PLA Rocket Force Weibo accounts take off in popularity

Hundreds of thousands of users on Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform, have flocked to and followed the tw

o official Weibo accounts newly created on Thursday afternoon by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.

PLA Rocket Force, formerly the Second Artillery Corps, was established on Dec 31, 2015, and serves as the strategic and tactical missile force of China.

It marks the first time for the PLA Rocket Force to open up official Weibo accounts, making the emergence of

two at once even more remarkable. One account shared the same name with the force, wh

ile another chose the funnier and more down-to-earth name Dongfeng Kuaidi, which means “Eastwind Delivery”.

Some netizens made a guess that the former one would be used for releasing official and formal news and the latter for communicating with the sea of Weibo users.

At the time of writing, the account PLA Rocket Force had over 82,000 follo

wers and Dongfeng Kuaidi had 180,000 fans, despite the fact that neither of the a

ccounts had posted any content yet. Meanwhile, the number of followers continues to surge wildly.

Most fans are surprised by the PLA Rocket Force’s move to “land” on a social m

edia platform with hundreds of millions of users, due to its air of mystery.

Many of them have said “welcome” to the PLA Rocket Force and could not to wait to le

arn more about and interact with it on the social media platform they often use in daily life.

The PLA is comprised of the Ground Force, Air Force, Navy, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force.

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llegedly maltreated boy appears before court in Guangdong

teenager rescued from seven years of alleged maltreatment at the hands of his aunt and uncle

has appeared before the court in Pingyuan county, Meizhou city, Guangdong province.

The news came from a statement released by Guangdong High People’s Procuratorate on Friday.

Xiao Ming‘s aunt was suspected to have maltreated him for more than seven years, starting

when he was seven years old, resulting in severe physical and psychological damage, the statement said.

Xiao, born in 2004, lived with his father after his parents divorced in May 2008. After his father

died in a mining accident in October the same year however, Xiao was sent to live with his grandparents.

It was in May 2011 when his uncle (his father’s older brother) an

d aunt forced Xiao to live with them that the alleged maltreatment began.

It is claimed that the family treated him so poorly that he had insuf

ficient food and clothes, and that he dropped out of school to do farm work for his aunt.

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Another post by the same blogger claimed Zhai’s doctoral gra

aduation dissertation could not be found in the CNKI database, while all graduation dissertations written by his classmates were there.

Zhai’s studio said on Friday he obtained a Ph.D. from the Beijing Film Academy in June, and all h

is academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.

He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.

Netizens later found Zhai’s supervisor Chen Yi, former director of the performance institute of the Beijing Film Academy, on

ly has a bachelor’s degree and has not published any academic papers. However, doctoral supervisors at the university are supposed to have a do

ctoral degree and publish at least eight academic papers and two academic monographs within five years.

Zhai posted an apology letter on his Sina Weibo page Thursday.

“After I have starred in a few films and TV series, I have become full of myself and forgotten honesty is the most important principle,” he said.

“Vanity has misguided me and I brought this attitude into writing academic papers. I will

withdraw from postdoctoral research at Peking University and I am deeply sorry to my school, teachers, fans and the public.”

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The shows at the One Yuan Theater are performed by a tro

upe that’s affiliated to the cultural center where Yi works. Currently, there are about 30 members in the opera troupe, with ages r

anging from 20 to over 60. The average age of the per-formers is 40, according to Yi. Being listed as a national int

angible cultural heritage has drawn more efforts toward protecting the art form.

“Most of the young performers were recruited after the opera was listed as national intangible cultural heritage,” Yi adds.

The local government’s support in recent years includes adding to the troupe member

s’ livelihoods and taking on costs for regular shows at the One Yuan Theater into its annual budget plan, Yi says.

Liu Liurong, 50, a leading member of the troupe, says she has witnessed the enhancement o

f the opera over the past years. Having performed such shows for more than 30 years, Liu is recognized as a p

rovincial-level inheritor of the art since 2009. She says she had dreamed of standing on stage since she was in middle school.

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The Ministry of Civil Affairs has urged national-level

industrial organizations and chambers of commerce to lower membership fees and refr

ain from imposing unreasonable charges to reduce the burden on businesses.

The ministry said in a statement on Feb 3 that it will conduct the annual examination

of national-level social organizations, and such organizations are also expected to report fee adjustments in their annual reports.

The lowering of membership fees will be an important criteria for the ministry in evaluating na

tional organizations. Other criteria include whether the organizations have imposed charges against regulations or been found to have m

isused funds. Those who fail the evaluations will be disqualified, the ministry said.

Social organizations found to be engaged in activities that harm national reunification, national security, ethnic un

ity or jeopardize the national interest will also be disqualified and punished according to law, the ministry said.

A third-party will conduct random on-site verification of information submitted, it added.

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The Ministry of Education said on Feb 2 that it will contin

ue to boost support for private kindergartens and encourage them to provide inclusive services.

The ministry said media reports that the country will no longer allow the development

of private kindergartens were misleading, and it will continue to encourage investment in kindergartens.

As of 2017, about 63 percent of kindergartens nationwide were run by private entiti

es, among which 43 percent were deemed to be providing inclusive services, the ministry said.

It added that it will encourage more private kindergartens to provide inclusive servic

es. In the meantime, private kindergartens will be allowed to remain profit-oriented to meet public demand.

Chinese authorities have decided to grant a three-year tax benefit to encourage self-employment and hiring by small businesses.

The decision was jointly announced on Feb 2 by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and two other government departments.

According to the decision, people in need who start a business can have 12,000 yuan ($1,790) a year deducted from their families’ annual taxes over three years.

The preferential treatment will target four groups: those registered as members of pov

erty-stricken groups; people who have been jobless for more than half a year; those living on su

bsistence allowances; and recent graduates from higher education institutions.

Businesses that have hired individuals from the four groups and paid social insurance for

them can also enjoy tax deductions of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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With more and more people gathering at the lake, it became over

run with fences and nets used to trap fish. Pollutants discharged by residents liv

ing in the area went directly into the lake, and water quality went from bad to worse.

“We could drink directly from the lake at the beginning, but a few years lat

er, the water began to stink, and we had to buy bottled water onshore” Chen recalled.

Overfishing and other human activities put the lake in crisis.

Realizing the need to clean up the lake, the local government took a series of protec

tive measures including relocating all the fishermen and getting rid of all the fences and nets.

Under the government policy on relocation of fishermen, Chen got 170,000 yuan (around 25,368 U.S. dollars) of

subsidy after moving onshore. Using the subsidy, the 110,000 yuan he got from selling his boat to the g

overnment and his own savings, he bought a nice apartment not far from his workplace.

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According to Prof. Dedrick’s estimate, the cost of an iPhone

will rise by $30 if Apple moves its final assembly lines to the United States. If Apple manufactu

res components and assembles them in the country, the cost will go up by $100 with the investment, labor and logistics involved.

What’s more, the relocation to the United States would also see rising prices of many supplier items produced outside the U

nited States, including semi-conductors, processors, memory, displays, batteries, the plastic and metal enclosures.

“Our industry involves highly customized products. It requires both strong research and development ability and ind

ustry scale. So, moving the supply chain would be a long shot,” said Meng Wu Peng, deputy general manager of Le

ns Technology, which manufactures cover-glass for smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung.

Foxconn has hinted for months that it might shift focus to research and develo

pment facilities rather than large-scale manufacturing, casting doubts on its ability to live up to its promises.

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Moving manufacturing back to US hard, Foxconn’s case shows

NEW YORK – Residents’ opposition, labor shortage, and technology transfer difficulties are the three main reasons why manuf

acturing companies like Foxconn could not move back to the United States easily, industry insiders and analysts have said.

Being built on a vast 2,800 acres of land in the US State of Wisconsin, the Foxconn plant project is dubbed by US President Donald Trum

p as the “eighth wonder of the world” for the scale of investment, the number of new jobs it promises to brin

g in, and the hundreds of upstream and downstream manufacturing companies that potentially would follow suit.

The company, which makes products for Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, among others, in 2017 signed a contract w

ith Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the display screen plant worth $10 billion.

According to the contract, Foxconn will build a 21.5-million-square-foot (20-square-k

ilometer) manufacturing campus and hire about 13,000 local workers, and Wisconsin promised to prov

ide an incentive package worth about $4 billion, the largest subsidy offered to a foreign company in US history.

The project moved fast, but problems soon followed. In what local officials describ

ed as the “Foxconn pace,” the plant broke ground in June and soon caused considerable controversy.

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Junking INF will destroy global arms control

  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the US is suspending its com

pliance of the Intermediate-Range Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia on Saturday and will start a 180-day pr

ocedure to completely withdraw from the arms control accord. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said

Russia will also suspend participation in the INF treaty. “They say that they are doing research and testing [new w

eapons] and we will do the same thing,” Putin said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

  Although Washington claimed it would return to compliance of the treaty if Russia verifiab

ly destroys a cruise missile system which the US said was a violation of the treaty, analysts believe such a

turnaround would not happen. Two months ago when the US threatened to pull out of the treaty, it began to bury the accord.

  Scrapping the treaty would be the beginning of the collapse of the global arms control system. It’s highly likely a new arms race will start.

  The arms control agreements reached between the US and the Soviet Union during th

e latter period of the Cold War not only curbed the arms race to a certain extent, but also produced a politi

cal effect that appeased the people. The US withdrawal from the treaty will lead to a grim outlook for the 21st century.

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