Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to

co-fatherhood”, is based on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, the go

dfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to h

elp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When used

in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s supe

rior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was

only in the 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian lead

ers like the late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s and current Malaysian Pri

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My personal hope is that if there is any way or any futur

e in trying to forecast earthquakes, it may very well happen in China,” said Tappo

nnier, also foreign associate member of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences.

Four leading ethics scholars in China are urging government authorities to intensify their supervision over scientific research to re

duce the chances of unethical use of biomedical technologies involving gene editing and stem cells.

The appeal, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, referen

ced a major ethical scandal in November, when a Chinese scientist announced he had pro

duced the world’s first twin human babies whose genes were altered to make them immune to HIV.

According to the administration, the country is stricken by an average 20 earthquakes abo

ve magnitude 5 every year. There is an earthquake above magnitude 8 every decade. Since the turn of

the new millennium, more than 91,800 people have been killed by earthquakes in the country.

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Reflecting China’s increasing global footprint, the next

 decade is likely to be driven by greater global financial sector integration,” said Alfred Schip

ke, the International Monetary Fund’s senior resident representative for China.

Chinese students are increasingly diversifying their choices of destinations for overseas stud

ies, with more students choosing to go to the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, a new report showed.

In a multiple choice survey for the annual Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study, released

on Tuesday, while the United States remains the most popular destination for overseas study this year, pref

erred by 43 percent of the respondents, this was down by 8 percentage points compared with 2015.

US dominance looks uncertain as the number of students inclined to study in the UK r

ose sharply in 2019, accounting for 41 percent, up 9 percentage points compared with 2015.

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In the 1980s, the share of the US in the world econ

omy was more than 20 percent; in the past four decades, it has steadily

declined to 15 percent. At the same time, China’s share (in purchasing powe

r parity terms) has soared from 5 percent to about 20 percent. While the PPP indicators inflate the

pace of progress, the trend lines do herald a coming structural shift in the world economy.

China can foster the share of developing nations

In the future, the well-being of the advanced economies will de

pend on the rising living standards in less-wealthy nati

ons. And just as US leadership supported the role of the advanced countries in the 20th century world, Ch

ina has the potential to foster the share of emerging and developing countries in the 21st century.

In particular, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can redirect domestic overcapacity and ca

pital for regional infrastructure development to improve trade and relations with Southeast and So

uth Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe-even across the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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With the two presidents as witnesses, China and Chile

According to Chilean Ambassador Luis Schmidt, the two countries on Wednesday secured a deal to open the Chinese market to Chilean pears.

He said he is expecting the first pear exports to China to take place soon.

Zhou Jin contributed to this story.

Liu Cailin, a Hebei Academy of Fine Arts graduate, is a member of the Tujia ethnic group.

At school Liu interned at design companies during summer and winter vacations. It wa

s then that he fell in love with jewelry design. Several months after he graduated, Liu opened his own workshop.

For lovers, every gift is special. Liu once received a message: a girl received a leaf from her boyfriend, and wanted to preserve it in some

way. Liu decided to make a silver piece of jewelry for her, one of more than 2,000 stories he’s turned into works of art.

Liu now has more than 1.2 million fans and monthly sales of 150,000 yuan ($22,283), a figure that could top 350,000 yuan.

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According to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of E

conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000

vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.

Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi

cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.

The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen

refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G

roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu

nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.

A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en

ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.

In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded

vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.

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Second, although traveling has become more convenie

nt for Chinese people because of the rapid development of high-speed trains and the civil aviation industry, the transfer

from one mode of transport to another can still be troublesome at times. For instance, some high-speed train stati

ons have been built far away from the cities they serve, dragging down travel efficiency.

And third, some practices-such as free highway passage-may aggravate the conflict between supply and demand.

To solve these problems, which could worsen during holidays, synchronized planning and cooperation of multiple departmen

ts are required. To cope with holiday traffic, the authorities should also promote smart transportation and use a

dvanced technologies including artificial intelligence and big data to improve travel efficiency.

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children and allocate more resources to the eyesi

ight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup

porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.

Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law a

nd electronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Committee of th

e National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.

Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative licensi

ng, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade

marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.

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calls on civil affairs authorities to improve publi

President Xi Jinping called upon civil affairs authorities to focus their efforts on meeting the requirements of poverty red

uction, special groups and matters of public concern in an instruction released on Tuesday.

The remark by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of Central Mil

itary Commission, came as the 14th National Conference on Civil Affairs began in Beijing on Tuesday.

Xi said work related to civil affairs is related to the public’s well-being and the hearts a

nd minds of the people, and it is also fundamental work that extends a helping hand to those most in need.

Party committees and governments at various levels should stay committed to a people-cent

ered approach and improve their capacities in civil affairs services at the primary level, he said.

He also urged civil affairs authorities to enhance their Party building, stay comm

itted to advancing reform and innovations, better assume their responsibilities in ensur

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My party refuses to compromise, I regret therefore

 I can no longer sit for the party,” an emotional Conservative MP Nick Boles said in the par

liament chamber shortly after the announcement of the vote results to quit the party.

“I accept that I have failed,” he added.

British cabinet ministers were once again reportedly instructed to

boycott the votes as MPs make a second attempt to coalesce around an alternative deal.

May had suggested she would “engage constructively” with the indicative votes process.

May’s plan that she negotiated with the EU has been rejected twice by historic margins in Parliament.

The withdrawal agreement section of her deal was voted down again by MPs on Friday.

Mrs May now has until 12 April to either seek a longer exten

sion from the EU to take a different course or decide to leave the EU without a deal.

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