Chinese coffee startup Luckin Coffee will price its initial p

public offering at $17 per share on Nasdaq Stock Exchanges, CNBC reported on Friday.

This price is at the top of its expected range from $15 to $17 in a regulatory filing, indicating the value of the company at about $4.2 billion.

Luckin Coffee raised $150 million in the most recent Series B+ round of financing, lifting the B

eijing-based company’s valuation to about $2.9 billion, the company announced on April 18.

With the aid of new technology, Luckin Coffee provides customers convenient service with innovative business model.

“The old way is people looking for coffee. With us coffee finds the people,” Luckin Coffee’s Co-founder Eric Guo told CNBC.

As a representative of China’s new retail based on mobile app, Luckin Coffee, founded in 2017, has expanded at a rapid pace.

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Austrian pianist set to showcase Beethoveno showcase Bee

Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform

all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch

estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.

He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18

and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.

“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch

binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com

plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.

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The authors were Lei Ruipeng, professor of bioethics

 at the School of the Humanities and Centre for Bioethics at Huazho

ng University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province; Zhai Xiaomei, prof

essor of bioethics and health policy at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences’ Centre for Bioethics, in Beijing; Zhu

Wei, an associate professor at Fudan University’s Centre for Applied Ethics in Shanghai; and Qiu Renzong, a philosophy of sc

ience and bioethics professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy, in Beijing.

“We think the authorities should step up their efforts to improve the governance of et

hics in scientific research in light of the loopholes exposed in He’s case,” Zhai told China Daily.

Results of further investigations in the case should be made public, including the penalties given to all involved, she said.

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It is reported that the IS terrorist organization has clai

med it was behind the horrific attacks. Yet whoever the perpetrators, the attacks on innoc

ent people should be condemned in the strongest terms, and those responsible arrested and punished.

Since Sri Lanka has been facing some political and e

conomic problems, and increasingly acute social conf

licts for the past few years, the attacks seem to reveal not just sectarian disputes but also cer

tain people’s dissatisfaction with the situation in the island nation, and the rest of South Asia.

The motive behind the attacks could be helplessness and desperation of certain sections of Muslims in South Asia.

The rise of Islamic extremism has to some extent fueled the rise of white supremac

ist groups in the United States and some European countries. Perhaps the conflict between Islamic extremism and

the anti-Muslim forces today is greater than that immediately after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks in the US.

And the rising tensions in South Asia and other regions should prompt govern

ments to take sound measures to prevent the spread of extremism inside their borders.、

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Amazon to end local 3rd-party sales in Chinaon offices in Ne

US-based tech giant Amazon.com Inc plans to shut down its third-party seller services on its Chinese online marketplace

in July, as it shifts its focus to offering Chinese mainland consumers overseas products rather than goods from local sellers.

Starting July 18, customers logging in to Amazon’s Chinese web portal will only see a selec

tion of goods from its global store, rather than products from local third-party sellers.

Amazon said it will keep running its other businesses in China, inclu

ding the cross-border shopping business Amazon Global Store; Global Selling, which helps Chin

ese merchants sell products abroad; its cloud service platform Amazon Web Services; and Kindle e-book devices and content.

“Over the past few years, we have been evolving our China online retail business to increasingly

emphasize cross-border sales, and in return we’ve seen a very strong response from Chinese customers.

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On Sunday, the US sent the Navy’s guided-missile destroy

Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t

wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.

Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the

US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec

urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.

Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit

ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.

“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi

nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco

gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.

“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio

n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.

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Luan Shengjun, founder of the restaurant chain Kum

Canteen, which specializes in Japanese food, said that in each of its outlets about 10 seats are spec

ially designed for solo diners, where they can watch chefs making sushi and sashimi at close hand. The r

estaurants also offer small-sized portions of classic dishes so that solo diners can taste a variety of food.

“If solo customers feel like talking, we encourage our chefs to respond enthusiastically. For example, they intro

duce customers to the process of making food and sometimes even have a drink with them,” he said.

Chinese singles, many of whom are well-educated and financially independent, also like traveling alone.

Figures from travel service provider Tuniu.com show that solo travel h

as become increasingly popular with those born in the 1990s. Last year, the number of pe

ople born in that decade who traveled alone rose by 10 percent compared with 2017.

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he Chagosians developed a pleasant lifestyle distinct to th

  on Mauritius, where back-breaking work was endured on sugar

plantations, says Vine. They developed their own version of the Creole language, schools for t

heir children, tended private gardens and led a peaceful way of life.

  In 1967, the US and UK began tearing that life apart, exiling all the inhabitants from their land.

  ”Initially, people who went for special medical treatment to Mauritius were just neve

r allowed to come back,” says Pierre Prosper, who was born on Peros Banhos, a northeast atoll of Chag

os. “So a mother who gave birth would be left in Mauritius while the rest of the family would be in Chagos.”

  Medical and food supplies to the island were gradually restricted, until event

ually, in 1973, all those remaining were told they had to leave “overnight,” Prosper says.

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s someone who has been coming to China since 1988 and

 who has called Beijing home for 15 years, several of Premier Li’s points affect my family, so it should come as no surprise I paid special attention to these.

First is the environment. While politicians in the US are making the Green New Deal a zero-sum political football, China has

made great strides in improving its environment. While President Trump, is in the process of gutting established domestic envir

onmental regulations, China has become the global leader in promoting a sustainable environment for future gener

ations. While Trump began the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, whose passage was assu

red by the joint leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama, China is stre

ngthening efforts to prevent and control pollution and boost environmental protection.

Fighting pollution is expensive so it’s heartening to hear from the GWR that China has budgeted 25 billion yuan ($3.73 bil

lion) to prevent and control air pollution, a 25 percent year-on-year increase. Likewise, China will reduce its sul

fur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 3 percent this year, in an effort to consolidate and increase prev

ious gains in its efforts to keep skies blue. It also will continue its quest to further decrease PM 2.5 density par

ticulate pollution in a number of key areas, such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin Hebei region.

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We hope to attract different age groups of residents to come

out of their own homes and meet neighbors through the rooftop garden projects, not only the e

lderly but also the children, the parents and white-collar workers,” Wang said. “Moreover, the gar

dens also help the children recognize crops, since most of them grew up in cities with little knowledge of crops.”

The project wasn’t always smooth sailing, though, with Wang saying some vegetables had been stolen and gardens destroyed.

The neighborhood committee has since focused more on popularizing the miniature

gardens among residents and calling on them to become volunteers for the maintenance of the rooftop farms, Wang said.

There are now more than 10 rooftop gardens in the neighborhood, and some office buildings will soon build more.

Tang Lingfeng, secretary of the Caojiadu neighborhood working co

mmittee, said traditional public welfare activities organized by the committee have targe

ted students, the elderly and the needy, but how to engage local residents has been a challenge.

“When people get to know each other, most of the work can be e

asily done and promoted, which will in turn enhance community governance,” Tang said.

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