comes in time because, if passed, it will provide better regulations of the gene-editing activities over embryos.
Besides, the draft law did not list clearly the definition of gene-edited em
bryos. Technically speaking, if a fertilized egg is genetically edited and grows into an embr
yo, the total process should be considered gene-editing of embryo and put under the regulation of the law.
Zhang Dake, an associate researcher at Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
In the past, “health rights” mainly referred to the right to stay healthy and free from injuries. T
he draft amendment this time follows the latest progresses in genetic technologies by extending its defin
ition to cover genetic resources, and will be a guiding principle for relevant disputes in the future.
More importantly, the civil code is a guiding law for all laws in the ci
vil sector. If the draft amendment passes, more related laws, regulations as well as sta
ndards will be amended or drafted in the future, which is a major progress in legislation.
ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers
onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.
ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe
rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma
de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.
“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me
dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.
About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme
nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.
A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat
ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.
US retail giant Walmart Inc will continue to grow its hypermarkets, Sam’s Club stores, and community-ba
sed smaller-sized supermarkets businesses in China with more advanced technologies, according to a top official.
Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, told China Daily during his visit to Shanghai on Thursday that China is still one of
the most important markets for the US retailer. Technology will be another major focus area for the com
pany in China as Walmart has always been a “people-led company that relies heavily on technology,” he said.
McMillon said Walmart has developed digital solutions to better u
nderstand customer behavior and spending patterns, which in turn has helped the ret
ailer to create new products and to solve old retail problems with modern technology.
Wern-Yuen Tan, president and CEO of Walmart China, said digital technology has hel
ped Walmart to reach out to more customers and improved the overall decisionmaking process.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
prisonment, civil assault and battery, as well as sexual assault or batter
y, seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to a report from Reuters.
The court filing said JD is “vicariously liable” for Liu’s behavior as his alleged actions happened while
he was “seemingly” at work-related activities, and the assault and battery began in the presence of two other JD employees.
“We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation, but based on the Hennepin County A
ttorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit
is without merit and will vigorously defend against it,” Liu’s attorney Jill Brisbois said in a written statement.
Peter Walsh, an attorney for JD, said in a statement while it was not prepared to com
ment at this time, the company would vigorously fight against these “meritless claims”.
creased by 5.4 percent year-on-year, 11.9 percentage points lower than that in the first quarter 2018.
Individual income tax decreased by 29.7 percent, the largest drop among three major tax item
s. Value-added tax growth has already slowed to 10.7 percent, down from 20.1 percent a year earlier.
Local government income from land sales fell 9.5 percent in the first three months, the Ministry of Finance said.
As the central bank has taken a pause in monetary easing, fiscal policy should remain pro
active to stabilize economic growth and ensure the recent rebound is not just a seasonal fluke, said economists.
Xu Xianchun, a former deputy director at the National Bureau of Statist
ics, said that fiscal policy should be implemented “with proper intensity and at the right time”, t
o prevent large fluctuations in the investment growth rate and negative impact on economic stability.
Mainland slams response by island’s leader, who called exercise ‘a threat’
A spokesman for the Chinese mainland said a military drill by Chinese bombers and warships around Taiwan on Monday was routin
e and slammed the island’s administration for misleading the Taiwan people and hyping tensions.
On Monday, various warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircr
aft of the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command conducted “necessary train
ing” around Taiwan as a means to test the joint assault capability between different branches of the military, Senior Colone
l Zhang Chunhui, the theater command’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
The exercise took place in waters east of Taiwan and was part of a scheduled PLA exercise, he said.
“It is completely within the normal legal rights of a sovereign cou
ntry, and it’s beneficial for maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Straits,” Zhang said.
wan Affairs Office, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise aimed to protect national sover
eignty and territorial integrity, as well as protect the common interests of people from both sides of the straits.
Taiwan’s administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, used the drill as an opport
unity to “deceive and mislead the residents of Taiwan and to provoke and escalate a cross-Straits confrontation,” Ma said.
“Its goal of undermining cross-Straits relations and the peace and security of the region will not succeed,” Ma said. “Nobo
dy should underestimate our adamant resolve and ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
On Tuesday, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said she will not be intimidated by the military d
rill, calling the exercise “a threat to Taiwan” and an act of “coercion”, the island’s media reported.
Tsai also thanked the United States for considering a deal with Taiwan to renew a $500
million training program in the US for Taiwan F-16 pilots and maintenance crews.
with the island by officially acknowledging that military personnel have been posted in the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan since 2005.
US weapons manufacturer Raytheon was also granted a $9 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system.
Senior Colonel Liang Fang, a professor at PLA National Defense Universit
y, said the recent drill will test and enhance the PLA’s joint operating capabilities.
“It will increase the PLA’s ability to protect national sovereignty, and warn thos
e who are trying to undermine it to abandon their illusions,” she said. “Similar drills
will be more common in the future, with increasingly sophisticated equipment and training methods.”
Xiu Chunping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences’ Institute of Taiwan Studies, said the recent drill serves to warn the US and separati
He said he believes that with the efforts of the French people and supp