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  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.

  A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.

  JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.

  WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.WorldfamousconsumerbrandsincludingApple,LouisVuittonandGuccihaveannouncedtheirdecisionstocuttheirsuggestedretailpricestogivethegainsfromChina'svalue-addedtax(VAT)cuttoconsumers.ChinaonMondaystartedtoslashVATinmultipleindustries.Apple'sonlinestoreinChinaloweredthepriceofiPhoneXSandiPhoneXSMAXby500yuan(74.6U.S.dollars),whilethatofiPhoneXRdropped300yuan.ItsnewlylaunchediPadAir,iPadminiandAirPodsarealsoontheprice-cutlist.LuxurybrandsLouisVuittonandGuccihavealsoannouncedadropof3percentfortheirwholeproductlineup.CarmanufacturersincludingMercedes-Benz,BMW,Audi,LincolnandVolvohavealreadycutthesuggestedretailpricesofcarsasmuchas80,000yuanoverthepastweeksafterChinaannouncedVATratecut.Chinahassetoutaplanforthelarge-scaletaxcut,includingloweringtheVATrateinmanufacturingandotherindustriesfrom16to13percentandthatintransportation,constructionandotherindustriesfrom10to9percent.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS),successfullycompleteditsmaidenflightMonday.Withamorethan20meterwingspan,theyellowWing-LoongIINo.01madeitsappearanceontherunwayofahighlandairfieldinwesternChinaatnoonMonday,beforeconductinga31-minuteflight."ItsflightmarksChina'snewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUAS.FollowingtheUnitedStates,ChinabecomesanothercountrycapableofdevelopingsuchnewgenerationlargereconnaissanceandstrikeUAS,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWing-LoongUASseries.TheWing-LoongUASseriesweredevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstitute(CADI)ofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina.LisaiditshowedthatChinahadthecapabilitytodelivernewgenerationreconnaissanceandstrikeUASproductstoforeignmilitarycustomers.Infact,theWing-LoongIIhasalreadywonthebiggestoverseaspurchaseorderinthehistoryofChineseUASforeignmilitarysales,evenbeforeitsmaidenflight.TheWing-LoongIIisamedium-altitude,long-endurance,multi-roleUASintegratedwithbothreconnaissanceandstrikecapabilities.ItiscomposedoftheWing-LoongIIunmannedaircraft,GCS,missionpayloadandagroundsupportsystem.Itsunmannedaircraftis11metersinlength,4.1metersinheight,and20.5metersinwingspan.Themaximumflyingaltitudeoftheaircraftis9km,withaflyingspeedreachingupto340kmperhour.Ithasamaximumtake-offweightof4.2tons,withanexternalcarriageweightof480kg,andcanflyfor20hoursinapersistentmissioncruise.LisaidthattheWing-LoongIIcouldperformreconnaissance,surveillanceandgroundstrikemissions."Itcanrapidlyidentifythenstrikeagainsttime-criticalandfleetingtargets.Thecapabilityisnotpossessedbypreviousunmannedaircraft,evenmannedaircraft,"Lisaid."TakingalookattheUASinsameclassaroundtheworld,theWing-LoongIIisequivalenttotheU.S.MQ-9Reaper,andranksinthefirstlevelontheUASlist."Withasystemextension,itcanalsoperformintelligencecollection,electronicwarfare,searchandrescuemissions,andhasseveraluses,includingmilitary,anti-terrorism,peacekeeping,borderpatroloperationsandcivilianuse.

  A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  

  ChinesePremierLiKeqiangandhisNewZealandcounterpart,JacindaArdern,sentcongratulatorymessagesrespectivelytotheopeningceremonyof2019China-NewZealandYearofTourism,whichwasheldSaturdayinWellington.Inhismessage,LisaidtourismisanimportantareaofChina-NewZealandcooperationandadrivingforceforthetwopeoples'mutualunderstandingandfriendlyties.Lastyear,therewerearound600,000visitsbetweenthetwocountries,Lisaid,addingthatChinaremainsNewZealand'ssecondlargestoverseastouristmarket.TheChina-NewZealandYearofTourismpresentsanewopportunityforthetwocountriestodeepentourismcooperationandenhancepeople-to-peoplecommunication,hesaid.ThetwogovernmentsandtheirrespectivetourismauthoritiesshouldenhanceservicestoensurebetterexperiencesfortouristsfromChinaandNewZealand,Lisaid.Morepeople-to-peoplecontactbetweenChinaandNewZealandwillincreasetheirmutualunderstanding,whicharecentraltogrowingpopularsupportforbilateralrelations,theChinesepremiersaid.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.ChinawilllaunchtheWingLoongIDin2018,thelatestmodelofthedomestically-developedWingLoongUASfamily,withaseriesforanewmodelalsounderway,itsdeveloperAVIChasannounced.TheWingLoongIDisdevelopedbyChengduAircraftDesignResearchInstitute(CADI),asubsidiaryofthestate-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)insouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince.Itwillconductitmaidenflightandenterthemarketin2018,saidAVICattheWingLoongUASDevelopmentConference."TheWingLoongIDisthefirstgenerationofimprovedreconnaissance-strikeUASinChina.Withothermembersofthefamily,itwillhelpenhancetheinfluenceofWingLoongbrandintheglobalmilitarytrademarket,"saidLiYidong,chiefdesigneroftheWingLoongseriesandvicechiefdesignerofCADI.TheWingLoongIDistheimprovedmodeloftheWingLoongIUAS.Itisahigh-performance,medium-altitudeandlong-endurancereconnaissance-strikeUAS,completelymadeofcompositesandnewlydesignedtomeettherequirementsofmarket."TheWingLoongIDismoreaffordableinpriceandmorecompetentincapabilitythanWingLoongI.Itcansatisfyvariousoperatingrequirementsofmoreforeignmilitarysalescustomers,"Lisaid.Ithastheoptimizationofaerodynamiclayoutandinstallationofhigh-powerengine.Itisenhancedintakeoffweight,ceiling,endurance,communication,internalcarriageandexternalstores,accordingtoLi.TheWingLoongIDcanplayanimportantroleinsecurity,suchasintelligenceacquisition,surveillance,reconnaissance,counter-terrorism,borderpatrol,thefightagainstdrugtrafficking,andsmuggling.Moreover,itiscapableintheciviliandomain,suchasterritorialresourcessurveys,pipelineinspections,aswellasdisastermonitoringandevaluation.TheWingLoongfamilyisahigh-endreconnaissance-strikedroneseriesindependentlydevelopedbyChina,anditsserialdevelopmentisgainingmomentum."ChinastartedtheWingLongUASdevelopmentin2005.Todate,italreadyhastwogenerations,theWingLongIandWingLongIIseries,respectively,"saidJiXiaoguang,CADIpresident.TheWingLongIconducteditsmaidenflightin2007.AndWingLoongIIsuccessfullycompleteditsmaidenflightonFeb.27lastyear,showingthatChinawascapableofdevelopinglarge-scalereconnaissance-strikeUAStointernationalstandards."TheWingLoongIIhasearnedthelargestorderforChineseUAVintheglobalforeignmilitarytrade.Inthefuture,moreseriesandmembersoftheWingLoongfamilyareunderplan,"Jisaid.  

  JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.

  JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  ThirtypeoplehavebeenconfirmedashavingdiedwhilebattlingaforestfireinsouthwestChina'sSichuanProvince,authoritiessaidMonday.Twenty-sevenfirefightersandthreelocalswentmissingSundayafternoonafterasuddenchangeinwinddirectioncausedanoutburstoftheblaze,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Localauthoritieshavedispatched689peopletoputouttheblazewhichbrokeoutatabout6p.m.Saturdayataremotespotinthemountainsatanaltitudeofover3,800meters.Firefightersarestilltryingtocontaintheblaze.Identificationofthebodiesandconsolationfortheirfamiliesarealsounderway.JacindaArdernwillarriveinBeijingonSundayforherfirstChinatripsincebecomingNewZealand'sprimeminister.Hervisitisexpectedtoinjectnewimpetusintothebilateralcomprehensivestrategicpartnership,andbringtangiblebenefitstothepeoplesofthetwocountries.NewZealandisanimportantpartnerofChinaintheAsia-Pacificregion.Sincethetwocountriesestablisheddiplomaticrelations47yearsago,bilateraltieshavemaderemarkableprogress,creatingmany"firsts,"includingNewZealandbeingthefirstdevelopedcountrytorecognizeChinaasamarketeconomyin2004,andtosign,andlaunchnegotiationstoupgrade,theFreeTradeAgreement(FTA)withChina.Lastyear,two-waytradereached16.86billionU.S.dollars,a14-percentincreaseonayear-on-yearbasis.Asaresultofsuchrobusttrade,moreandmoremade-in-ChinaelectronicsandtextilesareavailableinNewZealand,whilelambandawiderangeofdairyproductslikemilkpowderarebecomingincreasinglypopularamongChineseconsumers.ForNewZealand,acloserpartnershipwithChinaisbeneficial.ChinaisnowNewZealand'slargesttradingpartner,largestorigincountryofforeignstudents,andsecondlargestoneofforeigntourists.AllthesemayharborhugepotentialforNewZealand'sbusinesses.Tofullytapthispotential,NewZealand'sprimeministerisexpectedtofocusonupgradingthedecade-oldFTAandboostcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiative(BRI)duringhervisit.TheBRIisanotherareawhereChinaandNewZealandcanstepuptheirmutuallybeneficialcooperation.NewZealandisthefirstdevelopedWesterneconomytosignaMemorandumofUnderstandingontheBRIwithBeijing.Also,followingArdern'svisit,NewZealandTradeMinisterDavidParkerwillbeleadingabusinessdelegationforthesecondBeltandRoadForumforInternationalCooperationnextmonthinBeijing.NewZealand'sseriousinterestinworkingwithChinaonpromotingBRIcooperationoriginatesfromitsrichexperienceintradefacilitationandservices.WithintheBRIframework,ChinaandNewZealandcanjoinforcesinpushingforwardglobaltradinginfrastructureandregionalintegrationtohelpdeliverafasterflowofgoods,services,personnelandcapitalintheregionandbeyond.Inadditiontothat,ChinaandNewZealand,twokeyeconomicplayersintheAsiaPacific,haveacommonstakeinmaintainingarules-basedmultilateraltradingsystemagainstarisingtideofprotectionismandisolationism.Thetwosidesneedtoenhancetheircoordinationinthisregardandjointlysafeguardtheexistinginternationalorder.Astwocountrieswithdifferenthistoricalandculturalbackgroundsandsocialsystems,itisnormalforthemtohavedifferentopinionsoncertaintopics.However,thepastalmostfivedecadesofChina-NewZealandbilateralrelationshaveshownthataslongastheycanjoinforcesformutualbenefitsonthebasisofmutualrespectandequality,theirpartnershipwillkeepongrowing.ItishopedthatthetwosideswilltakeArdern'svisitasanopportunitytomakefulluseofthepotentialofbilateralcooperationsoastowriteanewchapterintheChina-NewZealandpartnership.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.

  A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.A5GnetworkinShanghai'sHongkouDistrict,backedbyChinesetelecomgiantChinaMobile,startedtrialrunsonSaturday.WuQing,Shanghai'svicemayor,madethenetwork'sfirstvideocallusingaHuaweiMateX,afoldable5Gsmartphone,atthelaunchceremony.Atotalof2285GbasestationshavebeendeployedinHongkou,makingitthefirstdistrictinShanghaifullycoveredbya5Gnetworkandagigabitbroadbandnetwork.ZhangJianming,deputydirectoroftheShanghaiMunicipalCommissionofEconomyandInformatization,saidthecityaimstobuildover10,0005Gbasestationsbytheendoftheyear,andthenumberisexpectedtoexceed30,000by2021.Zhangaddedthatthe5Gnetworkwouldprovidesolutionstoindustrialmanufacturing,internet-connectedcars,healthcareandcitymanagement.Shanghai'slatestmoveaddstoarecenttrendofChinesecitiesadoptingthe5Gnetworktomeetpublicdemands.InlateJanuary,anairportinsouthChina'sGuangdongProvincelauncheda5Gbasestation.Anindoor5GnetworkwillbeinstalledintheShanghaiHongqiaoRailwayStationbytheendofthisyear.Testdatashowedthat5Gnetworkisabletoprovideapeaksingle-userdownloadspeedof1.6Gbps,nearly16timesfasterthanthatof4Gservice.China'shome-developedWing-LoongII,thenewreconnaissanceandstrikemulti-roleenduranceUnmannedAircraftSystem(UAS).(Filephoto)TheproducerofChina'sdomestically-developedWingLoongonTuesdaydeliveredthe100thunmannedaerialsystem(UAS)forexport.TheState-ownedAviationIndustryCorporationofChina(AVIC)startedtoexporttheWingLoongseriesofaircraftin2010.Theaircrafthasbeenwidelyusedinanti-terroristoperations,securitypatrolsandaerialdetection."TheaircraftmarksthetransformationofChina'saviationequipmentfrommannedtounmanned,enteringtheworld'shigh-enddronemarket,"saidTanRuisong,chairmanofAVIC.ThecompanyonSundaylaunchedtheWingLoongI-D,thelatestmemberoftheUASfamily.Itsaidthe30-minutemaidenflightwassuccessful.Thefuselageofnewmodeliscompletelybuiltwithcompositematerial.TheWingLoongUASseriesisdevelopedbytheChengduAircraftDesignandResearchInstituteunderAVICinSouthwestChina'sSichuanprovince.

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