Palace Museum to get 5G technologyhen visitors to the

When visitors to the gigantic Palace Museum complex in Beijing feel a need to sit down for a cup

of tea or find a bathroom without a long line, they soon will be able to turn to their smartphones for the information they need.

This modern-day solution at the venerable compound comes thanks to an agreement

signed on Friday by the museum and Huawei Co, the telecommunication giant, to build a “sm

art network” using 5G technology, the fifth generation of mobile network communications.

Under the agreement, 5G Wi-Fi signals will cover the 720,000-square

-meter compound, China’s imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the For

bidden City, and the branch museum of the institution under construction in northwestern Beijing.

But visitor comfort is not the only benefit of a 5G smart network.

Huawei will also provide the museum with cutting-edge technologie

s for the internet of things-devices or objects linked in a network-cloud computing and a

rtificial intelligence to facilitate such functions as management, security and preservation of cultural relics.

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hina to establish first Great Wall restoration center surrounded

BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.

The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w

orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr

eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.

“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection

of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.

The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c

onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.

With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.

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hina strengthens financial support for small, micro businesses

BEIJING — China has made solid progress in alleviating the financing

problems of small and micro firms, a senior official said Friday.

Outstanding loans to such businesses amounted to 33.49 trillion yuan ($5 trillion) by the end of 2018, accounting for 23.

81 percent of the total outstanding loans, Zhu Shumin, vice chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said in a statement.

In particular, outstanding inclusive loans to small and micro firms reached 9.36 trillion yuan

, growing 21.79 percent from the beginning of the year, 9.2 percentage points faster than the total loans.

The number of borrowers increased 4.55 million from the beginning of 2018 to 17.23 million, Zhu said.

Meanwhile, efforts have been made to cut financing costs, with the average interest rate of newly

issued inclusive loans to small and micro firms in the fourth quarter of 2018 down 0.8 percentage points from the first quarter.

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We are the first Chinese dairy maker to sell products abroa

and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.

Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultural University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili

Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec

ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46 billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could

join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh

eritance of intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report.

This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies

and CPPCC members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage.

In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden

ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.

Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that

we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate

the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.

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Speaking to CNN, witness Mohan Ibn Ibrahim said he was

  inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman “continuously shooting for 10 to 15 minutes.”

  ”It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots wen

t on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque,” he said.

  ”I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest,” he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

  He said that he had a friend in another mosque in the area who told him a gunman had opened fire there as well and five people were dead.

  ”I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well,” he said.

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ousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary Gener of the Or

  anization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), condemned the attacks. The OIC represents 57 nations with large or majority-Muslim populations.

  ”The brutal crime had shocked and hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world, and served

as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia,” he said. Otha

imeen urged the New Zealand authorities to investigate the attack thoroughly.

  Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, tweeted his condolences to the victims of the attack,

and confirmed that there will be “highly visible” and armed police around mosques in the UK capital on Friday.

  ”I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London. I have been in touch with the Met Police. There will be highly v

isible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray,” he said.

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litical advisers leave the closing meeting of the seco

Economic, social concerns take center stage in National Committee

More than 2,100 national political advisers wrapped up their annual meeting o

n Wednesday in Beijing with more attention devoted to the country’s economic and social issues.

President Xi Jinping and other leaders attended the closing meeting of the second session of the 13th National Commi

ttee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

Wang Yang, chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, called on members to better serve as consultants to the gov

ernment, including legislative and judicial organs, to support the development of the country.

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The CPPCC is an important organ for CPC-led multip

rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.

As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc

h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.

A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa

mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.

China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.

It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin

ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru

ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.

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The program, customized for primary school student

nts, features smaller basketballs, lower rims and more accessible courts on campus to make the already popular sport even more appealing.

Yao, at 2.26 meters tall, has been a towering figure at two sessions meetings since 2013. But this year, instead of making

new proposals, he chose to focus on gathering more support from governmental departments to expand the program.

“It has to be a collaborative effort between the sports and educa

tion departments,” said Yao, an eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets.

“To make it campus-based means we don’t count on it to cultivate future pro players. … We b

elieve participation in team sports helps children grow stronger as individuals physically and mentally.”

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The aim of such supervision is to adopt a people-orie

ented approach and work hard to let the public feel fairness and justice in every case,” Procurator-General Zhang Jun said during his report.

In the past year, the top court has also attached more importance to protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and private enterprises.

Zhang Wenzhong, former chairman of Wumei Holdings Group, p

arent of major retail chain Wumart Stores, was cleared of bribery and fraud in May.

Jiang Bixin, vice-president of the top court, said the retrial of Zhang’s case could be c

onsidered a landmark, adding that judges nationwide will continue making such corrections.

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