address Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

 President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conferen

ce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations to be held on May 15 in Beijing, a senior official said Thursday.

Xu Lin, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Cen

tral Committee and director of the State Council Information Office, made the announcement at a press conference.

Under the theme of “exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared futu

re,” the conference includes an opening ceremony and sub-forums, said Xu, also vice president of the event’s executive committee.

More than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asia

n countries and other countries outside the region will attend the opening ceremony and forums, said Xu.

A grand Asian culture carnival, an Asian civilization week, and an Asian food festival will also be held during the event.

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While more students are now realizing that studying over

rseas no longer guarantees a well-paid job, the report found that 70 perce

nt of respondents said they do not care about return on investment and are more appr

eciative of other rewards of overseas study experience, including better adaptive ability.

Gao Ang, an undergraduate student at the University of Californi

a, Berkeley, said he does not regret going to the US despite its high cost.

Overseas study provides students with many advantages-their exp

erience tends to equip them with a global mindset and better languag

e and communication skills-important characteristics for future promotion opportunities, he said.

In 2018, 662,100 Chinese people went abroad

to study, up 8.83 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Education.

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ommunication key to shared future for mankind

The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which will be he

nth following the proposal of President Xi Jinping, demonstrates China’s

deep thinking and responsibility for promoting the development of civilization in Asia and the world. The conferenc

e will have great and far-reaching significance to the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.

The history of humanity is one of the coexistence and joint development of multiple civilizations. In his article on excha

nges among civilizations and mutual learning, published by the Qiushi journal on May 1, Xi wrote that “civil

ization becomes colorful because of exchanges, and abundant because of mutual learning”. He urged nations to “seek

wisdom, absorb nutrition from different civilizations, provide the people with spiritual support and comfort for thei

r soul, and join hands to resolve common challenges of various kinds confronting human beings”.

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Ahmed Hassan Alhammadi, manager of the United Arab

Emirates Pavilion, hasn’t had time yet to visit the China Pavilion as he has been busy with his own pavilion.

“We will have more time later to have a walk in the park, and the China Pavilion will be our first stop for sure,” he said.

The International Pavilion, a venue for international horticultural exhibitions and competitions duri

ng the expo, has a public space with an overhang made of 94 structures representing flowers and umbrellas.

As the exhibition will also be held during the hottest days of the Beijing summer, these o

verhead structures will help reduce muggy conditions for crowds waiting in line for entry.

Using sustainable technologies, including natural ventilation, solar photovoltaics and rainw

ater recycling, the International Pavilion is also a green building with low energy consumption.

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President hails Nepal’s participation in BRinping holds

China and Nepal should strengthen cooperation on infrastructure construction and continue to promote the constructi

on of the China-Nepal cross-border economic cooperation zone, President Xi Jinping said in Beijing on Monday.

Xi made the remark during his meeting with his Nepali co

unterpart, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, who is on a nine-day state visit to China.

China greatly values its ties with Nepal, and supports Nepal in mai

ntaining its national independence, state sovereignty and terr

itorial integrity as well as exploring a path of development that suits its national conditions, Xi said.

Also, China appreciates Nepal’s firm and long-standing support over issues related to C

hina’s core interests and major concerns and its active participation in jointly building th

e Belt and Road, Xi said. He added that China will continue to support Nepal’s economic and social development.

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Sixteen experiment racks will be installed in the core

 module, and two lab capsules of the space station and an extravehicular experiment platform will be built. Each rack i

s regarded as a lab that can support various space experiments, and astronauts can upgrade and replace the facili

ties. In addition, a capsule holding a large optical telescope will fly in the same orbit as the station, according to a report by Xi

nhua News Agency, quoting the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Wednesday.

Di Pippo said opening up the space station to the world, especially to developi

ng and emerging countries, is a good example of China’s will to enhance international cooperation in space missions.

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As if that was not enough of a provocation, Christensen

 said the first consultation will be held in September when a US delegation, led by a senior official fr

om the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, is expected to visit Taipei.

The US has been using one pretext or the other to provoke Beijing and violate the 1979 Joint Commun

iqué. But for the sake of Sino-US relations and regional peace, Washington should realize that instead of gain

ing anything, it would suffer huge economic and political damage by interfering in China’s internal affairs.

Xi’s message of peace and reunification

Delivering a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Message to Taiwan Compatri

ots on Jan 2, President Xi Jinping said that, on the basis of the common political foundation of uph

olding the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence”, political parties and people across all sectio

ns of society on both sides of the Straits can recommend their representatives to hold in-depth dem

ocratic consultations and establish institutional arrangements for peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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hinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolenc

to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand’s Christchurch City.

In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his ow

n name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand gov

ernment and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery.

Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arder

n, expressing grief for the victims while extending sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

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Two climbers killed in avalanche on Ben Nevisled to Ben N

  Two climbers have died and another two are injured after an avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

  Police and mountain rescue personnel were called to the scene, in the Number 5 Gully area just before midday.

  ”We can sadly confirm that two people have died and two people have been injured,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

  Avalanche danger level ‘extreme’ in Colorado

  ”Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Mariti

me and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service,” Police Scotland said, according to the UK’s Press Association.

  An air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team were lat

er sent to the peak, the Scottish Ambulance Service said in a separate statement.

  The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has warned that there is a high risk of avalanches in the area at the moment.

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