This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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White paper: US backtracks on its pledgesington’s dema

The United States should take responsibility for the setback in economic and tra

de consultations with China, a government white paper said, warning that “red lines” cannot be crossed.

The US government has backtracked on its commitments three times in the trade negotiations with

China and should bear sole responsibility for the stalled progress, the paper said on Sunday.

The white paper, “China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations”, was

released by the State Council Information Office. It came amid ongoing tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouw

en said China is willing to work together with the US to find solutions concerning differences on the eco

nomic and trade fronts, and to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.

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For first time, scientists watch entire animal’s muscle sy

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Chicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have

mapped the full-body muscular activity of an animal while it was moving and behaving, for the first time in the world.

In the study, the researchers watched the patterns of muscle activity in a small aquatic animal called a hydraas. Based on prior su

ccess in mapping full-body neural activity in hydra, they pinpointed seven distinct patterns of hydra’s muscle act

ivity this time, according to a news release posted on the website of the University of Chicago on Thursday.

Hydra are freshwater organisms, only a few millimeters in length, and be

long to the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish and coral. Their tubular bodies are c

omprised of two layers of muscle, each composed of a different cell type and separated by two nerve nets

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Habib also applauded China’s interest in Washington’s agric

ricultural products such as apples and cherries, and specifically mentioned tourists and students from China.

With the current trade disputes between China and the US, however, Habib is seeing some frustration in his state.

“I’m of course frustrated at the effects of some of the Chinese-im

posed tariffs on our exporters – that’s a huge problem first for our growers, and companies in our

aerospace supply chain, and definitely our fish and seafood – they’ve been affected by Chinese tariffs,” said Habib.

With the Trump administration gradually imposi

ng 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports over the past year, China has already retaliated with

tariffs on $110 billion worth of US products, and has planned a tariff hike on $60 billion worth of US goods on June

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In 2018 alone, 8.5 metric tons of mountaineering-relat

ted trash was collected over the region’s spring climbing season. In 2019, 8.21 metric tons of various d

omestic waste and 2.46 metric tons of sanitary sewage was collected after the mountaineering season,” said Tashi Gyatso.

According to Nyima Tsering, the head of the region’s sport bureau,

the Tibet Mountaineering Guide School has been playing an important role in mountain rescue.

“Founded in 1999, it is world’s second and China’s first such school, for training mountaineeri

ng talent,” said Tsering, vice-chairman of the China Mountaineering Association. “Teams from

the school have performed 29 high-altitude rescues in recent decades, and have set the rescue record above 8,500 meters.”

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The Guangdong government will optimize the autom

obile consumption environment. Automobile plate lotteries and bidding indicators in Guan

gzhou and Shenzhen will be broadened, and no other cities in Guangdong province may introd

uce automobile purchase restriction regulations. The government will strengthen the supervision of automobile sales, the maintenance and acc

essories industry, and establish a public notice system for automobile sales. Meanwhile, the used car consumer mar

ket will be improved and procedures for used car transactions will be simplified.

The Implementation Plan clearly states its aim to stabilize housing co

nsumption. The province will expand the supply of rental housing and the coverage of perma

nent residents in public rental housing, and housing provident fund systems.

The province will promote the upgrading of rural consumption in building rural tourism brands and improving infrastru

cture such as rural networks, communications, h

ydropower, logistics and highways. It will also vigorously encourage new modes of cons

umption, including accelerating the development of new information consumer products such as 5G-base

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The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthen

 innovative capabilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the services and

environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the statement said, adding that the

capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

The meeting required Shanxi province, a coal-abundant area in North Ch

ina, to conduct pilot reforms in its energy industry and take the lead in the whole cou

ntry in areas such as promoting clean and low-carbon energy use and enhancing innovatio

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ale Zhang, managing director of Shanghai-based con

nsultancy Automotive Foresight, said SEAT’s smaller cars will help its parent company to reach custo

mers in China’s smaller cities, where electric cars built on Volkswagen’s own platforms would be less affordable.

Volkswagen, as well as its subsidiaries from Audi to Porsche, plan to deliver aro

und 1.5 million electrified vehicles, most of them pure electric cars, in China by 2025.

It also expects global sales of electrified vehicles will total 22 million by 2028, and half of them will be produced in China.

China overtook the United States as the largest producer and market of new energy vehicles in 2015.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers expected sales of su

ch vehicles to reach at least 1.6 million this year, up from 1.2 million in 2018.

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China is the world’s largest producer of rare earths, acco

counting for about 80 percent of global supply. However, the country’s rare-earth industry is faced with such pro

blems as rapidly decreasing inventory, inefficient production and environmental pollution.

Analysts also said that the low prices of China’s exports have failed to reflect the real value of the precious resource.

The division of labor of the global rare-earth industry should be coo

rdinated in accordance with the principle of opening-up and sharing, the NDRC said.

While the country prioritizes the domestic use of rare-earth meta

ls, it is willing to see its exports help drive the development of global industries, it said.

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Technology teams from Shanghai universities start business

t businesses in Suzhou, Zhejiang province. Things like this happen a lot now,” Wang said.

“And plans to build data infrastructure, such as cloud computing and data centers, have been made in the integrated development of the region.”

The report also surveyed AI education in China, which has started at all levels. More than 30 univers

ities have opened schools on AI, and 75 established AI majors or interdisciplinary majors with AI.

China’s first high school textbook on AI was published by East China Normal University last

year, and 40 high schools nationwide have participated in a pilot program on teaching AI to their students.

The release of the report was part of the Pujiang Innovation Forum, a ma

jor annual event in Shanghai for exchanges on science and technology innovation betw

een China and the rest of the world. Nearly 150 guest speakers from 23 countries and regions wil

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