Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u
pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 public security departments nationwide.
The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f
amily members or close friends. Should any abnormalities on transactions occur, the system would send
out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds.
“Security is the lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru
nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’s parent company.
Alipay users can choose to delay payment for two hours or 24 hours and raise an alert
on the platform if they deem such transactions potentially misdirected or fraudulent.
The system has been linked to local public security authorities to help freeze any transaction
s in doubt. The money will be credited back to the user’s account if authorities determine fraud has been committed.
A number of local anti-fraud centers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhe
n also pledged to cooperate with Alipay on financial security education and anti-fraud alarming systems.
of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.
Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re
moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.
Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man
agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.
Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti
mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.
However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b
rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.
Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo
under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.
United States is particularly appealing to North Korea, who believes a good relationship with the United States can h
elp create the right environment and necessary conditions for achieving North Korea’s new strategic drive toward ec
onomic development,” said Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
The concept isn’t new, of course. During his time as an Asia expert at the State Department in the Clinton administration, Evans Revere said negoti
ators working with North Korea were even then trying to point them to Vietnam, which was beginning to reap t
he benefits of market reforms and becoming a member of good international standing.
”We thought, somewhat naively back then, that this would appeal to the North Koreans gre
atly and that our commitments to work with them on bringing about a modernized economy w
ould be so attractive … that they would stand down from their nuclear weapons program. We were wrong,” Revere said.
”If all of these incentives or this incentive-based approach to coaxing North Korea do
wn a new path did not work when they didn’t have nuclear weapons, and it didn’t work to prevent th
em from developing nuclear weapons, why will it work now that they are in effect a nuclear weapons state?”
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph
Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al
ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th
eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.
”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as
well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si
nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.
In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr
esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a
surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.
Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive
n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la
ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.
”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm
ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”
”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.
The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.
Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.
The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand
as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti
nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.
With Brexit day only weeks away, and still no deal in place, now might not seem the best time for British politicians to flip the table over.
But this week, 11 Members of Parliament have done exactly that. On Monday, seven members of the opposition Labour Party announced tha
t they were fed up of their leader Jeremy Corbyn, citing reasons ranging from rampant anti-Semitism to hi
s lack of leadership on Brexit. They will Theresa May tactics of pandering to the harder-line Brexiteers in her own party and
elsewhere. That means it’s now hard to see this new group as anything other than a pro-EU bloc in the UK Parliament, dissa
tisfied with the pro-Brexit positions of both government and opposition.
Why does that matter?
Brexit has made the politics of the UK in
credibly hard to read. Both frontbenches are committed to delivering Brexit. The government agreed a way to achieve this
with the other 27 EU member states. Yet the UK Parliament hates the deal, infamously handing May the heaviest defeat in the history of the
House of Commons.
And it hates the deal for reasons all across the political spectrum (that’s right, the Brexiteers hate the deal just as
much as the Remainers).
Since the 2016, Brexit has redrawn the ideological lines of politics in the UK. Professor Sara Hobolt at the London Sc
hool of Economics explained that there “are more people now who are willing to identify as either Brexiteers or Remainers than as supporters of any par
ty. This new divide is more tribal than old party politics, with both groups tending to be inherently distrustful of one another.”