The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its

 plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000

volunteers to directly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

hina expects to participate in more international assessments of t

he impacts of climate change and human activities on Arctic ecosystems, a senior official said.

Protection of Arctic species and the natural restoration of ecosystems can be a key in such cooperation, said Wang Hong,

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The overall stability of China-US relations over the pa

four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti

ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.

“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for

and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou

ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.

Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro

ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.

“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said

Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a

go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”

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The glazed tiles on the top of the China Pavilion are i

 in fact a type of aluminum alloy that can be used to imitate the shape of traditional Chinese a

rchitecture at a low cost. It is an example of how modern technology is applied at the ex

hibition,” Li Liang, a designer of the pavilion, was quoted by Beijing Daily as saying.

By installing rainwater collection devices on the roofs and tanks beneath the pavili

on, a mini ecological circulation has been created by gathering rainwater to irrigate the terraced fields.

Shen Yanyan, who camea with her family from Jiangxi province for a visit, said that

although she didn’t know much about design, she felt the building was “very cool”.

“We saw its shiny roof upon entry to the park and we were immediately attracted,” said the 33-year-old. “The Chin

a Pavilion is not only beautiful outside, but also inside. My mother is very happy to see flowers from so many pro

vinces and regions of the country, and all are well-trimmed and placed in the pavilion’s exhibition halls.”

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The meeting called for expanded investment in comp

ulsory education, basic medical care, housing, drinking water, eldercare and ch

ild care, in addition to addressing other pressing issues for some groups in society.

Social security mechanisms to help those most in need will be furthe

r refined, with subsistence allowance systems set to be optimized, the statement said.

The meeting also called for full implementation of requirements set in the Ce

ntral Economic Work Conference, the annual policymaking meeting held in December.

The meeting urged an even more proactive fiscal policy and full implementation of tax and fee cuts.

Monetary policy will be eased or tightened to the right degree, and

it will be adjusted in accordance with economic growth and real-time inflationary and pricing

scenarios, the statement said, adding that financial support for the real economy will be bolstered.

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Such studies must aim to make it clear why the CPC coul

ld shoulder the historical responsibility of leading the people in realizing national indep

endence, people’s liberation, national prosperity and happiness for the people, Xi said.

By doing so, it should be made clear why socialism has taken root and continues to improve and de

velop in China so as to guide people to draw lessons and wisdom from history, and foster stronger confi

dence in the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, he added.

He called for in-depth studies of the great significance of patriotism, progress, democracy and science advocated in the movem

ent so that its spirit can motivate young people to make unremitting contributions to national rejuvenation.

Xi also underscored the importance of responding to why the theme of contemporary Ch

inese youth movements should be to strive to achieve the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, require all aspects of socie

ty to care for and serve the youth, and also create a sound environment for them to develop, innovate and undertake pioneering work.

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Other revisions in the draft are made in light of new

progress of reforms and new developments of the capital market.

A draft amendment to the law was previously submitted to the top legislature for first reading

in April 2015, mainly to meet the legislative demand of reforming the IPO system toward a registration-based one.

The first draft also improved rules on developing a multi-layer capital market system, strengthen

ing investor protection, promoting securities industry innovations and enhancing regulation.

New revisions were submitted for a second reading in April 2017 to im

prove regulation on such areas as stock trading, acquisitions of listed firms, information disclo

sure and investor protection. The second draft also demanded the State Council to gradually advance the IPO sys

tem reform in accordance with authorization granted by the top legislature.

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awmakers Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden

More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found

er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.

The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa

jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens

ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa

s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.

He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a

nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request

from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.

He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait

ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.

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Li said the common interests of China and the EU far out

 outweigh their differences, and expanding their common interests will help narrow those differ

ences. Li spoke at a joint news conference with Tusk and Juncker after the meeting.

The two sides will continue to strengthen synergies between the EU strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, the EU’s Trans-E

uropean Transport Networks and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, the statement said, adding they welco

me further exchanges in 5G networks and technological cooperation between their business communities.

During the meeting, the EU and China also reaffirmed their commitment to multilaterali

sm. The Chinese and EU leaders also worked on coordinating their positions on regional and internationa

l hot spot issues such as the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Venezuela situation.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday that the joint statement reflects the resolve of China and t

he EU to strengthen their unity and coordination at a time that multilateralism is being challenged.

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Some 50 poor households of Shangyan Village used

to live on an inhospitable strech of benchland, which was a major cause of the poverty.

Local officials had attempted to help them get rid of poverty through relocation, one of China’s poverty-relief strategies to

encourage people striken by harsh natural conditions to move to livable places, offering them government subsidies.

But many villagers stubbornly refused to move, due to doubts and a lack of knowledge about related policies.

Soon after she assumed office, Ma set up a tent at the entrance of Shangyan Village to live temporarily there.

She knocked the doors of those reluctant to move, sat in their yards, and p

atiently answered their questions, including whether they would gain sufficient subsid

ies or get used to the new houses. After two weeks, 51 households signed the relocation agreement.

Ma has also led villagers to take tailored measures to increase their incomes based on each village’s conditions.

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The office was established after Kim and South Korean Preside

  nt Moon Jae-in met at the DMZ for an historic summit last year, which was follow

ed by a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

  Pyongyang said it would notify Seoul regarding “further practical matters in the future.”

  In the statement, the Unification Ministry said South Korea regrets the decisi

on, and urged the North to return soon and continue the work being done at the liaison office towards a full peace settlement.

  ”We regard such a withdrawal as very sad and unfortunate (and) we hop

e that the North will return shortly and hope that the liaison contact office will operate nor

mally as soon as possible,” Vice Minister of Unification Chun Hae-sung said at a press conference in Seoul Friday.

  ”We believe that we should take some time to judge (the situation).”

  North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Liason Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent

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