Many countries along the Belt and Road have high moun

tains, deserts, oceans and a lack of accurate meteorological information. The number o

f meteorological disasters in the regions is more than double the global average, the administration said.

Wei Caiying, deputy general-director of the National Satellite Meteoro

logical Center, said that real-time disaster monitoring by meteorological satellites coul

d provide these countries with a scientific basis for disaster prevention and reduction.

“Weather-related disasters such as typhoons pose a threat to life and property. T

racking their path could help local authorities decide how to proceed with evacuations,” she said.

In addition to real-time monitoring, the China Meteorological Administration set up the Emergency Support Mechanism for int

ernational users of Fengyun satellites last April, which covers disaster prevention and mitigation.

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he transformation and upgrading of existing industries

thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen

t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.

“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr

ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.

According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye

ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma

nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.

Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact

uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer

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Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

s in China are ready to commercialize 5G. China will directly grant 5G licenses, instead of the previ

ous plan to give several key cities interim 5G licenses, to better time the rollout,” said a source clos

ed to the telecom industry regulator who asked to remain anonymous because public statements are not authorized.

Michael Gao Wenhao, deputy general manager of the 5G industrial products line at ZTE, disclosed at a 5G conference in

Hong Kong on Thursday that “China is likely to start commercial use of 5G nationwide on Oct 1”.

He told China Daily that he got the information from the country’s major telecom operators.

China said earlier that it was considering a pre-commercial launch of 5G this year, follo

wed by large-scale commercialization in 2020. Miao Wei, minister of industry an

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developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets

powered by artificial intelligence.Services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention thr

ough its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

“From chips to its self-developed operating system, Huawei has long been preparing for in

dependent research and development in core technologies. It has the ability to adjust to changes in the glo

bal market,” said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance.

Huawei has also made preparations with core chipsets. Existing stocks

are thought to provide the company with a buffer of six months to a year, he said.

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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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Luckin, a Starbucks rival in China, rises in US stock debut

Shares of Luckin Coffee, a fast-growing rival to Starbucks in China, rose 20 percent in their US stock market debut Friday.

The Chinese company, which opened its first store in Beijing less than two years ago, has 2,370

locations and plans to surpass the 3,700 stores Starbucks has in China by the end of the year.

But unlike Starbucks, Luckin is losing money.

It brought in $125 million in revenue last year, but spent much more than

that on coffee beans, store rent and other costs. Last year, it lost $475 million.

Most of Luckin’s stores are small, have few seats and are used mainly as a place to pick up mobile orders.

It also offers delivery in 30 minutes and promises a refund for delays or spilled drinks.

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Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships

 said on hearing 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 have

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.

Having trouble discerning one furry panda from another? A facial recognition app will make it easy for you.

The app is developed by the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pan

das along with researchers in Singapore Nanyang Technological university and Sichuan Normal University.

The image analysis research kicked off in 2017. A database now contains about 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas.

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Moreover, the guideline stressed the significance of impr

oving internet access in rural areas in poverty alleviation and called for enhanced inform

ation sharing to promote urban-rural integrated development.The Port of Dunkerque in Fra

nce would seize the opportunities presented by China’s Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade between the two nati

ons, authorities said on the Seventh Dunkerque Port Night on May 16 in Shanghai.

Held by the Dunkerque Port Authority of France at the St Regis Jingan in Shangha

i, about 400 delegates attended the event to discuss the port’s performance in 2018 and its future development.

Officials said during the event that bilateral trade volume bet

ween China and France grew 15.5 percent year-on-year to reach $62.9 billio

n (434.5 billion yuan) in 2018, the highest level in the history, and believed that trade exchanges between the two countries wo

uld become more frequent under the Belt and Road Initiative and with the support of the port.

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School students and adult visitors learn about making print

In celebration of this year’s International Museum Day, the Palace Museum in Beijing turned itself into a dynamic stage on Saturd

ay and offered a variety of activities to echo this year’s theme, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”.

Students and adult visitors were invited to the museum to learn about making prints and carving stamp seals and to learn about

the appreciation of and technological methods being used in the conservation of the age-old buildings at the Palace Museum.

The Chinese Musicians Association’s choir gave an outdoor performance. An exhibitio

n opened showing dozens of lithographs by artists from countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a plat

form for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural bac

kgrounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.

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A possible measure to reduce the hidden debt wou

uld be to separate the government-owned assets from that of the companies and let the State-owned businesses run by thems

elves, said experts close to the matter. This is particularly so for some public and infrastructure construction proj

ects. But it also means that the local governments will not be undertaking the default risks.

Experts said the minister‘s viewpoint is a signal that the authori

ties are determined to solve the vexed debt issue with more details set to emerge later and star

t a national campaign for preventing systemic financial risks, amid rising external trade challenges.

Other measures could include selling part of the State-owned assets, rest

ructuring the State-owned enterprises, or reorganizing projects, said Liu.

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