Server manufacturer Inspur Group has signed a strategic

 partnership with Tianjin to set up an AI research institute in the city. By opening the new institute

, Inspur aims to join the top ranks of Chinese AI powerhouses in their quest to attract global talent.

“We will step up our efforts to develop the AI sector in Tianjin, and will focus on fields i

ncluding cloud operating systems and cloud databases,” said Sun Pishu, chairman of Inspur.

he Ministry of Commerce urged the United States on Thursday to stop abusing the

concept of national security and export control measures, and it promised that China will take all nec

essary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese enterprises.

The comments came after US President Donald Trump signed an executive

order on Wednesday that is expected to restrict Huawei from selling its products in the US.

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In 2008, he accidentally came across a group of people fly

 flying a remote-controlled model aircraft, which intrigued him

and brought back his fantasy. He immediately bought a model aircraft for himself. Ho

wever, due to his lack of basic knowledge in operating it, he broke the aircraft that same day.

“I tried very hard to fix it but failed,” he said, adding that he was then d

etermined to make himself an expert. He began to study online and made friends with many dieh

ard fans. After half a year, he was able to make modifications on model aircrafts.

With drones becoming mainstream in China, Zhao decided to s

et up his own company in 2010 to sell drones. After his compa

ny was set up, five drone models had been invented by his team, including a modified drone powered with fuel.

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Besides catering to fans, the festival has also acted as an indus

With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie

s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.

A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi

on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.

For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.

“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am

brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.

As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr

ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.

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The Asian carp dominates the biomass, creating pro

lems for commercial and recreational fishing, boating and water skiing. It deters a

lot of new business owners when they talk to us about opening in Kentucky,” Brooks said.

In some waterways, carp are so abundant that they jump out of the water into boats, sometim

es hitting boaters and creating a nuisance. The massive schools of the fish are also hazardous to water skiers

on popular lakes. Commercial fishermen in pursuit of other types of fish have to try hard not to catch them.

Asian carp are having a $7 billion negative effect on various businesses in the US.

But He Lining, development manager at Two Rivers F

isheries, said the fish are not a problem, but an opportunity.

According to He, who is writing a book about the species, the fish was introduced to the US

by scientists in the late 1960s and early ’70s as an easy and cheap way to treat domestic waste.

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The restriction applies to vehicles traveling out of Beiji

ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.

Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo

nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho

ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde

r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo

pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.

Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S

un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.

Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the

hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.

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For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu

ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec

ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i

nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”

Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec

ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”

With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno

logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an

d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.

Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to

China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas

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es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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If not this year, we can achieve that ambition next year

ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac

cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an

d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.

The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco

ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.

Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are

in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to

Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.

In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that

the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.

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According to a folk legend, the deity of the silkwor

 passed Tongxiang and left good luck. Anyone who went out for a hike du

ring the Qingming Festival could take the luck home and get double the harvest of silk. Thus, p

eople hold a ceremony to worship the deity of the silkworm, and other activities to pray for a good silk harvest.

Yvonne Horst, the travel blogger from GoYvon who has lived and worked in China for six years, visited Tongxiang for the first time.

“I haven’t seen a ceremony held in the Qingming Festival. What I k

now about the Qingming Festival is it is a festival to commemorate ancestors. I think it’s just fa

mily members going to sweep tombs together. However, there is such a big event to celebrate the harvest in Ton

gxiang, which gives me a chance to get a deeper understanding of the local culture,” Horst said.

The beautiful spring scenery in Tongxiang fascinated the foreigners as well. They dres

sed in han clothes, appreciated plum blossoms and tasted plum wine. They also tried bamboo wea

ving, fan paintings and other intangible cultural heritage projects themselves to understand the local culture.

Akhil Parashar, a journalist with CRI Online, wore han clothes for the first time.

“I think the city has profound historical and cultural connotations. Wearing such traditional clothes gives me a sense of trave

rsing time and space, and also gives me a more personal experience of Chinese traditional culture,” he said.

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Trump threatens to close border with Mexico next week

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the US border with Mexic

o next week, or at least large sections of it, if Mexico does not immediately stop illegal immigration into the United States.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to close the US border with Mexico during his two years in office, b

ut this time the government is preparing to follow through as it struggles to deal with a surg

e of asylum seekers from countries in Central America, many of whom travel through Mexico to the border.

Department of Homeland Security officials warned that commerce with Mexico, the Uni

ted States’ third-largest trading partner, could slow down as the agency shifts 750 border personnel from por

ts of entry to help process asylum seekers who are turning up between official crossing points.

Nielsen and other US officials say border patrol officers have been overwhelmed by a dramatic increase in asyl

um seekers, many of them children and families, fleeing violence and economic hardship in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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