artment announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications eq
uipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list
bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.
On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies fr
om using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.
Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this m
onth, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.
China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences thr
ough talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitim
The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive
diplomatic ties. During their meetings, Xi agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to f
orge a more solid, stable and vibrant China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, and continue to explore the way for major countries to get al
ong with each other, which should feature independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, Wang said.
In the joint statement issued by China and France on jointly safeguarding multilateralism and improving global governa
nce, the two sides pledged to build international relations of mutual respect, equality, justice, and win-win coop
eration on the basis of respecting international laws and the basic principles of international norms, Wang said.
Speaking of Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said leaders of the two cou
ntries have agreed to firmly stick to the correct direction of bilateral relations, adhere to open
ness and cooperation, and pursue more win-win results so as to jointly elevate the China-Monaco relations into a new era.
During Xi’s talks with Prince Albert II, head of state of the Prin
cipality of Monaco, the Chinese president said both sides should adhere to openness and cooperation a
nd pursue more win-win results, adding that China welcomes Monaco to actively participate in the joint development of the Belt and Road.
video platforms such as Kuaishou, Bilibili, Douyin and Huoshan, to obtain more data flows and encourage brands and buyers to do more live broadcasts,” Zeng said.
It also plans to tap into the social e-commerce sector, which is currently in its testing phase.
Experts say the livestreaming explosion is boosting China’s e-commerce sector. The new
format could display the commodities in more dimensions and increase users’ trust.
Cao Lei, director of China E-Commerce Research Center, said this method could attract consume
rs’ attention quickly and accurately as most of the livestreaming users are post-90s generation who are accusto
med to shopping online, as well as help online retailers to gain data flows and create a “real” shopping scenario.
“Immediate feedbacks could be given to merchants based on users’ instructions. Through their
mobile phones, consumers are able to talk with overseas buyers, which will greatly enhance users’ trust on the platform.”
China’s cross-border e-commerce sector has been growing rapid
ly over the past few years, owing to a rapid growth in the nation’s middle and high-income shoppers.
France cooperation has not changed, Xi said.
“The history of China-France cooperation shows that bilateral ties are not ‘a zero-sum game.’ The strong com
plementarities between the two economies will remain for a long time,” Xi said, adding that China’s sustained devel
opment and further opening-up will create a host of new opportunities as well as broader space for bilateral cooperation.
Xi called on the two countries to constantly explore new fields of cooperation, nurture new growth areas for cooper
ation, and speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road and third-party cooperation projects that have been agreed upon.
“China staands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with France on major issues including the UN aff
airs, the reform of the World Trade Organization and climate change,” Xi said, adding that China always supports European inte
gration and hopes France can play a more active role in leading and promoting China-Europe relations.
Hailing his successful visit to China last year, Macron said that the two countries have been implementing the important con
sensus reached by him and Xi over the past year, strengthening cooperation on economy, trade, technology and culture.
after he tweeted in August that he had secured funding to take the company private. It was eventually revealed that while
he’d spoken with investors, he hadn’t secured anything. The SEC said the tweet was “false and misleading.”
The settlement allowed Musk to stay on as CEO, but he had to give up his role as chair
man of Tesla. He and Tesla were fined a total of $40 million, which Musk paid himself.
The US District Court for Southern New York, which approved
the original settlement in October, will decide whether Musk’s February 19 tweet viol
ated the deal.While you were living your life on December 18th, 2018, a giant space rock exploded 16 miles above the Ea
rth’s surface, giving off 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima. No big deal.
The event is properly called a “fireball,” NASA’s term for “exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area.”
With an impact energy of 173 kilotons, December’s fireball was the second-most powerful to enter Earth’s atmosp
here in 30 years. You may recall the first — it was that huge, blinding fireball that rocked parts of Russia in 2013.
For President Donald Trump, a bad defeat is simply a spark for a future fight.
The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiation of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.
”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tri
ed, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.
Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political care
ers: The irrepressible energy of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.
But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingne
ss to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign lead
ers sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.
many Chinese leave their hometowns to make a living in big cities, where they live alone. This makes it inevitable that they will do things on their own at times.
“Due to life’s stresses, sometimes they will actively look for the chance to escape from social interaction to enjoy solitude. As a re
sult, dining, traveling and singing karaoke or watching movies alone has become more common,” she said.
Chen added that the perception of single people has witnessed profound
changes, as there is no longer any stigma attached to them and many prefer to remain alone.
“Whether in TV shows or movies, there are increasing scenarios that tell people they sho
uld remain independent, and it is possible to live a nice life without getting married, especially for women,” she said.
tracted over 3,000 logistics companies worldwide and formed strategic cooperati