Meanwhile, more than 8,000 officials were punishe

 after inspectors’ revisits to ensure rectification of violations they had found earlier.

Liu Changgen, director of the central environmental inspection office, said the fourth round of in

spections is the first to have more punished officials from land resources departments than from the ecolo

gical and environmental departments, which topped the list in the earlier rounds.

“Many may think the ecological and environment departments should top the list, as they shoulder

more of the responsibilities in environmental protection. But officials at various levels of the ec

ological and environmental departments have had their awareness in environmental protection strengthened in the

past few years, which has helped them better assume their responsibilities,” Liu said.

He said he expects to see increasingly strengthened awareness of protection in other departments, too.

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The courts, based in 19 cities, including Hefei, are desi

igned to be responsible for handling not only local IPR ca

ses but also those from neighboring regions,” Song said.

In 2014, the supreme court released a guideline to introduce tech

nical investigators into the procedure of judging IPR cases. An earlier document releas

ed by the local court in Hefei last year said it would recruit both full-time and part-time technical investigators.

More full-time technical investigators are expected to be recruited for IPR cases in the future, researcher Li said.

Editor’s Note: China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contrib

utions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The document, prepared by the office of the leadi

ng group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for Inte

rnational Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing. Full text below:Contents

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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Contents regarding collective copyright managem

ent organizations, including stock image platforms, have been debatable and remain a key issue among lawmakers,” she said.

“I believe such copyright agencies will be regulated in the future version of the law after Visual

China’s incident, and our IP protection will also be further strengthened thanks to the case,” she added.

Different from many comments that criticized the company and its business, Chen sai

d it is “Okay” for stock image platforms to profit from selling images or filing copyright lawsuits.

“Proper commercial operations can help defend the rights of individual creators, as it is difficult a

nd costly for individuals to sift through seas of information and find out who infringes their rights,” she said. “Or su

ch platforms create a better environment for copyright owners to easily and effectively safeguard their rights.”

But she suggested the country set up a third-party to supervise

the platforms’ operation to prevent them from exercising the rights beyond the legal scope.

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Huawei revenue up 39 percent from one year agoy that it poste

Huawei Technologies Co said Monday that it posted 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion) in

revenue in the first quarter of 2019, representing a year-on-year growth of 39 percent.

The company’s quarter one net profit margin stood at about 8 percent, slightly higher than the same period last year.

Huawei said in a statement that it continues to focus on communications infrastructure and smart devices, and will dev

elop the efficiency and quality of its operations, which contributed to its solid first-quarter performance.

This year will see large-scale 5G deployment around the world,

meaning Huawei’s carrier business group, which primarily supplies telecom equipment and

services to telecom carriers around the world, has seen unprecedented opportunities for growth, the company said.

By the end of March 2019, Huawei had signed 40 commercial contracts for 5G with lea

ding global carriers, and had shipped more than 70,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.

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Expat jobs in some sectors increasingreign students see

The service sector, IT and media industries have

overtaken the education industry as major job sources for expat

s in China, according to figures from the 2019 Job Fair for Foreigners in Beijing.

The job fair was organized on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Center and the State Administration of Foreign Exper

ts Affairs, attracting more than 500 expats with nearly 1,000 jobs available in a range of professions.

The expat job market, once dominated by language teachers, has seen a major shift. Approximatel

y half the jobs available at the fair were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including ope

nings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.

“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager of the research center. “The be

st-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Ma‘

’ndarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”

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When more countries that are mainstream travel desti

tinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

Industry insiders said that the rapid development of internet technology in C

hina and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and banking servic

es have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passpo

rts and paper documents back and forth, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Judge

s Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts and t

he law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only under the law, and protect hum

an rights. They must prosecute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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Located in Mega Mall in eastern Bucharest, the first

 Mi Store in the eastern European country occupies 200 square meters, offering some

300 products, including smartphones, cameras, speakers, headsets, smart watches, selfie sticks, electri

c scooters, smart robotic vacuum cleaners and even casual backpack.

“With opening of the flagship store in the country,

we are pleased to announce that the Mi fans can purchase the first Xiaomi phones offi

cially in Romania,” said Zhang Guoren, Xiaomi authorized representative in Romania.

Xiaomi is currently the fourth largest smartph

one producer in the world and Romanians have long been familiar with its products.

 China’s former world number one Ding Junhui took a 6-3 lead over Anthony McGill of Scotland in th

e opening day’s snooker world championship at the Crucible Theatre here on Saturday.

Ding, ranked 10th in the world, pulled ahead 4-1 with breaks of 64 and 70. World num

ber 24 McGill, who was crushed last year here by Ding 13-4 in the second round, won the next frame 73-57 but D

ing made a break of 129 points in the seventh frame and took the eighth easily for a 6-2 lead.

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Torrential rains trouble traffic in Guangdongu Baiyun Airport

orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,

and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i

s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w

ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci

ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc

hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

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Online visa applications smooth traveChina DailyUpd

Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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