A recent report by the Beijing Municipal Education

 Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in

Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.

A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w

ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.

“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho

ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea

ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”

In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua

n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at

tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.

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Data cited from Zhaopin, an online recruitment platform

 shows that college students slated to graduate in 2019 have higher

expectations of working in these cities, than in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

According to the platform, 44 percent of new graduates this year wish to find their jobs in new fir

st-tier cities, while only about 30 percent hope to work in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Yang Zheng, who graduated with a master’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai in March, said th

at he received three offers from companies in the city, but finally chose a high-tech enterprise in neighboring Hangzhou.

“I’ve spent about seven years in Shanghai, it’s time to explore a new world,” he said, laughing. “The most importa

nt reason I chose Hangzhou is the city’s potential development in the high-tech industry, which can bring us more opportunities.”

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it its lowest level since November. Trade talks betw

ween China and the United States recently faltered and a large amount of additional tariffs are expected to be imposed on imports from both sides.

China will take necessary measures, in response to foreign exchange market flu

ctuations, including using a strengthened risk management system, said Pan.

He also stressed that authorities would crack down on illegal activities in foreign exchange trading.

“China has sufficient policy tools,” said Pan, who is also director of th

e State Administration of Foreign Exchange, the country’s foreign exchange regulator.

The PBOC vice-governor also confirmed on Sunday that China will continually implement

opening-up policies and improve the environment for overseas investors and protect the legal rights of foreign investors.

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Food festivals offer visitors taste of Asiaonal Beijin

Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.

The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere

nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b

etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.

Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh

ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at

tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers

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Shanghai hotels no longer provide disposables automatically

Hotels in Shanghai will no longer automatically provide disposable daily necessities such as toothbrush, comb and shaver f

rom July 1 as a regulation on household waste will come into effect in the city on the day, People’s Daily reported.

Around 4.8 billion guests booked into 440,000 hotels in China in 2017, as per data. More than 70 percent o

f soaps are thrown away after being used once, a survey shows. Calculated by weight, each hotel t

hrows away 2.5 kg disposable soaps every day and 440,000 hotels would throw away more than 400,000 tons

of soaps every year. If each ton of soaps costs 20,000 yuan, that would be 8 billion yuan worth of soap.

Apart from soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo and bath foam are often discarded

after one-time use. It’s not only a waste of money, but also a burden for environment as many articles are non-degradable.

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As a result, it is paramount to use new technologies and

international cooperation to jointly tackle these natural disaster risks, protect ecological security and achieve sustainable development,” Bai said.

The academy will continue to collaborate with foreign partners to create new platform

s and mechanisms to improve disaster management and ecological protection, he added.

Mami Mizutori, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in a video speech that th

e scale and reach of the world’s largest infrastructure initiative will impact billions of people and reshape the ph

ysical world, and countries should be mindful of these projects’ impact on the environment and inhabitants.

“It is encouraging that the government of China is taking proac­tive measures to ensu

re that the development of the Belt and Road Initiative is risk-informed and sustainable,” she added.

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My reaction (to the share price) is if we build and bu

ild well, shareholders will be rewarded. We’re certainly not measu

ring our success over a day, it really is over the years,” Khosrowshahi told Reuters.

The IPO was a watershed moment for the decade-old com

pany, which was started after its founders struggled to find a cab on a snowy night.

Khosrowshahi was accompanied by a team of Uber officials at the NYSE to celebrate. Co-founder and former CEO Tra

vis Kalanick, who resigned in 2017 under pressure from investors, was also seen on the trading floor.

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The company’s road to IPO was marred by several hurdles includ

ing increased regulation in several countries and fights with its drivers over wages.

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Young Chinese perform street dances at iconic spots

About 2,000 young Chinese dancers from 31 provinces across China perfor

med street dances at iconic spots in different cities, including the pagoda on Baota Mou

ntain in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, and on the banks of Yellow River running through Lanzhou city in Northwest Ch

ina’s Gansu province, from April 25 to May 4, marking the centenary of the May Fourth Movement in China.

Launched by the China Hip-Hop Union Committee, the flash mob event showc

ases young Chinese dancers, who performed a variety of street dance styles, including popping, breaking and hip-hop.

In 2013, the China Hip-Hop Union Committee was founded by the Chinese Danc

ers Association and more than 30 subcommittees were launched nationwide.

To popularize the art form, the committee brought free street dance classes to more than 600 schools in 164 cities, esp

ecially poverty-stricken areas, attracting about 150,000 students.
It was supported by the Central Com

mittee of the Communist Youth League and the Chinese Dancers Association.

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Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

mation, also considers characterization as a crucial element to developing successful animated works.

The studio’s 2018 smash hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won a string of awards, including the 91st Os

cars’ best animated feature, thanks to its unique look that combines computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

Speaking of developing a formula for making hit movies, Marsden says: “It begin

s with characters. If you can create a character that is beloved, charming and appealing, and touches the hearts of an audie

nce, you are well on your way to creating a successful animated movie that can cross all borders.”

If Hollywood’s experience leads it to focus primarily on the characters they create, Japanese director Hay

ato Date says he believes that voice-over dialogue is another important factor affecting the success of any animated work.

Best known for the manga-adapted animated TV series Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, Date r

eveals that he has developed a particular method which gathers all the voice artists together to record the scenes.

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Cambodia is working with China to launch our first

 satellite in 2021, so the (Cambodian) government hoped that someone could learn something abo

ut spacecraft. But there is no school in Cambodia that teaches such a thing. So here I am,” Chea said.

China has signed an agreement with Cambodia to develop, make and launch the Southeastern Asian nation’s first sat

ellite in the next few years. The satellite, Techo 1, will be used for communications.

Moreno Pena, on the other hand, has 11 years’ experience at the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities, Venezuela’s sp

ace organization, as an electrical engineer and chief of the spacecraft operation unit.

This is the second time he has come to China as a student. The first time w

as in 2007, when he was selected to take part in satellite application training in Beijing.

He said he came to China this time hoping to expan

d his knowhow on spacecraft and learn how to design and build satellites.

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