Xi called China-US ties one of the world’s most importa

nt bilateral relationships, and the two countries have wide common interests and shoulder im

portant responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and promoting global prosperity.

Maintaining the healthy and stable development of the China-US relationship is in line with the fundamen

tal interests of the people of both countries, and it is also the common wish of the international community, Xi said.

Xi mentioned his latest meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Lead

ers Summit in Argentina in December, saying that the two leaders reached important consensuses.

The two countries should promote building stable, cooperative and coordinative China-US relations, Xi said. The two sides s

hould enhance communication, focus on cooperation and handle disputes to promote economic and trade cooperation, Xi added.

The US team expressed the willingness to make joint efforts with the Chinese team to strive for the conclusion of a deal that meets the interests of both sides.

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Hopefully, the discussions over the past three month

hs have helped both sides to better understand each other’s concerns and fostered greater mutual trust.

That the feel-good atmosphere that has prevailed since the January discussions in Washington has been mai

ntained by this round of talks was evident as the negotiations are to continue in the US capital next week. This welcome dev

elopment was confirmed by Xi, who said he hoped the discussions would carry forward the positive momentum as i

t conformed to the interests of both countries to strengthen their cooperation.

Although it is probably too hasty to interpret from this that a deal is imminent given s

ome of the US demands, it is to be hoped that the just-concluded negotiations have laid the groundwork for

next week’s discussions to establish a framework for a resolution to the trade dispute, so that a meeting between Xi and T

rump, which is regarded as necessary to finalize any deal, can be scheduled for this purpose as soon as possible.

New progress on the outstanding difficult issues is imperative as the trade frictions have not been good for either country, despite claims to the contrary.

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Between each April and October, villagers from Dingri Cou

unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.

Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.

“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.

Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan

g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.

Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f

oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am

ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.

To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c

arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr

ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.

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Festival brings to fore importance of demographic data

Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun

ar New Year, is unique beyond being the most important festival in the world’s most populous country.

Not only is it the longest holiday that most workers in China are entitled to, it also pr

oduces the largest annual human population movement in the world, th

anks to the age-old tradition of family reunions that are at the center of the occasion.

This year, the Year of the Pig, which is strongly believed to be associated with good fortune, has seen hundreds of millions

of workers based in cities and big towns returning to their smaller towns and villages of origin to reunite a

nd feast with their families-including their parents, and, for many, also their spouses and children. The official fo

recast is that this year, nearly 3 billion trips will be generated during the 40-day travel rush from Jan 21 to March 1.

While it might not be so obvious, this huge social phenomenon both shapes and is shaped by the sheer size and dis

tribution of China’s population linked to births, deaths and migration, and the way these three sets of vital events interact.

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Job fairs sprouting up around eastern Chinaulletin at a job

Many cities in eastern China are organizing job fairs to meet demand for new employees after the Spring Festival holiday.

The first such event in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, opened on Monday with more than 10,000 jobs off

ered by 200 local companies. The fair aims to attract more college students and migrant workers, wh

o usually return to their hometowns during Spring Festival for family reunions.

Most of the jobs are in manufacturing, catering and finance. There is also huge demand for emp

loyees in the machinery, sales and design sectors, said Zhang Chengyu, director of the Yancheng talent market.

“With the city’s economic and social development, many people now prefer to w

ork in their hometowns,” he said. “We organized the fair to provide op

portunities for them. More than 100 fairs offering 50,000 jobs will be held this year.

“Many companies pay salaries of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,474) a mon

th. They need to recruit enough employees to guarantee post-festival operations.”

Dai Yang, a graduate in mechanical engineering, said he would prefer to work in his hometown-Huaian, Jiangsu-if the salary met his demands.

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Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve livesin the capi

To eradicate the problems in the capital’s suburb in August, the Beijing government launched a three-year, 20-billion-yuan action plan focusing on 97 projects.

However, having since consulted with 17 commissions and bureaus, the aim is now to work on more than 100 projects.

Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, said the city’s urban planners should look at ways of implementing Ti

antongyuan’s original functions to improve living standards and provide better, happier homes.

The plan is part of a citywide campaign to build the capital into a world-class city in accordance with

the Beijing Overall Urban Development Plan published in October 2017. It will run until 2030.

Li Ding, associate professor at the School of Sociology and Population Studies at Re

nmin University of China, has studied Huilongguan for more than five years.

He said the upgrade is badly needed, so the action plan should have been formulated earlier. Moreover, as the lack of major in

frastructure is not an issue residents can tackle, the local government must assume the responsibility.

“Most Huilongguan residents are highly educated, so their demand for educational and cultural facilities is much higher,” Li said.

Since renovation work began at a 19-hectare sports and cultural park in Huilongguan, Li has noticed changes in the community.

“Some old sports facilities have been demolished and the park has been divided into four zones to provide a modern facility,” he said.

According to the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission, there are plans t

o build six kindergartens as well as three primary and two secondary schools to satisfy residents’ needs.

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Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve livesy station

The region to the north of Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongy

uan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.

The area, which is home to more than 3 percent of the city’s population, mainly migrant work

ers, is nicknamed “Sleeper Town” because a lack of amenities and entertainment facilities mean most of the residents only go there to rest.

Located at the end of subway line 5, a major route connecting the downtown to the northern

suburbs, Tiantongyuan attracted its huge population as a result of its low property prices and relatively convenient location.

However, its dilapidated condition is a major headache for the city and the area faces a ho

st of problems, including a lack of infrastructure, both social and industrial, allied to heavy traffic congestion.

Priced at 2,650 yuan per square meter in 1999, Tiantongyuan was built to provide affordable housing

. Nearly 20 years later, property prices in the community have risen more than fourteenfold to 38,000 yuan ($5,600) per sq m.

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South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribut

ion for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous fai

led negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance.

The development comes as President Donald Trump is set to hold his second summit w

ith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February.

South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,

500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North K

orea. Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more.

On Sunday, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new cost-sharing pla

n, which requires South Korea to pay about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in 2019, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement said the two countries reaffirmed the need for a “stable” U.S. mili

tary deployment amid the “rapidly changing situation on the Korean Peni

nsula.” The ministry said the U.S. assured Sou

th Korea that it is committed to the alliance and has no plans to adjust the number of its troops in South Korea.

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S.Korean president to consult with Trump on 2nd DPRK

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th

e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.

Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d

iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.

Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.

The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon

th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.

Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy

ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.

The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a

greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi

ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl

osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.

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Midway through our flight from Auckland to Shanghai, th

the pilot informs us that Chinese authorities had not given this plane permissi

on to land, so we needed to turn around,” Eric Hundman, an assistant professor at New York University Shanghai, said on his Twitter account.

He described the experience as “a new level of China

An official with CAAC said the administration has begun an investigation into the incident.

Air New Zealand also said they are investigating and an official explanation will be released later on Sunday.

All the passengers have been accommodated and another flight is to be arranged on Sunday night to send the passengers to Shanghai.

“Air New Zealand wishes to sincerely apologize for the return and subsequent retiming of your flight NZ289,” the carrier said in the short message to its passengers.

The rearranged flight is scheduled to take off at 11pm New Zealand time on Sunday and land at Pudong airport at 6am local time Monday.

Bad,” which caused heated debate on the social network.

“Obviously Air New Zealand forgot to get approval for this plane in advance… You ca

n blame Air New Zealand, but this mistake has nothing to do with ‘China Bad’,” a netizen replied.

Hundman later told Shanghai Daily that he did not mean to blame China since it was still un

clear who is at fault. “I mean that I had a frustrating, highly unusual experience while en route to China,” he added.

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