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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
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.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged civil affairs authorities to focus on poverty alleviation, special groups and issues of public concern to better fulfill their duties.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Comm
ittee and chairman of the Central Military Commis sion, made the statement in an instruction read at a national civil affairs conference held in Beijing Tuesday.
Editor’s Note: While Boeing struggles with the crisis following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft in
less than half a year, European aerospace heavyweight Airbus inked a record deal during President Xi Jinpin
g’s recent visit to France to sell 300 aircraft
to China. Will Boeing‘s struggles prove to be a boon for Chinese airplane manu facturers, as some media outlets claim? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:
A very long way to go for China
Ning Zhenbo, lead consultant for the Center of Information Technology, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.
Boeing’s loss does not mean Chinese aircraft manufacturers’ gain, simply because China la
gs far behind the West in the aerospace industry. The fierce competition between Boeing and Airbus, the t
wo aerospace heavyweights, will not have any impact, positive or negative, on China because it is not a player in the field.