t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.

Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi

al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.

Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind

due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.

With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.

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Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform

all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch

estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.

He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18

and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.

“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch

binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com

plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.

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 will impact various industries and stimulate the emergence of many new products, services and industries.

China Daily’s app was named the “Highly Commended” news app of the year at the newsawards 2019 in London on Wednesday.

The result was announced at the gala dinner held at the Royal Lancaster London. Ch

ina Daily beat two other nominees – The Independent and the Belfast Telegraph – to win the honor.

The China Daily app offers “a powerful mix of technology and innovation, with great clarity on audience needs,” said the judges.

The automotive sector will most likely be one of the first industries to rely

on 5G, connecting vehicles to other vehicles, roadsides, traffic lights, buildings and the inter

net to process data across cars or in the cloud, according to the report.

As 5G technology has integrated various industries and technologies, the number of 5G Stand

ards-Essential Patents applications surged to more than 60,000 globally by the end of April, the report said.

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was disestablished in the latest government reshuffle and quara

ntine management functions were merged into the General Administration of Customs.

With a rising number of inbound foreign travelers and Chinese students returning home wit

h pets in tow, the administration issued the new rule in January to facilitate entry.

Shanghai Customs inspected 25 cats and 15 other pets at its ports of entry between May 1 and May 5. Twenty-seven of them were all

owed in after on-site inspections. Eleven were put under quarantine, and two were sent back to their original co

untry or region due to the lack of quarantine reports and rabies antibody test results.

Last year alone, 1,577 pets-822 dogs and 755 cats-entered Shanghai from overseas, customs data show.

Shanghai Customs has been publicizing information on the new regulations throu

gh various channels to passengers, including cooperating with more than 60 air carriers, it said.

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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held the t

enth round of China-US high-level economic and trade consultations in Beijing from Tuesday to Wednesday.

As planned, the two sides will hold the 11th round of high-level economic

and trade consultations in Washington D.C. next week.This combo photo shows Chin

ese Vice Premier Liu He, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue, posing for photos with

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. They held the tenth round of Chi

na-US high-level economic and trade consultations in Beijing from April 30, 2019 to May 1, 2019.

Liu is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Centra

l Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue.

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piece of the Mei School, Wan Ruixing, renowned Peking Opera composer and player of the jingh

u (a high-pitched two-stringed fiddle used in Peking Opera), said the Cheng School’s sorrowful tunes a

nd slow rhythm also could be a decent interpretation of concubine Yu’s tragic fate.

“There are more tragedies in the Cheng School’s plays and the characte

r of Yu and her deep sorrow in the legendary story meet very well with the featu

res of the Cheng School,” said Wan, who is also responsible for the new play’s method of singi

ng tunes.A former actress from the China National Peking Opera Company, Zhang has performed in sellout shows acros

s China, including a solo show at the Great Hall of the People in 2007. In 2015, Zhang made her US debut at Lincoln Ce

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have improved the company’s stocking and inventory processes.

“Earlier we were reliant on the intuitions and experience of the local operation team. With the

use of technology like AI and big data, we are getting more accurate answers.”

As a larger and older retailer, Walmart has constantly worked with startups, said McMillon, citing the new Omega 8 platf

orm that enables retail innovation startups to collaborate with Walmart China to create better services for customers.

McMillon cited the example of a scanning ring developed by a starup for

Walmart that shortens pickup time for JD Daojia orders to less than 10 minutes and impr

ovements in the overall efficiency by 50 percent. Walmart’s WeChat mini-program has over 30 million members and is

developing an e-commerce service based on WeChat to help customers shop more easily and more accurately.

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China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.

Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.

The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo

sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a

nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was

in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.

“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme

nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo

pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.

In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou

s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.

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Hainan is offering housing incentives to attract talent to the tropical isla

nd province, where the country’s 12th free trade zone-its largest-is being created.

A notice from the provincial government on Friday said the employ

ees of companies that move their headquarters to the island will enjoy the same housing polici

es and credit support as locals when buying a house, even though they don’t have household registration in Hainan.

The supplementary measure, which is intended to address problems of new em

ployees settling in the Hainan FTZ, will improve the business environment, attract investo

rs, promote opening-up and development of headquarters, and optimize the living environment, local officials said.

In April last year, after the central government said Hainan would become a pilot free trade zone, the island announ

ced it would attract 1 million skilled workers. To accomplish that, it has adopted measures to support free hou

sing for topnotch personnel, child education, spousal employment, medical insurance and car purchases.

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A group of scientists in Gansu province have discovered a fossilized b

ird dating back about 110 million years and the first ever to have an unlaid egg in its abdomen.

The fossil represents a new species, Avimaia schweitzerae, belonging to a group called the Enantiornithes, which was a

bundant around the world and coexisted with dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period.

The well preserved fossil was discovered in the city of Yumen.

Because the specimen was crushed flat, it was only after a small fragment was extracted and analyzed under a micro

scope that the research team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Pal

eoanthropology realized the unusual tissue was an egg, said Alida Bailleul, the lead author of the article.

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