hina to remain steadfast protecting national security

hina welcomes the United States’ willingness to develop a stable mi

litary-to-military relationship, but will remain steadfast in safeguarding national sove

reignty and security, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday in Singapore.

In a keynote speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday morning, acting US

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that China and the US can still have a cooperative rela

tionship. Although competition does exist between the two countries, it does not always mean conflict, he added.

Shanahan also noted some “destabilizing activities” in Asia and emphasized the US’s milit

ary presence and commitment in the region. He called for more communication between the US and Chi

nese militaries to settle their differences and build a constructive relationship

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Its use of state power to throttle the development of a fore

foreign company not only jeopardizes fairness and justice in world trade, it

also poses a tangible threat to the security of 5G networks.

As Huawei said in a statement, “If the US restricts Huawei, it will not make the US safer, nor will

it make the US stronger. It will only force the US to use inferior and expensive alternative equipment.”

Inferior equipment that might be exploited by criminals and terrorists.

That the order is politically motivated rather than for security purposes can be seen from the fact that i

t is merely the latest in a series of moves by Washington targeting Huawei-one of which was particularly despicable.

It has also tried to rally its allies to its cause, most recently at a conference in Prague on May 2-3. But i

t has been unable to persuade them that it is not simply being malicious in pursuit of putting America first.

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With its story set entirely in Shanghai, the English version

 features the voices of action superstar Jackie Chan and Constance W

u, who is best known for the 2018 US romcom Crazy Rich Asians.

South Korean producer Hongjoo Ahn, the creator of The Nub Job franchise and a speaker at the festiva

l’s master class, reveals that he is currently working on two animated films with strong connections to China.

One is Mean Margaret, a China-US production based on the

novel of the same name by American writer Tor Seidler. The other is Songhua, an original sto

ry inspired by the annual ice festival in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province.

“We have been working closely with Chinese animation talents and studios for many years. We have seen an amazing pa

ce of growth in this industry. The cultural and technological advancements are leading us into a golden age where we c

an create content based on Chinese stories that we feel can play globally,” says Ahn.

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Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Drug regulators in Hainan province are investigating the suspected sources of HPV 9-valent vaccines that were illegally adm

inistered at Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International Hospital, whose business license was revoked as a result.

If a crime is found to have been committed, the case will be handed to public

security departments, according to a statement jointly issued on Sunday by Hainan’s Health Co

mmission, Market Supervision Administration, Drug Administration and Public Security Department.

It said the four departments will form a working group to supervise the investigations and legal enforcement.

The working group will contact people who received the vaccines at

Yinfeng hospital, listen to their opinions and take action to safeguard their rights.

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Tesla said it planned to deliver 90,000 to 100,000 vehicl

les to customers in the second quarter, where it predicted that an estima

ted loss would be “significantly” less than the $702 million lost in the first quarter.

The company delivered about 63,000 vehicles in the first quarter.

The gross profit margin on the Model 3 – a focus for investors – remained steady at 20 percent.

Tesla also announced it would start offering its own ins

urance product in about a month to better reflect the safety of its vehicles.

Tesla reported net loss attributable to common shareholders of $702.1 million, or $4.10 p

er share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $709.6 million, or $4.19 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding some items, Tesla lost $1.77 per share, compared with

Wall Street expectations of a loss of 69 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.

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Autonomous driving needs to adapt to different roa

ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec

t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.

Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark

ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m

unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.

As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.

The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te

st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.

Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.

As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom

ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.

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After years of reform and opening-up, the number o

of high-quality enterprises with good investment prospects is risi

ng, giving China an increasingly larger influence on the global VC market, Zhou said.

Forbes has given Chinese investors more recognition also because the domestic VC industry has bec

ome more professional after 20-odd years of development, said Zhou. “But compared with top players, Chines

e venture capitalists still have a long way to go to sharpen their investment ability.”

As China further opens up the VC industry and competitio

n intensifies, domestic players will become more capable, Zhou said.

Premier Li Keqiang announced during the recent Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan that the coun

try will make it easier for foreign-invested companies to make VC investment and set up investment companies.

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Had the deal been passed, Britain would have left the EU on May

The EU said the rejection of divorce terms made a no-deal Brexit “a likely

scenario” and called an emergency summit for April 10 to decide what to do next.

An EU Commission official said the 27 remaining EU nations were “fully prepared f

or a no-deal scenario at midnight 12th of April” — Britain’s deadline to chart a new course.

Almost three years after Britain voted in June 2016 to leave the EU, British politicians remain deeply gridlocked over Brexit. May had urged divided legislators to s

upport the deal and finally break an impasse that has left Britons uncertain when, or even if, the country will leave the EU.

The 58-vote margin of defeat was narrower than in previous votes in Janua

ry and March, but it still leaves the government’s blueprint for exiting the bloc in tatters.

May’s deal was voted down even after the prime minister sacrificed her job in exchange for Br

exit, promising to quit if lawmakers approved the agreement and let Britain leave the EU on schedule. With the

deal’s rejection, she will face pressure to step aside and let a new Conservative leader take over negotiations with the EU.

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Planes grounded after Ethiopian Airlines crashe doomed Et

The pilots of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight told air traffic control they were having “

flight control problems” before the crash, airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN’s Richard Quest Tuesday.

That suggests the plane was not responding to pilots’ inputs and they were losing control of the aircraft, Quest explains.

GebreMariam said the flight data recorders “will be sent overseas,” rather than being r

ead in Ethiopia, which does not have the technical capability to do it. He did not say where, specifically, they would be read.

Pilots were aware of airworthiness directive issued after the Lion Air crash in October and had had additional training, he said.

Pilots of Ethiopian Airlines told air traffic control they were having “flight control problems,” reports

“This will be extremely worrying because that is exactly what was happening with Lion Air.

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There are 1.2 million tons of illegally abandoned waste acro

  South Korea, according to the Ministry of Environment.

  In theory, all waste produced in the country is handled in one of three ways: it is either rec

ycled, processed into fuel, or incinerated. But a series of events in recent years have disrupted this system.

  In 2017, a surge in smog levels prompted the governmen

t to tighten regulations on waste-to-energy plants and waste incineration facilities which wer

e blamed for belching out polluting fumes, says Sung Nak-kuen of the Korea Waste Association.

  Consequently, the number of incineration facilities fell from

611 in 2011 to 395 last year. And with the waste-to-energy plants feeling the squeeze, dem

and for solid recovered fuel — non-recyclable plastic and paper burned for heat and energy — has collapsed.

  But in late 2017, China banned the import of 24 types

of solid waste, including paper and plastic, extending it in April last year to include dozens more type

s of recyclable materials, including steel waste, used auto parts and old ships.

  Exports of plastic waste from South Korea to China fell by ove

r 90%, according to the Korea International Trade Association. Trash overflowed on the

streets of Seoul as the waste management companies refused to collect it.

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