It is the first time in eight years that a Chinese defense

 minister has participated in the event.Building a community with a shared future for mankind is the right path forward and the

trend of the times amid growing uncertainty and instability around the world, he said.

“No approaches to regional issues should resort to military blocs, nor should they undermine the interests of others,” Wei said.

He called out the United States for its military support to Taiwan and naval operations in

the South China Sea, saying they have undermined China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China resolutely follows the path of peaceful development and this commitment is en

shrined in the constitutions of both the Communist Party of China and the People’s Republic of C

hina, Wei said. “If this is not convincing enough for some people, nothing will be.”

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Candidates urged to stand aside in crowded UK leadersh

Candidates bidding to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister

and the leader of its ruling Conservative Party are vying to separate themselves from the pack

in a crowded leadership race that had, as of Monday, attracted 13 competitors and much criticism.

Leadership battles typically attract a handful of hopefuls but this is the largest in Conservative Party history.

The BBC said on Monday the overcrowded race had led so

me senior members of the Conservative Party, including Housing Minister James Bro

kenshire, to urge fringe candidates to pull out in order to save time and leave the waters less muddied.

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In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US do

dollar dropped more than 3 percent under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monda

y that higher US tariffs on China’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by market forces, a

d China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more

attractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchange

rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

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We must work together to ensure that big data, and the

e technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to devel

opment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.

Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made sig

nificant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sect

ors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.

“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the re

al economy, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp

rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.

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The two countries should make further contributions t

 to promoting a new type of international relationship and building a community with a shared future for mankind, Xi said.

Mourao extended President Bolsonaro’s greetings and best wishes, and delivered a letter from the Brazilian president to Xi.

The new Brazilian administration led by Bolsonaro attaches great importance to relations with China, Mourao said.

Brazil speaks highly of China’s important contributions to promot

ing global economic growth and considers China to be a reliable and stable partner, he said.

Brazil would like to connect the country’s investment partners plans

with the Belt and Road Initiative and expand cooperation with China in areas incl

uding trade, technology and innovation, he said, adding that Brazil welcomes investment from China.

Mourao expressed gratitude for China’s support for Brazil’s hosting of the meeting of BRICS leaders. Brazil would like

to enhance coordination with China under multilateral frameworks including BRICS, the WTO and the G20 to maintain multilateralism and t

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At a meeting held in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi, on

n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr

y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting, at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He

nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis

ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac

hieving the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Xi said that although China is still in an important period of strategic opp

ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.

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percent, respectively, registering significantly faste

The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.

In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform

ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.

Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m

onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.

She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.

“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da

ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said

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The aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Aeroflot Russ

sian Airlines, was bound from Moscow for Murmansk in Russia’s far north.

It made an emergency landing at the airport shortly after takeoff with 73 passengers and five crew members aboard.

The aircraft circled before making a hard landing back at the airport after the crew issued a mayday alert.

As seen in CCTV footage, the plane touched down hard and skidded along the runway, spewing out plumes of black smok

e and nearly completely afire. The plane’s undercarriage collapsed as it slowed to a halt on the tarmac.

Yelena Markovskaya, spokeswoman for the Moscow interregional tr

ansport investigation department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Fed

eration, said on Monday that 37 people survived, including four crew members.

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Television footage also showed blasts in three hotels

the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in the capital, which occurred following the church blasts.

2 more explosions hit Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan military spokesman has confirmed two more explosions just outsi

de the capital, hours after six nearly simultaneous blasts rocked churches and luxury hotels.

The spokesman, Brig. Atapattu, says a 7th blast occurred at a guestho

use in Dehiwala, killing at least two people. Atapattu says an 8th blast occurred in Dem

atagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. He did not have details on the Dematagoda blast.

7 suspects have been arrested

State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene says seven suspects have been arrested.

Security has been beefed up across the countr

y. Wijewardene said all necessary precautions had been taken to keep citizens safe.

“As a government all necessary action will be taken agains

t any extremist group that is operating in our country,” Wijewardene said.

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Most of the ivory was hidden in an abandoned factory

by the smugglers, Sun said. Busts were made in several locations, which were not disclosed. The case is still under investigation.

Since early this year, 182 smuggling cases involving endangered species have been investigated, the administration said on Monday.

More than 500 tons of endangered animals and animal products were seized, 8.48 t

ons of which was ivory tusks or products made of ivory. In those cases, 171 suspects were detained.

The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivor

y products in 2015 and ended commercial processing and sale of ivory at the end of 2017.

The ban has had significant positive effects, with fewer people purchasing ivory, according to a report j

ointly released last year by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, an NGO that tracks the global trade in wild animals.

“We will strengthen our anti-smuggling efforts, continuing to work with international organizations and depart

ments and allowing no tolerance of those illegal activities,” said Hu Wei, deputy director of the administration.

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