Taiwan people's dream of better livelihoods and their aspiration to communicate with the Chinese mainland after three years of COVID-19 will prominently figure during the region's leadership election in 2024, experts from both sides of the Taiwan Strait said.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's war rhetoric with emphasis on confronting the mainland is gradually running out of steam, as people's dissatisfaction over the DPP's seven-year governance is increasing, they said.

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This photo taken on May 12, 2023 shows the Lhalu wetland in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Jiang Fan)

In front of a carving on the peaceful liberation of Tibet, Dainzin Lhamo, 58, was lost in a sea of memories.

"Reflecting upon the past, one cannot help but acknowledge that it was the peaceful liberation of Tibet over 70 years ago that paved the way for the blissful life we enjoy today," she said.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) inspects the Xiong'an New Area scheme in Anxin county of Baoding city, north China's Hebei province, Feb 23, 2017. (Photo by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua)

Boasting a civilization spanning more than 5,000 years, China is home to many thousand-year-old cities. According to incomplete statistics, 30 cities in China were built over 2,000 years ago, and 142 cities have been officially designated as national historical and cultural cities.

The history of cities represents the evolution of human civilization, a truth that holds universally without exception. Then, in the 21st century today, can a country design and build a "city of future" with lasting importance for the millennium to come?

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This aerial photo taken on April 25, 2023 shows a view of the Yongning Gate of the ancient city wall in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Liu Xiao)

* Founded about 3,100 years ago, Xi'an, which is today the capital of China's Shaanxi Province, served as the capital for 13 dynasties in Chinese history. This is also the place where Zhang Qian began his journey to the Western regions via Central Asia during the Western Han Dynasty (around 202 BC-AD 25) with his envoys. This expedition eventually led to the opening of the Silk Road.

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Uzbekistan and China have been actively cooperating in the cultural field in recent years, continuing their millennia-old friendship and exchanges between Silk Road civilizations, said a senior scholar from Uzbekistan's Academy of Sciences.

"Uzbekistan and China have been close partners on the Silk Road throughout history and established long-standing and stable economic and trade relations," Abdullayev Masharib Saydamatovich, deputy director of the Center for Promotion of Science at Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday held talks with visiting Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, where the two presidents announced the elevation of the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership for a new era.

Japarov is in China for the China-Central Asia Summit and a state visit.

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Chinese Premier Li Qiang meets with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Beijing, capital of China, May 17, 2023. Rahmon is paying a state visit to China and will attend the China-Central Asia Summit in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Chinese Premier Li Qiang met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Beijing on Wednesday.

Noting that China-Tajikistan relations have realized leapfrog development in recent years under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Emomali Rahmon, Li said China is willing to further synergize development strategies with Tajikistan, deepen win-win cooperation and share new opportunities brought about by Chinese modernization, to continuously make the pie of bilateral cooperation bigger and more substantial and deliver more tangible benefits to the two peoples.

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Photo shows a night view in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province. (People's Daily Online/Zhao Zhenyu)

Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair the China-Central Asia Summit in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province on May 18 and 19.

The event is the first summit held offline by the heads of state of China and Central Asian countries since establishing diplomatic ties 31 years ago. The summit will mark a significant milestone in the development of relations between China and Central Asian countries.

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File photo released on March 4, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows a high-resolution image of Mars captured by the country's Tianwen-1 probe.(CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

China's Mars rover Zhurong has provided key observational evidence of liquid water at low Martian latitudes, the warmest regions on the red planet, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances this week.

Previous studies found evidence of a large amount of liquid water on early Mars, but dramatic climate changes led to very low pressure and water vapor content, making it difficult for liquid water to exist sustainably on the present-day planet. Scientists believe that water can now only exist there in solid or gaseous forms.

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Officials and scholars from both China and Greece hailed the United Nations (UN) Chinese Language Day with an event dedicated to the dialogue between Chinese and Greek languages and civilizations on Saturday evening.

They agreed that the increased bilateral exchanges in recent years in this field benefited both countries and the world.

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