Dealing with the economic bullying, trade protect

tionism and unilateralism of the United States is not just the business of China, it also matters to the recovery of the world economy,” Zhang said.

Regarding the future development of the SCO, Zhang said the short-term goal of the regional organization is to build a commu

nity of development and security while its long-term goal is to build a community with a shared future.

The “Annual Report on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (2019)”, released by the Chinese Academy of Social Scien

ces on Monday, highlighted the challenges the regional body is facing due to unilateralism, protectionism and terr

orism against the backdrop of increasing global uncertainty and instability.

The report said political mutual trust among the SCO members has been strengthened and high-quality de

velopment of the BRI has injected fresh impetus into the member states’ cooperation.

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Now, 65 large framed photos by Rock, which captur

ure Bowie in his dressing room, his transformation into Ziggy Stardust, shots of his live performances and candid, private moments between the shows, are bein

g displayed as an exhibition, entitled Bowie by Mick Rock, at 798 Space in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone from May 29 to Aug 4.

The exhibition, which is supported by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, a no

nprofit museum dedicated to reflecting contemporary popular culture, and co-organized by Beijing-based i

ndie record label, Modern Sky, also showcases performance footage of Bowie, interviews with Rock, who talks abou

t directing Bowie’s first four music videos, as well as photos of other music legends of the era taken by Rock, i

ncluding Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. It’s MoPOP’s first exhibition to be staged in Asia.

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Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming, deputy chief

of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said in an afternoon media bri

efing on behalf of the Chinese delegation that the People’s Liberation Army appreciates the US’ will

ingness to communicate and maintain a stable China-US military relationship.

However, Shao said Shanahan also made some inaccurate claims on China’s military de

velopment and strategic intentions in his speech, “and the PLA resolutely opposes these accusations”.

Regarding the Taiwan question, the US side has reiterated its military

 

 

efing on behalf of the Chinese delegation that the People’s Liberation Army appreciates the US’ will

ingness to communicate and maintain a stable China-US military relationship.

support to the island based on the so-called Taiwan Relation Act.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursda

that enterprises in any country will not disregard their own interests and blindly follow other countries’ “political command”.

“Most countries have always been highly alert to US government acts of

resorting to state power to crack down on companies in other countries, disrupt m

arkets and obstruct mutually beneficial cooperation between other countries,” Lu said.

But the positive development is also accompanied by some concerns. A string of Japanese

carriers, including NTT Docomo, said they were also considering delaying the launch of Huawei’s new sma

rtphones. Their hesitance is due to uncertainty about Google’s previous announcement that it would restrict H

uawei’s access to updates of the Android operating system in compliance with a US ban.

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llover effects on the developing economies, particularly tho

with high export exposure to the impacted economies

. A more protracted period of weak international trade activity could also harm investment pr

ospects and adversely affect productivity growth in the medium term.”

The report indicated that the entire global economy is experiencing a broad-based growth slowdown amid unresolved tra

de tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence.

The forecast for weaker global growth casts a shadow over efforts to im

plement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has set universal go

als for eliminating poverty, promoting prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment.

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Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

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

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

sed 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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Industry insiders said that the rapid development of interne

 technology in China and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and

banking services have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passports and paper documents back and fort

h, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

 Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Jud

ges Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts an

d the law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only

under the law, and protect human rights. They must prosec

ute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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Another outbreak in Shaanxi province caused the dea

aths of five pandas between December 2014 and April 2015.

Pandas are docile but can be fierce. In 2005, a female photographer from Hong Kong jumped into a pand

a enclosure to take photos. To the surprise of onlookers, the panda slashed one of her arms, causing profuse bleeding, the center said.

Zhou Mengqi, a veteran photographer in Chengdu, was chased by a panda that had been eating quietly unt

il he took pictures of the animal up close at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the early 1990s.

“Its claw touched my shoes before I escaped through a door,” he said.

China has a total of 548 captive pandas. Of those, 285 are in the China Conser

vation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and 196 live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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Legend has it that Clear and Bright is one of three peri

iods during the year in which ghosts come closest to the world of living men. Buddhists believe that wil

low branches will drive away unwelcome ghosts and evil spirits. Therefore, willow branches are also known as “ghost terror wood”.

Folk proverbs also dictate customs. One proverb states that if a young lady does not wear a willow branch during the Clear and Bri

ght period, she will soon turn old. Another says: “If one does not wear a willow, he will become a yellow dog after he dies and is reincarn

ated.”Flying kites is an activity favored by many Chinese during Tomb-Sweeping Day. Kites are not only flown during the day time but also in the evenin

g. Little lanterns are tied to the kite or to the kitestring. And when the kites are flying in the sky, the lanterns look lik

e twinkling stars at night. What makes flying kites during this day special is that people cut the string while the kite is in the

sky to let it fly free. It is said this brings good luck and that diseases can be chased away by doing this.

The Cold Food Festival or Hanshi Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated

for one day before Tomb-Sweeping Day. On that day, making fire is taboo and only cold food is available.

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bodies have been transported to Xichang. The relativ

es of one victim wanted him to be buried where he died.

The 30 victims have been recognized as martyrs. The recognition is approve

d by the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Sichuan provincial government.

hang Jun, head of the Xichang branch of the Liangshan forest fire briga

de, and his team members went back to Xichang from Muli on Wednesday. Recalling the er

uptive fire, Zhang said it had been the first blaze of its kind he’d encountered in a dozen years of firefighting, China News Serv

ice reported. “I was at the south part of the fire, when I heard a blare and saw a mushroom cloud about 50 to 60 meters hig

h rising from the valley. Two to three minutes later, dense smoke began to fall and the communication equipment didn’t work.”

Zhang divided his team during the firefighting. One of them, consisting of 10 firefighters, only had four escape with their lives.

Zhao Maoyi still sees his dead teammate four days after the eruptive fire. When his team decided to evacu

ate after hearing blasts, the fire spread to their location from the foot of a mountain in seconds. They were blocked by a huge l

og. “I pushed one onto the log and used my last strength to climb over the log. When I looked back, I saw the desperate look

on an 18-year-old teammate,” Zhao cried. “I dream about him every night, I hear him saying ‘give me a hand'”.

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