Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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Tesla probes car self-ignition case in Shanghai

US auto giant Tesla said on April 22 that no one was hurt in a vehicle se

lf-ignition accident at an underground garage in Shanghai and it has sent a team to the scene.

According to the Xinmin Evening News, the self-ignition of a white Tesla sedan took

place at about 8 pm on April 21 at a community garage in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, whe

re residents living in the apartment building were evacuated following the accident.

Footage caught on a surveillance camera showed that thick smoke ro

se from the car, followed by huge flames. Cars parked nearby were also damaged.

Due to the irritating odor, firefighters closed the en

trance of the garage to spray water before going inside to clear out the fire.

Tesla said on its official micro blog that it has alerted related agencies and was cooperative in verifying the incident.

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Foreign investment in Beijing property may hit record

Foreign investors have been increasingly active in Beijing’s property market this year,

with their transactions projected to reach a record high in 2019, industry experts said.

“We see an increasing proportion of foreign investors’ participating

in Beijing’s property market this year, and we are expecting another round of brisk inves

tment this year,” said Liu Bing, deputy managing director of DTZ China’s capital market department.

“This is mainly due to the appreciation of the dollar since last year and tightening financing channels for domestic players.”

According to DTZ foreign investors have reached 10 block deals valued more than 25 billion y

uan ($3.7 billion) in Beijing’s property market from the beginning of 2018 till the first quarter of 2019.

Statistics from JLL indicate that foreign investors continue to show interest in the market this year.

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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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The draft increases penalties on illegal activities, such a

 manufacturing and selling fake or substandard vaccines, and stipulates a punitive compensation to those who sell or use su

bstandard vaccines with knowledge, causing death or serious health consequences.

Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and

earphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international busine

ss unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Gansu pro

vince. Under China’s ethnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic

minorities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

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If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to

applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre

senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac

hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S

tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim

ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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When he was studying abroad, he met the love of hi

s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

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Another 11 tax authorities from Italy, Greece, Iran,

Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, among others, joined the mechanism as observers, and will have advisory roles.

Expanding tax dispute resolution activities, increasing transparency, streamli

ning compliance and digitizing filing are some of the key tasks that the mechanism will

act upon going forward. To help facilitate these goals, an office will be opened in Beijing.

Members agreed that the mechanism is in response to calls by

G20 leaders for a fair, transparent and modern tax system that ultimately contrib

utes to the fulfillment of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Wang Jun, commissioner of China’s State Taxation Admin

istration, was elected chairman of the mechanism‘s council. He suggested that mem

bers jointly enhance tax administration capacity and build a growth-friendly tax environment.

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In order to improve the business environment, the Chi

ese government has launched a series of measures to continually reduce burdens for taxpayers, an

d the annual plan for 2019 is to cut 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) in taxes and fees.

“Effects have been seen recently. In the first two months, 182.85 billion yuan in taxes and fees were furth

er reduced,” Wang said. “The Chinese tax authority will do all it can to achieve the target.”

“International tax cooperation is not and has never been easy. But we

do need a multilateral approach,” said Vitor Gasp

ar, director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.

“BRITACOM has a role to play in fostering a multilatera

l cooperation approach to taxes, and it can help tax adm

inistrations share best practices and build a foundation for cooperation,” Gaspar said.

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