The city already added 30,000 new kindergarten slots la

last year to meet the increasing demand of preschool education with the implemen

tation of the second child policy and more migrant workers coming to the city, he said at a news conference in Beijing.

Beijing has 450,000 kindergarten students, 63 percent of whom attend public kindergartens, he said.

The city has made great efforts to ensure the safety of kinderga

rten students by making sure the public areas in the facilities are covered by surveillance ca

meras and that camera footage is guarded and stored for 30 days, Feng said.

At least two kindergarten caretakers should be present at all times with stud

ents, he added, noting that educators have worked closely with public security authorities.

Tian Gewen, principal of the Kindergarten of the General Research Institu

te for Nonferrous Metals in Beijing’s Haidian district, said the municipal governm

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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It is the duty of car dealers to deliver qualified autom

obile products, and those who refuse to bear responsibility or compensate consumers for

unqualified automobiles violate the law and will be punished, said the China Consumers Association.

The discussion heard that some dealers force consumers to purchase insurance or ask for financial serv

ice fees without issuing invoices, both illegal acts that should be severely punished according to the law, the association said.

During the discussion an unnamed womaen complained that she was sold a defective Mercedes-Benz car.

The woman said the engine of the CLS300 she bought from Xi’an, Shaanxi province dealership Lizh

ixing Co developed problems soon after she bought it March 27, but she failed to get a refund or exchange.

She also said she was asked to pay a “financial service fee” of 15,000 yuan to an employee without knowing what the money was for.

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d Records as the world’s longest with dual r

ad and rail functions.In 2014, it was listed as an Immovable Cultural Relic under State Coun

cil-designated protection, and two years later as part of China’s 20th century architectural heritage.

Yang Tao, director of the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Tran

sportation Planning and Design, said it was extre

mely hard to build the rail section of the bridge because of limited skills and technologies.

“But many bridge-building technologies were subsequently invented and these have not beco

me outdated, even today. Completion of the bridge has played an important role in the economic and cultural e

xchanges between areas north and south of the Yangtze, and even unified governance of the country,” Yang said.

People had dreamed of building a bridge spanning the Yangtze for years.

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A report released in August by the Center for China and

 Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre

es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.

For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly

salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.

The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu

dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.

According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an

d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af

ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.

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Giant panda to leave for Austria in 4-year research project

 A giant panda will leave for Austria for a four-year collaborative research project, a

panda research base in Southwest China’s Sichuan province said Monday.

Yuanyuan, a 20-year-old male, will leave Chengdu at 4:45 am Tuesday for it

s new home at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, according to the China Conservation and Res

earch Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) based in the Wolong National Nature Reserve.

A farewell party for the panda was held at the base Monday afternoon.

The research on Yuanyuan in Austria will enhance China’s cooperation

with Austria in areas such as breeding, disease control and prevention as well as the rep

roduction of the giant panda, said Zhang Zhizhong, an official with the CCRCGP.

The base has launched giant panda research programs in cooperat

ion with 15 zoos in 13 countries and regions so far, according to Zhang.

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We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b

oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai

d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.

Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo

ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu

ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.

The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m

artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am

zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.

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Sun Jinzhong, a professor at the China University of Geo

sciences, said the rift zones are widely scattered through the country. In addition to Beijing, many other cities sit on large rift belts.

“Even the capital experienced some great quakes in history; only under ce

rtain circumstances will a large earthquake happen,” he said, adding that when the intern

al energy of rift zones is stuck and cannot be released, a large quake will occur when those energies reach a certain limit.

The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the

city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.

The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science Pa

rk in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreigners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Pr

ior to that, foreigners had to make at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.

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With the new platform, foreign talents only need to mak

 one trip and fill out a form at the platform to apply for working visas. A professional team will also help their family members with the relevant procedures.

To better serve foreign talents, a number of domestic and international human resources ind

ustry leaders have set up offices in the talent hub, including Manpower, Shanghai Foreign Service Group, CDP Group and Liepin.com.

 China has issued guidelines to ensure the high-quality development of cross-border e-commerce

posting and delivery services, a State Post Bureau (SPB) official said on April 11.

The guidelines were jointly issued by the SPB, Ministry of Commerce an

d General Administration of Customs, SPB official Tu Gang told a press conference.

While stressing the significance of cross border delivery services, Tu said weaknesses r

emained in aspects such as user experience, security control and international rules.

China will launch a whole-process supervision approach on cross-border delivery services and impl

ement security management regulations including real-name receiving and posting, human and machine examination of parcels.

China supports foreign investors to set up new businesses in the industry within its territory through legitimate applications.

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