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ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engine
er of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
lled for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a
veiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
Also on F
riday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
Xi reviewed 18 vessels from 13 countries invited to participate in a naval parade on Tuesday afternoon.
The foreign vessels in the waters off eastern Ch
ina’s coastal city of Qingdao saluted Xi, who was on board the destroyer Xining, in their traditional manners as they passed by.
The vessels whistled and officers and soldiers stood in a ceremonial formation, saluting Xi as they passed by.
o you, comrades,” Xi called out to the officers and soldiers. “Hail to you, chairman,” they replied.
Xi alternated the greeting with “Comrades, thanks f
or your hard work,” to which the officers and soldie
rs replied “Serve the peop urn the salute, and Xi waved to the naval officers and soldiers aboard the vessels
i onboard the destroyer Xining gave an order to commence the naval parade on the sea off Qingdao at about 2:30 pm Tuesday.
A total of 32 vessels of the People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed in six groups, and 39 warplanes of the navy flew in ten echelons.
Under a pilot scheme, the first group of six provinces and cities sold 6.8 billion yuan in bonds
at commercial bank counters to individu
al buyers between March 22 and early April. The coupon rates are between 3.01 percent and 3.33 percent, higher than treasury b
ed by the central government as well as bank deposits with the same maturity. Gross local bond issuances hit 1.18 trillion yuan in the first qua
pared with only 219.5 billion yuan in the same period last year. The total quota for 2019 local government bond issuances is 3.08 trillion yuan, according to the Ministry of Finance.
“About 60 percent of the bonds were issued for
ongoing construction, especially for shantytown renovation projects, railways and roads,” said Hao Lei, head of the ministry’s Budget Department.
While debt financing continues to grow, the government is experiencing sharp declin
es in fiscal revenue growth, especially from tax and land sales, official data showed.
China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded
in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ms offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
suspects were detained for further investigation, accor ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administr
ation’s anti-smuggling bureau. Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin
king water in the area, where the undergro
und water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components. “Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev
of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou. Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro
p below m
inus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing. “Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs
to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station. Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to
the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o
f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.
“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.