He said he believes that with the efforts of the French people and supp
ort from the international community, Notre Dame will be repaired and regain its glory.
The fire broke out around 6:30 pm on the roof of the cathedral, which was covered in scaffoldi
ng. The blaze spread quickly and destroyed the wooden interior before causing the spire to collapse.
It took more than 400 firefighters over 12 ho
urs to put out the fire, and the main structure and two bell towers remained standing.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though officials said it could be linked to renovation work. Investigators were eag
er to question the workmen in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, according to media reports.
Visiting the scene of the fire in Paris, Macron vowed an immediat
e fundraising effort to rebuild the landmark, calling for international contributions.
, statistics, physics, biology, psychology and sociology, among other disci
plines. It promotes the “AI + X” interdisciplinary approa
ch in universities and aims to set up 100 majors that combine AI and other subjects by 2020.
Many Chinese universities have set their sights on improving AI education and nurturin
g more AI talent and have established new AI departments and research institutes.
Tsinghua University established an AI institute in 2018 as p
art of its efforts to advance AI research and education.
Aiming to become a globally influential AI research institution, the institute focuses on the basic theory of AI and activ
ely promotes cross-disciplinary AI research as well as the integration of academia and industry.
More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
rred in Germany, and financial tightening in larger adva
nced economies have all contributed to a “significantly wea
kened global expansion”, said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath.
“With this weakness expected to persist into the first half of 2019, o
ur new World Economic Outlook projects a slowdown in g
rowth in 2019 for 70 percent of the world economy,” she wrote in a blog on Tuesday.
With improved prospects for the second half of 2019, global growth in 2
020 is projected to return to the 2018 level of 3.6 percent, according to the IMF report.
“This recovery is precarious and predicated to reboun
d in emerging markets and developing economies, wher
e growth is projected to increase from 4.4 percent in 2019 to 4.8 percent in 2020,” Gopinath said.
cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.
Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll
owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi
sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.
She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a
nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.
She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co
mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.
She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p
olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.
a different pair of shoes for the surface. I was overwhelmed, in an embarrassing way.”
Li played the final match of her stellar career at Wimbledon 2014 before retiring due to a chronic knee injury two months later.
Now enjoying life as a housewife and businesswoman, the two-time Grand Slam singles champion spares no effort to en
sure that China’s new generation of players are better prepared than she was for life as a pro.
Her passion for the sport remains undiminished and shone through at Tuesday’s event at Beijing’s
1123 Junior Tennis Academy, where the 37-year-old hit shots with some young hopefuls and shared insights about life on the tour.
With more international tournaments visiting the country and strong government support and investment, tenni
s has entered the athletic mainstream in China, yet the nation still hasn’t found anyone to assume Li’s throne.
inated and inter-connected, and fair and inclusive approach and forge a growth
model of vitality, a cooperation model of openness and win-win results, and a developm
ent model of balance and common benefits, so that people from across the world could share the benefits of economic globalization, Xi said.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Wang said.
During his visit, Xi, based on China’s just-concluded Two Sessions earlier this month, illu
strated to the European leaders the fine performances of the Chinese economy which had overcome multiple challenges in 2018.
Wang said Xi also introduced the newly-adopted foreign investment law, emphasizi
ng that it is necessary to use legal means to better protect intellectual property rights and attract foreign investment.
Xi pointed out that China will continue to push forward all-round reform and opening-up, promote trade and investment
liberalization and facilitation, so that European friends can better share China’s development opportunities.
Zhang Ying, 32, a white-collar worker in Beijing, is a jewelry lover. She prefers watching lives
treaming videos via some cross-border e-commerce platforms to buy foreign products in her spare time.
“Pictorial representations are not exactly the right way to purchase commodities online, I had som
e problems as the products did not match up to the expectations promised on the onlaine platform advertisements.”
Zhang said daigou (overseas shoppers who buy foreign products for customers on the Chinese mainland) can dem
onstrate details of products like jewelry in accordance with what the buyer wants through the livestreaming method.
“I can take a good look at the design, material, color, size and even every angle of the jewelry. It feels like that I can pick out the
products on my own. After comparing various necklaces and bracelets, I can decide which one fits me the best.”
Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost
cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con
gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c
hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov
erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr
eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
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