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Baidu CEO nominated academician

Baidu chairman and CEO Robin Li speaks during the 2018 Baidu World conference in Beijing, Nov 1, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Baidu CEO Robin Li Yanhong’s recent nomination for the country’s highest academic title in engineering has triggered heated debate, with some netizens claiming Li was unqualified because of his search engine’s insufficient regulation of fraudulent medical advertising.

Li was one of 531 candidates, including 114 entrepreneurs, who might become academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering at the end of the year, according to a statement released by the academy on April 30.

Other nominees include e-commerce giant Alibaba’s technology chief Wang Jian, carmaker BYD founder Wang Chuanfu, and Microsoft computer engineer Harry Shum. The candidates will be subject to a strict selection process, and only around 10 to 15 percent of them will be granted the prestigious title.

Expert will make their choices, but some netizens in an anonymous WeChat poll opposed Li’s nomination. More than 150,000 netizen in the poll voted no, with around 1,000 voting for his nomination as of May 2. The poll was removed on Monday. Neither the academy nor Baidu responded to inquiries.

Li was nominated by the China Association for Science and Technology mainly for his contribution to China’s search engine technology, financial news outlet Yicai reported on Monday. Li also was included in the candidate category known for its inclusion of innovative managers in new and interdisciplinary engineering sectors.

Zhou Jian, chairman of Beijing Gan’en Charity Foundation, said in a recent WeChat article that people should “resolutely oppose Li’s nomination for academician”, claiming Baidu has promoted fake medical advertisements in its search results that misled patients.

A purported doctor who goes by the alias Dahanchengxiang recently wrote a WeChat article saying he often encountered patients who fell for the fake advertisements, wasted money and treatment time and thus missed the opportunity to be cured.

The netizen also strongly opposed Li’s nomination shortly after the announcement, saying in an article that Li was morally unqualified because of Baidu’s insufficient regulation of advertising. The article went viral on social media but was removed over complains of libel by Baidu.

Li would not be the first controversial engineer to become an academician, which carries perks such as stipends and medical services. In 2011, the public was outraged when Xie Jianping, a chemical engineer who created less harmful tobacco products, became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Baidu came under fire in 2016 when Wei Zexi, a 21-year-old student from Xidian University in Shaanxi province, died from a rare cancer of the soft tissue. Wei was researching the disease on Baidu and came across an advertisement for treatments that proved ineffective.

After Wei’s death, Baidu announced a sweeping restructuring and optimization of its medical business, especially regarding its paid listing practices. It also tightened regulations on medical promotion and enforced clear labeling rules that differentiate advertisements from credible medical information, according to media reports.

However, medical advertising remains one of the key sources of income for Baidu, and some are still trying to exploit the system. In April, the police in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, detained a team of medical fraudsters who drove up rankings on Baidu’s research results to promote faulty hospitals to patients, local authorities said.

Radio silence rules strengthened for huge telescope

Photo taken on Sept 10, 2018 shows China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Southwest China’s Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has tightened its regulations in areas surrounding the world’s largest single-dish telescope in Guizhou province – the Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST – to protect it from electromagnetic signals that might interfere with its scientific research.

The latest rules, which took effect on Monday, increased punishments for violators. Those who produced harmful radio interference can now face fines of up to 200,000 yuan ($30,000), much higher than the previous 5,000 yuan penalty cap.

The new rules also said people who carry or used electronic devices without approval in the core radio silence zone will be slapped with a fine between 1,000 and 30,000 yuan. The core radio silence zone refers to areas within a 5-kilometer radius of the telescope.

The rules define the intermediate zone as a radius of 5 to 10 kilometers, and the external zone as a radius of 10 to 30 kilometers. Air routes near the region have also been changed to avoid radio interference with the telescope.

Sun Xuelei, Party chief of the Guizhou Department of Justice, said the new rules upgrade those established in 2013. Since the old regulations had some management and supervision problems, they needed to be amended to better protect the telescope’s electromagnetic environment, Sun said during a news briefing on Thursday.

“The telescope is a key instrument of national importance,” Sun said. “It is a vital tool in basic research for fields ranging from astronomy to national defense.”

Since trial operations began in September 2016, FAST has discovered 55 new pulsars – superdense, superbright cores of massive stars that have gone through the supernova phase and died. The telescope is set to be fully operational by September, and it will find more pulsars that can help scientists understand the origin and evolution of the universe, navigate spacecraft, find gravity waves and possibly alien life forms.

These scientific goals have drawn tourists around the country to Pingtang county – the telescope’s home – to witness one of China’s greatest engineering wonders. The remote county has become the epicenter for astronomy tourism, with star-themed parks, restaurants and hotels hoping to capitalize on the stellar enthusiasm and boost the local economy.

During the first half of last year, Pingtang received more than 5.13 million visitors and earned more than 5.5 billion yuan in revenue, a 38.7-percent year-on-year increase, according to the local tourism bureau.

However, the influx of tourists has also meant introducing more electronic gadgets, including cellphones, laptops, digital cameras and GPS devices that produce electromagnetic signals. They can interfere with FAST’s ultrasensitive receivers, said Jiang Peng, the telescope’s chief engineer.

“The signals produced by distant celestial bodies are very faint, so a clear radio environment is key for FAST to make effective observations,” he said. “We must reduce the source and frequency of radio interference. These are the key basic requirements for FAST to do great scientific work.”

Wang Shijie, vice-governor of Guizhou, told Science and Technology Daily in March that the province will put in more effort to keep the radio environment for FAST clean, adding that the three counties closest to the FAST site have all adjusted their economic and social development plans.

Guizhou also scrapped a planned airport in Luodian county out of concern for possible electromagnetic interference, he said. More than 2,000 rural households have been relocated, at a cost of several billion yuan.

Wang said FAST is to be used mainly for scientific exploration and that Guizhou will not rely on it for tourism. A tour currently offered at the site, available to 2,000 visitors daily, is aimed at promoting science. All visitors must hand over their electronic devices before entering the core radio silence zone.

Yang Jun contributed to this story.

A 90 year old’s springtime donations

Chen Lihua makes a donation to Jiangnan University, April 4, 2019. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The spring of 2019 has been long awaited. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and as we take stock of life during spring, we can look forward to welcoming the 70th national day come autumn.

Residents of Shanghai have endured a particularly cold, wet winter, and with the weather brought by spring, they’re now enjoying the sunshine and flowers.

One Shanghai resident has marked the season by making two donations of 200,000 yuan – one to the Communist Party of China in the form of special membership dues, the other to the university in his hometown, Jiangnan University.

On April 2nd the 90-year-old man, together with his daughter and son-in-law, who had traveled all the way from Canada to be with him, made the first of his donations, taking a five-minute walk to his former work unit, Shanghai Textile Science Research Institute. Two days later, they went to Wuxi, Jiangsu and made the second.

Who is he? Why is he so generous? Why does he love the Party and his hometown so much? To understand all of this, we have to go back to his early childhood, the aid he got as a student, and the decisions he made upon graduation.

In 1932 a boy named Chen Lihua left Japan at the age of two with his parents after Japanese invaders upped their military aggression in Northeast China. The family went back to their hometown, Wuxi, and settled down.

By studying hard, young Lihua was admitted to a local vocational school, on which a predecessor of today’s Jiangnan University was built. His mom could barely afford his education, but through the support of local charities and teachers, he completed his textile engineering education in the spring of 1949.

That was when the country was being liberated from Nationalist rule. Seeing the ray of hope, Lihua joined the CPC and has been a firm Marxist ever since. Later he was transferred to Shanghai due to his technical background, and worked in the textile sector until his retirement in the early 1990s.

Because he was born in a foreign country and later returned home to China, Lihua was identified as a returned overseas Chinese, of which he is especially proud. Due to his unique early childhood, he has developed a particular affection for his motherland.

Africa’s first Luban Workshop opens in Djibouti

The teaching area for the Luban Workshop in Djibouti City, which is also the first Luban Workshop in Africa.[Photo by Cui Wei and Liu Xuemei/Provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The first Luban Workshop kicked off on Thursday in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti, the nation in the Horn of Africa.

The workshop, located at Djibouti Industrial and Commercial School, was created by the China Civil Engineering Construction Group and will be academically supported by Tianjin First College of Commerce and Tianjin Railway Technical and Vocational College.

It is among the 10 Luban Workshops set to take place in Africa to provide vocational training to African youth under an initiative launched by China in collaboration with African countries during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Chinese rose festival to open in Beijing

Chinese rose on the sides of a road in Beijing. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

China’s capital will hold the 11th Beijing Chinese Rose Cultural Festival in 11 parks starting on May 17, which will display more than 2,000 types of this flower with about 1 million plants, announced by the Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau on Friday.

The festival will run through June 18. During the festival, the 11 parks will hold various events including flower shows, reading parties, kite-flying competitions and photo contest to attract citizens to enjoy the nature with beautiful flowers.

Chinese rose on the sides of a road in Beijing. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Jiangsu blast survivors share their stories

Toxic chemicals in the air dissipating after the massive plant explosion in Yancheng, Jiangsu province. [Photo/IC]

A deadly chemical blast occurred at about 2:48 pm Thursday following a fire that broke out in a chemical factory in an industrial park in Xiangshui county, East China’s Jiangsu province.

Sixty-four people were killed so far.

Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co, which runs the factory, was not the only company involved. Sixteen surrounding enterprises and multiple villages nearby were affected.

Families of workers are running to local hospitals to find whether their loved ones have survived. Local residents have rushed to donate blood for the injured survivors.

3rd International Tea Expo kicks off in East China

HANGZHOU — The third China International Tea Expo is being held from May 15 to 19 in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, the organizer said Wednesday.

Themed “Tea and the World, Shared Development,” the 70,000 square meter expo brings together a total of 1,563 exhibitors from home and abroad and features 3,139 booths, up 18 percent compared with that of the second.

Purchasers from 27 countries and regions, including the UK, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Japan, have registered to participate in the event, said Tang Ke, an official at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The expo will set up an exhibition zone for teas from poverty-stricken regions in China for the first time and open a tea brand building forum for these teas, in a bid to support the local tea industry.

A series of activities including a ministerial conference between China and Central and Eastern European countries and an international tea summit will also be held during the expo.

China is the largest tea producer as well as the largest tea market in the world.

The expo is co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Zhejiang Government.

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.