The resident of Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a popular vlogge

and his reviews of digital appliances have won him more than 124,000 fans on social media.

He had never eaten hotpot alone before. However, he happened to be in

Beijing on business and when he heard the restaurant offered stuffed toys as co

mpanions for solo diners he decided to visit and produce a vlog so his fans would know how it felt.

Knowing that a large number of unattached people often

spend festivals alone, Pu hoped his vlog would help them enjoy their solitude.

Even though he was the only solo diner in the restaurant, Pu said he didn’t feel at all awk

ward eating with a toy companion. The vlog showed him eating casually, occasionally scrolling through his phone, an

d having a video chat with his family. The restaurant was full of diners, but no one gave him a second glance.

“Overall, it was very enjoyable; the only thing was that I can’t eat too much so I only ordered a small amount of food,” he said.

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Technology teams from Shanghai universities start

businesses in Suzhou, Zhejiang province. Things like this happen a lot now,” Wang said.

“And plans to build data infrastructure, such as cloud computi

ng and data centers, have been made in the integrated development of the region.”

The report also surveyed AI education in China, which has started at all levels. More tha

n 30 universities have opened schools on AI, and 75 established AI majors or interdisciplinary majors with AI.

China’s first high school textbook on AI was published by East China Normal Universit

y last year, and 40 high schools nationwide have participated in a pilot program on teaching AI to their students.

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ourage the innovation of original technologie

 and enhance intellectual property right protection, Xi said. He called on

the governments to build a stable, fair and transparent business environment, and to he

lp private enterprises and small and medium-sized companies to address their difficulties in finance.

Governments in the central region should attract advanced manufacturing enterprises moved from the coastal reg

ion, take part in Belt and Road international cooperation, enhance the protection of the environment, create m

ore jobs for poverty reduction and make relevant policies to support the rise of the central region, Xi said.

hina will further open and reform its markets, as well as facilitate a predictable busin

ess environment to help companies improve their ability to respond to risks, said the Ministry of Commerce.

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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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ic importance to Huawei. “TSMC produces most of H

uawei’s chips. Only with its cooperation is it possible for Huawei to have a Plan B in stocking

in-house processors in order to offset fallout from the US ban on its access to US chips,” Xiang said.

He said the move by Panasonic also showcases that the Japanes

e tech company is not willing to surrender to political pressure from Washington, after ear

lier reports that it had stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei. The firm bought $6.3 billion wort

h of products including batteries and electronic components from Panasonic in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

United Kingdom-based mobile operator EE said on We

dnesday that its 5G network in the UK would rely on equipment made by Huawei.

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On Monday morning, Xi visited the JL MAG Rare-Earth

 Co and learned about the company’s production of rare earths and the development of the rare earth industry in Ganzhou.

On the heels of the United States government announcement it will ban unauthorized exports of US technology to Hua

wei, by Monday, a number of major US tech giants, including Google, had reportedly stopped supplies.

Amid the escalating tit-for-tat trade blows between the world’s tw

o largest economies, the US putting Huawei, the face of Chinese hi-tech progress, on its Ent

ity List is no doubt a calculated blow to hit China and Huawei where it hurts. “America will probably use its ability to with

hold components from Huawei as a bargaining chip in a future trade deal with China,” The Economist reckons.

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Weaker economic growth puts at risk essential invest

ments in areas such as education, health, climate change adaptation and sustainable infrastructure.

The growth outlook in all major developed economies and most developin

g regions has weakened due to a confluence of both domestic and external factors, the report said.

Following an expansion of 3 percent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderat

e to 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January.

The report identifies several downside risks that could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown, potentially infl

icting significant damage on development progress. Those risks include a further escalation in trade te

nsions, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change.

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When the desired train tickets are not available at the tick

et booking site and the app of the China Railway Corporation, a person can use the “waiting” function, and the system will add the wanted ticket information to a list.

One person could make an order for three tickets in the waiting list, and the function will be

free and much more efficient than other third-party software to grab tickets, according to the operator.

When ticket buyers cancel or change their tickets, the system will allocate the returned tickets to waiting buyers on the list.

To use this function, people have to pass a verification process on their status through facial recognition.

They will have to prepay the maximum price for each ticket, and once the

y have obtained the tickets, the difference from the actual fare will be refunded. If they f

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Footwear makers: cut and run from tariffsrtment at the

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines

s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an

d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.

A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi

na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p

olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask

ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by

the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

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Commenting on the suggestion of quickly shifting sou

rcing to countries other than China under the tariff specter, the FDRA said there had been com

panies moving away, but “footwear is a very capital-intensive industry, with years of planning required to m

ake sourcing decisions, and companies cannot simply move factories to adjust to these changes”.

Douglas H. Paal, vice-president of the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowme

nt for International Peace, said the footwear industry’s complaints are justifiable, albeit a little late.

“Since their issues do not involve critical technologies, the

re might be room for the administration to offer a degree of relief,” Paal told China Daily.

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