The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized ar
ound 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.
Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased dir
ect intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is addressed mainly by market forces.
General Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, will attend the coming Shangri-La Dialogue set to
open on Friday in Singapore according to Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
Wei’s attendance will be the second time China has sent its defense mini
ster to the international security forum held by the London-based think tank International Insti
tute for Strategic Studies. The first time was in 2011, when General Liang Guanglie took part and delivered a speech.
A growing number of people are eating alone, whether at home or in restaurants, and overturning traditional etiquette. Zhang Yangfei reports.
In China, food has always played a major role in promoting social cohesion. Communal eating is not on
ly familybased and deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage, but is also regarded as an indicator of society’s health and stability.
Given that background, it is little wonder that eating alone, publicly or privately, has long been considered taboo.
However, in recent years things have started to change as a r
esult of demographic shifts and the growing influence of modern lifestyles.
According to a report released last year by the global market researcher
Kantar, 46 percent of people interviewed said they had eaten alone in the previous 24 ho
urs, a rise of 9 percent from 2017, and about 16 percent expressed a preference for eating solo.
ed China’s digital economy had reached more than 27 trillion yuan ($4 trillio
n) in 2017, a year-on-year rise of 20.3 percent, accounting for nearly 33 percent of GDP.
Lu said the growth rate of the number of people working as new media operators in 2017 was mo
re than 10 times that of 2013. The growth comes as more consumers turn from mass media to new me
dia, which provides more information, is faster, has a more diversified presentation and cheaper cost.
Algorithm engineers, in particular, grew at exponential rates. More than fi
ve times as many people worked as algorithm engineers in 2017 than 2013, he said.
“Algorithm is the foundation for artificial intelligence. AI has started to integrate with other industr
ies and already had been successfully implemented in AI plus marketing, finance and assisted medical dia
gnosis. AI engineers will have more value as AI becomes more closely tied with more businesses,” Lu said.
tes satellite remote sensing images, water environment problems spotted by satellite, water protection zone bound
ary’s spatial data, water environment problems found by provinces and cities themselves and law enfo
rcement data at the scene, and sends environmental problem lists to law enforcers at the scene to guide their work.
The app was used during the nationwide inspection on water sources i
n 2018 and the law enforcement during water sources inspection at county level this year.
Meng Zhiqi, a law enforcer with the water ecology and environment department of Shang
hai bureau of ecology and environment, has witnessed the app’s ability. “We received
a message from a work team of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, saying there was an illegal shrimp farming house with a chimney deep
inside a water resource conservation forest, but my colleagues and I didn’t know how to get there. Later, we fo
llowed the map provided by the app and demolished the house within 24 hours,” said Meng.