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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.
hinese internet search giant Baidu Inc inked an in-depth partnership with China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip, in its latest efforts to drive the development of intelligent tourism in China.
Under the agreement, Baidu will deploy its cloud services and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide Ctrip with solutions tailor
ed to tourism scenarios and businesses. Baidu Cloud, the cloud unit of Baidu will help Ctrip impr
ove operational efficiency and customer experience and reduce costs in marketing and sales, customer acquisition and online traffic conversion.
The two companies will also continue to explore a variety of smart services in more scenarios
based on Baidu’s AI capabilities, such as speech technology and autonomous driving.
“The tourism industry is growing rapidly and Ctrip is the industry leader. Baidu looks forward to working wi
th Ctrip to upgrade tourism services with ‘cloud plus AI’, enhance customer experience, and ex
plore a viable path to intelligent tourism for the entire industry,” said Zhang Dongchen, vice-president of Baidu.
“With the vigorous development of tourism, consumer needs are more and more diversified. To better serve our customers, Ctrip
needs to be enabled by advanced cloud computing and AI technologies,” said Xiong Xing, executive vi
ce-president of Ctrip and CEO of air ticketing business unit and international business unit of the company.
Xiong said they hoped to collaborate with Baidu to create smarter customer service and more value for users.
This partnership is not limited to IT infrastructure. With Baidu Cloud’s capabilities, big data
analytics can be conducted on users’ interests, habits and preferences. Different tourism products can
be packaged by Baidu’s AI and machine learning technologies to offer every user customized solutions.
Over the past three years, Baidu Cloud has collaborated with more than 2,000 partners in
over 30 industries, such as finance, security, transportation and education, and created over 100 solutions.
get of plagiarism allegations because he, having obtained a PhD at the Beijing Film Academy and been freshly enrolled by Peking University f
or postdoctoral research, was found to not know about the China National Knowledge Infra
structure (CNKI), a Chinese database of academic resources. China Daily writer Zhang Zhouxiang comments:
To anyone who has ever written an academic essay in the Chinese language, Zhai not knowing
about CNKI is as absurd as a self-claimed chemist not knowing the periodic table of elements. CNKI is an
online platform that allows students and scholars to search for academic articles and papers published in
China, and read the materials they need for their dissertations at their college libraries’ expense. Unless a st
udent claims an exception, their dissertation will be included as reference for other researchers.
The allegations against Zhai have naturally stirred up a hornet’s nest of opinions online. B
y Tuesday morning, at least nine hashtags about the incident had appeared on Sina Weibo, China’s equi
valent to Twitter. Added together, these hashtags have been read 3.9 billion times in all.
It should be noted that the incident is not entertainment gossip, but a serious matter about academic plagiarism. If any research instituti
on allows a person to obtain a degree by plagiarizing the work of others, those with real potential for do
ing genuine academic research will lose the opportunity, which in turn hurts the academic environment as a whole.
Imax box offices set a new record over the Chinese New Year period starting on Feb 5, grossing 217 million yuan ($32.3 million) across its 599 theaters in China.
Imax Corporation and Imax China said in a news release on Feb 11 that the results were driven by the
strong performances of three local-language films – The Wandering Earth, Crazy Alien and Peg
asus. The sales figures marked Imax China’s best Chinese New Year performance ever, up 40 percent year-on-year.
The Wandering Earth, China’s first big-budget sci-fi film, led the pack by grossing more than
185 million yuan in Imax theaters to become the highest grossing local-language film in Imax hi
story, surpassing Mojin: The Lost Legend. Imax screenings accounted for more than 9 percent of the film’s gross ov
erall takings. The film also set new Imax records for the biggest opening week, surpassing Avengers: Infinity War, as
well as the biggest single day and best three-day performance for a local-language title.
“We are very pleased with these record-breaking Chinese New Year results, which are particularly significant when com
pared to 2018’s record performance that was up 80 percent over the previous year,” said Imax CEO Richard L. Gelfond.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the
classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.
The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan m
acarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaro
n will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to m
odern day life in London. The fortune macarons will be available as part of the Chinese New Year set menu and also a la carte.
Will Self is an English novelist and journalist, was a food critic for The Observer, and h
as written for titles including The Guardian, Harper’s and The London Review. Self writes to as
tonish people with his fantastical style, and wrote ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker’, a collection of no
n-traditional restaurant reviews for the New Statesmen. His 2002 novel ‘Dorian, an Imitation’ was long listed for th
e Booker Prize and his novel ‘Umbrella’ shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his unique style and tone of voi
ce, which will be a defining feature of the Hakkasan fortune macarons. Speaking about the partnership he said。
the last few years, with the unemployment rate steadily registering 3 percent or lower in nin
e months, which made it difficult for companies to look for workers, let alone skilled ones or engineers.
Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, s
aid that the association has about 3,800 members, half of which are m
anufacturing companies. Around 80 percent of the members have seen a labor shortage in one way or another.
Ian Robertson, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison college of Engineering, said the college has 800 gr
aduates every year. They have about 6,000 job opportunities to choose from, most of which are outside of the state.
To meet the demand for engineers, the college plans to expand their enrollment from around 4,500 t
o 5,200 in the next few years. But after graduation, how many of the students will be hired by Foxconn is hard to say.
Robertson said many companies in need of engineers tend to build long-term relationships wit
h the university by establishing labs and offering internships. “Foxconn is just one of them,” he said.
nce who came with his family. “We’re attracted by the unique and novel style of Tan Dun.”
Having celebrated the Lunar New Year for eight years, the New York P
hilharmonic intends to “continue it pretty much indefinitely” because both loc
als and Chinese people here love it, Bill Thomas, executive director of the orchestra, told Xinhua.
“Music is a universal language. We always hope what we do will help a broad wo
rld community, including the relationship between our two nations,” he said.
He also noted that Chinese and Asian audience of classical music have incre
ased substantially in recent years, and that the orchestra now travels regularly to China’s Shanghai in summer.
“We like to perform in China as often as possible,” he added.
Musicians perform during the 8th Chinese New Year Concert by New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center in
New York, the United States, Feb. 6, 2019. The Chinese New Year Concert by New York
Philharmonic Orchestra was held here on Wednesday to celebrate the Year of the Pig