to stay by making big investments,” said the 38-year-old Greek.

“Of course our sport is very popular in China and organizing the Cup will make it even more popular. A good perfo

rmance by the national team will give it an extra boost. We are harnessing our potential under the leadership of Yao Ming.”

FIBA’s footprint in China has become more noticeable in recent ye

ars. Last June, the governing body unveiled plans to build a “one-of-a-kind” basketball aca

demy in Beijing in conjunction with Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited to foster young Chinese talent.

And, in collaboration with the CBA, the first-ever FIBA World Basketball Summit was held in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in October.

President Xi Jinping on Monday presided over a symposium in Beijing for teachers of ideological and political theory.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee

and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered an important speech at the symposium.

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a flash sale, if you will-for the limited-edition cups. Consumers would wait in front of their com

puters for long hours just to click “buy” several times in quick succession over a period of four days to March 3.

Only, millions of their ilk would also do the same thing at the same time. This meant, most of their attempts were destined to prove unsu

ccessful as buyers vastly outnumbered the special cups on sale. The cat-cups were sold out in nanoseconds after the sale opened.

Disappointed consumers accused Starbucks of resorting to “hunger market

ing”, a strategy to drive up demand by deliberately limiting supply, a charge that the cafe chain denied.

The Starbucks cup episode is the latest proof that pets, particularly cats, are stoking big-ticket

spending among affluent consumers in China, an economy that is witnessing consumption upgrade acr

oss all sectors-a topic close to the hearts of the Chinese lawmakers and political advisers who attended the annu

al sessions of the country’ top legislature and top political advisory body this month.

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better serve the public,” said Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum.

Shan said there is still much room for improvement in the handling of a huge number of cultu

ral relics, such as when the priceless painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival is exhibited again next year.

The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) landscape painting is considered the best-known a

ncient Chinese work of art. When it was last exhibited in 2015, visitors stood in long lines until 3 am to get a

glimpse. The museum ended up preparing instant noodles to serve the hungry visitors.

“I don’t want that scenario to recur,” Shan said. “Our operation can be done in a more scientific way.”

The new system will make use of the more than 3,000 closed-circuit television cameras that

are installed all over the Palace Museum. Shan said facial-recognition technology will determine whi

ch areas are most popular with frequent visitors in order to analyze their preferences.

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  Deeming congressional rejection of his border national emerg

ency “reckless” and “dangerous”, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presi

dency Friday, insisting the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.

  ”Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said fr

om the Oval Office before officially sending the measure back to Congress without his approval.

  It is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has used his presidential v

eto power to block legislation and comes after a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats to rebu

ke Trump’s use of his national emergency power to bypass Congress and fund construction of a border wall.

  Trump said the resolution, which would have reversed the national emergency, “put countless Americans in danger.”

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This year crucial for realizing five-year plan on development of the armed forces

President Xi Jinping urged the military on Tuesday to make all-out efforts to ensure its goals for 2020 are fully realized in a timely manner.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Milit

ary Commission, told national legislators from the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Forc

e that this year is crucial to fulfilling the armed forces’ 13th five-year development plan, from 2016 to 2020.

He asked all military personnel to understand the significance and urgency of the plan’s realization and spare no effort to turn its goals into reality.

Xi ordered the military to focus on improving its com

bat readiness and capability. It should also deepen its reform, foster innovation and present new ach

ievements for the coming 70th birthday of the People’s Republic of China in October, he added.

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A “crayfish school” in Central China’s Hubei province has recently trended on micro-blogging platform Sina Weibo, Chi

na’s Twitter equivalent, because its students have reportedly all landed jobs before graduation.

The school, officially a food and culture school, is affiliated with Jiangh

an Art Vocational College in Qianjiang city, and offers two-year vocational training in three

majors: crayfish cooking and nutrition, catering management, and marketing.

All 130 students at the school, some of whom sti

ll have one year to go, have secured employment, Gong Dingrong, Qianjiang mayor, told Beijing Youth Daily.

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  Republican Sen. John Thune — who has oversight of the aviation industry and the FAA as a member of the Aviation subcommit

tee of the Commerce and Transportation Committee — said Tuesday he would “prefer flying on some other plane” rather than Boeing’s 737 MAX 8.

  Thune, who is also a the second-ranking Senate Republican leader, seemed to suggest he would be open to ground

ing the planes if the evidence pointed to it, but stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded at this po

int unless and until an NTSB investigation finds there is a problem with the plane.

  He said he will also wait for the investigation before considering hearings in

his subcommittee. He said he has not talked to anyone at Boeing about his concerns.

  Reporter: Would you safe flying a Super Max 8 right now? Would you fly on it?

  Senator Thune: “Uhh…well, I guess I would uh, probably like everybody else, prefer flying on some other plane.”

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  Until flight data recorder data is analyzed, it’s impossible to say whether the two disasters are linked.

  There are a number of apparent similarities between the two flig

hts, aside from the obvious fact that both flew on new MAX 8 jets. Each flight crashed mi

nutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.

  The Lion Air flight flew for 13 minutes before crashing, while the Ethiopian

Airlines jet crashed at six minutes into the journey. Both flights also dipped and then regained altitude, acc

ording to flight data, though the erratic movements on the Lion Air plane were more extreme.

  ”The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concer

ned,” CNN aviation expert Mary Schiavo said after the se

cond disaster — and that concern has prompted numerous countries to ground Boeing MAX jets out of caution.

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  tion expert Richard Quest that the pilots of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302

told air traffic control they were having “flight control problems” before the crash.

  That suggests the plane was not responding to pilots’ inputs and they were losing control of the aircraft, Quest explains.

  GebreMariam said the flight data recorders “will be sent overseas,” rather than being re

ad in Ethiopia, which does not have the technical capability to do it, but did not specify where.

  Pilots were aware of an airworthiness directive issued after the Lion Air crash in October and had had additional training, he said.

  While some international airlines and governments grounded the 737 MAX 8 planes, US airlines, the FAA and Boeing had not.

  Quest said of the CAA’s decision, “the pressure is now intensifying on the FAA when world-respect

ed authorities like the CAA and Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority have safety concerns about the aircraft.”

  ”It will be very difficult for the FAA to withstand the pressure to actually do something rather than just adopting this wait-and-see approach.”

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hina will substantially increase the cost for breaking the law in the crackdown on intellectual property right i

nfringements and counterfeits, Zhang Mao, head of the State Administration for Market Regulation, said on Monday.

“We will make the manufacturers and sellers of fake products pay the price until bankruptcy,” he said.

They will also be exposed to the public and “have no place to hide under the sunshine,” Zhang said.

At the same time, the country will push for the self-discipline of companies and nurture a social credit system, he said.

Through the efforts, the administration aims to gradually

reduce the number of fake products and ease the concerns of the people, Zhang added.

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