Xi and Putin also witnessed the signing of a number of coo

operation documents covering such areas as investment, 5G technologie

s, e-commerce, natural gas, soybeans, nuclear power and the Belt and Road.

In talks with Putin, Xi said that both countries are facing changes in the world that were not seen in the past century.

The people of both countries and the international community have greater expectations of China and Russia, Xi said.

There is no end to the development of China-Russia relations, Xi said, adding that China wo

uld like to make joint efforts with Russia to bring more benefits to the people of both nations.

Noting that this is his first state visit to Russia since he was reelected pres

ident last year, Xi said that the two leaders have maintained close contact in recent years.

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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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China’s rural areas have become bright spots in the countr

ry’s e-commerce growth. Rural online retail sales reached 357 billion yuan (51.6 billion US dollars) in

the first three months of this year, up 19.5 percent year on year and faster than the national average growth.

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home

and abroad, local authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other parts of the country to boost

Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Tingfaen, deputy general manager of Xi

njiang Railway Tourism Development Group.The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern par

ts of Xinjiang, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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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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the middle of this century, digital villages will be compl

pletely built nationwide to advance rural revitalization.

To fulfill such targets, the country will accelerate the construction of IT infr

astructures in rural areas, upgrading rural internet facilities and information services.

More efforts will be made to boost the rural digital economy, with wider use of digital technolo

gies in agriculture and the development of e-commerce and various emerging creative industries in rural regions.

While providing more support for rural technological innovation, the co

untry will strengthen ecological protection in rural areas with digital technologies.

Moreover, the guideline stressed the significance of improving internet access in rural areas in poverty alleviation and ca

lled for enhanced information sharing to promote urban-rural integrated development.

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Quotable quotes from business leaders at 3rd WIC

Praising Tianjin’s efforts and achievements in intelligent sc

ience and technology, Liu Chuanzhi, board chairman of Legend Holdings Co Ltd, pred

icted the city will make a qualitative leap in two to three years by combining intelligent technologies with manufacturing.

Liu, also founder of Chinese computer giant Lenovo, said his company, like Tianjin, considers intelligent technology a new imp

etus. Lenovo is working on many intelligent applications and has invested in many high-tech ma

nufacturing enterprises. It uses various artificial intelligence-driven algorithms and machine learning to ana

lyze the data of its supply chain system, using it to optimize Lenovo’s new intelligent spare parts supply chain.

Liu Qingfeng, chairman and CEO of iFlytek, said the company has developed a series o

f products driven by AI applications, based on small samples over the past year.

The company’s latest technological breakthrough is for the first tim

e its machine has surpassed humans in English reading comprehension, Liu said.

He said that he believes AI in 2019 has entered the year of large-scale application.

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He says that he collected 39 different versions of Beethov

So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.

During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat

skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.

In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver

sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw

een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.

Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.

“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar

e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.

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The 20-year-old said she first learned about the history

The volunteer team-led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En

glish-has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go

vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.

Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife

in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.

Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si

zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con

venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.

“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.

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Sino-US talks on trade seen as productiveeets with U

Negotiators from two sides aim to meet next week in Washington to continue

Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven M

nuchin met in Beijing from Tuesday to Wednesday for the 10th round of trade talks between China and the United States.

The two sides are working on putting bilateral trade on a stronger footing, and the lat

est meetings were productive, Mnuchin wrote on his Twitter account, without giving details.

A Chinese team is scheduled to visit Washington next week for another round of talks, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Liu is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Cent

ral Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue.

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The settlement of the dispute over agricultural product

ts between China and the United States is nothing out of the ordin

ary – it is a normal part of China’s engagement with the rules-based trading syste

m. As Mr Pascal Lamy, a former WTO director general put it, “China has delivered an ‘A-pl

us performance’ since its WTO accession,” and no WTO member has been

a perfect performer when it comes to WTO rules as each country has its own interpretation of the rules.

China will regard every dispute settlement within the WTO framework as an opportunity to cont

inuously adjust and improve its trade practices. Through the process, China will consult extensively with oth

er WTO members in order to promote reforms of the WTO that enhance the organization’s authority and effe

ctiveness so that it can better safeguard free trade and the multilateral trading system.

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