one with the UK in 2017 and another with India the following year. By exploiting the power of these regional countries, Japan aims to secure military provisions for
its SDF in the Indo-Pacific region from the US, Canada, Australia and India and in the North Atlantic region from the US, the UK, France and Canada.
This has laid the foundation for Japan to broaden its SDF activities and ensure military provision with its partners. It is a sm
all-scale bilateral military alliance system centered on Japan. This shows Japan’s long-term strategic plan.
Since the 21st century, Japan has clearly labeled China as its biggest real and potential rival. Esp
ecially since Shinzo Abe took office, he spared no efforts at containing China. During Abe’s first te
rm, the Japanese government raised the idea of the “arc of freedom and prosperity.” When he became prime mini
ster for a second time, the policies advocated by his cabinet, including the values-based alliance, the alliance of m
aritime democracies, the democratic security diamond and the freedom corridor, have all kept China in focus.
Because of the ACSAs with Australia and India, Japan can militarily c
onstrain China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the At
lantic, it can also exert forceful intervention in China’s policy in Europe, North Africa and West Africa.
In some areas where China’s military strength has not reached, Japan has crafted its military plan in advance by ut
ilizing its bilateral alliance system, trap-falling China’s military strategy into a passive position.
wed closely by the US and Japan, the report revealed. The three countries own 74 percent of all issued AI patents globally.
The CISTP report noted that while China has the world’s secondlargest AI talent pool, it has a lower percentage of top talents.
By the end of 2017, China had amassed more than 18,000 AI specialists, behind only the US. But, Ch
ina had only 977 top-tier AI specialists, just one-fifth of the number in the US, ranking sixth globally.
“China’s strengths are mainly shown in AI applications and it is still weak on the front of core techn
ologies of AI, such as hardware and algorithm development,” the report noted. “China’s AI de
IJING – China’s new yuan-denominated loans stood at 3.23 trillion yuan ($477 billion) in
January 2019, up 328.4 billion yuan year-on-year, central bank data showed Friday.
velopment lacks top-tier talent and has a significant gap with developed countries, especially the US, in this regard.”
Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.
The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.
Since the implementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio
n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.
In implementing the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties
with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.
Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jointly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable.
The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de
finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.
It also expands the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p
latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa
ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.
Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.
The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ
cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.
mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.
In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types to f
orm its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe
rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.
In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as a n
ational intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.
In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.
The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successful att
empt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.
“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.
WUHAN – Chen Yuxiang lived on Honghu Lake in Central China’s Hubei province f
or 40 years since his birth. He now works as a machine operator at a shoe factory.
“I used to live on Honghu Lake and made a living as a fisherman, but the water became heavily pollut
ed and we had to find another way to earn money since there were hardly any fish in the lake,” Said Chen, 41.
Now, after a string of environment protection campaigns, all the fishermen have left the waters and now live and w
ork onshore with the help of government, restoring Honghu Lake’s charm and beauty.
Honghu Lake, the seventh biggest freshwater lake in China, was “a place b
etter than paradise,” as a popular song goes, with abundant fish, lotus and ducks.
In the 1980s, a crowd of fishermen from the east of China rushed in and settled down on Honghu Lake due to its rich natural resources.