Between each April and October, villagers from Dingri Cou

unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.

Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.

“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.

Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan

g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.

Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f

oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am

ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.

To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c

arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr

ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.

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Ministry of Education addresses Zhai plagiarism case

The Ministry of Education has zero tolerance for academic misconduct and has ordered relevant universities and education authorities to investigate pl

agiarism allegations leveled at actor Zhai Tianlin, a ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

The investigation will not only include Zhai’s plagiarism allegations, but also possible miscond

uct of other people that allowed this to happen, ministry spokeswoman Xu Mei said at a news conference.

“We have zero tolerance for behaviors that ignore academic rules and standards and undermine education equality,” she said.

The universities and Beijing education authorities will seriously look i

nto the case and publish the investigation’s results as soon as possible, she added.

The Beijing Education Commission and the Education Work Committee of the

Beijing Committee of the Communist Party of China sent an investigative team to

the Beijing Film Academy - where Zhai got his PhD-to look into the matter, the academy said on Thursday.

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The central bank will eliminate that interest rate margin

sooner or later, and guide commercial banks to lower lending rates closer to a market-determined level, Sun said.

“Theoretically, there is room for rate cuts of 1 percentage point,” said Zhang Tao, a

n analyst in the financial market department of China Construction Bank.

China has enacted both monetary and fiscal policies to offset downward pressure on eco

nomic growth this year. Some economists have predicted the growth rate may slip in the first quarter be

low the 6.4 percent of the past three months of 2018 because of factors such as trade tensions.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell decided on Jan 30 to shelve a plan to keep raisi

ng interest rates because of possible risks to US growth. The European Central Bank stopped exp

anding quantitative easing and warned about the negative results of Brexit.

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Talks can produce fresh progress toward a dea ina Daily editorial

It is encouraging that after the deputy-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday

to work out the technical details for an agr

eement — including a mechanism for enforcing any deal — the face-to-face discussions being conducted between d

ecision-makers from both countries are being held amid a general air of optimism.

The negotiations are being led by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secr

etary Steven Mnuchin, whose cordial discussions in Washington on Jan 30 and 31 raised hopes that the two s

ides are genuinely doing their utmost to reach an agreement ahead of the March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $

200 billion worth of imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent.

But there are still obstacles to be overcome, and no one should underestimate how daunting a task the two s

ides face trying to resolve all the differences that have long existed between them in one clean sweep.

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Mentality of US poses biggest threat to humanity from space

Forget asteroids, it is the United States and its pathological need to maintain its he

gemony at any cost that pose the biggest threat to humanity from space.

In its latest Defense Intelligence Agency report, the US claims that Russia and Chi

na have taken steps to challenge the US in space technology, blatantly ig

noring the fact that space does not belong to it, and every country has the right to peacefully explore it.

The report says that “long-standing technological and cost barriers to

space are falling, enabling more countries and commercial firms to participate in sa

tellite construction, space launch, space exploration and human spaceflight”.

But from the way it talks about what China and Russia or other countries have a

chieved in their development of space technology, it seems as if the US believes th

at when it planted a flag on the moon it staked the claim to have the sole use of space.

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Former PBOC governor wins 2019 lifetime achievement award

Zhou Xiaochuan, former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has won the UK’s 2019 Central Banking lifetime achievement award, according to the publication’s website.

Zhou, the sixth winner of the award, stands out for his high levels of integrity, intellectual ri

gor and bold reforms that have served the public interest in China and elsewhere, said a statement of the website.

The Central Banking Awards were established to recognize outstanding perform

ance in individuals and organizations in the central banking community.

Zhou, who stepped down as PBOC governor in March 2018, had served in his position from

December 2012-2018, which makes him China’s longest serving central bank governor since 1949.

The award recognizes the impact Zhou had on the central bank and the Chinese economy.

“While in office, Zhou demonstrated high levels of integrity in his pursuit of public s

ervice. He brought academic rigor to real-world decision-making, acting as a prag

matic policymaker with a strong sense of what was in the public interest,” the statement said.

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Zheng Wen, director-general of the ministry’s department of

circulation industry development, said online sales have become an important engine to stimulate domestic spending and i

mports. “Durable consumer goods with high-tech features and branded foreign products have huge commercial potential,” Zheng said.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD reported robust sales between Feb 3 and Friday, with sales revenue jumpi

ng 42.74 percent year-on-year. Smartphones, computers and home appliances were the top three items on JD in terms of sales value.

Chinese consumers tend to buy high-quality and diversified products, the comp

any said. Kitchenware sales posted the strongest growth — 399 percent year-on-year. That was followed by furniture and

luggage, with their respective sales revenue up 185 percent and 148 percent, JD reported.

China UnionPay, the country’s largest bank card operater by market share, saw its total transaction volume over the ho

liday period reach 1.16 trillion yuan, jumping 71.4 percent year-on-year, the company said on Monday.

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“I can spend more time with my family and pay much less

for a house than in a big city,” he said. “I attended the first job fair to be held in my hometown on Sunday. I’m considering some job interviews and the salaries offered.”

Ningbo, Zhejiang province, will hold 44 job fairs from Tuesday to late March-42 percent more than last year.

Among them are eight large job fairs starting on Feb 16. More than 900 companies are ex

pected to attend each of the fairs, which will be held on Saturdays and Sundays for a month.

Starting in March, Ningbo will organize more than 2,200 compa

nies and government-affiliated institutions to attend 100 job fairs in 40 cities across Ch

ina, including Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; Xi’an, Shaanxi province; and Changchun, Jilin province.

Cities such as Taizhou, Zhejiang province; Heze, Shandong province; and Nantong, J

iangsu province, will also hold many fairs for job hunters and employers in February and March.

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Despite the deterioration in conditions, the abundance of apartm

ents and relatively low prices continue to attract young and first-time buyers, as

well as tenants. Sp

eaking in a range of accents, a substantial number of residents squeeze

into buses and the subway every morning and head to work.

Chen Mo is one of them. After studying in the capital for seven years, he chose to

settle in the city

after graduation. In 2001, he took a job with State Grid Corp, the national

electricity generator.

Initially, Chen rented an apartment in

Huilongguan, a crowded community in Changping district,

10 kilometers west of Tiantongyuan’s center, that was well-known for its

affordable property.

Served by subway line 13, Changping’s relative ease of access to public

transportation attracted Chen, so he decided to buy an apartment there in 2010.

After months of research, he discovered that he could buy an apartment of more than 100 sq m in Huilon

gguan for 30,000 yuan per sq m, which would only be enough for a home of 50 to 60 sq m in other parts of the city.

“Property prices doubled in Huilongguan in just six months, so I made the down

payment in 2011 without any hesitation,” he said.

Many others followed suit, so a dense population and heavy traffic congestion quickly became the community’s default setting. Ho

wever, without any industry to provide jobs and with few high-quality schools,

many people chose to leave once they had made enough money.

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There are currently more than 5 million mutual visits between

the two countries every year,and China and the US have become each other’s largest and second-largest sources of international students.

“The year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Over these decades, there has been a ma

rvelous growth in people-to-people contacts and ties between our two countries. As we now look forward to the co

ming decades, the friendship between our two peoples will continue to be the very foundation of relations between our tw

o great countries. That’s why we invite you, invite all our friends all over the United States to come and share with us y

our most memorable stories with China. Together we will build stronger ties between our peoples. And with your per

sonal stories, you will help make history,” said Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the US.

“People are the most interesting stories behind a sound bilateral relationship, and picture

s are a strong testimony to such relations,” said Zhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily. “At

China Daily, especially with our newly launched Global Edition, we are committed to bridging the gap of u

nderstanding through powerful people stories. I believe when we see your photos and hear the stories which go with th

em, we will better understand the essence of China-US relations, which is really about people,” Zhou said.

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