Tele­scope’s ‘retina’ un­der­goes fi­nal test

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest - Xi cites Hu Yaobang as a role model Li seeks to calm wa­ters in re­gion Pledge to lift ru­ral mil­lions from poverty City to build largest an­i­mal cloning site Drones face re­stric­tions on where they go China makes a mark on world of plas­tic surgery Na­tion’s po

Sci­en­tists car­ried out the last step in test­ing a key com­po­nent of China’s gi­gan­tic ra­dio tele­scope on Nov 21. Af­ter its sched­uled com­ple­tion next Septem­ber it will be the largest such tele­scope in the world.

A team suc­cess­fully tested the in­stal­la­tion of the tele­scope’s “retina”, a mech­a­nism weigh­ing 30 met­ric tons and sus­pended 140 to 160 me­ters above the half-fin­ished re­flec­tor dish, which will col­lect sig­nals from the uni­verse.

The tele­scope, 500 me­ters in di­am­e­ter, is com­posed of 4,500 mostly tri­an­gu­lar pan­els with sides mea­sur­ing 11 me­ters that cre­ate a par­a­bolic shape or hemi­sphere. The mo­tion of the pan­els al­ters the col­lec­tive shape of the an­tenna, which is ca­pa­ble of re­flect­ing ra­dio sig­nals from the uni­verse to a fo­cal point, where the re­ceiver dome sits.

The Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee held a sym­po­sium on Nov 20 at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Beijing to com­mem­o­rate what would have been the 100th birth­day of Hu Yaobang.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping spoke about Hu’s “glo­ri­ous achieve­ments”, say­ing Hu, the for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, had made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to na­tional in­de­pen­dence and lib­er­a­tion, so­cial­ist revo­lu­tion and ex­plo­ration and cre­ation of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Premier Li Ke­qiang has urged coun­tries out­side the re­gion to avoid tak­ing ac­tion that may cause tension in the South China Sea.

They should re­spect and sup­port the ef­forts by coun­tries in the re­gion to up­hold peace and sta­bil­ity in there, Li said.

Rais­ing a five-point pro­posal on the South China Sea at the 10th East Asia Sum­mit in Kuala Lumpur, he called for out­side pow­ers to “play a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive role and re­frain from tak­ing ac­tion that may cause tension in the re­gion”.

His re­marks came af­ter the United States sent mil­i­tary ships and war­planes close to Chi­nese is­lands in re­cent weeks to as­sert its “free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion” in the South China Sea.

The top lead­er­ship of the Com­mu­nist Party of China has pledged to in­crease its ef­forts to elim­i­nate poverty in ru­ral ar­eas and de­feat re­gional poverty by 2020.

A meet­ing of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee hosted by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said 50 mil­lion peo­ple would be pulled out of poverty in five years through in­dus­try sup­port, la­bor mi­gra­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

More than 20 mil­lion peo­ple who have lost or par­tially lost the ca­pac­ity to work will be in­cluded in the ru­ral sub­sis­tence al­lowance sys­tem.

Tian­jin is ex­pected to build the world’s largest an­i­mal cloning fac­tory next year for the cloning of beef and dairy cat­tle, dogs and race­horses, said Boy­al­ife Group Ltd, a leader in stem cell and bi­o­log­i­cal medicine.

Boy­al­ife Group said 200 mil­lion yuan ($31.3 mil­lion; 29.3 mil­lion eu­ros) will be in­vested in the fac­tory af­ter its sub­sidiary, Yingke Boya Gene Tech­nol­ogy (Tian­jin), signed an agree­ment on the project with the Tian­jin In­ter­na­tional Joint Acad­emy of Biotech­nol­ogy and Medicine, the Sooam Biotech Re­search Foun­da­tion of South Korea and the Tian­jin Eco­nomicTech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment Area.

The fac­tory will in­clude a 15,000-square-me­ter lab­o­ra­tory, an an­i­mal cen­ter, a gene bank and a science and ed­u­ca­tion ex­hi­bi­tion hall, it said.

The fac­tory is ex­pected to clone 100,000 cat­tle for beef and milk in its first phase, said Xu Xiaochun, chair­man of Jiangsu-based Boy­al­ife Group, the only com­mer­cial provider of cloned an­i­mals in China.

The drone maker DJI Tech­nol­ogy Co says it has changed its flight sys­tems to en­sure its drones keep out of re­stricted ar­eas, such as over Tian’an­men Square in Beijing and the White House in Wash­ing­ton.

DJI of Shen­zhen, which claims 70 per­cent of the world’s drone mar­ket, said its Geospa­tial En­vi­ron­ment On­line sys­tem will pro­vide DJI drone users with up-to-date guidance on lo­ca­tions where flights may be re­stricted by reg­u­la­tion. It can also raise safety con­cerns.

The new sys­tem will al­low users who have ver­i­fied DJI ac­counts to tem­po­rar­ily un­lock or self­au­tho­rize flights in some of those lo­ca­tions “to ac­com­mo­date the vast va­ri­ety of au­tho­rized ap­pli­ca­tions”.

The sys­tem will be launched first in North Amer­ica and Europe, while other re­gions will con­tinue to use a no-fly zone geo-fenc­ing sys­tem the com­pany in­tro­duced more than a year ago.

China’s cos­metic surgery in­dus­try will be val­ued at 400 bil­lion yuan by the end of this year and is ex­pected to dou­ble in size to 800 bil­lion yuan by 2019.

If growth con­tin­ues as ex­pected, China would be the world’s third­largest mar­ket af­ter the United States and Brazil by 2019, says the lat­est in­dus­try trend re­port is­sued by the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Plas­tics and Aes­thet­ics

The re­port said more than 7 mil­lion Chi­nese, mostly women, went un­der the knife in the name of beauty last year. About 60,000 of them chose to go to South Korea. Ten per­cent more for­eign­ers have come to China for plas­tic surgery year-on-year for the past five years, the re­port found.

The Chi­nese Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has apol­o­gized for the na­tional team’s poor per­for­mances in qual­i­fy­ing matches for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said it took full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the team’s lack­lus­ter dis­plays and apol­o­gized for let­ting supporters down.

It made the state­ment af­ter Guangzhou Ever­grande’s 1-0 ag­gre­gate vic­tory in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal against Al Ahli of the United Arab Emi­rates on Nov 21.

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