We are sad to hear the passing of architect I.M. Pei, whos

 incomparable contributions to museums and culture worldwide will leave an indelible legacy. In 1983, he accepted the Pritzker Architecture Prize here at The Met, s

aying: ‘Let us all be attentive to new ideas, to advancing means, to dawning needs, to impetuses of change so that we may ac

hieve, beyond architectural originality, a harmony of spirit in the service of man,” read The Met’s official Twitter account.

“For this Chinese-American growing up in the DC area, the East Win

g of the National Gallery of Art was an extraordinarily special place. A mon

ument ot beauty and to the possibilities of being an immigrant. RIP to a legend,” Twitter user Jia Lynn Yang wrote.

“You cannot talk about architecture in the last 60 years without talking seriously about I.M. Pei,” said Ro

bert AM Stern, a former dean of the Yale University school of architecture. “It’s not a single building. It’s h

is work over a generation of time and his logical and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of excellence.”

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International Museum Day celebrated at Palace M

Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a platfo

rm for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural back

grounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.

The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administration show China had 5,354 mu

seums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 26,000 exhibitions in 2018 and

received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The International Council of Museums organized the annual Inte

rnational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.

Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interact

ive, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.

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Luckin raised $561 million in its initial public offering Friday by selling 33 million American depositary shares at $17 apiece.

The ADS, which are trading on Nasdaq under the symbol “LK,” closed at $20.38 after rising as high as $25.96 earlier in the day.

England – Chinese head coach Guan Jianmin said in Manchester on Friday that Bianca Walkden’s controversial victory

over Olympic champion Zheng Shuyin at the World Taekwondo Championships is a big scandal in the sport’s history.

“I cannot believe this could happen during the world championships,” said Guan, also

President of the Chinese Taekwondo Federation. “This is the first time I have seen such kind of thing.”

Zheng, who had beaten Walkden three times in a row, took a dominant lead of 20-10 in the closing stages of the women’s over

73km category final, but the referee disqualified Zheng alleging she had committed 10 fouls during the bout.

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Both the digital industry and digitalization of other indu

 industries develop fast, and new sectors have been emerging, such as unmanned warehousing, facial recognition payments and new online-to-offline groceries.”

Meng also said that a new version of the nationally unified negative list for market access will be rolled out w

ithin the year. Illegal or implicit entry barriers and locally issued negative lists will be canceled, she said.

The Chinese authorities will also establish and refine mechanisms for adjusting the annually released

list when necessary, she said, adding that the list will better cope with the reforms to delegate power, streamline ad

ministration and optimize government services, and will better meet the needs of market entities for broader access.

Wang Yuanhong, deputy head of the Department of Economic Forecas

ting at the State Information Center, said the fast growth of high-tech industries and the

service sector reflects the ongoing upgrading of traditional industries and the optimization of C

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After decades of industrialization, the average level of the

 hard environment in Chinese cities has improved, though space remains for the developm

ent of soft environments. These are key to a city’s business environment, the report said.

Decades ago, university graduates’ artwork was exhibited only for viewing by students and teachers. Today, these exhibi

tions have become a big celebration, not only for denizens of the university, but also the general public.

Tsinghua University’s arts and design academy is currently showing paintings, sculptures, mixed-m

edia works and designs created by postgraduates who will receive their master’s degree in June. The

y are displayed at the academy’s buildings and Tsinghua University Art Museum, through May 30.

The exhibition has not only drawn gallery owners, art dealers, representatives from cultural instit

utions and enterprises who scout for upcoming talent or new additions to their collections; but has allo

wed an audience of the general public to keep up with the evolution of art and broaden their artistic horizons.

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Food festivals offer visitors taste of Asiaonal Beijin

Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.

The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere

nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b

etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.

Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh

ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at

tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers

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Health authorities suggest meditation every dayakes part in

China’s health authorities are advising people to meditate for five

minutes a day with the recent launch of a health knowledge promotion project.

The project has been jointly initiated by the disease prevention and cont

ol and promotion centers under the National Hea

lth Commission, China Health Education Center and All-China Journalists Association.

They advise a “5125” healthy living concept, suggesting people meditate f

ive minutes every day, do physical exercise for one hour every day, master one sport, join

one exercise community, take in at least 12 types of food every day and 25 types of food every week.

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Financial support will be provided for the construction of inf

f infrastructure to dispose of domestic waste and hazardous solid waste. State-owned banks wi

ll contribute some of the funding needed as the two-year pilot program moves forward, Zhuang said.

“We hope governments of provincial regions enhance their support of these pilot areas a

nd also encourage them to launch their own pilot programs if their conditions permit,” he said.

The State Council unveiled the “no-waste city” pilot plan in January, aiming to minimize gen

eration of waste, maximize its utilization, safely dispose of solid waste and reduce landfills.

It also pledged to establish an index system for “no-waste cities” and

an institutional and technical system for the management of such cities by 2020.

By that time, it’s hoped the pilot cities will see th

eir industrial waste storage stop growing and their agricultural waste fully used, it said.

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The nutrition project connects residents of the provin

nce’s low-income villages to canteens in rural nurseries as well as primary and secondary schools.

These canteens purchase farm produce from the poverty-stricken farmers, Bao added.

Guizhou has been making painstaking efforts to improve educatio

n for children in rural and mountainous regions because the government believes sch

ooling is the best way to empower the youngsters, who are seen as the hope of their families for getting out of poverty.

The mountainous province is one of the poorest regions in China. In 2018, it still had more

than 1.55 million people living below the poverty line of disposable annual income of 8,495 yuan.

One of Guizhou’s approaches to lifting impoverished people out of a bare-bones existence is to

build settlements in urban areas for the relocation of those who live in mountainous areas considered uninhabitable.

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Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it mu

st be admitted that China’s transition to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as

a shock to many companies around the world. The US economy, which has about 7 percent of G

DP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes ar

ound 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Germ

any and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be pai

nless for its companies or for foreign competitors. But, refo

m and opening-up policies that create more competitive companies and markets are t

he only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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