It is one of the oldest festivals, not only in China but also

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.

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In the 5G era, higher reliability and lower latency can

be realized, m上海419论坛女神会所 aking the internet of things more effective and ena

bling tasks that are impossible in the 4G era, such as overseeing self-driving vehicles.

Telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co said in a statemen

t on Thursday that it is ready to help China accelerate commercial use of 5G.

Huawei’s global pioneering capabilities offering 5G solutions can support Chinese telecom carriers to build a sound net

work. China will lead the world in commercializing the superfast wireless technology, the company said.

Huawei has invested about $2 billion in total into the research and development of 5G since 2009.

ZTE Corp, another Chinese telecom gear vendor, also said in a statement that its produ

cts are ready for commercial use and it will actively participate in the commercial

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Jinping takes questions at the 23rd St. Petersburg Interna

上海乌托邦品茶微信Speech in St. Petersburg highlights global teamwork, BRI coordination

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s stance on promoting the process of economic global

ization and maintaining the multilateral trading system at a forum held in Russia on Friday.

China would like to share its most advanced scientific achievements with the world, inclu

ding 5G technologies, and jointly cultivate new core competitiveness and share its economic growth model, Xi said.

The president made the remarks in a speech at the plenary session of the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Xi said that China will continue to deepen its reform and ope

ning-up, ease market access and build a market environment with fair competition.

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China Baowu Steel Group Co Ltd, State Power Investme

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.

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More intl students take postgraduate programs in China

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.

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hina’s revised civil servant law takes effect

China’s civil servant law, newly revised in December 2018, took effect Saturday.

The revised law clarifies systems of civil servant promotion and asses

sment, and includes statutes to improve rewards and benefits such as pension schemes.

It also tightens supervision over civil servants, keeping its statutes in

line with the supervision law and disciplinary rules of the Communist Party of China.

The revised law bans civil servants from working as leaders of industry regulators or administrati

ve departments in charge of supervising businesses run by their spouses, children or in-laws.

The civil servant law first took effect in 2006.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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However, the temperature now is about 30 C, much hig

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

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the middle of this century, digital villages will be compl

pletely built nationwide to advance rural revitalization.

To fulfill such targets, the country will accelerate the construction of IT infr

astructures in rural areas, upgrading rural internet facilities and information services.

More efforts will be made to boost the rural digital economy, with wider use of digital technolo

gies in agriculture and the development of e-commerce and various emerging creative industries in rural regions.

While providing more support for rural technological innovation, the co

untry will strengthen ecological protection in rural areas with digital technologies.

Moreover, the guideline stressed the significance of improving internet access in rural areas in poverty alleviation and ca

lled for enhanced information sharing to promote urban-rural integrated development.

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Quotable quotes from business leaders at 3rd WIC

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.

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