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 to get such scores. I got extremely high marks in the end, but my father failed to keep his pro

mise because the family could not afford the tickets to go to Nanjing,” Zhou said.

“Visiting the bridge had been my dream for many years. Now, my two sisters and I have all m

oved to Nanjing, the provincial capital. It’s a happy coincidence that my family lives near the bridge.”

Lu Andong, a professor with Nanjing University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, said the bridge repres

ents the collective memory of several generations and has special meaning for Chinese.

“It employed the country’s most advanced technologies and talented workers when

it was built. It was unique in stimulating cohesion and pride in the whole country,” Lu said.

In 1960, the bridge featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest with dual road and rail functions.

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The tanks lined up, were kept 50 meters apart and stre

ched for 10 km, making it a memorable scene for a generation.

In October 2016, the bridge was closed for repairs after being open for almost 50 years. The 100,000 vehicles it carried each day far

exceeded its designed capacity of 8,000, causing many cracks to appear in the structure. It has been repaired 12 times since 2002.

Other problems it faced included falling mortar and metal fatigue.

The government decided to spend more than 1.1 billion yuan ($164 million) on the repairs.

The structure’s original concrete deck was replaced by a steel one, which is lighter and h

as greater durability. The replacement work was carried out above the 27,000-volt railway line. Any falling mater

ial, even a screw, would have caused a power failure and disrupted services on the busy Beijing-Shanghai Rail

way. Workers had to erect scaffolding and protective nets when no trains were passing.

The diameter of the lamp bases on the bridge were reduced by 5 ce

ntimeters, making the sidewalk wider and more convenient for pedestrians.

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es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b

oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai

d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.

Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo

ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu

ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.

The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m

artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am

zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.

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Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on T

hursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

“Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Trans

itional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy,” the report said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and clo

sure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

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His company also works with Universal Music Grou

up China to market vinyls for pop stars such as Jacky Cheung, Karen Mok and Faye Wong, aiming to popularize vinyls among young Chinese buyers.

Turntables are designed to appeal to a contemporary lifestyle that is simple and sustainable, Lin says.

His company opened a vinyl store, called 33-rpm, in Shenzhen on March 21

, and he has ambitious plans to have outlets in about 200 Chinese cities within the next two years.

“When you look at convenience, portability, and all those things,

vinyl doesn’t make sense,” he says. “But it is rooted in a passion or love for music. Some people

buy vinyls but they don’t necessarily listen to them. They’re collecting these things like works of art.”

A total of 700 Chinese sturgeons were released on Saturd

ay into the country’s longest river, the Yangtze River, to save the species from extinction.

The 700 captive-bred sturgeons, nicknamed “aquatic pan

das,” were released in the city of Yichang, Central China’s Hubei province, by the

Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute (CSRI) of the China Three Gorges Corporation.

The sturgeons released into the river will help boost the endangered species’ survival rate in the wild and en

hance their generic diversity, said Li Zhiyuan, deputy director of CSRI.Chinese sturgeons released into China’s longest river

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New international talent hub unveiled in Shanghai’s Pudong

The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the

city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.

The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science

Park in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreig

ners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Prior to that, foreigners had to make

at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.

With the new platform, foreign talents only need to make one trip and fill out a form at the plTo better serve foreign talents, a nu

mber of domestic and international human resources industry leaders have set up offices in the talent hub, i

ncluding Manpower, Shanghai Foreign Service Group, CDP Group and Liepin.com.atfor

m to apply for working visas. A professional team will also help their family members with the relevant procedures.

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The new round of foreign investments will inject m

ore powerful momentum into the high-quality development of Chengdu,” he said.

“We will do everything possible to create a law-based, internationalized business environment

with quality services that facilitate and support development of foreign investment projects.”

He emphasized the city plays an important role in China’s national agendas such as the Belt and Road Initiati

ve, the Yangtze River economic zone development, and the West China development strategy.

“A large number of national strategic opportunities have prese

nted themselves in Chengdu… Chengdu is now at the frontier of China’s further ope

ning-up, which shores up the city’s fast growth in regional competence and influence,” he said.

Currently, the city has 8,155 foreign-invested enterprises. Among the 285 Fortune 500 enterprises in Chengdu, 198 are foreign-in

vested. Last year, the city’s actual use of foreign capital reached $12.28 billion, increasing 22.3 percent from

2017, and foreign direct investment was $2.69 billion, with an annual increase of 44.1 percent, said Luo.

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Huawei CBG sector offers rich prospectsawei’s consumer

Firm likely to be largest smartphone vendor in the world by end of this year

Huawei Technologies Co said on Thursday that it aims to grow the revenue of its consumer business group, which chiefly includes

smartphones and personal computers, to $100 billion in three years and to $150 billion in five years.

The announcement came after the company’s consumer busin

ess group posted $52.5 billion in revenue last year, up 45 percent year-on-year. Th

at also marked Huawei achieving the target of $50 billion two years ahead of schedule.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said five years later, smartphone

s will account for about two-thirds of its $150 billion revenue goal, and computers, smartwatches as well as oth

er internet of things devices are likely to account for about one-third or 40 percent of its CBG revenue.

According to Yu, Huawei is likely to become the largest smartphone vendor by the end of this year at the earliest, althoug

h its products are not available in the United States and South Korea due to “nonmarket factors”.

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