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e in Guangdong – 30 cases per 100,000 people – is more than 30 times higher than the rest of the world.

When Ma was a visiting scholar in the United States, he found many patients we

re Chinese-American, and most of their families were originally from Guangdong.

An epidemiology study in 2010 traced the risk gene for this type of cance

r to the Baiyue people, an ethnic group that lived in the area more than 2,000 years ago.

In 1998, the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network proposed concomitant radiothera

py and chemotherapy along with three courses of intensified adjuvant chemotherapy afterward to treat patients with a

dvanced nasopharyngeal cancer. It became the standard treatment for advanced cases around the world.

For years, Ma has wondered if it really worked for Chinese people.

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Environmental inspections show their effectiveness

More officials have been held to account for violations found in central environmental inspections, raising the total nu

mber of punished officials to more than 12,000, according to the country’s top environmental watchdog.

Most recently, 1,035 officials from eight provincial regions, including Jilin, Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces, were called t

o account for their involvement in 89 environmental violations uncovered in the fourth round of inspections from Augu

st to September 2017, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a news release on Monday.

Among the officials, 218 are in positions at the prefecture level, which is just below

ministerial level, and 320 hold posts equivalent to county head, the ministry said.

While 296 of the officials were summoned, 773 were punished by administrative or Party disciplinary agencies, i

ncluding receiving demerits or warnings that will bar them from promotion for a period of time.

Two officials were transferred to judicial authorities.

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Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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Experts believe these policies were set to introduce tal

lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost

the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.

While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.

Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction

and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente

r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg

istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.

Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the

ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p

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rists from China view cherry blossoms from a boat in Kyo

hen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the Jap

anese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

“If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to applicants, their w

orkload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38

million tourists from the Chinese mainland trave

led to Japan in 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 13.9 per

cent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world‘s largest source of tourists since 2014, reachin

g nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Torrential rains trouble traffic in Guangdongu Baiyun Airport

orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,

and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i

s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w

ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci

ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc

hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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hina increases preschool education spendingritten on lanter

The Chinese central government has increased financial input for preschool education, from 15 billio

n yuan (2.2 billion US dollars) in 2018 to 16.85 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.

Some 1 billion yuan will be allocated to expand the building of kindergartens in the country’s 11 provincial-level regions in 2019,

part of an effort to increase preschool education resources, Lyu Yugang, an official with the ministry, said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, local governments have taken effective measures to increase public access to affordable preschool education.

 China’s top economic planner approved 50 fixed-asset investment pro

jects worth 370.3 billion yuan (about $55.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

These projects are mainly in the energy, transportation and high-tech industries, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Among them, the Yongqing-Shanghai section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pi

peline project will play an important role in optimizing energy structure, improving gas supply along the route

and helping the local economy and environment, according to NDRC spokesperson Yuan Da.

The country’s fixed-asset investment rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in Q1, 0.2 percenta

ge points faster than the first two months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Fixed-asset investment includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

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The signed exhibitors at trade in service area are Deloitt

PWC, KPMG, Ernst&Young, UPS, DHL, CMA CGM, HSBC, and VALE International.

The food showing area will be 60,000 square meters showing d

airy products, vegetables, fruits, meats, aquatic products, snacks, condiments, liquor and bever

ages, and the exhibitors will include Nestle, Danone, Fonterra, Theland, Dole, Louis Dreyfus and Cargill.

The 12th China Arts Festival will bring a slew of art activities to the Chinese economic and art hub Shanghai.

From May 20 to June 2, more than 50 shows selected nationwide will be perform

ed in 19 major theaters in Shanghai, over 600 artworks will go on display at the China Art Museum, and a fine

selection of creative cultural products will be shown at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. The festival will inclu

de various art forms, such as opera, chamber music, dancing, painting, sculpture and photography.

As 2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the foun

ding of the People’s Republic of China, this year’s repertoire will be centered aro

und the lives of modern Chinese people as well as the diversified and prosperous art development in the new era.

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