Before the development of the possible vaccines, resear

chers in the academy managed to isolate an African swine fever virus at a

farm hit by an African swine fever outbreak last year in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang province. Sub

sequent research was conducted, including on the infectiousness and transmission of the virus.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will also focus efforts

over the next few years on other areas to help fight African swine fever, including tech

nologies that can quickly test for the virus and kill it with high efficiency, according to a plan released by the aca

demy.China has published the most research papers on artificial intelligence around the world, while AI research from the

United States remains the most influential, said a report on AI development released in Shanghai on Friday.

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While eating alone is hardly a novel experience in many

“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget

her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle

agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.

Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi

viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes-meat, fish, vegetables and soup-for everyone to share.

Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.

The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo

graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi

nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.

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A recent report by the Beijing Municipal Education

 Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in

Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.

A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w

ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.

“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho

ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea

ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”

In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua

n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at

tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.

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Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Hu

awei from buying US technology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said it has long been prepar

ed for the “extreme scenario” of the US blocking access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipa

tion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products and

a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference on F

riday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and int

erference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

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Luckin, a Starbucks rival in China, rises in US stock debut

Shares of Luckin Coffee, a fast-growing rival to Starbucks in China, rose 20 percent in their US stock market debut Friday.

The Chinese company, which opened its first store in Beijing less than two years ago, has

2,370 locations and plans to surpass the 3,700 stores Starbucks has in China by the end of the year.

But unlike Starbucks, Luckin is losing money.

It brought in $125 million in revenue last year, but spent much more th

an that on coffee beans, store rent and other costs. Last year, it lost $475 million.

Most of Luckin’s stores are small, have few seats and are used mainly as a place to pick up mobile orders.

It also offers delivery in 30 minutes and promises a refund for delays or spilled drinks.

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developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets

powered by artificial intelligence.Services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention thr

ough its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

“From chips to its self-developed operating system, Huawei has long been preparing for in

dependent research and development in core technologies. It has the ability to adjust to changes in the glo

bal market,” said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance.

Huawei has also made preparations with core chipsets. Existing stocks

are thought to provide the company with a buffer of six months to a year, he said.

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one right now. It’s the source of a lot of discussion in

Museums are not only there for enjoyment; they are education, and as such should be free.

While I can appreciate the enormous costs involved in maintainin

g and obtaining collections, let the wealthiest 1 percent of the country pay for it.

The Met in NYC is technically free; they ask you to give what you can afford. But the ide

a of a person or child interested in art not being able to view it because of cost is morally wrong.

Free entrance does not attract people, nor does it encourage them to appreciate it.

Sure, there are exceptions to this, but by and large human beings tend to look up to things that are difficult or costly to access.

A better option is to charge fees for regular visitors but provide free ti

ckets as prizes for high-achieving students and others who are likely to appreciate the reward.

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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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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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A woman gets it into her head that she can never be too th

Zhang Xin, associate professor at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Science at Peking Uni

versity in Beijing, believes “fat talk” may be a way of expressing that “we all share feelings of insecu

rity”.In China, “fat” has become a word that women will do almost anything to avoid being associated with. This is not surpris

ing, given that being slim as a beauty ideal has become the subject of countless newspaper stories, TV comm

ercials and movies, resulting in the almost universal correlation between a slim figure and beauty.

“Women are more likely than men to enjoy chatting with their

peers about weight concerns and body issues, and this ma

y release them from pressure over their weight and serve as a way to bond with their friends,” he said.

But “fat talk” is a double-edged sword. While it may seem a harmless way to ease dissatisfact

ion over body shape by gaining reassurance within a peer group, it can also serve to reinforce negative feelings.

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