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It is one of the oldest festivals, not only in China but also

hroughout th上海龙凤品茶微信e world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s

national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.

The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state

official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu

nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit

h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he

committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, th

rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po

et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.

Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel

brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.

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Jinping takes questions at the 23rd St. Petersburg Interna

上海乌托邦品茶微信Speech in St. Petersburg highlights global teamwork, BRI coordination

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s stance on promoting the process of economic global

ization and maintaining the multilateral trading system at a forum held in Russia on Friday.

China would like to share its most advanced scientific achievements with the world, inclu

ding 5G technologies, and jointly cultivate new core competitiveness and share its economic growth model, Xi said.

The president made the remarks in a speech at the plenary session of the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Xi said that China will continue to deepen its reform and ope

ning-up, ease market access and build a market environment with fair competition.

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China Baowu Steel Group Co Ltd, State Power Investme

ent Co Ltd, and China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, accordin

g to data from the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

David Lipton, the International Monetary Fund’s first deputy managing director, sa

id: ” (China’s) Credit growth and corporate debt have been reduced thanks to concerted efforts to strengthen fin

ancial regulation, reduce regulatory arbitrage, and improve the framework for financial supervision.”

His statement came after the IMF published a report forecasting that China’s economic growth is expected to mo

derate to 6.2 percent this year, down from 6.4 percent in the first quarter, as uncertainty around trade tensions re

mains high and risks are tilted to the downside. Inflation, in the meantime, is projected to rise to 2.3 percent.

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New Beijing airport’s lobby nearly complete

Martin Haase of Victoria, Canada, practiced tai chi with his mother from a young age. He

said that when he was a child, he was very active and always wanted to go to see the world. It was just at t

hat time that Chinese martial arts films entered Canada, and Bruce Lee and Jet Li’s kung fu movies fascinated him.

Haase learned tai chi with his mother since the age of 17 and has kept this habit for about 18

years. Later he came to Hunan province in Central China and joined the Hunan Provincial Wushu Association.

“Many foreign friends who come to China with an interest in tai chi will come

to the association to study with me,” Haase said. “I will introduce them to Hunan cult

ure and Chinese culture. Sometimes I show them around the city of Changsha as a translator and guide.”

In the Wushu Association, Haase met many teachers and friends of tai

chi. He believes that practicing kung fu can help you stay fit and gain confidence.

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More intl students take postgraduate programs in China

A total of 85,000 international students studied in postgraduate program

s in China in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 12.28 percent, the Ministry of Education said on June 3.

Among 492,200 international students studying in China in 2018, 52.44 percent were studying in

degree programs, up 6.86 percent from 2017, said a press release from the ministry.

The growth of international students in engineering, management, science and agricultural science all reached 20 perce

nt, indicating the increasing attraction of science programs in China, the statement said.

The international students in China came from 196 countries a

nd regions and 52.95 percent of them were from 64 countries along the Belt and Road.

About 63,000 of them were sponsored by Chinese government scholarships, the ministry said.

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hina’s revised civil servant law takes effect

China’s civil servant law, newly revised in December 2018, took effect Saturday.

The revised law clarifies systems of civil servant promotion and asses

sment, and includes statutes to improve rewards and benefits such as pension schemes.

It also tightens supervision over civil servants, keeping its statutes in

line with the supervision law and disciplinary rules of the Communist Party of China.

The revised law bans civil servants from working as leaders of industry regulators or administrati

ve departments in charge of supervising businesses run by their spouses, children or in-laws.

The civil servant law first took effect in 2006.

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The debate seems to be generating wide interest in Chi

 China, with related hashtags getting more than 150 million views on Weibo.

Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and Inside China host at CNBC Interna

tional, tweeted to Regan that 120 million people viewed a Chinese hashtag that she tran

slated to: “Fox News female anchor challenges debate after being accused by CCTV for being emotional”.

Yoon, incidentally, was a former classmate of Regan’s at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire.

“Seeing the kind of reaction online, I want to say, it’s important for us to have a meaningfu

l discussion to try to understand each other better. I appreciate the opportunity,” Liu wrote on May 24.

Liu has been working at CCTV since 1997, after graduating from Nanjing University’s English studies program.

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ale Zhang, managing director of Shanghai-based con

nsultancy Automotive Foresight, said SEAT’s smaller cars will help its parent company to reach custo

mers in China’s smaller cities, where electric cars built on Volkswagen’s own platforms would be less affordable.

Volkswagen, as well as its subsidiaries from Audi to Porsche, plan to deliver aro

und 1.5 million electrified vehicles, most of them pure electric cars, in China by 2025.

It also expects global sales of electrified vehicles will total 22 million by 2028, and half of them will be produced in China.

China overtook the United States as the largest producer and market of new energy vehicles in 2015.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers expected sales of su

ch vehicles to reach at least 1.6 million this year, up from 1.2 million in 2018.

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Xi envisions cooperation on big data development

resident’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges

President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explor

e opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address leg

al, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.

He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Intern

ational Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.

The new generation of information technology, represented by the

internet, big data and artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and

profound influence on various countries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.

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Before his retirement, Wang irrigated farmland for de

nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.

“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi

ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.

As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.

To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched

a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav

ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t

hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.

Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into

the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.

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