Commentary: LV should not blame China for quality issues

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In Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang province, a man surnamed Wang recently purchased a Louis Vuitton (LV) bag but was quickly inundated with problems. He noticed the handle was losing its color, which rubbed off and stained when he wore a white shirt. However, LV headquarters in Shanghai attributed the issue to the Chinese climate.

Such a response reflects a lack of basic professionality at the LV Shanghai headquarters, which has not only disappointed its customers, but has also tarnished the image of LV as a high-end luxury brand.

As one of the most successful luxury brands in China, the LV group has made an enormous amount of money from the country. However, this recent scandal has hurt LV’s image, with public perception showing that LV lacks proper corporate ethics and doesn’t respect its customers.

Chinese consumers have become more rational when it comes to spending, and now consider product and service quality over a brand name. Therefore, to disregard customer rights entirely could see this brand doomed in the high-end market.

The government’s quality supervision department should also investigate quality issues promptly, and remind the LV group to put customers first.

Rome was not built in a day, and neither is a brand. We hope to see more luxury companies respecting their customers and becoming more competitive through quality and brand reputation.

金宝博为什么不能提款Foreigners experience Spring Festival in Ningbo

(People’s Daily Online) 15:42, January 21, 2019

Foreigners take a group photo with opera performers. (Photo/Zhang Yongtao)

More than 100 people from over 20 countries visited Qiucun Township of Fenghua District in Ningbo City, east China’s Zhejiang Province on Jan. 19, to experience the local traditional folk culture and welcome the Chinese Spring Festival.

The visitors make handicrafts. (Photo/Zhang Yongtao)

The visitors make rice cakes.(Photo/Zhang Yongtao)

7 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad this Spring Festival

Chinese tourists visiting the ruis of Ephesus in Turkey. (Photo/China.com.cn)

Chinese people will make about 7 million trips to 90 countries and regions during the upcoming Spring Festival, according to statistics released by travel services providers, Xinhua reported on Jan. 20.

According to online travel agency Ctrip, there are two main categories of overseas tourists in China – those who wish to escape the cold, and those who search for it.

More Chinese people are booking holidays to warm island countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Mauritius. However, Japan, the South Pole, and snowy northern European countries have also witnessed a spike in popularity among Chinese tourists.

Bookings and prices of overseas travel during the Spring Festival increased by 30 percent and 10 percent, respectively, according to Lvmama.com, a popular Shanghai-based tourism and leisure platform.

The statistics also showed that due to this price hike, about 330 million people are expected to travel within China. Tourists from humid southern Chinese cities such as Guangzhou are seeking out icy activities such as skiing and snow fishing, with many heading for the beautiful snow sculptures of northeastern China’s Harbin, according to statistics from tourist services providers.

They also found that museums and folk culture exhibitions are must-do activities for Chinese travelers.

China’s economic growth will remain within reasonable scope in 2019

Experts believe that China is able to maintain a stable economic growth in 2019 based on their evaluation of opportunities and challenges the country will face throughout this year.

The actual economic growth and potential growth of the country are generally consistent with each other, and the relationship between the core economic indicators is healthy, said Li Wei, head of the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Statistics indicate that China’s economy has increased by 6.5 to 7 percent for 15 quarters in a row since 2015.

The country has become more experienced in pushing for a resilient economy in 2019 despite the pressure it may face this year, Li said.

For the past 40 years, China has managed to keep an average annual growth of 9.5 percent, and in 2018, it met its designated 6.5 percent growth despite the changing global environment, standing among the world’s upper echelons.

Chen Wenling, the chief economist of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, attributed this long-term economic growth to the country’s coordinating macro policies, improvement of infrastructure, urbanization and the continuous emergence of labor force dividends, adding that they will continue to support long-term economic development.

Liu Jing, associate dean of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), said some positive changes have started to emerge in the macroeconomy, including government support for private enterprises and the implementation of related policies, the coordination of fiscal and monetary policies, as well as measures to reduce taxes and fees for enterprises and consumers.

HSBC projected that China is expected to bring its economy back to a reasonable and steady scope through stimulating domestic demand and injecting new impetus.

Standard Chartered said that China could use a number of methods to keep its economic growth between 6.0 and 6.5 percent, while Vanguard Group believes that it’s unlikely that the Chinese economy will experience a “hard landing,” forecasting that economic growth will stabilize between 6.0 and 6.3 percent under mild external impact.

金宝博为什么不能提款New technologies to boost the teaching of Chinese language as a foreign language

New technologies to boost the teaching of Chinese language as a foreign language

Visitors at the exhibition of new technologies applications and the exhibition of resources for Chinese language teaching at the 13th Confucius Institute Conference try Chinese calligraphy within the exhibits.?(Photo/He Shaoqing)

With a slight touch on the two Chinese characters “Anhui”, pictures of Anhui-style buildings appeared on the screen with background music featuring the typical local drama Huangmei Opera, and once you form a correct Chinese four-character idiom using the characters on the screen, you get to enter the next level of the game…

During the 13th Confucius Institute Conference recently concluded in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, several scientific and technological products showcased at the exhibition of new technologies applications and at the exhibition of resources for Chinese language teaching aroused considerable interest.

In the temporary classroom created by Confucius Institute Headquarters and Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL), a Chinese education and technology company, a teacher and a cartoon figure named Chuan Chuan took people on a tour of Chengdu by means of the big screen in the classroom.

This classroom was customized for the teaching of Chinese language in Confucius Institutes, said Wan Yiting, vice president of TAL, explaining that with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as facial recognition and speech synthesis, it is possible to teach Chinese language in a human-computer interactive manner within the classroom.

“The application of the technologies in Chinese language teaching is mainly intended to tackle such problems in the teaching of Chinese language as a foreign language in a way that solves the uneven distribution of educational resources as well as the shortage of teachers,” said Wan.

Wan added that the AI classroom can stimulate students’ interest in learning Chinese language, reduce the cost of teaching, and particularly make it possible for Chinese language learners all over the world to receive the similar teaching of Chinese language without geographical limitation.

In the experience areas of the exhibition of the applications of new technologies and the exhibition of resources for Chinese language teaching, after people scanned with their phones the cardboard-made images of the characters in Chinese traditional culture including the Door God, the God of Wealth, and the Chinese moon goddess “Chang’e”, these characters became 3-dimensional (3D) cartoon images and started to tell stories of Chinese traditional festivals.

“This is a set of cultural products that seem like simple festival cards but will turn into lively 3D cartoon images with voices once you scan them via an app,” said Ma Xiaofei, deputy general manager of a Chinese education company that developed these products.

According to Ma, this set of products is now able to provide people with knowledge about Chinese traditional culture in five languages including Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.

Beside the set of cardboard-made images there was another product – a language service app named PopOn, which can connect to the native speakers of the languages.

PopOn can provide resources of native speakers of multiple languages such as Chinese, English, Spanish, and Japanese, said Wu Siwen, business development manager of WORDOOR Technology Co., Ltd, the developer of PopOn.

“With just one touch on the key, you will be connected to the global native speakers within 30 seconds,” expressed Wu, adding that the product has so far covered over 1,200 cities in more than 100 countries and regions around the world.

Industry insiders expressed that the applications of AI technologies and speech technologies in education is helpful in expanding the approaches to language learning and promoting innovation in teaching methods, such as integrating these technologies into such processes as the selection of contents of courses, teaching, test and evaluation, data collection, and recommendation of individualized learning programs.

金宝博为什么不能提款China holds global events as part of Happy Chinese New Year program

The launching ceremony of the Happy Chinese New Year program was held in China’s capital, Beijing, on Jan. 16. Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang declared the opening of the global activity.

During the ceremony, Luo revealed that more than 1,500 cultural activities are expected to take place in 396 cities in 133 countries and regions during the upcoming Spring Festival.

Meanwhile, more than 30 types of cultural events, including exhibitions, art performances, parades, fairs, forums, and folk art classes will be scheduled.

The integration of culture and tourism is a highlight of the program, as a wide range of cultural experience and tourism promotion activities will be unveiled, to help turn the Chinese New Year into a global festival.

The global cultural program will be held under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. It will emphasize improved quality and efficacy, and promote integrative development of tourism and culture.

The activities will also demonstrate Spring Festival culture, tell Chinese stories, enhance the global understanding of China and create a profound environment for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Does milk cause cancer? We debunk some science myths!

Wu Xiangping, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, unveils the top 10 science myths at the ceremony.

2018’s top 10 science myths in China were unveiled on Wednesday at a ceremony held by People’s Daily. All these myths have been debunked by doctors, professors, and scientists during the last year.

Myth 1: Human bodies are either acidic or alkaline

People adopting this view believe that most human diseases are caused by “acid constitution.” This conclusion was propagated by certain health product vendors, quickly becoming “medical common-sense.” Even the rumor that parents with higher alkaline levels are more likely to give birth to a son became common knowledge.

The truth is that acids and bases are well balanced in the human body in a complicated mechanism. It is impossible to change a person’s body makeup by merely eating designated foods. In other words, abnormal blood pH is the result of disease, not a reason for it.

Myth 2: Foot pastes expel endotoxins from the human body

People holding this view believe that foot pastes effectively dispel body toxins and humidity. These pastes become black after being used on human feet, the color indicating the efficiency of the treatment. The pastes are said to be effective in removing skin stains, and may even relieve constipation and other diseases.

The truth is that by just adding a drop of water to the paste, it will start to darken.

Myth 3: Coffee causes cancer

An article said that acrylamide, a carcinogen found in coffee, could cause cancer.

The truth is that a small amount of acrylamide is released when food is heated at a high temperature. However, in China, more than half of acrylamide comes from stir-fried dishes rather than coffee. Additionally, a report by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in 2016 said that there was not enough evidence to prove that drinking coffee could increase the risk of cancer.

Myth 4: Keeping onions in the room could prevent flu

The story goes that many years ago, a doctor visited a number of farmers during a particularly harsh flu outbreak. Every family seemed to be suffering from the bout of influenza, apart from one. The only difference between the healthy family and their less-healthy counterparts was that the former kept an unpeeled onion in every room. They explained that onions could absorb germs, and therefore the household managed to avoid the flu completely.

The truth is that onions do contain organic sulfides, which can, to some extent, inhibit bacteria. However, as influenza is a viral infection, onions would be pretty useless in this scenario.

Myth 5: Shopping receipts cause cancer

Apparently, cups and shopping receipts contain too much bisphenol A, a cancer-causing chemical. People are suggested not to hold receipts in their hands for a long time and wash their hands after coming in to contact with one, especially if their hands are wet or greasy.

The truth is that there are only 0.0139 grams of bisphenol A in a gram of receipt paper, and the amount absorbed by people who hold onto them is even smaller. For example, the daily bisphenol A intake of a cashier who works 10 hours a day is 42 times lower than the safety cut off.

Myth 6: Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) could increase life expectancy to 150 years old

An article circulated online said that an affordable pill could increase life expectancy to 150. The article also attached a screenshot of the original English media report to make the claims more believable.

The effect of the pill has been widely exaggerated. Two scientists did indeed experiment on two mice in 2017, respectively aged six months and 22 months old. Results showed that NMN could admittedly slow down the process of aging and keep people energetic. However, the sample size of this experiment was too small, and human trials were never carried out.

Myth 7: Too much rice could cause diabetes

Research indicated that Chinese and Japanese people typically eat more than three servings of rice each day. The study suggests that those who eat more rice are 55 percent more likely to get diabetes, while Americans who consume one or two servings of rice per week only incur a 12 percent risk increase.

There are multiple reasons a person may get diabetes. People in northern China eat much less rice than those in the south, but diabetes morbidity in northern China is much higher.

Myth 8: Milk causes cancer

A rumor has circulated online that milk contains chemicals, makes humans mature faster, decreases brain power, stimulates cancer growth and shortens life.

Surveys on the relation between milk and cancer have proven that a cup of milk per day won’t increase the risk of cancer.

Myth 9: Table salt is not edible

In an online article, a professor related the rise of transaminase, total bilirubin, and creatinine in his blood to potassium ferrocyanide, an anti-caking agent found in table salt. He then concluded that salt in China contains this ingredient, which is poisonous and inedible.

Potassium ferrocyanide is, in fact, a legal food additive. To activate the chemical, it needs to be cooked at around 400 degrees Celcius, at which point your dinner would have already burnt to a crisp.

Additionally, potassium ferrocyanide won’t hurt an adult’s health unless their daily intake surpasses 1.5 milligrams, which means consuming 150 grams of salt, while the recommended daily intake is no more than 20 grams. Therefore, regular consumption of salt should not cause any health issues.

Myth 10: Roasted garlic causes cancer

When roasted, garlic undergoes a chemical reaction in which it releases acrylic amide, which is said to cause cancer. However, the truth is that the amount of this chemical produced during the cooking process is too small to cause any risk.

China’s exhibition economy remains steady in 2018: report

The National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai (Photo/Xinhua)

In 2018, the total revenue from China’s exhibition service market stood at 100 billion yuan, further contributing to the country’s economic and social development, according to a report recently released by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

According to the report, China saw steady growth in exhibitions both at home and abroad last year.

A total of 76 exhibition organizers held 718 expos in 33 countries along the Belt and Road route, accounting for 42.9 percent of the total number of participating exhibitions, an increase of 14.3 percent year on year.

The report also showed that the total area of exhibition halls in China reached a mammoth 9.83 million square meters in 2018.

China’s first commercial street using payment via facial recognition opens

A consumer tries to pay the bill using facial recognition equipment. (Photo courtesy of Ant Financial Services Group)

China has launched facial recognition payment on Wuma Street, a famous commercial street in Wenzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province, Chinanews.com reported on Jan. 16.

Wuma street is the first example of this technology being implemented in a commercial street in China, said Yang Peng, vice president of Ant Financial Services Group.

Customers can authenticate payments by having their faces scanned by facial recognition payment equipment dubbed “Dragonfly.” The whole payment process takes a mere 10 seconds.

The machine is equipped with 3D cameras and is connected to Alipay’s risk control system. It can distinguish between a real face and a photograph, with an accuracy rate of 99.99 percent, Yang added.

The commercial use of facial recognition payment is recognized as an important step in the upgrading of major business circles in the city.

China unveils top 10 scientific communication achievements of 2018

China’s top 10 scientific communication achievements of 2018 were unveiled on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony held by People’s Daily.

1. China’s FAST discovered a millisecond pulsar for the first time

The world’s largest radio telescope, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), is put into use on Sept 25, 2016, in a mountainous region in Pingtang County of Southwest China’s Guizhou province. (Photo/Xinhua)

On Feb. 27, China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, discovered a millisecond pulsar for the first time.

2. Gaofen-5 satellite launched

Gaofen-5 satellite (Photo/Chinanews.com)

On May 9, the Gaofen-5, a hyperspectral imaging satellite, was launched using a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province.

3. Yuan Longping’s team successfully planted rice in the desert

Students observe the saltwater-tolerant rice cultivated by Yuan Longping’s team in Qingdao. (Xinhua/Li Mingfang)

On May 26, renowned Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping and his research team achieved initial success in planting saltwater-tolerant rice in desert areas of Dubai.

4. Tian Kun Hao dredging vessel completed first sea trial

Tian Kun Hao (Photo/Xinhua)

On June 12, Tian Kun Hao, a Chinese-built dredging vessel, the largest of its kind in Asia, completed its first sea trial, which lasted four days.

5. Tianhe-3 exascale supercomputer prototype passed acceptance tests

The prototype of Tianhe-3, a supercomputer capable of at least a billion billion calculations per second, during the 2nd World Intelligence Congress in north China’s Tianjin. (Xinhua/Li Ran)

The Tianhe-3 exascale supercomputer prototype, developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, passed acceptance tests in late July, marking a further step towards China’s successful development of the next-generation supercomputer.

6. National Science Day 2018

Students taking part in an activity on the National Science Day. (Photo/Xinhua)

This year, National Science Day was celebrated across China on Sept. 15. It was co-organized by the China Association for Science and Technology, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

7. First World Conference on Science Literacy held in Beijing

A forum held during the World Conference on Science Literacy (Photo/People’s Daily Online)

The first World Conference on Science Literacy opened in Beijing on Sept. 17. With the theme “Science Literacy for a Shared and Better Future,” the Beijing Declaration for Promoting Public Science Literacy Across the World was issued. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the conference.

8. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opened to traffic

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (Photo/Xinhua)

On Oct. 24, 2018, the world’s longest cross-sea bridge, running 55 kilometers, opened to public traffic. It connects China’s mainland province of Guangdong with the country’s two special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao.

9. China’s 2018 Future Science Prize winners announced

The awards ceremony for the Future Science Prize (Photo/www.rmzxb.com.cn)

On Nov. 18, China’s Future Science Prize, one of the country’s most prestigious non-governmental science awards, announced seven winners in Beijing. They were Li Jiayang, Yuan Longping, Zhang Qifa, Ma Dawei, Feng Xiaoming, Zhou Qilin and Lin Benjian.

10. Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on the dark side of the moon

A simulated landing process of Chang’e-4 lunar probe is seen through the monitor at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2019 (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

On Dec. 8, the Chang’e-4 probe was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, achieving the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon.