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.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put
Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine
se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.
The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i
t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.
Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit
h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau
tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.
Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan
province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num
erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe
ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.
With Italy becoming the first of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to
sign on to the Belt and Road Initiative during President
Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country, the China-proposed connectivity plan might gain more participants, observers said.
Xi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte witnessed the signing of the intergovernmental me
morandum of understanding on joint construction of the Belt and Road after they held talks in Rome on Saturday.
The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity, and stand ready to strengthen the alignment of th
e BRI and the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Networks and deepen cooperation in ports, logistics, mar
ine transportation and other areas, according to a joint communique issued by the two countries.
During his talks with Conte, Xi said China’s and Italy’s historical status as nati
ons at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt and Road
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.
28-year-old man should now be on a watch list or face prejudice. It’s a nonsensical, prim
itive argument. Yet one that elites in powerful positions repeat, even though they should know better.
The trope that all Muslims are somehow predisposed to violence or terrorism is dangerous an
d wrong. Most Muslims — particularly immigrants — keep their heads down, want a quiet, pea
ceful life and want to stay out of trouble. I know this because I am Muslim and know our community. We are not out to c
ause trouble. We don’t come to “invade”; we come to make a better life for ourselves.
We run your convenience store, drive your cabs, feed you late-night food when you’ve had a drink or look after you when you’r
e ill. We serve our communities. Yet we have become the victims of harassment, hatred and now terrorism.
Attacks — verbal and physical — on Muslims are par for the course. But society doesn’t seem to care. Our lives and p
ain don’t seem to matter as much because we are seen as second-class citizens or “bad people.”
I wept Friday on “CNN Talk,” thinking about the sadness of it al
l. It has been a dark day. But if there is any light, it was the outpouring of grief from people of all
backgrounds around the world who sent in messages of solidarity and kindness. If we can take one lesson from the
horror of Christchurch, we have to stop this hate and see Muslims as human beings, just like anyone else.
first mission in about five years if all goes well. Like other Kuaizhou types, they will be mainly tas
ked with meeting demands in commercial launch service from the burgeoning satellite industry in China.
Meanwhile, designers also hope the Kuaizhou 21 will have the opportu
nity to serve government space programs such as the space station program, he added.
Zhang Di, a vice-president at the academy, previously told China Daily that the Kuaizhou 21 will b
e powerful enough to transport supplies to the country’s future space station or to ferry robotic probes to planets far from Earth.
CASIC began to develop the Kuaizhou series in 2009 as a low-cost, quick-response
product for the commercial space market. The company has launched four: two Kuaizhou 1s and two Kuaizhou 1As.
hborhood, which covers 1.5 square kilometers, is home to around 33,000 households and 82,000 residents.
To promote community governance, the neighborhood has launched various projects si
nce 2012 to facilitate communication between residents and enhance “neighborly spirit”.
One of the most successful activities is its rooftop garden project.
“Our rooftop garden began with the Meilian building in 2015, with support from enterprises a
nd managed by residents,” said Wang Yanfeng, deputy director of the Caojiadu neighborhood Party working committee.
It all started with 14 containers on the rooftop to grow vegetables and flowers. Each miniature garden is taken care of by two fa
milies, of which one has at least one elderly person at home and the other has one or more children.
Harvested vegetables are sent to the neighborhood’s senior residents,
cooked for the nutritious community lunch or sold during charity bazaars, Wang said.
The miniature gardens were upgraded in 2017 to include a broader variety of vegetables and expan
ded to more rooftops in Caojiadu, which also helps children learn about cultivating crops and vegetables.
BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.