ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.
The two share one thing in common, namely a h
igh price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will
sly limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only. According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f
rtphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh
he market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future. Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark
eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so
developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re
peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.
Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i
n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B
oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.
national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d
eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk infla
ming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland. ”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t
he wider wo
rld, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write. Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro
up (ERG), a P
arliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible for a postponement in the Brexit process.
”It is time that many of our Conserva
tive parliamentary colleagues in the ERG recognized that Parliament will stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Mar ch 29. If that happens, they will have no one to blame but themselves for delaying Brexit,” they wrote.
With Brexit day only weeks away, and still no deal in place, now might not seem the best time for British politicians to flip the table over.
But this week, 11 Members of Parliament have done exactly that. On Monday, seven members o
f the opposition Labour Party announced tha t they were fed up of their leader Jeremy Corbyn, citing reasons ranging from rampant anti-Semitism to hi
s lack of leadership on Brexit. They will Theresa May tactics of pandering to the harder-line
Brexiteers in her own party and elsewhere. That means it’s now hard to see this new group as anything other than a pro-EU bloc in the UK Parliament, dissa
tisfied with the pro-Brexit positions of both gove
rnment and opposition.
Why does that matter?
Brexit has made the politics of the UK in credibly hard to read. Both frontbenches are committed to delivering Brexit. The government agreed a way to achieve this
with the other 27 EU member states. Yet the UK P
arliament hates the deal, infamously handing May the heaviest defeat in the history of the House of Commons.
And it hates the deal for reasons all across the political spectrum (that’s right, the Brexiteers hate the deal just as much as the Remainers).
Since the 2016, Brexit has redrawn the ideological lines of politics in the UK. Professor Sara Hobolt at the London Sc hool of Economics explained that there “are more people now who are willing to identify as either Brexiteers or Remainers than as supporters of any par
ty. This new divide is more tribal than old party politics, with both groups tending to be inherently distrustful of one another.”
The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong
-un in Hanoi on February 27 and 28 will trigger com
plicated changes in East Asia’s poli tics. Though the effect on US-Japan relations will be limited, North Korea-Japan ties will move in a positive direction.
Currently, Pyongyang demands withdrawal
of sanctions, signing a peace treaty, an end-of-war declaration, and a security guarantee f or North Korea. Washington had asked Pyongyang to undertake complete, verifiable and irrev
ersible denuclearization, which might be now relaxe
d. The US may agree that North Korea fulfill it in stages. Befo re any progress in denuclearization, the US will not ease sanctions substantially. Therefore, the Hanoi talks co
uld produce substantive results, much more significant than the Singapore summit.
it won’t shake the relationship between US and its East Asian al lies. Even if the US and North Korea forge new relations, it would obviously not be a
s firm as the US-Japan alliance. Once the talks make headway, Washington may gradually lift the sanctions on Pyo
ngyang, helping get North Korea’s economy out of the doldrums. Other areas will be left as they are.
In this context, possible improvement in US-North Korea ties would not have noticeabl
e impact on US-Japan relations. However, it may make Tokyo and Pyongyang move closer.
In September 2015, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma Yun started a program to sponsor rural teac
hers. His Jack Ma Foundation then launche
d a Rural Teacher Award to honor the 100 top tea chers around China each year and offer each of them 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and professional training for three years.
In order to attend the ceremony in Hainan o
n January 13, Thubten Gyatso had to leave Moding vill age on January 10, ride a mule to Xulong county, and walk for two hours to Simaoding in Yu
nnan Province. From there, he took a bus to Shangri-La county and flew to Sanya, a tourist city of Hainan.
ck Ma’s campaign, I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to Sanya. I wanted to see what the sea a nd big city are like,” Thubten Gyatso said.Born in 1986, Thubten Gyatso has worked in Moding village school for eight years. His onl
y colleague is Tashi Chophel, who was also Thub
ten Gyatso’s teacher when he was a student at the school. When Thubten Gyatso was a child, he severely injured his right leg while walking in the mountainous roads and ended
up having to use an artificial limb. After graduating from middle school, he was forced to end his education.
“I was heartbroken, but there was no way for me to continue my studies. When I had time, I learn
ed the Tibetan language by myself,” Thubten Gyatso said in a video interview released on iqiyi.com.
The disability also meant Thubten Gyatso could not do any physical work. His teacher Tash
i Chophel suggested he work at the school to earn some money, and more importantly, to teach the children.