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
The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.
China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.
“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s
ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.
To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w
estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.
Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.
In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r
eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.
In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.
ng cell technologies should be established to promote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scient
ists would need to pass an ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.
Universities and research institutes should strengthen education a
nd training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci
entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.
In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice agains
t people with disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby inci
dent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.