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ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan
via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human
itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim
ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w
hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.
He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba
ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran
sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp
ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp
ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb
er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”
lish class, which is taught by a Jiangsu teacher who is humorous and friendly. Memorizin
g vocabulary can be a dull task, so the teacher brings snacks, desserts or small gifts as incentives.
To spice up the classes, the teacher finds ancient Chinese poems that
have been translated into English and lets the students work out the original versions.
“My teachers in primary school didn’t use lots of multimedia. They were all too serious, so
the students rarely interacted or joked with them. But the Jiangsu teachers know how to use multimedia, and
always tell us things outside of our textbooks. The class is always great fun,” Tashi Lhamo said.
Chemi Drolma, an 18-year-old senior, plans to apply for a “normal” university－one that te
aches a range of subjects－after taking the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, in June.
Her favorite subject is geography, because it is the most ac
tive class. The school has a special geography classroom, and the teacher often uses a proje
ctor to display maps and images of different terrains to help the children better understand the lesson.
ing the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan and stressed that Chinese people sh
ould help each other. The two sides should be connected in all aspects, he said, noting that it is nec
essary to improve economic and trade cooperation, infrastructure connectivity and sharing of energy resources.
He proposed that Fujian coastal areas can take the lead in connecting Jinmen and Matsu with water, gas and electrical supplies.
“Xi’s words show that we always think about the people and the comm
on interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits,” An said, adding that sha
ring opportunities with Taiwan will help solve practical problems in the local economy and people’s welfare.
Fujian has been supplying water to Jinmen through a pipeline that went into operation in early A
ugust. It brings 34,000 cubic meters of water daily from Jinjiang’s Longhu Lake, the second-largest lake in Fujian.
In 2002, a tanker shipped 2,300 metric tons of fresh water from Fuzhou, Fujian, to Matsu to alleviate the drought.
ANTARCTICA — A total of 37 members on China’s 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.
They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The sta
tions are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964.
The Chinese researchers, 21 of them from the Taishan team and 16 from the Kunlun team, came to Zhongshan after successfully completing their tasks. The two te
ams together departed on Dec 18 from near Zhongshan for their missions.A helicopter transfers fuel oil to the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese res
earch base in Antarctica, Feb 9, 2019.
The Taishan team completed the construction project of the supporting facilities at Taishan in 38 days, a week ah
ead of schedule. Taishan was put into operation in February 2014 after its main building on the ground was completed.
The Kunlun team conducted research works on astronomy, ice berg and surveying and
mapping, among other things. For instance, they on Feb 7 set up a new automatic meteorological station, so
me 100 km away from Zhongshan. The team members arrived at Taishan on Jan 31 to join the researchers there.
The members of the two teams are scheduled to board on China’s icebreaker Xuelong
on Feb 15, leaving Antarctica for home. They are expected to arrive in Shanghai on March 10.