in multiple sectors, China is steadily transforming itself from a traditional manufacturing center into a technology-driven economy capable of delivering hig
her-value products and services to serve its increasingly affluent, middle-income consumer base.
Recognizing the pivotal role of colleges and universities in this process, China is making huge invest
ments to strengthen its higher-education institutions, and is at the same time developing greater cap
bilities in science, technology and innovation. In the critical field of artificial intelligence, for example, Chin
ese President Xi Jinping has laid out an ambitious plan to make China a world leader over the next two decades.
Today, with rapidly improving academic systems, a clear focus on research, and a vast pool of high-caliber talent, Chinese unive
rsities are almost certainly at the forefront of defining the new and most innovative jobs of the 21st century.
This exciting trend, which will likely be unimpeded whatever the outcome of this week’s trade ta
lks, means there are tremendous opportunities for academics to work in China－and the appeal is much bro
ader than just the likely increment in salary and research budget. Many individuals are attracted by the int
riguing possibility of using the next stage of their academic career to take on a new adventure and explore a new culture.
In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep
ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.
The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.
Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she
understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the
ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their
dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo
ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti
me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.
back to whoever sent you here,” she says, citing that the deal doesn’t have a
single Republican in favor of the proposal and “the k
ey to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead.”
When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, “I may do that … but it’s not a good resolution.”
In a statement Friday night about the confrontation, Feinstein said she “always welcomes the oppo
rtunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine.”
”Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and rem
ain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation,” Feinstein said.
”We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution
that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon.”
The conversation at times grew heated, especially when Feinstein dismissed the group’s request due to their tone and their youth.
The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.
Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec
ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.
Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa
s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.
Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.
Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca
demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.