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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I’m excited about the Asian cuisine festival,” said Li Jingy

n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.

“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there

are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”

Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t

he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi

nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”

Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i

s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.

Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati

on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is

quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”

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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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Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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Santarita said a similar concept can also be found in other

Asian countries, citing the Philippines’ compadrazgo and Indonesia’s bapakism as examples.

Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to “co-fatherhood”, is based

on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, t

he godfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to he

lp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When us

ed in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s su

perior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was only in t

he 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian leaders like the la

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China is an important stakeholder in Arctic affairs,” Wang

“The country has always adhered to international treaties, such as the Charter of the United Nations, the United Natio

ns Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Spitsbergen Treaty, as well as other international laws and upheld the p

rinciple of respect, cooperation and common winning and sustainability when actively participating in Arctic affa

irs and contributing Chinese wisdom and power in the sustainable development of the Arctic region,” he said.

The annual Arctic Circle Forum, established in 2013 and initi

ated by Iceland’s then-president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is a platform to help the inter

national community care for, understand and protect the Arctic and discuss Arctic governance.

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Efforts should be made to give people a more solid and

sustained sense of security, Xi said.Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill

Xi called for reforms in public security work and said big data should be used as a major engine to promote innovation in the sector. More

measures for higher-quality services should be implemented to give the public a substantial sense of fulfillment, he added.

While demanding that high discipline be exercised within the public security forc

es, Xi said there will be zero tolerance for violations of laws and Party discipline.

He also urged Party committees at all levels to suppo

Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tues

day to bolster Taiwan’s defense capability, calling it “boorish interference” in China’s domestic affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment on Wedn

esday after the House voted to pass a nonbinding resolution reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan. It also backed the

so­-called Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which supports Taiwan increasing its defense spending.

rt public security staff in exercising power and fulfilling their responsibilities in accordance with the law.

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All of this has inspired confidence that the Chinese eco

Chinese economy can reach its indicative growth target of 6-6.5 percent in 2019.

Lower growth rate may mean more room for adjustment

Most Chinese economists seem quite comfortable with this targeted range. One explanati

on is that China’s potential growth rate is 6-6.5 percent, and a target should be set accordingly. Another is that a

lower growth rate would give the economy more room for structural adjustment.

From 1978 to 2008, China averaged an impressive 9.5 percent annual g

rowth rate. Then the global financial crisis struck, causing growth to plummet from 9.7 p

ercent in the third quarter of 2008 to 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2009. A 4-trillion-yuan ($640 billion) sti

mulus package, introduced in November 2008, soon brought about a powerful rebound, with GDP growth rea

ching 12.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010. But since then China’s economic growth has been declining, partly b

ecause the government withdrew its stimulus. Last year, China’s GDP grew by 6.6 percent.

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The 20-year-old said she first learned about the history

The volunteer team-led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En

glish-has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go

vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.

Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife

in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.

Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si

zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con

venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.

“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.

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