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hroughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s
national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state
official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu
nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit
h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he
committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, th
rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po
et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel
brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
ent Co Ltd, and China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, accordin
g to data from the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.
David Lipton, the International Monetary Fund’s first deputy managing director, sa
id: ” (China’s) Credit growth and corporate debt have been reduced thanks to concerted efforts to strengthen fin
ancial regulation, reduce regulatory arbitrage, and improve the framework for financial supervision.”
His statement came after the IMF published a report forecasting that China’s economic growth is expected to mo
derate to 6.2 percent this year, down from 6.4 percent in the first quarter, as uncertainty around trade tensions re
mains high and risks are tilted to the downside. Inflation, in the meantime, is projected to rise to 2.3 percent.
A total of 85,000 international students studied in postgraduate program
s in China in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 12.28 percent, the Ministry of Education said on June 3.
Among 492,200 international students studying in China in 2018, 52.44 percent were studying in
degree programs, up 6.86 percent from 2017, said a press release from the ministry.
The growth of international students in engineering, management, science and agricultural science all reached 20 perce
nt, indicating the increasing attraction of science programs in China, the statement said.
The international students in China came from 196 countries a
nd regions and 52.95 percent of them were from 64 countries along the Belt and Road.
About 63,000 of them were sponsored by Chinese government scholarships, the ministry said.
higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to
begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well
Praising Tianjin’s efforts and achievements in intelligent sc
ience and technology, Liu Chuanzhi, board chairman of Legend Holdings Co Ltd, pred
icted the city will make a qualitative leap in two to three years by combining intelligent technologies with manufacturing.
Liu, also founder of Chinese computer giant Lenovo, said his company, like Tianjin, considers intelligent technology a new imp
etus. Lenovo is working on many intelligent applications and has invested in many high-tech ma
nufacturing enterprises. It uses various artificial intelligence-driven algorithms and machine learning to ana
lyze the data of its supply chain system, using it to optimize Lenovo’s new intelligent spare parts supply chain.
Liu Qingfeng, chairman and CEO of iFlytek, said the company has developed a series o
f products driven by AI applications, based on small samples over the past year.
The company’s latest technological breakthrough is for the first tim
e its machine has surpassed humans in English reading comprehension, Liu said.
He said that he believes AI in 2019 has entered the year of large-scale application.