China has been working to increase the access speed

 and reduce costs of internet services, which will be good not only for consumers but also for industrial upgrading.

The country’s three telecom carriers — China Mobile Communications, China United Network Comm

unications Group and China Telecommunications Corp — announced steps to scrap domestic long-distan

ce and roaming charges from Oct 1, 2017, and cancel data roaming fees within the country starting July 1, 2018.

However, increasing speed and cutting charges doesn’t bring less

revenue for telecom operators. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, du

ring the first half of last year, revenues from the telecom business rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 672 billion yuan.

Mobile internet traffic jumped 199.6 percent to 26.6 billion gigabytes. Among them, inter

net usage via phones soared 214.7 percent to 26.2 billion gigabytes, accounting for 98.3 percent of the total.

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Meanwhile, 5G is becoming a new bright spot. In Decem

the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allocated specific l

ow- and medium-frequency bands to the nation’s three telecom carriers. Currently, these carrie

rs are conducting 5G trial operations in a string of cities, enabling large-scale precommercial use.

According to the action plan, the country will speed up 5G research, and promote the construct

ion of 5G network and demonstration projects, aiming to fully commercialize the superfast technology by 2020.

E-commerce poverty alleviation

In the wake of information consumption’s development in China, e-commerce brings about a new idea for poverty alleviation in rural areas.

In recent years, some people sell local agricultural products nationwide via e-commerce platf

orms. It not only improves the livelihoods of impoverished people, but also contributes to the revitalization of rural areas.

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On Feb 28, Starbucks organized an online competition

a flash sale, if you will-for the limited-edition cups. Consumers would wait in front of their com

puters for long hours just to click “buy” several times in quick succession over a period of four days to March 3.

Only, millions of their ilk would also do the same thing at the same time. This meant, most of their attempts were destined to prove unsu

ccessful as buyers vastly outnumbered the special cups on sale. The cat-cups were sold out in nanoseconds after the sale opened.

Disappointed consumers accused Starbucks of resorting to “hunger market

ing”, a strategy to drive up demand by deliberately limiting supply, a charge that the cafe chain denied.

The Starbucks cup episode is the latest proof that pets, particularly cats, are stoking big-ticket

spending among affluent consumers in China, an economy that is witnessing consumption upgrade acr

oss all sectors-a topic close to the hearts of the Chinese lawmakers and political advisers who attended the annu

al sessions of the country’ top legislature and top political advisory body this month.

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We can later, accordingly, provide useful information o

our exhibitions,” he said.

The CCTV cameras also are used to safeguard the museum’s precious relics. More than 1.86 milli

on of them are housed at the museum, which logged 17.5 million visits from the public in 2018, topping all museums worldwide.

“How can we make sure no single visitor who might have evil ideas threatens these treasures?” Shan sa

id. “After adopting the internet of things, we can instantly detect any motion involving the artifacts to prevent such threats.”

Such a networked system also will be used to facilitate management of inventory and closely supervise transportation and exhibition of cultural relics.

New technologies can assist the museum staff in other ways, too, said Wang Tao, a member of Huawei’s board of directors.

The company will use algorithms to more efficiently draft tailored plans for restorin

g cultural relics after information on similar pieces and files on each collection are included in a database.

“We can thus combine old craftsmen’s experience and artificial intelligence,” Wang said.

The 5G network also will be used to improve remote consultation through webcams, which will facilitate conver

sations with overseas scholars to jointly find the best answers for restoration and preservation issues, he said.

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The country has also launched various measures to enha

ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu.

To increase financial support for small and micro firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su

pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro

nment, Zhu added.China should step up the construction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema

nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che

ical Industry under the State-owned oil giant China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.

The government should provide fiscal and tax subsidies for the construction of underground gas stor

age facilities and improve the pricing mechanism for natural gas to achieve a more open gas market system, said Zhang in his sug

gestions to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China consumed 280.30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, u

p 18.1 percent year-on-year, according to the National Development and Reform Commissi

on, the nation’s top economic regulator. The increase is in line with the country’s aim to encourage the use of gas instead of coal to combat air pollution.

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We are the first Chinese dairy maker to sell products abroa

and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.

Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultural University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili

Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec

ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46 billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could

join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh

eritance of intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report.

This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies

and CPPCC members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage.

In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden

ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.

Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that

we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate

the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.

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At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to

  ”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin

g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com

plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

  Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana

gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app

eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

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However, in a social media post just before the attack, an acco

  unt that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that

was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.

  In addition, police are aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the at

tack, which purports to show a gunman walking into an unnamed mosque and opening fire.

  ”We would strongly urge that the (video) link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed,” the New Zealand police said.

  In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, Mia Garlick, said videos that appeared to show the Christchurch shootings were quickly taken down.

  ”New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream co

mmenced and we removed both the shooter’s Facebook account and the video. We’re also

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praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as s

  oon as we’re aware,” she said.CNN has not been able to independently confirm any information about any of the attackers or the the alleged video at this stage.

  A spokesperson for Google and YouTube issued a statement calling the shooting a “terrible tragedy.”

  ”Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and is removed as soon as we become aware

of it,” read the statement. “As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities.”

  Twitter has removed an account it believes is linked to the suspect in the shootin

g and is working to keep the video of the incident off its platform, a spokesperson said.

  ”We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Christchurch today,” Twitter said in a stat

ement. “Twitter has rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situa

tions such as this. We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required.”

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During the second session of the 13th CPPCC Nation

ional Committee, political advisers submitted 5,113 proposals, covering a wide range of topics that included econom

ics, politics, culture, social development and environmental protection, officials said. Among them, 3,

859 were formally filed and will be forwarded to relevant authorities for handling.

This year, economic issues and social affairs drew more attention from the political advisers during the two sessi

ons, with 1,484 proposals and 1,336 proposals falling in the two categories respectively, officials said.

Some of the typical proposals on economic issues dealt with such matters as preventing financial risks, supporting the

private economy, developing a high-quality manufacturing sector and shoring up market confidence.

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