he two heads of state will take part in strategic planni

ning to upgrade bilateral ties, and “jointly usher in a new era of high-level development of China-Russia relations”, he said.

In response to a question about the influence of ongoing Sino-US trade friction on coopera

tion between Chinese and Russian enterprises, Zhang said Beijing and Moscow share a broad conse

nsus and common interests, and will work together to deal with external challenges.

“We have the confidence, resolve and ability to safeguard ou

r country’s sovereignty, security and dignity as well as its development interests,” he added.

“The China-Russia relationship neither targets

a third party, nor will it be weakened by discord sowed by any third party,” Zhang said.

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Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

 major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

d measures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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China attaches great importance to the development of th

 the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig

ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive

rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera

te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re

port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f

rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r

emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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noted that China and Brazil are the biggest developin

oping countries in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and both are important emergi

ng markets. The two countries have a common wish and great potential for development, he said, ad

ding that both countries are important forces for promoting a multilateral world.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 45 years ago, relations between China and Brazil have achieved fruitful outcomes, Xi said.

The president said it is a critical period for the two countries, and they s

hould forge ahead, and each side should deem the other as a partner for development.

Xi called on the two countries to respect, trust and support each other in making the China-Brazil relationship a model for de

veloping countries’ cooperation and an important force in promoting world peace and progress.

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hina formally arrests two Canadians over security concerns

China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December

last year on suspicion of endangering national security, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Thursday.

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, has been arrested by Chinese authorities in accordance with the law on susp

icion of prying into state secrets and intelligence for overseas forces, Lu said at a regular news conference.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, has also been arrested on suspicion of ste

aling and illegally providing state secrets to overseas forces, Lu added.Teenagers’ first exposure to elec

tronic gadgets and online games tends to be at a younger age, said a report released Wednesday.

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During his childhood, Zhao was inspired by a carto

toon where he saw the protagonist riding a flying motorbike. To realize his childhood fan

tasy, Zhao stopped all his work and sold his apartment in pursuit of his dream to build his own flying motorbike.

Like many men, the 41-year-old native of Hunan province has always dreamed of flying in the

sky one day. He aced science subjects in school and enjoyed fixing electrical appliances at home.

However, due to his impoverished family background, he had to work at a golf range in Don

gguan, Guangdong province, after graduating from middle school in 1998. Zhao later took on a variety of jobs includi

ng security guard, insurance salesman and property agent, gradually putting his childhood dream aside.

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Baidu CEO nominated to be academician; protest follows

Baidu CEO Robin Li Yanhong’s recent nomination for the country’s highest academic title

in engineering has triggered heated debate, with some netizens claiming Li was unqualified bec

ause of his search engine’s insufficient regulation of fraudulent medical advertising.

Li was one of 531 candidates, including 114 entrepreneurs, who might become academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engi

neering at the end of the year, according to a statement released by the academy on April 30.

Other nominees include e-commerce giant Alibaba’s technology chief Wang Jian, car

maker BYD founder Wang Chuanfu, and Microsoft computer engineer Harry Shum. The candidates wil

l be subject to a strict selection process, and only around 10 to 15 percent of them will be granted the prestigious title.

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“That’s a crime,” the top Democrat in Congress told repo

orters, referring to Barr’s congressional testimony.Justice Depart

ment spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called Pelosi’s allegation “reckless, irresponsible and false.”

The exchange came shortly after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler thre

atened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress if he does not provide a full, unredacted copy of Mu

eller’s findings. That could potentially lead to fines or imprisonment for the top US law enforcement official.

Barr released Mueller’s report on April 18, with some parts blacked out to protect sensitive information.

Pelosi and other leaders in the House, which is controlled by Democra

ts, previously had cautioned against launching the impeachment process, whic

h would begin in the House but would face long odds of success in the Republican-controlled Senate and could alien

ate voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election in which Trump is seeking re-election.

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conversations actually took place at all, or were fict

titious additions by Garnaut to add a sheen of authority to his unsupported speculations: “I am not persuaded that Mr Garnaut was being entirely truthful ab

out those matters… The likelihood is that Mr Garnaut’s evidence concerning that source was manufactured,” the judge said.

Identifying a person as spy without evidence

A Western Australian Labor MP, Pierre Yang, was savaged in The Australian on Dec 6 last year because, the paper all

eged, he had spent three months on a Chinese government vessel. This was enough to have him classed as a potential spy.

But it emerges that Yang was serving as an Australian Army reserve c

aptain. He had been mobilized by the Australian Army to serve on the Chinese vessel in the in

ternational search for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 because he was a fluent Mandarin speaker and could ser

ve as liaison officer and linguist. No matter that he was performing duties as an exemplary citizen, his loyalty was impugned.

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East China remained the most developed region in 2017, wit

Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei

jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.

The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.

The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays

(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho

rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.

While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass

enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi

cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.

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