Some companies find niche markets in the industry by

producing specialized bicycles for health, sports and slow urban lifestyles.

Century-old bike-maker Shanghai Phoenix Enterprise (Group) Co Ltd and Tianjin Flying Pigeon Cycle Development Co are

transforming to produce sports and leisure bicycles based on the fast growth for these types of products.

The output of such bicycles priced above 1,000 yuan saw an 18.5 percent year-on-year increase to 8.43 millio

last year, up 10.5 percentage points over the previous year and accounting for about 11.5 percent of the total.

Other companies including Bike8, Onelap and Incolor continue to manufact

ure innovative bicycles by improving the intelligent and network connecting levels of their products

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The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, whic

will be held later this month following the proposal of President Xi Jinping, demonstrates China’s deep thinking and resp

onsibility for promoting the development of civilization in Asia and the world. The conference will have great and

far-reaching significance to the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.

The history of humanity is one of the coexistence and joint development of multiple civilizations. In his article on excha

nges among civilizations and mutual learning, published by the Qiushi journal on May 1, Xi wrote that “civiliz

ation becomes colorful because of exchanges, and abundant because of mutual learning”. He urged nations to “seek wisd

om, absorb nutrition from different civilizations, provide the people with spiritual support and comfort for thei

r soul, and join hands to resolve common challenges of various kinds confronting human beings”.

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Zhang Huoding, one of the most popular Peking Opera

 stars in today’s China, will take the opera makeover to the stage of the Chang

‘an Grand Theater on May 25, as the closing show of this year’s Meet in Beijing inte

rnational arts festival. Celebrated Peking Opera artist Gao Mukun will star as Xiang Yu.

For 48-year-old Zhang, it’s a dream come true.

“It’s always been my dream to play concubine Yu since I was learni

ng Peking Opera in Tianjin in the 1980s, but I didn’t get the chance,” Zhang said at a news conf

erence in Beijing on Tuesday. “I look forward to it very much and I hope the audience will like it.”Zhang is an inh

eritor of the “Cheng School” of Peking Opera, a performing style founded by Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58), one of the great Pe

king Opera masters of the 20th century. While Mei Lanfang’s “Mei School” is fam

ous for his smooth, moderate and poised style in playing elegant female roles, Cheng style is kn

own for interpreting tragic women with frequent changes in sounds and rhythm.

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Two Chinese nationals were confirmed killed, the

Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.The embassy is verifying the number of Chinese injured in the attacks.

Earlier information from the embassy said that four Chinese nationals were injured

in the multiple church and hotel explosions that ripped through the island nation on the Easter day.

The Chinese Embassy has activated an emergency response mechanism immediately a

fter the blasts, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment.

Curfew and ban on social media imposed

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

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For example, technologies like artificial intelligence

have improved the company’s stocking and inventory processes.

“Earlier we were reliant on the intuitions and experience of the local operation team. With the

use of technology like AI and big data, we are getting more accurate answers.”

As a larger and older retailer, Walmart has constantly worked with startups, said McMillon, citing the new Omega 8 platf

orm that enables retail innovation startups to collaborate with Walmart China to create better services for customers.

McMillon cited the example of a scanning ring developed by a starup for

Walmart that shortens pickup time for JD Daojia orders to less than 10 minutes and impr

ovements in the overall efficiency by 50 percent. Walmart’s WeChat mini-program has over 30 million members and is

developing an e-commerce service based on WeChat to help customers shop more easily and more accurately.

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Employees have been working according to the che

edule in some companies, including some well-known internet enterprises. Earlier this year, Youzan, an e-commerce compa

ny based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, triggered controversy by introducing the “996” schedule in its annua

l meeting. The move even prompted the labor authorities to conduct an investigation against Youzan.

Workers have been working overtime in many industries for yea

rs. But now, many programmers in internet companies are opposing the “996” schedu

le because the extra work does not come with any compensation or bonus. To reduce the labor cost, many high-tech and int

ernet companies are laying off workers. That means, there are fewer people left to shoulder the extra work. Tha

t’s a reason why the overloaded IT programmers have now burst out with complaints.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has said that only by working harder

and longer than others can an employee achieve success in life. He h

as also said that those who want to join Alibaba should be prepared to work for 12-hour work a day. This not only goe

s against the Labor Law but also violates the rights and interests of the employers, and could harm their health.

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The fans have done well to find Free Sound, for it i

is a shoebox of a shop tucked away in a small alley in downtown Beijing. And those who do find it will qui

ckly be disabused of the quaint notion that old-style phonographic recordings have gone the way of the dinosaur.

nstead the 100-square-meter shop prides itself on being an independent distributor of vinyl records and other musical recordings.

In the basement Yang greets his fans, who have already bought the new album, either as vinyls or cassettes.

“I am impressed by the cover design of the new album,” says a rou

nd-faced young man with black-framed glasses. “It’s usually the first reason for me to buy an album.”

The experimental cover design of P.K 14’s latest album is a depart

ure from its previous use of paintings or photographs and was completed b

y the band’s drummer, Jonathan Leijonhufvud, along with two other designers and YVMIN Studio, a Beijing outfit that handled the 3D vi

sual aspects. Playing with the illusion and contrast of true and false, the cover is a 3D rendering layered on top of an im

age. The two overlap, adding dynamism to the experiment, reflecting the way the band’s 11 new songs are structured.

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The Chinese economy’s staggering aggregate and grow

wing contributions to global growth tend to mask its extremely unbala

nced development and widening gaps between the rich and the poor. That’s why before determin

ing whether a country is developed or not-and to present a comprehensive picture of its economy-the entire

gamut of the country’s economic data, including its aggregate and per capita GDP, should be taken into consideration.

The WTO treats developing and developed countries differently because some developing and least-developed countries

were deprived of their development rights and thus their chances to develop in the past because of colon

ialism and militarism. The WTO provides special treatment for some countries to ensure all economies get the chance

to develop without the fear of being squashed by the developed countries and their discriminative policies.

That China and the European Union, two staunch supporters of multilateralism and free tr

ade, reaffirmed their commitment at the China-EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesd

ay to cooperate on WTO reform, in order to ensure its continued relevance and allow it to meet the global trade c

hallenges is encouraging. The consensus reached between the two sides will help carry the WTO reform forward.

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our responsibility to eliminate this risk. We own it

nd we know how to do it,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video, according to the report.

Also on Thursday, an Ethiopian official confirmed news reports that the flight crew of the d

oomed flight had followed Boeing’s recommended procedures, at least in part, by disabling the automated anti-s

tall system of the 737 Max 8 but were unable to regain control of the plane before it crashed.

At a news conference in Addis Ababa, the nation’s transportation minis

ter confirmed earlier indications that the plane’s anti-stall system was repeatedly triggere

d in the minutes between the takeoff and crash, but he did not draw definitive conclusions about the crash’s cause.

“The pilots turned the MCAS on and off, but I can’t say how many times, because we will find t

hat out when we have the final report,” Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s transportation minister, told The N

ew York Times. Moges was referring to the anti-stall Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.

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percent of minors have internet accessChina had 169 million min

netizens in 2018 and the internet penetration rate was 93.7 percent, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The report was jointly published by the youth rights and interests protection departme

nt of the Communist Youth League of China Central Committee and the China Internet Network Information Center.

Minor netizens covered by the report are students at different levels under 18 years, but not including children under 6 years and non-student youths.

According to the report, 92 percent of minor netizens use mobile phones for internet ac

cess, and the percentages of minors using other devices for internet access are all less than 50 percent.

The report shows that 77.6 percent of minor netizens have their own internet access devices, and 69.7 percent have mobi

le phones. Data shows 52.2 percent connected to the internet less than one hour a day, and 24.2 percent between 1 and 2 hours.

Up to 87.4 percent use the internet for study, 68.1 percent listen to mus

ic and 64.2 percent play games for major leisure and recreational activities on the intern

et. Chatting online is the major communication activity for 58.9 percent, and 40.5 percent use short video apps, according to the report.

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