Zhang Dawei, chief analyst with Centaline Property, sai

id the main reason behind this is the real estate market in some cities is at risk of going out of control, and the land market shows signs of overheating.

China’s house prices continued to stabilize despite slight increa

ses in April, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Sixty-seven out of the 70 major Chi

nese cities saw an increase in the number of newly built homes that were sold in April.

On a month-on-month basis, new home prices in Dalian and Nanning rose 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent, re

spectively. On a year-on-year basis, new house prices in these cities grew 13.2 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.

Although excluded from the 70 major Chinese cities surveyed by the N

ational Bureau of Statistics, Foshan and Suzhou also saw a surge in home prices in April.

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Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

s in China are ready to commercialize 5G. China will directly grant 5G licenses, instead of the previ

ous plan to give several key cities interim 5G licenses, to better time the rollout,” said a source clos

ed to the telecom industry regulator who asked to remain anonymous because public statements are not authorized.

Michael Gao Wenhao, deputy general manager of the 5G industrial products line at ZTE, disclosed at a 5G conference in

Hong Kong on Thursday that “China is likely to start commercial use of 5G nationwide on Oct 1”.

He told China Daily that he got the information from the country’s major telecom operators.

China said earlier that it was considering a pre-commercial launch of 5G this year, follo

wed by large-scale commercialization in 2020. Miao Wei, minister of industry an

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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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Lan Fei, marketing center director for Guangzhou Wei

meizi Industrial Co in Guangdong province, said people in lower-tier cities have huge consumption power.

In 2016, the company’s oral care brand Saky reached customers in lower-tier cities for the first time. Mor

eover, the quality of oral care products in this market varies, so there is huge potential.

In addition to traditional sales channels such as supermarkets and stores, Saky was introduced to co

nsumers in lower-tier cities by livestreaming hosts on social media platforms. The hosts used en

tertaining methods to introduce oral care products and educate consumers about the correct way to use them.

“On Kuaishou, the host placed some sesame powder on a piece of c

orn, showing that Saky’s electric toothbrush could easily wash it away,” he said. “The host

also held a Saky electric toothbrush against a balloon (which did not burst) to demonstrate that its power could not damage teeth.”

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Li Qiang, director of the Shenzhou Institute’s postgradua

raduate department, said China has trained hundreds of foreign space engineers since the mid-1990s.

However, those training sessions were mostly occasional, often accompanied a satellite export deal, and were mainly focu

sed on ground-based control and applications of satellites rather than their design and production, the director said.

“However, in recent years, along with the expansion in our cooperation in the space indu

stry with other countries, many of our foreign partners voiced their hopes that we could hold some sort of syst

ematic training programs to help them create their own spacecraft designers and technicians,” he said.

Therefore, he said, “We decided to open a two-year postgraduate prog

ram and then sent the message to countries having space cooperation with China.”

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The e-card, which applies across the country as a n

tionally unified social security card, can be used as a recognized form of ID and

contains functions such as information reco

rds, self-service enquiries, medical insurance settlements and payments, and financial payments.

Each electronic social security card corresponds with an actual social security card. Therefore, card holders can get t

hings done by scanning the QR code of the e-card even if they forget to bring the actual social security card.

The first electronic social security card was issued in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong pro

vince, in April 2018, and the e-card has been rapidly growing in popularity because it is easy to obtain and use.

An official from the ministry said that more than 25 percent of the social security card holders will have e-cards nex

t year, and a nationwide unified social security card system will cover the payment and settlement.

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Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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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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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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She said that now that people are living alone longer

 and learning how to care for themselves instead of depending on a partner, they are practicing healthier lifestyles.

“For example, unmarried men used to dramatically be less healthy th

an married men, but recently they have come close to closing the gap,” she said.

DePaulo said that in the US, there’s also a lot of research showin

g that single people are more social than married people.

“They participate more in the events in their cities and

towns, and do more to stay in touch with, and ex

change help with, their parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and neighbors,” she added.

The internet also allows single people to stay connected wi

th others even when they are home alone, DePaulo said.

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