The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could

  rexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it’s already done major damage to the UK economy.

  The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken drama

tically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment.

  The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The econ

omic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour.

  The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no struct

ural changes yet to Britain’s trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world.

  Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Un

ion, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. It has been

easy for UK companies to hire EU workers, and to maintain supply chains that crisscross national borders

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Ardern was elected Prime Minister in October 2017, at the hea

  d of a coalition between her left-wing Labour Party and the populist, anti-immigrantion NZ First.

  She had only taken over as Labour leader three months earlier, at which point it was trailing so far in the polls that i

t looked doubtful it could cobble together a coalition government, let alone score anything close to a majority.

  In a poll before Ardern took over from then Labour leader Andrew Little, the party’s suppo

rt had plunged to less than 25%, a 20-year low. Months later, as “Jacindamania” gripped the nation, it surged to over 40%.

  While she would eventually have to rely on NZ First and the Gr

eens for support, Ardern succeeded in boosting Labour enough to make her the world’s yo

ungest serving female leader, and end a decade of control by the conservative-leaning National Party.

  Since then she has occupied a role unfamiliar to most New Zealand leaders: Global celebrity.

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The CPPCC should improve its quality in carrying out its

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme

nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、

rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.

  ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha

irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet

ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.

  This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit

ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope

ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.

  The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p

ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.

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We don’t know if there’s a link to the Lion Air crash

  Until flight data recorder data is analyzed, it’s impossible to say whether the two disasters are linked.

  There are a number of apparent similarities between the two flig

hts, aside from the obvious fact that both flew on new MAX 8 jets. Each flight crashed mi

nutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.

  The Lion Air flight flew for 13 minutes before crashing, while the Ethiopian

Airlines jet crashed at six minutes into the journey. Both flights also dipped and then regained altitude, acc

ording to flight data, though the erratic movements on the Lion Air plane were more extreme.

  ”The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concer

ned,” CNN aviation expert Mary Schiavo said after the se

cond disaster — and that concern has prompted numerous countries to ground Boeing MAX jets out of caution.

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The multimodule station, named Tiangong, or Heavenly

Palace, will be mainly composed of three components – a core module attached to two spac

e labs – having a combined weight of more than 90 metric tons, the academy said.

Information from the China Manned Space Agency shows the core module, Tianhe, or Harmony of Heavens, will hav

e three parts – a connecting section, a life-support and control section, and a resources section. It will be equipped with

three docking hatches reserved for visiting manned or cargo spacecraft, and two berthing locations used to connect wi

th space laboratories. There will also be a hatch for astronauts’ extravehicular activities.

The module will be 16.6 meters long with a diameter of 4.2 meter

s. It will be central to the space station’s operations as astronauts will live there and control the

entire station from inside it. The module will also be capable of hosting scientific experiments.

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Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

technologies to support farmers to practice sustainable agricultural production.

“The combining chance of advanced breeding technologies that makes the seeds smarter and

more productive, together with modern crop protection products that are friendlier to the envir

onment, coupled with biological technologies that really helps explore the power of microorganisms in the soil, w

ith digital tools as integrators, you bring all of these together.”

In June 2018, Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto, a US seeds and agrochemic

als company, and became the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.

“We are a leader of agriculture,” Madrazo said, “when you look

at our new, integrated company there are three specific aspects that excite us: First one is our

top innovation ability; Second one is leading the digital transformation in agriculture; and the third one is we have a re

al opportunity to shape sustainability for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”

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Hunan art festival promotes rural culture vitalization

The annual Huaihua Beautiful Country Culture and Arts Festival recently took place in Huna

n province, aiming to involve more villagers in art creation and vitalize local culture.

Hosted by the China Art Association, Hunan Photographers Association and the Huaihua Feder

ation of Literary and Art Circles, this year’s arts festival featured local people performing a vari

ety of disciplines on stage, including wind and percussion music, group dance and Chinese operas.

Unique to this year’s arts festival is a photography exhibition, showcasing 50 pictures taken by mi

grant workers. The photos are selected from the award winners of the 2018 Hunan Province W

orkers Photography Exhibition.
“These photos focus on the extraordinary achievements made by laborers from all wa

lks of life, freeze-framing the wonderful moments of their daily work, presenting their diligence, endeavor and co

mmitment to innovation,” says Liang Xiangfeng, secretary-general of Hunan Photographers Association.

The exhibition is a major measure taken by the association in 2019 in its bid to use the arts to alleviate poverty and promote rural vitalization.

Founder of the arts festival, artist Shu Yong, says: “To vitalize the countryside, we must first vitalize rur

al culture. Only when the local villagers feel proud of their home and culture, can rural vitalization truly be realized.”

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With more and more people gathering at the lake, it became over

run with fences and nets used to trap fish. Pollutants discharged by residents liv

ing in the area went directly into the lake, and water quality went from bad to worse.

“We could drink directly from the lake at the beginning, but a few years lat

er, the water began to stink, and we had to buy bottled water onshore” Chen recalled.

Overfishing and other human activities put the lake in crisis.

Realizing the need to clean up the lake, the local government took a series of protec

tive measures including relocating all the fishermen and getting rid of all the fences and nets.

Under the government policy on relocation of fishermen, Chen got 170,000 yuan (around 25,368 U.S. dollars) of

subsidy after moving onshore. Using the subsidy, the 110,000 yuan he got from selling his boat to the g

overnment and his own savings, he bought a nice apartment not far from his workplace.

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Chinese academic players lead in AI patent filing: WIPO repor

Chinese academic institutions and companies are leading players in global artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to a recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Chinese institutions make up 17 of the world’s top 20 academic players in AI patenting a

nd 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications, showed the report, which was released on Thursday.

The report noted that AI patents filed by Chinese organizations grew 20 percent annually on average between 2013 and 2016.

“Chinese organizations are particularly strong in the emerging technique of deep learning,” the report said.

Among the Chinese institutions, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was a leading player, wit

h more than 2,500 patent families and more than 20,000 scientific papers published on AI, it sh

owed, adding that CAS has the largest deep learning portfolio with 235 patent families.

However, US and Japanese companies led in AI patent filings. Of the top 20 companie

s filing AI-related patents, 12 are based in Japan, three are from the US and two are from China.

US-based IBM has the largest portfolio of AI patent filings with 8,290 inventions, followed by Microsoft with 5,930 inventions, according to the report.

State Grid Corp of China rose into the top 20 after its patent filings increased by an average of 70 percent annually from 2013 to 2016.

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