China, Cuba to build artificial intelligence center

China and Cuba signed cooperation agreements to create an artificial intelligence center and teach Spanish, pacts considered as a projection towards a higher stage in bilateral ties, diplomatic sources reported.

The agreements include collaboration in these fields between the International Studies universities of the Chinese province of Hebei, and Cuban universities of Camagüey and Central de Las Villas.

Its signature was the culmination of the official visit made to China by the Minister of Higher Education of the island, Jose Ramon Saborido, said the Cuban embassy here.

The minister completed this week a tight agenda that included the renewal in Beijing of an exchange agreement in education for the period between 2018 and 2022, meetings with the Chinese Minister of Education, Chen Baosheng, the Deputy Governor of Hebei, Ge Haijiao, and the mayor of Shijiazhuang, Deng Peiran.

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Cuba's attractions promoted in China and Japan

People in China and Japan are learning about Cuba's attractions through images of emblematic sites and promotional events that are part of a tribute to the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

As part of the 'Authentic Cuba' promotional campaign, several bus stops in Beijing are showing photos of Havana and Cuban beaches.

Buses are running through the cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou bearing images of the Bay of Havana, with its iconic lighthouse in the Morro Castle, Havana's Malecon (seawall) and old vehicles in Old Havana, along with diving practices and the world-famous Cuban tobacco crops.

All of them travel through busy streets, important tourist areas and business districts in Chinese cities.

Meanwhile, in the Japanese city of Osaka, similar images decorate the Cuban stand at the Japan 2019 International Tourism EXPO.

Diplomatic sources said that since its opening, the stand has received several visits from travel agents, who have expressed interest in learning about the attractions of Havana and other places in Cuba, as a growing option for Japanese holidaymakers.

Actions in China and Japan are taking place in the context of the celebration, on November 16, of the 500th anniversary of Havana, which was designated a Wonder City and was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Cuba's Minister of Higher Education visits China

Havana, October 24 (RHC)--The Cuban Minister of Higher Education. José Ramón Saborido Loidi, began an official visit to the People's Republic of China on Wednesday, aimed at strengthening bilateral collaboration in this sector.

The minister will hold official talks with his Chinese counterpart, Chen Baosheng, sign the renewal of the current Education Exchange Agreement and visit the Universities in Beijing and Hebei to explore opportunities and prospects for academic cooperation.

The visit to China by the Higher Education Ministry delegation is part of an Asian tour and will also include the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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China's Ctrip group bets on Cuban tourism

The Chinese group Ctrip, the world's second largest online tourist company, plans to increase operations in Cuba,
according to executives from that firm who are visiting the Caribbean island.

Ctrip Project Manager Phoenix Du highlighted Cuba's potentialities, as more holidaymakers, above all Chinese tourists and Asians in general, want to travel here.

The company's regional manager for Latin America, Poppy Yang, noted Cuba's attractions, especially people's kindness and the beauty of natural landscapes.

During an interview with Prensa Latina at the Parque Central Hotel, in Havana, the Ctrip team pointed out that Cuba has great potentialities for Asian tourists.

Ctrip Market Manager Cecilia Dong said that they are on a six-day working visit to Cuba, where they have met with executives from the Cubanacan group and other authorities.

They also toured places of interest in Havana and Viñales, the latter in western Pinar del Rio province, in addition to visiting the community Las Terrazas. They will also go to Varadero Beach, which is some 140 kilometers east of the Cuban capital.

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Hosking takes the win at women's Tour of Guangxi

Chloe Hosking finished off her three years at Alé Cipollini in style on Tuesday, winning the women's Tour of Guangxi in China in her final race for the Italian team as the Australian sprinter has signed with Rally UHC for the 2020 season.

Two climbs on the race route led to a reduced bunch sprint in Guilin, where Hosking was first over the line ahead of Tibco-SVB's Alison Jackson.

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) finished in third place, overtaking world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final race of the year to win the UCI Women's WorldTour classification.

How it unfolded

Held on the final day of the six-day men's stage race, the women's Tour of Guangxi covered 145.8km from the start south of Guilin to the finish in the centre of Guilin. The race was mostly flat, only punctuated by two back-to-back climbs of 2.1 and 4.3 kilometres, respectively. 

The second climb ended 42km from the finish, and after the descent there were still 30km left for dropped riders to chase back on.

A total of 87 riders started the race, and Pu Yixian (China Liv Pro Cycling) went on a long solo break early on. The unpertubed peloton let the Chinese rider get an advantage of almost five minutes. 

The speed picked up as the race came closer to the climbs. Setting a hard pace on the first climb, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) reduced the peloton to around 45 riders and brought the peloton to within a minute of Pu.

Pu was caught on the second climb, while Yanshan Hill, and Moolman-Pasio crested the climb at the front of a group of some 25 riders to win the mountain classification. More riders came back in the descent that followed, and a peloton of about 40 riders reached Guilin together.

Despite a crash on the rain-wet roads on the final ten kilometres, most sprinters made it to the finishing straight. Vos started her sprint early, but Hosking came around the Dutchwoman to claim the victory.

World Ranking leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) wasn't racing, but neither was Marta Cavalli (Valcar Cylance), meaning that Wiebes won the light-blue UCI Women's WorldTour U23 classification jersey.

RESULTS

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini 3:58:46
2 Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
4 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
5 Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
6 Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
7 Hanna Tserakh (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
8 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
9 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
10 Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
11 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women
12 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
13 Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana
14 Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
15 Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
16 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
17 Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
18 Jiujin Li (Chi) People's Republic of China
19 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
20 Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
21 Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
22 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
23 Wing Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
24 Lin Feng (Chi) People's Republic of China
25 Darya Dziakola (Belarus) Minsk Cycling Club
26 Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women
27 Alina Abramenka (Belarus) Minsk Cycling Club
28 Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:05
29 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
30 Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:00:08
31 Siying Lu (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
32 Urska Bravec (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 0:00:10
33 Xie Zhou (Chi) People's Republic of China
34 Leah Dixon (GBr) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
35 Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
36 Wu Peixiao (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
37 Yixian Pu (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
38 Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
39 Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
40 Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini
41 Nastassia Kiptsikava (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
42 Jiahuan Yang (Chi) People's Republic of China
43 Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM
44 Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM
45 Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv
46 Nina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
47 Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
48 Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv
49 Jiaqi Li (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team 0:00:16
50 Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini
51 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:21
52 Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team 0:00:25
53 Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:27
54 Yeima Torres Beltran (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:00:32
55 Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:35
56 Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
57 Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:37
58 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:47
59 Hongyu Liang (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team 0:00:50
60 Xisha Zhao (Chi) People's Republic of China 0:01:12
61 Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:01:29
62 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:01:35
63 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:01:36
64 Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:03:08
65 Emily Marcolini (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
66 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
67 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
68 Yue Chang (Chi) People's Republic of China 0:06:41
69 Jiajun Sun (Chi) People's Republic of China
70 Taisa Naskovich (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
71 Maria Apolonia van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipollini 0:06:44
72 Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:12:42
73 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies
74 Danielle Khan (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
75 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:12:49
76 Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team
77 Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
78 Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
79 Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women 0:12:51
OTL Pernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
OTL Hoi Wah Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
OTL Chanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
OTL Thale Sofie Kielland Bjerk (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNF Xiaojuan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNF Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
DNF Sze Wing Ng (HKg) Hong Kong, China
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Foreign-instigated color revolutions fuel global unrest, Beijing says in veiled attack on US

Beijing has taken a not-so-subtle swipe at Washington, lambasting unnamed countries for using color revolutions and “big sticks” to meddle in the internal affairs of China and other nations.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe took aim at the United States – without calling out Washington by name – during an address at the Xiangshan Forum, China’s annual conference on security and defense issues, on Monday.

Wanton interference in other countries’ affairs will never win. Interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs, instigating a color revolution or even attempts to subvert the legitimate governments of other countries are the real causes of wars and unrest in different regions [around the world].

Without getting into specifics, he decried nations which “wield their big sticks”, such as sanctions, to exert “maximum pressure” on their rivals.

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“The Chinese people don’t buy such intimidation and we are not afraid [to fight],” he added.

Beijing has repeatedly accused Washington of playing a role in the ongoing protests that have rocked Hong Kong since March, going so far as to accuse the United States of being “insanely involved” in the semi-autonomous territory.

The Chinese foreign ministry has issued regular warnings to its American counterparts, telling the Trump administration that it should not “stick their noses in our affairs.”

The White House “firmly rejects” the notion that the US is sponsoring or inciting the demonstrations.Originally motivated by a now-suspended bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, the increasingly violent protests have taken a broader anti-Beijing angle.

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Xi sends congratulations to Diaz-Canel, new Cuban president elected at the national assembly

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, sent congratulatory messages on Friday after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected the president of Cuba.

The election took place at a legislative session of the National Assembly of People's Power, the country's parliament, on Thursday.

Currently serving as the president of the Council of State and Ministers, Diaz-Canel received 579 votes in favor from the 580 deputies present in the election. He will be in office until 2023.

Salvador Valdes Mesa, 74, was elected vice president.

In the congratulatory message to newly-elected President Diaz-Canel, Xi said the two countries have built a strong friendship over the past fifty years, and they are "good friends, good partners and good brothers" that sincerely trust each other and share the same fate.

He said China is willing to work with the Cuban president to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation, and achieve new accomplishments in a new era.

In a separate message to Raul Castro, who remains the first secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, Xi said he wants to maintain close communications with Castro so as to push China-Cuba friendship further forward.

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Tie-break will determine the winner of FIDE World Cup

The fourth games of the Final and the 3rd place match of the FIDE World Cup were played on October 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk. The playing venue was visited by Yury Yuzhakov and Alexander Tirtoka, Deputy Governors of Ugra, and FIDE Vice-President Mahir Mammedov.

Ding Liren and Teimour Radjabov played a variation of the English Opening, in which Black sacrifices a pawn, but obtains certain compensation due to an insecure position of the white king. The game quickly transposed to an endgame, where White's ruined pawn structure left him little chance of utilizing the extra material. Black regained a pawn in a rook ending and equialised the game fully. A draw was agreed on the 31st move.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Yu Yangyi once again played the Petrov’s Defense. According to the Frenchman, his position was better, however, he was unable to increase this advantage, and after multiple exchanges the game equalised. The players agreed to a draw in a queen ending.

Thus, classical parts of both matches ended in a 2-2 tie, and the winners will be determined on tie-break on Friday, October 4.

In the first rapid game Teimour Radjabov will have White against Ding Liren, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will have White against Yu Yangyi.

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