The company also apologized to the public, adding tha

 it had withdrawn the improperly-posted images and woul

d strengthen review of its practices in line with the law.

On the evening on April 11, the Tianjin Cyberspace Administra

tion, where the company is based, summoned senior Visual China Group executives,.

It ordered the company to review all historical stock and remov

e improper listings, as well as sending a team to inspect the “rectification” work.

On April 12, the National Copyright Administration said on its website it would launch a special crackdown to furt

her regulate copyright image this year to safeguard owners’ legitimate rights and interests.

The copyright watchdog also said: “Companies must improve copyright management and handle image copyright in a

ccordance with laws, not abuse them.” The same day, the company closed its websites to carry out “self-examination”.

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Li Shunde, a senior intellectual property researcher at

at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, applau

ded the campaign as a timely and necessary step to regulate those providing stock images.

“We should abide by laws and litigation to protect copyright in

stead of abusing them to profit improperly,” he said.

On April 15, the Shanghai Observer reported that the company, which was founde

d in June 2000 and partners with the photo agency Getty Images in the United States, had faced increased co

pyright-related disputes since it set up a special rights protection division in 2016.

The company was involved 2,279 cases in 2017 and 1,908 last year, the report said, adding that most court rulings had been in its favor.

A search by China Daily for the company’s name on China J

udgments Online, a website operated by the Supreme People’s Court that discloses ve

rdicts, resulted in more than 1,600 lawsuits being found, most of them related to copyright.

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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Huawei revenue up 39 percent from one year agoy that it poste

Huawei Technologies Co said Monday that it posted 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion) in

revenue in the first quarter of 2019, representing a year-on-year growth of 39 percent.

The company’s quarter one net profit margin stood at about 8 percent, slightly higher than the same period last year.

Huawei said in a statement that it continues to focus on communications infrastructure and smart devices, and will dev

elop the efficiency and quality of its operations, which contributed to its solid first-quarter performance.

This year will see large-scale 5G deployment around the world,

meaning Huawei’s carrier business group, which primarily supplies telecom equipment and

services to telecom carriers around the world, has seen unprecedented opportunities for growth, the company said.

By the end of March 2019, Huawei had signed 40 commercial contracts for 5G with lea

ding global carriers, and had shipped more than 70,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.

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The strong performance showcases Huawei’s resilien

 despite the security concerns it faces in some markets. Huawei has repeatedly said the

security llegations it faces are groundless and not supported by any factual evidence.

The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre

asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.

Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L

ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.

Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub

sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub

sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.

Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate

s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.

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Expat jobs in some sectors increasingreign students see

The service sector, IT and media industries have

overtaken the education industry as major job sources for expat

s in China, according to figures from the 2019 Job Fair for Foreigners in Beijing.

The job fair was organized on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Center and the State Administration of Foreign Exper

ts Affairs, attracting more than 500 expats with nearly 1,000 jobs available in a range of professions.

The expat job market, once dominated by language teachers, has seen a major shift. Approximatel

y half the jobs available at the fair were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including ope

nings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.

“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager of the research center. “The be

st-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Ma‘

’ndarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”

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The two drafts are under their third readings at the on

going session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The emphasis on objectivity and impartiality was suggested after the drafts’ se

cond readings, as legal experts pointed to the importance of procurators to objectively collect evidence.

The new drafts also stipulate tighter supervision over judges and procurators and give th

em more responsibilities such as keeping business secrets and personal privacy infor

mation. There will be legal consequences if they fail to do so, according to the drafts.

Chinese technology company Xiaomi on Satur

day opened its first official store at a shopping center in Bucharest, capital of Romania.

Hundreds of Romanians formed long lines for hours to atten

d the opening ceremony for the first official Xiaomi store in the country.

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Online visa applications smooth traveChina DailyUpd

Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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In March alone, power generation rose nt from a year ear

 China’s power generation climbed 4.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

The pace of growth eased from 8 percent registered in the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In March alone, power generation rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, up from a rise of 2.9 percent in the first two months.

Generation of hydroelectricity expanded 22 percent year-on-year in March

, the highest growth since March 2016, due to abundant water from southern regions.

The generation of nuclear power and solar power both posted faster year-on-year growth, at 31.7 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.

exhibition in Shanghai commemorates Alphonse Mucha’s greatest cre

ations and explores the motivations behind his pieces, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai.

Celebrated Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s  art collection is now

being showcased at the Pearl Art Museum in Shanghai, featuring over 230 original wo

rks of art by the maestro, the biggest ever Mucha exhibition in China, according to the organizers.

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