undeniable that the “one country, two systems” practice has achieved widely-acknowledged success, he said.

“Hong Kong’s affairs have been entirely China’s internal affairs since

July 1, 1997. The British side has no right to make irresponsible remarks or interfere with any excuses,” Geng said.

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The improvement is attributed to the establishment of a nati

national-level IP court under the Supreme People’s Court on Jan 1, which has strea

mlined the appeals process and helps prevent inconsistency in legal

applications, Ma said.

With such a national-level IP court,

litigants who disagree with the verdicts of local cou

rts at the city level or local IP courts can appeal directly to the top court instead

of appealing to provincial-level courts.

Under previous procedures, the two Chinese companies could not have appealed

to the top court directly but would have had to go to the Shanghai High People’s

Court after the first verdict.

Guan Yuying, an IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said

a streamlined litigation process and more p

rofessional judges for IP-related lawsuits will help ensure the judicial quality of

such complicated patent cases.

Wednesday’s trial was heard by a five-judge panel led by Luo Dongchuan, vice-

president of the top court and the chief judge of its IP court.

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The examination was designed to check and hone the general

capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration

when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami

nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.

Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination

‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe

rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d

evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.

Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.

“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth

er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro

ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of

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More appetite among Chinese, Asian collectors for Western art

hinese and Asian art collectors have become more knowledgeable, sophisticated and are branching out for m

ore Western works, said Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia, who is excited about the trend.

“Chinese clients have evolved from being very dedicated to Chinese arts to gaining increasing interest

in other categories and expanding the spectrum of the type of objects that they wish to collect,” Belin told

Xinhua in an interview in New York City during Christie’s Asian Art Week held on March 19-26.

Diversity of collecting is one of three “fundamental trends” the auction house has obse

rved among the Chinese and Asian buyers, Belin said, noting the increased appetite to collect across categories.

About 10 or 20 years ago, Asian collectors focused primarily on the art that relates to their own c

ulture, he said, “we’ve seen this evolved in the past years to be much more holistic in the collecting of our Asian buyers.”

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Former vice-minister of public security expelled from Party

Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral

yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.

For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th

is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.

Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha

ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.

He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.

He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the

re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.

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