hroughout 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 States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu

nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit

h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he

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, th

rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po

et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.

Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel

brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.

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t it expects its second-generation Model 3 production line at its Shanghai plant to

cost 50 percent less per unit than its factory in Fremont, California.

CEO Elon Musk also said in April that the gigafactory in Shanghai expects to produce 1,000 and 2,000 vehicles a week

But China CDC says more efforts still needed to hit nation’s reduction target

Smoking has been declining on the Chinese mainland, but m

ore efforts are needed for effective tobacco control, according to a survey released on Thursday.

Last year, 26.6 percent of the population 15 years old or above across the mainland were smokers, according to the survey, which

was conducted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention between July and December.

by the end of the year, the report said.

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ge’s UK Independence Party won with 26.8 percent, followed by Labour on 24.7 percent and the Conse

rvatives on 23.3 percent. The Greens won 7.7 percent in 2014 and the Liberal Democrats 6.7 percent. Turnout was 35.6 percent.

Greater access to China’s financial sector will encourage global investors and dispel the gloom clouding the g

lobal economy amid Beijing’s trade tensions with Washington, according to senior officials and economists.

Chinese financial regulators are preparing a comprehensive opening-up, with more new measures in the pipeline. Foreig

n institutions with advanced performance in risk management, credit rating, consumer finance, endowments and

health insurance are especially welcome, senior officials stressed over the weekend.

The opening measures will offset part of the negative impacts of trade friction on economic re

covery, and enable China to reach its GDP growth target of above 6 percent this year, they said.

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According to the administration, the mechanism can switch the on-duty satellite to a quick-scan mode focusing on areas required by users when they are hit by disasters.

“During disasters, Fengyun satellites can scan as often as every five or six minutes. The China Meteo

rological Administration could send users cloud images and products via satellites and public clouds,” Wei said.

For example, in March, China provided a remote-sensing monitor repo

rt on flooding in Iran via Fengyun. The analysis estimated the coverage and ter

rain characteristics of the flooded area, which greatly assisted the country’s evacuation efforts.

China has launched 17 Fengyun series meteorological satellites, of which seven are currently operational.

The World Meteorological Organization has included China’s Fengyun serie

s of meteorological satellites as a major element of its global Earth observation system.

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 plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000

volunteers to directly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

hina expects to participate in more international assessments of t

he impacts of climate change and human activities on Arctic ecosystems, a senior official said.

Protection of Arctic species and the natural restoration of ecosystems can be a key in such cooperation, said Wang Hong,

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he said. The report also found that studying overseas is no longer limited to wealthy fam

ilies, and the number of students from middle-class families studying overseas keeps growing.

According to the survey on parents’ professional backgrounds, most parents whose children prefer studying overseas hold o

rdinary positions at work, accounting for 43 percent of the total, up 14 percentage points from 2015.

Parents who are middle-level managers accounted for 35 percent, and those who are high-level executives accounted for 22 per

cent, the report said. The number of students studying overseas for master’s degrees continues to increase, a

counting for 70 percent of the total, up from 57 percent in 2016. They are studying ov

erseas to obtain higher academic qualifications and be more competitive in the domestic job market, it said.

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 reality, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and human-computer interaction-scenes are create

d based on ancient Chinese classics, such as the Classic of Mountains and Seas, in which mythical an

imals appear in forests, lightning flashes, thunder rumbles, wind blows and rain pours.

Visitors can experience primeval nature in a part of the exhibition developed by the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Co

ordination Bureau and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Automation.

In addition, visitors can experience what it’s like to ride in an autonomous vehicle. Three driv

erless vehicles developed by Baidu-two with eight seats and one with four seats-offer rides in the park.

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He also attended the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which concluded on Saturday.

Bilateral trade reached over $6 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 7.4 percent, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Rebelo de Sousa said the two countries should translate their long-term friends

hip into future-oriented partnership, adding that he is fully confident of the prospects of the ties between them.

He said his attendance at the forum demonstrates his country’s

resolute support for the initiative. Portugal wants to build even closer links with China in trade, i

nvestment, science and technologies and culture, and develop the third-party market cooperation, he said.

Portugal supports intensification of European Union-China partner

ship and jointly safeguarding multilateralism and promoting free trade, he added.

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President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign think

tanks for more high-quality research results to push Belt and Road construction to a higher level.

Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the i

naugural meeting of the Belt and Road Studies Network held in Beijing on Wednesday.

The launch of the think tank network took place ahead of the Second Belt and Road Fo

rum for International Cooperation being held from Thursday to Saturday in the capital.

Xi said in the letter that the development of history, the prosper

ity of civilizations and the progress of mankind are closely connected with the guidance of advanced thought.

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the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r

ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in

the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.

There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.

In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o

f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.

Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.

One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.

St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa

cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh

ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen

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