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tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa
l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.
During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater
al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia
nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.
St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h
onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P
utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.
technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to develo
pment, 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 signif
icant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sec
tors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.
“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the real econo
my, 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.
According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reached a total volu
me of over 31 trillion yuan ($4.5 trillion), or 34.8 percent of its GDP, in 2018.
Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he
walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.
His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has
a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia
nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.
“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.
Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso
nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be
ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.
“I go on trips twice a year. I usually do not buy souvenirs on the road, because they are q
uite similar and less creative, which I can easily find at the stalls of Shanghai’s Town God Temple.”
Netizens in China joke online Yiwu’s residents need
not buy souvenirs at other places as all such articles originate in their hometown.
As Shi sees it, there is immense scope to reinvent the concept of souvenirs in general and Chinese souvenirs in particular.
Souvenirs, he said, should be made in various formats－a local snack, curries from In
dia, black tea from Sri Lanka, dried apricots from Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, or Spanish Iberian ham.
They could also be in the form of a delicate little gift of a key ch
ain, handicraft or fridge magnet, but a special local product would be ideal.