To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 7, the fifth d

ay of the fifth lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar, foreign students from the C

hinese Culture and Literature School at Nankai University learned to make zongzi, or pyramid-shaped glu

tinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed leaves, and weave five-color strings to appreciate Chinese culture on June 3.

Students learned about the festival and its origins, as well as dragon b

oat racing, hanging calamus and wormwood, and drinking realgar wine.

The school has more than 700 foreign students

from 60 countries and regions, and regularly organizes events, such as flying kites and making mooncakes, to c

elebrate traditional Chinese festivals, helping the students learn and experience traditional Chinese culture.

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tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa

l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.

During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater

al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia

nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.

St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h

onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P

utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.

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quality food security system that is more efficient and more sustainable to guarantee the nation’s grain reserves, the statement sai

The US government is the one to blame for its self-contradictory actions that have led to escalating trade frictions with China, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

The US government has been sending self-contradictory signals, by saying that the two countries

will soon reach an agreement and then saying that it is not ready, said Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman.

US President Donald Trump said on Monday in Japan that Washington isn’t ready to strike a trade deal

with China, but he’s leaving open the possibility that the two nations could reach an agreement someday.

Gao said it is hard not to cast doubts on the sincerity of the US.

He added that the escalation of the trade dispute has seriously undermined the basis for further talks and the US is the one to blame.

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With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie

s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.

A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi

on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.

For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.

“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am

brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.

As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr

ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.

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Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he

walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.

His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has

a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia

nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.

“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.

Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso

nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be

ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.

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lems for commercial and recreational fishing, boating and water skiing. It deters a

lot of new business owners when they talk to us about opening in Kentucky,” Brooks said.

In some waterways, carp are so abundant that they jump out of the water into boats, sometim

es hitting boaters and creating a nuisance. The massive schools of the fish are also hazardous to water skiers

on popular lakes. Commercial fishermen in pursuit of other types of fish have to try hard not to catch them.

Asian carp are having a $7 billion negative effect on various businesses in the US.

But He Lining, development manager at Two Rivers F

isheries, said the fish are not a problem, but an opportunity.

According to He, who is writing a book about the species, the fish was introduced to the US

by scientists in the late 1960s and early ’70s as an easy and cheap way to treat domestic waste.

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magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday

in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.

Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.

Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai

n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre

e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.

“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.

Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin

g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.

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ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac

cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an

d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.

The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco

ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.

Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are

in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to

Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.

In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that

the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.

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tions from across 85 countries and regions worldwide, a noticea

ble rise from the pool of 659 films from the 71 nations and regions last year.

Helmed by US director Rob Minkoff as president, the jury panel consists of six other

members: Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Hon

g Kong actress Carina Lau, Iranian director Majid Majidi and British director Simon West.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sha

rma, the Bollywood movie Zero will be screened as the closing film of the festival.

While the race for the awards is attracting insiders, a special segment titled Film in Panorama will screen 261 new

and classic films in 30 theaters over 15 days, providing a visual feast for film fans in the capital.

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 property buyers in 12 first and second-tier cities were women. And as ages increase, awareness toward buying pro

perty grows as well. The report said in the 30-year-old category, 47.1 percent of single women purchased their own prop

erties, with over a third doing so without mortgages, and 23.4 percent of them owning more than one property.

The research said most of the surveyed women felt a sense of security toward the future after purchasing properties. Dong Fang, a 28-y

ear-old property investment manager who has just invested in a 40-square-meter flat in Shanghai, agreed.

“It doesn‘t matter if I marry or not, now that I have a roof over my head,” Dong said. “I just need to sort o

ut my retirement and major insurance, then whatever the future holds for me, I won’t be too scared.”

About 64 percent of the women respondents aged below 30 said living in a rented

house after getting married was unacceptable, but the ratio was down to 45 percent among women aged over 30. The rep

ort suggested that it was linked to the fact that sophisticated women were likely to own properties already.

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