noted that China and Brazil are the biggest developin

oping countries in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and both are important emergi

ng markets. The two countries have a common wish and great potential for development, he said, ad

ding that both countries are important forces for promoting a multilateral world.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 45 years ago, relations between China and Brazil have achieved fruitful outcomes, Xi said.

The president said it is a critical period for the two countries, and they s

hould forge ahead, and each side should deem the other as a partner for development.

Xi called on the two countries to respect, trust and support each other in making the China-Brazil relationship a model for de

veloping countries’ cooperation and an important force in promoting world peace and progress.

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Having read out Xi’s letter at the opening ceremony, Li H

ongzhong, secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Communist

Party of China, said Tianjin would embrace a new era of intelligence, create a new intelligen

ce-based economy, step up AI cooperation with other countries and speed up the building of an “intelligent Tianjin”.

Li said the city will intensify efforts to boost AI applications in fields of urban management, public services, transportation and logistics, healthcare and security.

Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China

is drafting regulations and standards for regulating AI and will publish them soon.

Wang said more effort is needed to make breakthroughs in basic AI theories and core techn

ologies, expand the application fields of AI and further propel the deep integration of AI with various industries as p

art of a broader push to support the development of the real economy and improve people’s livelihoods.

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These values, rooted on Asia’s culture and history and cen

ered on consensus, social harmony, stability and discipline, are more important and rel

evant than ever in the face of challenges-such as protectionism and terrorism-confronting the world today.

Joefe Santarita, dean of the Asian Center at the University of the Philippines, said Asian values promote consensual approach and communitari

anism rather than individualism, and they prioritize social order and harmony as well as respect for elders, discipline and a pate

rnalistic state along with the primary role of government in economic development.

“Asian values are the salient ingredients on how to learn to work tog

ether through trust and consequently promote globalization,” Santarita told China Da

ily. He cited China’s guanxi, a cultural concept that stresses deep personal connections and maintaining relations.

“Guanxi is a clear manifestation of a success story of a cultural element that is aptly applied

in the business sector. Trust is a fundamental element for Chinese businessmen who have engaged in com

mercial partnerships and international trading systems for centuries,” he said.

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“That’s a crime,” the top Democrat in Congress told repo

orters, referring to Barr’s congressional testimony.Justice Depart

ment spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called Pelosi’s allegation “reckless, irresponsible and false.”

The exchange came shortly after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler thre

atened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress if he does not provide a full, unredacted copy of Mu

eller’s findings. That could potentially lead to fines or imprisonment for the top US law enforcement official.

Barr released Mueller’s report on April 18, with some parts blacked out to protect sensitive information.

Pelosi and other leaders in the House, which is controlled by Democra

ts, previously had cautioned against launching the impeachment process, whic

h would begin in the House but would face long odds of success in the Republican-controlled Senate and could alien

ate voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election in which Trump is seeking re-election.

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Information from the Manned Space Agency shows

Information from the Manned Space Agency shows the core mod

ule, Tianhe, with three parts-a life-support and control section, a resource

s section and a connecting section. It will be equipped with three docking hatches reserved for visiti

ng manned or unmanned cargo spacecraft, and two berthing locations used

to connect with space laboratories. There will also be a hatch for astronauts’ to exit for exterior activities.

The module will be 16.6 meters long with a diameter of 4.2 m. It will b

e central to the space station’s operations, as astronauts will live there and control the enti

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

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Starbucks to drop plastic straws in Chinaplastic

Coffeehouse chain Starbucks started offering strawless sipping li

ds and paper straws instead of plastic straws on Monday in almost 1,000 outlets in Sh

anghai and Shenzhen on a trial basis, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The eco-friendly initiative will be carried out in all Starbucks stores across China by the end of this year, fulfilling the comp

any’s promise of phasing out straws in its stores worldwide by 2020 ahead of schedule, according to Starbucks China.

Starbucks will replace plastic straws with recyclable strawless sippin

g lids for cold drinks without whipped cream and offer pap

er straws for beverages like Frappuccino, iced mocha and iced shaken peach green tea.

Starbucks is not alone. McDonald’s trialed

replacing plastic straws with strawless lids and only providing straws on request from the customer in 10 store

s in Beijing in November 2018, encouraging customers to reduce strawuse.

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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Huawei CBG sector offers rich prospectsawei’s consumer

Firm likely to be largest smartphone vendor in the world by end of this year

Huawei Technologies Co said on Thursday that it aims to grow the revenue of its consumer business group, which chiefly includes

smartphones and personal computers, to $100 billion in three years and to $150 billion in five years.

The announcement came after the company’s consumer busin

ess group posted $52.5 billion in revenue last year, up 45 percent year-on-year. Th

at also marked Huawei achieving the target of $50 billion two years ahead of schedule.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said five years later, smartphone

s will account for about two-thirds of its $150 billion revenue goal, and computers, smartwatches as well as oth

er internet of things devices are likely to account for about one-third or 40 percent of its CBG revenue.

According to Yu, Huawei is likely to become the largest smartphone vendor by the end of this year at the earliest, althoug

h its products are not available in the United States and South Korea due to “nonmarket factors”.

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The campaign launched last year targeting the illegal

dumping of solid waste, especially hazardous waste, along the Yangtze River, will be continued, he said.

Wang, of the NPC committee, also called for more government support to encourage in

vestment from both State-owned and private companies into the hazardous waste treatment sector.

Facilities for hazardous waste disposal should be mandatory at all ind

ustrial parks. And while they should be included into planning for new parks, the constr

uction of such facilities should begin as soon as possible in parks with inadequate facilities, he suggested. Land should b

e set aside so that it could be used to increase processing capacity to meet potential demand, Wang said.

He also suggested making the disclosure of information about hazardous waste mandated by law i

n order to facilitate public supervision. The latest technological innovations such as big data, unm

anned aerial vehicles and remote monitoring should be adopted to tighten supervisory efficiency.

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Perhaps crucially it would demonstrate to the EU parlia

liamentary support for what the prime minister is asking for,” she told parliament during the debate on the legislation.

Any further delay to Britain’s exit would need unanimous approval from EU leaders.

To avoid an abrupt no-deal Brexit on April 12, May must present a s

ummit of EU leaders next Wednesday with a plausible strategy to win approval in par

liament for the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated with Brussels.

May has said that if she cannot agree a unified approach with Corbyn, then the government would come up with a numbe

r of options on the future relationship with the EU and put them to parliament in a series of votes.

The legislation was pushed through as part of a process which has seen lawma

kers seize control of parliamentary time in order to influence the way forward on Brexit. It is very unusual for leg

islation which is not proposed by or supported by the government to be passed by parliament.

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