roughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed
as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state official and poet who lived during the Warring State
s Period (475-221 BC) before the reunification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after
opposing his king’s decision to ally with the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, h
e committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so t
hey would not eat the body of their poet hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calen
dar is celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
Despite a busy schedule, Xi still tries to find time to interact with children.
He has extended greetings to children nationwide every International Children‘s Day since he became
president in 2013, showing his care for their growth and his hope for them to carry on endeavors to realize the nation’s dreams.
International Children’s Day falls on June 1 every year.
In May 2013, while inspecting a school devastated by an earthquake in Sichuan province, Xi t
old students to turn their trauma into a source of strength, urging them to be strong, brave and united.
When visiting a primary school in Beijing’s Haidian district in 2014, Xi spoke of the
need to guide children to set high goals and create conditions for them to grow into adulthood.
On June 1, 2015, when speaking to members of the Young Pioneers of China in Bei
jing, Xi called on all Chinese children to learn to be people of integrity, knowledge and responsibility from an early age.
hina has published the most research
papers on artificial intelligence around the world, while AI research from the Unite
d States remains the most influential, said a report on AI development released in Shanghai on Friday.
More than 300,000 papers on AI have been published globally from 2013 to 2018, among which around 74,000 were publishe
d by Chinese researchers and 52,000 by their US counterparts, and the US dominated in fields such as citation impact,
The report was compiled by the Research Center for AI Development, which was established last year by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“China and the United States are the two main pillars of the world’s AI r
esearch network, and the most cooperation on AI research happened between the two
nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi
ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.
To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav
ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t
hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.
Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility
The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala
ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr
otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.
“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma
rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi
ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.
Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do
llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h