We must work together to ensure that big data, and the

technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to develo

pment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.

Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made signif

icant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sec

tors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.

“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the real econo

my, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp

rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.

According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reached a total volu

me of over 31 trillion yuan ($4.5 trillion), or 34.8 percent of its GDP, in 2018.

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ombat Hero. When he retired from the PLA, Zhang chose to

ork in the poverty-stricken mountainous areas in Laifeng, a remote county in Hubei province. He dedicated his life to the p

eople, holding posts ranging from community-level government official to deputy manager of a local bank.

His political beliefs as a Party member supported him during the war period and in serving th

e people in peacetime, with indifference to fame and wealth, Zhang told Xinhua News Agency. He said he has been

fulfilling the oath that he had sworn when joining the Party, and that he doesn’t deserve special recognition for his a

chievements, since what he did was negligible compared with those who sacrificed their lives in the war. His left leg

was amputated seven years ago because of an illness, but Zhang stood up again on his prosthesis.

He said he doesn’t want to be a burden for others, and wants his children to work wholeheartedly for the Party and the people.

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While eating alone is hardly a novel experience in many

“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget

her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle

agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.

Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi

viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes-meat, fish, vegetables and soup-for everyone to share.

Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.

The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo

graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi

nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.

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In Shanghai, Mi Jia Kao Cai Fan, a restaurant that serves a tra

 traditional local cuisine-rice with salted pork and greens, the Cai Fan in the name-has ga

ined a good reputation for its traditional flavors and its striking interior design.

Instead of rows of tables that can seat four or more people, the restaurant has just one long table

divided into individual booths by boards. When seated, diners face a small curtain-covered window, wh

ere the food is served anonymously. Each booth contains coat hangers and charging sockets.

“I wanted to let our customers know that a single person also needs to eat well, so I designed things this wa

y to make them feel less ashamed about eating alone. One person can eat out and enjoy it,” said Li Le, the owner.

Many diners have left supportive comments about the eatery on Dazhong Dianping, an online restaurant review platf

orm. “With one person, one booth, eating alone is no longer embarrassing. A bowl of fragrant rice with a bowl of re

freshing mung bean soup provides a very comfortable dinner here,” commented a customer called Kobayashi1214.

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However, Pu was not the first person to break the communal

The topic “Hotpot can be eaten by one person” has attracted about 56 million hits and more than 17,000 posts.

Cai Yani started dining alone in 2012, just after she quit her job as a maga

zine editor. During her period without work, she ate alone, but she discovered that ma

ny restaurants, especially those serving stir-fry, were reluctant to receive solo diners.

In response, Cai started filming her Solo Dining series. Each episode lasts about three minute

s and features one meal made by one person. The short series has attracted millions of views on Youku, a vid

eo-sharing platform in China, and its social media account has more than 1 million followers.

She believes the growing popularity of her films, as well as many othe

r videos and publications dedicated to eating alone, is not only due to the rising number

of singletons in China, but also the growing stress of living in big cities that pushes people to seek comfort in food.

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The report said 12 countries announced their nationa

onal strategies on AI in 2018, including the US, Germany and the United Kingdo

m, and another 11 countries are in the process of drawing up their national AI strategies.

The report pointed out that the weakness of AI research in China lies in the insuffi

cient collaboration between universities and industries, while Israel and the US are ahead in this respect.

“AI research in China is largely limited within universities, result

ing in a low rate of technology transfer from research to commercial products,” Li said.

Wang Yingchun, director of Shanghai Science and Technology Development Res

earch Center, said technology diffusion has been taking places in the Yangtze River Delta.

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The new water-hydrogen engine, produced by the Chin

Youngman Automobile Group Co, has been the subject of visits from top city officials

and been praised by Zhang Wenshen, Party chief in Nanyang, according to the report.

Following the report, the engine sparked discussion and debate, because it runs contrary to the principles of physics.

Nanyang’s bureau of industry and information technology said the report made mis

takes and conveyed incorrect information, ultimately misleading readers, Beijing News reported.

The bureau highlighted that the project is still being tested and has yet to gain approval from industrial

authorities, adding that the production company’s head has been required to fully explain the technology behind the engine.

Pang Qingnian, 61, chairman of the China Yongman Automobile Group, said the project was established in 2006, and that the e

ngines can convert water into hydrogen and then use the hydrogen to generate electricity, which then fuels vehicles.

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War hero, 95, a model for all, president saysng Fuqin

In a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to carry fo

rward the spirit and dedication of 95-year-old war hero Zhang Fuqing as China forges ahead in the new era.

Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Zhang, a native of Shaanxi province, behaved courageously in the Liberation War i

n 1948, repeatedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.

Over the following decades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story

was made public at the end of last year, as information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.

Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid them for more than 60 years and stayed true t

o his original aspirations. As a soldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.

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na photovoltaic modules export jumps 77% in nels in Dingh

Thanks to huge demand in the emerging markets, China’s export of photovoltaic modules jumped 77.63 percent to 16.78 GW in

the first quarter, with exports value rising 31.89 percent to $4.39 billion, news portal Jiemian reported.

The report, citing newly released Import and Export Analysis Report of China’s Photovoltaic Prod

ucts in Q1 2019 by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Pr

ducts, said the cut in prices of China’s photovoltaic modules boosted purchase of overseas buyers.

The top five export destinations of China’s photovoltaic products

in the first quarter were Vietnam, the Netherlands, India, Japan, and Australia, the report said.

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ers help the stranded Australian climber to a safe locati

Tibetan alpine rescuers successfully rescued an Australian climber experienci

ng critical health problems at an altitude of 7,500 meters on the northern slop

e of Mount Qomolangma – known as Everest in the West – according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

The stranded climber was discovered Wednesday at 7 pm by a four-person mountai

neering crew from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Co on their way back from repair work.

On their journey they found the climber in a state of physical exhaustion, out of consciousness, and in critical condition.

The team reported the situation to Qomolangma Base Camp, and the liaison offic

er ordered the team to assist the climber’s descent, also directing six other mountaineers to facilitate the rescue.

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