Bhumibol Adulyadej and sister of the present King, married an American and relinquished her title in 1972. After returning to Th
ailand in 2001 following her divorce, she resumed royal duties and enjoyed prestige among the Thai people, although her royal title has not yet been restored.
Around 20 military coups have taken place in Thailand since the country became a constitutional mo
narchy in 1932. The Constitution was also amended in 2017 during the military government’s rule.
In this context, the Thai Raksa Chart party (Thai Save The Nation, or TSN) tried to break the v
icious circle in Thailand’s politics by nominating Ubolratana as the prime ministerial candid
ate. The probability of her winning the election would have been high if she were allowed to contest. Her victory would have brought back political sta
bility to some extent. TSN is linked to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who enjoys popular appeal in the country. Thaksin carried out several pol
icies that benefited the grass roots and won him their support. Even though he was ousted in 2006, his influence remains strong.
In the upcoming election, I believe pro-Thaksin parties can still have high public app
roval ratings. But considering the latest military-drafted constitution which gives considerable
rights to bureaucrats and military, it is still not known whether a pro-Thaksin politician can be elected prime minister.
A terror strike by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 India paramilitary police and injured many others in the India
n-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Indian media reported. Blind anger toward China was ignited after it.
Some Indian analysts sought to link the deadly attack to “China’s continued protection” of the perpe
trators. By refusing to back India’s appeal to list Masood Azhar, leader of terrorist outfit Ja
ish-e-Mohammed, as a global terrorist by the UN, they argued, China is supporting terrorism against India.
Citing China’s refusal to support the bid to have Azhar blacklisted by the UN, India in recent years has aggressively bl
amed China for allying with Pakistan in shielding terrorists. It disregards the fact that as a victim of terrorism itself, China has
pledged to support the international community’s anti-terrorism efforts and stands ready to work with India and all other countries to fight terrorism.
As for the issue of listing Azhar, Beijing has reiterated its stand several times that New Delhi should pr
ovide solid facts and proofs for banning Azhar. China has reason to cautiously handle the issue. Observers worry that blacklisting Azhar co
uld be used by India to increase its military pressure on Pakistan, thus risking exacerbating tensions between the two countries.
Since Myanmar embarked on its political transition, political elites in the country have championed that peace is the premise for econo
mic and social development. In the first two years of the government led by National League for Democracy (NLD), Nay Pyi Taw devoted a lot
of efforts to promoting national reconciliation with the hope of making a major breakthrough and consolidating public su
pport. Regrettably, results are not satisfactory. The NLD government is currently locked in a stalemate over national reconciliation.
It has also performed poorly in boosting the economy and improving people’s lives. Main economic in
dicators suggest that since the NLD government assumed power, Living standards haven’t su
bstantially improved, and more economic problems have surfaced to plague the country. One of the main rea
sons why the NLD lost seats in the 2018 elections is the government’s lackluster economic performance. If the ec
onomy doesn’t improve, it will inevitably affect the NLD’s potential for victory in the 2020 election.
Therefore, the NLD government is now attaching increasing importance to economic and livel
ihood issues. It has issued a string of policies to attract foreign investment. Take the new Mya
nmar Companies Act. Under the law, foreigners are permitted to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies and bu
sinesses with foreign stakes of more than 35 percent will be classified as a foreign company, which facilitates co
operation between foreign investors and local businessmen and will help attract more foreign investment.
rts with the Chinese team to strive for the conclusion of a deal that meets the interests of both sides.
“We bring the best wishes of President Trump. He’s asked us to state that
he also places great importance on his personal relationship with you,” Lighthizer said.
“We have had two very good days of negotiations. We feel that we have made headway on some very, very important and
very difficult issues,” he said. “We have additional work we have to do but we are hopeful.”
Xi asked Lighthizer and Mnuchin to extend his sincere greetings to President Trump, saying
that he cherishes their good working relationship and would like to keep in contact with him.
There has been a new unexpected twist in the case of Gui Minhai, and this time, the Swedish Ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt is involved.
Gui Minhai was born in China and later became a naturalized Swedish citizen. He was a Hong Kong-based bookseller be
fore being sued in the Chinese mainland in 2015. That lawsuit strained relations between China and Sweden.
His daughter, Angela Gui, has recently detailed a bizarre account of her visit to Stockholm, which has
embarrassed the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Angela Gui, who grew up in Sweden, now live
s in Britain where she is studying for a PhD in history at university. She gave her account in a media interview last we
ek and made an announcement Wednesday on her blog. Gui said that Ambassador Lindstedt contacted her in mid-January, inviting her to go to Sto
ckholm to meet two Chinese businessmen, who Lindstedt trusted, to discuss a new approach to her father’s case.
Angela Gui said she went to Stockholm in late January where she met two Chinese businessmen in the presence of Lindstedt. In
her statement, she said that the two businessmen asked her to stop all media engagements and public comment in exch
ange for her father’s release or commutation. According to Gui, Lindstedt supported the plan and said t
hat if not, the relationship between Sweden and China would otherwise be further undermined.
Angela Gui said that after the meeting, she called the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for confirm
ation. “They told me they hadn’t had the slightest idea this whole affair was taking place. They hadn’t even been informed the amb
assador was in the country,” she wrote. In her account of what happened, she not only gave details of the meeting,
but also described how she was feeling threatened and how the whole arrangement seemed suspicious.
hina would like to address the problems of economic and trade frictions with the United States in a co
operative way to promote the conclusion of a deal accepted by both sides, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mn
uchin in Beijing. The meeting came after the conclusion of two days of high-level economic and trade consultations.
Xi added that certain principles are necessary for cooperation.
Chinese and US consultation teams made important progress for the current stage, a
nd the two negotiating teams will meet again in Washington next week for fur
ther discussions, Xi said. He added that the both nations should make more efforts for a win-win deal.
The two countries’ economic and trade teams have had frequent and helpful consultatio
ns since December, Xi said. He has emphasized many times that cooperation is the best choice for China and the US.
Cooperation will bring benefits to the two countries while conflicts will injure both sides, he added.
lies that the Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.
According to the IAU naming rules, the landing site name has the prefix of Statio in Latin. And so far onl
y two places have such a prefix, the first being the landing site of Apollo 11, Statio Tranquillitatis.
Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin are the names of stars in China’s ancient star chart, as the three pits in the lunar crater formed a shape similar to these three celestial bodies.
Mount Tai is one of the five most famous mountains in China in East China’s Shandong province and stands 1,545 me
ters tall above sea level. The central peak, Mons Tai, in the lunar crater measures 1,565 meters in height from its base.
In August 2010 and October 2015, China had applied to name the landing sites of Chang’e 1 and Ch
ang’e 3, and gained approval, and in January this year, China applied to the IAU for the five new names.
So far, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.
Naming entities on lunar surfaces started in the 17th century in Europe, and in the 20th century, the U
nited States and the former Soviet Union had the most names due to their lunar explorations.
China is expected to generate 48.6 zettabytes (48.6 trillion gigabytes) of data in 2025, while the number for the US is forecast to be
30.6ZB, according to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and data storage firm Seagate, a CNBC report said.
In addition, the global total amount of new data generated is set to grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB by
2025, with data collected from entertainment platforms, video surveillance footage, internet-co
nnected devices, productivity tools and metadata contributing to most of the growth, according to the report.
In the race for data, which, as IDC analysts put in their report, is
“at the heart of this digital world” and “a company’s most valuable intangible a
sset, which can create a competitive edge in digital transformation”, there is already a victory sign coming from China.
The country generated about 7.6ZB data last year, around 0.7ZB more than the US, the report said.
ch year is linked to how rapid urbanization has driven and been driven by China’s historically
high annual economic growth rates over the past four decades of reform and opening-up.
With the benefits of migration increasingly visible, and the main obstacles to rural-to-urban migration removed (including through massively ex
panded transport infrastructures), the number of internal migrants has increased by 35 times between 1982 and 2018.
However, China’s household registration system complicates the migration process. For m
any reasons, a major unintended effect of migration has been the creation of large populations of left-beh
ind family members－elderly parents, spouses and children, each of these subsets totaling tens of millions.
Beyond the gift-sharing and merrymaking of family reunions, Spring Festival pr
ovides opportunities for improving care arrangements for left-behind parents, spouses and children.
This social value of the festival is important since we know that despite on
going improvements, left-behind children and elderly people have poorer ac
cess to quality education, health and social protection services, compared with their peers in the big towns and cities.
Stock markets in China edged up on Tuesday as market sentiment was partly boosted by the news about the upcoming Bay Area blueprint.