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hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

hina plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development plays a

crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of building di

gital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the ad

ministrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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total of 12 cities reported month-on-month drops of reso

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China’s most valuable brand, topped Forbes’s

newly released annual ranking of the world’s top 2,000 largest public companies for the seven consecutive years.

The State-owned bank, which generated 298.7 billion yuan ($43.5 billion) in net profit last

year, has assets of more than $4 trillion and nearly half a million employees, according to Forbes.

Meanwhile, China Construction Bank, the Agricultural Bank of China and the Bank of China, renowned as the “Big Four” ba

nks in China along with ICBC, also joined the top 10, ranking at third, fourth and eighth places, respectively.

Ping An Insurance Group came in at seventh with a market capital of $220.2 billion, according to Forbes.

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Health campaign targets lung diseasews the X-ray che

The National Health Commission will take steps to prevent new cas

es of a lung disease often associated with dusty occupations, a senior official said on Monday.

The campaign is “the most important and compelling work” the commission will conduct with several other ministries to curb

the development of pneumoconiosis, the commission’s vice-minister, Li Bin, said in a policy briefing.

Pneumoconiosis damages lungs and is caused by inhalation of differen

t kinds of dust. It is the No 1 occupational disease in China, mostly in the mining industry.

Pneumoconiosis accounts for about 90 percent of reported occupation

al diseases, according to the commission. And patients are getting younger.

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The bicycle industry has found a driving force for new pro

 profits in producing electric bicycles, exploring niche markets, an

d improving intelligent and network connecting levels, Economic Daily reported Monday.

As China’s bicycle-sharing companies experienced periods of boom and decline in 2017 and

2018, many of the country’s bicycle companies have discovered new profit potential by producing e-bicycles.

Statistics show the output of shared bicycles was 5 million in 2018, a quarter of that of 2017, while the o

utput of e-bicycles reached 32.78 million in 2018, up 5.8 percent year-on-year, according to the report.

Benefiting from ever-growing demand, the development of the e-bicycle has maintained strong growth momentum. In the f

irst quarter of this year, the profit growth rate reached 28.7 percent for e-bicycle enterprises above the designated size

in the industry, which refers to those with an annual main business revenue of 20 million yuan ($2.98 million) or more.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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Lophophora cristata, a distinguished mutant plant with

 a history of more than 100 years, with hundreds of colorful hybrids, is a blast from the past, she says.

Cheng, 43, decided to conduct research on succulent plants and c

ultivation after she graduated from the Beijing University of Agriculture in 1998.

But she set herself the goal of becoming a professional gardener much earlier-when she was in high school.

Cheng was one of the first batch of people who started to explore the splendor of succule

nt plants, but she didn’t expect the small pots would become a craze for millions of Chinese.

It was not until 2011 that the succulents industry in China started to boom, aided by cyber publicity.

A long-distance athlete since primary high school, Cheng has alway

s been dedicated to things she loves, such as replacing soils and pruning messy bran

ches in the garden. And despite being allergic to pollen, she did not give up on this career.

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Horticultural expo offers full visitor servicesthe Beijing Intern

Visitors to the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition can expect attentive services mee

ting a variety of tourist needs at the Expo site since event’s opening day on Monday, Chinanews.com reported.

Two huge comprehensive visitor service centers, one near the China Pav

ilion and another in the International Pavilion, can sat

isfy tourists who want to take a rest, have a meal, use the restroom, seek medical help, care for babies and more.

Ambulances, emergency medicines and equipment including trauma supplies, respirators and

medical defibrillators are ready for use at the healthcare centers located in each of the two service centers.

Nearly another 20 automatic external defibrillators, used to revive a pe

rson experiencing cardiac arrest, have been scattered throughout the other pavilions.

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People’s tastes are more highly developed,” Jiang says

 “We just want to give people the same feeling watching them on digital devices today as they had on small TV screens years ago.”

More than 300 TV series have been restored since November, and Pei says all their da

ta has gradually helped to build up a database, which will further improve the algorithms.

In March, the restored edition of 2003’s Legend of the Dragonslayer Sword was released online through Youku. Unexpected

ly, it soon climbed into the top 10 list of most-viewed drama series on the platform, with all the others being new productions.

Jiang points out that many adaptations of old classics are now being made following the rise of online streaming media platforms.

“But they are often heavily criticized,” he says. “I don’t know whether it is because the performances are so poor. However, if we c

an make the original productions look just like new ones through restoration, people can at least have more choice.”

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The draft increases penalties on illegal activities, such a

 manufacturing and selling fake or substandard vaccines, and stipulates a punitive compensation to those who sell or use su

bstandard vaccines with knowledge, causing death or serious health consequences.

Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and

earphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international busine

ss unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Gansu pro

vince. Under China’s ethnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic

minorities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

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When he was studying abroad, he met the love of hi

s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

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