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lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle
portunities for all UN member states to propose experiments they want to conduct using China’s space station,” said Simone
tta Di Pippo, director of the UNOOSA. “We have received more than 40 proposals before the deadline for sub
mission. We will announce the winners probably by the end of June after evaluation.” Di Pippo said these on the sideli
nes of the fourth China Space Day on April 24 to mark the anniversary of the country’s first satellite launch in 1970.
Moreover, Pakistan intends to send one of their astronauts to China’s space station by 2022, A
mer Nadeem, chairman of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission in Pakistan, said after
the opening ceremony of China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province, on Wednesday.
“Hopefully, the agreement on the matter will be signed very soon. We will select the candidates based on the agreement. Also, they
will come to China for some parts of the training,” Nadeem said. He added that Pakistan and China will furth
er enhance cooperation on several space projects focusing on satellite networks in future.
An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
and bilateral issues despite remaining difficulties in bilateral relations, he said.
The thawing of ties between China and Japan was marked by Li’s visit to the country in
May, the first by a Chinese premier in eight years, and the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China in October.
The economic dialogue between the two countries was launched in 2007,
and deteriorated relations due to disputes over a number of issues resulted in an eight-ye
ar hiatus until last April, when the two sides restarted with the fourth round of dialogue in Tokyo.
China said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is open to economic cooperation with
other countries and regions, and it does not become involved in territorial disputes of relevant parties.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing tha
t although the initiative was proposed by China, it is an international project for the public good.
While advancing the initiative, China upholds the principle of equality, openness and transparency and sticks to enter、
prise-oriented market operations as well as market laws and well-accepted international rules, Lu said.
Piraeus Port is the largest port in Greece. On Aug 10, 2016, COSCO Shipping (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China COSC
O Shipping Group, became a controlling shareholder of the port and started operating the facility.
Around 290 million euros are expected to be invested by the company for the expansion of a crui
se terminal, improvement of a ship repair wharf and a new multi-storey garage of roll-on roll-off ship wharf.
The port, as an important meeting point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Cent
ury Maritime Silk Road, has become one of the fastest-growing container ports in the world in recent years.
Under the joint operation of Chinese and Greek enterprises, the port’s infrastruct
ure conditions and operational capabilities have been greatly improved. The freight hub has become increas
ingly prominent, not only providing more jobs, but also promoting local economic development and be
coming a model of win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.
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.
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.