East China remained the most developed region in 2017, wit

Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei

jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.

The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.

The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays

(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho

rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.

While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass

enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi

cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.

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The courts, based in 19 cities, including Hefei, are desi

igned to be responsible for handling not only local IPR ca

ses but also those from neighboring regions,” Song said.

In 2014, the supreme court released a guideline to introduce tech

nical investigators into the procedure of judging IPR cases. An earlier document releas

ed by the local court in Hefei last year said it would recruit both full-time and part-time technical investigators.

More full-time technical investigators are expected to be recruited for IPR cases in the future, researcher Li said.

Editor’s Note: China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contrib

utions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The document, prepared by the office of the leadi

ng group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for Inte

rnational Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing. Full text below:Contents

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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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In my opinion, the price of an image depends on how d

 difficult it was to take the picture and the occasions when will be used,” he added.

Chen Jing, another Beijing lawyer, said, “Footage and photos have yet been priced as stan

dardly as written work, and without clear pricing, some companies may sell the images at an unreasonably high

price or claim an expensive compensation but fail to make a reasonable payment to the authors,” said.

“It results in the authors not being able to have adequate rights prot

ection, consumers paying too much and companies gaining relatively high profits, whic

h, from our current analysis, are illegitimate,” said Chen, from the Commerce & Finance Law Office.

She agreed with Wang on improving laws to change the situatio

n, and told China Daily a new version of Chinese Copyright Law is being discussed.

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Pan Juanjuan, another IP attorney from DeHeng Law Offic

es in Shanghai, called for stock image providers to give stricter self-examinatio

ns on their source of copyrights, “as the unclear source could also bring them a string of disputes”.

She said some stock image platforms that file a lawsuit for one image improperly used

remains controversial, adding it is believed to be a waste of judicial resources.

“One company might have improperly used a dozen of pictures on social media then it will face a doz

en of lawsuits. The amount of litigations will be huge for judicial resources to tackle,” she explained.

She said she hopes a stock image company, regulated with clear authorization, can resort more to non-litiga

tion solutions when dealing with infringement, for example, through negotiation and mediation.

To better regulate the image copyright market and balance the commercial providers, she also suggested the public to

set up a shared platform of stock image where uses, authors and content creators can authorize each other.

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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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Cabbies evacuate students free of chargeed many pe

Cabbies warmed many people’s hearts when they rushed to evacuate stu

dents and residents free of charge after a fire broke out on Qipan Mountain in She

nyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning province, last Tuesday, Beijing Evening News reported.

The fire started at about 1:50 pm and expanded quickly as the wind blew at a speed of 12.8 meters per second.

Students of He University, situated at Mt. Qipan Scenery Tourism Dev

elopment Zone, and residents living nearby needed to be evacuated for safety reasons.

Many cabbies rushed to Qipan Mountain and transported people away free of charge.

“We don’t know if the university has enough vehicles to send studen

ts away, so we came as soon as we heard the news,” said Zhang Shengjun, a member of Fu

shun Leifeng, a voluntary cab-driver team. “We’re waiting outside the school gate to see if we can offer some help.”

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Dinghao Electronics Plaza in Zhongguancun was pu

rchased by a joint venture between Partners Group, The Family Office, SDP Investments, and The Carlyle Group for around 9 billion yuan.

“Given the strong presence of leading and fast-growing IT firms in the area, Zhongguancun remai

ns a bright spot for investment opportunities in Beijing,” said Michael Wang, head of capital markets for JLL in Beijing.

“Due to the lack of commercial leasing space in the IT-driven submarket, rapidly expanding

companies are increasingly choosing to purchase entire buildings to meet large office requirements.”

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

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

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing

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

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 n

ext year,” said Han Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a domestic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.

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hina aims marked cut in water usage by 2020

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to tackle a supply bottl

eneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product w

ill be 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below

670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

China still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its pe

r capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of

Water Resources has put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting man

agement mechanism of water saving contracts and water-saving service industries.

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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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