China’s rural areas have become bright spots in the countr

ry’s e-commerce growth. Rural online retail sales reached 357 billion yuan (51.6 billion US dollars) in

the first three months of this year, up 19.5 percent year on year and faster than the national average growth.

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home

and abroad, local authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other parts of the country to boost

Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Tingfaen, deputy general manager of Xi

njiang Railway Tourism Development Group.The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern par

ts of Xinjiang, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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Yang Xiaowei, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administra

stration of China, also called for more efforts to develop the homegrown big data sector and

highlighted that stepping up research and development is key to mastering core technologies.

Paul Romer, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics and p

rofessor of economics at New York University, said he is impressed by China’s proposal in cyb

er sovereignty which he understands as: Each nation must be able to write and enforce its own laws that regu

late cyberspace, and ensure that cyberspace works to the benefit of everyone in the nation.

“China’s articulation and implementation of cyber sovereignty means it is

a chance for the world to see a different kind of organization for cyberspace, and a cha

nce to see that with the right structure, we can get tons of benefits,” Romer added.

Lu Yong, vice-president of Huawei Technologies Co, said China’s digi

tal economy has thrived on the basis that China has built the world’s largest 4G network.

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According to the latest information from the Tibet Himal

alaya Expedition Co, by Thursday morning, 12 climbers from the company and 21 mou

ntaineering guides successfully reached the summit of the mountain from the northern slope.

Tsering Samdrub, general manger of the company, said with significa

nt training long for 43 days, 12 Chinese climbers made it to the summit.

“The weather on Thursday was so nice. Thanks to this, the climbers were all in very good

condition,” said Tsering Samdrub, commander-in-chief of ongoing spring climbing.

“Hampered by weather factors this year, the final climbing period to the summit was later than the previous year, and clim

bers from different countries all take this opportunity to complete their climbing,” said Samdrub.

Samdrub also said more than 200 climbers are huddled together, which has led to one-two hour postponements of climbing times.

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The IMF research, citing official data, found that the

 revenue collected by the US government through hefty tariffs on Chinese imports, has been paid almost entirely by US importers.

“Some of these tariffs have been passed on to US consumers, such as those on washing machines, wh

ile others have been absorbed by importing firms through lower profit margins,” the research said.

Any further increase in tariffs will likely be passed through to consumers, it said.

China and the US, the world’s two largest economies, have been embroi

led in a tit-for-tat trade confrontation over the past few months. Washington threatened to fur

ther escalate a tariff war and increased tensions by tightening restrictions on Chinese companies.

Earlier this month, the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, and China took coun

termeasures. Then the US administration listed about $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes.

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Moreover, China’s economic development in the past three de

 decades has prompted a huge rise in urbanization, which has see

n large numbers of unattached young people from rural areas move to large cities in sea

rch of work. Their work-dominated lifestyles mean few have friends to share meals with.

To feed this massive market, catering companies have started providi

ng more options tailored to single customers. Meituan-Dianping, a popular food del

ivery company, told the Financial Times that 65 percent of its orders come from unmarried customers.

On food delivery platforms, many restaurants offer meal deals specifically for singletons. Pizza Hut provides 15-centimeter, o

ne-person bases, while stir-fry restaurants offer reduced portions or meal deals consisting of just one or two dishe

s and a bowl of rice, compared with traditional meals that must contain at least three main dishes plus a soup.

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also said it is delaying its launch of Huawei’s 5G smartphones.

Jia Mo, an analyst at Singapore-based market research company Canalys, said the delayed prod

uct releases in certain markets will harm Huawei‘s smartphone business, but Huawei is working on its ow

n mobile operating system, which can help relieve some pressure in the domestic market.

On Thursday, in response to media reports that UK chip firm Arm Holdings told its staff to suspend dealin

gs with Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, said in an interview with Chinese financial media website Caixin that his co

mpany has acquired a permanent licensing of the ARM architecture, the basis for Huawei to design its chips.

Arm China also said in a reply to China Daily that “we are in active com

munication to find appropriate solutions that comply with current laws and regulations”.

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Before his retirement, Wang irrigated farmland for de

nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.

“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi

ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.

As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.

To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched

a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav

ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t

hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.

Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into

the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.

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Qingdao debuts high-speed maglev train prototype

hina rolled off the production line a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a designed maxim

um speed of 600 kilometers per hour in Qingdao on Thursday, filling the gap in travel speed bet

ween aviation and high-speed rail passenger transport in the country, according to its manufacturer.

Launched in July 2016, the train is designed and manufactured in CRRC Qingdao Sifan

g Co Ltd in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province. The company is a wholly owned su

bsidiary of Beijing-headquartered China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.

The debut of the country’s first high-speed maglev train testing protot

ype marks a major breakthrough for the nation in the high-speed maglev transit system.

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Last week, two central government authorities on Hong

 Kong affairs, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Counc

il, and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, have also

expressed their support for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition law.

A new United Nations report concludes that high trade tensions

and policy uncertainty are damaging global economic growth prospects.

A further escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China threatens both short- and mediu

m-term global growth prospects, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Pro

spects (WESP) mid-2019 report released Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

The report said that global merchandise trade-volume growth has slo

wed more sharply than expected, particularly in late 2018 and early

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emphasized that the company was committed to con

ontinuously working with customers as well as industry and governme

nt stakeholders to ensure its technology adheres to all of their requirements.

The US Department of Homeland Security issued an alert warning on Monday that Chinese-made drones may be se

nding sensitive flight data back to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there.

According to a report by CNN, the alert warns companies and organizations that the US gov

ernment has “strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an au

thoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data.”

The report does not name any specific manufacturers, but nearly 80 percent of the

drones used in the US and Canada come from DJI, according to industry analysis.

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