The phone call took place days after the US Commerce Dep

artment announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications eq

uipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list

bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies fr

om using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.

Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this m

onth, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.

China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences thr

ough talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitim

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hina plans to boost rural development via digital technologies

China plans to promote the applications of digital technologies in rural areas to boost local development.

As a step towards rural modernization and transformation, digital rural development play

s a crucial role in rural revitalization and building a digital China, according to the guideline jointly issue

d by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The country has vowed to achieve initial development of buildin

g digital villages by 2020, with 4G internet accessible to more than 98 percent of the adm

inistrative villages and the digital economy growing rapidly in rural regions, the guideline said.

With the upgrading of internet technology, 2025 will see a n

otable narrowing of the urban-rural digital gap, the establishment of various ent

repreneurial and innovation centers in rural areas, and an intellectual rural logistics system.

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The drafts were presented by the NPC’s law committ

tee to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee during a bimonthly session that began on

Saturday. In August, the Standing Committee began a preliminary review of all six parts and 1,034 items of the civil code.

Another health related item added to the code addressed human testing for new drug

s or treatments. It provides that all activities involving human testing must protect the subject’s health.

These activities include developing new drugs, medical equipment and prevention and treatment methods. They now

require approval from an ethics committee, as well as by competent authorities.

The draft amendment to the Drug Administration Law said the nation should encourage the development of new

drugs, according to Cong Bin, a forensic expert and a senior legislator on the law committee.

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As one of the most recognized movie events in Chin

ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil

ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.

Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v

isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music

ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.

When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again

st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu

nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K

azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro

m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.

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hina to ease permanent residency requirements in lar

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populatio

ns between 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrictions

for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency restrictions in

small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations above 5

million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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Crude steel production capacity in Hebei, Tianjin to be

Crude steel production capacity in Hebei province and Tianjin will be capped at 200 million metric tons

and 15 million tons by 2020, as part of China’s efforts to optimize the iron and steel industry, a senior government official said.

“There is too much capacity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and

the surrounding areas, as well as the Yangtze River Delta region,” said Lyu Guixin, an ins

pector with the raw material department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

“The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region takes up only 2.2 percent of

China’s territory, but accounts for 25 percent of the nation’s crude steel output.”

Although official figures from the Chinese authorities are not av

ailable, Zeng Jiesheng, chief analyst with steel e-commerce platform Ouyeel.com, told Chi

nese media earlier that the iron and steel capacity of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region stood at about 280 million tons.

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The terraced fields are where my roots are. They are the

 golden rice bowls passed down from our ancestors,” said Lu, 61. “We cannot afford to lose them.”

The local terraced fields have been in existence for about 1,300 years when

the Hani people built a complicated channel system to direct water from the forested hillto

p to nurture paddies on mountain slopes. The natural and cultural wonder was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2013.

It has not always been plain sailing. In the 1960s, a blight caused for

est coverage to drop to just 17 percent, threatening the terraced fields with a devastating drought.

The situation improved in recent decades after China tightened its crackdown on illegal lumb

ering and returned marginal farmland into forest, breathing new life into the local forests as well as terraced paddies.

But as economic takeoff swept across China, the Hani villages faced new trouble, as their old w

ays of farming and the limited output failed to keep young laborers from leaving for better-paying jobs in the cities.

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The two countries should work together to promote free

 trade and facilitate investment, continue to enhance communication on major global issues, help push reform of the Worl

d Trade Organization, fight climate change, safeguard global governance and jointly uphold multilateralism, Xi said.

Conte called Xi’s visit to Italy highly significant, and said it would bring the bilateral relationship to a higher level.

He said Italy firmly supports multilateralism and free trade, and his country would like to enhance commu

nication and coordination with China to promote the healthy and stable development of EU-China relations.

During his Italy visit, Xi also had separate meetings with Itali

an Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico and Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alb

erti Casellati, and pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

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Preparatory tests for manned space station mission to star

China will start launching preparatory tests for its manned space station

mission in the second half of this year, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the core module of the space station, a Long M

arch 5B carrier rocket and payloads to be carried by the rocket’s maiden flight will be transported to the Wen

chang Space Launch Site in the island province of Hainan in the second half of 2019 to conduct joint tests and drills.

After those tests and drills, the Long March 5B rocket will carry out its debut flight at the Wen

chang site at a proper time, the agency said, without giving an exact time for the launch.

Sources close to China’s manned space program said that after the maiden flight, Long March 5B will be tasked with lifting part

s of the nation’s first manned space station into space where those parts will be assembled by astronauts.

Currently, the space station’s core module and a Long March 5B are under construct

on, the agency said, adding that it is also selecting and training astronauts for this mission.

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Chinese researchers reported in the journal Nature how

the anesthetic painkiller ketamine blocks the neuronal activity that dr

ives depression-like behavior. The finding may provide new perspectives on the tre

atment of depression and anxiety, which currently affects some 300 million people worldwide.

4.DNA NANOROBOT FOR CANCER THERAPY

Chinese scientists have constructed an autonomous DNA robot programmed to transport p

ayloads and present them specifically in tumors. The nanorobot proved safe and effective for mice and pi

gs. It represents a promising strategy for precise drug delivery in cancer therapy.

5.PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF THE GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT

Chinese scientists have calculated the most precise value of the gravitational con

stant, one of the most fundamental constants of nature. To achieve their results, the team used both the angular-acc

eleration-feedback method and time-of-swing method to come close to producing an accurate value.

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