Month: February 2019
China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways
to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.
The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find
the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister.
“Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli
tical advisory body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.”
For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that
once seriously harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated.
Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p
ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.
Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.
China and the United States are expected to come to an agreement soon over trade frictions, analysts said, as the negotiating teams a
re reported to be discussing the wording of an accord and considering applying the brakes to their tariff standoff.
They made the prediction after Chinese and US officials said there had been concrete p
rogress on multiple issues in the latest round of trade talks in Washington.
During the latest talks, held from Thursday to Sunday in Washington, the seventh round since February of last year, th
e two sides focused on the text of an agreement, the Chinese delegation said, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.
The negotiators also had made substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfers, protection of i
ntellectual property rights, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, the delegation said.
On the basis of the latest progress, the two sides are expected to continue their work
into the next stage, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ top leaders, according to Xinhua.
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
Marvel’s “Black Panther” looked like a contender by claiming a pair of early awards, and made
history in the process: Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American w
omen to win for costume design and production design, respectively. The film was also honored for its musical score.
”Roma” didn’t walk away empty handed, earing best foreig
n-language film. Its director, Alfonso Cuaron, was honored for directing and cin
ematography for the black-and-white period drama, a deeply personal look back at the women who raised him.
Cuaron’s marks the fifth time a Mexican director has won that
award in the past six years, a stretch that includes his previous win for “Gravity” in 2014.
Guillermo Del Toro — who presented the statuette to Cuaron — was t
he victor last year for “The Shape of Water.” The third member of the “Three Amigos,” as the
y are affectionately known, is Alejandro G. Iñárritu, a winner for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”
Mahershala Ali received his second Oscar in three years for “Green Book,” and the film al
so won for original screenplay, despite separate controversies related to its director and w
riter. With his prior award for “Moonlight,” Ali becomes only the second African-American actor with multiple Os
cars, joining Denzel Washington. A tearful Regina King took the first award of the night, winning supporting actress f
or “If Beale Street Could Talk,” director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel.
Over the next four days, about 100,000 people in Barcelona are expected to traipse through the halls of Mobile Worl
d Congress, one of the tech industry’s biggest events. All the biggest players in the world use it to showcase new products.
One company really stands out this year: China’s Huawei. Walking
out of the Barcelona airport, there’s a Huawei hospitality stand. The company’s bran
ding dots the city. The lanyards conference attendees wear around their necks are decorated with the Huawei name.
There’s a good reason everyone is focused on Huawei, one of the world’s largest makers of telecom equipment.
Huawei is a crucial part of China’s efforts to advance superfast 5G wir
eless networks and today is caught in a life or death battle with the US government.
The United States claims that Huawei poses a potential national security threat. Last month, US prosecutors revealed cri
minal charges against the company, alleging that Huawei stole trade secrets and worked to skirt US sanctions on Iran.
down the line highlight that there is a shared desire to secure an accord that delivers on the rapport that has been established — also perhaps beyond both side’s expectations.
But it would be getting ahead of the situation to consider the final push tow
ard a consensus on principled, mutually beneficial cooperation all done and
dusted. That consensus, which President Xi identified as the objectiv
e of the talks when he met with the US negotiators after the previous round of neg
otiations in Beijing, has still not been completed, and probably will not be until the two leaders meet to agree on the final det
ails. But there is no doubt that both sides are aware of how momentous such a consensus would be, beyond the tangible rewards it would offer both cou
ntries. For if the two sides can iron out their core differences by abiding by the principles of mutual respect and m
utual benefit, it would reset their relationship in a way that would bode well for the future.
History in the past four decades shows that the two countries benefit in an all-around wa
y from harmonious trade and economic relations, as they provide the ballast for their relationship.
There is obviously still more work to be done. However, if neither side puts a foot wrong, a deal will finally be signed sooner or later.
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation
al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu
reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.
Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.
Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.
The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colom
bia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia’s immigration officials.
Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela’s National Guard
fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ur
eña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.
Workers faced off with the soldiers, chanting, “We want to work!” before being disperse
d by the tear gas. Men with shirts covering their faces started throwing rocks toward the guard.
US argues momentum for change in Venezuela is growing despite border violence
These tense scenes played out Saturday, a day after violence broke out at a Venezuelan town near the border wit
h Brazil over aid delivery, leaving two people dead and 17 others injured, local authorities said.
Tensions are running high at Venezuela’s borders amid opposition plans to usher aid into the country this weekend
in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes. Maduro called on Venezuelans to “mobilize” Saturday. “Let’s
all take to the streets to defend our independence with conscience and joy,” Maduro said on his official Twitter account.
Council, was critical of Trump at a rally Saturday.
”The US has long been dealt blows by our country and our region and thus regularly bares its warmongering teeth,” Shamkhani said, according to state-run Press TV.
”And when a missile is tested thousands of kilometers away, after (issuing empty) threats, all their preside
nt does is put out a tweet,” he said in an apparent reference to North Korea’s missile tests.
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Shamkhani said the United States is rethinking the election of Trump.
”American politicians and people are having second thoughts about their choice of presi
dent and acknowledge that the US has been defeated in materializing its foreign policy,” Shamkhani said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that Iran must resist the United States.
”Giving in to the US will make it impudent; the only way is to resist,” Khamenei said.
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