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Japan will resume commercial whaling Monday amid criticism from anti-whaling states a

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Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC is the first time in its postwar history that it has withdrawn from a major international organization. Japan has lobbied for the resumption of commercial whaling for 30 years.上海419论坛

Last September, the IWC’s annual meeting rejected Japan’s latest proposal to resume commercial whaling. The Japanese government had threatened to withdraw from the international organization.

Japan announced its intention to withdraw last December, saying it was no longer possible to resume commercial whaling under IWC rules.

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ng in the Pacific. And in the northern city of Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, five vessels plan to leave for whaling in nearby waters.

Japan says it will conduct commercial whaling only in its territorial waters and exclusive ec

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Environmental activists are criticizing the resumption in light of resource conservation and animal protection.

Festive vibes spread across Hong Kong on Sunday with citywide celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.

Speaking at the launch of a three-day gala in Victoria Park that features high-tech and innovations-the largest celebration eve

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ecial Administrative Region government wants to promote innovation and technology.

It has invested more than HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion) in innovation and technology, Cheung said.

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sic concerts, trendy culture, a food festival and a special area for young people to showcase their creative ideas.

The fiesta, which started on Saturday, had attracted more than 60,000 visitors up to Sunday afternoon. It was one of som

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The association estimated that more than 300,000 Hong Kong people would take part in them.

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y’s science and technology development and provide a broad platform for Hong Kong youngsters.

People of all ages were seen snaking through the venue, event by event and booth by booth, to

try out advanced high-tech products featuring virtual reality, 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence.

Hong Kong resident Tsang Ka-hei, 22, was amazed by a mind-co

ntrolled robot invented by Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.

Tsang, who had a go at controlling the robot, was awed by the advanced product and

said he enjoyed the experience, adding that he had never seen such a device before.

In addition to the high-tech exhibition and food booths, music concerts by inter

national and local pop singers are also being staged in the park every night during the festival.

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funk rock band, has captivated the audience with their

This song is even older than some of the people who are watching the show,” the bassist Ou says in the sho

上海419论坛w. “Witnessing the evolution of Chinese rock music is a fascinating experience. We are proud that we are part of it as The Face.”

Western rock music first gained popularity in China in the 1980s with a performance given by the rock singer-songwriter Cui Jian on May 9, 1986, during a concert at Beijing Workers’ Stadium. At the packed venue, the then 25-year上海419论坛

-old Cui performed his most well-known song, Nothing to My Name, which opened a chapter in China’s rock music story at a time when few Chinese knew what rock ‘n’ roll was.

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lden era of original Chinese rock bands influenced by the Western music genre and expressing themselves in their mother tongue. The first

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“Material possessions like big houses and fast cars were the last things on our mind,” Ou says. “Instead, we were hungry for roc

k music and found any possible way to get the latest music from Western bands. Compared with young bands today, we had few opportunities to perfo

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In 1994 Ou, then 23, performed as a bassist at the Chinese Rock Power concert at the Hong Kong Arena. Bringing toget

her He Yong, Dou Wei, the former lead vocalist of Black Panther, Zhang Chu and Tang Dynasty, the concert was the first showcase for musicians from

the mainland to perform in Hong Kong. It stunned Hong 上海419论坛Kong audiences and created the momentum for a wave of rock music to wash across the country.

“Looking back, those legendary musicians and their works are still inspiring for the young

bands,” Ou says. “They shaped the golden era of China’s rock music. The band members are different people and enjoy different m

usic styles. They come together and contribute t上海419论坛品茶微信o the band as one person. That’s the most interesting part of being in a band.”

Then with the birth of Modern Sky, one of the country’s biggest indie labels, which former rock singer-songwriter Shen Lihui

founded in 1997 in Beijing as a way to distribute both his own and his friends’ music, more and more indie band

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Queen Sea Big Shark and the heavy rock band Miserable Faith were among the most-watched bands then.

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Tourists may be disappointed by being unable to access the i

conic, gull-winged Osaka Castle, which is expected to be used as a backdrop for G20 events.

上海419论坛Some 700 schools in the city will close on the summit days in order to reduce congestion, according to local press reports.

The participants are leaders from 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are A

rgentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy

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s and representatives of invited guest international organizations

will participate in the summit along with leaders from the G20 members.

The host country of the G20 summit leads the group over the course of one year from Decemb

er through the following November as the G20 presidency. The G20 presidency also organizes relevant ministerial and working group meetings.

Together, the nations of the G20 account for around 80 percent of global economic out

put, nearly 75 percent of all global trade, and about two-thirds of the world’s population.

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rs and central bankers from twenty of the world’s largest established and emerging econom

The G20 initially focused largely on broad macroeconomic policy, but it has expanded its ambit. The 2018 summit in Argentina

focused on fair and sustainable development, while the previous summit in Germany drilled down on issues including corruption, money laundering and international tax havens.

Economic and financial coordination remains the centerpiece of each summit’s agenda, but issues such as the

future of work, terrorism and global health are recurring focuses as well. This was increasingly true in the d

ecade following the global financial crisis, when the G20 was able to turn its attention beyond acute economic crisis management.

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ow is the focus上海419论坛品茶微信 for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, an ong

oing exhibition at the National Museum of China that runs through Sept 22. Techn

icians have used cutting-edge technology to bring to life the work of the gifted artist through an all-encompassing pr

ojection display of images taken from more than 200 paintings and drawings from the artist’s oeuvre.

The 35-minute show is being staged inside a purpose-built rectangular box occ

upying a section of the spacious third-floor corridor of the National Museum of China.

The viewer first encounters Van Gogh through a space set out like a galler

y, in which the painter’s self-portraits are displayed on wall-mounted screens. Then the gal

lery changes into different scenes inspired by Van Gogh’s iconic works, where viewers “step inside” these fam

iliar landscapes. One moment, viewers are surrounded by blossoming almond trees, while the next, they watch cr

ows flying over expansive wheat fields. Overhead, a dreamy, starlit night sky unfolds.

In recent years, Van Gogh has been the subject of many popular interactive exhibitions at home and abroad, where digital t

echnology rather than the original paintings are used to offer an insight into the painter’s life and art.

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The connect, a two-w上海419论坛女神会所 receipt mechani

ism that brings t上海419论坛女神会所ogether two of the world’s largest capital markets, brings together one of the world’s la

rgest domestic capital markets – the Shanghai Stock Exchange – with the world’s leading international market, the London Stock Exchange.

The Shanghai-London Stock Connect will allow global investors to bene

fit from China’s stable economic growth and ongoing reforms through London, while Lon

don Stock Exchange listed companies will be able to access Chinese investors directly through the stock connect.

It is the first time any foreign companies will be able to list in the Chinese mainland and the first time S

SE-listed companies will be able to raise capital abroad through instruments fungible with their domestic shares.

In tandem with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, which was launched in 2014, inter

national investors will now be able to access China A-shares through international trading and settlement practices.

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Lam said the S上海419论坛女神会所nment would make

ghts safegu上海419论坛女神会所ards of the bill legally binding and would regularly report to the legislature implementation of the bill after it is passed.

Other heavyweights also expressed their strong disapproval of some protesters’ conduct.

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung condemned the violence. He said the g

overnment would continue to attentively and humbly listen to public opinion on the amendments.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung strongly condemned the conduct of demonstrators and underlined the police

will follow up on cases and identify the law-breakers who disguised themselves by wearing masks.

In a statement responding to the incident issued on Monday morni

ng, the non-official members of the Executive Council, an organ for assisting the chief execu

tive in policymaking, expressed regret over the violent acts of a small minority of protesters.

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hina spends heavily on government-subsidized housing

China’s fiscal sp上海419论坛女神会所ending on government-subsidized housing saw a rapid increase in 2018 am

id government efforts to curb housing speculation and improve people’s livelihood.

Fiscal expenditures on government-subsidized housing projects totaled 737.2 billion yu

an ($107 billion) last year, up 46.4 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Finance said in an online statement.

The funds helped the renovation of 6.26 million shantytown units in u

rban areas and 1.9 million dilapidated houses in rural areas, and supported the co

nstruction of the matching facilities for 300,000 public rental housing, the ministry said.

The ministry vowed to strengthen supervision and management of the funds for government

-subsidized housing in 2019, and standardize the financing for shantytown renovation projects.

The country saw stable housing prices last year amid government co

ntrol policies under the principle of “houses are for living in, not for speculation.”

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Tibet guards safety on highest mountainutiful scenery

The safety of mountaineers in China’s recently concluded Qomola

ngma climbing season, which saw 241 climbers scale the peak from the Chinese side, was ensured throu

gh good management practices, the government of the Tibet autonomous region said on Friday.

Twelve Chinese mountaineers, 21 Chinese guides, 94 foreign mountaineers and 108 Sherpa guides

made it to the summit from April 10 to May 30, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

Two alpinists, however, have become the victims on the north face of the

mountain in Tibet’s Dingri county, resulting from the extreme physical demands.

“Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, and safety is the priority,” said Pema Trinley, the association’s deputy director.

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Spain’s SEAT set to make China comeback by 2021

Spain’s largest carmaker SEAT is set to make a comeback in China around 2021, a move that will help its parent

company Volkswagen AG secure a larger share in the world’s largest new energy vehicle market.

“The Spanish brand aims to enter the Chinese market in the coming two to three years,” said Volkswagen in a stat

ement on Tuesday, citing an agreement it signed with SEAT and Chinese carmaker JAC Motors.

SEAT pulled out of China in 2014 after two years of poor sales of its gasoline vehicles.

This time, it will enter the Chinese market through JAC Volks

wagen, a 50-50 joint venture established in Hefei, Anhui pr

ovince, in 2017 to develop, produce and sell pure battery vehicles.

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Experts say more work needed on AIo in Suzhou, Jia

hina has published the most research

papers on artificial intelligence around the world, while AI research from the Unite

d States remains the most influential, said a report on AI development released in Shanghai on Friday.

More than 300,000 papers on AI have been published globally from 2013 to 2018, among which around 74,000 were publishe

d by Chinese researchers and 52,000 by their US counterparts, and the US dominated in fields such as citation impact,

number of patents, and the scale of companies and funds, the report said, adding that China lacks basic theoretical research.

The report was compiled by the Research Center for AI Development, which was established last year by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

“China and the United States are the two main pillars of the world’s AI r

esearch network, and the most cooperation on AI research happened between the two

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