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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”