China aims to build world-class metropolitan areas by 2035

China aims to build several metropolitan areas with global influence by 2035, according to the country’s top economic planner.

Notable progress should be made by 2022 with improvement in infrastructure in

tegration, freer markets, more coordinated industries and more livable envi

ronments, according to the guidelines released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Metropolitan areas are regions in city clusters which circle around a big

city and are within an hour commute. China plans to build 19 city clusters by 2020.

Support will be given to develop sectors like industrial design, cultural and creativ

e products, and financial services to establish an industrial mix with modern services as the main pillar.

Developing metropolitan areas will help optimize demographics and economic structures and stimu

late effective investment and potential consumption demands, lending steam to economic expansion, the NDRC said.

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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Dianne Feinstein’s climate change discussion with schoolchild

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says

  the children “have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so be

autifully, beautifully possible,” the senator replies, “That doesn’t work with me, thank you.”

  A woman urges the children to read the letter aloud.

  Once most of the children exit, several women stay and calmly chat with Feinstein. One of them says voting to support the deal is important even thou

gh it “isn’t something that’s aimed at passing right now” and the 16-year-old inquires about internship opportunities in F

einstein’s office.Even if everything goes according to plan, it will likely be months before construction on President D

onald Trump’s sought-after border wall can even start, according to senior defense officials.

  Trump recently declared a national emergency on the southern border, a move that in theory will allow his admini

stration to tap and repurpose more than $3 billion in military construction funds to build sections of the wall.

  The declaration has been challenged by several states and some members of Congress.

  Trump also said that his administration would use the Pentagon’s counter drug fund to build sections of the wall.

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This allowed Moros to be a survivor as the environment

  nged. For 15 million years, tyrannosaurs were restricted to this smaller size before evolvin

g into giants (about 12 feet tall and 11,000 to 15,500 pounds) over a 16 million-year period.

  ”Although the earliest Cretaceous tyrannosaurs were small, their predatory specializations mea

nt that they were primed to take advantage of new opportunities when warming tem

peratures, rising sea-level and shrinking ranges restructured ecosystems at the beginning of the Late Cr

etaceous,” Zanno said. “We now know it took them less than 15 million years to rise to power.”

  Moros is most closely related to tyrannosaurs from Asia, which helped the researchers trace the dinosaurs’ lineage. Thi

s means Moros crossed the Alaskan land bridge during the Early Cretaceous to reach North America.

  ”T. rex and its famous contemporaries such as Triceratops may be among our most beloved cultural ico

ns, but we owe their existence to their intrepid ancestors who migrated here from Asia at least 30 million years prior,” Za

nno said. “Moros signals the establishment of the iconic Late Cretaceous ecosystems of North America.”

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They now work with over 100 different suppliers from across

  the country, sourcing the best of the best for everything from game meats to that addictive Irish b

utter. “The idea there was to get the best produce that we can within Ireland,” says Heery.Spread acr

oss the sprawling property are four different restaurants, each catering to a specific mood or type of guest.

  The Oak Room is Adare’s fine-dining option, housed inside a stunningly renovated oak-pa

neled dining room. Local artists were even commissioned to design bespoke wood and ceramic plates a

nd serving pieces, with some of the material coming from the hotel’s own woodlands.

  A six-course, prix-fixe menu with wine pairing will set guests back €250 (ab

out $283) per person. The meal includes elevated takes on traditional Irish fare like

Tipperary quail with salsify and bacon, or 24-hour-cooked Dexter beef with truffles and morel mushrooms. A

nd, of course, service is top notch.For those looking for a more traditional experience, the hotel’s Gallery serves a p

roper Irish afternoon tea that will upend all expectations (and probably ruin you for any version thereafter).

  Guests are treated to a selection of four petite sandwiches, including local salmon and ham; freshly baked scones with

clotted cream; and five different desserts like a tiramisu “shot” filled with coffee jelly and mascarpone mousse.

  The room itself is also mighty impressive: based on the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

it’s 132 feet long with gargantuan marble fireplaces and walls decorated with hand-carved Bible scenes.

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School strips alumnus actor’s PhD over plagiarismen in Dec

The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.

Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec

ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.

Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa

s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.

Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.

Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca

demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.

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Fan Gang, director of China’s National Economic Research

 Institute and vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform

Structural reform on the supply side and the macro adjustment to the demand-side can be done at the same time.

While we must push forward with reforms continuously, whenever there are econom

ic fluctuations, it is still necessary to take some macro-control measures.

That’s what developed countries and market-economy countries have done to stabilize their economies over the years.

We can’t hold back some necessary adjustment me

asures on the demand side just because supply-side reform fails to see results. We need action on both sides.

When we discuss reforms, don’t forget that if the reform isn’t rolled out amid a stable develop

ment environment and the economy doesn’t move at a stable growth level, it will be hard to advance many reforms.

Huang Yiping, deputy dean of the National School of Development of Peking University

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The government should appropriately increase investm

ent in emerging infrastructure, especially in 5G and industrial internet infrastructure, in which there is much room for investment.

Li Bo, vice chairman of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese

The core of securities regulation is information disclosure, rather than letting the government decide or mainta

in stock indices at certain levels. Therefore it is essential to introduce registration-based IPO system reform more

quickly and comprehensively. Moreover, reform to the social security system for seniors should be swiftly enacted. If we want to increase the weight of l

ong-term stable institutional investors in the A-share market, reform to the social security system for retirees is a crucial step.

Lu Lei, deputy director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange

The development model characterized by a low factor cost and low added-value is not sustainable, w

hich is a long-term challenge for China’s economic health. Meanwhile, overdependence on liquidity,

reflected by low interest rates and leverage ratios, is the short-term challenge.

All the crises and lessons in emerging markets derive from internal imbalances, namely, that the r

eal economy lacks competitiveness and operates with high leverage. External risk management and c

ontrol may buy time, but it can only delay systemic risks if there is no effective internal structural reforms.

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