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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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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Slower rise in Chinese studying overseas pose for phot

The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize

that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w

hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education

Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la

rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.

The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re

sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.

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A report released in August by the Center for China and

 Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre

es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.

For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly

salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.

The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu

dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.

According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an

d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af

ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.

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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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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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Consultancy IDC estimates the country will pour in bill

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.

Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min

istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus

try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.

Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the

sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.

But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr

ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.

 

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Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday

in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.

Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.

Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai

n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre

e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.

“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.

Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin

g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.

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Eleven people dead in Shenzhen floodsmissing in a floo

Eleven people were killed in floods triggered by a sudden rainstorm in the southern Chin

ese city of Shenzhen Thursday night, local authorities confirmed Saturday.

The last missing person was found dead Saturday afternoon, said a source with the city’s emergency management bureau.

At around 9 pm Thursday, the rainstorm pounded Shenzhen, leading to floods that flushed aw

ay dredging workers at different river sections in the districts of Luohu and Futian.

The average precipitation in three hours Thursday night reached 65 mil

limeters in Luohu district, data from the Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau showed.

Provincial authorities of Guangdong province in charge of workpl

ace safety and emergency management on Friday issued a circular on strengthening safety and prevent

ing deadly risks during flood season, demanding all projects be halted and workers be evacuated to safe grou

nds during heavy rainfall to prevent loss of life. Shenzhen falls under jurisdiction of Guangdong.

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The successful viewing of the dynamic structure

 enable us to see clearly which exact position the hormone goes into

the receptor as well as the corresponding reactions happening to the downstream signaling

proteins and the surroundings,” said Zhao Lihua, one of the leading researchers on the team and an associat

e professor from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

“It will allow scientists to screen small-molecule compounds tha

t fit this exact position. If this succeeds, researchers can continue to develop oral drugs,” she said.

A paper about the study conducted by CAS’ Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica in

collaboration with researchers from Zhejiang University School of Basic Medical Sciences and University of Pittsbu

rgh School of Medicine was published on the website of United States-based journal Science on Friday.

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