President stresses AI’s role in growthows the venue of Intellig

hina attaches great importance to innovative development, and it

considers new generation artificial intelligence as the driving force for scientific and technolo

gical development, industrial optimization and upgrading as well as major productivity improvements while it s

trives to achieve high-quality development, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the World Intelligence Congress, which opened in Tianjin.

The president noted that AI is having a significant and far-reaching impact on economic development, social progress and gl

obal governance. He expressed hope that participants at this third congress strengthen exchanges, enhance con

sensus and step up cooperation to promote the healthy development of new-generation AI.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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teps aimed at helping further develop countryside opt

hina will undertake key measures to further integrate the country’s rural and urban areas

and encourage the transfer and free flow of people and resources throughout the nation.

Measures include relaxing hukou (household registration) barri

ers, reforming zoning regulations for rural and residential land, marketing collective land

in rural areas for development purposes and increasing infrastructure spending in the countryside.

Experts said the new plan, announced by the Communist Party of China Ce

ntral Committee and the State Council late on Sunday, is aimed at helping realize steady progr

ess in rural revitalization, driving up the process of urbanization and further boosting the economy.

China has a three-step plan. First, it will initially build a framework an

d mechanism for integrated development of urban and rural areas, and gradually rem

ove limits on hukou registration in cities by 2022. Second, it will bring about an improved framewo

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President’s May Fourth Movement call heard by university

Students look for ways to apply Xi’s ideas into their academic, professional lives

The speech made by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday addressing

young people has sparked lively discussions among students and teachers.

At a gathering to commemorate the centenary of the May Fourth Movem

ent in the Great Hall of the People, Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Part

y of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, urged the country’s youth to u

phold Marxism beliefs, follow the Party’s leadership and devote themselves to the nation and the people.

Zhang Dongjie, a senior at Peking University, said Xi’s remarks made him feel that young people should combine pers

onal aspirations with national rejuvenation and devote themselves where there’s a need.

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Seven arrested as Sri Lanka bombings death toll rises to 207

The death toll from a rash of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose past 200, police and local media said.

“Altogether we have information of 207 dead from

all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 450 injured peop

le admitted to hospitals,” Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters in Colombo.

Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country so far, with six blasts hitting in t

he morning and two in the afternoon. The curfew has been imposed from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Morning explosions occurred when hundreds of worshipe

rs gathered at churches to commemorate Easter Sunday, the police said.

Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said two explosions were reported fro

m St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in capital Colombo and another church in Katana on the outsk

irts of the capital; a third explosion was reported from a church in Batticaloa in the east.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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He called on both countries to fully carry out consen

nsuses that have been reached to make new progr

ess in their all-around partnership of friendship and cooperation.

China is willing to import more high-value-added Belgian produ

cts that cater to demand in the Chinese market, and Bel

gium is welcome to participate in the second China International Import Expo this year, Li said.

In the meantime, the world’s second-largest economy will work with Belgium to fully implement t

heir memorandum of understanding for third-party market cooperation to enhance their cooperation in Africa, the premier added.

Michel said Belgium has attached great importance to its relations with China and will d

eepen bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture and shipbuilding. He said he hoped the Ch

ina-EU leaders’ meeting would be successful, safeguard multilateralism and promote trade.

In October, Li visited Belgium while attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.

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The water-delivering trains are a special service on the Hu

unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin

king water in the area, where the underground water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components.

“Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev

ery drop of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou.

Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro

p below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing.

“Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs

and have to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station.

Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to

the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o

f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.

“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.

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Xi urges civil affairs authorities to better fulfill duties

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged civil affairs authorities to focus on poverty alleviation, special groups and issues of public concern to better fulfill their duties.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commis

sion, made the statement in an instruction read at a national civil affairs conference held in Beijing Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: While Boeing struggles with the crisis following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft in

less than half a year, European aerospace heavyweight Airbus inked a record deal during President Xi Jinpin

g’s recent visit to France to sell 300 aircraft to China. Will Boeing‘s struggles prove to be a boon for Chinese airplane manu

facturers, as some media outlets claim? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:

A very long way to go for China

Ning Zhenbo, lead consultant for the Center of Information Technology, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.

Boeing’s loss does not mean Chinese aircraft manufacturers’ gain, simply because China la

gs far behind the West in the aerospace industry. The fierce competition between Boeing and Airbus, the t

wo aerospace heavyweights, will not have any impact, positive or negative, on China because it is not a player in the field.

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hina will continue to suspend extra tariffs on

The State Council said on Sunday that China would continue to suspend additional tariffs on US

vehicles and auto parts after April 1, in a goodwill gesture following a US decision to delay tariff hikes on Chinese imports.

In December, China said it would suspend additional 25 percent tariffs on US-made vehi

cles and auto parts for three months, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

The State Council, or China’s cabinet, said the move was aimed at “continuing to create a good atmosphere for the ongoing trade negotiations between both sides”.

elt and Road Initiative serves to promote multilateral cooperation: China Daily editorial

t is natural for such a big international project as China’s Belt and Road Initiative to be ta

ken by some with a grain of salt. But the fact that 129 countries and 29 international organizations

have so far signed cooperation documents with China on the initiative shows that such views are in the minority.

The most common charges laid at China’s door are the Belt and Road is a debt trap and it is all about Chi

na’s strategic objectives. It has also been called a “scheme to split European Union”. And other labels will certainly appear.

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