Tibet guards safety on highest mountaineautiful scene

The safety of mountaineers in China’s recently concluded Qomolangma climbing season, which saw 241 climbers scale the peak from t

he Chinese side, was ensured through good management practices, the government of the Tibet autonomous region said on Friday.

Twelve Chinese mountaineers, 21 Chinese guides, 94 foreign mountaineers and 108 Sherpa

guides made it to the summit from April 10 to May 30, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

Two alpinists, however, have become the victims on the north face of th

e mountain in Tibet’s Dingri county, resulting from the extreme physical demands.

“Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, and safety is the priority,” said Pema Trinley, the association’s deputy director.

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Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committ

mittee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, laid a floral basket at a monument on Monday marking the departure of the Long March.

At a museum marking the start of the Long March, Xi spoke with nine representati

ves of descendants of Red Army soldiers and relatives of revolutionary martyrs.

The People’s Republic of China was founded at the cost of the blood of numerous revoluti

onary martyrs, Xi said, adding that the CPC and the Red Army, upholding lofty revolutionary id

eals, had brought about incredible achievements after repeatedly surviving desperate situations during the Long March.

Xi called for staying true to the revolutionary martyrs, the P

arty’s original aspiration and mission, its revolutionary ideals and principles, and the

people living near revolutionary sites. Xi’s inspection tour took place a week after the Political Bureau of the CPC

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he transformation and upgrading of existing industries

thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen

t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.

“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr

ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.

According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye

ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma

nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.

Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact

uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer

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The move fully demonstrates Beijing’s firm determinati

on to defend its due interests and legitimate rights in international trade and economic cooperation, according to analysts.

The US has totally ignored the fact that China has been eager to resolve trade and economic issues through high-level official ta

lks and pledged to further expand market access for global businesses, said Liang Ming, a senior resea

rcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation.

China has emphasized that the US should not use the tariff method. That is not just for China’s benefit; it is the rational choice a

ny country would make when facing unreasonable requests in trade, said Dong Yan, director of the inte

rnational trade office at the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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The legacy plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter G

ames was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.

“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used

in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonderful legacy story,” said Juan Anto

nio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.

Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while p

lanning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.

To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic marketing partners and four second-tier spon

sors, while the Games’ licensing program, which was launched early last year, has contributed 257 million yuan ($38

million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.

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During his childhood, Zhao was inspired by a carto

toon where he saw the protagonist riding a flying motorbike. To realize his childhood fan

tasy, Zhao stopped all his work and sold his apartment in pursuit of his dream to build his own flying motorbike.

Like many men, the 41-year-old native of Hunan province has always dreamed of flying in the

sky one day. He aced science subjects in school and enjoyed fixing electrical appliances at home.

However, due to his impoverished family background, he had to work at a golf range in Don

gguan, Guangdong province, after graduating from middle school in 1998. Zhao later took on a variety of jobs includi

ng security guard, insurance salesman and property agent, gradually putting his childhood dream aside.

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In recent years, sales in many sectors in lower-tier cit

ities have grown more quickly than in big cities, including clothing, food, beverages and home appliances, Chen added.

During Spring Festival in February, small-town youths in third- an

d lower-tier cities outperformed their peers in bigger centers of population in consu

mption across major e-commerce platforms, including the number of orders placed and the range of products bought.

In third- and fourth-tier cities, total online spending during Spring Festival rose by 55 percent year-on-year, comp

ared with 51 percent in first-tier metropolises. Spending by small-town youths on beauty products rose by 7.8 perc

ent year-on-year, compared with a 5.4 percent increase among their peers in larger cities, according to a report rel

eased by Tmall-Alibaba’s e-commerce platform-and market research company Kantar Worldpanel.

Small-town youths have also boosted the movie industry. For example, in the first quarter of this year, some

56 percent of the box office for The New King of Comedy came from lower-tier cities, as did 46 percent for Crazy Alien.

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The price of carp is low compared with other comme

ial fish, but the ease of catching large quantities makes up for this, both men said.

Irwin has turned down a job in Alaska for the summer. Catching carp in Kentucky is a much easier, he said.

“Here, the weather is warmer, the climate is better and I get to sleep in my own bed at t

he end of the day,” he said, adding that the earnings are comparable to what he would get in Alaska.

Irwin and Berry make a good living catching Asian carp, which

are so abundant in rivers and lakes that they have become a serious ecological pr

oblem for states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Ron Brooks, fisheries director at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said Asian carp are disru

pting $1 billion worth of recreational and commercial business in western Kentucky alone.

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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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