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China poses no threat to any country

China’s limited defense spending to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity poses no threat to any other country, a spokesperson for the annual session of the country’s national legislature said Monday.

“China will adhere to the path of peaceful development and adopt a defense policy that is defensive in nature,” said Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, at a press conference.

“Whether a country is a military threat to others or not is not determined by its increase in defense expenditure, but by the diplomatic and national defense policies it adopts,” he noted.

China has maintained a single digit growth rate in its budgeted national defense spending since 2016, following five consecutive years of double digit increase.

Its budgeted growth rate stood at 7.6 percent in 2016, 7 percent in 2017 and 8.1 percent in 2018.

While the national defense spending in some major developed countries accounted for more than 2 percent of their GDP, the ratio was only about 1.3 percent for China in 2018, according to Zhang.

“China maintains a reasonable and appropriate growth rate in its defense expenditure to meet its demand in safeguarding national security and military reform with Chinese characteristics,” he said.

The third part of the exhibition is a scroll from

The third part of the exhibition is a scroll from NMA’s own collection exploring the strong Chinese-Australian connection, Harvest of Endurance Scroll. The scroll is an artistic representation of two centuries of Chinese contact with and migration to Australia. A total of eight meters of the 50-meter scroll will be on display.

“It shows the history of Chinese people in Australia,” said Michael Pickering, senior curator of NMA. “This painting basically marks the period of time in the 1970s and 1980s when they were at the transition from Chinese engagement through individual immigration to a time when political recognition raised the profile.”

NMA signed a memorandum of understanding with NMC in 2011. Last July, a 150-piece “Old Masters” art exhibition with Australian indigenous artists opened in NMC. Shan Wei, who had not started his work in NMC then, went to the exhibition twice as a visitor.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye said at the opening ceremony on Thursday evening that cultural exchange is an important part of bilateral relations between China and Australia. “Art knows no boundary and exchanges can bridge gaps,” he said.

“The more our cultural exchanges are conducted, the deeper our two peoples understand each other. It is my sincere wish that cultural institutes in our two countries could join hands and make even greater contribution to the development of Sino-Australia relations,” he said.

According to Yang Zhi, minister-counselor for culture at the Chinese Embassy in Australia, told Xinhua that the preparation for the exchange exhibitions took almost three years.

“These exhibitions brought the cultural exchanges of China and Australia to a new height,” he said. “In recent years many Australian culture institutes visited China, and vice versa. Such exchanges shortened the distance between our two peoples, and enhanced mutual understanding.”

 They didn’t think of anything else but finding New Cheese.

 ”Because, we didn’t cause this problem.” Hem said. “Somebody else did this and we should getsomething out of it.”Haw suggested, “Maybe we should stop analyzing the situation so much and just get along and findsome new Cheese.””Oh no,” Hem argued. “I’m going to get to the bottom of this.”While Hem and Haw were still trying to decide what to do, Sniff and Scurry were already well ontheir way. They went farther into the maze, up and down corridors, looking for cheese in everyCheese Station they could find.

  They didn’t think of anything else but finding New Cheese.

  They didn’t find any for sometime until they finally went into an area of the maze where they hadnever been before: Cheese Station N.

  They squealed with delight. They found what they had been looking for: a great supply of NewCheese.

  They could hardly believe their eyes. It was the biggest store of cheese the mice had ever seen.

  In the meantime, Hem and Haw were still back in Cheese Station C evaluation their situation. Theywere now suffering from the effects of having no Cheese. They were becoming frustrated andangry and were blaming each other for the situation they were in.

  Now and then Haw thought about his mice buddies, Sniff and Scurry, and wondered if they hadfound any cheese yet. He believed they might be having a hard time, as running through the mazeusually involved some uncertainty. But he also knew that it was likely to only last for a while.

  Sometimes, Haw would imagine Sniff and Scurry finding New Cheese and enjoying it. He thoughtabout how good it would be for him to be out on an adventure in the maze, and to find fresh NewCheese. He could almost taste it.

   The more clearly Haw saw the image of himself finding and enjoying the New Cheese, the more hesaw himself leaving Cheese Station C.

  ”Let’s go!” he exclaimed, all of a sudden.

  ”No,” Hem quickly responded. “I like it here. It’s comfortable. It’s what I know. Besides it’sdangerous out there.””No it isn’t,” Haw argued. “We’ve run through many parts of the maze before, and we can do itagain.””I’m getting too old for that,” Hem said. “And I’m afraid I’m not interested in getting lost and makinga fool of myself. Are you?”With that, Haw’s fear of failing returned and his hope of finding New Cheese faded.

  So every day, the littlepeople continued to do what they had done before. They went to CheeseStation C, found no Cheese, and returned home, carrying their worried and frustrations with them.

Passing down tradition

“I’m actually from the first batch of young people to return home to start a business. I came back to repay my family, who had scraped together money to give me a better education, so I wanted to do something to benefit the stockade,” said Lai. “I was planning to build a road for the village with my savings, then it occurred to me to organize them to weave.” She then thought that with more and more young people working in the city, the precious heritage passed down from their ancestors was in danger of being lost.

“We were so proud when our cloth first appeared in the Paris Fashion Week in 2013, and people started to noticed that the cloth was from Rongjiang in Guizhou, which is also indigo dyed,” said Lai. However, Lai has turned down opportunities to work with top global luxury brands on many occasions, because they wanted her to change the traditional weaving methods, and Lai believed this would not be helpful in preserving Dong cloth weaving skills.

“My million yuan in debt does not make me a noble person. I care more about not losing the precious skills from my ancestors,” said Lai.

When Sir Robert Peel, in 1841, after a memorable opposition of ten years, acceded to office

When Sir Robert Peel, in 1841, after a memorable opposition of ten years, acceded to office, sustained by all the sympathies of the country, his Irish policy, not sufficiently noticed amid the vast and urgent questions with which he had immediately to deal, was, however, to the political observer significant and interesting. As a mere matter of party tactics, it was not for him too much to impute Irish disturbances to political and religious causes, even if the accumulated experience of the last ten years were not developing a conviction in his mind, that the methods hitherto adopted to ensure the tranquillity of that country were superficial and fallacious. His cabinet immediately recognized a distinction between political and predial sources of disorder. The first, they resolved into a mere system of agitation, no longer justifiable by the circumstances, and this they determined to put down. The second, they sought in the conditions under which land was occupied, and these they determined to investigate. Hence, on the one hand, the O’Connell prosecution: on the other, the Devon commission.
This was the bold and prudent policy of a minister who felt he had the confidence of the country and was sustained by great parliamentary majorities; and when the summoner of monster meetings was convicted, and the efficient though impartial manner in which the labours of the land commission were simultaneously conducted came to be bruited about, there seemed at last some prospect of the system of political quackery of which Ireland had been so long the victim being at last subverted. But there is nothing in which the power of circumstances is more evident than in politics. They baffle the forethought of statesmen, and control even the apparently inflexible laws of national development and decay.
Had the government of 1841 succeeded in its justifiable expectation of terminating the trade of political agitation in Ireland, armed with all the authority and all the information with which the labours of the land commission would have furnished them, they would in all probability have successfully grappled with the real causes of Irish misery and misrule. They might have thoroughly reformed the modes by which land is holden and occupied; have anticipated the spontaneous emigration that now rages by an administrative enterprise scarcely more costly than the barren loan of ‘47, and which would have wafted native energies to imperial shores; have limited under these circumstances the evil of the potato famine, even if the improved culture of the interval might not have altogether prevented that visitation; while the laws which regulated the competition between home and foreign industry in agricultural produce might have been modified with so much prudence, or, if necessary, ultimately repealed with so much

It was a long time before I met the author of the notes.

One Sunday morning, I was told that someone was waiting for me in the office. The young person who answered the rectory door said that it was “the woman who said she left all the notes.” When I saw her I was shocked, since I immediately recognized her from church but had no idea that it was she who wrote the notes. She was sitting in a chair in the office with her hands folded in her lap. Her head was bowed and when she raised it to look at me, she could barely smile without pain. Her face was disfigured, and the skin so tight from surgical procedures that smiling or laughing was very difficult for her. She had suffered terribly from treatment to remove the growths that had so marred her face.

We chatted for a while that Sunday morning and agreed to meet for lunch later that week.

As it turned out we went to lunch several times, and she always wore a hat during the meal. I think that treatments of some sort had caused a lot of her hair to fall out. We shared things about our lives. I told her about my schooling and growing up. She told me that she had worked for years for an insurance company. She never mentioned family, and I did not ask.

We spoke of authors we both had read, and it was easy to tell that books are a great love of hers.

I have thought about her often over the years and how she struggled in a society that places an incredible premium on looks, class, wealth and all the other fineries of life. She suffered from a disfigurement that cannot be made to look attractive. I know that her condition hurt her deeply.

Would her life have been different had she been pretty? Chances are it would have. And yet there were a sensitivity and a beauty to her that had nothing to do with looks. She was one to be listened to, whose words were so easy to take to heart. Her words came from a wounded but loving heart, very much like all hearts, but she had more of a need to be aware of it, to live with it and learn from it. She possessed a fine-tuned sense of beauty. Her only fear in life was the loss of a friend.

How long does it take most of us to reach that level of human growth, if we ever get there? We get so consumed and diminished, worrying about all the things that need improving, we can easily forget to cherish those things that last. Friendship, so rare and so good, just needs our care-maybe even the simple gesture of writing a little note now and then, or the dropping of some beautiful words in a basket, in the hope that such beauty will be shared and taken to heart.

The truth of her life was a desire to see beyond the surface for a glimpse of what it is that matters. She found beauty and grace and they befriended her, and showed her what is real.

Interview: Chinese scientist urges international collaboration to combat climate impacts in Pan-Third Pole region

Tandong Yao, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told a session of the United Nations Science, Policy, and Business Forum on the Environment in Nairobi that global warming has led to melting of glaciers, resulting in extreme weather events that have affected livelihoods of millions of people in the region.

“Urgent international cooperation is required to study and find solutions to reverse the environmental changes,” he said.

Yao noted that the Chinese government has taken measures to combat effects of global warming on the Pan-Third Pole region.

The Third Pole region is centered on the Xizang Plateau and extends over 5 million square kilometers with an average elevation of over 4,000 meters. It is regarded as the Water Tower of Asia.

Yao said the environmental changes being witnessed in the Third Pole region and the surrounding areas have been linked with global climate systems.

Chinese scientists are already cooperating with their peers in the affected central Asian region as well as those from United Nations agencies, the United States, Germany, France and Sweden.

The degradation of the Pan-Third Pole region is a global concern, given that it extends over 20 million square kilometers and is home to over 3 billion people, Yao said.

The Pan-Third Pole region is exposed to drastic climate change, with the melting of glaciers causing environmental disasters associated with extreme weather events like floods, droughts and ice avalanches, he said.

Venezuela expels German ambassador

Venezuela on Wednesday declared German ambassador in Caracas persona non grata for meddling in its internal affairs and ordered he leave the country in 48 hours.

The expulsion of Daniel Martin Kriener “is due to his repeated acts of interference in the country’s internal affairs,” Venezuela’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Kriener was reportedly among a handful of ambassadors who went to the airport on Monday to greet Juan Guaido on his return from a tour of Latin American countries that support Venezuela’s right-wing opposition movement.

Guaido declared himself “interim president” in January. The United States immediately recognized Guaido’s temporary presidency. Germany followed suit early February.

The Venezuelan government believed that Washington’s approval of Guaido as the country’s interim leader aimed to oust the current administration, and open up its vast oil reserves as well as gold deposits to U.S. corporations.

“Venezuela is irrevocably free and independent, which is why actions by diplomatic representatives that implicate meddling in matters that are the exclusive realm of the Venezuelan people and state authorities are not and will not be allowed,” the ministry said.

European countries should “adopt a constructive balanced attitude” toward Venezuela’s political crisis, instead of “encouraging the path of coups and violence (and) facilitate a peaceful and negotiated solution between the Venezuelan camps,” it added.

Chinese bid farewell to dead firefighters

A deadly forest fire in Southwest China that claimed the lives of 30 people has been contained and authorities are seeking to honor the victims as martyrs.

Five helicopters and nearly 700 people were deployed to tackle the wildfire, which was completely contained as of midday Tuesday, an official surnamed Hou at China’s Ministry of Emergency Management’s press office, told the Global Times.

The fire broke out at around 6 pm on Saturday in a remote high-altitude forested area in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. An investigation has been launched to look into the cause, officials from Liangshan said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Due to the complex terrain, there are still areas that are burning, so it will be some time before it is fully extinguished,” Hou said.

The fire claimed the lives of 27 firefighters, with an average age of 23 and the youngest being just 18. Three local officials were also killed when the winds suddenly changed direction, fanning the flames and trapping the firefighters.

The bodies of 29 of the victims were transferred to a funeral parlor in Xichang, Liangshan, and one person was buried in his hometown according to the family’s wishes.

More than 10,000 people in Xichang lined the streets and some placed chrysanthemums, heart-shaped candles and white scarves on the road in tribute to the heroes.

India-Pakistan economic ties should not be interrupted by terror attack

India and Pakistan need to avoid engaging in a trade war that will deal a blow to their own economies as well as that of China.

Tensions between India and Pakistan skyrocketed after Pakistan was reported to be considering a ban on the imports of some Indian products, as a protest against India’s earlier move to withdraw most favored nation status given to Pakistan.

Last week, a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district, resulting in India’s economic attacks and Pakistan’s reported tit-for-tat moves.

The suicide attack by a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit cannot be a reason for New Delhi to punish ordinary Pakistani people with economic measures. A possible decision to escalate tensions by carrying out countermeasures against India is also inadvisable.

What can comfort the dead is cross-border cooperation in countering terrorism. A trade war can do nothing but complicate the situation.

The Indian and Pakistan economies will soon feel the pain of a trade war if the two countries further escalate economic tensions. Pakistan mainly imports cotton, chemicals and iron from India – materials that are vital for industry – while India imports fruit, cement and leather from Pakistan. Although their total trade is small, bilateral economic ties are more significant than some people realize.

With a strategic location along a key international trade route, India and Pakistan have some inherent advantages to make themselves a regional logistics hub. But if the two countries isolated themselves from one another, their strategic significance to economies in the region, China included, will be reduced.

Current economic interaction between India and Pakistan is a hard-own achievement that should not be interrupted by a terror strike. Terrorists would be pleased to see that a trade war adds to the instability factors affecting South Asia. Should New Delhi and Islamabad fall into the trap of terrorists? The answer is no.

China is an onlooker of the ongoing India-Pakistan conflict, and it regrets the two countries’ economic losses, which could have been avoided. However, China is not just an onlooker but a participant in the South Asian economy. As an important economic partner of both India and Pakistan, China is willing to make efforts to promote India-Pakistan economic cooperation.

Like China, the primary strategy of both India and Pakistan is to promote economic and social development. Economic cooperation among the three countries still has great potential to generate growth, which will eventually help crack down on terrorism.