May 2019

An efficient air-to-ground reconnaissance tool: experts

hinese arms companies recently made multiple terahertz radiation radar systems with a technology seen by experts as an efficient air-to-ground reconnaissance tool and a potential counter to stealth aircraft.

A prototype terahertz radiation radar was successfully developed by a China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) team led by scientist Li Yuanji, and a second-generation prototype is already in development, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, citing a statement released by CETC.

The development of terahertz radiation radar is a global challenge, according to the CETC statement.

The CCTV report said that terahertz radiation has wavelengths between those of infrared rays and microwaves, a wide spectrum that would render current stealth technologies obsolete, making the radar able to detect stealth aircraft.

Stealth aircraft usually use composite materials and radar wave-absorbing coatings, so normal radars cannot effectively detect them, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Monday.

Terahertz radiation, on the other hand, could penetrate those materials and expose metallic parts within the aircraft, lifting its cover, Wei said.

He also noted that a terahertz radiation radar could also clearly trace the outline of an object, making it possible to even tell what type of object it is.

Experts said the terahertz radiation decays very fast in the air, meaning, the effective range of the radar is likely low and not sufficient for detecting an advanced stealth fighter jet in time before it launches attacks from beyond visual range.

While the anti-stealth aspect of the technology still needs time to be ironed out, the technology can be used for air-to-ground reconnaissance at great efficiency, Wei noted.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) successfully developed China’s first terahertz radiation video synthetic aperture radar, Beijing-based newspaper Science and Technology Daily reported in December 2018.

The CASIC radar uses terahertz radiation to see through complicated environments like smoke, smog and dim lights, and can efficiently detect ground infantry targets in camouflage and disguise, the newspaper said, noting it has a stronger penetration capability than infrared vision devices.

When placed on an aircraft or a drone, the radar would allow operators to clearly see battlefield situations and deliver precision strikes on targets that would be otherwise difficult to detect, Wei said.

Tibetan Buddhist monks, nuns visit serf liberation museum

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the democratic reform in Tibet, Tibet Buddhism College in Lhasa, Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has organized more than 900 students including Buddhist monks and nuns to visit the Tibetan serf liberation museum for patriotic education.

The event was to educate the monks and nuns to remember the contribution of the Communist Party of China for Tibet and to confirm their confidence of following the Party, as the museum showed the dramatic changes in the region before and after democratic reform in 1959, Zhang Liangtian, Party secretary of the college, told the Global Times on Monday.

Many students were born after the Tibet’s democratic reform and the visit could inform them about Tibet before the reform and enhance their patriotism, according to Zhang.

The museum opened on March 28, the Tibet Serf Emancipation Day, with 165 precious historical documents, 299 historical objects, 331 pictures and 4 large scenes, to show the dark history before the reform and the achievements that Tibet has made since 1959.

According to the report of Tibet Satellite Television on Monday, Buddhism students were filmed taking photos of the historical relics and documentaries in the museum.

“When I saw the display of three clay-sculptured people live in a dark and narrow room, I felt the contrast with old Tibet. Our life now is happy. I can feel the warmth of the Party and our country,” said Choskyi Nyima, a student of the Buddhism college, said in the report.

Another student named Cuocheng Zama said thanks to the Party carrying out the democratic reform, nuns can enjoy the chance of learning Buddhist knowledge, noting that before reform men and women in Tibet were unequal in many aspects.

The government has supported monks and nuns with preferential policies in many fields including endowment and medical insurance, and minimum living subsidy, student Tenzin Wangmo was quoted by the media as saying.

“I’ll study harder the ‘four standards’ (which asks them to love the Party and China) to be a good nun,” said her.

Every student wrote an article after visiting the museum, with most expressing their loyalty to the nation and the Party, and firm opposition to splitting the country, said Zhang.

The power of ‘She’ in China (2)

 1.China’s Women’s Volleyball Team

Profession:Sportswomen

Key word:Persistence

Achievement:After a 12-year wait, China’s Women’s Volleyball Team re-gained its spot on top of dias, winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team are now regarded as national heroes, proudly carrying the flag of China’s Olympic glory that first flew 30 years ago.

Quote:”We are a team, we never gave up and united as one to overcome difficulties. I believe this spirit can shine through in all walks of life.” — Lang Ping, coach of China’s Women’s Volleyball Team

Cross-Strait reunification an irresistible trend: Xi

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed that achieving the country’s greatness, national rejuvenation and cross-Strait reunification is the trend of history, which can never be blocked by anyone or any force.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at a gathering to commemorate the 40th anniversary of issuing Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.

The historical and legal facts, that Taiwan is part of China and the two sides across Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China, can never be altered by anyone or any force, said Xi.

The fact that compatriots across the Strait are all Chinese who share natural kinship and national identity can never be changed by anyone or any force, Xi added.

The peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait situations and the progress of cross-Strait relations are the tide of the time that can never be stopped by anyone or any force, said Xi.

Iraqi president calls for developing bilateral ties with UK

Iraqi President Barham Salih on Tuesday received a senior British official in Baghdad and called for developing bilateral relations, according to a statement by the president’s office.

Salih’s comments came during his meeting with John Gordon Lorimer, senior adviser to the British Ministry of Defense for the Middle East.

Salih “highlighted the importance of promoting bilateral relations between the two countries at various levels in a way that serves the interests of the two peoples,” said the statement.

He also praised the effective role of Britain within the international coalition in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, it added.

For his part, Lorimer renewed Britain’s support for the stability and prosperity of Iraq and expressed his country’s readiness to “effectively contribute to strengthening and building the training and armament capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces.”

Increasing numbers of Chinese students in US see brighter future at home

Despite having already landed an offer in the United States, He Jielin showed up at the job fair organized by Chinese companies on Saturday just outside of Washington DC.

“I do have an offer here, but I don’t rule out going back to China,” He told Xinhua News Agency when making his way through crowds gathering around the dozens of booths set up by Chinese companies.

A graduate this year of Information System Technology at The George Washington University (GW), He is among about 1,000 Chinese students coming here mostly to seek opportunities to put what they have learned abroad into use back home.

Qi Hao, a GW undergraduate who helped organize the event, said the job fair is held because many Chinese students have shown a keen interest in pursuing a career back in China.

“I am definitely going to return to China after I complete my studies here,” a University of Maryland student who gave her name as Jiang said, “I feel more at ease working and living in a familiar environment.”

This sentiment is shared by many. When submitting CVs, some cite private reasons, including reuniting with family, but more are drawn to the great potential that they believe China has in further development.

“The market in China is much bigger, and with the same language and culture, I may reach a higher position. I might bump against a glass ceiling if I stayed here,” a GW junior student who gave his name as Li said.

Data shows there is an increasing number of overseas Chinese students coming back to China to work. Li Haozhuan, CEO of the recruiting firm Liepin North America, said that there were about 480,000 students returning to China in 2017, 520,000 in 2018, and this year’s number is forecast to top 600,000.

“A lot of students see China as a fertile ground of artificial intelligence and 5G technologies, which are expected to spur future developments,” he said.

“A trend we have observed is that more students are searching for summer internship opportunities in China during their sophomore or junior years, we see that as a strong intention of returning to China for a full-time job after they graduate,” Li said.

The Chinese companies are equally eager to find the right people.

Tracy Ma, a human resource officer at the medical equipment company MicroPort, said her company has a thirst for foreign-educated students as it is poised to expand into foreign markets.

“We plan to nearly double our employee headcount to 10,000 by 2025,” Ma said, adding that recruiting students from top-tier foreign universities is crucial.

According to Ma, her company needs students who excel in foreign languages and at the same time understand foreign culture and markets. “If we see someone whom we really like, we’ll set up a position to suit that person,” she said.

“There is really a push and pull that the students are feeling,” Li, the recruiting expert, said. Chinese companies, especially those better integrated into the global economy, are courting overseas students while immigration policies and political environment in some Western countries are becoming less appealing to them.

Despite promising prospects, some warn that the path back to China can also have pitfalls for young professionals who missed the drastic changes at home over the years.

Zhang Li, vice president of International Data Group China, said that some of the overseas students are somewhat out of line with the demand of Chinese companies and the Chinese market.

“In the previous interviews, some asked for exorbitant salaries that are unrealistic in the Chinese job market, and some were ready to take any pay package, indicating a lack of understanding of their self-worth,” she said.

The fact that the overseas Chinese students have become increasingly younger over the years also contributes to the situation, according to Zhang, who noted that those who spend college life or even high school years abroad are surely to face a cultural shock when they are back in China.

“The advice is to base expectations on up-to-date information about industry trends in China, and keep a close watch on the latest news of the target company,” the recruiting expert Li said.

Cameroon’s senate president denounces foreign interference in internal affairs

YAOUNDE, March 14 (Xinhua) — Cameroon’s Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji on Thursday denounced the interference in Cameroon’s internal affairs by some countries and international organizations.

“Foreign countries must not draw hasty conclusions on the way in which Cameroon manages its domestic problems. This is wrong and must be denounced. Cameroon is an independent nation,” Njifenji said immediately after he was re-elected as Senate president with 92 votes out of 99 voters during an elective plenary session of the Senate in Yaounde.

He condemned acts of violence in the two English-speaking regions of the country and emphasized that they were caused by separatists who want to establish an independent nation in the regions.

“The Senate will spare no effort in giving President Paul Biya all his support for the maintenance of unity, security and development of Cameroon,” Njifenji said.

Njifenji has been president of Cameroon’s Senate since 2013 following his appointment by presidential decree. He is also a senior member of the ruling party Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement.

Agricultural modernization

China will improve the quality and competitiveness of its agricultural products through high-quality farmland and professional farmers catering to the demands of modern agriculture.

At least 53 million hectares of high-quality farmland will be created by 2020, which will be highly productive to ensure stable yields, be cultivated in an environmentally-friendly manner and able to withstand floods and droughts.

Training for farmers, increased investment in technology, modernization of the seed sector and diverse business entities and models will increase the pace of change.

Production structure must meet diverse consumption demand with enterprises encouraged to “go overseas” to balance exports and imports.

In a previous chapter we have treated at some length of the means proposed or adopted by the Parliament for the sustenance and

In a previous chapter we have treated at some length of the means proposed or adopted by the Parliament for the sustenance and relief of the people of Ireland. The new poor law for that country also much engaged the attention of both Houses this session. Lord George Bentinck took a very active part in these transactions, and moved the most important of all the amendments to the government measure, namely, an attempt to assimilate the poor law of Ireland as much as possible to that of England, and make the entire rates be paid by the occupying tenant. His object, he said, was to ‘prevent lavish expenditure and encourage profitable employment to the people.’ This amendment was only lost by a majority of four.
On the 26th of March, on the government bringing forward their bill on the rum duties, Lord George Bentinck brought before the House the case of the British and Irish distillers, not with any preference or partiality towards English, Scotch, or Irish distillers over the colonial producer. ‘I am no advocate of any monopoly whatever. I desire only equal and exact justice between both parties; and the only way in which that end can, in my opinion, be properly attained, is in a select committee upstairs, consisting of impartial members of this house.’
He often used to say that no subject ever gave him more trouble thoroughly to master than the spirit duties; and he noticed the character of the theme at the beginning of his speech. He said he required, not only the most especial indulgence, but even the toleration of the House, ‘for of all the dry and dull subjects which could possibly be introduced, the question which it is now my misfortune to bring under the consideration of the House is the driest and the dullest. If this question had been one merely of pounds, shillings, and pence, it would have been dull and complicated enough; but this is a question in which are concerned not pounds and shillings, but pence, and halfpence, and farthings.’
The Whitsuntide holidays occurred at the end of May. It had originally been the intention of Lord George Bentinck, at the request of leading merchants and manufacturers of all parties and opinions, to have brought forward the question of the Bank Act after these holidays, and to move a resolution that some discretionary power should be established as to the issue of notes. He thus alludes to this point in a letter to Mr. Wright, of the 24th of May:—

Lord George had withdrawn his support from the government of the Duke

Lord George had withdrawn his support from the government of the Duke of Wellington, when the friends of Mr. Canning quitted that administration; and when in time they formed not the least considerable portion of the cabinet of Lord Grey, he resumed his seat on the ministerial benches. On that occasion an administrative post was offered him and declined; and on subsequent occasions similar requests to him to take office were equally in vain. Lord George, therefore, was an original and hearty supporter of the Reform Bill, and he continued to uphold the Whigs in all their policy until the secession of Lord Stanley, between whom and himself there subsisted warm personal as well as political sympathies. Although he was not only a friend to religious liberty, as we shall have occasion afterwards to remark, but always viewed with great sympathy the condition of the Roman Catholic portion of the Irish population, he shrank from the taint of the ultra-montane intrigue. Accompanying Lord Stanley, he became in due time a member of the great Conservative opposition, and, as he never did anything by halves, became one of the most earnest, as he certainly was one of the most enlightened, supporters of Sir Robert Peel. His trust in that minister was indeed absolute, and he has subsequently stated in conversation that when, towards the end of the session of ‘45, a member of the Tory party ventured to predict and denounce the impending defection of the minister, there was no member of the Conservative party who more violently condemned the unfounded attack, or more readily impugned the motives of the assailant.
He was not a very frequent attendant in the House. He might be counted on for a party division, and when, towards the termination of the Melbourne ministry, the forces were very nearly balanced, and the struggle became very close, he might have been observed, on more than one occasion, entering the House at a late hour, clad in a white great-coat, which softened, but did not conceal, the scarlet hunting-coat.
Although he took no part in debate, and attended the House rather as a club than as a senate, he possessed a great and peculiar influence in it. He was viewed with interest, and often with extraordinary regard, by every sporting man in the House. With almost all of these he was acquainted; some of them, on either side, were his intimate companions and confederates.
His eager and energetic disposition; his quick perception, clear judgment, and prompt decision; the tenacity with which he clung to his opinions; his frankness and love of truth; his daring and speculative spirit; his lofty bearing, blended as it was with a simplicity of manner very remarkable; the ardour of his friendships, even the fierceness of his hates and prejudices—all combined to form one of those strong characters who, whatever may be their pursuit, must always direct and lead.