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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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-

carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air

Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral

waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern

coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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The corn kernels burst out even in the cornstalk, just like

 popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation i

n the province. “It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.”

He said that some springs in a village called Haikou had drie

d up and the villagers didn’t have enough drinking water. “The village has 29 small water res

ervoirs, however, 14 of them have been used up so far. The drought is beyond imagination.”

“The villagers are doing everything they can to have enough drinki

ng water and then to also save as much as possible for their crops,” he added.

The region is also at greater risk of forest fires because of the high temperatures and low humidity.

The Yunnan Meteorological Bureau warned the public on May 13 about more dry

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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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ed it from repaying investors’ principal and interest. La

September, 53 people in the company were transferred for examination and prosecution.u’an, a county in

China’s Hebei province, 50 kilometers away from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, is looking to build an innovation-driven coun

Emerging fields including online lending, investment, pension services, consumer reb

ates, financial mutual aid and virtual currencies have become “disaster areas” for economic crimes, said Gao.

Since the collapse of P2P online lending platforms beginning last Jun

e, public security authorities have investigated and handled more than 400 illegal fun

draising platforms and arrested more than 60 fugitives from 16 countries and regions.

“To grab excessive profits, the criminals keep changing and upgrading their criminal

methods, which are usually strongly deceptive,” he said. “Investors should be very cautious.”

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panda pictures have been analyzed, marked and annotated.

Using the database, researchers are able to carry out automatic facial recognition on panda faces to tell one animal from another, the center said.

Panda researchers hope algorithms and AI technology will help them analyze data on pandas both in captivity and the wild.

The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distributi

on, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher w

ith the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”

“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.

China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.

The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and named in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.

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Roads and buildings were illuminated Tuesday evening befor

I hope all Asian countries will respect and trust each other, co-exist in harmony, expand cross-border, cross-time-and-space as well as cross-civ

ilization exchanges, and jointly maintain the peaceful time that is more valuable than gold.

Asian people expect Asia of common prosperity

I hope all Asian countries will jointly promote economic globalization that is open, inclusiv

e, balanced, and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries.

Asian people expect open, integrated Asia

Civilizations will lose vitality if countries go back to isolation and cut themselves off from the rest of the world.

Mutual respect, equal treatment among civilizations stressed

It is foolish to believe that one’s race and civilization are superior to

others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US gover

 government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.

He reiterated that China will never capitulate under any external pressure and hopes the US meets China halfway.

The US has no need to “worry about” China’s affairs, Geng said at a daily news conference. The country has made progress i

improving its foreign investment environment and has become a popular investment destination, he sa

id, citing the expansion of US-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Tesla Inc in the market last year.

Geng stressed that China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the market and will co

ntinue to establish a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable investment and business environment.

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Over the years, many people have been calling for hotels

 not to provide disposable daily necessities. But some customers say not providing the items would cause them inconvenience.

A latest survey by Ctrip.com shows that more than 80 percent of clients back hotels not providing disposable daily necessities.

Beijing’s Yanqing district plans to help more than 20,000 primary and secondary scho

ol students master skiing and skating skills over the next three years, a move designed to spur enth

usiasm among the district’s residents for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Set to run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022, the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijin

g and co-host city Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province in less than 1,000 days.

Yanqing, 74 kilometers northwest of central Beijing, will host several events, including Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge.

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