By late April, China had been hit by 129 African swin

fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb

reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no

t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v

accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a

nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con

sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi

g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences 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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Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC that, “We’ve been

working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”

“Recently, some US politicians have repeatedly made rumors about Huawei but canno

t provide any evidence that other countries have requested,” Lu told a daily news conference.

He noted that the US public is having more and more doubts over the market turbulen

ce and undermined industrial cooperation caused by the trade war and technology war initiated by the US.

“So some US politicians have continually created rumors, tr

ying to mislead the public and stir up ideological opposition, which is illogical,” Lu said.

Ideological differences do not necessarily impede tra

de, industrial and technological cooperation between countries, he said.

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bbed Xie’s chest. While Xie covered his chest with both hand

standing up in panic, Zhou attacked him again, piercing Xie’s neck several times. Xie then fell down to

the ground but Zhou didn’t stop. He rushed to Xie, pressed down on his body, and stabbed him

again and again until Xie died. Zhou then rose, holding his arms and assuming a triumphant gesture.

Zhou was later arrested and confessed that he had bought the dagger online in advance.

Since losing their only child, Xie Zhonghua and his wife stop

ped going to work and have seen their health deteriorate. So far, they haven’t received an ap

ology from Zhou or his family.The average life expectancy of Chinese people rose 42 years, from 35 years in 1949 to 77 yea

rs in 2018, according to a statistics communique recently released by the National Health Commission.

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ponds and lakes dotting the pasture, but thanks to an im

anks to an improved ecosystem, fish are returning to those waters.

The 38-year-old says his father once grazed his flock in this area of northwest China’s X

injiang Uygur autonomous region, which he described as being “barren and more like a desert back in the day”.

The Tarim River runs 1,321 kilometers along the rim of the barren Tarim Basin, a sparsely populated area about the size of Poland.

Excessive irrigation in the past used up too much water, which caused the lower 400 km of t

he Tarim River to run dry in the early 1970s and pushed surrounding trees to the verge of disappearance.

Born in the village of Yengisu by the dried-up river, Ahmat never saw the water as a child. Sa

nd would slowly cover the caked riverbed. To find water, Ahmat’s family and flock had to move 200 km north.

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However, the temperature now is about 30 C, much hig

higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to

begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”

Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim

eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.

In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.

Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra

infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.

Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that

drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well

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Ren said Europe maintains close communications wit

th Huawei and some features of 5G are very suitable for the rollout of the superfast techn

ology in Europe. For instance, 5G capacity is 20 times that of 4G, and its power consumption 10 times l

ess. “We also use materials that will not corrode for decades, and these characteristics are very suitable for Europe.”

Ren said the US technologies are still worth learning in both their depth and width. Many small US companies have super-precision products.

“But in our business (5G), Huawei is at the forefront, though when

it comes to comparison between countries, we are still far behind the United States,”Ren added.

“We will not go through an extreme shortage of supplies. We have made sound preparati

ons,” Ren said, adding that the company’s employees are working overtime to prepare for such situations.

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Wang Peng, deputy head of think tank China Center for

 Information Industry Development, said Huawei’s chip making arm HiSilicon can help Huawei ensure the s

ustainability of its business to some extent, and its chip stocks “are expected to provide a buffer of six months to a year”.

Huawei said it procured around $70 billion worth of components and services from i

ts 13,000 suppliers worldwide last year, with roughly $11 billion coming from US suppliers.

The US has been voicing the “national security threat” of using Huawei products.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that France will allow Huawe

i to build its 5G network infrastructure while preserving national security, according to Xinhua News Agency.

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Renminbi to remain stable, regulator saysknotes at a ba

Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility

The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala

ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr

otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.

“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma

rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi

ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.

Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do

llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h

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Liu, who turned himself in, stepped down in Janua

ary as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, a position he kept for three years before being replaced by Yi Huiman.

The central commission said in the statement that Liu is cooperating with the probe.

hina’s housing regulator has warned four Chinese cities over price rises in the past three months, the Economic Observer reported.

Local governments of Foshan, Suzhou, Dalian and Nanning were urged by the Ministr

y of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to stabilize land and housing prices as well as market expectations.

This came a month after six other cities were also warned over similar reasons on April 19.

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