In June 2018, Oppo launched its high-end smartphone mod

Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi

ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.

“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.

Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma

rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.

From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe

rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.

Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe

rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.

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Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with

me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou

te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”

Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec

ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.

“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu

res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con

necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.

In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.

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As part of the plan to build a “Beautiful China”, the count

y has vowed to increase its forest coverage to 26 percent by 2035.

To fulfill the target, Zhang said China should maintain the pace of afforestation – about 6.7 mil

lion hectares of trees newly planted each year – while implementing strict protection of forestry resources.

However, he said that the low survival rate of trees remains a challenge for afforestat

ion, and the administration is determined to tackle this problem in the coming years.

“To maintain a high survival rate, most of the effort should go toward keeping plants in a healthy state rather than simp

ly planting trees,” he said. “Also, species should be planted with the right techniques in inhospitable places.”

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Chinese women spending more on themselves: report

hinese women are buying more for themselves than they have in the past, according to a new report on Chinese women’s consumption.

The report was released one day before this year’s International Women’s Day by Alibaba’s e-commerce platform, Tmall.

More women are spending to please themselves instead of other

people, the report said. Tmall’s data showed that women’s consumption of books, tourism expe

riences, wire-free bras, flat shoes, flowers and other “treat-yourself” products continues to grow significantly.

Women born in the 1980s placed a total of 48.06 million book orders on

Tmall in the past year, while according to data from Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel arm, the same

group spent most on travel, China’s Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, China’s Macao and Singapore their favorite destinations.

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I made some minor mistakes in the forward and backward

dives, but did a good job in the next four routines. It is a special pressure competing the sync

hro because I don’t want to drag my partners down. I tried to catch up with the pace of each partner, whil

e I just need to concentrate on my own in the individual,” Cao said after the 10m platform final in the morning.

Cao stood atop the podium of the 3m springboard synchro later in the evening with Xie Siyi, wi

nning 469.08, well ahead of the runners-up Jahir Ocampo Marroquin/Rommel Pacheco Marrufo of Me

xico (413.61) and Philippe Gagne/Francois Imbeau-Dulac of Canada (399.48).

Daniel Goodfellow/Jack Laugher of Britain placed second after five dives but made a big mistake in their last dive 109C for zero point.

“I had a quick rest at noon and managed to make myself excited for the evening final. I was happy that we performed our best,” Cao said.

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But the activity is surprising. After Trump and Kim’s first sum

  mit in Singapore, the US President appeared to tout reports that North Korea had begun dismantling the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, another name for Tongchang-ri.

  Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies specializing in satell

ite imagery analysis, said that the more notable development is the work being done to the engine test stand, whe

re Pyongyang could theoretically improve the engines on its nuclear-capable missiles.

  North Korea has already successfully tested two types of ICBMs on

mobile launchers, so it doesn’t necessarily need the launch pad to test-fire long-range missiles.

  It’s also possible that the activity at the facility is a chess move in North Korea’s

negotiating strategy, Schmerler said, to ratchet up pressure on Washington.

  Trump and Pompeo have touted as progress the fact that North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests in more than a year.

  ”The site itself, in the macro-sense, is very transparent. And the North Koreans know we are always watching,” he said.

  ”When they do something at Sohae, they know that this could very easily be in the public conversation for domestic American politics.”

  It’s unclear if the recent developments will affect how the White House moves forward with North Korea.

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So far, three closed test sites nationwidein Beijing, Chongqi

ng and Xi’an, Shaanxi province — have been approved by the ministry, Li said. The one in X

i’an released some draft guidance on testing on Feb 27, Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to the guidance, drivers and vehicles that have passed inspect

ions are allowed to test autonomous vehicles in designated open areas of the city.

Only enterprises or research institutes that have mastered the technology can perform te

sts, and they must have the financial ability to pay for accidental losses and to monitor and control the vehicles.

Accidents during the tests will be handled in accordance with the city’s laws and regulations on traffic safety, the guidance said.

Li said autonomous driving will take some time to be well applied. The ministry w

ill work with other ministries and commissions to set up national guidance and standards.

“Legislation in the field should follow,” he said.

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ears later, Geovanis worked for the Russian oligarch Oleg

  Deripaska, whose ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort have also been of interest to investigators.

  Moscow-based businessman David Geovanis

  Two witnesses who have given evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee say the

y were asked about Geovanis’ past relationship with the President during interviews last year. The

interviews were conducted by staff working for both the Republican and Democratic sides of the committee, ac

cording to the sources, who wish to remain anonymous due to the confidential nature of the Senate inquiry.

  This is the first time that Geovanis’ name has been reve

aled in connection with the various investigations underway into Russian influence on US politics, wh

ich include a sweeping new House investigation into Trump’s financial interests.

  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s interest in Geovanis indicates its inv

estigation is delving further back into Trump’s past in Russia than previously thought.

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Globalization needs to be upgraded to serve the interes

In recent years, a rising number of people have realized “the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century.” It was more pronounced in 20

18. Some phenomena that people are familiar with are changing direction. The head winds globalization is facing is one example.

Implied meanings of certain words describing key concepts are going the opposite way. For exam

ple, public opinion in some countries is moving against globalization and globalism. Why does this happen?

In the UN General Assembly in September 2018, almost the whole world heard US President Donald Trump’s comp

laint on globalism, which was hard to imagine previously. Terms like “globalism,” “global governance”, which wer

e popular in Western politics, are not hot any more in their birthplace. Is this a time to abandon globalism?

It is expected that “globalization,” “globalism” and “global governance” will see a winter prior to their revival. Not lo

ng ago, World Bank President Jim Yong-kim abruptly resigned, three years before the end of his term. The reason w

as said to be Trump’s dislike for the World Bank and his belief that the international lender is

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Five more lunar locations get Chinese nameon Jan

ive more geographical entities on the moon have been given Chinese names, based on discoveri

es from China’s latest Chang’e 4 mission, according to a news conference on Friday.

The China National Space Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences and International Astronomical Union held a j

oint news conference Friday to announce the five names approved by the IAU on Feb 4.

The landing site of the Chang’e 4 probe is named Statio Tianhe, and three annular pits around the landing site are called Zhin

yu, Hegu and Tianjin. The central peak in the Von Karman Crater is referred to as Mons Tai.

The five places are clearly shown on high-resolution images based on data from the Chang’e 2 and Chang’e 4 missions.

China’s Chang’e 4 probe, launched on Dec 8, landed on the Von Kar

man Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3.

Tianhe, another name for the galaxy in ancient China, implies that th

e Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.

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