China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, with 126 crew members aboard on the 35th Antarc
tic research mission, on Thursday local time left the Zhongshan Station on its way back to China.
Snow Eagle 601, China’s first fixed-wing aircraft for polar flight, on Th
ursday night also departed from the Antarctic after completing all assignments.
Xuelong arrived near Zhongshan on Feb 9. It supplied the station with fuel oil, then picked up summer exped
ition team members at the Kunlun, Taishan and Zhongshan stations, as well as members of the fixed-wing aircraft project.
Sixteen members of the Kunlun team previously completed all scientific expeditions at Dome Argus (Dome A), the So
uth Pole’s highest icecap. They, together with 21 members of the Taishan team, returned to Zhongshan on Feb. 8.
The Zhongshan team completed tasks including installation of and tests for LiDAR, drilling of ice bedrock, aa
tmospheric sounding observation, surveys of birds and aerial exploration carried out by the fixed-wing aircraft.
As the summer expedition team at Zhongshan left, 19 members stay for winter expeditions.
Also known as the Snow Dragon, the icebreaker carrying a research team set sail from Shanghai on Nov 2 last year, beg
inning the country’s 35th Antarctic expedition. It is expected to arrive in Shanghai in mid-March.
wed closely by the US and Japan, the report revealed. The three countries own 74 percent of all issued AI patents globally.
The CISTP report noted that while China has the world’s secondlargest AI talent pool, it has a lower percentage of top talents.
By the end of 2017, China had amassed more than 18,000 AI specialists, behind only the US. But, Ch
ina had only 977 top-tier AI specialists, just one-fifth of the number in the US, ranking sixth globally.
“China’s strengths are mainly shown in AI applications and it is still weak on the front of core techn
ologies of AI, such as hardware and algorithm development,” the report noted. “China’s AI de
IJING – China’s new yuan-denominated loans stood at 3.23 trillion yuan ($477 billion) in
January 2019, up 328.4 billion yuan year-on-year, central bank data showed Friday.
velopment lacks top-tier talent and has a significant gap with developed countries, especially the US, in this regard.”
Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.
The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.
Since the implementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio
n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.
In implementing the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties
with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.
Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jointly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable.
The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de
finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.
It also expands the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p
latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa
ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.
Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.
The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ
cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.
In a bid to improve the nation’s business environment, the China National Intellectual Property Administration will roll
out a new set of regulations on trademark filings to curb the “applications out of malice”.
The regulations draft has been publicized on the CNIPA website, soliciting suggestions and opinions from the public until March 14.
The move reflects a shift in policymakers’ focus from intellectual property quantity to quality, s
aid Li Shunde, a senior IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Comprised of eight articles, the new regulations target “abnormal applications”, such as trademark sq
uatting, imitating established brands and filings with no intentions for actual use in industry or business.
The regulations, once they take effect, will also come as a severe blow to tradema
rk speculators, who apply for and stock trademarks for trade rather than industrial or business use.
will rise by $30 if Apple moves its final assembly lines to the United States. If Apple manufactu
res components and assembles them in the country, the cost will go up by $100 with the investment, labor and logistics involved.
What’s more, the relocation to the United States would also see rising prices of many supplier items produced outside the U
nited States, including semi-conductors, processors, memory, displays, batteries, the plastic and metal enclosures.
“Our industry involves highly customized products. It requires both strong research and development ability and ind
ustry scale. So, moving the supply chain would be a long shot,” said Meng Wu Peng, deputy general manager of Le
ns Technology, which manufactures cover-glass for smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung.
Foxconn has hinted for months that it might shift focus to research and develo
pment facilities rather than large-scale manufacturing, casting doubts on its ability to live up to its promises.