Last fall, the school de上海龙凤1314女神会所 ial garden to Zha

ang near the sp上海龙凤1314女神会所 ot where she went missing on June 9, 2017, just two months after she a

rrived in the United States from China. A stone was placed there, engraved with Zhang’s name in both English and Chinese.

For nearly two years, defense lawyers have been preparing their case for Brendt Christensen, a former University of Illi

nois doctoral student who is charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing the 26-year-old scholar from China.

On Wednesday, in the federal courtroom of the central Illinois city of Peoria, a 90-minute drive from the cam

pus, in front of Zhang’s family members, friends, reporters-and 12 jurors-it took defense atto

rney George Tesseff less than one minute to stun the courtroom by saying Christensen had indeed killed Zhang.

However, the defense entered a plea of not guilty.

The surprise admission was part of the defense attorney’s strategy to focu

s on why his client’s life should be spared when the trial resumes on Monday.

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Sun was joined o上海龙凤1314女神会所expedition by other

 two female Chi上海龙凤1314女神会所nese climbers: Ma Liyamu from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and Tsang Yin Hung from Hong Kong.

For Ma and Tsang, it was their second ascent to the summit of Mount Qomolangma, as Ma had reached th

e top of the mountain in 2016, and Tsang conquered it in 2017. But for Sun, this was her first such experience.

“What surprised me when I reached the top was the shadow of Mount Qom

olangma on other mountains. It was simply magnificent and stunning and it was a heavenly experience,” she shared.

Growing up, Sun didn’t have any aspirati

ons to climb Mount Qomolangma, but she loved drawing, especially nature and mountain scenes.

Having worked as a designer, she had some mountaineering exp

erience after climbing Mount Manaslu in September last year. Before she came into contact w

ith Ma, it was not in her mind to form an all-female, all-Chinese team to summit the mountain.

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Before the accident, she had already finished her thesi

sis writing. She planned to return to Shanghai to complete the or

al defense in late May after finding a job in her hometown, Henan province. But she s

uffered a car accident on her way to attend a job interview a month ago.

Cheng Hao said her sister’s life was saved, but her head, neck and chest must be fixed with brackets, and she cannot feel

anything below her chest. She can only lift her hands and arms a little, and only three fingers out of 10 can move.

“She wants to finish her oral defense of master’s thesis and get a job, like a normal student,” Cheng Hao said.

To fulfill her desire, professors at the university made a decision to hold a special oral defense for Cheng Yanfang.

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He and his team carried out more than 800 surgeries la

st year, increasing from 21 surgeries in 2000, the first year he returned to Zhengzhou from Australia, he said.

Cheng hoped the schematic diagrams could make a contribution for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the future.

Besides his persistence on drawing the schematic diagrams, he also keeps improving techniques for his surgeries.

He has been using the 8-0 sutures, the most delicate and fine surg

ical stitches for heart surgeries, ever since he came back to the hospital in 2000.

“For the anastomosis (or connection) of tiny coronary blood vessel in heart surgery, th

e 8-0 sutures can maintain better blood flow to the heart compared with other size of threads,” Cheng said.

This is a challenge for a surgeon because he has to be very gentle in the process when co

nnecting the blood vessels of 1.5-2.0mm with this kind of fine sutures, either not too loose or not too tight.

Cheng is one of the five surgeons who use this technique in almost every case of coronary bypass operation in China, according to Dahe Daily.

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f rice and fertilizer futures, guiding more compan

anies and fund managers entering the market, and assisting in formulating the Futures Law.

“As prices of bulk commodities fluctuated frequently and shar

ply in recent years, the real economy has a huge demand for risk management,” Lu said, str

essing the importance of accelerating the development of the futures market amid uncertainties.

China stepped up efforts to open up the commodity futures mar

ket last year, making three futures contracts available to f

oreign investors so far, including crude oil, iron ore and purified ter

ephthalic acid (PTA), a raw material for making plastics.

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Market-oriented reform and opening-up will improve pr

roductivity in the service sector, which is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.

Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest

ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a neg

ative list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.

Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsing

hua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating opening-up of its financial sec

tor, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging in fiercer competition with global peers as their serv

ice abilities in many aspects, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

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Under the trade pressure, the world’s second-largest econo

onomy is accelerating restructuring reform and shifting from an export-dominated growth model to a more services-driven model, they added.

“The United States escalated trade tensions, but it cannot solve any problem. This causes volatility and sluggishness in global financial markets an

d hurts the global economy,” said Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and also head of the China Banking and In

surance Regulatory Commission. His keynote speech was delivered by a commission spokesman at a forum on Saturday.

Impact on the Chinese economy will be very limited, said Guo. “Chinese fi

nancial markets, although they were excessively affected by trade tensions last year, are un

likely to be hit more dramatically going forward, as financial resilience is strengthening.”

The huge domestic consumer market in China will digest most of the un

salable exports, and many of China’s exports will also shift to other foreign markets. The US will con

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Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to

 fame and fortune, serving as a role model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.

Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Army, o

ne of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.

He was honored by the Northwest Field Army several times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He

was twice given the honorary title of Combat Hero. When he retired from the PLA, Zhang chose to work in the pov

erty-stricken mountainous areas in Laifeng, a remote county in Hubei province. He dedicated his life to the peo

ple, holding posts ranging from community-level government official to deputy manager of a local bank.

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Li’s restaurant isn’t the only one to feature “isolated dining” Eater

ries boasting the concept, which originated in Japan, have sprung up in many cities includi

ng Shanghai, Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, and Shenzhen and Guangzhou, both in Guangdong province.

Kong Yanling is a big fan of singles-friendly restaurants. The 25-year-old unattached Xi’an res

ident remembers passing a Korean-style chicken restaurant a few years ago and deciding to drop in.

However, the waitress at the door told her the restaurant only served large, shared platters. Kong took the hint and left.

She has also found herself dining with strangers involuntarily when waiters have asked if she minded other people sharing her table.

“I don’t mind eating alone, but sometimes things like that really bugged me. I am ve

ry happy to see more singles-friendly restaurants appearing so there is more choice when eating out,” she said.

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On Monday morning, Xi visited the JL MAG Rare-Earth

 Co and learned about the company’s production of rare earths and the development of the rare earth industry in Ganzhou.

On the heels of the United States government announcement it will ban unauthorized exports of US technology to Hua

wei, by Monday, a number of major US tech giants, including Google, had reportedly stopped supplies.

Amid the escalating tit-for-tat trade blows between the world’s tw

o largest economies, the US putting Huawei, the face of Chinese hi-tech progress, on its Ent

ity List is no doubt a calculated blow to hit China and Huawei where it hurts. “America will probably use its ability to with

hold components from Huawei as a bargaining chip in a future trade deal with China,” The Economist reckons.

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