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Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini

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.

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Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust lev

, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

China is in the midst of implementing a host of reforms, which are focused on opening up its economy to foreign compet

ition and strengthening its private sector. They are needed to upgrade its industries and avoid the dreaded middle-income trap.

Many of these reforms are exactly what the United States is asking for in the trade negotiation

s, but China is actually pursuing these reforms primarily to achieve its own long-term internal economic goals.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environm

ent and the discipline to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders purs

uing a more eco-friendly development path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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Growth resilience may surprise on the upside in more

 aspects,” he said, adding that besides a growth rate withi

n a reasonable range, the economy is likely to register accelerated prog

ress toward higher-quality development this year amid a new round of reform and opening-up.

“Structural opportunities (in the capital market) may con

tinuously emerge from the development of the new economy and mass co

nsumption upgrades, fueling the long-term inflow of international capital,” he said.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde sai

in a recent interview with China Central Television that China’s economic d

evelopment now allows for “a focus on quality growth”, rather than necessarily quantity growth.

“And China’s development is clearly at the stage whe

re it can afford and should afford to do that,” Lagarde said.

Over the past year, amid the escalation of US-China trade tensions, credit tighten

ing took place in China, macroeconomic stress was seen in Argentina a

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In response, the school launched a project that paired each

 Jiangsu teacher with at least one local educator. The outsiders acted as mentors, providing guidance and support.

Qian, the Chinese teacher, has mentored five teachers. He attended their classes once a week, offering advice afterwards. He also set assignments,

such as reading magazines or two to three books each year, as well as writing a paper on teaching practice every semester.

“I think many local teachers need to constantly explore education theory and the art of teaching. They also

need to read more and strengthen their research abilities, because teaching without researching is lost labor,” he said.

Namgal, a Tibetan math teacher who came to the school after she graduated t

wo years ago, said she has learned valuable lessons from her two Jiangsu mentors.

When she started teaching, her class had the third-lowest average mat

h score in the school’s seventh grade. Her first mentor, Pan Lichao, attended her classes regul

arly, taking notes and suggesting methods she could adopt. Pan also met with her several times to help prepare lessons.

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Cooperation is the best choice for China and the US,” Ga

 said. “This is not only beneficial to the two countries and their peoples, but also conducive to the entire world.”

The words came as the US Department of Commerce reported that the US trade deficit with China narrowed by 6.4 perce

nt to $34.5 billion in January. US goods exports to China dropped 22.3 percent to $7.1 billion, the lowest since Sep

tember 2010, and Chinese imports dropped 9.6 percent to $41.6 billion, the Commerce Department said.

The trade imbalance has been at the center of monthslong tensions between China and the US. Other iss

ues at the top of the list for their consultations include technology transfers and protection of intellectual property rights.

Gao said guaranteeing that companies can pursue technical cooperation based on voluntary principles and business rules is cond

ucive to creating a fair and competitive business environment and promoting high-quality economic development.

“It is in line with China’s need to further deepen reform and opening up,” he said.

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But by allowing Tsai Ing-wen, the island’s “pro-independe

ence” leader, to stop over in Hawaii on her way back to the island after an eight-day tour of thr

ee Pacific island nations this week, Washington is breaching all established protocols and violating the 1979

Joint Communiqué. Beijing lodged “stern representations” with Washington on Thursday against Tsai’s transit in Hawaii.

“We have consistently and resolutely opposed the United States or other countries which

have diplomatic relations with China arranging this kind of transit,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ge

ng Shuang said in Beijing. Beijing has urged Washington not to send “Taiwan independence forces any wrong signal”, Geng said.

The method behind fluctuating policy of US

When the US intends to maintain good relations with the mainland, it significantly reduces the

use of or even refrains from mentioning the Taiwan Relations Act. But when Washington wants to put pressure on Beijing to fina

lize a deal or sign a trade agreement in its favor, it promptly resorts to using the Act. At times, even the island’s a

uthorities stir up trouble, prompting the US to use the Act to try and browbeat or incite the mainland.

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Hu said the two new models are likely to conduct their

first mission in about five years if all goes well. Like other Kuaizhou types, they will be mainly tas

ked with meeting demands in commercial launch service from the burgeoning satellite industry in China.

Meanwhile, designers also hope the Kuaizhou 21 will have the opportu

nity to serve government space programs such as the space station program, he added.

Zhang Di, a vice-president at the academy, previously told China Daily that the Kuaizhou 21 will b

e powerful enough to transport supplies to the country’s future space station or to ferry robotic probes to planets far from Earth.

CASIC began to develop the Kuaizhou series in 2009 as a low-cost, quick-response

product for the commercial space market. The company has launched four: two Kuaizhou 1s and two Kuaizhou 1As.

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They of course are the same model of 737 MAX 8 planes,” but G

  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.”

  The Ethiopian government expressed its “deepest condolences to the families,” the office of

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who first broke the news of the crash, said on Twitter.

  The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of E

thiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that hav

e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

  — Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019

  Ethiopian Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in

Africa. It has a good safety record and the newest fleet of planes on the African continent, according to its website.

  ”Ethiopian Airlines is a very, very well-run airline,” said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation. “There i

s no safety issue on Ethiopian. They’ve made it their business to be the African airline that operates like a western airline.”

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There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter, not just from racists

  but also people who are very pro-Meghan, about recessive genes, about whether the baby will have an afro, whether the baby will have its mother’s nose,” she said.

  ”There’s all these coded conversations happening about what the baby will look like, and it sounds really horr

ible to think, but a lot of people offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks, the worse its treatment will be.”

  Hermansson said the anti-Meghan trolls have also seized on themes like so-called “cultural decline.”

  ”Meghan Markle fits into this bigger idea of the West and the UK in d

ecline,” he said. “She does that by not fitting in, by being who she is, which is mixed race. Pe

ople tie these things so much to what they think it means to be British, which is white. So, it has a racial element to it.”

  ”But there’s also this idea of cultural decline — [that] what we were before, a strong palace, a monarchy, an empire … is falli

ng apart, and that of course is brought on by these other far-right conspiratorial ideas, like what mass imm

igration is doing with our society, the replacement of British people of British culture.”

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Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties

Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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