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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-10-16 17:17


>Authorities take aim at pengci

Three top judicial organs issued a guideline on Wednesday to clarify the application of the law in extortion cases involving deliberately fabricated accidents or similar scenarios. The guideline was issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

For the first time, authorities have defined the pengci scam, in which people pretend they have been harmed by another party and then ask that party for money or property as compensation.

The guideline stipulates punishment for the two main types of pengci - fraud and extortion.

Perpetrators who intentionally or negligently cause harm to others while carrying out pengci scams may be charged with the crimes of intentional homicide, intentional injury, negligently causing death and negligently causing serious injury to others, the guideline said.

It also stipulates that whoever deliberately causes a traffic accident and blackmails the victim utilizing the victim's violation of provisions on road passage, which meets the related provisions of the Criminal Law, will be punished under the crime of extortion by blackmail.


Candidates wait outside the exam hall in Nanjing Forestry University, Jiangsu province, Nov 29, 2016.  [Photo/IC]

>Civil service's annual intake

China plans to recruit 25,700 civil servants to work for 79 central government agencies and 23 institutions directly under them in the 2021 civil servant intake, the State Administration of Civil Service said Wednesday.

Applications will be accepted from Oct 15 to 24, with positions to be posted on authorized websites, the administration said.

Candidates will need to take a national written exam, which is scheduled to be held on Nov 29 across the country, while those applying for certain positions will need to take additional professional skills tests.


Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with the all-new iPhone 12 Pro at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. [Photo/Agencies]

>Apple introduces iPhone with 5G

Competition in China's high-end smartphone market is set to intensify with the arrival of the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 from Apple Inc, as domestic companies may unveil more feature-packed models to attract consumers, experts said.
专家称,随着美国科技巨头苹果公司发布5G手机iPhone 12,我国高端智能手机市场的竞争预计将白热化,国内厂家可能推出更多多功能机型来吸引消费者。

Though the US tech giant has been a relatively late entrant in the 5G-enabled phone market, some tech-savvy Chinese consumers may upgrade to the new iPhones, which enable data flow at faster speeds and offer smoother experiences for gaming enthusiasts and those watching streaming videos, they said.

"The new iPhones will increase the share of high-end phones in the overall smartphone market," said Wang Xi, research manager at global market consultancy IDC.

IDC estimates that about 240 million 5G-enabled smartphones would be shipped this year, with the Chinese market alone accounting for more than 160 million units, or 67.7% of the total.


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization's director-general. [Photo/Agencies]

>Herd immunity 'unethical'

Using the principle of so-called herd immunity to stem the COVID-19 pandemic is "unethical" and "not an option" countries should pursue to defeat the virus, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, on Monday.

"Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak," the WHO chief said, calling it "scientifically and ethically problematic".
谭德塞称:"公共卫生史上从未用群体免疫作为一种策略来应对疫情暴发。" 他表示这种做法"在科学上和道德上都是有问题的"。

According to WHO estimates, less than 10% of the global population has any immunity to the coronavirus, leaving the "vast majority" of the world susceptible.

"Letting the virus circulate unchecked, therefore, means allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and death,” Tedros said.

"We understand the frustration that many people, communities and governments are feeling as the pandemic drags on, and as cases rise again.”

However, there are "no shortcuts, and no silver bullets," he added.


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