Sichuan-Tibet Railway to see high-speed trains at 200 kmh

he Sichuan-Tibet Railway, the second railway line linking the Tibet autonomous region to other parts of China, will opera

te high-speed trains with a designed running speed of 200 kilometers per hour, thecover.cn reported.

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, revealed a draft plan on Wednesday that tra

ins on the whole Sichuan-Tibet line will travel with a designated speed of 200 km/h, with some segments limited to 160 km/h.

The 1,600-kilometer-long line under construction is designed to start from Chengdu, pass through Ya’an and Kan

gding, then enter Tibet via Qamdo and end at Lhasa. The 140-kilometer Chengdu-Ya’an high-speed railway, whic

h serves part of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, started operation last year with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.

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up more than half of the market size. The online users dou

e online users double from 5.7 million in 2017 to 15.3 million in 2018.

Insiders say as Chinese parents increase their spending on education, online education gets more recog

nition and China’s internationalization progresses, online course users will keep growing, The Beijing News reports.

The report echoes their opinion. Data from the report shows that the penetration rate of online education rose from 0.8 percen

t in 2015 to 9.1 percent in 2018, up 11 folds within four years. It’s projected that the penetration rate will reach 12 percent in 2019.

New users go for top brand

Data from the report shows the market share of VIPKID is 68.4 percent, follow

ed by 51Talk (11.6 percent), DaDa English (7.8 percent) and vipJr (5.7 percent).

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od films. This fact is attested by Chinese films’ soari

ring box office and increasingly impressive performance at major international film

festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

But there is still a wide gap between the Chinese film industry and the Eu

ropean and US movie industries, be it in the art of filmmaking or in the publicity strat

egies and methods. That some Hollywood filmmakers spend nearly half of their budget on publicity and ad

vertising should give Chinese filmmakers some food for thought, especially since some Chinese movies, de

spite being well made and highly rated by movie critics and viewers alike, fail at the box office.

A wine-maker needs to get people to know his wine is good to make his business a success, so do Chinese filmmakers.

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Core technologies to better drive digital shiftShijia and Hu

More efforts are needed to make breakthroughs in core technologies, advance infor

mation infrastructure construction and provide further impetus to the digital transformation of ind

ustries, said a senior official at the Second Digital China Summit, which opened in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Monday.

Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Pu

blicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, called for more work to accelerate the research and de

velopment of 5G, as well as promote the building and application of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System.

Huang said achieving breakthroughs in core technologies should be the top pri

ority, with innovation fully pursued and intellectual property rights better protected.

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Liu also announced that a multilateral development

financing cooperation center has recently been established — jointly with eight multilateral develo

pment institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure In

vestment Bank — to prepare for “high-quality” projects and promote international standards for BRI financing.

Chinese financial institutions have provided more than $440 billion for BRI infrastructure projects. Renminbi-denom

inated overseas investment funds amounted to over 320 billion yuan ($47.49 billion) and the Chinese capital mark

et has helped companies raise 500 billion yuan through equity funding. BRI countries and companies have issued mor

e than 65 billion yuan in Panda bonds in the Chinese onshore market, according to the central bank.

The World Bank said BRI cooperation is predicted to reduce global trade costs by 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent in 2019.

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Economic structure was further improved during the sa

me period. The value-added high-tech sector’s out

put rose by 7.8 percent, higher than the country’s value-added industrial output.

In the first quarter, the NDRC approved 50 fixed asset investment projects, mainly in th

e fields of energy, transportation and high-tech. The total investment hit 370.3 billion yuan ($55.3 billion).

The NDRC reportedly is considering a slew of new measure to boost spending on automob

iles, home appliances and consumer electronics products. People close to the NDRC said it has sent a draft plan to

encourage consumption in the three sectors, according to a report in the National Business Daily.

The news caused shares of home appliance companies traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen to increase

by 1.47 percent on Thursday, according to Shanghai-based information provider Wind Info.

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The plan calls for integration of AI with mathematics, st

, statistics, physics, biology, psychology and sociology, among other disci

plines. It promotes the “AI + X” interdisciplinary approa

ch in universities and aims to set up 100 majors that combine AI and other subjects by 2020.

Many Chinese universities have set their sights on improving AI education and nurturin

g more AI talent and have established new AI departments and research institutes.

Tsinghua University established an AI institute in 2018 as p

art of its efforts to advance AI research and education.

Aiming to become a globally influential AI research institution, the institute focuses on the basic theory of AI and activ

ely promotes cross-disciplinary AI research as well as the integration of academia and industry.

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According to Li, the project drew to a close recently as

sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ended as scheduled. “However, more gre

en super rice species are expected to be rolled out, thanks to funds from the bilateral collaborations und

er the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South Cooperation.”

Gary Atlin, a senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, said the p

roject demonstrates a new collaboration model in which rice scientists from different cou

ntries can work together to understand local needs and develop solutions on a global basis.

“Expertise of Chinese scientists in rice breeding and cultivation is a tremendous resou

rce for the developing world,” he said. “I believe it will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

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destinations you can’t miss over Qingming Festival h

Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine

se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.

The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i

t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.

Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit

h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau

tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.

Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan

province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num

erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe

ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.

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But a customs union would ensure UK businesses can cont

ontinue to trade with the EU, and would solve many of the problems that bedevil May’s deal. In partic

ular, it would remove the need for customs posts and border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

There’s a good chance a withdrawal agreement that included a

customs union pledge would be approved by Parliament, and welcomed by the EU.

But some hard-line Conservative Party lawmakers have written to May, insisting that she not agree to a Brexit extension beyond M

ay 22, which would force the U.K. to take part in the next European Parliament election, the Sun newspaper reported.

The letter urged the prime minister to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament for

a fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, the Sun said.

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