nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
It was reported that the fire could be caused by lightening strike.
Moscow’s transport prosecution office is investigating into the incident and it will check i
f there were violations of the flight safety legislation, according to Sputnik news agency.
Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connectio
ns with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teach
ing English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left
her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships.
Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy
in the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she sha
red her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.
Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t
he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.
“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit
ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr
astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.
British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro
vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.
“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many
of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun
tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.
than 150 countries, including 37 heads of state or government, for the thre
e-day event starting on Thursday, Wang said, adding the forum, themed “Belt and Road Coop
eration: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the initiative.
President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the op
ening ceremony of the forum, and chair the leaders’ round-table summit, Wang said.
Saying the BRI has delivered real benefits to participating countries, Wang stated the hats like “debt traps” cannot be put onto t
he head of the Belt and Road, and this is not something any participating country would recognize.
He added that international communities should base their understandings and comments about the BRI on the facts.
Trade volume between China and the countries participating in the B
RI has exceeded $6 trillion, the number of investment is over $80 billion and arou
nd 300,000 jobs have been created for the people from the countries involved in the initiative, Wang said.
China and the European Union have committed to achieving major progress this year in negotiations for a high-level bilateral in
vestment agreement with a view to concluding the ambitious accord next year, according to a joint statement.
The two sides pledged to widen market access, eliminate discriminatory requireme
nts for foreign investors and establish a balanced investment protection framework, according to a joint statem
ent issued after the China-EU leaders’ meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and Eur
opean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker co-chaired the annual meeting and reach
ed consensus on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, global challenges and governance.
They committed to building an economic relationship based on openness, nondiscrim
ination and fair competition, ensuring a level playing field, transparency and mutual benefit, the statement added.
Two-way trade between the EU and China reached more than $682 billion last year. The E
U is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner.
sident Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday at the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital.
The leaders of the two sides will exchange views on China-EU relations and major international
and regional issues of common concern. A number of agreements are to be signed after that.
This is Li’s fifth time attending the China-EU leaders’ meeting as prem
ier, and his sixth visit to a Central and Eastern European nation to attend the China-CEEC
meeting, with the previous five being in Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Hungary and Bulgaria.
Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Chao, who oversees China’s relations with EU
nations, said at a briefing last week that the EU is a highly integrated regional bloc an
d a vital strategic force in the international community. China and the EU share broad com
mon interests in pragmatic cooperation and have a common stance regarding multilateralism and free trade, he said.
The EU has been China’s biggest trading partner for 15 consecutive years and Chin
a is the regional bloc’s second-largest trading partner after the United States, with bilater
students, even back in my day, is to be wary of the perils of data mining. And the middle-income tra
p is a classic example of the pitfalls of endless number crunching. Give me a database and a po
werful computer, and I can “validate” almost any economic relationship masquerading as an analytical co
njecture. There are five key reasons to dismiss the widespread diagnosis that China is ensnared in the middle-income trap.
First, a middle-income trap may not even exist. That is the conclusion of a rigorous empirical stud
y by Lant Pritchett and Lawrence Summers that covers a broad cross section of 125 economies from 1950 to 20
10. The best they could come up with is a strong tendency for growth discontinuities and mean reversion. At the recent China Development Forum in Be
ijing, Summers went further in assessing likely outcomes in rapidly growing developing economies, dubbing any
mean-reverting slowdown as merely a tendency to close a “post-miracle gap”. Needless to say, the statistical regularity of s
uch periodic growth gaps is very different from the permanent quagmire of a growth trap.
their bilateral relations to continue to play a pioneering role in China’s relations with the West, he added.
Xi also called on both sides to step up mutual understanding, trust
and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns with an open, inclusive spirit.
Xi added that China welcomes New Zealand to take part in building the Belt and Road.
He also urged greater bilateral cooperation in international affairs, jointly pro
moting the development of an open world economy and safeguarding multilateralism and the multilateral trading regime.
China has prioritized coping with the challenges of the climate change and is willing to wo
rk with New Zealand to jointly promote the sustainable development of Pacific island countries, he said.
Zeng Niaoniao, a qipao designer in the post-95s generation, started her business when she was a sophomore in 2015, and now runs stores both online and off.
Last year, the turnover from her online store reached 12 million yuan ($1.78 million)
The 24-year-old designer has a track record on improving qipao, displaying her work at the 2018 Shan
g Fashion Week and attracting Chinese pop idol Yang Chaoyue to wear her design for an advertising photoshoot.
Zeng said her wish was to see people wearing her designs to stroll around town, and sh
e wanted to bring more improved qipao with new designs to young Chinese girls.
May’s offer to quit fails to break Britain’s Brexit stalemate
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce de
al on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.
May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passe
d by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.
It added that a passenger information center and hotline “will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight.”