POLICE HUNT FOR MISSING NATIONAL TREASURE IN SHANXI

Police are currently investigating the case of a missing cultural relic. Before it was stolen,the treasure was located in Yuanshen Temple in Jiexiu, Shanxi province.

China News Service reported on Nov. 14 that a glazed artifact featuring two dragons playing with a ball had been stolen from the temple.

Yuanshen Temple, which is believed to have been built during the Tang Dynasty, is located at the site of the Yuanshen Pool. According to legend, when General Wei Chigong was county magistrate of Jiexiu at the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, he built the temple in order to honor Da Yu, a Chinese hero who tamed the Yellow River to help farmers in the prehistoric era. The temple was rated as a key provincial and national cultural relic in 2006 and 2013 respectively.

Chinese net users have expressed concern over the missing national treasure, and hope that police can find it as soon as possible.

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IPHONE’S AUTOMATIC SHUTDOWN REMAINS A MYSTERY

Recently, many iPhone users have been complaining about their devices automatically shutting down. Apple has not offered an official explanation, but Apple customer service workers admitted that they have received many inquiries about the issue.

“My iPhone still had 40 percent power left, but it suddenly powered off,” said Tian Tian,an iPhone 6 user. Some also complained about their iPhones shutting down when they tried to take photos. They were forced to charge the phone in order to turn it back on.

Apple has not yet provided a solution to this problem. They may be waiting because they haven’t yet figured out the root of the issue, speculated Wang Yanhui, chief secretary of the Chinese Mobile Union.

An Apple customer service representative said the automatic shutdown may be related to the phone’s temperature, operation or battery life. Some users have also cited failure to upgrade the operating system as a factor.

Wang added that the iPhone is more sensitive to temperature than other mobile phones.The representative suggested a phone case to help avoid shutdowns caused by low temperatures.

Other recommendations from Apple employees include checking the status of each app and paying attention to battery charge. Users can press the home button and lock button to restart the device. In addition, if problems persist, users can contact Apple to arrange for a repair.

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FOG-SHROUDED JIANGXI VILLAGE

A traditional Chinese village in Wuyuan, Jiangxi province looms through a veil of milky fog, reflecting the radiance from scarlet maple leaves. The dark-tiled roofs, snow-white walls and delicately carved windows together create a harmonious picture, attracting visitors to enjoy the tranquil lifestyle. (Photo / Shi Guangde)

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MEDICAL PROFESSOR GOES VIRAL FOR INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS

Photos of a Nanjing medical school professor have become hugely popular online. In the photos, the professor can be seen teaching without a shirt on in front of the class, using his own body to explain the lesson. Many students say he has changed their views on teaching.

The professor, named Li Lei, teaches human anatomy at Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. While teaching, Li often becomes so enthusiastic that he lifts up his own clothes in order to demonstrate to students the exact locations of different organs in the human body.

Li has had an undeniable influence on a number of his students. One freshman reported feeling proud of herself after drawing various muscles directly on her upper arm for a more visual study. A doctor at a hospital in Nanjing said he still clearly remembers Li’s classes, even though he graduated 10 years ago.

Li said he adopted his special teaching method after hundreds of experiments.

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MISSING CHILDREN WATER BOTTLE CAMPAIGN IN QINGDAO INCITES CONTROVERSY

A company in Qingdao, Shandong province recently launched a limited edition line of water bottles whose labels are printed with the information and photos of missing children. With the aim of raising awareness to help bring the lost children home, the firm explained that they hope consumers can offer useful clues. Nevertheless, the move has been controversial, as some consumers doubt the company’s intentions.

According to the company’s general manager, surnamed Li, this reward policy was inspired by movies about missing children in 2015. Li and his staff were deeply moved bythose movies, which inspired them to come up with the water bottle idea. The companyobtained information about the missing children – with the permission of the children’sparents – from Baobeihuijia, the largest website for missing children in China. Thecompany has also promised a 100,000-RMB reward for anyone who successfully brings amissing child home.

Moreover, the firm plans to expand their “missing children bottles” to the entire country,and eventually establish a foundation to help look for the children. However, the bottleshave not yet yielded any useful clues.

What they have done is cause heated public debate. On one hand, some believe the campaign qualifies as an incredible act of public service. Meanwhile, detractors argue that it is nothing more than a publicity stunt, made all the more shameful by how the campaign plays on people’s emotions.

“It is a charity,” said Yang Daobo, the deputy dean and professor of Liaocheng University’slaw school. Yang added that, given the authorization the company received fromBaobeihuijia and the children’s parents, this marketing strategy is legal and admirable.The only possible legal issue is if the water company fails to follow through on its offered reward.

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NEW DINOSAUR SPECIES FOUND IN JIANGXI

A new dinosaur species was recently discovered via a fossil in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province.The ancient creature was 70 centimeters in length. Indications of its tail, feathers and crest can all be identified in the fossil.

According to an academic article published on Nov. 10, this species of dinosaur lived in what is now southern China during the late Cretaceous Period. The bird-like dinosaur was of the genus Oviraptorosaurian, which mostly lived in North America and Asia. The animals ranged from the size of a turkey to that of an elephant. With few or no teeth, the species lived on eggs, insects, plants and nuts.

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CHINA’S KEKEXILI RESERVE TO BUILD ‘KINGDOM FOR WILD ANIMALS’

Kekexili National Nature Reserve, one of China’s largest reserves, has increased its efforts to crack down on animal poaching and other illegal behavior. With this goal in mind, there serve has been increasing patrols since the beginning of this year, with the ultimate aim of building a “kingdom for wild animals.”

The park plans to create more than a dozen mountain patrol routes and 400 extra rounds of patrol within this year. One protection station in Kekexili already saved four Tibetan antelopes and two gazelles.

As one major focus of national biodiversity protection, Tibetan antelopes are a dominant species in the nature reserve. Thanks to efforts made by the reserve’s administration andstaff, the number of Tibetan antelope poaching cases has declined over the years. No gun has been fired in the area since 2006.

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CHINA DEVELOPS WEARABLE EXOSKELETON THAT MIMICS HUMAN KNEE

A wearable robotic leg developed by a team from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) is purportedly one of the first devices of its kind to mimic natural knee movement.

The 1-meter-tall robotic leg weighs 19 kilograms. From top to bottom, it features more than 10 joints and dozens of sensors that help patients to walk normally.

This exoskeleton is more advanced and simulates the behavior of a natural knee joint more closely than previous models, according to an employee at the robot development center.Several companies have shown interest in investing in the invention, noted Hong Cheng,the chief executive of the center.

Starting from scratch in 2010, the UESTC team spent only five years developing the robot.That time frame is especially notable when compared to those of overseas scientists working toward the same goal, Hong pointed out. He added that many Chinese universities have now established wearable exoskeleton development centers, driving forward achievements in that area.

Medical robots have conducted 600,000 operations in 800 hospitals around the world.They can also be used in athletic and military projects, Hong said.

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3 PEOPLE FACE IMPRISONMENT OVER THEFT OF RARE BIRDS

Two suspects are currently in custody over rare bird theft, with another still on the loose.The three suspects are wanted for capturing and engaging in commerce built around rare birds in Yongkang County, Zhejiang province.

The buyer of the birds, surnamed Wang, believed that eating night owls would cure her chronic headaches. She therefore made a deal with a vendor surnamed Shi to buy five large owls. The vendor, the woman and the vendor’s cousin were seen by police while they were making the deal.

Police said the so-called night owls were actually eagle owls, which are state-protected birds. The five eagle owls were sent to a wild animal protection center in Jinhua.

Experts have clarified that there is no scientific evidence that night owls can cure headaches.

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ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER KONG XUANYOU MEETS WITH VISITING DELEGATION OF ASEAN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN MINISTRY OF MYANMAR

On November 15, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou met with the visiting delegation led by Deputy Director-General of the ASEAN Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry Aung Myo Myint of Myanmar, exchanging views on such issues as China-Myanmar relations and regional cooperation.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)