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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However, the temperature now is about 30 C, much hig

higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to

begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”

Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim

eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.

In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.

Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra

infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.

Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that

drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well

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Xi calls for co-existence of various civilizationselivered a key

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Conference on Dialogue of Asia

n Civilizations. With the theme of “Exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a com

munity with a shared future,” the conference aims to deepen cooperation among Asian countries. Here are the highlights:

Humanity needs cultural strength to address challenges ahead

Humanity needs cultural strength, besides economic and techn

ological strength, to cope with common challenges and head toward a bright future.

The intensifying global challenges humanity is facing now require concerted effort from countries across the world.

Asian civilizations write ‘brilliant chapter’ in human civilization

Asian civilizations have written a brilliant chapter in human civilization.

Being one of the earliest human settlements and a major birthp

lace of human civilization, Asia takes up one third of the total land on Earth, has two th

irds of the global population, and consists of 47 countries and more than 1,000 ethnic groups.

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Santarita said a similar concept can also be found in other

Asian countries, citing the Philippines’ compadrazgo and Indonesia’s bapakism as examples.

Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to “co-fatherhood”, is based

on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, t

he godfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to he

lp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When us

ed in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s su

perior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was only in t

he 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian leaders like the la

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He says that he collected 39 different versions of Beethov

So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.

During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat

skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.

In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver

sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw

een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.

Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.

“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar

e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.

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Efforts should be made to give people a more solid and

sustained sense of security, Xi said.Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill

Xi called for reforms in public security work and said big data should be used as a major engine to promote innovation in the sector. More

measures for higher-quality services should be implemented to give the public a substantial sense of fulfillment, he added.

While demanding that high discipline be exercised within the public security forc

es, Xi said there will be zero tolerance for violations of laws and Party discipline.

He also urged Party committees at all levels to suppo

Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tues

day to bolster Taiwan’s defense capability, calling it “boorish interference” in China’s domestic affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment on Wedn

esday after the House voted to pass a nonbinding resolution reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan. It also backed the

so­-called Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which supports Taiwan increasing its defense spending.

rt public security staff in exercising power and fulfilling their responsibilities in accordance with the law.

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entenary of the May Fourth Movement at the Great Hall o

Young people shall work hard in learning the Marxist stance, viewpoints and methods,

mastering scientific and cultural knowledge and professional skills, and improving their humanistic quality.

Fine morality of young people called for

Chinese youth of the new era should be grateful to the Party, the country, the society and the people.

Young people shall nurture and practise core socialist values, and guard against wrong id

eas such as money worship, hedonism, extreme individualism and historical nihilism.

Nurturing young generation is whole Party’s political responsibility

Communist Party of China should shoulder the political responsibility of nurturing

a new generation of capable young people who have a good and all-round moral, intellectual, physical, and aesth

etical grounding in addition to a hardworking spirit, and who are well-prepared to join the socialist cause.

We should listen to young people’s views on social issues and phenome

na, as well as their opinions and advices on the work of the Party and the government.

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As for the bill, it is largely a “one-time trial” of th

 “five-eye alliance.” It smartly uses Australia’s lack of “benefits” of the “Bill of Rights” and uses

Australia as a breakthrough to force large global technology companies to yield. It’s no wo

nder that Sharon Bradford Franklin, head of monitoring and cybersecurity polic

y at New America, said the bill was in fact the backdoor of the encrypted backdoor for the United States.

Curbing the spread of ‘surveillance states’

The emergence of surveillance states is rooted in the irratio

nal panic of the people against foreign countries and the use o

f such panic by the government. These sentiments and circumstances have been reflected in the unpr

ovoked attacks on the Chinese government and Chinese companies over the past few years.

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The settlement of the dispute over agricultural product

ts between China and the United States is nothing out of the ordin

ary – it is a normal part of China’s engagement with the rules-based trading syste

m. As Mr Pascal Lamy, a former WTO director general put it, “China has delivered an ‘A-pl

us performance’ since its WTO accession,” and no WTO member has been

a perfect performer when it comes to WTO rules as each country has its own interpretation of the rules.

China will regard every dispute settlement within the WTO framework as an opportunity to cont

inuously adjust and improve its trade practices. Through the process, China will consult extensively with oth

er WTO members in order to promote reforms of the WTO that enhance the organization’s authority and effe

ctiveness so that it can better safeguard free trade and the multilateral trading system.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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