envisions cooperation on big dataXi said inthe

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

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

re opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address le

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

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

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

The new generation of information technology, represented by the internet, big data an

d artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound influence on various cou

ntries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.

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President mourns plane tragedyafter an emerg enemetyevo

Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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Sino-US talks on trade seen as productiveets with US Trade

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 Mnuchin 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 Central Co

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

China and the US have been expediting their economic and trade consultations, with a goal of

implementing the consensuses President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump reached in D

ecember, said Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO Studies in Beijing.

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President’s May Fourth Movement call heard by university

Students look for ways to apply Xi’s ideas into their academic, professional lives

The speech made by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday addressing

young people has sparked lively discussions among students and teachers.

At a gathering to commemorate the centenary of the May Fourth Movem

ent in the Great Hall of the People, Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Part

y of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, urged the country’s youth to u

phold Marxism beliefs, follow the Party’s leadership and devote themselves to the nation and the people.

Zhang Dongjie, a senior at Peking University, said Xi’s remarks made him feel that young people should combine pers

onal aspirations with national rejuvenation and devote themselves where there’s a need.

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Investment high on Sino-Swiss agendalcoming cerem

China and Switzerland should make joint building of the Belt and Road into a new highlight of bilateral cooperation and firm

ly safeguard economic globalization and trade liberalization, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

Xi spoke during a meeting with Swiss Confederation President U

eli Maurer, who is to conclude his eight-day state visit to China on Tuesday.

Noting that China’s establishment of a bilateral innovative strategic pa

rtnership in 2016 with Switzerland was the first ever created with another country, Xi said

that China is ready to work with the European country to further strategic cooperation.

Xi also underscored the importance of following a pioneering spirit, recalling that Swiss busines

ses began to explore the Chinese market soon after the country’s reform and opening-up began.

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Other commonly used disaggregated growth meas

ures are consistent with the top-line measured GDP growth number. For example, production and

supply of electricity, thermal power, gas and water increased by 7.1 percent in the quarter. Pl

us, value-added index of transport, storage and post increased by 7.3 percent.

A closer look at the highest growth sectors shows that the economy is moving toward the long-term goal of shif

ting away from a development strategy based on heavy investment in industry and

infrastructure to one based on services and domestic consumption. Also, more productive industries that tur

n out higher-value added goods are growing at a much faster rate than traditional heavy industry.

Among large companies, State-owned enterprises grew 4.5 percent yea

r-on-year while shareholding enterprises grew almost twice as fast, at 7.8 percent. So, stro

ng progress is being made toward the goal of promoting private enterprise, which was re

inforced by many policies announced at last month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress.

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The BRI originated in China but its opportunities an

 outcomes belong to the world, Xi said, adding that the second forum sen

ds a clear message to the world: The BRI will have a brighter future as the circle of its

supporters expands, as good partners increase and as the quality of cooperation improves.

Around 5,000 people from some 150 countries and about 90 international organizations attended the forum.

Participants hailed the BRI as a great initiative for economic cooperation, saying it is conducive t

o promoting connectivity and enhancing international cooperation in fields such as trade, investment and sustainable development.Calling Belt and Road con

struction a path to common prosperity, Xi said that early results from the BRI op

en up more space for global economic growth, build a platform for international cooperation and make new co

ntributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

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Seven arrested as Sri Lanka bombings death toll rises to 207

The death toll from a rash of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose past 200, police and local media said.

“Altogether we have information of 207 dead from

all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 450 injured peop

le admitted to hospitals,” Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters in Colombo.

Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country so far, with six blasts hitting in t

he morning and two in the afternoon. The curfew has been imposed from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Morning explosions occurred when hundreds of worshipe

rs gathered at churches to commemorate Easter Sunday, the police said.

Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said two explosions were reported fro

m St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in capital Colombo and another church in Katana on the outsk

irts of the capital; a third explosion was reported from a church in Batticaloa in the east.

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Guns, tanks are modified to fight forest firesguishing guns h

Fire departments across China are on high alert each spring, when forests are prone to erupt in flames.

At least eight forest fires have occurred since the start of this year, with the deadliest killing 30 people who were fighting it.

In an attempt to improve the efficiency of firefighting operations and reduce safety risks, fire depa

rtments have begun to adopt machines such as specially modified artillery guns and tanks.

According to China North Industries Group Corp, commonly kn

own as Norinco, eight long-range fire-extinguishing guns designed and built by the com

pany arrived in Guojiaping village in Changzhi, Shanxi province, on Sunday at the request of provincial auth

orities to help quench the fire that had raged on a nearby mountain for several days.

The guns were used on Monday to launch shells containing fire-exti

nguishing agents onto the hill. With their assistance, firefighters were able to put out

the blaze by afternoon, the State-owned defense conglomerate said on Wednesday.

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Xi stresses perseverance in fight against povertyeneral secretar

 President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for perseverance in the fight against poverty as t

here are only two years left for the country to meet its goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2020.

“There should be no retreat until a complete victory is won,” said Xi, also general secreta

ry of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He made the remarks when joining deliberation with deputies from Gansu provin

ce at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.

resident Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of t

he Central Military Commission, shakes hands with a lawmaker from Gansu province on Mar

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