months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the
first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.
In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation
al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.
All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest
growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).
The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro
vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.
ed globally from 2013 to 2018, among which around 74,000 were published by Chinese researche
rs and 52,000 by their US counterparts, and the US dominated in fields such as citation impact, number of p
atents, and the scale of companies and funds, the report said, adding that China lacks basic theoretical research.
The report was compiled by the Research Center for AI Develo
pment, which was established last year by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“China and the United States are the two main pillars of the world’s AI r
esearch network, and the most cooperation on AI research happened between the two n
ations－the link between them is the strongest,” said Li Xiuquan, deputy director of the center. “But more and mo
re countries have realized the importance of AI, and paid a lot of attention to this area.”
fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb
reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no
t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v
accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a
nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con
sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi
g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.
arrived in Japan for a state visit that will make him the first world leader to meet the country’s new emperor.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived Saturday aboard Air Force One after a 14-hour journey. The president was h
eading to a dinner with business leaders at the US Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo after a brief airport welcome.
The visit is part of a continuing charm offensive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe that analysts say has spared Japan from far more debilitating retaliatory action by Trump.
The president has refused to lift the threat of slapping potentially devastating US
tariffs on imports of Japanese autos and auto parts on national security grounds.
US tariffs against Japanese aluminum and steel remain.