Chinese professionals show strong drive for career development: Linkedin

About 48.6 percent of the surveyed users began their career planning within three years after they started working, a Linkedin report showed. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING — Chinese users show a strong drive for career development as the country’s rapidly evolving economy nurtures emerging opportunities, according to global employment-oriented social networking platform Linkedin.

About 48.6 percent of the surveyed users began their career planning within three years after they started working, a Linkedin report showed Tuesday.

Over 90 percent of the respondents are willing to pay for or receive paid high-quality career-related knowledge and skills content.

About 47 percent are willing to spend over 10 percent of their income on education to enhance their competitiveness, the report showed.

The report revealed that Chinese users post robust demand for services in career choice, career development consulting and skills learning.

The Silicon Valley-based tech firm announced Tuesday an updated strategy for the Chinese market as the company aims to help users “connect to opportunity” by establishing a one-stop career development services platform, with new services rolled out such as career development guidance, training and profession salary analysis.

Linkedin has seen its Chinese users grow more than 10 times to top 47 million since its official entry in China in 2014.

Lu Jian, Linkedin China president, said China is an important expanding market for career development services, and the company will continue to localize its services and work with industrial partners to seize the emerging market’s opportunities.

Experts ask for stronger juvenile protections

A teacher at a school in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, shows students how to recognize inappropriate behavior. [Photo/Xinhua]

Legal experts called for China to protect juveniles through cybersecurity legislation and redoubled efforts against school bullying after several cases aroused public outrage and concern.

Fang Yan, a lawyer from Shaanxi province, said that it’s good to see the nation adding to the protection of juveniles in the past few years, “but in some new aspects, such as cyberspace, the protection is far from enough”.

At the end of 2018, China had 829 million netizens, of whom almost 20 percent were under the age of 18, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.

Another report released by the center in March said that 15.6 percent of juveniles had experienced disturbances, insults or privacy leaks online, while 30.3 percent said they had been exposed to pornography, gambling or drugs in cyberspace.

“The internet offers convenience to children, but the harmful messages online are also seriously influencing them, or even turning them into criminals or victims,” Fang said.

In a case disclosed by the Supreme People’s Court last year, a defendant was sentenced to four years in prison for indecent communications with several girls under the age of 12 online in the name of offering them video classes.

In another case, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 22 months in prison for selling drugs via QQ, a popular messaging tool, the top court said.

“Considering the disorder of cyberspace, it’s a must to revise the Juvenile Protection Law,” Fang said. “It’s urgent and necessary to add a special part about juvenile cybersecurity in the law to clarify each government department’s responsibilities and duties.”

She also urged internet device manufacturers and online service providers to install software that can block harmful messages to children.

Zhao Wanping, a lawmaker from Anhui province, said revisions to the law should highlight the protection of juveniles and regulate online information collection or use to prevent harm and problems brought by the internet, such as school bullying and sexual abuse.

In response, Liu Xinhua, a senior official from the National People’s Congress, the top legislative body, said amendments to the law this year are being considered.

“Articles will be doubled, and the hot issues, including school bullying, will be added,” Liu said.

Tong Lihua, director of a juvenile law research center in Beijing, welcomed the revision, suggesting that the law be amended to be more specific and practical.

Yuan Ningning, an associate law professor at China University of Political Science and Law, is keeping his eye on school bullying, saying the revision would deter would-be offenders.

But he said legislators should clarify the respective responsibilities of schools, parents, government departments and judicial authorities in the future law, and provide a clearer definition of bullying.

Drug firms caught breaking law to face tougher punishment


Law violators involved in the production and sale of pharmaceuticals will pay higher costs and face harsher penalties, according to a draft amendment to the Drug Administration Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

Violations such as producing or selling drugs without permit and producing or selling fake or substandard drugs will result in heavier fines, Cong Bin, senior legislator of Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress, said while submitting the draft amendment to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

Producers of fake or substandard drugs and sellers who sell such drugs with knowledge will be subjected to punitive compensation to victim patients if serious health consequences or death occur, according to the draft amendment.

The draft amendment also holds more behaviors legally accountable, including pharmaceutical companies failing to follow regulations to monitor side effects of drugs and e-commerce platforms failing to perform duties such as inspecting qualification of drug sellers on the platform, the draft amendment said.

The draft law on vaccine management, also proposed to the NPC Standing Committee for review on Saturday, increases penalties to violations such as producing or selling fake or substandard vaccines, and providing false data in the application for vaccine registration.

Vaccine sellers and medical institutions which sell or use problematic vaccines with their knowledge will be subject to punitive compensation to those who receive the vaccination or their relatives, if death or serious health consequence occurred, the draft said.

Passenger arrested after throwing coins at plane engine

A 66-year-old passenger who threw six coins at the engine of the plane he was about to take was detained by police on Tuesday.

According to information released by Tianjin Airlines, one of the crew members of the flight GS6681 from Hohhot to Chifeng, cities in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, noticed someone throwing coins at the engine from the passenger elevator about 10 minutes before departure time.

After investigation by police the passenger, surnamed Yang, admitted he threw coins simply for blessing. The flight was delayed for a security check, and all the coins were found and removed. The flight took off successfully after ensuring craft safety.

Yang was taken away by police and will accept punishment in accordance with civil aviation regulations.

China expects bumper summer grain harvest

The good harvest is due to various factors including favorable wheat price policies, technological support to increase per unit area yield, as well as effective disaster-control measures. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING — China is expected to see a bumper harvest for summer crops this year, with nearly 80 percent of the crops already harvested, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Wednesday.

The total area for growing summer crops remain stable at around 26.7 million hectares this year, while the average output from each hectare of wheat, the main summer crop, is expected to rise, the ministry said.

The good harvest is due to various factors including favorable wheat price policies, technological support to increase per unit area yield, as well as effective disaster-control measures, the ministry said.

China’s summer grain output stood at 138.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 2.2 percent from 2017.

Chinese police detain 9 suspects for illegal online gambling

HEFEI — Police in eastern China’s Anhui province said Tuesday that they had arrested nine suspects for organizing online gambling through QQ groups.

Police in the city of Chuzhou received a tip-off at the end of 2018 that a victim had lost over 600,000 yuan through gambling on a website called “Jurassic.”

They then found multiple suspects through bank, Alipay and Tenpay accounts provided by the victim, but the investigation has been very difficult due to a large number of accounts and phone numbers involved.

After a thorough investigation, police finally targeted a gambling gang led by a suspect surnamed Chen. The gang of nine have convened almost 10,000 people participating in online gambling through QQ groups and made more than 50 million yuan in illegal profit.

The nine suspects were detained in late March, and more than 200 bank cards, 50 cellphones and eight computers were also seized. Securities accounts with a market value of more than 30 million yuan (around $4.3 million) were frozen by the police.

Further investigation is underway.

4 giant pandas to call Qinghai home

An airport worker transfers a giant panda at Caojiapu International Airport in Xining, capital city of Northwest China’s Qinghai province, June 3, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two 3-year-old female giant pandas will arrive in Xining, Qinghai province, on Wednesday to join two other pandas, completing the first group of the animals to call the high-altitude plateau home.

Qiguo and Yuanman will join the other two from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that arrived on Monday to stay for three years in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo.

With the approval of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, the zoo signed an agreement with the Chengdu base to borrow the four pandas to be exhibited in the zoo.

The cost of borrowing a panda is 250,000 yuan ($36,174) a year.

The cost is relatively low because the base cares more about educating locals, who would not otherwise have an opportunity to see pandas, about conservation of endangered species, said base chief Zhang Zhihe.

Wu Kongju, a panda expert at the base, believes that the four pandas can adapt to the plateau. Wild pandas live 1,500 to 3,500 meters above sea level. The zoo in Xining is 2,300 meters above sea level, Wu said.

The altitude is almost the same as that of a base for training captive pandas to live in the wild in Yingjing county, Sichuan province.

Pandas from the Chengdu base feel at home in Yingjing, frolicking, foraging for food and seeking out a place to sleep, Wu said.

Before the arrival of Qiguo and Yuanman, Hexing, a 6-year-old male, and Shuangxin, an 8-year-old female, have already been making themselves at home on the plateau.

Hexing and Shuangxin will live separately in the Xining zoo as they are adults. Adults pandas stay together only during the mating season.

Juvenile bears Qiguo and Yuanman, who will occupy the same den, have lived together since birth and get along well, Wu said. The purpose of lending pandas of different ages is to let locals know the animals at different life stages, she said.

Fresh bamboo and bamboo shoots will be transported from Chengdu to Xining twice a week.

Bamboo south of the Yangtze River is different from that north of the river. Wu said the few bamboo species north of the river are not very palatable to pandas.

It is not unusual for zoos that can afford it to transport bamboo from other regions. The Calgary Zoo in Canada has imported bamboo from China, she said.

Public education and awareness of endangered animal conservation from visiting pandas is more important than the cost of bamboo transport, she said.

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo, the only such facility on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has a 9,000-square-meter panda facility.

Nine zookeepers trained at the Chengdu base will take care of the four pandas.

Nine dead, 10 injured after tremor hits Jilin mine

A worker who was injured after a deadly mine tremor in Changchun, Jilin province, is treated in a local hospital on Monday.ZHANG YAO/CHINA NEWS SERVICE

Nine people have died and 10 were injured after a tremor hit a mine in Changchun, Jilin province, which has been fined twice in recent years for safety irregularities.

Authorities have suspended the operations of all mines in Changchun over safety concerns after the tremor hit around 8 pm on Sunday. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

More than 300 miners were trapped underground when the tremor jolted the Longjiapu coal mine managed by Jilin Liaoyuan Mining Co in Jiutai city.

Li Yinghui, chief engineer of the mining company, said the tremor resulted in the collapse of a transportation tunnel 900 meters underground.

Li said luckily the collapse didn’t completely block the tunnel but left a space about 1 meter high, which created favorable conditions for the rescue work that lasted until 4 am Monday.

With reserves of 180 million metric tons of coal, the mine began operations in July 2009. It now boasts annual output capacity of 3 million tons, according to the company website.

Sun Haiwen, deputy head of Changchun emergency management authority, said all mines in the city have been asked to suspend their operations. They have also been ordered to conduct thorough safety checks.

“They can only resume production after experts check their mines and accept that they have done proper rectification work if risks are found,” Sun said.

Sun added that in addition to checks of machinery and structures at the mines, measures to protect the personal safety of miners also need to be in place. However, he added that the severity of Sunday’s tremor was well beyond “people’s capability to control” it.

He said mine tremors caused by mining activities are similar to earthquakes in that both are hard to predict.

Wang Jianxia, a resident living near the coal mine, said she had experienced tremors quite frequently of late.

The 40-year-old said these tremors resulted in cracks in house walls and had ruptured some roads.

Man arrested in Shenzhen for spying in dressing room


Shenzhen police on Wednesday detained a man surnamed Sun after he installed a camera in a fitting room in Uniqlo on Saturday.

Sun made the camera look like a button and stuck it on top of a mirror in Uniqlo’s fitting room with chewing gum around 1 pm on Saturday.

At about 4:30 pm a female customer found it and reported it to the police.

Police found that Sun had saved videos from the changing room on his mobile phone.

He is to be detained for 10 days, the local authority said in an official announcement.

An investigation found no videos from Sun’s phone have been leaked.

Sun, a 28-year-old staff member of a technology company, said that he did this for “excitement”.

Forum on fishery development opens in East China

The First China Intelligent Fisheries Development Forum opens in Hefei, Anhui province, June 20, 2019. [Photo/]

HEFEI — A forum on fishery development opened Thursday in eastern China’s Anhui province.

The First China Intelligent Fisheries Development Forum opened in the provincial capital Hefei, with more than 700 aquaculture experts, business delegates and aquaculture farmers in attendance.

“We have entered an era of online and offline businesses, and intelligent fishery is just inevitable,” said Zhao Xingwu, head of the China Fisheries Association.

Delegates delivered reports on research and industrial application of intelligent fisheries. Roadshows were also conducted. Experts also pointed out shortcomings in China’s intelligent fisheries.

Last year, China’s aquaculture production output exceeded 50 million tonnes.