Having read out Xi’s letter at the opening ceremony, Li H

ongzhong, secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Communist

Party of China, said Tianjin would embrace a new era of intelligence, create a new intelligen

ce-based economy, step up AI cooperation with other countries and speed up the building of an “intelligent Tianjin”.

Li said the city will intensify efforts to boost AI applications in fields of urban management, public services, transportation and logistics, healthcare and security.

Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China

is drafting regulations and standards for regulating AI and will publish them soon.

Wang said more effort is needed to make breakthroughs in basic AI theories and core techn

ologies, expand the application fields of AI and further propel the deep integration of AI with various industries as p

art of a broader push to support the development of the real economy and improve people’s livelihoods.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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Besides tasting food, such as Beijing roast duck and trad

aditional snacks, visitors can take in a parade involving 28 teams from Asian countries at the main venue, Xu said.

The parade, with singing and dancing, is held twice a day. Members of the public who want

to experience the food festival and parade at the main venue need to register online in advance at www.damai.cn.

During Asian Civilization Week, the public can attend several cu

ltural performances, films or exhibitions with Asian features at lower prices or free.

For example, an Asian arts exhibition will be held at the Beijing 798 Art Zone n

ext week, said Wang Xiuqin, an official from the China Arts and Entertainment Group.

“Our aim is to help more people understand Asian culture and attend related activities,” he said.

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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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We are sad to hear the passing of architect I.M. Pei, whos

 incomparable contributions to museums and culture worldwide will leave an indelible legacy. In 1983, he accepted the Pritzker Architecture Prize here at The Met, s

aying: ‘Let us all be attentive to new ideas, to advancing means, to dawning needs, to impetuses of change so that we may ac

hieve, beyond architectural originality, a harmony of spirit in the service of man,” read The Met’s official Twitter account.

“For this Chinese-American growing up in the DC area, the East Win

g of the National Gallery of Art was an extraordinarily special place. A mon

ument ot beauty and to the possibilities of being an immigrant. RIP to a legend,” Twitter user Jia Lynn Yang wrote.

“You cannot talk about architecture in the last 60 years without talking seriously about I.M. Pei,” said Ro

bert AM Stern, a former dean of the Yale University school of architecture. “It’s not a single building. It’s h

is work over a generation of time and his logical and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of excellence.”

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Telecom carriers, chipmakers and smartphone vendors

s in China are ready to commercialize 5G. China will directly grant 5G licenses, instead of the previ

ous plan to give several key cities interim 5G licenses, to better time the rollout,” said a source clos

ed to the telecom industry regulator who asked to remain anonymous because public statements are not authorized.

Michael Gao Wenhao, deputy general manager of the 5G industrial products line at ZTE, disclosed at a 5G conference in

Hong Kong on Thursday that “China is likely to start commercial use of 5G nationwide on Oct 1”.

He told China Daily that he got the information from the country’s major telecom operators.

China said earlier that it was considering a pre-commercial launch of 5G this year, follo

wed by large-scale commercialization in 2020. Miao Wei, minister of industry an

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The US administration’s more often than not conflicti

conflicting goals have resulted in the trade conflicts with China an

d other countries. For instance, China’s exports to the US grew 11.3 percent

and its trade surplus with the US increased to $323 billion in 2018, up 17.3 percent year-on-year.

Moreover, Washington has forbidden US companies to sell chips to ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equip

ment and systems company, even after imposing huge fines on the company. By so doing, the US has act

ually encouraged China to increase investment in its high-tech sector. So, even if China and the US

were to strike a deal, China would be prompted to import lower volumes of energy and agricultural products from the US.

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Customs cooperation to take aim at IPR violationsnd inter

China will expand international cooperation in enforcing intellectu

al property rights to facilitate trade and create a favorable business environment for ente

rprises from China and overseas, a customs official said on Wednesday.

Cooperative customs mechanisms have been establ

ished in more than 130 countries and regions, with more than 190 agree

ments signed, including with major trade partners such as the United States, the European Union, Russia, Japan

and South Korea, said Jin Hai, deputy director for general affairs at the General Administration of Customs.

To more effectively fight crossborder violations of intellectual property rights, Chinese cust

oms will improve information sharing and exchanges of data with other countries and regions.

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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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Shanghai has ‘best business environment’ in China

hina’s financial center Shanghai boasts the best business environment in the country, according to a report on China’s urban busi

ness environment index jointly released by the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, the C

hina Economic Media Association, WANB Institute and YICAI Research Institute.

With an index of 86.73, Shanghai topped the list of Chinese cities with best business environment, followed by the capi

tal city Beijing at 84.63, and then Shenzhen, in South China‘s Guangdong province, at 84.48.

The report evaluates Chinese cities according to five “soft environment” indexes — technological innovation, finan

cing, talent, culture and life — and two “hard environment” indexes, natural resources and infrastructure.

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