China has urged its young guns to play their part in making this year’s FIBA World Cup
a tournament to remember after the host nation di
scovered its group-stage opponents over the weekend. Saturday’s star-studded draw ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena, where the 32 teams were assigned to eight groups, heig
htened anticipation levels for the event, which w
ill be staged from Aug 31-Sept 15 in eight Chinese cities. Rising forces such as Spain and Argentina are expected to pose a stiff challenge to t
wo-time defending champion the United States,
but after being drawn in a relatively easy Group A with Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela, Team China is also planning to make its mark.
“After the dust settles, I would love to hear from
our players that they’ve done their utmost and they’ve made their coun try proud,” said Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, at the ceremony.
players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la
ter this team of players will still be rememb
ered for what they did at the World Cup.” Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi
ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock
et Girls 101
, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports. After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2
014 in Spain,
Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home. Should China emerge from Group A, it will face on
e of the top two teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.
movable. However, internet blurs the boundary and allows people to access high-quality resources without leaving their home.
According to the action plan, China will promote Internet Plus in several sectors such as h
ealthcare, elderly care, education and culture, to boost new con sumption based on internet platforms, and develop online and offline coordinated consumption.
ing to a report from the China E-commerce Research Ce nter, in 2017, China’s online education market was worth 240.2 billion yuan, up 53.97 perc
ent from th
e previous year. The figure is expected to grow to more than 400 billion yuan in market scale in 2018. The upgrade in information capacity usually brings about great changes, Wang Zhenzhong, an engi
m Alibaba Group, told the newspaper. “It will upgrade the former consumption and create new consumption sectors.”
BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.
The center will have archaeologists, designers
and craftspersons w orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr
eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou D
istrict of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily. “The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection
of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an officia
l at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying. The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c
on. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said. With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.
and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.
Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultu
ral University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec
ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46
billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh
f intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report. This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies
members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage. In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden
ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.
Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that
we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate
the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.
In less than a month, the world’s biggest democratic exercise begins in India. And out of a total of 900 million eligible v
oters, a staggering 84.3 million — includ
ing 15 million aged 18 or 19 — will be casting ballots for the first time. So what do they want from their politicians?
Tolerance, according to Shreeparna Chatterjee, a 22-year-old arts student in New Delhi
going to the polls for the first time. Voting will be held in seven phases across the vast country, from 11 April to 19 May, with the res
ced on May 23. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which stormed to power at the last gen eral election in 2014, is battling a challenge led by the secular opposition Congress party
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a re
cord-breaking 282 seats in the national parli ament five years ago. Critics accuse his party of fostering religious polarization to woo support from the country’s Hindu majority.
”With this government, I feel it’s been very heated religion-based and caste-based politics,” Chatterjee told CNN.
She has not yet decided who to support but does want to see a change in an increasingly toxic political climate.