ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res
ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.
Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup
erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra
nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.
But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los
ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma
rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro
bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska said.
More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.
What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern
ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.
The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio
nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade
sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.
“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin
g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h
olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.
on the new science and technology innovation board, which will pilot the registration-based IPO system, according to Xinhua.
To accommodate the progress of reforms and development of the capital market, other modifications have also been made, cov
ering public issuance of securities, securities trading, and the protection of investors’ rights and interests, Xinhua said.
Dong expects the latest version to legitimize registration-based IPO systems not only
on the new board, but also across China’s whole A-share market. “Once the system achieves success on the n
ew board, it should be adopted on other submarkets as soon as possible,” Dong said.
President Xi Jinping announced in November that China will launch the S&T innovation board and pilot the registr
ation-based IPO system. Analysts expect the new board to begin trading around the middle of this year.
“The latest draft is expected to make comprehensive revisions, and it could go a long way
toward restoring public investors’ confidence and modernizing the regulation and governance of the ca
pital market,” said Liu Junhai, director of the Business Law Center at Renmin University of China.