>Youth group absorbs influencers
The All-China Youth Federation, a youth organization whose members have typically come from elites in government offices, State-owned firms and colleges, is reaching out to some of China's most popular livestreamers and video bloggers.
Among them is Li Ziqi, a video blogger with 11.9 million followers on YouTube and 26 million on Sina Weibo.
The 30-year-old has soared to fame over the past year by vlogging about traditional food and rural life.
Viya, 35, a livestreamer on the e-commerce platform Taobao, was also elected a member. She is a top seller of products ranging from cosmetics to farm produce during marathon livestreaming sessions.
She also provided funding to 37 poor rural schools as part of her charity endeavors.
The inclusion of web celebrities has sparked online discussions over eligibility.
But experts said the move has bolstered the representativeness of established youth organizations.
>Oracle competing to buy TikTok
US tech firm Oracle has joined the competition to buy TikTok, a popular short-video sharing app owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Oracle has held preliminary talks with Bytedance, and said it was seriously considering acquiring the app's business in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, a source familiar with the situation was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.
Moreover, the US tech firm was working with ByteDance's US investors including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, said the source.
Before, Microsoft and Twitter had announced they would bid on the Chinese company-owned app.
US President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok from operating in the country beginning Sept 15, citing national security concerns, unless it is sold to a US company.
>Boeing plans more cuts
Boeing plans additional job cuts following the 16,000 positions it previously announced would be eliminated as the coronavirus pandemic continues to slash demand for air travel and new planes.
"I truly wish the current market demand could support the size of our workforce," CEO David Calhoun said Tuesday in a note to employees. "Unfortunately, layoffs are a hard but necessary step to align to our new reality, preserve liquidity and position ourselves for the eventual return to growth."
Calhoun didn't say how many more employees Boeing would cut.
In April, the aircraft builder said it planned to cut 10% of its global workforce of 160,000.
About 5,500 Boeing employees agreed earlier this year to a voluntary buyout.
The company then laid off an additional 6,800 workers in May and cut production.
In January, Boeing reported a loss of $636 million in 2019 compared with a profit of $10.46 billion in 2018 - its first annual loss in more than 20 years.
>Sichuan floods lead to evacuation
Continuous rainfall has caused 22 major rivers in Sichuan province to exceed their flood warning levels.
Swelling rivers have flooded some urban areas in the cities of Ya'an and Leshan. Local authorities have evacuated more than 100,000 people affected by the disaster.
The province raised its flood-control response to Level I on Tuesday morning, the highest of its four-tier emergency response system. This is the first time the province has triggered a Level I response for floods.
As of around 10 am Tuesday, floodwater surged past the toes of the Leshan Giant Buddha, a well-known scenic spot in Leshan city.
According to the management committee of the attraction, it is the first time since 1949 that the 71-meter-high statue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been submerged to the toes.
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