Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th

an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.

The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t

he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.

But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan

jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.

For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.

Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.

Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi

ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.

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Poverty alleviation high on agenda during president’s

President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio

n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.

Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,

heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.

To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur

al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Pei­qing, an 85-year-old farmer

in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.

“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet

ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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Speaking of the Chinese economy, Liu said, China is

 accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo

pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.

China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa

ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.

The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma

rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg

er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.

On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.

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Chongqing twin bridges win top civil engineering award

The Twin River Bridges in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, a famous scenic spot, has won Tien-yow Jem

e Civil Engineering Prize, the country’s top civil engineering award, Chongqing Daily reported.The twin bridg

e consists of the Dongshuimen Bridge over the Yangtze River and the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River. Looki

ng from above, the twin bridges connecting Jiangbei district, Yuzhong peninsula and Nan’an district look like one

long bridge.Qiansimen Bridge. [Photo/IC]The Dongshuimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2014, crosses the Yang

tze River with a cable-stayed main span that is 445 meters long, connecting the Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts. It is the

world’s longest single plane partially cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with two towers.

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China is using high-tech measures, such as satell

ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage

, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection

department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens

ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.

Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi

ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.

He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and

ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each

other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov

ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang

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Consultancy IDC estimates the country will pour in bill

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.

Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min

istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus

try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.

Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the

sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.

But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr

ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.

 

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Today, there are hundreds of big planes flying betwee

en cities around the world and carrying machine components,” noted Mohammad Ehteshami, the former head of engineer

ing at GE Aviation who now runs GE Additive, a new business focusing on the latest manufacturing techni

ques like 3D printing. “Tomorrow, you won’t need to do all of that. You’ll just print what you need.”

At Siemens, additively-manufactured turbine blades can be cooled by complex internal channels, thereby improving their fun

ctional efficiency. Such technology now allows novel geometries that were not possible before.

According to a report released by the German conglomerate, add

itive manufacturing enables rapid prototyping resulting in up to 75 percent of former develo

pment time, and is more sustainable by consuming up to 65 percent less resources, by reducing gas emiss

ions by up to 30 percent and generally by creating components with longer life spans.

Experts believe that China is quickly closing the gap on the technology’s application and commercialization.

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Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday

in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.

Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.

Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai

n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre

e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.

“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.

Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin

g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.

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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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