US technology embargo list gives China a blueprint for home-grown innovation over the next decade, top science official says



China is looking to make home-grown strides in innovative technology, such as the development of advanced aircraft tyres and computer chips, to reduce its reliance on the United States. Photo: EPA


China is looking to make home-grown strides in innovative technology, such as the development of advanced aircraft tyres and computer chips, to reduce its reliance on the United States. Photo: EPA

China’s top science and technology official says the central government is viewing Washington’s list of embargoed or controlled technologies to China as an outline for what to focus on over the next decade, reflecting Beijing’s strategy of enhancing domestic research to cut reliance on American technologies.

“The US’ technological containment list will be our mission for scientific and technological development,” Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

The aim is to avoid “being strangled” technologically, he said. “We must focus on core technologies, key materials, techniques and basic algorithms, and take the initiative in areas such as mask aligners (which produce integrated circuits), tyres (for aircraft) and

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4 million jobs added to Nepal’s economy in past decade, a report says

Kathmandu, Sept. 11 — Nepal’s economy added nearly four million jobs over the past decade, and average job quality increased significantly, according to the World Bank’s Nepal Jobs Diagnostic report released on Thursday. This is because Nepal’s economy has been gradually shifting from largely subsistence agriculture to more modern industry and services.

By 2018, there were 3.8 million wage jobs in Nepal, and another 2.8 million Nepalis were employed in wage jobs in other countries, the report said. Of the total jobs added to the economy since 2008, nearly half were wage jobs.

Most international migrants are male, two-thirds are under age 35, and 85 percent have less than a secondary education. International migrants earn much higher wages than their counterparts at home despite the mostly unskilled nature of the work.

External migration acts as a pressure valve by accommodating excess male labour supply but does not provide a viable

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eBay and Maccarone Gallery Present “A Decade of Grimes,” an Exclusive Collection of Artwork from the Enigmatic Artist and Musician

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — eBay, one of the world’s most dynamic marketplaces, is partnering with Maccarone Gallery and artist and musician, Grimes, on an exclusive sale of artworks to benefit Carbon180. Starting today at 10am PT through December 18, a singular selection of art, apparel and more – including an exclusive coloring book containing original designs and a poem from the artist – will be available at ebay.com/maccaronexgrimes in a series of drops titled “A Decade of Grimes.”

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