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China launches first amphibious assault ship
The first amphibious assault ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy was launched in Shanghai on Wednesday.
With a strong capacity in amphibious operations and a variety of tasks, the ship was independently developed by China.
The ship will undergo equipment debugging, mooring and navigational trials. (Xinhua)
China, Australia plan to develop biomaterials for 3D-printed living tissue
Chinese and Australian scientists will continue to break ground in 3D-printed living tissue for use in medical procedures, with plans for a new bilateral research centre announced on Tuesday night.
Focusing on the creation of tissue which can help repair ageing body parts, the Joint Research Centre for the Development of Functional Biomaterials in Advanced Manufacturing of Human Tissues and Organs will be based at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the Australian city of Brisbane.
Together Australian and Chinese researchers will develop biomaterials to help treat diseases and ailments associated with old age such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, fractures and soft tissue trauma, including wounds. (Xinhua)
US House launches impeachment inquiry
The US House of Representatives has formally launched an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.
The announcement was made by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Six committees of the House will continue to investigate Trump's various alleged problems under the umbrella of impeachment investigations.
Trump's alleged pressure on Ukraine to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has led to a surge of calls within the Democratic camp for an impeachment investigation. (People's Daily app)
S.Korea's childbirth posts lowest July figure
South Korea's childbirth posted the lowest July figure, boosting worry about a so-called demographic cliff, a government report showed Wednesday.
The number of newborn babies came in at 25,236 in July, down 1,770, or 6.5 percent, from a year earlier, according to Statistics Korea. It was the lowest July figure since statistical office began compiling the data in 1981.
The low birth rate has been a headache for the South Korean economy as it can lead to the lower workforce amid the rapidly aging population, which could drag down the economy's growth potential. (Xinhua)
US Executive gets 4 months for bribing son's way into USC
A Los Angeles business executive was sentenced to four months in prison for paying $250,000 to get his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.
Devin Sloane pleaded guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.
He is the second parent sentenced in a sweeping college admissions scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers.
Authorities say Sloane helped fabricate documents depicting his son as an international water polo star even though he had never played the sport. (AP)
China's DJI unveils faming drone, showcases multiple applications in US
Chinese drone maker DJI unveiled a new drone for agriculture in Los Angeles on Tuesday, while its partners in the United States showcased how drone technology transformed productivity.
At the annual AirWorks conference, DJI launched the P4 Multispectral drone, which is believed to be the world's first fully integrated multispectral imaging drone built to power farming and enable an efficient environmental land management.
According to Skylogic Research, a drone analyst company, the Chinese drone manufacturer holds more than 70 percent of the worldwide civil drone market share. (Xinhua)
China's Alibaba gains one third of Ant Financial's stake, sets out five-year goals
And Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba said it has gained a newly-issued 33 percent equity interest in its fintech affiliate Ant Financial, and set out its five-year goals for China consumer business.
Wall Street believes the announced deal would nudge Ant Financial closer to a potential initial public offering, as the firm has been considered as one of the world's most valuable startups.
By the end of 2024, Alibaba aims to serve over 1 billion annual active consumers and reach 1.4 trillion dollars in annual gross merchandise volume through its China consumer business. (Xinhua)
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