of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. What th
e school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Burm
ese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teachers do not
treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identification and a b
irth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
the school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in improv
ing school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. The sch
ool has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the insp
ection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous Chin
ese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
fossils representing more than 50 previously undescribed animal species dating back 518 million years.
The soft tissues of their bodies, including muscles, organs, eyes and mouths are still visible in some
of the 4,351 fossils discovered in Yichang, Hubei province, according to a new study published in the journ
al Science on Friday. The excavated fossils represent 109 species, including known jelly fish, arthropods and algae.
Fu Dongjing, associate professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, also the first author of the paper, said the research g
roup started exploring the ancient ruins in the summer of 2007, in Changyang Tujia autonomous county. It was lo
cated on the bank of Qingjiang River where a representative insect from the Cambrian period was first found.
The new trove of fossils called the Qingjiang biota－the living organisms of a region－ha
ve the potential to greatly inform the understanding of early animal evolution, according to the study.
About 542 million years ago, life on earth diversified at an extremely rapid pace, known as t
he Cambrian explosion. Almost all present animal categories appeared at that time. Many creatures wen
t extinct in the process of evolution, but others became the initial form of future organisms.
outlines of soft tissue have been found at the Burgess Shale in Canada, as well as some by the Chengjiang River in Yunnan province. The
newly discovered fossils provide a completely different ecosystem of organisms that lived around the same time, the study said.
Unlike other Cambrian fossil troves, the Qingjiang biota appears to conta
in a high proportion of jellyfish and comb jellies, which are extremely rare at other sites.
Zhang Xingliang, a professor at Northwest University and co-author of the p
aper, said that compared with the Chengjiang biota in the shallow water along the coast, Qi
ngjiang biota lived in deep ocean, making the two biota complementary in their scientific significance.
“The treasure trove of the Qingjiang biota provides an exciting opportunity to explore how paleoenvironmental conditi
ons influenced ecological structuring and evolutionary drivers during the Cambrian explosion,” said Allis
on Daley, a paleontologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, who was not involved in the study.
Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the estab
lishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.
With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, which is still waiting for regulat
ory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a foreign shareholder has a controlling int
erest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.
Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct banking services, the joint venture will build
a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial technologies and try to become a benc
hmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open up its financial sector to for
eign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.
dative effect to strengthen the basis for sustained growth while also considering the need to ensu
re fiscal sustainability. It is a major decision taken at the macro policy level in support of the efforts to en
sure stable economic growth, employment, and structural adjustments,” Li said in the report.
Value-added tax－a major type of corporate tax der
ived from the sale of goods and services－reductions will benefit most of the companies, said Yang We
iyong, an associate professor at the Beijing-based University of International Business and Economics.
“The VAT reductions can effectively lighten the tax burden of en
terprises, thereby increasing the investment by ent
erprises, boosting demand and improving the economic structure,” Yang added.
sent to Heathrow Airport burst into flames after being opened by staff. Nobody was injured by the devices and no arrests have been made.
The packages were posted with Irish stamps and had return addresses in Dublin, prompting Irish police to join the investigation. The packages were all A4-size
d white postal bags containing yellow padded bags, which were capable of igniting when opened.
Police Scotland confirmed that a controlled explosion was carried out on the p
ackage found at the University of Glasgow on March 6 as a precautionary measure.
The Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said in a joint statem
ent that the devices “bore similarities” to past packages “linked to dissident groups asso
ciated with Northern Ireland related terrorism,” and that “officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.”
The devices did not cause any injuries or damage.
Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” Trump told the tabloid. “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”
Trump apologized in private to May, one of the rare times he‘s admitted wrong. And tho
ugh he’s expressed a desire to remain diplomatically impartial — “I think we will stay right in our lane,” he sa
id last week when questioned about Brexit — he has nevertheless bemoaned May’s handling of the issue over and over.
”I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said in the Oval Office last week, mome
nts after suggesting he wouldn’t offer an opinion on the issue. “I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to n
egotiate it. And I think you would’ve been successful. She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
A few weeks before, Trump spoke briefly with one of the UK’s most visible pro-Brexit campaig
ners, Nigel Farage, on the sidelines of a conservative conference outside Washington. And he’s ma
intained close ties to the hardline conservatives who have bemoaned May’s handling of the matter.
Trump wasn’t alone in his criticism. Two of his top confidants — son Donald Trump Jr. and national security adviser John
Bolton — both offered critical views this week of May and her plan to try and delay Britain’s exit from Europe.
loping cooperation with their Italian counterparts on telecommunications, particularly in the 5G network, Wang said.
The two countries have witnessed productive economic cooperation in recent years. Bilat
eral trade topped $50 billion last year, while the two-way accumulative investment reached more than $20 billion.
Xi also called for intensifying coordination with Italy in international affairs and within multilateral orga
nizations such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization.
China is ready to deepen communication and cooperation with Italy on major i
ssues such as global governance, climate change and WTO reforms to safeguard their shared in
terests, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote world peace, development and prosperity, Xi said.
Regarding Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said it will open a new chapter for their bilat
eral ties, which have become a good example of interactions between big and small countries.
President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d