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Beijing Foreign Studies University is a university located in Beijing, China. It is China's foremost foreign language teaching university according to recent collegiate rankings.The university's campus occupies 304,553 square meters, with a student dormitory area of 40,000 m² and a library of 9997 m², and is divided in two by Beijing's Third Ring Road. Other facilities on campus include an audiovisual center, a gymnasium, dining halls, and tennis courts. The university is popularly known as Běiwài in Mandarin and BFSU in English.As a renowned teaching university, BFSU was affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its establishment in 1941 to the early 1980s and was classified a key university under the Ministry of Education.The wide ranging studies at BFSU are provided by over 600 faculty members, in addition to approximately 120 international experts and teachers invited from more than 20 countries each year. BFSU qualified for the first round of the competition in its efforts to enter Project 211, a university development programme launched by the Ministry of Education in 1996. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

GUANGZHOU, China, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Bing Jin as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Mr. Jin succeeds Mr. Eric He, who has decided to retire after serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. “Bing brings over a decade of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy,” said Mr. Zhou Chen, Chief Executive Officer of YY. “We believe he will be an invaluable addition to YY, bringing a fresh perspective to our management team. With his track record of success, deep expertise with the U.S. capital markets, and rich experience, we are confident that we will greatly benefit from his leadership as we move into the next stage of growth.” Mr. Chen added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I would like to thank Eric for his remarkable service to YY as our Chief Financial Officer in the past six years. He has led the Company through many challenges and successes during his tenure, contributing significantly to what YY has become today. I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.” “I am honored to join YY as its Chief Financial Officer,” said Mr. Jin. “I have tremendous respect for the Company’s senior management and highly experienced finance team and am eager to work in this exciting industry. I look forward to working with Mr. Chen, the rest of the management, and the Company’s talented employees as we continue to accelerate our growth and expand our market share in China’s live streaming industry.” Prior to joining YY, Mr. Jin served as the Head of China Technology of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Jin worked with many U.S. listed and private Chinese technology companies for various financing and M&A transactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Jin worked at Citi’s China Investment Banking Department. Before his investment banking career, Mr. Jin worked in government services, consulting, and corporate banking. Mr. Jin received an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. YY Inc. (“YY” or the “Company”) is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company’s core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating and live game broadcasting. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$1,182 million in the fiscal year 2016. This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. YY may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about YY’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: YY’s goals and strategies; YY's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online communication social platform market in China; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain registered user accounts, active users, especially paying users; YY’s ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in YY’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and YY does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

GUANGZHOU, China, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Bing Jin as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Mr. Jin succeeds Mr. Eric He, who has decided to retire after serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. “Bing brings over a decade of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy,” said Mr. Zhou Chen, Chief Executive Officer of YY. “We believe he will be an invaluable addition to YY, bringing a fresh perspective to our management team. With his track record of success, deep expertise with the U.S. capital markets, and rich experience, we are confident that we will greatly benefit from his leadership as we move into the next stage of growth.” Mr. Chen added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I would like to thank Eric for his remarkable service to YY as our Chief Financial Officer in the past six years. He has led the Company through many challenges and successes during his tenure, contributing significantly to what YY has become today. I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.” “I am honored to join YY as its Chief Financial Officer,” said Mr. Jin. “I have tremendous respect for the Company’s senior management and highly experienced finance team and am eager to work in this exciting industry. I look forward to working with Mr. Chen, the rest of the management, and the Company’s talented employees as we continue to accelerate our growth and expand our market share in China’s live streaming industry.” Prior to joining YY, Mr. Jin served as the Head of China Technology of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Jin worked with many U.S. listed and private Chinese technology companies for various financing and M&A transactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Jin worked at Citi’s China Investment Banking Department. Before his investment banking career, Mr. Jin worked in government services, consulting, and corporate banking. Mr. Jin received an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. YY Inc. (“YY” or the “Company”) is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company’s core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating and live game broadcasting. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$1,182 million in the fiscal year 2016. This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. YY may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about YY’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: YY’s goals and strategies; YY's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online communication social platform market in China; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain registered user accounts, active users, especially paying users; YY’s ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in YY’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and YY does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

GUANGZHOU, China, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Bing Jin as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Mr. Jin succeeds Mr. Eric He, who has decided to retire after serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. “Bing brings over a decade of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy,” said Mr. Zhou Chen, Chief Executive Officer of YY. “We believe he will be an invaluable addition to YY, bringing a fresh perspective to our management team. With his track record of success, deep expertise with the U.S. capital markets, and rich experience, we are confident that we will greatly benefit from his leadership as we move into the next stage of growth.” Mr. Chen added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I would like to thank Eric for his remarkable service to YY as our Chief Financial Officer in the past six years. He has led the Company through many challenges and successes during his tenure, contributing significantly to what YY has become today. I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.” “I am honored to join YY as its Chief Financial Officer,” said Mr. Jin. “I have tremendous respect for the Company’s senior management and highly experienced finance team and am eager to work in this exciting industry. I look forward to working with Mr. Chen, the rest of the management, and the Company’s talented employees as we continue to accelerate our growth and expand our market share in China’s live streaming industry.” Prior to joining YY, Mr. Jin served as the Head of China Technology of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Jin worked with many U.S. listed and private Chinese technology companies for various financing and M&A transactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Jin worked at Citi’s China Investment Banking Department. Before his investment banking career, Mr. Jin worked in government services, consulting, and corporate banking. Mr. Jin received an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. YY Inc. (“YY” or the “Company”) is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company’s core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating and live game broadcasting. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$1,182 million in the fiscal year 2016. This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. YY may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about YY’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: YY’s goals and strategies; YY's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online communication social platform market in China; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain registered user accounts, active users, especially paying users; YY’s ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in YY’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and YY does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

GUANGZHOU, China, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Bing Jin as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Mr. Jin succeeds Mr. Eric He, who has decided to retire after serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. “Bing brings over a decade of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy,” said Mr. Zhou Chen, Chief Executive Officer of YY. “We believe he will be an invaluable addition to YY, bringing a fresh perspective to our management team. With his track record of success, deep expertise with the U.S. capital markets, and rich experience, we are confident that we will greatly benefit from his leadership as we move into the next stage of growth.” Mr. Chen added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I would like to thank Eric for his remarkable service to YY as our Chief Financial Officer in the past six years. He has led the Company through many challenges and successes during his tenure, contributing significantly to what YY has become today. I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.” “I am honored to join YY as its Chief Financial Officer,” said Mr. Jin. “I have tremendous respect for the Company’s senior management and highly experienced finance team and am eager to work in this exciting industry. I look forward to working with Mr. Chen, the rest of the management, and the Company’s talented employees as we continue to accelerate our growth and expand our market share in China’s live streaming industry.” Prior to joining YY, Mr. Jin served as the Head of China Technology of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Jin worked with many U.S. listed and private Chinese technology companies for various financing and M&A transactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Jin worked at Citi’s China Investment Banking Department. Before his investment banking career, Mr. Jin worked in government services, consulting, and corporate banking. Mr. Jin received an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. YY Inc. (“YY” or the “Company”) is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company’s core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating and live game broadcasting. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$1,182 million in the fiscal year 2016. This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. YY may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about YY’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: YY’s goals and strategies; YY's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online communication social platform market in China; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain registered user accounts, active users, especially paying users; YY’s ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in YY’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and YY does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.


News Article | June 16, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHANGHAI, June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JMU Limited (the "Company" or "JMU") (NASDAQ: JMU), a leading B2B online e-commerce platform that provides integrated services to suppliers and customers in the foodservice industry in China, today announced that Mr. Jianguang Wu has resigned as a director of the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") for personal reasons and Ms. Shayla Suen has been appointed as Mr. Wu's successor, effective immediately. Ms. Suen has over 10 years of experience in M&A, IPO and market value management. She served as the Company's Invest Relations Director from 2011 to 2015. Between 2015 and when she rejoined us, she was a partner at Galaxy RongKuai, an online investment platform. Before 2011, Ms. Suen also worked as IR Manager at Changyou and as an analyst at DC Capital Management Inc. Ms. Suen holds a bachelor's degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Ms. Xiaoxia Zhu, Co-chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Mr. Wu for his service to JMU. His experience and counsel contributed to our success, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. We're pleased to welcome Ms. Suen to our Board. We believe her expertise in the capital markets will be a valuable asset to JMU as we continue to expand our business and deliver long-term shareholder value." JMU Limited currently operates China's leading B2B online e-commerce platform that provides integrated services to suppliers and customers in the catering industry. With the help of Internet and cloud technologies, JMU has the vision to reshape the procurement and distribution pattern and build a fair business ecosystem in the catering industry in China. JMU is further promoting the use of its platform for small- and medium-sized restaurants and restaurant chains in China. Through cooperation with national and local industry associations and reputable restaurant groups across China, JMU has formed a leading industrial alliance and has great resource leverage in China's catering industry. JMU works closely with suppliers and customers in the catering industry, providing one-stop procurement services, as well as other value-added services. For more information, please visit: http://ir.ccjmu.com. This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "going forward", "intend", "ought to", "plan", "project", "potential", "seek", "may", "might", "can", "could", "will", "would", "shall", "should", "is likely to" and the negative form of these words and other similar expressions. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about JMU's beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as JMU's strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: The general economic and business conditions in China may deteriorate. The growth of Internet and mobile user population in China might not be as strong as expected. JMU's plan to enhance customer experience, upgrade infrastructure and increase service offerings might not be well received. JMU might not be able to implement all of its strategic plans as expected. Competition in China may intensify further. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release and are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date, and JMU does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jmu-announces-change-to-board-of-directors-300475198.html


News Article | July 27, 2017
Site: phys.org

China's widely-used applications have given writers like Qiao an outlet to self-publish and make money—as long as their words respect the boundaries set by online censors inside the country's "Great Firewall". With Facebook and Twitter blocked in China, they post their works on WeChat, a messaging service with over 900 million worldwide users, or Weibo, a microblogging website—both monitored by the Communist authorities. "I'm a typical Chinese person. I love my country and I want to change it. To reach the majority of the Chinese people I need to stay inside the Great Firewall and write in Chinese," Qiao told AFP. Qiao, 47, quit his library job because he was fed up of doing dull translations after getting banned from teaching in 2014 for vague "work violations". Growing pressure on writers and academics is part of a tightening of controls on civil society that began in 2012, when President Xi Jinping took power. In April, the former director of the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University's international communication studies programme posted his resignation letter on WeChat. "(University officials) said I wasn't being positive in my research, that I was being careless in the articles I was publishing," wrote Qiao, who made 200,000 yuan a year as a library manager. "I'll need to get used to my new life. ... At least after I resign my speech will no longer censored by anyone but myself and the internet censors," he concluded. Run by Chinese internet giant Tencent, WeChat allows users to post content such as articles on public accounts that have followers, who can tip whatever amount they want. Qiao usually makes at least 1,000 yuan ($145) for each short essay. The average monthly salary in China is 6,070 yuan. He has opened 15 public accounts on WeChat since 2012, but most were shut down by censors after he posted political commentary. One of his three remaining accounts has 15,000 followers. If an article is blocked, he moves it to another account. "In a way, it is a sort of democratisation of the literary world. By giving rewards to the people they like to read, netizens can create their own new literary hits, influencing the status-quo of China's literature today," said Manya Koetse, who tracks social trends in China as editor of What's on Weibo. "There's been a rise of literary platforms that tell fresh and individual stories of ordinary people instead of high-profile names," Koetse said. Independent writers can also earn income by accepting advertisements or sponsored content on their public accounts. Mi Meng—whose writing style is comparable to Sex and the City's protagonist Carrie Bradshaw—boasts more than 10 million WeChat subscribers and posting ads on her account can cost as much as 500,000 yuan. Others team up with fellow writers to start online publications that focus on certain topics and rely on ads for income. In 2014, Ye Weimin left his job as senior editor at Southern Weekly in Guangzhou following crackdowns on the newspaper, which has pushed censorship boundaries with hard-hitting investigations. Ye, who now works in finance in Beijing, charges download fees for his journalism tutorial videos. "I didn't expect almost 3,000 people to pay for my online tutorials. This is completely accidental income," he said. In 2013, Chinese authorities moved against influential online commentators, arresting some and shutting down many of their accounts. China's top court also ruled that year that people would be charged with defamation and potentially face jail if "online rumours" they started were visited by 5,000 internet users or reposted more than 500 times. New regulations launched in June require online platforms to get a licence to post news reports or commentary about the government and a slew of other issues. Qiao occasionally tests the limits of censorship, writing a post commemorating the July 13 death of dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. "I didn't criticise the government in the article. I was just paying tribute to a man and his contribution to peaceful dialogue, but it was immediately deleted," Qiao said. "If my writing is too political, no one will read it and my account will get deleted. People like to be entertained, and they know how to read between the lines," he said.


News Article | November 30, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

Facebook needs to invest in more than just censorship tools if it hopes to lift a seven-year ban in China, experts say, amid a tightening space for foreign technology companies in the world’s most populous nation. Last week it emerged Facebook is working on software designed to suppress content – widely seen as a prerequisite to ending the ban, put in place in the wake of deadly ethnic riots in 2009 in attempt to quell the sharing of information about the violence. Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, have embarked on a high-profile and often controversial campaign to lift the China block in recent years. “Censorship is the biggest requirement,” said Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, “and then they should start to invest in the ecosystem around them, in Chinese startups and funds, to show that they are friends of China.” Facebook would need to partner with a local company and would likely hand control over censorship to its Chinese partner. But experts inside China say the company’s efforts to control news deemed unfavourable by the ruling Communist party would need to be as good as the censorship practised by the government itself. “Facebook would need to satisfy Chinese government demands and be able to adapt to China’s censorship conditions,” said Li Yonghui, head of the international relations institute at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The reported censorship software developed by Facebook would only “solve the most basic problems”, Li added, and although more conditions were still under discussion, “it will definitely contribute to it returning to the Chinese market”. US internet companies often block content at the behest of government requests in order to comply with local laws. Facebook has removed content for France, Russia and Pakistan. There is little information on the details of how Facebook’s censorship would work in China but experts agree it would have to pre-empt and predict the government’s needs, rather than simply responding. “Censorship would clearly have to be automated, keyword based, but that’s imperfect,” Clark said. “If ads or posts from outside China start getting blocked because it’s seen as sensitive by the Chinese government, then it would start to pollute the global Facebook. “The other way would have Chinese users be second-class citizens, cut off from the site used by the international community, but then what’s the point of using Facebook?” Even if Facebook jumped through enough hoops to break into the Chinese market, there’s no guarantee it will be successful. Tencent’s WeChat is already ubiquitous in the country and combines many of the features Facebook provides, such as messaging, posting photos and sharing links. “It’s not just about the firewall, Facebook wouldn’t transform the market overnight because people stick to what they already have and use,” Clark said. “Wechat is integrated with so many aspects of your life in China, domestic companies are simply light years ahead.” While Facebook is desperate to break into China, officials have far more to lose than gain from allowing the social network that helped organise protests during the Arab Spring into the country’s fenced-off internet. Facebook declares it is “on a mission to connect the world” but it is hard to achieve that goal when 1.3bn people cannot access it. For the Chinese government it would be a global propaganda coup and help promote the idea of “internet sovereignty” – the idea that states have the right to control how technology affects their citizens. These ideas and Facebook’s apparent willingness to cooperate with the Chinese government have long alarmed human rights groups. Fears about the company’s moral compass were reignited after reports of its censorship programme. “There is danger to global users, by virtue of being connected to users in China, the Chinese government can request to see that data,” said Nicholas Bequelin, east Asia director for Amnesty International. “Facebook then becomes a massive social network for surveillance for the Chinese government. “The company has larger human rights obligations – it’s not only about finding a clever way to operate in China within extraordinarily restrictive Chinese laws. “Facebook has the responsibility to carry out due diligence on the potential human rights consequences of entering the Chinese market.” Facebook did not respond to requests for comment. Despite a personal charm offensive by Zuckerberg – including rumours he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to name his daughter – the efforts may be in vain as Chinese authorities weigh the potential threat to their grip on power. “None of that is going to change the fundamental interests of the Communist party and the Chinese state,” Segal, from the Council on Foreign Relations, said. “While Zuckerberg has done many of the right things given the playbook, he cannot fundamentally change those interests.”


Winners of the 2017 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters say the opportunity to attend the world's largest general scientific meeting and network with reporters and scientists offers validation for their hard work while strengthening their resolve to communicate science to the public. The Fellowship program, now in its 13th year, funds four early-career science reporters from emerging regions to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting. The 2017 meeting, themed "Serving Society Through Science Policy," will be held in Boston, MA Feb. 16-20. A total of 23 applications from China and India topped last year's record, with candidates newer to science journalism careers than previous years. "One of the main goals of the EurekAlert! Fellowships is to encourage science reporters at the dawn of their careers, and to help them build a network of mentors, peers, and contacts in the journalism and scientific communities," said Brian Lin, Director of Editorial Content Strategy at EurekAlert!. "The number of applications have improved steadily and many past Fellows are now leaders in science journalism in their countries." Disha Shetty, a health reporter with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper, based in Mumbai, is only one year into a full-time job as a health beat reporter. She has reported on tuberculosis in rural India with the help of the REACH National Media Fellowship. She strives for solution-based journalism to "tell my readers the small but concrete things they can do to help conserve our planet at a time when global warming is at its peak," Shetty said. "I believe that [the AAAS Annual Meeting] will be a great learning opportunity for an early-career journalist like me to interact with such a diverse gathering including journalists from across the globe." Tabassum Barnagarwala has worked with daily newspaper Indian Express for the past three years. Like Shetty, Barnagarwala covers health news but says the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is close to her heart. She has been a keen observer of "the micro and macro levels of governmental policies and the obstacles in their implementation" in Mumbai. This is the third year the Fellowship program has featured India. The 2017 Fellows were selected by an independent panel of judges, including Malathy Iyer, Senior Editor with The Times of India. "Winners of the EurekAlert! Fellowships from India will gain immensely from attending the Boston conference as they will get to meet, listen and interact with science leaders," she said. The two Chinese judges agreed that this year's applicants, with an average length-of-service of 2.5 years, showed "outstanding performance in science news reporting," said TAI Zixue, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. "I am impressed by their solid grasp of timely and important issues on the frontlines of science and technology at both the domestic and global levels, and their acute understanding of the relevance to everyday life," he added. ZENG Ding has been reporting for Phoenix Weekly, a popular Chinese current affairs magazine, since 2013. In addition to winning an international journalism contest, he earned a series of awards for an in-depth report on Chinese herbal medicine. "Since I do in-depth reporting, what attracts me the most [about the Annual Meeting] are sessions on medical sciences and public health," Zeng said. Winning this Fellowship "offers me the opportunity to listen and have face-to-face chats with the best scientists from all over the world." HUANG Tianle is the second winner in as many years from Chinese science news website Guokr.com. He is excited about the science communication seminars at the Meeting. "Now I have the opportunity to learn how the world's best science communicators do their job," he said. "I'd love to humbly learn from them, push myself to the next level and encourage young people to make their own [career] decision and prove themselves right." Both Huang and Zeng have a background in science, which may have contributed to their reporting. "They are producing high-quality science news stories with sound and accurate scientific information," said Joy Ma, Editorial Content Manager at EurekAlert! Chinese, adding that many Chinese applicants submitted entries with "easily accessible and relatable writing styles providing in-depth analysis and perspectives." Established in 2004 with a seed grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation and sponsored by EurekAlert!, the AAAS-operated science-news service, the EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters support early-career science reporters from emerging economies by providing them with opportunities to cover the latest research and network with peers from around the world at AAAS Annual Meetings. Applicants must have five years or less of professional science journalism experience, meet EurekAlert!'s longstanding reporter-registrant eligibility criteria, and submit a complete application including published writing samples, a letter of recommendation, and an original essay. Past fellows have represented the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, and China. For more information about the 2017 Fellowship winners or to find their meeting coverage, visit: http://www. . Previous Fellowship winners from India and China were announced here: 2016, 2015. has been a health reporter with the Indian Express newspaper for three years. She also covers society, women and children, and the environment. Memorable assignments include stories about malnutrition, mental illness, tuberculosis, AIDS, and multi-layered issues plaguing the slums and rural populations. Intrigued by the issues and identities of the varied social strata in rural areas, she loves to read and travel to better understand these populations. She comes from Indore and currently lives in Mumbai, where she has closely observed the way government policies function and the obstacles faced in their implementation. is a science reporter at Guokr.com, a Beijing-based science news website. Raised in a family where both of his parents were athletes, he showed interest in various sports at a very young age. Captivated by the smoothness of human movement, he not only trained and competed in different sports, but also became curious about the biological nature of the body. Later, he majored in biotechnology and earned a Bachelor of Science at Sun Yat-sen University. In 2013, he joined Guokr to become a science journalist, mainly focusing on research or discoveries in biology. During the first three years of his career, he has interviewed hundreds of scientists about their work and opinions. In addition to writing about research breakthroughs, he also experiments with live broadcasting or making short videos. , a Mumbai-based Senior Correspondent with the daily newspaper DNA, is passionate about health reporting. Although this is her first year working as a full-time reporter, she previously worked in various part-time writing and editing roles with World Wide Media and Times Group. Her diverse background in print, broadcast, and digital media has allowed her to better understand storytelling - an indispensable skill in today's competitive media landscape. She holds a Bachelor of Mass Media degree from Mumbai University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. She is also the recipient of a REACH National Media Fellowship to cover TB in rural India. has been working as a senior reporter in the Chinese news magazine Phoenix Weekly since 2013. He has covered a wide range of stories about health, the environment and other science topics. He is a winner of the 2016 Global Health Reporting Contest, hosted by International Center for Journalists in Washington, DC. His in-depth report about the Chinese Herbal Medicine- Induced Liver Injury Investigation and the Forgotten Leprosy Generation won a series of awards in national journalism contests. Prior to his current position, he worked for Chinese science news website Guokr.com. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environment Science and Technology from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Malathy Iyer is a senior editor (health) with The Times of India, Mumbai, with over 20 years of experience. When not chasing the big outbreaks of bird flu and swine flu or tracking the emergence of total drug-resistant tuberculosis, she focuses on issues of urban health care systems and women and children with special needs. T. V. Padma reports on science from India. She coordinated freelance contributions from the region and liaised with key organizations that partnered with SciDev.Net activities. She holds a post-graduate degree in science from the University of Delhi, India, has worked as a science correspondent with the Press Trust of India, and ran development communication projects for Panos South Asia. She also writes for Nature Medicine and has contributed to New Scientist and Inter Press Service. TAI Zixue joined the media arts and studies faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2007. He teaches courses in multimedia and interactive game development, global communication, telecommunications policy and regulation, and other courses examining the interplay of new media and society. Previously, he taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). His research interests focus on global communication with a special emphasis on the transformation of Chinese media in the new millennium. His research has appeared in journals such as International Communication Gazette, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Journal of Communication. He is the author of The Internet in China: Cyberspace and Civil Society (Routledge, 2006). Prof. Tai holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, a Master of Software Systems from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and an MA from Shanghai International Studies University. XIONG Lei is a senior journalist, author, and translator based in China. Formerly Executive Director of China Features, a syndicate with Xinhua News Agency providing text and photo essays about China to media clients around the world, she has been teaching journalism as a guest professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Tsinghua University, and Renmin University of China since her retirement in 2006. Xiong has co-authored and translated a number of publications, including Portraits of Ordinary Chinese (Foreign Language Press, 1992), The Last Paradise (China Intercontinental Press, 2008), China Ink: Changing Face of Chinese Journalism (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008), and China Insight (Environmental Science Press, 2009). She also serves as a media consultant with the Global Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based Chinese non-profit and non-governmental think tank. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See http://www. . Founded by AAAS in 1996, EurekAlert! is an editorially independent, online science news service. Thousands of reporters around the globe use EurekAlert! to access news and resources from the world's top research organizations. For free access to EurekAlert!, visit http://www. .


Ye L.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Proceedings of the International Conference on E-Business and E-Government, ICEE 2010 | Year: 2010

In a social network, nodes and links represent participants and their friendships respectively, and many applications also have this character. When tourists are traveling, they usually want to get the help of Location Based Services (LBS). However, the charge for using LBS is so much that there are few people could accept this new consumptive method. We take note of that the information, required by tourists coming from the same group with heterogeneous communication equipments, usually focuses on a certain area. So we propose the mobile peer-to-peer (MP2P) technology built on the social network model. MP2P network can let message be transferred among neighbors instead of in the whole communication system, and this could save information in a group and meet the need for the other tourists through storage and transmitting. So the tourists could cut down the fee of using LBS. © 2010 IEEE.


Liang Y.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
3rd International Symposium on Intelligent Information Technology and Security Informatics, IITSI 2010 | Year: 2010

In order to share the intelligence among all kinds of mobile nodes, this paper puts forward the intelligence sharing technology based on mobile agents in mobile peer-to-peer (MP2P) system. The MP2P system could build up a common applicable theoretical framework for mobile intelligence management such as mobile intelligence acquisition, query, synchronization, cache, and prefetching. In order to reduce the maintenance cost of intelligence index table for the mobile nodes in the MP2P network, use the edge intelligence of network enough, and parallel process the mobile task of network, we propose the intelligence management technology based on mobile agent (MA), which improves the execution efficiency of security authentication, intelligence distribution, cache prefetching, transaction processing, location service, and task cooperation among the mobile nodes. © 2010 IEEE.

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