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lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra
pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak
e them appear skinnier before they are posted online－even those who are already super-thin.
The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri
ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.
He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus
cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h
ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”
Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in
North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.
ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res
ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.
Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup
erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra
nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.
But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los
ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma
rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro
bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska said.
ch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.
Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the two countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enforcem
ent mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest ec
onomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec
hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the s
ervice sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.
Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) in t
he first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus
toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.