hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

hina plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development plays a

crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of building di

gital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the ad

ministrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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Booing drowned out any cheers from British fans as Walk

den was announced as the winner and Zheng refused to acknowledge the Briton’s victory

before sensationally collapsing on the podium and leaving the competition area in tears.

“I have been doing this sport for 16 years, but this is the first time I have realized that a taekwondo match could be played like this.

Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships, said on hea

ring the British national anthem playing, she felt too weak to stand on the podium.

“I felt very guilty for not winning the gold for my coach, my teammates and my country. We h

ave been working so hard for this world championships. It is the biggest event before the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

“Many fans came up to console me and some of them are British. I know most people know what is fair play,” Zheng said.

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Huawei said in a statement on Thursday that restricting t

 company from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger.

“Instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior, yet more expensive alternatives, leav

ing it lagging behind in 5G deployment and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

The company said it is ready and willing to engage with the US government to come up with effective measures to ensure product security.

In response to the ban on Huawei buying parts from US companies, the company said such a deci

sion will “do significant economic harm to the US companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of t

housands of US jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist in the global supply chain”.

Wang Peng, deputy head of the China Center for Information Industry Development, said the new US moves will disrupt the whole global electronics in

ustry and hurt a string of US companies that supply chips and other components to Huawei.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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The prime minister is determined to secure our departu

e from the European Union,” Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee that

can make or break party leaders, said following a meeting between his co

mmittee’s executive and May in parliament which he described as a “very frank exchange”.

The government has said lawmakers will be able to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agre

ement Bill, the legislation required to enact May’s Brexit deal, in the week starting June 3.

“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the el

ection of a new leader,” Brady said, adding that the conversation would take place whether the bill was passed or not.

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum when Brit

ons voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU, survived a no-confidence vote of her Conservative lawmakers in December.

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Food festivals offer visitors taste of Asiaonal Beijin

Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.

The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere

nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b

etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.

Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh

ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at

tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers

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I’m afraid sometimes, without cooperation, what comeso

ut is confrontation,” said Solana, who is currently president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics of Spain.

The senior politician and diplomat expressed concerns over the trade frictions between China and the United States, w

hich have conducted 11 rounds of trade negotiations, but have yet to reach an agreement.

The world’s two largest economies should engage in dialogue on an equal footing, Solana said.

“If they fail to resolve their trade problems, the global economy will start to suffer from this crisis,” he said.

In a global situation where protectionism and unilatera

lism are on the rise, a multilateral approach has to be maintained, he said.

Solana praised China’s hosting of the Conference on Dialog

ue of Asian Civilizations, and said this type of event could boost cooperation among different countr

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Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Hua

 Huawei from buying US technology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilico

n, said it has long been prepared for the “extreme scenario” of the US blocking access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipation. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the

company’s products and a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference

on Friday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and i

nterference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

HiSilicon, which was founded in 2004, has designed chipsets like Kirin, which has b

een used in Huawei’s high-end smartphones. In addition to server chips, the company has also

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ercent of interviewees believed that incorrect readin

Father-sharing”, a mini interactive program on WeChat platform, recently went viral on social media.

Although the name suggests it is taking the sharing business to a whole new level, the program

is just a promotion campaign by the Guangdong-based furniture maker Oppein.

Similar to a ride-hailing app, the mini program shows different kinds of “fathers” – businessmen, athletes, etc. Users can choose their f

avorite one, just like they select a car. Once the selection is done, a video pops up to explain what exactly is “father-sharing”.

The over 5-minute video focuses on the important role fathers play in raisi

ng a child. Most dads are busy with their work and it’s hard for them to spend time with their c

hildren, and that is where the idea of “father-sharing” business took shape. At the end of the film, the protagonist, a “sh

ared father”, decides to quit his job because he believes family matters, and it cannot be replaced.

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The Chinese government puts high importance on work re

ating to broadband connections at reasonable rates. General Secretary Xi Jinping issued instructi

ons on several occasions, stressing the need for enhanced information infrastructure building to provide people with acc

essible, affordable and user-friendly information services. Premier Li Keqiang emphasized that solid efforts must be made

for faster and more affordable internet services and sharpen the country’s international competitiveness in this regard.

Figures from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that 1,000M broadband has been piloted in 100-plus Chin

ese cities. The country now has more than 3.76 million 4G base stations and 1.17 billion-strong 4G network users.

It was agreed at the meeting that as required by the Central Economic Work Conferen

ce and the Government Work Report, efforts must be intensified to make internet servic

es faster at a lower rate. This will not only benefit and facilitate companies and the people, but will also help boost effe

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