So by holding lectures, conducting dialogues and screen

ning movies related to the countryside and contributed by guest authors, the region’s local literary legacy can both be re-examined and extended.

Many modern and contemporary works of Chinese literature touch on common rural issues – childhood upbringing, family inheritance and people’s exp

erience of being stuck on the bottom rung of society – that have been rooted in Chinese farming culture for thousands of years.

China’s urbanization has been rapidly progressing to the extent that rural life has become

something unfamiliar to the majority of the population, which is very different from what it was like just three de

cades ago, according to Ge Fei, author and a Chinese literature professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

He was rst day of the festival, interpreting what it means to us when rural societies fade away.

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Ameesha Chauhan, who is in a hospital in Kathmandu

andu recovering from frostbite she contracted during crowded conditions, told AFP that cli

mbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season.

The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the peak. She saw some clim

bers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. Officials should change the qualification cri

teria. Poorly trained climbers put their own lives at risk and also the lives of the Sherpas, Chauhan said.

Some climbers died due to their own negligen

ce. They insisted on reaching the top even when their oxygen was running out, she added.

New European Parliament reflects divided policy options

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ctive investment and harness the digital economy’s role in driving

le in driving China’s economic and social development.

“We need to upgrade our internet services. This is a key measure t

o boost consumption and meet the needs of our massive cellphone users,” Premier Li said.

Participants at the meeting agreed that upgrading and expanding the cap

acity of internet infrastructure should be an important area in boosting effective inves

tment. By the end of this year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports relative to all broadband ports will be raised to more th

an 90 percent, 1,000M broadband will be extended to more than 300 cities, and base stations for mobile internet will be upg

raded with expanded capacity. The goal is to raise the speed of both fixed-line and mobile internet services to 1,000M.

Broadband networks will cover 97 percent of primary and middle schools nationwide this year, and dedicated inter

net services will be made available over time in hospitals and medical consortiums above the county level.

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Yi pledged to use more market-based commercial fund

 He also said improving transparency for projects’ financing is needed, especially for green

financing, and using local currencies in BRI investments to curb exchange rate risks. “The opening of local curr

ency-denominated bond markets will effectively attract long-term funds and reduce risks of currency mismatches,” he said.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fu

nd, said at the forum that China’s increased focus on the long-term success of BRI projects and the

BRI debt sustainability framework “are very welcome steps in the right direction”.

The further opening-up of China’s financial sector, such as the b

ond market, will enable diversification and foster renminbi internationalization, she said.

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Wang Xiaoshuai: Auteur’s film shows solicitude towar

the latest film by leading Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai, sets to examine changing times in modern China.

It is a family saga about parenthood, friendship, struggle and forg

iveness. Covering a large stretch of space and time, t

he story moves from the 1980s to the present, and from the North to the South of China.

Known for realism, Wang is no stranger to prominent international film festivals. This time,

his work scooped two Berlin Film Festival awards – Silver Bear for Best Actress and Best Actor.

On the occasion of So Long, My Son screening in Chinese cinemas, China Daily sp

oke with him about the film’s production, his life and his view on Chinese auteur film.

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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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Tucker Carlson defiant against outrage over audio clips: ‘We w

  ucker Carlson portrayed himself as the victim of a “mob” on Monday night. And he said Fox News has his back.

  ”We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what,” he said.

  At the exact same time, on MSNBC, the progressive group Media Matters for America

shared even more examples of offensive remarks made by Carlson on a shock jock radio show.

  The “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” audio clips are from 2006 to 2011. Media Matt

ers is circulating them now as part of a pressure campaign against Fox’s advertisers.

  Without naming the anti-Fox group, Carlson said on Monday nig

ht that “they’ve been working hard to kill this show” ever since it premiered in 2016.

  When Carlson handed off to Sean Hannity, the two men complained about the scrutiny.

  ”There is a mob that wants to destroy only Fox,” Hannity said.

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The long-standing tensions that existed in the region were

  not a big problem for Beijing, according to China expert Tsang, as they served to remind Islamabad of China’s importance as an ally.

  But the escalation this week has put Beijing in an awkward position.

  ”They have to do something to show that they are helping to keep thi

ngs under control, while not appearing unreliable as Pakistan’s ally,” Tsang said.

  But Beijing doesn’t want to overplay its support of Pakistan and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trump.

  Compounding China’s problems is the fact India claims it was striking back against terrorists in Kashmir.

  The mass detention of Muslim majority Uyghurs in China’s north western provinc

e of Xinjiang by the Chinese government is one of Beijing’s most controversial international policies — and

justified by China’s government on the grounds that it is an essential measure in combating terrorism.

  ”They don’t want to be too hard on India, because they’re acting in response to terrorism,” Tsang said.

  China experts said the country’s best option was to join the US in working to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India.

  Han Hua, professor and South Asia studies expert at Peking University, said given China h

as greater influence in Pakistan, while the US holds more sway in India, it made sense for the two to cooperate.

  ”China’s message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint,” she said. “China’s interest lies in the stability of South Asia.”

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A businessman, three women and Joseph Stalinttee has

  One of the two witnesses says the committee has a photograph of a younger Geovanis apparently posing in a portrait with three partially clo

thed women. The portrait, once displayed in a Russian gallery under the title “The Capitalist,” depicts the subjects in front of a picture of th

e former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. It’s not clear whether the portrait is a single photograph or a composite.

  The witness told CNN that they were shown the photograph during questioning.A thi

rd witness has alleged in written testimony, seen by CNN, that Geovanis may be valuable in the mystery of

whether Russia has material on Trump that could be personally embarrassing to him.

  Known by the nickname “Geo” to his friends, Geovanis was born in Brockton, Mass

achusetts, and is a graduate of Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the Un

iversity of Pennsylvania. After starting his career in finance, Geovanis went to Moscow to work for a Russian ve

nture of a company called Brooke Group, which owned land earmarked for the site of a proposed Trump Tower. W

hen Trump came to town to promote the project, sources say, it was Geovanis’ job to show him around.

  Also on the trip were Brooke Group’s owners, the real estate moguls Bennett LeBow and How

ard Lorber, who went on to become substantial donors to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pers

onally acknowledged the pair from the podium after he won the 2016 New York Republican primary.

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pared with the previous years’ red envelop activities, this year

rants in addition to Alipay and WeChat Pay, the top two online transfer and payment tools in China in terms of market share.

Baidu, Sina Weibo and Douyin have joined the league of sending digital red envelops. Ba

idu allocated digital red envelops worth 900 million yuan ($133.5 million) and realized 20.8 billion tran

sactions on its app during the CCTV Spring Festival Gala in the lead-up to the Year of the Pig.

Last year, Alibaba-backed Taobao.com tied up with the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, sending a total of 600 million yuan in digital red envelops and prizes.

“Supporting the huge amount of transactions is China’s mature digital payment standard,” said Wang Pengbo, a finance industry analyst at Analysys.

Wang told the Global Times on Tuesday that as the cost of attracting new online users has ri

sen, internet firms are seizing the opportunity to direct  the flow and promote their products through the New Year gala.

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