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An event set up by film director Jia Zhangke featuring leading proponents of a school of writing from Shanxi aims to place the province on China’s literary map.

Jiajiazhuang village in Fenyang, Shanxi province, sits around 600 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

Once known for its collective economy that helped draw its population out of poverty, it has now gained another label than

ks to film director Jia Zhangke, who was born in 35ang in 1970, just a short distance from the village.

Jia has devoted much of his time to regenerating the area’s cultural legacy, not only through movies, but also through literature.

To do that, Jia set up the first Lyuliang Literature Festival, which was held from May 9 to 16

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This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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hina has a large youth population, with more than 248 mil

Despite a busy schedule, Xi still tries to find time to interact with children.

He has extended greetings to children nationwide every International Children‘s Day since he became

president in 2013, showing his care for their growth and his hope for them to carry on endeavors to realize the nation’s dreams.

International Children’s Day falls on June 1 every year.

In May 2013, while inspecting a school devastated by an earthquake in Sichuan province, Xi t

old students to turn their trauma into a source of strength, urging them to be strong, brave and united.

When visiting a primary school in Beijing’s Haidian district in 2014, Xi spoke of the

need to guide children to set high goals and create conditions for them to grow into adulthood.

On June 1, 2015, when speaking to members of the Young Pioneers of China in Bei

jing, Xi called on all Chinese children to learn to be people of integrity, knowledge and responsibility from an early age.

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I think the manufacturing industry feels the same thi

Holden is positive about the future of the relationship. “Honestly, both countries need each other,” he said.

“We need to be able to sell products in China. The Chinese population is wanting the goods that we can

produce here. China also gives us a workforce in some of our industries, which makes them com

petitive globally,” said Holden, who opened Missouri’s first trade office in China during his term from 2001 to 2005.

“I think there are advantages and opportunities on both sides if we ca

n get people to sit down and really look at how do we put these pieces together,” Holden said.

He listed infrastructure, energy, education and business-to-bu

siness relationships as potential areas of cooperation between China and the US, an]

d he suggested such cooperation could start from subnational bilateral exchanges.’

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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Good trade ties vital at state level in US trade relatio

US states continue to value trade relations with China, despite ongoing tensions at the i

nternational level, and they hope tensions will be resolved through negotiations.

“I’m very optimistic on the China-US trade relationship,” Cyrus Habib, lieutenant governor of Washington, said in an inter

view with China Daily as he was attending the Fifth China-US Governors Forum in Lexington, Kentucky, last week.

China is the state of Washington’s top trading partner, with more than 20 percent of the state’s expor

ts going to China, and around 30 percent of its imports came from China in 2018, according to the US Census Bureau.

“It’s truly something that touches every part of our state,” said Habib. “And that went from the i

nformation communication technology sector and manufacturing sector all the way to the agricultural industry and tourism.”

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On Tuesday, a picture showing a questionnaire that a lo

ocal kindergarten had used to ask children whether they we

 

re involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educational bureau said that the rese

arch was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.

Over 90 percent of Hong Kong college students responding to a survey said they were optimistic about the country’s fut

ure, and more than 80 percent said they would like to work on the mainland according to a report released Wednesday.

The HKUYA Student Exchange Network published the report based on a survey they carrie

d out between February and March on Hong Kong college students’ employment intentions for the mainland.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said the major reas

on for them to work on the mainland is a plethora of job opportunities.

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The 5G tech will not only improve the way people liv

 live and work, but also accelerate China’s social digital transformation as well as build key competence amid the uphill battle in the global industry,” Huang said.

“There are huge investment opportunities for 5G industries, including materials, chips,

main equipment suppliers, base stations, antenna, cloud computing, internet of vehicles and the internet of things,” Hu

ang said. “5G will bring historic opportunities for China’s economic and social development.”

A new 5G research institute has also been established in Yizhuang, Beijing on Wednesday.

According to a new report by Global System for Mobile Communications Associ

ation, China is set to become the largest 5G market in the globe, with 460 million 5G users by 2025.

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administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

It is important that we come to an agreement over time that addresses the problems that we have identified. And the sooner the better,” Allen said.

He said the council had opposed the use of tariffs from the very beginning and hop

ed a “mutually acceptable and supportive” agreement could be reached in the near term.

“But, currently, we are moving away from that agreement. We want to get back to moving toward a

n agreement so that our two economies can begin to interact with each other in a more normal manner,” he said.

Allen, who was in Lexington, Kentucky, last week for the Fifth US-China Governors Fo

rum, said he had spoken to a number of Chinese investors in Kentucky and throughout the United St

ates who are bringing jobs and opportunities that did not exist previously.

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The strategic guiding role of national development plannin

ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms

for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop

ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap

abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv

ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state

ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

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