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A total of 130 pangolins seized from smugglers by authorities in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region had died by the end of January of “rescue failure,” The Beijing News reported Sunday.

The Guangxi forestry department sent 66 live pangolins from 2015 to 2016 to the Guangxi Shengkai Investment Co., which owned a pangolin breading base in Xianggu village, Beihai.

The department also sent another 64 live pangolins from 2014 to 2017 to the Yuehuiteng steel company in Foshan, South China’s Guangdong Province, according to The Beijing News.

The 130 pangolins – Sunda pangolins, also known as the Malayan or Javan pangolin, seized by Guangxi authorities from smugglers – had all died by January, The Beijing News reported.

Pangolins are listed as extremely endangered animals. In captivity, the armadillo-like animals have a high mortality rate and require a qualified team, special equipment and techniques to care of them, Wu Shibao, a pangolin expert and professor at the School of Life Sciences at South China Normal University, told the Global Times on Monday.

The Guangxi forestry department should be held responsible for the deaths of the pangolins if the two breeding institutes failed to have the required qualifications to protect pangolins, Wu noted.

Su Fei, the manager of the Pangolin protection group of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, told the Global Times on Monday there are more than 100 pangolin rescue centers affiliated with forestry departments in China, which are government owned.

Because current breeding centers cannot properly protect pangolins, Su said the country should allow pangolins to live in the wild. Southern China such as Yunnan, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces are suitable places for pangolins, she said.

In China, pangolins were mainly used as medicine, and were thought to invigorate the circulation of blood and promote lactation. A live pangolin can fetch more than 20,000 yuan on the black market, according to The Beijing News.

Guangxi Shengkai Investment Co. is the only commercial institute in the region approved by the Guangxi forestry department to breed pangolins.

However, the company had been receiving pangolins from Guangxi forestry department since January 2015 before they were qualified to do so. Residents in Xianggu also said they never heard of any pangolin breeding base in the village, The Beijing News reported.

Meantime, the business scope of the Foshan Yuehuiteng steel company includes metal materials, hardware and electrical equipment, but no wild animal protection.

Despite this, the company had been entrusted by the Guangxi forestry department to raise pangolins from 2013 to 2018.

Luo Runman, a manager of the Yuehuiteng steel company, was investigated by local police for illegal pangolin trade in December 2018, according to The Beijing News.

The economic data of China and the US for the month of April was not good. There are divergent views on the reasons for China’s declining retail sales growth rate and especially, its industrial output growth. But amid China’s overall expectations that a trade war could have some impact on the economy this year, one month’s unsatisfactory data is socially and psychologically affordable.

The problem for the US is that the government won’t admit that a trade war would have a negative impact on its own economy. Instead, the Trump administration advocates that tariff revenue is a good option for the US to boost economic growth.

In fact, Chinese society’s understanding of the current situation is very objective, and the official and civil understanding is echoed by each other. Chinese society is confident in the country’s broader economic prospects, based largely on the country’s enormous economic potential and the government’s ability to take strong measures to minimize the negative impact of a trade war and contain possible unexpected risks. In addition, it is believed that as long as China resists the pressure, the US will sign the agreement with China sooner or later, because the US also feels uncomfortable.

Most of those tariffs will be shared by American importers and consumers, and it is against the common sense of international trade for the US government to insist that tariffs are paid only by Chinese export enterprises.

If the White House now publicly acknowledges the negative impact of the trade war on itself and is still able to unite the US society, then the trade war will be even more difficult for China to deal.

The US side has created a false impression that it is strong, but in fact it is weak on the inside. If the US side wants to fight, we may as well do so. China also has modest demands, namely, to safeguard its sovereignty and uphold the principle of equality in China-US relations.

In a worst-case scenario, China would suffer losses which it could still afford. The great leeway of our society can certainly have a considerable damping effect. Under better circumstances, we can quickly build resilience so that China’s economy will once and for all reduce its excessive dependence on the US market, and people’s interests are better protected in the long run.

The US trade war with China will build up into a political bubble as it diverges from reality. We just need hold our breath, and try to do our own thing as much as possible. It will gradually deflate on its own.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday attended the opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing.

Themed on “Live Green, Live Better,” the expo attracts the participation of 110 countries and international organizations.

The national flag of the People’s Republic of China was raised, with the national anthem being performed and sung.

The flags of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the Beijing expo were also raised along with their anthems.

With a great diversity of gardens and cultural activities, the Beijing expo will, for the next six months, inspire and educate visitors on the critical significance of plants to enhance quality of life and ensure the future of the next generations, said Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, secretary general of the BIE, while addressing the ceremony.

“China has led the way in promoting green development. It is clear that the Chinese government supports ecologically sensitive development in order to create a ‘Beautiful China’,” said AIPH President Bernard Oosterom at the ceremony. “I am confident that the legacy of this expo will be greener lives for generations to come.”

The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce plans to introduce a new service charter to reduce the time it takes to authorize imports and exports, as part of efforts to improve the business climate.

The Lao ministry’s Import and Export Department plans to introduce the service charter this year so that business operators can benefit from faster services at the department, the local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.

Under the new service charter, businesses will be able to get permission to import and export vehicles, fuel and diamonds within one day after submitting a formal request. If businesses submit a request electronically through the National Single Window system, the approval process will take only half a day through the 2019 service charter, according to the Lao ministry’s Import and Export Department.

In addition to reducing the time it takes to issue import and export documents, the department plans to halve the time it takes to issue businesses with a certificate of origin. In 2018, it took four hours.

As of this year, business operators will be able to obtain certificate for the transit of goods, and imported goods for export within one day, down from two days in 2018.

With regard to responses to inquiries by business operators, import and export officials will reply within three days, down from the five days it took last year.

To further facilitate cross-border trade, the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Import and Export Department met with the relevant authorities to recommend the changes they should make. One of these recommendations was for the Lao government to cancel the import and export approval process currently required for goods related to livestock, food and drugs. However, the Lao government should continue to check the quality of imported goods at border crossings. This means the Lao government should freely allow goods to be imported so long as they meet the set national standards, the daily quoted a report from the Import and Export Department as saying.

The report also said that the department has seen a big improvement at border checkpoints, adding that it now takes less time to import goods.

The US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s attempt to divert 2.5 billion US dollars in funding to begin building a border wall in portions of California and New Mexico is illegal.

The 10-page court document came weeks after a preliminary injunction by the same federal court, which is overseeing a pair of lawsuits over border wall financing. On May 24, the court temporarily blocked Trump’s ability to divert 1 billion dollars in funding toward border walls in state of New Mexico and Arizona.

Led by California, a coalition of 20 states filed a motion in April for a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration from taking up to 6.7 billion dollars in federal taxpayer funds to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The motion challenged Trump’s “illegal and unconstitutional action” to divert taxpayer funding and resources meant for law enforcement, drug interdiction, and military construction projects for the wall.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday issued a statement celebrating the court’s newest decision in favor of the Golden State.

“These rulings critically stop President Trump’s illegal money grab to divert 2.5 billion dollars of unauthorized funding for his pet project,” said Becerra.

“All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state. President Trump said he didn’t have to do this and that he would be unsuccessful in court. Today we proved that statement true,” said the attorney general.

Panama’s new president Laurentino Cortizo gestures during his inauguration ceremony, in Panama City, Panama on Monday. Cortizo announced that he would create a special unit to get the country off corruption and money-laundering watchlists. Photo: VCG

The Yuanmingyuan Park Photo: CFP

Liu Yang and the pair of stone fish he discovered Photo: Courtesy of Liu Yang

Liu Yang has become a name that one cannot help but mention when talking about the Yuanmingyuan. He has spent the last 12 years tracing its relics and has managed to track down nearly 1,000 pieces across the globe. In addition to writing books, he also found one of the only three sets of relics which have ever been returned.

Also known as the Old Summer Palace, the Yuanmingyuan was an imperial park that was looted and burned by Anglo-French allied forces during the Second Opium War in 1860. But the most pitiful thing of all, Liu believes, is the loss of thousands of relics. The whereabouts of most of them remains unknown this day.

Even though Liu works at the Yuanmingyuan, it is not his job to research relics. But he started his research on the day he began working there. “It is like working on a jigsaw puzzle. My goal is to piece together as many relics together as I can.”

Liu is now writing books to summarize the fruits of his work and planning a trip overseas to trace more relics. But sometimes Liu feels lonely.

“Twelve years ago, when I started it, I felt thrilled that I was the only one dedicated to this field,” Liu told the Global Times. “Now with no people joining me still, I feel sad. It needs collaboration.”

Childhood dream

Working for the park was a dream Liu had since childhood and when it came true in 2004, he felt he could not ask for more from life.

A Beijing native in his 30s, Liu developed special feelings for the park when he was a 12-year-old. That summer, he wanted to visit the Summer Palace, but got on the wrong bus, which brought him to the Yuanmingyuan.

After seeing the ruins and learning how beautiful the park used to be, he was totally charmed by it and hoped to “go to the UK and France and get all the treasures back.”

Liu then started to read about the park, trying to find the Yuanmingyuan’s treasures, and sometimes published articles about it. So even though he majored in film and TV production, he landed at job at the Yuanmingyuan after graduating in 2004.

His dream had come true. But soon he learned that his job, which mainly consisted of writing introductions and checking the ruins, actually had little connection to what he really wanted to do. So he made “treasure hunting” his hobby. He worked like an academic researcher, finding clues from all kinds of materials, making analyses and carrying out field investigations.

This hunt has been expanding over the years, from Beijing to Hong Kong and even New York and Paris.

In 2013, he gathered together all the information about the Yuanmingyuan relics he had learned from museums, collectors, auctions and old pictures and published a book titled Who Collects Yuanmingyuan. In the book, he gives a list of 800 relics that he believes originated in the park, the first catalogue of the locations of the Yuanmingyuan relics ever written.

A solo journey

The thing that excited Liu most over the years is his role in returning a pair of stone fish to the park. According to Liu, it is one of only three sets of relics returned to the park in the past 150 years, with a million or so items still unaccounted for.

He found the fish by chance. In 2005, when Liu was writing a book about the old pictures of Yuanmingyuan, he noticed that the stone fish in one picture looked familiar. He looked again at the stone fish he filmed in a Beijing courtyard one year ago and discovered they were the same sculptures.

After further checks he became sure that they were indeed the pair from the Yuanmingyuan. Following negotiations, the fish eventually went back to the park in 2007.

But he never expected that the fish would land him in trouble that he has never been able to shake off. He became a thorn in the side of the leadership of the administration department he works in after accepting an unapproved media interview.

As Liu understands it, his decision to receive the interview, though not improper in itself, may have stopped some people from portraying the retrieval of the fish as their own achievement.

There has been a cost for Liu to shoulder. The sign next to the fish does not mention that he was involved in their retrieval. Since then, he has never been recognized as an outstanding staff member, or got a chance to take a work trip abroad.

“It is OK with me that they put me aside. It allows me more time to carry out my research into relics,” said Liu.

“I don’t want to get promoted. If I am a leader, I will not have enough time for tracing relics,” said Liu.

His experience at his workplace is one reason why he feels so lonely in dedicating himself to this daunting job. “It is not a place for long-term accumulative research. It demands that you do something to get instant results,” said Liu, adding that in China there is no special institution for Yuanmingyuan research yet.

Hard return

In the past several years, Liu has gone on “tracking” trips to museums in several countries that boast Yuanmingyuan relics. He has come to realize that foreign museums, particularly French and British ones, are rather sensitive about such relics.

“They would show me a lot of documents proving that they are legal when I ask about it,” Liu said.

Liu revealed that there are lots of places that probably have Yuanmingyuan relics that he cannot afford to visit. He said due to the high cost of plane travel, hotels, picture books and other materials, his small salary is running out. He sometimes has to deliver lectures at universities or write articles to make extra money.

To Liu, the question of when the Yuanmingyuan can get these relics back is still one without an answer. In fact, among the relics he has found inside China, none of the owners, be they museums or universities, are willing to return them.

“They say they got them legally and paid for them, and they protect them very well at present,” said Liu, “Foreign museums have the same reasons not to return them. It is almost impossible to rely on museums to return them. We probably can only rely on private donations.”

Newspaper headline: Piecing a park together

Residents stock up necessities at a supermarket in Manhattan of New York, the United States, Jan. 22, 2016. (Photo: Xinhua)

Tariff tensions have sent US consumer confidence to a near two-year low, a business research group said on Tuesday.

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index, a key measure of the US economy, slipped to 121.5 in June, the lowest since September 2017. The May reading was 131.3.

The group’s present situation index, which is based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions, decreased from 170.7 to 162.6. The decrease was driven by a less favorable assessment of business and labor market conditions.

The expectations index, which is based on consumers’ short-term outlook for income, business and labor market conditions, decreased from 105.0 last month to 94.1 this month.

Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a statement that the escalation in trade and tariff tensions earlier this month appears to have shaken consumers’ confidence.

“Although the Index remains at a high level, continued uncertainty could result in further volatility in the Index and, at some point, could even begin to diminish consumers’ confidence in the expansion,” said Franco.

According to the group’s survey, the percentage of consumers expecting business conditions will be better six months from now decreased from 21.4 percent to 18.1 percent, while those expecting business conditions will worsen rose from 8.8 percent to 13.1 percent.

Wang, a senior at a prestigious Chinese university, will do a three-month internship in a British university this summer. There’s nothing special about his choice, except for the fact that recent events in the United States have forced Wang and his peers to look to Europe as his top study destination.

What’s caused the change? Blame a more tightened visa regime in America.

“Many Chinese say their US visas have been reviewed multiple times,” said Wang, who declined to give his full name. “A PhD student I know, after spending a vacation in China, was forced to delay his return to the United States, and his research has been hugely affected.”

US universities have been the top choice for overseas study for most of Wang’s university peers. “I’m making a Plan B for my PhD research program. Now I have to take more uncertainties into account,” Wang told Xinhua.

WELCOMING EUROPE

For Chinese students seeking an overseas education, the United States and the European Union (EU) have long been popular choices.

A report by the US-based Institute of International Education showed US colleges and universities registered over 363,000 Chinese students in academic year 2017-2018, making up 33.2 percent of the international student body. China has become the largest source of international students for nine consecutive years in the US

But due to US visa restrictions to Chinese students following trade frictions between the two countries, 3.2 percent of the more than 10,300 people supported by Chinese government scholarships in 2018 to study in the United States cancelled trips, according to statistics from the China Scholarship Council. In the first three months of 2019, however, the cancellation ratio soared to 13.5 percent.

In European countries, however, the tallies of Chinese students have kept increasing in recent years because of agreeable environment.

According to official statistics, more than 303,000 Chinese students were studying in the EU by the end of 2015, accounting for 24 percent of all Chinese students abroad, an increase of 7.5 percent from 2014.

In France for example, Chinese students now total nearly 40,000 after an annual increase of 2-3 percent since 2015, according to data by Campus France, a French agency promoting higher education.

In the Swedish capital Stockholm, Chinese students have become the largest international student group, reports Stockholm Academic Forum.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany has so far sponsored about 2,400 Chinese individuals. “In 2018 China ranked number one in terms of the number of Humboldt research fellowship applications or approvals,” said Judith Wellen, head of strategy and external relations at Humboldt.

Chinese students are attracted to European universities because of the supportive environment for academic research and quality life.

“Germany’s natural beauty and diversified culture make it a livable place. Its higher education is also an international brand. Besides, I feel very safe here,” said Liu Yijia, who specializes in translation at the University of Bonn.

Zeng Xi, a PhD student researching electric devices, described studying in Belgium’s University of Louvain (UCL) as “a wonderful choice,” saying, “The university provides us with excellent experimental platforms and its professors care about students very much.”

European universities also distinguish themselves through their various academic features. While the Chinese students in Rome are mostly engaged in the arts, those in France cover a wide range of fields.

“Around 40 percent of Chinese students choose to study management and finance in France, followed by language and literature taking up 15 percent,” said Siegfried Fau, head of Campus France’s Shanghai office. “Engineering and art design are also popular choices,” he said.

Countries in Eastern Europe are ensuring they aren’t left behind in the race to attract Chinese students. Hungary’s University of Debrecen signed a strategic partnership with one Chinese company related to bolstering bilateral academic exchanges and international research programs as well as increasing the number of Chinese students on campus.

Zhang Yinnan, who studies at Czech Technical University in Prague, is seeing more Chinese students in her surroundings. “When I came here in 2016, there were only five Chinese students including me. Now the number is more than 70.”

IMPROVED RELATIONS

Prolonged, complicated procedures, sometimes with demands for additional information about travel history, family members and social media accounts, plus shorter visa validity times, have scared many aspiring Chinese applicants out of their plans to study in the United States.

European countries welcome more Chinese students, with an eye on closer, long-term ties and cooperation with China, and have been very much impressed by their academic excellence.

In addition, Chinese students make a significant contribution to Europe’s economy. Their annual spending is 30,000 US dollars per head on average, contributing 0.25 percent to the EU’s gross domestic product in 2015, according to a 2017 report by Bruegel, a Brussels-based economic think tank.

“We now have about 500 Chinese students, only after US and French students in number. Chinese students are definitely among the best academically,” said Alexandre Mariani, an international affairs manager at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), which recognizes China’s college entrance examination results in its admission of high school graduates.

In Brussels, Denis Flandre, professor at the UCL engineering school, commented, “The PhD students from China have excellent scientific backgrounds and deliver high-level research results very quickly. They also integrate very well.”

Donna Samson, UCL pro-rector for international affairs, deemed Chinese students a valuable asset in creating long-term research partnerships with China. “They may go back to China to set up their own labs and keep contacts with UCL, thus building an international network for scientists to work together to tackle big challenges.”

In UCL, Samia Patsalides, the international relations officer for Asia, said, “We look forward to receiving more (Chinese students), and obviously this is a very fruitful collaboration for both sides.”

Massimiliano Fiorucci, head of the education department of Roma Tre University, says it is imperative that Europe develop ties with China, and one way to do so is through Chinese students. “We must develop and improve the relations through the exchange of teachers and students both in teaching and researching,” he said.

(Xinhua reporters Ji Li in Rome, Chen Chen in Paris, Lu Yiming in Stockholm, Yang Xiaohong in Prague, Yuan Liang in Budapest, and Zhang Ziyun in Xinhua’s Anhui office contributed to the story.)

Chen Yili participates in a TV show in which she talks about her disastrous plastic surgery. Photo: CFP

A photo of Chen before the plastic surgery sits in her room. Photo: CFP

A photo in Chen Yili’s room of her before her life changed shows a woman with long hair, big eyes and a warm smile.

Now, the 31-year-old has a nose that looks fake, stitches on her face and is forced to wear masks and sunglasses everywhere she goes.

Since she woke up after a plastic surgery in a South Korean hospital five years ago, Chen has been living a life in disguise. She became occupied with attempts to get justice for what was done to her and she flies to South Korea regularly to protest, she told Blog Weekly.

‘I’m finished’

Chen was never happy with her skin, as it was not as smooth as she would have liked.

She and her sister owned two clothing shops in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, one of which imported products from South Korea. Her business required her to travel to and from the country every couple of weeks, which is how she met a translator, surnamed Gao.

After she became friends with Gao, he suggested that she undergo surgery in South Korea. He had told her that someone he knew had received an operation and now had skin that “looked like a peeled egg.”

In 2010, Chen decided to get the operation. She closed down her shop and took 100,000 yuan ($15,000) in cash with her, as well as six credit cards. She had planned to go abroad and study design after undergoing the surgery, so her plan was to be beautiful and confident when she went to school.

A few months later, she stepped into a three-floor hospital in the commercial district of Seoul and arranged to meet a doctor.

The doctor explained to her the procedure involved in skin surgery. He designed her a new face, including a “rib nose,” where part of her rib would be taken out to be inserted into her nose to cushion the nose ridge and make it taller.

Chen became uneasy, she told Blog Weekly. But when she wanted to leave, Gao and the doctor persuaded her to stay. The screens of the computers in the room had pictures of a beautiful Chinese celebrity athlete, hinting that she had also received plastic surgery at the hospital.

In recent years, more and more Chinese people have been getting plastic surgery in South Korea. It’s widely known that many TV stars have gone under the knife and the public is growing more accepting of this fact.

In the end, Chen agreed to do the surgery. On the second day, she signed a contract and paid 165,000 yuan for the operation.

But five hours later, when she finally got a chance to look at herself in the mirror, she saw a face filled with stitches. There was plastic stuffed into her chin. Her complexion was gray and ghastly.

Her first thought was “I’m finished,” she told Blog Weekly.

Suicidal thoughts

The side effects persisted, but the doctor and Gao insisted that her condition was normal. While waiting for the stitches to be removed, Chen would sometimes wake up at night from the pain in her nose, and occasionally she would find it bleeding, but the doctor reassured her that this was nothing out of the ordinary.

When she went back to China, almost everybody she met asked her, “Did you get plastic surgery?” “How did you become like this? Your face is so fake!”

She started to feel her nose itch. She tried calling Gao, but he vanished.

Chen went to doctors in China and asked whether they could bring back her old face, but nobody was willing to take on her case, as the damage done had been too great.

She became depressed. She was afraid to look in the mirror, to go out, and to talk to people. Her hands often shook uncontrollably. She felt ashamed when people looked at her.

For a time, she fought with her sister almost every day. When her depression got worse, she needed to take 11 pills every day just to control her emotions.

Even under heavy medication, she constantly thought about suicide. She went on a trip to the US, and while standing at the top of the Empire State Building, she thought she could float down like a parachute and that it wouldn’t be painful, she told Blog Weekly.

Seeking justice

In 2014, four years after the surgery, two other women who had gone through the same experience contacted her and together they held a news conference.

They wanted recognition of fault from the hospitals, as well as compensation. But right now, their chances seem slim.

Overnight, everyone knew about her catastrophic surgery. Many made malicious comments on social media. “You deserved this,” “Why did you get plastic surgery?” To which she replied, “Was it wrong to pursue beauty?”

She joined a few WeChat groups, whose members were also victims of botched plastic surgery operations carried out in South Korea.

The women in these groups have traveled to the country together many times. They followed the rules and applied for group protest permits from local police stations.

They also went to the hospitals to protest. Chen found the doctor that performed her surgery, but he hid from her and told other staff members to tell her he had quit.

Chen hired South Korean lawyers and tried to sue, but they told her that clients rarely win these cases. So far, only two cases have gone in favor of the victims, and they cost as much as another surgery.

Translators, embassy workers and police all tried to talk them out of it. One policeman even showed a thick file of cases to Chen, saying not one had been successful.

Chen still lives in the room where she used to run her shop. Back then, she flew to South Korea on a regular basis. Five years after closing the shop, she still flies there, but for a different reason.

She has kept all the receipts from the hospital carefully in a drawer. She doesn’t buy make-up anymore, but has purchased several hats.

Even though she knows she can’t get much satisfaction from flying to South Korea, she still lives in hope.

“I want to try and fix my face,” she told Blog Weekly.