The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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The association on Wednesday made a report on th

pute, saying netizens supported the female customer in defending her rights and called for Mercedes-Benz to compensate her.

The report also questioned the legality of the financial s

ervice fee and called for stronger market supervision in the automobile industry.

It also urged auto-dealers to respect and protect consumers’ rights, sayin

g that dealers should deliver qualified products and issue invoices, receipts and other cert

ificates, strengthen employee training, and cooperate with investigations in the event of quality problems.

The woman on Tuesday night arrived at an agreement with the dealer, w

hich included a replacement car and full refund of the financial service fee.

The company also invited the customer to visit Mercedes-Benz’s factory and assem

bly line in Germany, offered her ten years of one-on-one, VIP service, and held a belated birthday party for her.

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Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th

an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.

The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t

he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.

But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan

jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.

For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.

Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.

Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi

ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.

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The number of Chinese students abroad returning ho

 home soon after graduation totaled 519,400 in 2018, up 8 percent from the previous year, the ministry said.

A total of 5.86 million Chinese studied abroad from 1978 to the end of 2018. More than 4.32 million co

mpleted their studies, and more than 3.65 million returned to China soon after completing their studies, it said.

The return rate soon after graduation was around 80 percent last

year. In 1987, the return rate was about 5 percent, and in 2007 it stood at 30.6 percent.

Ran said more people are returning to China because they are finding it difficult to land job

s overseas, while at the same time the domestic employment market is becoming more appealing.

Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said finding a job in Chi

na has not been easy in recent years because of the rising number of students graduating from domestic universities.

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Noting that there is great potential for China to coop

erate with the international lender, Liu said China is willing to continue deep

ening its cooperation with the World Bank on loan programs and knowledge-sharing.

China looks forward to cooperating with the multilateral development institution in such a

reas as improving the business environment, sharing China’s experience in poverty alleviation, and jointly estab

lishing a high-standard multilateral development and financing cooperation center, Liu said.

Meanwhile, China hopes the World Bank continues loan cooperation with C

hina in accordance with established rules, mak

ing it more innovative and a better model for such projects, and increasing its added value, Liu said.

For his part, Malpass praised China’s great achievement in alleviating poverty, noting that its experience is worth sharing.

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Meitu released its first smartphone on 2013 and then

developed three series including M, V and T, with the smartphone

business revenue once accounting for 80 percent of its total revenue.

The image-editing app developer changed its strategy to social platform on 2018. By the e

nd of February, the monthly active users on Meitu platform reached 119.2 million.

According to Meitu’s financial report, its revenue from internet business increased 26.3 percent year-on-year to 947.7 million yuan ($141.31 million) in 2018, w

ith gross margin from the business surging 134.8 percent to 429.1 million yuan.

However, the firm’s revenue from smart hardware slumped 50

.7 percent year-on-year to 184.38 million yuan last year, and the

total revenue was 2.79 billion yuan, declining 37.8 percent from a year earlier.

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A number of entrepreneurs from across the world

 showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc

ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.

Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China

will further open up and strengthen international coop

eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.

The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more

than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec

hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.

About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection

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China is using high-tech measures, such as satell

ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage

, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection

department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens

ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.

Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi

ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.

He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and

ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each

other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov

ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang

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Additive’ means laying down successive layers of

 material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon

tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy

s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.

Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and

production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.

ou to produce complex (functional) sha

pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.

Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm

ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.

China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi

rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.

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Even though there are amazing innovations nearly ever

y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and

medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl

er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.

Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco

rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig

n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.

Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac

tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit

ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo

usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.

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