Architectural experts who have gained a hands-on unders

standing of the pros and cons of rural reconstruction through their work were also invited to hold a dialogue with the writers, which resonated so strongly with the

villagers that some of them surrounded the speakers afterward hoping to expand their discussions.

He Wei, assistant professor at the school of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, w

ho has been leading several projects in the countryside, thinks a major problem is the conflicting demands between the elite class

of city dwellers, who tend to seek spiritual comfort in village life, and the villagers themselves who naturally want to i

mprove their quality of life. However, many of the rural traditions have been lost during the process.

“Once they leave the countryside, it’s hard for people to come back and settle, both in person and spiritually,” he says.

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It’s important we have both of the visions. One is the visi

on to look into the future amid urban life, and the other is to look back

on rural history – it’s our past,” he says, adding that this contradiction – resisting urban

ization while at the same time embracing progress – has driven the emergence of modern thought and di

scourse, which has become the internal motivation for change in art, literature and philosophy.

Ethnic Tibetan writer A Lai, famous for his novel Settling Dust, which was also published und

er the title Red Poppies, says many of the writers today still depict rural life as they imagine it, rather than ob

serving and reflecting on it by honestly facing the challenges posed by globalization.

“We should be aware that many of the problems facing Chinese farmers and villagers today are universal,” he says.

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Ministry of Education warns of study risk in USion holds a pres

30n Monday, the Chinese government warned students to be aware of po

ssible visa restrictions or even rejection if they want to study in the United States.

For a period of time, some Chinese who want to pursue their studies in the US have encounte

red visa problems, including a longer waiting time for visas to be issued, a shortened term of visa va

lidity and a rising rate of visa applications being rejected, according to the Ministry of Education.

Such problems are exerting negative influence on Chinese w

ho plan to study or are studying in the US, the ministry added.

The ministry suggested students and scholars be aware of the risk

, assess the risk and make preparations accordingly before deciding to study in the US.

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so important to be working at the state and local

l level. Because in that fashion, by building these relationsh

ips now, hopefully we get a more stable relationship nationally going forward

China’s National Supercomputing Center in the South China ci

ty of Shenzhen on Friday launched a testbed for artificial intelligence experiments.

The AI testbed, named Tai, provides the basic environment of AI chi

ps and systems for the research, development and application tests of AI inventions.

Tai is capable of dealing with large-scale and complex scenarios. Scientists have built

an EB-level intelligent data management and analysis system for high-energy physics, as well as si

mulation of AI scenarios in real business situations and an AI-powered weather forecast platform said Holden.

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Cheng passed the oral defense with “excellent” grade.

After voting by all members of the defense committee, it is suggested that the university academic degree comm

ittee award her the master’s degree,” the chairman of the defense committee announced.

Cheng Hao said he was deeply touched watching his sister’s over 40-minute of thesis defense. “T

he doctors said others would have collapsed due to the unbearable pain and a body that can’t move.”

“My sister was exhausted yet excited after the defense. It gave her enormous confidence. She will keep on reha

bilitation training, get up someday and get back on track,” said Cheng Hao.Chinese people consume 2 trillion y

uan ($289.85 billion) of snack food every year, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Moreover, China adopts a military strategy of “active

 defense”, with emphasis on self-defense and post-strike res

ponse. The strategy’s purpose is entirely for self-defense and

coping with security threats using a reasonable and appropriate defense expenditure, he added.

“In the future, no matter how strong it becomes, China will never threaten anyone, seek hegemony or establish spheres of i

nfluence,” Wei said, adding that the Chinese people “know too well the value of peace” given the country’s turb

ulent history and that “hegemony does not conform to China’s values and national interests”.

However, when someone is trying to undermine China’s sovereignty, security and developmental interests, Wei said, the P

LA is not afraid to face challenges head on “and will resolutely take action and defeat all enemies”.

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Presented in parallel, work by contemporary artist Cai Gu

oqiang gives visitors a glimpse of modern Chinese art. Created specially for this exhibition, hig

hlight pieces include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

Spiraling over visitors’ heads, the birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing o

f the sacred Mount Lishan, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors.

Cheng Jingye, Chinese ambassador to Australia, said at the preview ceremony that the exhib

tion represents another highlight in this year’s China-Australia cultural-and-arts exchange.

“I know that the Terracotta Warriors are very familiar with the

journey to Australia,” he says. “In 1982, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of d

iplomatic relations between China and Australia, Australia was chosen as the destinatio

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hina to remain steadfast protecting national security

hina welcomes the United States’ willingness to develop a stable mi

litary-to-military relationship, but will remain steadfast in safeguarding national sove

reignty and security, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday in Singapore.

In a keynote speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday morning, acting US

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that China and the US can still have a cooperative rela

tionship. Although competition does exist between the two countries, it does not always mean conflict, he added.

Shanahan also noted some “destabilizing activities” in Asia and emphasized the US’s milit

ary presence and commitment in the region. He called for more communication between the US and Chi

nese militaries to settle their differences and build a constructive relationship

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SK exams held by Hanban taken 7 million times in 2018

The HSK exams, a test of Chinese-language proficiency organized by the

Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Ha

nban, were taken 6.8 million times in 2018, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier, the Ministry of Education said on Friday.

Hanban has added 60 new HSK exam centers and there were 1,147 HSK exam centers in 137 regio

ns and countries by the end of last year, Tian Lixin, head of the department for language application and

information management under the ministry, said at a news conference in Beijing.

There were 548 Confucius Institutes and 1,193 Confucius classrooms in 154 countries and regio

ns by the end of 2018, serving as a bridge connecting China with the rest of the world, she said, adding th

at 30 new Confucius Institutes and 80 new Confucius classrooms were built last year.

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pending on health, education, and social protection coul

State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will attend the Shangri-La Dialogue w

hich is set to open on Friday in Singapore, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defense Ministry.

Wei’s attendance will be the second time China has sent its defense minister to the internati

onal security forum held by London-based think tank the International Institute for Strategic St

udies. The first time was in 2011, when General Liang Guanglie took part and delivered a speech.

General Wei is scheduled to speak on China’s security cooperation

with the international community and will meet heads of several foreign delegations to dis

cuss a wide range of topics, Wu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.

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