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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-02-15 17:28


>Celebrities' tax payments
The art studio of youth idol and singer Zhang Yixing tops the annual list for Chinese celebrities' tax payments in Hengdian, Dongyang, according to a list released by local authorities on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Zhang paid 19.13 million yuan in 2018, followed by actresses Yang Mi (15.53 million yuan) and Jing Tian (10.43 million yuan). Hengdian Studios, also a tourist attraction, is dubbed China's film and TV series production hub, where about 70% of the country's films and TV series are shot annually. An industry-wide tax probe emerged across the nation's entertainment sector after Fan Bingbing, one of China's most famous actresses, was fined 884 million yuan by the tax authorities for tax evasion last year. A total of 11.75 billion yuan in unpaid taxes have been filed with tax authorities by Dec 31 last year, after the film and TV industry examined its taxpaying practices. Among the filings, 11.55 billion yuan have been paid, according to the State Administration of Taxation.



>'Romance scams' cost $143M
More than 21,000 Americans fell victim to soaring "romance scams" involving dating or courtship in 2018, losing a total of $143 million, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released on Tuesday. In comparison, the reports of such romance-related scams FTC received stood at 8,500 in 2015, with a total cost of $33 million, the agency said. Romance scams involve an alleged scammer setting up a fake personal profile on social media or dating websites to woo potential victims and then ask them for money for fake emergencies or other major expenses. Such scams primarily target Americans aged 40 to 69, who fall victim to romantic schemes twice than those in their 20s, said the report. Scammers typically ask for the money through gift cards and other reloadable cards, which are quicker, more anonymous than other forms of payments and harder to reverse.


Small heart-shaped cookies with pink frosting. [Photo/IC]

>V-Day tradition ditched
Japanese women are pushing back against a tradition that dictates they must give chocolates to male colleagues on Valentine's Day, with growing anger at the practice of "forced giving". Until recently, women in the workplace were expected to buy chocolates for their male workmates as part of a tradition called giri choco – literally, obligation chocolates. Men are supposed to reciprocate on March 14 on White Day. But there is growing evidence that giri choco is falling out of favor. For a growing number of people, the pressure to avoid causing offence by spending thousands of yen on chocolates for coworkers is becoming intolerable. A survey found that more than 60% of women will instead buy chocolates as a personal treat on Feb 14. More than 56% said they would give chocolates to family members, while 36% would make the same gesture toward partners or the objects of a crush. Keeping on the right side of colleagues, however, was furthest from their thoughts, with just 35% saying they planned to hand out chocolate treats to men at their workplace, according to the poll by a Tokyo department store.


A third prototype of the C919 passenger jet makes its maiden flight in Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Dec 28, 2018. [Photo/IC]

>C919 speeds up test flights
Another three prototypes for China's first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, will conduct their maiden flights this year, following the success of a third one on Dec 28, 2018, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd, the maker of the jet. The 104 prototype test aircraft of the China-made C919 has entered its final assembly stage, the 105 is undergoing the assembly of major components, and the main components of the 106 are in production. The maiden test flights for all three new prototype jets are expected to take place before the end of 2019. The addition of these three would bring the total number of C919 prototype test aircraft to six. To date, domestic and overseas buyers have placed orders for 815 of the China-made C919 aircraft.

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