China attaches great importance to the development of the

 big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the digital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new

growth drivers and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to generate

and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a r

eport by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said th

at from medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a re

markable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committ

mittee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, laid a floral basket at a monument on Monday marking the departure of the Long March.

At a museum marking the start of the Long March, Xi spoke with nine representati

ves of descendants of Red Army soldiers and relatives of revolutionary martyrs.

The People’s Republic of China was founded at the cost of the blood of numerous revoluti

onary martyrs, Xi said, adding that the CPC and the Red Army, upholding lofty revolutionary id

eals, had brought about incredible achievements after repeatedly surviving desperate situations during the Long March.

Xi called for staying true to the revolutionary martyrs, the P

arty’s original aspiration and mission, its revolutionary ideals and principles, and the

people living near revolutionary sites. Xi’s inspection tour took place a week after the Political Bureau of the CPC

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ate interests, heed its people’s will and safeguard the basic

The two countries should follow the direction set by their heads of state, manage d

ifferences on the basis of mutual respect and expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit, he added.

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Satu

rday that the company has not done anything that violates the law, and the ban will have a limited impact on its business.

However, Xiang Ligang, director-general of the telecom industry association Informat

ion Consumption Alliance, said the US ban will disrupt the global electronics industry, given the size of Hu

awei as the world’s largest telecom equipment maker and the second-largest smartphone vendor.

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Having read out Xi’s letter at the opening ceremony, Li H

ongzhong, secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Communist

Party of China, said Tianjin would embrace a new era of intelligence, create a new intelligen

ce-based economy, step up AI cooperation with other countries and speed up the building of an “intelligent Tianjin”.

Li said the city will intensify efforts to boost AI applications in fields of urban management, public services, transportation and logistics, healthcare and security.

Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China

is drafting regulations and standards for regulating AI and will publish them soon.

Wang said more effort is needed to make breakthroughs in basic AI theories and core techn

ologies, expand the application fields of AI and further propel the deep integration of AI with various industries as p

art of a broader push to support the development of the real economy and improve people’s livelihoods.

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hina formally arrests two Canadians over security concerns

China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December

last year on suspicion of endangering national security, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Thursday.

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, has been arrested by Chinese authorities in accordance with the law on susp

icion of prying into state secrets and intelligence for overseas forces, Lu said at a regular news conference.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, has also been arrested on suspicion of ste

aling and illegally providing state secrets to overseas forces, Lu added.Teenagers’ first exposure to elec

tronic gadgets and online games tends to be at a younger age, said a report released Wednesday.

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Liu said that at the level of trade representatives, both side

both sides have the sincerity to solve the existing problems.

“The purpose decides everything,” Liu said, in English. “China wants a very equal and dignif

ied deal, and under this premise, a good, cooperative deal,” he said. “I hope our US colleagues would understand this.”

Liu said he believed both sides have a strong desire to reach a deal. “We need to work hard tog

ether to surpass the temporary difficult period of time, and then we’ll have a bright future,” he said.

Asked by China Daily how China and the US could help world economic growth, whose p

rospects have been already compromised by the escalation of trade tensions between the two countries, Liu said co

operation serves the interests of the two sides and the whole world, while conflict hurts both.

“We have tremendous common interests and many commo

n foes, only through cooperation could we solve these problems,” Liu said.

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Some community management companies have been arra

nging separate parking areas where electric bicycles can be charged at night,

and this is a good idea that should be more widely adopted.

ndustry insiders join outlandishly-dressed fans in attending this year’s colorful China International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Xu Fan reports.

It was a rainy morning, but I felt as if I had woken up in a dream world as I pee

red through the window of my Hangzhou hotel room to see hoards of costume-clad fantas

y aficionados waiting in long lines to enter the expo hall of the 15th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival.

Amid this sea of outlandishly-dressed enthusiasts-some of whom could be seen lugging suitcases filled with a diver

se array of wigs, clothes and makeup items-I could make out a Spider-Man, a Fox Spirit (a character f

rom the 2018 China-US film White Snake) and a dozen other popular fantasy figures acted out by role-playing fans.

It was April 30, the first day of the six-day annual festival, the largest and most influential of its kind in China.

It is to be hoped the fire in Guilin will make people think twice about where the

y park and charge their electric bikes, otherwise it is only a matter of time before there is another fatal fire.

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nd the winter sports industry in China? And what

Winter sports are relatively new to China and not played by

many Chinese people. In recent years, the Chinese winter sports team particip

ated in some individual events in the 2016 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul and

the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, and won some medals, including gold medals.

The development of winter sports in China suffers from reg

ional imbalance, with people in the northeastern region being

the most avid fans and practitioners of winter sports.

But after winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Games, especially s

ince the issuing of a guideline that aims to prompt 300 million people to play winter sports by 20

22, the development of winter sports and the winter sports industry has gathered pace in China.

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It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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And it is not just small independent record stores

 that have struggled to stay afloat.In the 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd, the biggest and oldest re

cord company in the country, sold about 10 million records, such as pop, folk, and classical music by Chinese

singers and orchestras, says Hou Jun, the company’s vice-president. In the early 2000s the number dropped to no more

than 10,000 copies, and the huge change in the way music was consumed led to many Chinese record companies folding.

In the late 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd closed down its last vinyl prod

uction line because of the decline of the market for physical records.However, last year, as the

company celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding, it launched a project to revive vinyl production. The com

pany has imported a production line from Germany that marks the start of the company’s

vinyl production, and it has set up a vinyl records factory in Shanghai that has a complete production line.

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