Father of slain student petitions court for death penalty

It’s been nearly a year since Xie Diao, a postgraduate student of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was stabbed seven tim

es to death by his high school classmate Zhou Kaixuan at a restaurant outside the school.

Xie Zhonghua, father of Xie Diao, has been immersed in grief in the past year: He often

dreamed of his son, but then would suddenly awaken and start sobbing uncontrollably.

The case will finally be heard in Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court on May 24. To get justice for his son, Xie Zhon

ghua took to the streets and publicized the case, gathering tens of thousands of signatures that he has su

bmitted to the court. He hopes that, through his petition, the court would sentence Zhou to death.

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Moreover, China’s economic development in the past three de

 decades has prompted a huge rise in urbanization, which has see

n large numbers of unattached young people from rural areas move to large cities in sea

rch of work. Their work-dominated lifestyles mean few have friends to share meals with.

To feed this massive market, catering companies have started providi

ng more options tailored to single customers. Meituan-Dianping, a popular food del

ivery company, told the Financial Times that 65 percent of its orders come from unmarried customers.

On food delivery platforms, many restaurants offer meal deals specifically for singletons. Pizza Hut provides 15-centimeter, o

ne-person bases, while stir-fry restaurants offer reduced portions or meal deals consisting of just one or two dishe

s and a bowl of rice, compared with traditional meals that must contain at least three main dishes plus a soup.

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Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC that, “We’ve been

working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”

“Recently, some US politicians have repeatedly made rumors about Huawei but canno

t provide any evidence that other countries have requested,” Lu told a daily news conference.

He noted that the US public is having more and more doubts over the market turbulen

ce and undermined industrial cooperation caused by the trade war and technology war initiated by the US.

“So some US politicians have continually created rumors, tr

ying to mislead the public and stir up ideological opposition, which is illogical,” Lu said.

Ideological differences do not necessarily impede tra

de, industrial and technological cooperation between countries, he said.

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On Monday morning, Xi visited the JL MAG Rare-Earth

 Co and learned about the company’s production of rare earths and the development of the rare earth industry in Ganzhou.

On the heels of the United States government announcement it will ban unauthorized exports of US technology to Hua

wei, by Monday, a number of major US tech giants, including Google, had reportedly stopped supplies.

Amid the escalating tit-for-tat trade blows between the world’s tw

o largest economies, the US putting Huawei, the face of Chinese hi-tech progress, on its Ent

ity List is no doubt a calculated blow to hit China and Huawei where it hurts. “America will probably use its ability to with

hold components from Huawei as a bargaining chip in a future trade deal with China,” The Economist reckons.

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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-

carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air

Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral

waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern

coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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The number of unicorns in a given city is often consid

ered a barometer of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The majority of China’s unicorns are based in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhe

n, with a combined number of 156, 19 more than the previous year and accounting for 77.2 percent of the total.

Nanjing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Qingdao are new gathering places for unicorns, the report said.

Driven by global capital, China’s unicorns have accelerated the pa

ce at which they go public, with unicorns now taking an average of 71 months to IPO.

From January 2017 to May 2019, 36 unicorns were listed on the global stock market, with eight in 2017 and 21 in 2018.

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Xinjiang to launch up to 100 trains for tourists

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home and abroad, local

authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other part

s of the country to boost Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Ti

ngfen, deputy general manager of Xinjiang Railway Tourism Development Group.

The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern parts of Xinjia

ng, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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Lu’s comment followed US Treasury Secretary Steven Mn

nuchin’s comments on Wednesday that he is hopeful that both countries can “go back to the table”.

Lu told a Foreign Ministry news briefing that China has reiterated that it

s door is always open, but negotiations must be meaningful and conducted with sincerity.

“A mutually beneficial deal must be based on mutual respect, equality and win-win outcomes,” he said.

The US, out of political purposes, has used its state power to groundlessly suppress Chinese te

ch firms, which has severely affected the global development and cooperation in science and technology, he said.

It has also damaged the interests of businesses of relevant countri

es and will not win the approval and support of the international society, he added.

“Apparently it will not help create a good atmosphere for the negotiations,” he said.

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Footwear makers: cut and run from tariffsrtment at the

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines

s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an

d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.

A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi

na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p

olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask

ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by

the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

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He said through the SAR government’s efforts and a ratio

onal discussion among the people of Hong Kong, the city will eventually reach a consensus and any doubts over the issue will be dispelled.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Comm

ittee, hoped that all sectors in Hong Kong will work together to safeguard the image of the city’s rule of law.

The SAR government proposed to amend its Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and Mutual Legal Assista

nce in Criminal Matters Ordinance in March. The proposed amendments will allow Hong Kon

g to surrender fugitive offenders to jurisdictions with which it does not currently have extradition arrangements on

a case-by-case basis, with prior approval from the chief executive before an application is submitted to the courts.

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