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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While early-stage Uber investors such as Benchmark, Men

 Ventures, First Round Capital and Lowercase Capital made a killing in the IPO, some late-stage backers did not fare as well.

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T >, for example, invested in Uber in early 2018 at $48.

77 per share. It also bought shares at a much lower price in a large secondary transaction.

To be sure, other IPOs have traded well so far in 2019, including online scrapbook company Pinterest Inc, vegan burger

maker Beyond Meat Inc and video-conferencing startup Zoom Video Communications Inc. But these were mu

ch smaller startups than Uber that did not execute as many frothy fundraising rounds.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who was on the NYSE trading floor to mark the debut, tried to cal

m investors by pointing to the company’s growth prospects and expansion plans.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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Pet dogs and cats from other countries or regions can als

be released immediately after passing on-site inspections, providing they

have valid electronic chips and their owners have valid reports showing rabies anti

body test results from any of 62 authorized laboratories in various countries, according to the regulation.

Certified service dogs, such as guide dogs, will also be free from extended quarantine periods.

If the animals fail to meet the above-mentioned three criteria, they have to be quarantined for 30 days, according to the regulation.

Under previous rules, all pets, except service dogs, had to be placed under quarantine in desi

gnated areas for at least seven days, and in some cases 30 days, upon entering the Chinese mainland.

The former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspe

ction and Quarantine, which supervised entry-exit inspections and quarantines, told China Daily

in 2016 that it was considering revising the regulation so pets could be released after passin

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US policy has done a disservice to the international com

munity’s efforts to advance the Middle East peace process and the remarks by the president’s son-in-law and a

dviser Jared Kushner indicating that an upcoming US peace plan does not include a two-state solution with the Palestinians sh

ows the US is hoping to undermine the international consensus built on that premise. Given its complex and chronic nat

ure, there is no quick remedy to the decades-old enmity between Israelis and Palestinians. But both sides need to exe

rcise the utmost restraint so as to avoid sparking another vicious circle of violence.

Meanwhile, the latest bloodshed should convince the inte

rnational community of the urgency of finding a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian co

nflict. The US is in no position to act as mediator, but it should avoid doing anything to make the situ

ation worse. And notwithstanding the US stance, the consensus on a two-state solution needs to be shored up and grea

ter efforts need to be made to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli issue through dialogue and negotiations.

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Xi also called for the two countries to further enhan

ce exchanges between their legislatures, political parties, youth, think tanks, media

and local authorities to cement their people’s support for friendly bilateral ties.

Bhandari said the joint building of the Belt and Road is a historic initiative and has an important global influence.

The initiative has served as a good platform for Nepal-China cooperation, she said.

The Nepali president expressed her congratulations on the 7

0th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and s

aid it is admirable what the Chinese people have achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

China is a true friend of Nepal, and Nepal sees opportunities in China’s prosperity and stability, Bhandari said.

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Other commonly used disaggregated growth meas

ures are consistent with the top-line measured GDP growth number. For example, production and

supply of electricity, thermal power, gas and water increased by 7.1 percent in the quarter. Pl

us, value-added index of transport, storage and post increased by 7.3 percent.

A closer look at the highest growth sectors shows that the economy is moving toward the long-term goal of shif

ting away from a development strategy based on heavy investment in industry and

infrastructure to one based on services and domestic consumption. Also, more productive industries that tur

n out higher-value added goods are growing at a much faster rate than traditional heavy industry.

Among large companies, State-owned enterprises grew 4.5 percent yea

r-on-year while shareholding enterprises grew almost twice as fast, at 7.8 percent. So, stro

ng progress is being made toward the goal of promoting private enterprise, which was re

inforced by many policies announced at last month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress.

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Overall, the country’s industrial output grew 6.5 percent

year-on-year in the first quarter, compared with 5.7 percent in the previous quarter.

The ministry said more than two-thirds of enterprises it surveyed received ample orders to

keep factories busy after the Spring Festival break, also signifying an upward trend.

Qu Xianming, an expert at the National Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Committee, s

aid the sound performance in the first quarter is the result of improved market expecta

tions and it mirrors the resilience and sustainability of the country’s manufacturing sector.

“The central government said in March that it would slash the value-a

dded tax rate of 16 percent in manufacturing to 13 percent. Such an aggressive cut sends a strong

positive signal to companies, which has motivated them to accelerate production and intensify investment,” Qu said.

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Air tickets, homestays sold out for May Day holiday

A travel rush is expected for the upcoming May Day holiday, a

s air tickets and high-speed railway tickets on multiple routes were sold out, while ho

mestay hotels at destinations including Beijing and Shanghai were fully booked.

While only one week away, the May Day holiday this year is extended to fo

ur days – one day more than last year – and will see a travel craze comparable to that  ty

pically seen during China’s Spring Festival, a traditional holiday for family reunion.

According to Qunar, one of China’s largest online travel agencies, quite a few people chose to take a few days off before or af

ter the May 1 to 4 holiday, so that they can enjoy a journey lasting upwards to nine days.

The travel rush is expected to come as early as April 27, and will reach a climax on April 29 and 30.

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