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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.”
future for mankind in his speech at the headquarters of the United
ations in September 2015, and in his report for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Par
ty of China in October 2017, Xi has pledged on different occasions to build a peaceful, safe, prosperous, open, inc
lusive, clean and beautiful world to let the sunshine of a community of shared future for mankind illuminate the world.
The world, which is going through a phase of adjustment that fea
tures huge development and fundamental changes, faces great and unfamiliar turbulent situ
ations — the overall trends of peace and development are irreversible, while instabilit
y and uncertainty are prominent. Some problems and challenges are unprecedented, and the int
ernational community faces crucial choices concerning the future of the world and the fate of humanity.
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.
the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r
ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in
the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.
In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o
f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.
One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa
cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh
ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen
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.
head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. So far, 22 European countries have signed memorandums of understanding with Chi
na to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, with Italy and Luxembourg the most recent examples, he said.
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International
Relations, said that Li’s European trip is to further enhance high-level exchanges and political trust between
China and the EU, following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy, Monaco and France last month.
Both sides support the multilateral trading system and face challenges posed by risin
g protectionism and unilateralism to economic globalization and multilateralism, Chen said. On the global geopoliti
cal stage, China is developing at a very fast pace with an enormous economic scale, Chen said.
“As a huge market, China has reiterated its opening-up (policy) to the ou
tside world, including to European countries. Therefore, both sides should strengthen cooper
ation and exchanges in areas such as trade, investment and the Belt and Road Initiative,” she said.