He said he believes that with the efforts of the French people and supp
ort from the international community, Notre Dame will be repaired and regain its glory.
The fire broke out around 6:30 pm on the roof of the cathedral, which was covered in scaffoldi
ng. The blaze spread quickly and destroyed the wooden interior before causing the spire to collapse.
It took more than 400 firefighters over 12 ho
urs to put out the fire, and the main structure and two bell towers remained standing.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though officials said it could be linked to renovation work. Investigators were eag
er to question the workmen in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, according to media reports.
Visiting the scene of the fire in Paris, Macron vowed an immediat
e fundraising effort to rebuild the landmark, calling for international contributions.
More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
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.
Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw
een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release
d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.
For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict
ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.
Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r
estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.
The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo
ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.
up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno
logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.
“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i
n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit
y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea
s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the
financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.
For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to
50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m
ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.
For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer
s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.
cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.
Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll
owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi
sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.
She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a
nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.
She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co
mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.
She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p
olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.
foodstuffs to more than 1,000 people in the shelter, and also provided medical services to more than 800 people, the ministry said.
The Chinese aid team arrived in Mozambique on Monday as the first foreign
aid team sent abroad by the country’s recently established top emergency management authority.
The UN said Tuesday that Cyclone Idai has affected almos
t 3 million people in southern Africa, with almost 500,000 driven from their homes.
The cyclone hit Mozambique early March 15 and unleashed hurricane-force winds and rain th
at flooded much of the center of the country and then hit eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi.
According to an Agence France-Presse toll, compiled from government and UN figu
res, more than 700 people have been killed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and hundreds are missing.
Zhang Ying, 32, a white-collar worker in Beijing, is a jewelry lover. She prefers watching lives
treaming videos via some cross-border e-commerce platforms to buy foreign products in her spare time.
“Pictorial representations are not exactly the right way to purchase commodities online, I had som
e problems as the products did not match up to the expectations promised on the onlaine platform advertisements.”
Zhang said daigou (overseas shoppers who buy foreign products for customers on the Chinese mainland) can dem
onstrate details of products like jewelry in accordance with what the buyer wants through the livestreaming method.
“I can take a good look at the design, material, color, size and even every angle of the jewelry. It feels like that I can pick out the
products on my own. After comparing various necklaces and bracelets, I can decide which one fits me the best.”
trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by
introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som
e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.
By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were
to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.
US must not worsen already tense situation
To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue
mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled
the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way
s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.
Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the estab