regards China as an important strategic cooperation partner, and appreciates China’s im
portant role in and contribution to climate change and other international affairs, Macron said.
The French president pledged to further strengthen strategic communication and collaboration
with China, and bring into full play the leading role of the France-China comprehensive strategic part
nership, so as to jointly safeguard multilateralism and promote world peace and prosperity.
France is the last leg of Xi’s three-nation Europe tour that has taken him to Italy and Monaco.
his year marks the 40th anniversary of the Joint Communiqué on the Estab
lishment of Diplomatic Relations signed by Beijing and Washington that acknowledges t
here is only one China and Taiwan is part of China. It is also the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act the US Congress passed to permit u
nofficial relations with Taipei to continue and the US to sell arms and military equipment to the island.
For 40 years, US administrations have frequently used the Act as a political card to influence Sino-US ties and interfere in China’s internal aff
airs, as well as to provide “spiritual” support for the island authorities that seek “security” guarantees from the US.
for a “high-income country” — above $12,736 in per capital GDP — set by the World Bank in 2015.
However, a productivity slowdown, aging population and unbalanced regional developme
nt could be among the “bottlenecks” that constrain China in becoming a high-income country, economists said.
Given the pressure of the slowing global economy, a high degree of leveraging maintains the top risk for China’s econ
omy, thus measures should continue to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio “in proper order”, said Lou Jiwei, chairman of
the National Council for Social Security Fund and a former finance minister.
It is necessary to build a long-term and efficient mechanism for financial regula
tion and fiscal supervision, and to prevent potential risks in the property sector, Lou said.
The three-day China Development Forum has a guest list of more than 150 international delegates, including global industry leaders.
delay caused uproar in the chamber.
The opposition Labour Party accused her of “blackm
ail, bullying and bribery” in her attempts to push her deal through, and one
prominent Brexit supporter in he
r own Conservative Party said seeking a delay was “betraying the British people”.
Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 – a decision that has
split the country, opening up divisive deb
ates over the future of the economy, Britain’s place in the world and the
nature of Britishness itself.
A European Commission document seen by Reuters said the delay should
either be several weeks shorter, to avoid a clas
h with European Parliament elections in May, or last at least until the end of the
year, which would oblige Br
itain to take part in the elections – something that May said was not in Britain’s interest.
The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certa
in live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.
“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly
watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said.
South Korea has a serious problem with spy cameras and illicit filming. In 2017, more than
6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police compared to around 2,400 in 2012.
Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to p
rotest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”
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In response, Seoul launched a special squad of women inspectors, w
ho have been conducting regular inspections of the city’s 20,000 or so public toilets to searc
h for spy cameras, though some critics have denounced the move as a superficial response to a societal issue.
care, theme parks, pet boarding services are expanding the sector.
The Spring Festival holiday in February was a peak period for such services as more pet ow
ners tended to make use of luxury pet hotels as ordinary boarding kennels were overbooked.
Beijing-based Liu Ronghuan, 35, a college teacher, said she was quite satisfied with the pet hotel she chose for her cat.
It offered fancy services like massages, beauty salons, and pet portrait photos. The s
even-day stay cost Liu about 5,000 yuan, almost the same price as a three-star hotel room.
“Compared with the price, I cared more about whe
ther my cat was having an enjoyable time during the family reunion time,” Liu said.
Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.
The National Weather Service predicts “much calmer” weather in most areas this we
ekend,. However, flooding will persist throughout the Mississippi and Missouri river.
”Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action,” the weather service said.
Ice jams possible north of Hwy 30 this weekend. Generally minor/moderate river flooding i
nto next week on many central Iowa rivers. #iawx pic.twitter.com/m0ydybyPuJ
Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather serv
ice said. A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as “l
ocal creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high,” according to the weather service.
class of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.
Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uni
que political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.
Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo
uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe
s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a
slap from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.
Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat allied with a brazen, relentless
temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.
the gender pay gap. Men generally are more inclined to take jobs with high work intensity and high sala
ries, such as technician or salesman, for example. Women, on the other hand, prefer jobs with average work intensity and
moderate salaries, such as administrative, operational and marketing positions. In the past two ye
ars, more and more women have taken up senior technical, senior management and other senior posts. How
ever, in most well-paid positions, the ratio of men to women is still seriously unbalanced.
In terms of industries, the engineering and manufacturing industries, including mining, smelting and chemistry, have a bigg
er gender pay gap. In the science and tech industries, such as the internet, medical care and electronic co
mmunications, large differences in earnings between women and men also exist, the report said.
An ongoing reform of China’s college entrance exam and enrolling system, under which stude
nts used to be selected for their performance on a single test, has been extended to cover more pro
vinces in China, according to the Ministry of Education.
Initiated in 2014, the reform aims to make the selection of studen
ts and their enrollment in universities a more sc
ientific and fair procedure and promote education for students’ all-around development.
In 2018, the reform was expanded to eight provincial-level regions, n
amely Hebei, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong and Chongqing, whe
re Year-1 high school students starting from fall 2018 needed to prepare for the change.
China and the United Kingdom should break the ice of protectionism and build an open an