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Measures were unveiled in Shanghai in 2015 aimed at attracting talented people from overseas. In January, application requirements for permanent residency were further eased for the core foreign members of top scientific research teams and outstanding foreign university graduates who had worked in the city for three straight years.

Also on Monday, Shanghai granted a permanent residence card, known as the Chinese green card, to a Nobel Prize laureate for the first time.

The recipient was Kurt Wuethrich from Switzerland, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2002 and is a chaired professor at ShanghaiTech University.

Shanghai police declined to reveal the number of expats holding Chinese green cards in the municipality. According to the Ministry of Public Security, in 2016 alone 1,576 foreigners became permanent residents in China, up 163 percent year-on-year.

Chinese green cards became machine-readable in July to make foreign permanent residents’ daily lives and work easier. Similar to second generation Chinese citizens’ ID cards, the smart cards contain a chip in which the foreigner’s identity information is kept, and the information is shared with railways, airlines, hotels and banks.

Creating content

Xie called on people from academic circles to bring more knowledge to the public by using one-minute videos on platforms like Douyin.

A total of 20,000 science video creators are based in Douyin, including not only academic institutions such as CAS and the China Science and Technology Museum, but also private accounts such as “Teacher Xiangbo” and “Global village commentator”, which have millions of fans, according to the Beijing Daily.

“Greenland, the world’s largest island, appears to be the same size as the US in a map, but it is actually much smaller than the US, smaller even than India,” a short video published by “Global village commentator” explained.

As of March 21, the video titled “Too many errors in the current world map” had been played 50 million times and drew more than 1.8 million likes on Douyin.

Specializing in spreading the knowledge of astronomy and geography, “Global village commentator” has gained more than 7.3 million subscribers, and his short videos have been played 500 million times. One video received more than 28.5 million likes on Douyin, the only platform he uses.

China’s EU mission calls ‘spying’ report groundless

The Chinese Mission to the European Union on Sunday said “relevant parties should treat China and China-EU relations in an objective and fair fashion, and not make irresponsible remarks,” after the German daily Die Welt reported Saturday that the EU foreign service has warned there are hundreds of Russian and Chinese secret agents operating in Brussels.

“We are deeply shocked by such a report, which is entirely groundless,” a spokesperson with the Chinese Mission to the EU wrote on its official website.

The spokesperson said that the “Chinese side has always respected the sovereignty of all countries and does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. We attach great importance to the EU and China-EU relations, and China is always committed to maintaining and promoting the healthy and stable development of China-EU relations.”

European External Action Service (EEAS), a branch of the EU headed by chief EU diplomat Federica Mogherini, estimates that there are “about 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies in the European capital,” the German paper reported, citing EU diplomats.

EU diplomats and military officials were also advised to avoid certain parts of Brussels’ European quarter, including a popular steakhouse and a cafe near the European Commission’s main building, the German report said.

The report also cited EEAS as saying that Russian and Chinese intelligence agents are mainly based at their home countries’ embassies or trade missions.

This might be the highest profile college admission scandal

This might be the highest profile college admission scandal in the US in recent memory, partly because some of the indicted parents are celebrities. But it is far from the only such fraud. In November last year, the media broke the news that T. M. Landry, a private school in small-town Louisiana, sent many minority students to Ivy League schools by simply doctoring their applications and portraying the applicants as aspiring children rising from deep hardship.

When the holistic admission model has so many loopholes that enable these scandals, it is hard to make a convincing case for this model to be used to replace the test-only system, which is relatively less subjective.

To be sure, neither model is able to completely rid the system of money’s influence and provide a level playing field for children from families across the income spectrum. Rich people can spend tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into top universities. Middle class people can send their children to cram schools to prepare them for the key entrance tests. And the poor cannot afford either. Indeed the New York officials who support abandoning SHSAT also cited the thriving cram school business as evidence of the unfairness of the current admissions system for specialized high schools.

But in the eyes of many Asian parents, the picture looks different. Grace Chang, a Chinese mom I shared a subway ride with a few days ago said that one of the reasons Asian parents send their children to cram schools is that the quality of public schools in New York doesn’t meet their expectations. And, cram schools alone cannot guarantee good test scores, Chang said, otherwise, why do the rich parents have to bribe the test proctors?

Avoid being swindled

Both Liu Zhenqi and Liu Jiayu said that they share this concern. Their respective insurance contracts, for instance, are too complicated for them to understand. “Sometimes I ask my agent to explain the clauses to me, but I forget them after a while,” Liu Zhenqi said.

The only way to avoid being swindled, she thinks, is to choose the most renowned insurance companies. Her own plans were bought from a leading domestic insurer, which is also on the Fortune-500 list.

“I guess that a company as big as it must be reliable,” she told the Global Times.

Junson admitted that some insurance plans are not well designed. “And over-hyping does exist,” he confessed. “Some companies advertise that their products cover everything, but that’s impractical.”

Lydia Liu suggests that prospective customers not try to gain petty advantages when choosing an insurance plan.

“If two insurers offer similar products with 300,000 yuan of coverage, and one costs 10,000 yuan while the other only 3,000 yuan, customers should beware of the possible tricks behind the cheaper one,” she illustrated.

“After all, commercial insurance companies are not charity groups,” Lydia Liu told the Global Times. “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”

  He had even found a better part of himself.

As Haw recalled what he had learned, he thought about his friend Hem. He wondered if Hem hadread any of the sayings Haw had written on the wall at Cheese Station C and throughout the maze.

  Had Hem ever decided to let go and move on? Had he ever entered the maze and discovered whatcould make his life better.

  Haw thought about going back again to Cheese Station C to see if he could find Hem – assumingthat Haw could find his way back there. If he found Hem, he thought he might be able to show himhow to get out of his predicament. But Haw realized that he had already tried to get his friend tochange.

  Hem had to find his own way, beyond his comforts and past his fears. No one else could do it forhim, or talk him into it. He somehow had to see the advantage of changing himself.

  Haw knew he had left a trail for Hem and that he could find his way, if he could just read TheHandwriting On The Wall.

  He went over and wrote down a summary of what he had learned on the largest wall of CheeseStation N. He drew a large piece of cheese around all the insights he had become aware of, andsmiled as he looked at what he had learned:

  THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALLCHANGE HAPPENSTHEY KEEP MOVING THE CHEESEANTICIPATE CHANGEGET READY FOR THE CHEESE TO MOVEMONITOR CHANGESMELL THE CHEESE OFTEN SO YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS GETTING OLD ADAPT TO CHANGE QUICKLYTHE QUICKER YOU LET GO OF OLD CHEESE,THE SOONER YOU CAN ENJOY NEW CHEESECHANGEMOVE WITH THE CHEESEENJOY CHANGE!

  SAVOR THE ADVENTURE ANDENJOY THE TASTE OF NEW CHEESEBE READY TO CHANGE QUICKLY AND ENJOY IT AGAINTHEY KEEP MOVING THE CHEESEANTICIPATE CHANGEGET READY FOR THE CHEESE TO MOVEMONITOR CHANGESMELL THE CHEESE OFTEN SO YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS GETTING OLDADAPT TO CHANGE QUICKLYTHE QUICKER YOU LET GO OF OLD CHEESE,THE SOONER YOU CAN ENJOY NEW CHEESECHANGEMOVE WITH THE CHEESEENJOY CHANGE!

  SAVOR THE ADVENTURE ANDENJOY THE TASTE OF NEW CHEESEBE READY TO CHANGE QUICKLY AND ENJOY IT AGAINTHEY KEEP MOVING THE CHEESEHaw realized how far he had come since he had been with Hem in Cheese Station C, but knew it would be easy for him to slip back if he got too comfortable. Each day he inspected Cheese StationN to see what the condition of his Cheese was. He was going to do whatever he could to avoidbeing surprised by unexpected change.

  While Haw still had a great supply of Cheese, he often went out into the maze and explored Newareas to stay in touch with what was happening around him. He knew it was safer to be aware ofhis real choices than to isolate himself in his comfort zone.

  Then, Haw heard what he thought was the sound of movement out in the maze. As the noise grewlouder, he realized that someone was coming.

  Could it be that Hem was arriving? Was he about to turn the corner?

  Haw said a little prayer and hoped – as he had many times before – that maybe, at last, his friendwas finally able to .

  MOVE WITH THE CHEESE AND ENJOY IT!

Gologan also revealed secrets of the performances of national teams of teenagers who take part every year in this prestigious competition.

According to him, each year, all teams competing in the Romanian Master of Mathematics vary significantly in terms of value and performance. For this year’s edition, it seemed that most of the 24 participating countries haven’t sent their best teams.

“Teams are always in a process of development. Russia, for instance, has 25 teenagers undergoing permanent formation. This year they sent 6 representatives, but the team changes every year in an attempt to reach the best composition and this is the case for most countries,” said Gologan.

Britain ranked the 2nd last year and among the last this year. Israel took part for the first time in this competition and had excellent results.

Gologan also told Xinhua that there are two major international mathematical contests for high-schools in the world and Romania is closely linked to the history of the two contests.

The International Mathematical Olympiad was first held in Romania and currently held annually in a different country. The other one is the annual Romanian Master of Mathematics, which is considered to be the most difficult mathematical contest in the world, tougher than the Olympiad.

Bulgarians, Chinese celebrate Spring Festival in Sofia

People perform in a gala show titled “Let’s Share the Chinese New Year Together” in Sofia, Bulgaria, Jan. 26, 2019. Some 500 Bulgarians and Chinese attended the gala show to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival. The event, jointly organized by the China Cultural Center, Confucius Institute in Sofia, and city government departments of Ningbo and Quanzhou, was also dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Bulgaria. (Xinhua/Zhan Xiaoyi)

The event, jointly organized by the China Cultural Center, Confucius Institute in Sofia, and city governmental departments of Ningbo and Quanzhou, was also dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Bulgaria.

During the two-hour long spectacle held in one of the most prestigious hotels in Sofia, artists from China and Bulgaria performed traditional Chinese songs, dances and martial arts.

A congratulatory address on behalf of Bulgaria’s Vice President Iliyana Yotova, which was read at the beginning of the show, said that for 70 years, Bulgaria and China enjoyed very good diplomatic relations.

WHAT IF MAY’S DEAL DEFEATED AGAIN?

May’s closest allies and advisors are relying on MPs from across the political divides realizing that if May’s deal is defeated, the most likely option is Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal or remaining in the bloc for years, and possibly even for ever.

That, in the view of many parliamentarians, would be viewed as treachery in the eyes of the voting public.

Ahead of the June 2016 referendum, ordered by May’s predecessor David Cameron, the people of Britain were offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to decide whether to stay in the EU or leave.

Against all expectations, the country voted by a 53-48 margin to leave. Even Remain supporting MPs say the will of the people must be respected. Two thirds of MPs backed remain in the referendum, and have had to come to terms that the majority of citizens wanted out of the EU.

Critics have accused many MPs of using every trick in the book to keep Britain in the EU by any means. Despite strong opposition and an almost pathological hatred of May’s deal, many British people fear it might end up in being trapped indefinitely in the European Union.

The times call for a successful BRI

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) on Friday. He introduced measures China will take to further expand its opening-up. Apart from widening access to capital markets and strengthening protection of intellectual property rights, China will not seek a trade surplus, will import more agricultural products and services and will not pursue currency devaluation that harms others.

President Xi put forward the high-standard and high-quality development of the Belt and Road, emphasizing the importance of sticking to a green and clean approach. This shows the construction of the Belt and Road will be upgraded.

The BRF is the largest event in the world that focuses on development. It responds to the development needs of countries and confronts various issues in international economic cooperation. Both the forum and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are becoming more attractive.

All major powers in history, guided by geopolitics, realized national expansion through expanding spheres of influence. Based on their own experiences, the US and some other Western countries believe the BRI carries China’s geopolitical ambitions as the Marshall Plan did. They believe obstructing the BRI could be an effective way to contain China’s rise.

China is rising in a way different from that of other powers. China’s approach is to continuously expand its opening-up to the world and share its quality resources, such as the market, with the world, so as to build win-win cooperation.

Italy and Switzerland recently participated in the BRI. A NATO member state and a country surrounded by US allies, can they become China’s “sphere of influence?”

There are shortcomings in the construction of the Belt and Road, and adjustments and improvements are needed. This is a normal process that such a grand and large-scale international cooperation project has to undergo.

The BRI will establish an effective platform to meet the development needs of the world. It’s not a place for empty talk, showcasing values or playing political games. Putting one construction project after another into practice, bringing benefits to all parties involved and promoting the economic development of participating countries are the value orientation of the BRI.

One of the reasons why the US doesn’t support the BRI is it spends too much on defense, and its ability to build bridges and roads and develop industries has been weakened.

The BRI has no purpose to confront others. Its openness is unprecedented in the history of international multilateral cooperation. Even if there is some confusion and criticism with it, China doesn’t respond with confrontation.