Six Chinese killed in Sri Lanka bombingsside the Grand Mos

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo confirmed the death of four Chinese scientists in the Easter

explosions in Sri Lanka on Tuesday night, raising the number of Chinese killed in the attacks to six.

The embassy said in a statement that the four Chinese scientists were from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the First

Institute of Oceanopgraphy under the Ministry of Natural Resources of China, who arrived in Sri Lanka in the mi

d of April for research purposes. Their bodies had been found and identified by family members.

The embassy said another five people from the Chinese Academy of Sciences were a

lso injured during the explosions, all of whom already went back to China for further treatments.

In the statement, the Chinese Embassy strongly condemned the terror acts, offered

deep condolences over the death of the four scientists, and thanked the Sri Lankan government for its assistance.

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But no Australian government has used such kind

of talk since 1972. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government is “ab

solutely committed to the long-term constructive partnership with China based on shared values, esp

ecially mutual respect”. And Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has said: “Preemptively framing China as a stra

tegic threat isn’t a sufficient response to its role and increasing influence in our region…”

But Hamilton and his supporters such as retired academic John Fitz

gerald insist on seeing China as Australia’s “enemy”. See China as “our enemy” and the next step i

s that Australians with family links to China can be seen as potential traitors. That is what Hamilton does by saying th

ey are ready to “rise up”. His only evidence? Two friends of his with Chinese backgrounds told him so.

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The meeting highlighted the importance of implementi

ting the spirit of December’s Central Economic Work Conference.

Macro policies should be stable, micro policies should be flexible and social policies should guarantee the basic needs of the grassroots

people, the statement said. Macro policies should focus on promoting high-quality growth and stimulating market vitality.

The importance of manufacturing’s high-quality development in stabilizing economic growt

h was stressed. Traditional industries should be guided to upgrade, and new industries should grow stronger.

The development of small and medium-sized companies and private businesses should be supported through measures like s

peeding up the supply-side structural reform of finance and providing better loan services, the stat

ement said. It also reaffirmed that houses should be used for living rather than for profit.

Reform should be further deepened and opening-up boosted, and forei

gn capital should have bigger access to the Chinese market. Poverty reduction is a key meas

ure of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which must be achieved by the end of next y

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Top economic planner bullish on reaching annual growth

China’s economy, despite headwinds, has enjoyed a good start in the first quarter of 2019, and the country has the confide

nce to achieve the annual projected growth goal, said the country’s top economic planner.

“The first quarter’s stable economic development has laid a solid foundation for the an

nual growth,” said Yuan Da, spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission.

“The economy has stayed on the track of steady growth. We have the confidence, conditio

ns and capability to meet the projected targets for economic and social development this year.”

Yuan made the remarks at the NDRC press conference on Thursday in Beijing.

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 6.4 perce

nt year-on-year in the first quarter. The growth was unchanged from that in the fourth quarter in 2018.

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People-to-people contacts, as a non-ignorable compon

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.”

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Tashi Lhamo, a 14-year-old eighth-grader, loves the Engl

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.

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At least 50 people burned to death in a bus collision in Ghan

  At least 50 people were killed when two commercial buses collided and burst into flames in northern Ghana, police told CNN Friday.

  Ghana Police Service spokesman David Eklu said the accident occurred at about 1:30 am Friday morning when the two lo

ng-distance buses collided head-on on the main highway leading from Kintampo to Tamale, Ghana’s fourth largest city.

  ”The buses went up in flames when they collided,” Eklu said.

  ”It’s too early to ascertain how many died but 50 people have been confirmed dead.”

  He said both buses had about 100 people on board and some of the victims burned to death.

  At least 61 killed in collision of bus, truck in Ghana

  Eklu added that more than 50 people were injured in the crash

and the death toll could rise as police are still assessing the situation at the crash site.

  Victims’ families are being informed, although most of them have not yet been identified.

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In January, President Xi Jinping spoke at a gathering mark

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.

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Airbus to scrap production of A380 superjumboys its prowe

TOULOUSE – Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the A380 superjumbo on Thursd

ay, abandoning its dream of dominating the skies with a cruiseliner for the 21st century after years of lacklustre sales.

The world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins a

nd room for 544 people in standard layout, was designed to challenge Boeing’s legendary 747

but failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, more nimble jets.

Airbus said in a statement that the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.

Confirming a shake-up first reported by Reuters, it said Emirates – the largest A380 cust

omer – had decided to reduce its orders for the iconic superjumbo and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models.

The European company said it would enter talks with unions in coming weeks over the 3,000-3,500 jobs potentially affected.

Airbus will produce 17 more of the planes including 14 for Emirates and 3 for Japanese airline ANA.

As part of the restructuring, Emirates placed a new order for 40 A330-900neo jets an

d 30 A350-900 aircraft, partially restoring a purchase of A350 aircraft which it cancelled in

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Chinese researchers in Antarctica arrive at Zhongshan Station after

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.

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