accelerate drought mitigation strategies and develop a regional sand-and dust-storm alert system. I hope the region can s
eize it to protect vulnerable communities from disasters in every corner of Asia and the Pacific.?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The author is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic a
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所nd Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.
As the new school semester approaches, groups in the Hong Kong Spe
cial Administrative Region voiced resolute opposition on Thursday to any individual or or?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
ganization planning to bring politics onto campuses and into classrooms, including browbeating students into ski
pping school to attend rallies or bullying those who hold different political views.
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊The concerns have been fueled by a recent call by Demosisto, a local political party, along with several student groups, for
all of the city’s secondary school students to skip class beginning Monday, without providing a more specific time frame.
Their statements also come amid widespread worries of bullying of students, especially children of the city’s police officers.?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
At a news conference on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment an
d Progress of Hong Kong, the city’s largest political party in the Legislative Cou
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊ncil, stressed firm opposition to the school strike campaign, saying politics should never trump education.
Recently, many parents have expressed concern to the alliance over possible effect
s on their children’s studies from a school strike, said alliance Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king. They also feared t?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
heir children might be targeted or bullied by schoolmates for not joining the strike.
Responding to those concerns, the alliance strongly opposed the strike as it might drag innoc
ent students into the political conflict and disrupt the harmonious atmosphere on campuses.
The lander and rover of the Chang’e-4 probe have resumed work for the ninth lunar
day on the far side of the moon after “sleeping” during the extremely cold night.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The lander woke up at 8:10 am Sunday, and the rover, Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), awoke at 8:42 am Saturday, according to the L
unar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊For the ninth lunar day, the lander’s neutron radiation detector and low-frequency ra
dio detector, as well as the rover’s infrared imaging spectrometer and other instruments will be restarted to co
nduct scientific tasks including moon surface observation and composition analysis.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
China’s Chang’e-4 probe, launched on Dec 8, 2018, made the first-ever soft landing o
n the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3.
A lunar day equals 14 days on Earth, and a lunar night is the same length. The Cha亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
ng’e-4 probe switches to a dormant mode during the lunar night due to the lack of solar power.
As a result of the tidal locking effect, the moon’s revolution c
ycle is the same as its rotation cycle, and the same side always faces Earth亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The scientific tasks of the Chang’e-4 mission include low-frequency radio astro
nomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, detecting the mineral comp
osition and shallow lunar surface structure and measuring neutron radiation and neutral atoms.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The Chang’e-4 mission embodies China’s hope to combine human wisdom in space exploratio
n with four payloads developed by the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.
about 58 million tons of fertilizer were sprayed on farmland, a decline of nearly 1.25 million tons from the previous year.
The application of fertilizer on land used for the cultivation of rice, wheat and corn has also been more productive, with the utiliz亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
ation rate-the amount of nutrients crops can absorb-rising from 35.2 percent in 2015 to 37.8 percent in 2017.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊As China continues to strengthen its ability to secure the food supply under all natural conditions, crop losses due to nat
ural disasters have remained at 5.7 percent every year in the past decade, having fallen by a total of 3.6 percentage poi
nts from 1999 to 2008.A medical team organized by the Red Cross Society of China provides help to residents of the vil亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
lage of San Jose in Dulag, the Philippines, after a typhoon struck the village in Novemb
Gu Bin, a member of the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, has been to many countries, includi亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
ng Pakistan and Iraq, to help with humanitarian assistance projects, but she likes Afghanistan the most.
“I have been to Afghanistan four times,” she said. “Although some areas are still in conf
lict and quite dangerous, we feel humanitarian workers like us are most needed there.”亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
One of her visits to the country was in April last year, to help carry out a joint program bet
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊ween the CRCF and the Afghanistan Red Crescent Society. Through the project, Chinese medical e
xperts screen children in Kabul for congenital heart diseases. The experts choose the most serious cases and send these chi
ldren, who are referred by local Red Crescent branches, for free treatment in China.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
“I was shocked to see so many children waiting in line with their parents and relatives outside the clinics to see the doctors,” she said.
Although congenital heart diseases are usually identified and treated very e
arly in China, some of the patients waiting for screening are more than 10 years old and亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
had not been diagnosed previously due to a lack of access to health care services, Gu said.
“Though the diagnosis was free, many of the children recommended by local Red Crescent bran亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
ches are from outside Kabul and did not manage to arrive due to problems such as transportation,” she said.
By November last year, 100 Afghan children with congenital heart disease had re
ceived free medical treatment in China through the project, according to the foundation.
ves the interests of the two and the region, experts sai
d, as Beijing and Tokyo resumed strategic talks after a seven-year hiatus.?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
Le Yucheng, China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, and his Japanese
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所counterpart, Takeo Akiba, was held at the Karuizawa mountain resort in Japan’s Nagano prefecture.
They had what was described as candid exchanges about bilateral and regional issues and said they would push
forward the consensus reached between President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinz?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
o Abe at the Group of 20 Summit in Osaka in June, a Foreign Ministry statement issued after the dialogue said.
“Both China and Japan advocated building a relationship that meets the requirements of the new era,” it said.
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所The resumption of the China-Japan strategic dialogue is a key sign that Beijing a
nd Tokyo have pushed forward their bilateral relations on the right track and forged closer ties, said Lu Hao, a rese
archer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Japanese Studies.
Official exchanges and communication mechanisms, includ?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
ing the strategic dialogue, were suspended after the two countries becam
e mired in a dispute over China’s uninhabited Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所Lu said the strategic dialogue mechanism plays a vital role for the two neighbors, especially as they are both fa
cing unprecedented conditions and a rapidly changing global environment.
“The dialogue not only focuses on improving bilateral ties but also touches on
some of the important regional and international issues of common interest,” Lu said,?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
adding that boosting mutual understanding and cooperation between China and Japan, the w
orld’s second-and third-largest economies, helps promote regional stability and prosperity.?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
On Friday, while meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Le, the
?亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所vice-minister, said China and Japan should keep up the positive momentum broug
ht by the improved ties and enhance short-term goals while strengthening long-term ones.
?to register in the system, and select the “foreigners for permanent stay in China” option when filling out their information.
Journalists from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, have to select “Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan med亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
ia organizations” in the media category and input their specific region in the personal information field.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊The time and place for the pickup of media passes will be up
dated on the official website of the expo (www.ciie.org) later.
Last year, around 4,100 journalists from 65 countries and regions covered the inaugural expo亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
S electric car maker Tesla Inc?plans?to raise prices in China from
September due to exchange rate uncertainty, according to Reuters on Wednesday.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
The change will take effect?before?Tesla rolls out its first Chin
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所ese-made Model 3 vehicles, electric vehicle news?website?Electrek?reported.
The price increase covers all Tesla models currently in the market, and even the Model 3?to be produced at the Gigaf
actory in Shanghai?at the end of this year, said a sales representative?in a report by The Paper on Thursday.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
A person in charge of Tesla China told The Paper?that everybody should rely on the company’s official website for specific p
rice information and did not respond to the detailed reasons for the price increase.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所On Tesla China’s official website, there was no change in prices by Friday.
Last month, Tesla just marked down?the prices?of its?Model 3 series, with the highest reduction up to?33,100 yu
an?($4,700). China-made Model 3 vehicles still maintain a starting price of 328,000 yuan.
ation will continue in the second half of the year, affected by slowing economic growth, falling corpo
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊rate profits and China-US trade negotiations. It will take time for China and the US to reach an agreement, it said.
Hua Changchun, an analyst with Guotai Junan Securities, said the biggest impact of the US planned ne亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
w tariffs on the US will be inflation, and it will cause urgent need for the US to find new sources of good suppliers.
The tariff plan’s biggest influence on China is that the country’s participation in th
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊e global industrial chain will be further disrupted, Hua said in a research study on Friday.
JING SHUIYU and ZHONG NAN in Beijing, ZHANG YUNBI in Bangkok
Mo Jingxi in Beijing, Scott Reeves and Belinda Robinson in New York contributed to this story
Ex-legislator targets US, ‘pro-Taiwan independence’ forces and liberal studies亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The United States and “pro-Taiwan independence” forces are to blame for recent tu
rmoil in Hong Kong, according to a former Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National P
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊eople’s Congress, who said links between the violent vandals and external forces have surfaced.
The observation by Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, who served in the nation’s top legislature, cam
e after repeated protests over a now-suspended extradition bill in the past two months.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
The ulterior motive is to throw Hong Kong into major turmoil, the former pr
esident of the Legislative Council told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊”When Hong Kong is in a chaotic state, the US can unsettle China, while people from Taiwan in favor of independence
will say ‘one country, two systems’ is not applicable to Taiwan because it is a failure in Hong Kong,” Fan said.
“Due to the rapid rise of China, the US always sees China as a big threat.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
If Hong Kong is unsettled, the city will lose its functions of contributing to the nation’s
development, with the trade dispute being one of the US tactics to unsettle China.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所”In addition, the US and other Western powers can criticize China for not doing well e
nough to maintain implementation of ‘one country, two systems’ unchanged for 50 years,” she said.
?forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs, Hua said. She reiterated that any such interference is intolerable.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所Hua’s statements came on the same day thousands of black-clad prot
esters occupied the arrival hall at Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s eighth-bus亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
iest airport, to stage a massive sit-in protest against the now-suspended extradition amendment bill. Aside from cha
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊nting slogans attacking the SAR government, protesters also distributed flyers inside the airport.
Hong Kong is at a risk for another violent protest on Saturday. A planned rally, in response to attacks at Yuen Long metro st
ation on July 21, when white-clad people assaulted commuters and passersby indiscriminately, was rejected by亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
the city’s police. However, there is concern that protesters will gather anyway.
Ireland had changed its travel status for Hong Kong to advise a “high degree of caution”, while Singapore, Japan and South
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊Korea called on its citizens to avoid areas where public gatherings are taking place and to follow local authorities’ advice.
The HKSAR’s Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung warned against taking part in the Saturday r
ally, as those joining in might be arrested for illegal assembly, punishable by heavy fines and imprisonme亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
nt. “Whether there will be a procession or not, we cannot rule out the possibility of a large number of people turni
ng up.… But we sincerely wish that the participants would never resort to violence when expressing their discont
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所ent and pay due respect to the public order and people’s life in Yuen Long,” Cheung said.
Different sectors also appealed to the public, especially to young
people, not to participate in any illegal assembly and never turn to violence.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
Many principals of middle schools and university h
eads signed statements calling for students to avoid the Yuen Long protest.
The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce called on all se亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
ctors to clearly draw the line with violent protesters to protect the rule of law.
According to the Public Order Ordinance, any person who convenes,
holds, organizes, forms or collects an illegal assembly, or assists or is concerned in doi
ng so, will face the maximum penalty of a HK$5,000 ($640) fine and imprisonment for five years.
tions to a source of inspiration just like a person. When users type a word, Xiaoice could draw vastly diverging pictures in response to that word.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊”We don’t know what surprises Xiaoice will bring us, and the unpredictability is the charm that attracts us,” Xu said.
This is not the first time that Xiaoice has created something. Started
as a chatting robot in 2014, Xiaoice has already been “talking” with more than 100 million亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
users, published two collections of poetry and released and composed dozens of songs.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊All these endeavors have helped accumulate more than 5 million followers on a Ch
inese micro blog, as Microsoft continues to experiment with how AI can use emotional intelligence to se
rve as a companion for people and how AI can be used to imbue machines with “creativity”.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
Elsewhere in the world, researchers and industry participants are
also experimenting with AI. In 2017, US singer Taryn Southern unveiled Breaking F
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊ree, a song composed and produced by an AI system developed by US startup Amper Music.
Last year, an AI-generated painting of Edmond Belamy became the firs
t of its kind to be auctioned at Christie’s. The artwork, created by computer algorithms de亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊veloped by French AI company Obvious, was sold for more than $430,000.
Just like Xiaoice’s paintings, such AI-generated work is based on
machine-learning models of artificial neural networks that resemble the human brain and ne亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
rvous system, which can study input materials and produce output in their own right.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所When it comes to AI painting, a neural network that goes by the acronym GAN plays a ke
y role. GAN, which stands for generative adversarial network, creates the image pixel
by pixel. Like any other artist or designer, it produces both broad strokes and fine details in layers.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
But as pioneering AI-generated works appear around the world, the tech companies and art critics are also addressing the fundamental question of
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊whether the images, poems or songs produced by their networks can be called art at all.
Qiu Zhijie, an artist and professor at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, said the answ
er depends on how originality in art is defined when machines are involved in creation.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
“When nobody can tell the difference between paintings genera
ted by AI and those of humans, then we can regard AI’s work as original,” Qiu said.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
Apparently, Xiaoice has already passed the test. In May, works produced by the drawing bot under the name Xiao Yubing were
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所submitted to the exhibition of postgraduates’ work at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. When Xiao Yubing
‘s paintings were presented beside those of humans, nobody realized they were generated by AI.
To explore further the challenges and huge opportunities in this area, the Novartis Fou
ndation and Microsoft are co-chairing a new Broadband Commission working group that will m亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
ake recommendations regarding how AI can safely improve health and strengthen healthcare systems. In a sim
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rning applications that promise to predict demand for vaccines more accurately and optimize their delivery.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
Digital health tools that inform and empower patients can also play a crucial role in p
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ke a huge difference in raising awareness of the causes and early symptoms of diseases. PATH and the No
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊vartis Foundation, for example, are collaborating on the Communities for Healthy Hearts program in Vietnam, w
hich uses digital technology to improve and accelerate control of hypertension－the leading cause of heart disease.
Finally, digital technology can help to deliver healthcare to people in remote or und亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊品茶微信
erserved areas, thereby tackling one of the greatest obstacles to reducing disease. Using
mobile phones, WhatsApp, and text messages can improve the quality and accessibility of care for millions of people. In this re亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊品茶微信
gard, the Novartis Foundation and PATH have introduced telemedicine in Ghana, which connects rural inhabitants wi
th trained healthcare professionals, and digital dashboards that enable better, faster malaria care.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊品茶微信
Digital data must be made part of health systems
Digital data and technology must be fully integrated into national health systems, and should become as essential as hos
pital beds. Too many digital health pilot programs over the past decade have been uncoordinated and focused on sing亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
le issues. Leadership from national governments is therefore critical to ensuring a coherent approach.
Fortunately, global and country-led efforts are starting to move in this direction. Earlier this year, for example, the D亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊品茶微信
emocratic Republic of the Congo established its first digital health agency, with the aspiration of improving ma
nagement of the healthcare system, providing better care, and making services more accessible.
We can solve the global health crisis and achieve universal coverage, but only by making
digital tools central to all countries’ health systems. No single organization can achieve this on its own: we
need the public, private and social sectors to work together. In fact, the goal must be to make these new technologies s
o widespread that we no longer need to refer to “digital” health, because that is what all health systems will be.
Ann Aerts is head of the Novartis Foundation, and Steve Davis is president and CEO of the Seattle-based intern
ational nonprofit organization PATH. Project Syndicate
The views don’t necessarily reflect those of China Daily.
Tubo culture are still at an early stage.”We’ve only revealed the tip of the iceberg,” he says. “This exhibition is not so muc
h designed to come up with answers, but rather to raise more questions.”亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
From his point of view, further achievements in the field will require more solid support from archaeologists.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊Pritzker, 36, who received his PhD from the University of Oxford with a f
ocus on the early textual history of Tibet, first came to the mountains of the Himalayas at
just 4 years old. With his parents, he spent a large part of his childhood living in Nepal.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
For him, this exhibition represents a long-held family dream that has finally come true.
The Pritzker family from Chicago is famed for its achievements in entrepreneurship an亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
d philanthropy. It funds the Pritzker Architecture Prize, one of the world’s leading architecture awards.
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊David’s parents Thomas and Margot Pritzker first came to the Hi
malayas in 1975 and soon became “addicted” to the place. Since then, the couple has made frequ
ent treks through the mountain ranges there. They first visited the Tibet autonomous region in 1981.
“When we started, the (ancient) Greek and Roman cultures and Renaissance were really亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
well understood in the West, and there was no new ground to be broken,” Thomas Pritzker, 69, tells China Daily.
“But here we discovered a lot of new ground to cover,” he sa
亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所ys. “Tubo studies were in their infancy then, and we could do things that are really exciting.”
In recent years, studies of the Reshui site, a Tubo graveyard in Dula
n county, Qinghai province, have offered scholars a clearer picture of the communication betw亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
een Tang and Tubo peoples. Gold plaques unearthed from the site are also on show at the exhibition in Dunhuang, acc
o亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所rding to Luo Wenhua, a researcher from the Palace Museum in Beijing and also one of the curators of the exhibition.
By comparison, studies of burial sites in Ngari offer a more global perspective through its links with other civilizations outside of China.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊
“However, these regions are on the frontiers of the Tubo regime,” Luo says. “Details of t
he rulers’ lives still largely remain a mystery due to a lack of archaeological evidence.亚博娱乐线上娱乐平台千花坊女神会所
“It’s interesting for David and I to discuss where the exhibits first origin
ated,” he says. “That will trigger a great deal of inspiration for joint studies.”