Shanghai art fair to feature UK university collection

The University of Salford, Manchester, has since the 1960s assembled an art collection of some 700 items, which are not only for students and faculty members, but also exhibitions around the world.

A selection of image-based works from The University of Salford Art Collection will be on show at this year’s PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, from Sept 20 to 22 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

Curated by Ying Kwok, the exhibition titled Taking the Leap will introduce to people the diversity and dynamics of Salford’s collection. And it will offer potential collectors clues on how to collect experimental, conceptual works that combine photography, moving images, video and other techniques, revealing a unique landscape of digital art.

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai has become a leading destination for photo-based works and artists exploring with the medium. The sixth edition of the annual fair will bring together 50 galleries and the works of some 200 artists from home and abroad.

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National Day holiday travel forecast unveiled

Beijing, Changchun in Northeast China’s Jilin province, and Leshan in Southwest China’s Sichuan province are predicted to be the top 3 cities most prone to traffic congestion during the National Day holiday, according to a travel forecast report.

The report was jointly published by Baidu Map, China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Ctrip, China’s major online travel agency,, a website of the National Meteorological center for public information and Baidu Baike, the online encyclopedia of search engine Baidu.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the report estimated the number of tourists bound for Beijing will far surpass the number in previous years. Beijing will top the popular destination city list, followed by Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an, it said.

The Palace Museum, the West Lake and the Bund expected to be the top 3 most popular scenic spots, followed by Tian’anmen Square, Shanghai Disneyland, Wuzhen scenic spot, Huangshan Mountain, Kuanzhai Alley in Chengdu, Hongyadong housing complex in Chongqing and the Temple of Heaven.

Shaanxi History Museum and the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and Yangshuo Park in Guilin are considered to be the top 3 scenic spots most prone to traffic congestion.

For outbound destinations, the Asia-Pacific region is most favored by Chinese. Bangkok, Tokyo, Nha Trang, Singapore, Seoul, Phuket Island, Pattaya, Siem Reap, Osaka and Macao are predicted as the popular international destinations.

The China Academy of Transportation Sciences predicted that highway traffic will reach peak congestion at around 10 am every day from Oct 1 to 4, and suggested travelers avoid the period.

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Explained: China’s new Foreign Investment Law

Approved in March, China’s new Foreign Investment Law will come into force on the first day of 2020. The updated legal framework has been widely recognized as a legislative milestone. At a time when China welcomes foreign investors with unprecedented market access, the law’s economic and legal significance can’t be overstated.

But why is the law so important? How will it help create a level playing field for foreign investors and safeguard their interests in China? What changes will it bring? Find the answers in this video.

It’s the first episode of a five-part series on China’s business environment. Stay tuned for more.

Dedicated to discovering China’s landmarks

In 1957, 20-year-old Li Boqian, a sophomore undergraduate at the school of history at Peking University, had to choose a specific direction for his studies. Hearing that archaeologists have the chance to travel a lot, Li thought it would be fun to pick that subject.

Yet, he did not expect to be glued to it for a lifetime.

“It became my destiny,” the 82-year-old tells China Daily. “Much emphasis was placed on archaeology even in those earliest years of New China when the country was still enduring tough times. Because of that, everyone (in archaeological circles) was eager to make a contribution using the knowledge they had gained at university.”

Halted by the civil war, Chinese archaeology resumed shortly after the founding of New China in 1949. The first archaeological research institution of New China was founded in Beijing in 1950. It also organized the young country’s first archaeological dig, which was took place in Huixian county, Central China’s Henan province.

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“It just took around 10 people — that was how everything got started,” Li recalls. “We were so lucky to become the first group of professionally-trained archaeologists in New China.”

In 1952, Peking University became the first Chinese educational institution to nurture archaeology majors.

Born in Henan province, long considered the cradle of early Chinese civilization, Li seemed to develop a natural ability and a special emotional attachment toward research. Nevertheless, even as a veteran archaeology professor at Peking University who lead numerous key excavations around the country over the decades, Li knows that fieldwork cannot rely solely on enthusiasm.

“Archaeology needs lasting devotion and the patience to work in tough conditions,” he smiles. “If someone wants to make a fortune, they would be wise to choose another career.”

Over the years, the team continued built up their experience — and muscles — as they tried to keep up pace with the country’s rapid economic development.

Chen Xingcan, head of Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, cites that majors in archaeology and cultural heritage conservation are now offered by over 100 Chinese universities. Currently, more than 60 institutions and 2,000 individuals in China hold licenses to lead up archaeological excavations.

“Large-scale urbanization and the construction of infrastructure from the 1990s presented new challenges in terms of the conservation of heritage sites,” Chen says. “The need for archaeological research skyrocketed, and brought us many new opportunities.”

China’s cultural relic protection laws demand that archaeological investigation must be undertaken before construction can begin on any major new infrastructure project.

During the early 1980s, about 100 ongoing archaeological surveys were undertaken every year, and this number has risen to nearly 1,000 now, according to Wang Wei, director of the Society of Chinese Archaeology.

“In the past, archaeologists used to rely on luck to a certain extent,” Li adds. “However, as a more comprehensive approach to archaeological research has developed in recent years, our aim now is to discover how China came into existence, and where the origins of our civilization lie.”

Barkley: I'm Chelsea's penalty taker & I'll take the next one

The Blues midfielder says it’s not the end of the world that he missed against Valencia although did accept it was a disappointment to lose the game

Ross Barkley says he is Chelsea’s designated penalty taker and insists he will take the next one the club are awarded despite his 87th-minute miss against Valencia on Tuesday.


Willian, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham were all in discussion with Barkley after the referee checked with VAR to give a penalty for a handball by Daniel Wass late on in the defeat to the Spanish side.

Rodrigo’s 74th-minute goal proved the difference at Stamford Bridge and England midfielder Barkley has insisted he will take another one despite blazing his spot-kick over the bar.

“When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty,” he told reporters. “Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident. If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take it.

“You can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more games in the group stage that we’re aiming to win but this didn’t go our way.”

Barkley has taken five other penalties during his time at Chelsea across penalty-shootouts and during matches.

However, Jorginho is the only Blues player to score from the spot in a competitive match this season after netting in the Super Cup final against Liverpool, with Barkley on the bench.

Willian and Abraham have also taken high-profile penalties in the past and Barkley has no hard feelings over the reaction of his team-mates before he stepped up.

“We’ve got a lot of good penalty-takers in the squad and on a sheet in the changing rooms it says I’m on penalties if I’m on the pitch,” he added.

“Otherwise, it’s Jorginho. But as with all players, sometimes you feel confident to take them on but we can all miss one.

“They are confident to take the penalties as well but I practice them every day. I don’t miss them in training and in pre-season I scored penalties. I’ve missed penalties before when I was at Everton and it is one of those things. I’m gutted that I missed but these things happen.

“It [the conversations with his team-mates before the penalty] was more like ‘good luck with the penalty’ type of thing. They were encouraging me and would have been willing to take the penalty as well but I felt confident. It was a disappointing night all round. Our first game in the group stage, our first game at home as well, it was disappointing.

“Missing a penalty is not the end of the world for me. It is a disappointing result not coming away with the three points and disappointing for me not executing the penalty right. I felt confident that I would have but for me, it is to focus on the next game and to get three points at the weekend.”

Chelsea will now turn their focus to a game against Liverpool on Sunday, with the Reds also suffering defeat in the Champions League as they lost 2-0 to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

Manchester United defender Jones eyes Europa League chance

Unused so far this season, the centre-back is hoping to gain minutes for the Red Devils “sooner rather than later”

Manchester United defender Phil Jones views the Europa League as an opportunity to work his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans.

The centre-back has not managed a single minute this season, with manager Solskjaer preferring summer signing Harry Maguire – now the world’s most expensive defender – and Victor Lindelof in front of David de Gea.

Jones made it to the bench for the narrow Premier League victory over Leicester City and could come into selection contention when United begin their European campaign against Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday.

It is the first of three matches in the space of a week for the Red Devils.

“There are players like myself who’ve not been involved as much, but it’s a chance for everyone to get games,” Jones told United’s official match programme.

“It’s a busy period when all the games come thick and fast, when you need a big squad with everyone ready to fight. But it’s a period we relish.”

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Eric Bailly’s knee injury and Chris Smalling’s loan move to Roma weakened United’s centre-back stocks but Jones, a member of England’s 2018 World Cup squad, understands it will be difficult to dislodge Solskjaer’s regular starters.

“Since I came to this club – when I walked through the door – I knew I wasn’t just going to walk into the team and expect to play,” the 27-year-old added.

“Today’s no different. Of course I want to play, but we’ve got some quality players in that position. I’ll wait for my chance and hopefully I’ll get a chance sooner rather than later.”

Jones could be set to start alongside 21-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe, who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Aston Villa as they won promotion via the playoffs, while Eric Bailly remains sidelined with injury.

United’s other Europa League opponents in Group L are Serbian side Partizan Belgrade and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.

Solskjaer’s side have conceded just four goals in their five Premier League games so far – the fewest of any side in the competition so far alongside Liverpool and Leicester – keeping two clean sheets.

'Scary' Benzema one of the most underrated players in the world, says PSG boss Tuchel

With Cristiano Ronaldo no longer at the club, the threat of the Frenchman is high on the German’s list of concerns

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has claimed Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is one of the most underrated players in the world, pointing to the striker’s varied skillset as what sets him apart from other recognised centre-forwards.

PSG host the Spanish side on Wednesday with strong ambitions – the Ligue 1 powerhouse having made it their mission in recent years to lift the Champions League trophy, as evidenced in their signing of world-class stars such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Money does not guarantee success, however, with PSG having failed to make it past the quarter-finals since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club back in 2011. 

And while Real Madrid lost potentially the biggest star in football, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus last year, the French champions’ boss Tuchel is now more concerned by the threat posed by Los Blancos’ main man Benzema, whom he feels does not get the credit he deserves.

“It feels like he’s been at Real Madrid for 25 years!” Tuchel said of the Frenchman, who has scored four goals in four Liga appearances this season. “We saw him against Levante and it’s scary – he’s one of the most underrated players in the world.

“He’s top class and very difficult to defend against because he doesn’t only play as a number nine. He goes wide, he goes everywhere. He has a lot of quality and crosses well, he’s good at headers… what more can I say?”

With Benzema returning to his native France for the Champions League clash he’ll have the chance to catch-up with former Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who switched the Santiago Bernabeu for Parc des Princes in the summer transfer window.

The Costa Rican’s new boss admits that it will be a special reunion for the 32-year-old, but is counting on his goalkeeper’s experience against his former side.

“Of course it’s special for him,” Tuchel said. “He was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper for a long time and had a lot of success in that team. 

“The goalkeeper position in special because you have to take responsibility for your mistakes alone, but he’s very strong mentally – that’s why he played at Real Madrid and I’m happy he’s with us. He’s always smiling, he’s calm and has a great spirit.”

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Klopp believes Napoli can lift Champions League title after Liverpool loss

The Reds boss was not in a good mood following Tuesday’s defeat in their European opener, but feels their opponents could win the competition

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Napoli can win the Champions League, while backing the Reds to bounce back from their opening defeat in the competition.

Defending champions Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by hosts Napoli in a controversial Group E opener on Tuesday.

Dries Mertens converted an 82nd-minute penalty after Jose Callejon appeared to go down under minimal contact from Andy Robertson at Stadio San Paolo, where the referee’s decision was ratified by a VAR check, and Fernando Llorente sealed the win in stoppage time.

Klopp, whose side lost 1-0 to Napoli in last season’s group stage, was frustrated with the penalty decision afterwards and when asked about the Champions League chances of Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he said: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is.

“If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League.

“You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. They can win the competition, of course.”

Klopp was pressed as to whether Napoli were fresher and finished stronger than Liverpool due to Serie A starting later than the Premier League, and the German was not happy.

“Tonight, the questions are really a challenge, to be honest,” Klopp said. “I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened.

“But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight.

“We have to finish the situations off. How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.”

Klopp added: “I hope it [the result] is not decisive. Give us at least a few more games to change the table. In the moment it looks like Napoli’s through, but we still will be playing. We will not stop.”

James Slipper stood down after positive cocaine tests

Wallabies and Reds prop James Slipper has returned two positive tests for cocaine, between February and May this year.

Under Rugby Australia’s Illicit Drugs policy the first test is kept confidential, with only Rugby Australia’s integrity unit and the relevant doctors made aware, with a focus on player welfare, but a second positive test is made public and the player is punished.

Slipper received the minimum punishment of a two-month stand down and a $27,500 fine, with Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle saying a series of ‘significant personal issues’ had been taken into account when the tribunal made its decision.

We are extremely disappointed to be in this position today, with one of our most senior internatoinal players having submitted two posiitve tests for cocaine. We are fully aware that James is dealing with very significant personal issues and we have been working with him since February on these matters. WE are ensuring that James is receiving full help and support including specialist medical treatment. James has expressed his sincere remorse for his actions and for placing himself, Rugby Australia and the reds in this very difficult situation.

“We are extremely disappointed to be in this position today, with one of our most senior international players having submitted two positive tests for cocaine,” she said.

“We are fully aware that James is dealing with very significant personal issues and we have been working with him since February on these matters.

“We are ensuring that James is receiving full help and support including specialist medical treatment.

“James has expressed his sincere remorse for his actions and for placing himself, Rugby Australia and the Reds in this very difficult situation.”

Castle admitted more needed to be done to create an open environment for players to speak about their mental health issues.

“I think the time period has become news to us throughout this situation and that’s one of the things about depression, if anyone’s done any background research and reading on this particular subject is people work really hard to hide any mental health or depression challenges they have themselves for a very long time before they’re prepared to front it,” she said.

“And that’s where as a sport we need to try and encourage people to come forward earlier because the earlier they come forward the more they can help them.”

In a statement, Slipper said he would speak publicly when ‘fit and ready’ and Rugby Union Players’ Association CEO Ross Xenos said Slipper’s emotional state after the tribunal reflected some of his struggles.

“Speaking with James quite a lot over the course of the last week, his first expression and his first emotion when he found out about the situation was relief,” he said.

“I think that’s an indication of some of the demons that he has been battling over the course of the last little while that he now has some time to get himself right away from the daily grind of professional rugby and clearly he’s going to be well supported by rehabilitation plan and also medical experts working with him.”

Slipper took over the captaincy of the Queensland Reds in 2015, before stepping down from the role this season, and captained the Wallabies in 2015 against the USA.

He has played more than 100 Super Rugby matches for the Reds and 86 Wallabies Tests, after making his debut in 2010.


Queensland Rugby Union chairman Jeff Miller has called for a possible review of the Rugby Australia Illicit Drugs Policy, with the club not able to be made aware of Slipper’s drug use until after his second test.

The news has also put his future with the club into question, with the prop off-contract at the end of 2018.

Miller said he was confident there was no drug culture at the Reds, despite both Slipper and Karmichael Hunt being embroiled in drug problems this season.

“I’m confident in saying that because this is an issue with a player who’s played over 100 games and been of the absolute highest character in our game,” he said.

“I believe there are extenuating circumstances with James that we need to take into account.” 

Miller said coach Brad Thorn had moved to help Slipper deal with some of his personal problems through the season, but was not aware of any of the drug-related issues.

“Brad had spoken to James early in the piece,” he said.

“He made some accommodations around his training program to allow for James to accommmodate that.

:We have been aware of those issues, but we haven’t been able to cover all of James’s issues.”

Rugby Australia’s policy is in line with other major football codes – the NRL also keeps the first test private, but a second positive test within a year results in a punishment.

The AFL has a three-strike policy, with only the AFL Medical Director aware of the first two positive tests, with a third within four years of the first the only trigger to tell club doctors and officials.


Rebels coach David Wessels expressed his sympathy to Slipper, when asked about whether the illicit drugs policy needed a tweak.

“I don’t know James well, but from everything I do know about him from the playing group, everyone says he’s a really good guy,” he said.

“I’m sorry this has happened to him and he obviously has some struggles and he needs to overcome that. 

“From a player welfare point of view, I think it’s a timely reminder that this is an ongoing thing for all the clubs that we have to pay attention to this all the time, not just in one-off instances or as a reaction to something like this when it happens, but we need to be invested in this from a resource point of view and also from a time point of view all the time.”


RUPA CEO Ross Xenos read a statement from Slipper about the tests and his punishment.

“It is with great regret that I feel it necessary to explain recent events,” he said.

“Unfortunately I am unfit to personally address these issues today.

“I’m well aware that I will need to address these issues publicly and the questions associated with this and will do so as soon as I am fit and ready.

“I have been suffering wellness issues, including depression, for a year and have been receiving professional assistance for the last few months. the advice is that I will make a speedy and total recovery.

In the statement, Slipper said depression wasn’t an excuse for his positive tests.

“In no way do my personal circumstances excuse my actions but I recognise now that I was not coping and that I need to properly address these wellness issues,” he said.

“Recently, I breached the Illicit drugs policy of Rugby Australia and as a consequence have been stood down from playing rugby for a two-month period and have also received a fine.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and apologise unreservedly to my family, the Queensland Rugby Union, Rugby Australia, my teammates, coaches and all rugby supporters.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has continued to support me in this most difficult time and I fully intend to be a better more well-adjusted person. There is no place for illicit drugs in sport.”

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I ask that you respect my privacy at this time until I’m ready to comment publicly.

Though Slipper is one of Australia’s most-capped props in history, he was not believed to be a part of Wallabies plans this season, and wasn’t part of a recent Wallabies gathering.

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Parling set to make Super Rugby debut

Rebels coach Dave Wessels has named an unchanged starting XV, as Melbourne prepare to take on the Sunwolves.

The starting XV may be the same but Wessels has made two changes to the bench, Geoff Parling set to make his Super rugby debut in place of the injured Sam Jeffries, with Colby Faingaa coming onto a 6-2 bench.

Faingaa’s inclusion has squeezed Semisi Tupou out of the 23-man squad.“I’ve been really pleased to see how the players have responded at training from our performance on Friday night,” Wessels said.

“We acknowledge that we’ve still got plenty of hard work ahead of us but the attitude and intensity the players have brought to training this week – with a desire to get better – has been great.”

The match will also mark captain Adam Coleman’s 50th Super Rugby cap.


Rebels team to face the Sunwolves

1. Tetera Faulkner

2. Jordan Uelese

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Adam Coleman (c)

6. Lopeti Timani

7. Angus Cottrell

8. Amanaki Mafi

9. Will Genia

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10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Sefa Naivalu

12. Reece Hodge

13. Tom English (vc)

14. Jack Maddocks

15. Dane Haylett-Petty


16. Anaru Rangi

17. Fereti Sa’aga

18. Sam Talakai

19. Geoff Parling

20. Ross Haylett-Petty

21. Colby Fainga’a

22. Michael Ruru

23. Billy Meakes