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ded souls face to face.The Beijing native, who quit his job in the hospitality industry and opene
d the shop 17 years ago, says seeing people in the shop, no matter they are looking for something in particula
r or simply browsing, is a delight. Over 16 years Free Sound has sold about 300,000 records, he says.
“It started out as a dream for me and I feel so fortunate to have lived out that dream.”
Wang, in his mid-40s, was introduced to music by his parents, who played vinyl records at home. One of his
favorite singer-songwriters is the Chinese rock musician Cui Jian, and like many music lovers of his generat
ion, Wang enjoyed going to record shops. Sound quality and nostalgia are what draws him to vinyls, he says.
For many people it has long appeared that traditional physical records such as vinyl and cassettes were
on the edge of extinction in the face of online streaming brought by the internet revolution.
Between 2002 and 2005 in particular, the fall in sales of CDs and other ty
pes of musical recordings in China was precipitous, mostly as the result of piracy and online
streaming, and the customer base for record shops evaporated as people stopped buying physical records.
that we are already seeing people’s lives improved by, for example, shopping websites that help you fi
nd what you are looking for. “For people who are feeling that this is not science fiction, this is just Amazo
n showing me an ad or a bank giving me a loan. Just wait. In the next five or 10 years, we’ll see robotics and in the nex
t 10-20 years autonomous vehicles – and they will be magical,” he said.
“The atom part will take longer, but that will happen too. The hardes
t part today appears to be the atom side – robotics, autonomous vehicles, flying cars and thin
gs like that. Because the big breakthroughs have been just pure software.”
Ironically, Theil, the co-founder of PayPal and a lead investor in Fa
cebook and big data mining company Palantir, has said that we live in a financial age, rather
than a scientific and technological age. “It’s not clear it’s enough to bring our civilization to the next level.”
Most tellingly, Theil points out that the oligopolistic US tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft – are each sitti
ng on billions of dollars of cash, but they can’t think of any technological opportunities where they can invest that money.
like many other villagers, contracted his farm to a company, set up by a local, that employs internet technologies to boost agricultural production.
Now much is going on behind the tranquil scenes of ducks and fish swimming around rice crops – data of the fields a
e updated and analyzed for better management; the harvests, including red rice, fish and duck eggs, are fetching bette
r prices on China’s e-commerce platforms, helping triple the income generated from the farmland.
And by improving its existing eco-farming traditions, rather than imposing radical cha
nges, the technologies do not seem to interrupt the other important source of income – tourism.
As visitors from China and beyond swarmed in to view the terraces, the county go
vernment of Yuanyang is also working to renovate old houses and revive farm traditions.
Rice terraces are placed under better protection and projects were launched to improve the irrigation network.
of subforums, such as the ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea subfo
rum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity between BRI count
ries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science
and technology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lan
cang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
“Hainan will ensure that the Boao Forum for Asia continues to promote greater coope
ration in healthcare, tourism, education, technology, tropical agriculture and the seed industry,” Wang said.
An additional 14 people were found dead in the latest search and rescue operation after an explo
sion in East China’s Jiangsu province, bringing the death toll to 78, local authorities said on Monday afternoon.
A total of 56 dead have been identified, local authorities said at a news conference, leaving 22 unaccounted for.
Among the 28 missing, 25 have been confirmed to be dead via DNA, with three confirmed safe.
A total of 566 injured people were still receiving medical care in the hospital on Monday, inclu
ding 13 in critical condition and 66 seriously wounded. Thirty-eight were discharged on Monday, according to the news conference.
Medical monitoring at hospitals near the blast site shows no cases of chemical poisoning, the rescue headquarters said on Monday.
In a notice released on Monday, the State Council has ordered a national inspection on poten
tial hazards of dangerous chemicals and safety assessments on all chemical industry parks across the country.
indicate, is the emphasis that is now being put on helping private companies and protecting intellectual property rig
hts. The top court’s report, for instance, vowed to “enhance judicial protection for intellectual property rig
hts, promote the transfer of old and new kinetic energies, and serve the economy’s high-quality development”. And
in addition to completing international business dispute resolution mechanisms related to the Belt and Road Initi
ative, it has pledged to offer “equal protection for legal rights and interests of all kinds of market entities”.
This reflects the importance the country has attached to unswervingly encouraging, supporting and guiding the develop
ment of the nonpublic sector and shows the judicial and procuratorial organs will play their due roles in pro
moting the country’s all-around opening-up by ensuring a level and rules-based playing field.
In essence, the two reports made clear that security, democracy, rule of law, fairnes
s and justice, and a better environment are the focus of judicial and procuratorial work in the new era.
residents, the Chagosians were herded into the hold of two c
argo ships, then dumped on the quayside in Mauritius or the Seychelles. The pets they left
behind were rounded up by soldiers and gassed. Their houses left to the jungle.
”People were living in cemeteries or in cattle houses, anywhere they could get a roof over their h
eads,” says Isobel Charlot, whose family wound up in Mauritius. “The Chagos Islands were b
eautiful. Going to Mauritius abruptly made them depressed, many became alcoholics.”
In the 1980s, the UK paid some $5.2 million to more than 1,300 islanders on the condition they renounce their right to retu
rn.In 1946, 167 natives of the Bikini Atoll were persuaded to leave their paradise chain of 23 coral islands with twist
ing palm trees and aquamarine waters, after Commodore Ben H Wyatt, the military governor of the Marshall Islan
ds, to which the atoll belonged, told them their land was needed for “the good of mankind and to end all world wars.”
In reality, that meant dropping 23 nuclear weapons on Bikini between 1946 and 1958, as par
t of the Cold War nuclear arms race — including the most powerful explosion ever detonated by the US.
In April and July, Japan signed the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), a military logistics pac
t, with Canada and France respectively. The Japanese government will try to get it approved by the National D
iet this year. Canada and France are also advancing domestic procedures for its approval.
The agreement will enable the provision of food, fuel and military supplie
s between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and French and Canadian armies. Jap
an has also inked ACSAs with the US, the UK, Australia and India. Why did Japan sign such an agreement?
After WWII, especially in the late 1960s when Japan became an economic powerhouse, it was no longer satisfied with its status as a military microstate.
In the mid-1980s, Japan accelerated the pace to push its SDF onto the w
orld stage with the aim of becoming a major political power.
In 1996, Japan signed the ACSA with the US, followed by one with Austr
alia in 2010. After the new security law took effect on March 29, 2016, Japan amended t
he two ACSAs, which enabled more flexible provision of ammunition in wartime between the signatories.