China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuc

More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniv

ersary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.

Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destroyers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, sh

owing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.

Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy has been active in provi

ding security products for the international community since its founding, Qiu said.

The navy has paid over 100 visits to 94 countries and 138 ports, and has held more

than 60 joint military drills with foreign navies over the 70 years, according to Qiu.

Since 2008, the navy has sent 32 escort fleets, 103 vessels, 69 helicopters and more than 27,000 offic

ers and soldiers to escort over 6,600 vessels, more than a half of which were foreign merchant ships, he added.

Since 2010, the naval hospital ship Peace Ark has traveled to 43 countr

ies and regions and provided free medical services to over 230,000 people, Qiu said.

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Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiw

wan Affairs Office, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise aimed to protect national sover

eignty and territorial integrity, as well as protect the common interests of people from both sides of the straits.

Taiwan’s administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, used the drill as an opport

unity to “deceive and mislead the residents of Taiwan and to provoke and escalate a cross-Straits confrontation,” Ma said.

“Its goal of undermining cross-Straits relations and the peace and security of the region will not succeed,” Ma said. “Nobo

dy should underestimate our adamant resolve and ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

On Tuesday, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said she will not be intimidated by the military d

rill, calling the exercise “a threat to Taiwan” and an act of “coercion”, the island’s media reported.

Tsai also thanked the United States for considering a deal with Taiwan to renew a $500

million training program in the US for Taiwan F-16 pilots and maintenance crews.

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While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the

officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put thems

elves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe,” Walker said.

The police said the incident was not related with terrorism.

According to media Sky News, police opened fire on a vehicle outside the Ukrainian emb

assy after the driver deliberately rammed into the official car of the country’s ambassador to Britain.

“The ambassador, Natalia Galibarenko, was not at the embassy at the time and no other staff were injured,” said the report of Sky News.

The 16th Chinese Bridge, an annual Chinese proficiency contest for school kids, college

students and adult learners of Chinese, was held at the University of Latvia Friday and Saturday.

This year’s competition, themed One World, One Family, gathered 64 contestants

in total in Latvia, including 14 in the adult group, 24 in the high school group and 24 in the primary school group.

The contestants were required to demonstrate their Chinese language skills by introducing themselves and m

aking speeches on various topics in Chinese, participate in a quiz on Chinese culture and perform in a talent show.

Each division, namely college students, high school students and

primary school students, has three groups of senior, intermediate and junior.

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If Britain receives competing extradition requests, law

yers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considera

tions would usually include which request came first, and which alleged crime was more serious.

Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jere

my Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the US After Assange’s arrest, he prai

sed Assange for exposing US atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some Conservative Party members are also backing the move. Prom

inent lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office mini

ster, said the “minimizing of the issues in relation to sexual assault are really quite disturbing.”

He said the testimony of the women who have been involv

ed makes it “essential” that Assange face justice to either be cleared or convicted.

Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated.

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But she insisted Britain could still secure a deal and leav

e before Britons would have to vote in a May 23-26 election to the European Parliament — a condit

ion for the country to remain a member of the bloc beyond June 1 under the EU’s accord.

Many leaders had wanted a much longer extension, to the end of the year or even next March, but French President Emma

nuel Macron mounted stiff resistance throughout the evening, eventually forcing the compromise.

Macron questioned May’s ability to persuade parliament to her treaty, EU officials sa

id, and said that a tighter deadline would focus British minds. Others argued that an even longer exten

sion could spook May’s pro-Brexit critics into backing her deal for fear Brexit might stall.

Leaving at midnight on Oct 31 — Halloween, as social media commentators wer

e quick to note — would correspond with the end of the mandate of the present EU executive Commission.

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Small train supplies water to mountain for 44 years

 For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl

e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.

For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province

have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.

The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m

ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.

Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line

still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.

Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e

ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.

“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz

ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.

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Flight systems, however, typically are built with a

 backup system so there can be no single point of failure. Since the crashes of Max jets in Indonesi

a in October and Ethiopia last month, Boeing has modified design of the anti-stall device to include two sensors on all aircraft.

The FAA allows airlines to make minor modifications in previously certified

aircraft to meet their operational needs, a rule Boeing followed in building the 737 Max for

foreign carriers. Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Lion Air — involved in fatal crashes five months apart — repo

rtedly declined to buy two add-on safety devices that might have helped the pilots keep the doomed planes in the sky.

Neither airline purchased the “angle of attack” system display for readi

ngs of two sensors rather than one and a “disagree light” to be activated if the sensors prod

uce conflicting readings. The Lion Air crash in October killed 189 passengers and crew.

Airlines around the world, including China and the US, have flown the 737 Max, introduced in 2018, without incident.

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The telescope can observe about 4,000 celestial bodies

 at one time, and can also help calculate the age of more than a million stars.

According to Zhao Yongheng, a researcher from the National Astronomical Ob

servatories of China, LAMOST’s latest spectra data is the world’s most complete astronomical data set,

providing a reference for the formation and evolution of the Milky Way as well as other galaxies.

More than 100 institutes and universities from the US, Germ

any, Belgium, Denmark and other countries and regions around the world are using this dat

a to carry out research on the evolution of the Milky Way, stellar physics and special celestial bodies.

With LAMOST, Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium

-rich giant star ever known, as well as more than 10,000 metal-poor star candidates, wh

ich may help shed light on the early universe and the emergence of the first stars and galaxies.

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The Congress members have also demanded that the US adm

inistration put into practice the Taiwan Travel Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, both passed last year, to fulfill its promise to the Tsai authorities. In their

letter to US President Donald Trump, some Congress members have said the Taiwan Relations Act will help mai

ntain peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and suppress Beijing’s so-called aggression.

Moreover, to seek the US’ protection and contain Beijing, the Tsai authorities have been hyping up

the island’s strategic value for Washington. But the fact is, the empty promises given by the Congress me

mbers cannot guarantee any safety to the Tsai authorities and, instead, could put them in danger.

Ahead of the 2020 elections on the island, some US Congress members are incitin

g the Tsai authorities to provoke disputes with the mainland by supporting those seeking “Taiwan ind

ependence”. But since any attempt to split Taiwan from the motherland would lead to a conflict, it will be in the interest of neith

er side of the Straits nor the US. Worse, such a conflict would destroy peace and stability in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

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More Myanmar parents are willing to send their children

the school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.

The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in improv

ing school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. The sch

ool has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the insp

ection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.

Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous Chin

ese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.

At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so

ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”

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