President hails Nepal’s participation in BRinping holds

China and Nepal should strengthen cooperation on infrastructure construction and continue to promote the constructi

on of the China-Nepal cross-border economic cooperation zone, President Xi Jinping said in Beijing on Monday.

Xi made the remark during his meeting with his Nepali co

unterpart, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, who is on a nine-day state visit to China.

China greatly values its ties with Nepal, and supports Nepal in mai

ntaining its national independence, state sovereignty and terr

itorial integrity as well as exploring a path of development that suits its national conditions, Xi said.

Also, China appreciates Nepal’s firm and long-standing support over issues related to C

hina’s core interests and major concerns and its active participation in jointly building th

e Belt and Road, Xi said. He added that China will continue to support Nepal’s economic and social development.

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Xi’s remarks will guide younger generations in taking his

tory as a mirror, and combining their personal ideals with the dream of national rejuvenation, Hu Xianzhong, a senior re

searcher at the China Youth and Children Research Center, said in an article published by China Youth Daily on Sunday.

Since the movement began nearly a century ago, the country’s youth

has been collectively marching with the times and the people under the leadership of the C

PC-whether in periods of revolution, construction, or in the nation’s campaign of reform and openingup, Hu said.

As the centenary of the movement draws near, a good understanding of its history will make yout

hs know more about why their futures are closely connected with the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation so that

they will find their niches and play bigger roles in the country’s socialist cause, he added.

Chen Yuhao, a postgraduate student at the U

niversity of International Business and Economics, said the spirit of patriotism, progress, democracy and s

cience is still the core value of Chinese youth, and should be upheld and carried forward in the new era.

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Lu made the remarks in response to recent media repo

 reports that India decided not to send a delegation to the second Belt and Road Forum for Internati

onal Cooperation later this month in Beijing. The reports said the initiative undermines the South Asia

n nation’s sovereignty via the BRI-related China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Lu said that, “If this decision about whether to participate in building the Belt and Road

was possibly made through a misunderstanding”, China firmly and sincerely advances the constr

uction of the Belt and Road on the basis of consultation and contribution for shared benefits.

He added that the initiative is open to all parties that are inter

ested in and willing to join in win-win cooperation.

It will not exclude any party, he said, adding that China is willin

g to wait if relevant parties need more time to consider their participation.

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Four public holidays in 2018, namely the Spring Fest

ival, Tomb-sweeping Day, May Day and Dragon Boat Festival, all saw a marked increase in the number of domestic tourists.

During the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday that ende

d on April 7, the number of domestic tourists reached 112 million, a 10.9 increase year-on-year.

Apart from sightseeing, more Chinese tourists now opt to exp

erience the cultural essence of their destinations by visiting local museums.

Over the past three years, visitors to Chinese museums have been growing by about 100 mi

llion each year, Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, told reporters earlier this year.

During the week-long Spring Festival Holiday in 2019, more than 40 percent of the 415 milli

on domestic tourists visited museums, a report from the China Tourism Academy showed.

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Once completed, Tianqin will become an important

 tool to search for and detect black holes of all sizes and wavelengths in the n

ext two decades,” Wu Qingwen, a professor at the School of Physics of Huazhong Uni

versity of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope, a global array of e

ight ground-based radio telescopes, revealed the first-ever image of a black hole.

Wu was one of the more than 200 astronomers worldwi

de involved in the EHT collaboration, which captured the first vi

sible representation of what are considered the most extreme objects in the universe.

International collaboration is vital for astronomical observations, Wu said.

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Ardern met with Premier Li Keqiang on Monday morn

ing, and the two witnessed the signing of four cooperative documents to pr

omote cooperation in tax issues, agriculture, finance and science at a signing cer

emony. A joint declaration on climate change was also released after their meeting.

Zhao Jianglin, a researcher of Asia-Pacific economic studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the visit by Ardern

will provide a timely boost to China-New Zealand relations after the dispute over the use of Chinese telecom equipment.

China has been a key trade partner with New Zealand, which could also provide important s

upport to the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s relations with countries in the South Pacific, she said.

A price cut swept China’s many sectors on Monday, as value-added tax rate reduction officially kicked in.

This year’s Government Work Report, which was released las

t month, said the rate bracket of 16 percent in manufacturing and other industries will

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The European leaders said they are glad to see a greater

 development in China, and the EU welcomes China’s willingness to share its development opportunities.

Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in European countries, said the European leaders, adding that they will not adopt restrictive measures against specific com

panies, and are willing to provide a fair, open and transparent business environment for all foreign enterprises.

During the visit, Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife, also attended a number of events aimed at deepeni

ng cultural and educational exchanges between China and the European nations.

As a special envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advanceme

nt of girls’ and women’s education, Peng was invited to visit the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris.

Wang said Peng’s visit highlighted China’s image of a hardworking, responsible maj

or country that actively participates in international education, gender equality and other affairs.

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India’s richest man put his brother out of business. Now he’s

  India’s richest man just helped his cash-strapped younger brother avoid months in prison by paying off debts worth tens of millions of dollars.

  The gesture by Mukesh Ambani to bail out his brother, Anil, is the latest twist in a sibling saga that has gripped India’s t

elecommunications industry. A price war started by Mukesh in 2016 nearly put Anil out of business a year later.

  Last month, India’s top court ordered Anil Ambani and his company, Reliance Communications, to pay a 5.5 billion rupe

es ($80 million) debt to Swedish mobile firm Ericsson (ERIC) by Wednesday or face three months in jail.

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  By Monday, the deadline was looming and the debt remained unpaid. Then Mukesh Ambani, who’s estimated to be worth more than $50 billion, stepped in.

  Reliance Communications said in a statement late Monday that it had made the paym

ent to Ericsson in full, with Anil Ambani thanking his brother and sister-in-law for their help.

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hinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolenc

to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand’s Christchurch City.

In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his ow

n name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand gov

ernment and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery.

Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arder

n, expressing grief for the victims while extending sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

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As election looms, Thais yearn for stabilityl Times Publish

Thailand’s Election Commission rejected Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya’s candidacy for next month’s general elec

tion on Monday. This is in keeping with the Thai tradition that says the monarchy must remain above politics.

This incident has added another twist to the election the run-up to which has been complicated.

In 2014, Thailand’s military seized control of the country after negotiations with rival political factions failed. Sub

sequently, then head of the army General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha took over as the Prime Minister. It is expected that the up

coming general election on March 24 would end the more than four-year-old rule of Prayuth’s junta.

However, originally scheduled for February, the election was postponed by one month due to King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation, which led to unrest.

The military government has not done much for economic development, regardless of its con

tribution to social stability. Thus, the public hopes the election be held as soon as possible so th

at the junta can hand state power back to the people and the nation’s economy can be developed.

Hence, any news of election delay unsettles Thai people. Fortunately, one month is not too long a wait.

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