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ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engine
er of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
lled for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a
veiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
Also on F
riday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
was “extremely unlikely” any of the 27 countries would veto a delay.
AP”If one country was to veto an extensio
n and, as a result, impose hardship on us, real problems for the Dutch and Belgians and French as neighboring countries (to the UK)…they wouldn’t be forgiven for it,” he told Ireland’s RTE radio.
de earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sund ay in Beijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Two earthquake experts said the minor quake w
as a normal activity in the earth’s crust caused by chan ges in crustal stress, and there is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.
“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering School at
the Institute of Disaster Prevention. “As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the Hebei Plain
and Yanshan Mountain, the city will experience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree ev
ery year, according to past experience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, added.
unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin
king water in the area, where the undergro
und water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components. “Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev
of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou. Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro
p below m
inus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing. “Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs
to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station. Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to
the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o
f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.
“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.
ains into service. It said residents in the city would likely make about 340,000 trips by train on Friday.
Other branches of the railway system have also
launched more runs to handle the increase of holiday passengers. Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, fell on Friday this year. It i
s a tradit
ional Chinese day on which people pay tribute to deceased family members, friends and national heroes. Chinese people have used the day for spring outings since ancient times.
In recent y
ears, the number of Chinese travelers, to both domestic and foreign destinations, d uring the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday has increased annually, and most of them travel by rail for some or all of the j
ourney. For destinations within China, railway
s offer lower prices and more choices than airlines. At present, China operates more than 131,000 kilometers of tracks. That fig
ure includes more than 29,000 km of high-speed rail, two-thirds of the global total.
Last year, China invested more than 338 billion yuan ($50 billion) in the construct
ion of 26 new railways and opened new lines totaling 4,683 km, most of them high-speed.