interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle sch
ool and they have stayed with him ever since. His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
The Niles N
orth students also inquired whether Xi likes the US. Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made
a lot of friends, including some young people. He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
g Chinese will help them better understand China, a d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.
by the smugglers, Sun said. Busts were made in several locations, which were not disclosed. The case is still under investigation.
Since early this year, 182 smuggling cases involving e
ndangered species have been investigated, the administration said on Monday. More than 500 tons of endangered animals and animal products were seized, 8.48 t
ons of wh
ich was ivory tusks or products made of ivory. In those cases, 171 suspects were detained. The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivor
y products in 2015 and ended commercial processing
and sale of ivory at the end of 2017. The ban has had significant positive effects, with fewer people purchasing ivory, according to a report j
ointly released last year by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, an NGO that tracks the global trade in wild animals.
“We will str
engthen our anti-smuggling efforts, continuing to work with international organizations and depart ments and allowing no tolerance of those illegal activities,” said Hu Wei, deputy director of the administration.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. S
tarting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making e
fforts to develop high-end industries suc h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
er, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently. Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make
new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth. “Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”
last year. Every day, an average of 5.5 million people use the nation’
s high-speed trains, accounting for nearly 60 percent
of daily users of the country’s rail network. The State-owned rail car manufacturer CRRC Co
rp, the world’s largest train maker, had sta rted developing a new-generation of bullet train that will operate at 400 kilometers per hour.
A preliminary report issued on Thursday by Ethio
pian officials found that a malfunctioning sensor sent incorrect inform ation to a Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, triggering an anti-stall system that began a chain of events that ended with th
e plane nose-diving into the ground, killing 1
57 people on March 10, the Associated Press reported. Boeing has acknowledged that the sensor malfunctioned in the Ethiopian Airlines 737
Max jetliner, triggering the anti-stall system when it was not needed, the AP reported.
In addition, CRRC is designing two types of maglev trains-a 600 km/h high-speed version and a 200 km/h medium-speed ver
sion. Designers said the company expects to put them into service sometime around 2021.
diplomatic ties. During their meetings, Xi agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to f
orge a more solid, stable and vibrant China-Fra
nce comprehensive strategic partnership, and continue to explore the way for major countries to get al ong with each other, which should feature independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, Wang said.
In the joint statement issued by China and Fran
ce on jointly safeguarding multilateralism and improving global governa nce, the two sides pledged to build international relations of mutual respect, equality, justice, and win-win coop
n the basis of respecting international laws and the basic principles of international norms, Wang said. Speaking of Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said leaders of the two cou
ntries have agreed to firmly stick to the correct direction of bilateral relations, adhere to open
ness and co
operation, and pursue more win-win results so as to jointly elevate the China-Monaco relations into a new era. During Xi’s talks with Prince Albert II, head of state of the Prin
cipality of Monaco, the Chinese president said both sides should adhere to openness and cooperation a
nd pursue more win-win results, adding that China welcomes Monaco to actively participate in the joint development of the Belt and Road.
short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and pol
itical nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
Labour’s Sha dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened t
he emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off ex
tension would be downright reckless.” Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long exte
nsion if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30. He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.
Prosecuting authorities have been treating t
he protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said. “Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.
prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest 168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1
percent year-on-year — because of insufficien
t evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime. “Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist
to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected. “We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.