tool to search for and detect black holes of all sizes and wavelengths in the n
ext two decades,” Wu Qingwen, a professor at the School of Physics of Huazhong Uni
versity of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope, a global array of e
ight ground-based radio telescopes, revealed the first-ever image of a black hole.
Wu was one of the more than 200 astronomers worldwi
de involved in the EHT collaboration, which captured the first vi
sible representation of what are considered the most extreme objects in the universe.
International collaboration is vital for astronomical observations, Wu said.
wing contributions to global growth tend to mask its extremely unbala
nced development and widening gaps between the rich and the poor. That’s why before determin
ing whether a country is developed or not－and to present a comprehensive picture of its economy－the entire
gamut of the country’s economic data, including its aggregate and per capita GDP, should be taken into consideration.
The WTO treats developing and developed countries differently because some developing and least-developed countries
were deprived of their development rights and thus their chances to develop in the past because of colon
ialism and militarism. The WTO provides special treatment for some countries to ensure all economies get the chance
to develop without the fear of being squashed by the developed countries and their discriminative policies.
That China and the European Union, two staunch supporters of multilateralism and free tr
ade, reaffirmed their commitment at the China-EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesd
ay to cooperate on WTO reform, in order to ensure its continued relevance and allow it to meet the global trade c
hallenges is encouraging. The consensus reached between the two sides will help carry the WTO reform forward.
principles including that of the most favored nation and national treatment. If the US gets its way and introdu
ces the “American First” policy to the WTO as part of the reform, the WTO system would suffer a deadly blow.
It is imperative therefore that the WTO reform strengthens its dispute settlement mechanism, which is at the heart o
f the multilateral trade system, to overcome its existen
tial crisis. Besides, the principle of starting the reform from the least complicated areas should be adopted to carry o
ut deep and far-reaching WTO reforms so that it can accommodate the new trends in international trade.
As the largest developing and developed economies, China and the US generally represent the collective interests of the develo
ping and developed worlds. If the two countries make a breakthrough in the ongoin
g talks to resolve their trade disputes, they could join hands to drive the WTO reform forward.
And, as James Carafano, director of foreign policy studies at the Washin
conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000
vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.
Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi
cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.
The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen
refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.
The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G
roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu
nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.
A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en
ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.
In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded
vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.
outweigh their differences, and expanding their common interests will help narrow those differ
ences. Li spoke at a joint news conference with Tusk and Juncker after the meeting.
The two sides will continue to strengthen synergies between the EU strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, the EU’s Trans-E
uropean Transport Networks and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, the statement said, adding they welco
me further exchanges in 5G networks and technological cooperation between their business communities.
During the meeting, the EU and China also reaffirmed their commitment to multilaterali
sm. The Chinese and EU leaders also worked on coordinating their positions on regional and internationa
l hot spot issues such as the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Venezuela situation.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday that the joint statement reflects the resolve of China and t
he EU to strengthen their unity and coordination at a time that multilateralism is being challenged.
e before Britons would have to vote in a May 23-26 election to the European Parliament — a condit
ion for the country to remain a member of the bloc beyond June 1 under the EU’s accord.
Many leaders had wanted a much longer extension, to the end of the year or even next March, but French President Emma
nuel Macron mounted stiff resistance throughout the evening, eventually forcing the compromise.
Macron questioned May’s ability to persuade parliament to her treaty, EU officials sa
id, and said that a tighter deadline would focus British minds. Others argued that an even longer exten
sion could spook May’s pro-Brexit critics into backing her deal for fear Brexit might stall.
Leaving at midnight on Oct 31 — Halloween, as social media commentators wer
e quick to note — would correspond with the end of the mandate of the present EU executive Commission.
aspects,” he said, adding that besides a growth rate withi
n a reasonable range, the economy is likely to register accelerated prog
ress toward higher-quality development this year amid a new round of reform and opening-up.
“Structural opportunities (in the capital market) may con
tinuously emerge from the development of the new economy and mass co
nsumption upgrades, fueling the long-term inflow of international capital,” he said.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde sai
in a recent interview with China Central Television that China’s economic d
evelopment now allows for “a focus on quality growth”, rather than necessarily quantity growth.
“And China’s development is clearly at the stage whe
re it can afford and should afford to do that,” Lagarde said.
Over the past year, amid the escalation of US-China trade tensions, credit tighten
ing took place in China, macroeconomic stress was seen in Argentina a
before the explosion. The facility is adjacent to a
natural gas station, the explosion of which caused the tragedy, the report said.
An assessment report on the factory’s environmental protection
facilities drafted in July 2018 by the Jiangsu Provin
cial Academy of Environmental Science showed that Tianjiayi has a warehouse wit
h a floor area of more than 1,000 square meters to store industrial waste, which includes tar and methyl alcohol.
The assessment report said the plant generated on average about 11 metric tons of solid waste and w
astewater per day, and there has been an accumulation of 4,500 tons of hazardous waste in the factory every
year. While some of the waste materials are transported out for disposal, others are processed within the factory.
A special license is required to dispose of hazardous waste in China. Accor
ding to the Jiangsu’s Department of Ecology and Environment, 460 enterprises in the prov
ince had the necessary licenses as of the end of 2018, but Tianjiayi was not among them.
Official records also show that Tianjiayi had been punished at least twice for violations in waste management.
ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.
In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.
“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor
ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand
car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.
As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s
afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.
China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.