attract foreign capital. The first is instability in the job market and relatively low labor efficiency. Particularly, the recent years have seen an increasing number of strikes and the failure of the g
overnment to ease industrial relations conflicts with effective measures has crippled investor confidence in the country. Some foreign ent
erprises even withdrew from Myanmar and shifted to neighboring countries, denting the image of the nation.
Second, Myanmar’s backward infrastructure may deter potential investors. A small nu
mber of power generation facilities and fragmented grids cannot ensure stable and sufficient po
wer supply. Access to electricity is limited to only 26 percent of the population, impeding Myanmar’s economic development.
Third, some Myanmese are prejudiced against foreign investment. Worrying that Myanmar’s eco
nomic and social interests may be impaired, they turned their backs on foreign investment. Demonstrators r
allied in Kachin State to demand the government permanently halt the Myitsone dam project, without giving any constructive suggestion on the fo
llow-up arrangements. It’s fair to say some movements against foreign-invested projects, driven by nationalism an
d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Re
specting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their people. Myanmar State Councilor Aun
g San Suu Kyi recently said an administration shouldn’t terminate foreign-invested projects approved by its predecessor.
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.
The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t
our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.
The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.
Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m
usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.
The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit
or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa
ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko
ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.
ion by the Beijing Film Academy, Peking University needs to take the initiative to launch its own inqu
iry. On its official website, the university clearly states the procedures for enrolling a postdoctoral res
earcher, which include at least four review stages after an applicant submits materials.
When enrolling Zhai as a postdoctoral researcher, they should check many more materials besides his
doctor’s degree. If Zhai is found to have academic problems, Peking University is partly responsible, too.
As it is widely considered to be the top university in China, Peking University has very precious r
esearch opportunities, which makes it a focus for the public’s attention in this incident. It is time both B
FA and Peking University examined if they bear any blame, instead of just trying to pass the buck to each other.
The list ranks the country’s cities on three major indicators: economy, social advancement and environment.
Jointly launched by the National Development and Reform Commission’s development planning department and th
e Cloud River Urban Research Institute, an international think tank, the index sets “digital benchmarks and ref
erence systems” for China’s urbanization drive and urban development.
get of plagiarism allegations because he, having obtained a PhD at the Beijing Film Academy and been freshly enrolled by Peking University f
or postdoctoral research, was found to not know about the China National Knowledge Infra
structure (CNKI), a Chinese database of academic resources. China Daily writer Zhang Zhouxiang comments:
To anyone who has ever written an academic essay in the Chinese language, Zhai not knowing
about CNKI is as absurd as a self-claimed chemist not knowing the periodic table of elements. CNKI is an
online platform that allows students and scholars to search for academic articles and papers published in
China, and read the materials they need for their dissertations at their college libraries’ expense. Unless a st
udent claims an exception, their dissertation will be included as reference for other researchers.
The allegations against Zhai have naturally stirred up a hornet’s nest of opinions online. B
y Tuesday morning, at least nine hashtags about the incident had appeared on Sina Weibo, China’s equi
valent to Twitter. Added together, these hashtags have been read 3.9 billion times in all.
It should be noted that the incident is not entertainment gossip, but a serious matter about academic plagiarism. If any research instituti
on allows a person to obtain a degree by plagiarizing the work of others, those with real potential for do
ing genuine academic research will lose the opportunity, which in turn hurts the academic environment as a whole.