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China’s power generation climbed 4.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.
The pace of growth eased from 8 percent registered in the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
In March alone, power generation rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, up from a rise of 2.9 percent in the first two months.
Generation of hydroelectricity expanded 22 percent year-on-year in March
, the highest growth since March 2016, due to abundant water from southern regions.
The generation of nuclear power and solar power both posted faster year-on-year growth, at 31.7 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.
exhibition in Shanghai commemorates Alphonse Mucha’s greatest cre
ations and explores the motivations behind his pieces, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai.
Celebrated Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s art collection is now
being showcased at the Pearl Art Museum in Shanghai, featuring over 230 original wo
rks of art by the maestro, the biggest ever Mucha exhibition in China, according to the organizers.
form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b
oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai
d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.
Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo
ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu
ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.
The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m
artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am
zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.
niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.
About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys
tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.
Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de
al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work
ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.
To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro
duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int
o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.
They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot
eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst
ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.
and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.
In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a
ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma
kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.
The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok
ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca
mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.
The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb
ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud
ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.
The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.
According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score
s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th
itious, and knowledgeable, with many holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree, he said.
The young people enlisted in recent years are, in general, well-rounded, he
said. In 2018, university graduates accounted for 60 percent of the intake, he added.
They are also more skilled and qualified with more qualifications, including academic degr
ees, vocational skills certificates and other awards for participating in various competitions, he said.
In addition, he said, their willingness to serve the countr
y is growing increasingly intense and the generation born after 2000 are a major force.
“They are cheerful, aspirational and energetic. Talking with them you will feel that they have an
urgent desire to thrive in the military and contribute to making our country and military stronger,” he said.
Statistics from Beijing-headquartered think tank iyiou.com revealed that by last September, there were a total of 20,011 private hosp
itals in China, accounting for nearly half of the country’s medical institutions. According to Hao Deming, exec
utive vice-president and secretary-general of the Chinese Nongovernment Medical Institutions Association, starting from
2013, the number of China’s private hospitals has grown at an annual rate of 15 percent.
Capital also favors private hospitals. “The number of private hospitals in China accounts f
or half of the total, and is growing at a much higher rate than the number of public hospitals. The invest
ment from the capital market into the sector is an unprecedented blockbuster expansion,” said Xia Xia
oyan, a partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during an interview with pppod.net.
The report from BCG showed that since 2012, investment in medical in
stitutions has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 80 percent, realizing a fiftyfold incr
ease from 2012 to 2018. Between 2015 and 2016 a record number of deals took place.
From the beginning of 2017 to May 2018, China’s private healthcare institutions had attracted roughly 11 billion yuan of inve
stment, and each deal surpassed 200 million yuan, according to the report issued by iyiou.com.