with five suburban districts of Tongzhou, Yanqing, Changping, Huairou and Shunyi upgrading it to yello w alert later. These areas were hit with strong winds as high as 8-9 grades, with gales reaching 10 grade at some places. According to forecast, the wind could still be as high as 7-8 grades on Monday. The gale toppled a wall near Dongzhimen Bridge in downtown Beijing, hitting three pedestrians, two males and one female. Two of them died at the scene and one at hospital, Dongcheng District said via Sina Weibo. Food delivery service Meituan said one of its deliverymen was hit and killed by a fallenRead More →

 heavenly horse-located in the suburban Songjiang district, is the largest omnibearing movable telescope in Asia an d is ranked third in the world in comprehensive performance. It began providing celestial observations in 2012. While Tianma was not directly involved in the observations that led to the black hole image, its ability to see other phenome na in the universe on certain wavelengths, contributed to the precise calibration of the final data for the image, s cientists in Shanghai said. Tianma is part of the East Asia Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, or EAVN. Shen Zhiqiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ S hanghai AstronomicalRead More →

ark central region-the black hole’s shadow-depicted the black hole at the heart of Messier 87, a massive, distant gala xy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. It is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. It was one example of the role that Tianma has played in international coordinated observations. Its super sensitivity has made its observations useful as a reference by which other parti cipants in the network can adjust their data, according to the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. “Tianma elevated the image quality of the EAVN, by about 50 percent, making a great co ntributionRead More →

Mainstream political groups will continue to dominate in elections to the European Parli ament this week but probably will lose some seats to nationalist and far-right parties, analysts predict. “There is no fear for the solidity of the EU-decision-making system”, said Sven Biscop, director of the Euro pe in the World Program at the Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations, a think tank based in Brussels. But he urged “those who favor the European project” to not be complacent, as the rise of populist and far-right parties has already become a major concern for the EU and its member states. About 400 million people from theRead More →

sumers and hundreds of thousands of employees, we ask that you im mediately stop this action to increase their tax burden,” the group said. The group’s reasoning echoes an earlier comment from David French, senior vice-president for government relations at the Nat ional Retail Federation, who said, “Saying that China is paying these tariffs doesn’t hold water.” About 99 percent of all shoes sold in the US are imported. Last year alo ne, it imported 2.5 billion pairs, nearly 70 percent of which came from China, ma king the Asian country the largest source for US shoe imports, according to statistics provided by the FDRA.Read More →

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 perRead More →

Using the database, researchers are able to carry out automatic facial recognition on panda faces to tell one animal from another, the center said. Panda researchers hope algorithms and AI technology will help them analyze data on pandas both in captivity and the wild. The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distributi on, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher w ith the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.” “It will definitelyRead More →

 reached 51.6 million tons, with ore and container freight volumes breaking records. Aut horities said that the port’s investment budget for 2019 would reach 48 million euros. Situated at the heart of a triangle between Brussels, London, and P aris, the Port of Dunkerque is the third largest port in France after Port Le Havre and Port Marseille. The port has 18 professional terminals and a logistics park with storage facilities for food, hydrocarbons, chemicals and cereals. Public security authorities have destroyed over 200 cross-re gional criminal networks and more than 400 peer-to-peer lending platforms suspected of i llegal fundraising between the beginning of 2018Read More →

 to sell chips to ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company, even after imposing huge fines on the company. By so doing, the US has act ually encouraged China to increase investment in its high-tech sector. So, even if China and the US were to strike a de al, China would be prompted to import lower volumes of energy and agricultural products from the US. In macroeconomic terms, the China-US trade dispute has added h uge uncertainties to the US economy and raised the likelihood of recession. Which cou ld thwart the US president’s chances of being re-elected in 2020. And the tradeRead More →

peration in AI governance including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules,” Wang said. The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China’s AI sector, with the value of core AI indu stries predicted to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($145 billion) and make the country the global leader of AI innovation by 2030. In December, Tianjin unveiled a three-year plan to boost the innovative development of seven AI-related indust rial chains including independent and controllable information systems, smart security, big data, advanced co mmunications, intelligent connected vehicles, industrial robots and intelligent terminals. According to the plan, the government will buildRead More →