Condolences flooded social media at the news of Pei’s passing.

Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of

Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas

ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem

embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.

“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t

he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und

erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.

“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla

ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co

mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and

the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin

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Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Hua

 Huawei from buying US technology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilico

n, said it has long been prepared for the “extreme scenario” of the US blocking access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipation. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the

company’s products and a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference

on Friday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and i

nterference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

HiSilicon, which was founded in 2004, has designed chipsets like Kirin, which has b

een used in Huawei’s high-end smartphones. In addition to server chips, the company has also

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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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The number of its exhibits, ranging from train tickets an

d an unfinished self-knitted sweater to a wedding dress and a tie with a lipstick mark, has in

creased by threefold to more than 200. All the objects are left behind from breakups and donated by the public.

People seem to find closure for a broken relationship by donating souvenir

s from former lover, Kang Shidong, owner of the museum, told Shanxi’s news portal sxrb

.com. He said a young man brought a bracelet and spent a whole afternoon writing a note, elaborating his love story.

Besides closure, what surprises Kang is that some visitors fell in love after coming across each other at the museum. “As f

ar as I know, some have entered romantic relationships,” said Kang. “I’m happy to see that. The purpose of estab

lishing such a museum is for people to say goodbye to their old relationship and stride into a new one.”

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protections made noticeable progress in China last yea

 because of multiple measures, including improved legislation, intensified law enforcement and more international coopera

tion, according to the Report on the Latest Development in IPR Protection and Business Environment in China.

Law enforcement authorities in China handled 215,000 cases involvin

g counterfeit products last year, including 77,000 cases involving patent infr

ingement, said Gan Lin, vice-minister of the State Administration for Market Regulation.

Courts across China concluded nearly 320,000 IPR cases of various type

s last year, an increase of 41.6 percent over the prev

ious year. More than 5,600 criminal suspects involved in IPR infringement were arrested last year, Jin said.

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Harmonious co-existence of various civilizations called for

We should leave various civilizations in the world all in full blossom.

There would be no clash of civilizations as long as people are able to appreciate the beauty of them all.

Openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning among civilizations stressed

Exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations should be conducted in a reciprocal and equal ma

nner, and be diversified and multi-directional. They should not be compulsory or forced, or be a one-way flow.

Civilizations should keep pace with times

Innovation should be encouraged to give impetus and vitality to the progress of civilizations.

Asia tourism promotion plan proposed

China is willing to implement an Asia tourism promotion plan with other countries.

Chinese people made more than 160 million outbound trips in 2018 while inbound trips by overseas tourists exceeded 140 milli

on. They are important forces for promoting exchanges and mutual learning among Chinese and foreign civilizations.

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More new users choose VIPKID among all online Engli

glish education brands. Since September 2018, 70 percent of all new users were snapped up by VIPKID.

There is also significant difference between VIPKID and other brands on user activity. Si

nce early 2018, the monthly active users of VIPKID have risen while other brands didn’t see much growth.

People in first- and second-tier cities take up 65 percent of all paid users, becoming a major force i

n online English course market for children. The number of users in third- and fourth-tier cities is growing.

Quality of foreign teachers a challenge

The quality of foreign teachers is a key factor when parents choose English learning pla

tform. The foreign teachers of China’s online English education brands mainly come from No

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However, statistics also show that the total vehicle sale

s in the first four months of this year stood at 8.35 million units, a decrease of 12.12 percent compared with last year. Th

e country produced 8.39 million units during the same time, down 10.98 percent year-on-year.

New cars at a parking lot in Qingdao, Shandong province, are ready to be delivered to clients, April 30, 2019.

In April, China’s total vehicle sales fell 14.61 percent year-on-yea

r to 1.98 million units, and the output dropped by 14.45 percent to 2.05 million units.

The sales of self-owned brands passenger vehicles totaled 584,700 units last month, a decline of 27.88 percent year-on-year.

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The industrial internet, education and medical care are ou

r priorities in upgrading internet services in order to boost industrial development, improve acc

ess to quality medical resources and promote fairness in education,” Premier Li said.

Basic telecommunication service providers will be encouraged to further lower prices. The g

oal this year is to cut the average broadband service rate for small and midsized enterprises by 15 perc

ent, the average rate for mobile internet services by more than 20 percent, and roaming charges for inter

net traffic between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao by 30 percent. A “floor-price” rate will be set for low-income and elderly populations.

Basic telecommunication service providers will be urged to ensure that cellphone users n

ationwide can switch service carriers without changing phone numbers by the end of November, and any e

xtra term required for this service will be looked into. These companies will also be urged to straighten out their service pa

ckages to trim the packages available by more than 15 percent within this year, bringing more benefits to consumers.

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The Chinese government puts high importance on work re

ating to broadband connections at reasonable rates. General Secretary Xi Jinping issued instructi

ons on several occasions, stressing the need for enhanced information infrastructure building to provide people with acc

essible, affordable and user-friendly information services. Premier Li Keqiang emphasized that solid efforts must be made

for faster and more affordable internet services and sharpen the country’s international competitiveness in this regard.

Figures from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that 1,000M broadband has been piloted in 100-plus Chin

ese cities. The country now has more than 3.76 million 4G base stations and 1.17 billion-strong 4G network users.

It was agreed at the meeting that as required by the Central Economic Work Conferen

ce and the Government Work Report, efforts must be intensified to make internet servic

es faster at a lower rate. This will not only benefit and facilitate companies and the people, but will also help boost effe

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