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ASTEROID NAMED AFTER CHINESE PALEONTOLOGIST

2021-07-19

Beijing Review 2021年28期

ASTEROID NAMED AFTER CHINESE PALEONTOLOGIST

An asteroid has been named after Chinese paleontologist Zhang Miman (also known as Meemann Chang), with the approval from the Minor Planet Center under the patronage of the International Astronomical Union for her pioneering work in life sciences on July 2.

Zhang, born in 1936, is a Chinese paleontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). She became the first woman to become head of IVPP in 1983.

Over the past 50 years, Zhangs research has contributed significantly to the peoples understanding of the evolution of species on Earth.

In 1991, she was selected as an academician of the CAS, and was elected to the position of Foreign Member to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2011. Zhang was recognized by UNESCO and the LOréal Foundation as one of five outstanding female scientists from around the world in 2018.

Rule of Creation

Beijing Youth Daily July 5

The Rebel, a TV series about part of the history of the Communist Party of China, has wrapped up with a near-perfect ending. Since its release in June, the series has received solid feedback, resulting in yet another hit show. The series aims to promote mainstream culture, enhancing social collective values and encouraging people to create a positive and healthy spiritual life.

In the past, TV dramas focused on serious topics, such as historical events and social development, usually faced difficulties and low market acceptance. But the storyline today has evolved along with high aesthetic value and product quality. Also, their influence has stretched well beyond traditional viewership, namely the middle-aged and senior clusters, reaching younger audiences.

For instance, The Awakening Age, homing in on how Chinese intellectuals and college students fought against imperialism and feudalism from 1915 to 1921, has become a hot hashtag among young people on social platforms. The director of the hit series said todays youth no longer evaluates work according to its subject but based on its script, production and creative sincerity.

A Society With Privacy

Lifeweek June 21

The Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress, Chinas top legislature, adopted a law on data security, as it wrapped up a session on June 10. Taking effect on September 1, it hopes to establish a comprehensive legal framework of information and data security in China, jointly with the countrys cybersecurity law and an act on personal information protection in the legislative process.

Since 2006, we have been conducting nationwide surveys on the sense of public safety every year or two, Wang Junxiu from the Institute of Sociology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said. “Results show that their sense of security about personal information and privacy has been going down,” the expert on social psychology said.

The law on data security also forces the public to think to which extent we can share our personal information as individuals, according to Wang.

The decline in a sense of security among the public goes hand in hand with the frequent network fraud and data leakage that have come along with Internet development. However, a huge amount of data is submitted by Internet users themselves. For example, when netizens browse the Web, their records are sent to enterprises for business analysis. Wang noticed that peoples worries are more concentrated on companies sharing that information with other institutes and authorities.

Fang Xing, a well-known expert on data security, thinks that the majority of private data leaks occurs during business activities.“You must inform users that you are collecting data and what they are used for.”

The Last Lesson

Guancha.gmw.cn July 2

“Dear students, it is time to say goodbye... Being down-to-earth, you will create value for society at any post.” That is part in the speech delivered by Li Qian, a waitress in the canteen at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, Hubei Province. She was one of the guests participating in the graduation ceremony.

“No matter how busy you are working or studying, you should remember to eat on time,” she said. Her words moved many students about to leave campus.

Apart from this university, many colleges have forged a tradition that invites staff serving students, such as chefs, security guards and dormitory administrators, to attend graduation and witness one of the soon-to-be alumnis most significant moments.

A solemn farewell, graduation is the last lesson students learn from their universities. Compared to leading figures in various industries, who can share their experiences, those working on campus can teach young people to accept being ordinary, which is the norm of life. Additionally, it is conducive to help them establish a healthy career outlook—all occupations are equal.

PLA COMMANDER RECEIVES HIGHEST MILITARY RANK

Four senior military officers have been promoted to the rank of general, the highest rank for officers in active service in China. Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), presented certificates of the orders he signed to them at a ceremony held by the CMC in Beijing on July 5.

Liu Zhenli, Commander of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Ground Force, is one of them. With this promotion, Liu will become the youngest general to serve in the PLA.

Liu, born in 1964, enlisted in the PLA in September 1983.

The other three senior military officers being promoted are Commander of the Southern Theater Command of the PLA Wang Xiubin, Commander of the PLAs Western Theater Command Xu Qiling and Commander of the PLA Strategic Support Force Ju Qiansheng.

“Framing the problem of geopolitical competition with China as an excuse to make us more closed will only shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Mary Gallagher, Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, as quoted by the South China Morning Post in commenting on the heightened U.S. scrutiny on scientists of Chinese origin, on July 3

“Ultimately, there is no Brexit prosperity without China. For the time being, London recognizes that China remains its largest potential market worldwide for exports and a critical source of foreign investment.”

Tom Fowdy, a British political and international relations analyst, in an article on CGTN, on July 7

“A truly liberal order would be more inclusive and take into consideration the values and interests of non-Western societies beyond Washingtons circle of like-minded partners.”

Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, in an article featured on China Daily, on July 5

“The CPC has proven that the attainment of political power is primarily meant for bringing about a transformation in peoples livelihood and ensuring the peoples principal status as masters of the country.”

Imran Khan, Pakistani Prime Minister, addressing the Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Political Parties Summit, on July 6