Pacts mulled in president’s visit to Central Asia

Trip will includ上海千花网女神会所e bilateral talks with leaders of nations at regional organization’s meeting

China will sign an array of cooperation agreements with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during President Xi Jinping’s state visits to the

two Central Asian countries to further strengthen their ties, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

As an important outcome of Xi’s visits, Beijing will also sign a joint statement with each country on furthering their com

prehensive strategic partnerships, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said at a news briefing.

Xi will also attend the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz

capital, during his stay from Wednesday to Friday, as well as the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and

Confidence Building Measures in Asia in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe during his visit from Friday to Sunday.

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hina’s revised civil servant law takes effect

China’s civil servant law, newly revised in December 2018, took effect Saturday.

The revised law clarifies systems of civil servant promotion and asses

sment, and includes statutes to improve rewards and benefits such as pension schemes.

It also tightens supervision over civil servants, keeping its statutes in

line with the supervision law and disciplinary rules of the Communist Party of China.

The revised law bans civil servants from working as leaders of industry regulators or administrati

ve departments in charge of supervising businesses run by their spouses, children or in-laws.

The civil servant law first took effect in 2006.

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For first time, scientists watch entire animal’s muscle sy

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Chicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have

mapped the full-body muscular activity of an animal while it was moving and behaving, for the first time in the world.

In the study, the researchers watched the patterns of muscle activity in a small aquatic animal called a hydraas. Based on prior su

ccess in mapping full-body neural activity in hydra, they pinpointed seven distinct patterns of hydra’s muscle act

ivity this time, according to a news release posted on the website of the University of Chicago on Thursday.

Hydra are freshwater organisms, only a few millimeters in length, and be

long to the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish and coral. Their tubular bodies are c

omprised of two layers of muscle, each composed of a different cell type and separated by two nerve nets

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Habib also applauded China’s interest in Washington’s agric

ricultural products such as apples and cherries, and specifically mentioned

tourists and students from China.

With the current trade disputes between China and the US, however, Habib is seeing some frustration in his state.

“I’m of course frustrated at the effects of some of the Chinese-im

posed tariffs on our exporters – that’s a huge problem first for our growers, and companies in our

aerospace supply chain, and definitely our fish and seafood – they’ve been affected by Chinese tariffs,” said Habib.

With the Trump administration gradually imposi

ng 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports over the past year, China has already retaliated with

tariffs on $110 billion worth of US products, and has planned a tariff hike on $60 billion worth of US goods on June

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Zhang underlined the important role of head-of-state d

 diplomacy in Sino-Russian relations, saying the two presidents have had 28 meetings

on various occasions since 2013. Their last meeting took place in Beijing in April.

Oleg Timofeev, an associate professor of China studies at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, said the frequent meetings b

etween the two presidents demonstrate the good political relations between China and Russia. Thanks to their

personal relationship, the countries’ ties are best they have ever been, he said.

Natalia Pecheritsa, a professor and director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Countr

ies at Russian New University said Xi’s visit will have a positive effect on bilateral cooperation in variou

s fields, not only in political and economic fields, but in cultural and educational areas as well.

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In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US do

dollar dropped more than 3 percent under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monda

y that higher US tariffs on China’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by market forces, a

d China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more

attractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchange

rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

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During the team’s 40-day intensive training in Nepal, the

heir Sherpa guides had taught them how to maintain healthy blood circulation and remain safe in crowded conditions, she said.

This spring, 144 foreign and 12 Chinese climbers have also attempted to con

quer Qomolangma from Tibet, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association. “D

espite having a smaller number of climbers, traffic jams also happened on the Tibetan side,” Ma said.

“Crowds are usual on some mountains. It’s not a new phenomenon. Climbers often lose their live

s when they don’t follow the instructions of Sherpa guides and make decisions on their own,” Kami Ri

ta, an experienced Sherpa who has reached Qomolangma’s summit 24 times, told Xinhua News Agency.

Sherpas are aware of every twist and turn and which paths to follow up mountains, so he urged the Nepali government to dis

courage mountaineers from climbing mountains without guides in order to prevent casualties.

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Xi envisions cooperation on big data development

resident’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges

President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explor

e opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address leg

al, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.

He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Intern

ational Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.

The new generation of information technology, represented by the

internet, big data and artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and

profound influence on various countries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.

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n the 2014 EU Parliament election, what was then Fara

ge’s UK Independence Party won with 26.8 percent, followed by Labour on 24.7 percent and the Conse

rvatives on 23.3 percent. The Greens won 7.7 percent in 2014 and the Liberal Democrats 6.7 percent. Turnout was 35.6 percent.

Greater access to China’s financial sector will encourage global investors and dispel the gloom clouding the g

lobal economy amid Beijing’s trade tensions with Washington, according to senior officials and economists.

Chinese financial regulators are preparing a comprehensive opening-up, with more new measures in the pipeline. Foreig

n institutions with advanced performance in risk management, credit rating, consumer finance, endowments and

health insurance are especially welcome, senior officials stressed over the weekend.

The opening measures will offset part of the negative impacts of trade friction on economic re

covery, and enable China to reach its GDP growth target of above 6 percent this year, they said.

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More than 300,000 papers on AI have been publish

ed globally from 2013 to 2018, among which around 74,000 were published by Chinese researche

rs and 52,000 by their US counterparts, and the US dominated in fields such as citation impact, number of p

atents, and the scale of companies and funds, the report said, adding that China lacks basic theoretical research.

The report was compiled by the Research Center for AI Develo

pment, which was established last year by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

“China and the United States are the two main pillars of the world’s AI r

esearch network, and the most cooperation on AI research happened between the two n

ations-the link between them is the strongest,” said Li Xiuquan, deputy director of the center. “But more and mo

re countries have realized the importance of AI, and paid a lot of attention to this area.”

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