The plan calls for integration of AI with mathematics, st

, statistics, physics, biology, psychology and sociology, among other disci

plines. It promotes the “AI + X” interdisciplinary approa

ch in universities and aims to set up 100 majors that combine AI and other subjects by 2020.

Many Chinese universities have set their sights on improving AI education and nurturin

g more AI talent and have established new AI departments and research institutes.

Tsinghua University established an AI institute in 2018 as p

art of its efforts to advance AI research and education.

Aiming to become a globally influential AI research institution, the institute focuses on the basic theory of AI and activ

ely promotes cross-disciplinary AI research as well as the integration of academia and industry.

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Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat was

 convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.

Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h

ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.

According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.

The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha

i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.

China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b

y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol

ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.

Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable

item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc

ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.

Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r

ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.

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Zhao, the middle school teacher in Beijing, said th

t although he donated organs, many of his friends would not register as donors, sin

ce the traditional belief still exists that the body should be kept intact after death.

“I think more education and publicity should be made at colleges

to promote the awareness of students, who accept the idea more easily,” he said.

Chen, the transplant center director, said more efforts should be made to ensure the quality o

f harvested organs, especially those harvested at smaller hospitals or clinics.

“No doctor would dare to use substandard organs, since th

at may cost lives,” he said. “We hope all organs distributed are equally up to standard.”

Huang, chairman of the donation and transplantation commit

tee, said there are 182 hospitals certified in organ transplant surgeries around the country.

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According to Li, the project drew to a close recently as

sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ended as scheduled. “However, more gre

en super rice species are expected to be rolled out, thanks to funds from the bilateral collaborations und

er the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South Cooperation.”

Gary Atlin, a senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, said the p

roject demonstrates a new collaboration model in which rice scientists from different cou

ntries can work together to understand local needs and develop solutions on a global basis.

“Expertise of Chinese scientists in rice breeding and cultivation is a tremendous resou

rce for the developing world,” he said. “I believe it will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

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destinations you can’t miss over Qingming Festival h

Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine

se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.

The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i

t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.

Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit

h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau

tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.

Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan

province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num

erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe

ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.

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But a customs union would ensure UK businesses can cont

ontinue to trade with the EU, and would solve many of the problems that bedevil May’s deal. In partic

ular, it would remove the need for customs posts and border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

There’s a good chance a withdrawal agreement that included a

customs union pledge would be approved by Parliament, and welcomed by the EU.

But some hard-line Conservative Party lawmakers have written to May, insisting that she not agree to a Brexit extension beyond M

ay 22, which would force the U.K. to take part in the next European Parliament election, the Sun newspaper reported.

The letter urged the prime minister to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament for

a fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, the Sun said.

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Li, who inspired the boom after winning Asia’s first major

 title at the 2011 French Open, warned that increased funding and exposure for the sport does not guarantee Grand Slam champions will follow.

“After the US Open (in August), players don’t need to travel overseas with tournam

ents held at home one after another,” said Li, who is an ambassador for her hometown Wuhan Open in Hubei province.

“However, for the younger players nowadays they are likely to squander the opportuni

ties that we had to fight hard to earn, because everything comes easier and more frequently.

“They have to focus on the game itself rather than the exposure or expectations off

the court to really improve one event at a time and benefit from the momentum.”

When Li turned pro in 1999 China had only two entry-level tournam

ents. Now the Women’s Tennis Association calendar features nine Chinese tourn

aments, including the premier mandatory China Open in Beijing and year-end WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

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Ceremony held to mourn E China blast victims victims in Yanch

A memorial service was held on Wednesday for victims who died in a chemical plan

t explosion seven days prior in Xiangshui township, Yancheng city, East China’s Jiangsu province.

More than 200 officials, police officers, firefighters, bereaved families and volunteers attended the serv

ice at 7:30 am. The cars at the site honked their horns and attendees presented flowers to pay tribute to the victims.

To date, the deadly explosion of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co in Yancheng’s Xiangshui county has claimed 78 lives.

According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning period.

subsidies continue gradual phase-out

China will whittle down subsidies on new energy vehicles as the industry develops and cost drops, aiming to boost high-quality development in the NEV sector.

The newest measure will lower subsidy standards for new energy passenger cars, buses and t

rucks, taking factors such as industry growth, cost reduction and subsidy phase-out policies into consideration, the

Ministry of Finance said in a joint statement Tuesday, adding the move was set to bring more competition in the industry.

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Illegal projects have been gradually eliminated to protec

  natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.

  Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab

out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.

  China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa

id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua

rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.

  Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction

s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.

  China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli

on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.

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Media Matters said, in effect, that the group is just highlig

  hting the Fox hosts’ own words and letting others decide.

  The first batch of “Bubba” show clips were released on Sunday evening. Carlson was heard making many misogy

nistic and crude comments. Before long a “fire Tucker” hashtag was trending on Twitter.

  Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for his misogynistic remarks

  Fox News declined to comment on the controversy. The network has been battling Media Matters in various ways for many years.

  Some of Carlson’s comments on the radio show date back to a time when he worked at MSNBC. He j

oined Fox as an analyst in 2009 and he now hosts the 8 p.m. hour, one of Fox’s highest-rated time slots.

  During past controversies about his anti-immigrant point of view, some advertisers have bailed on his show. Later this week Fox is h

osting a promotional event for advertisers at its headquarters, with an eye toward promoting its newscasts like “Special Rep

ort” and “Shepard Smith Reporting.” So for the company, this new turmoil around Carlson’s show and the recent ou

tcry about another right-wing opinion host, Jeanine Pirro, is coming at one of the worst possible times.

  While Carlson was speaking out on his show Monday night, Media Matters president Ang

elo Carusone was on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” armed with additional examples from the “Bubba” show.

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