Scientists discovered the possible presence of krill bree

ding grounds around Peter I Island in the Amundsen Sea area. The distribution of phytoplankton in the eastern Amundsen Sea a

rea was preliminarily proved through the first application of a trace metal sampling method developed by China.

At Changcheng station, scientists conducted ecological environment monitoring, glacier

monitoring and regular meteorological observation projects. Seismic stations there have bee

n upgraded, and a radar sea-level observation system has been constructed, the administration said.

Nearly 200 kilograms of samples of soil, water, animal and plant spec

imens and other materials, were collected at Changcheng station. Scientists also estab

lished the country’s first polar region sodium fluorescence laser Doppler radar room at Zhongshan sta

tion. During its trial run, about 51 hours of valid data and 2.5 GB of original data were collected.

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China hopes that the Ethiopia side can find out the cause of

f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.

The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop

ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.

One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business

travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus

iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid

ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern

ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav

e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

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Green Book’ wins on Oscar night marked by inclusiveness

  ”Green Book” won best picture at the Oscars, marking the final twist on a night of historic firsts, filled with suspense until the final prize.

  Despite controversies surrounding the film, and many outspoken critics, the per

iod drama about race relations in the 1960s felt like a more conventional best-picture choi

ce than its two top rivals, both of which had to overcome key hurdles: “Black Panther” represented the fi

rst superhero movie to earn such recognition, while “Roma” not only would have been the first foreign-lan

guage winner, but was likely hobbled by those who still see its distributor, Netflix, as an upstart in the movie world.

  The Oscars compensated for a host-free ceremony with a nigh

t of breakthroughs, moving briskly through the categories in a concerted effort to sh

orten the run time, amid a night marked by greater inclusiveness and that spread the wealth among the nominees.

  Award voters extended honors to a number of blockbusters, including “Black Panther,” which

earned several technical awards; and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biography of Queen and the band’s fron

tman, Freddie Mercury, earned four Oscars — the most of any film — including Rami Malek’s first for the central role.

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In recent years, Japan and North Korea have interact

mainly on the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals, and over Pyongyang conduc

ting nuclear and missiles tests which have Japan within their range. Whenever tensions soared on the Korean P

eninsula, Japan took a hard-line stance toward North Korea and proposed to enhance sanctions.

If Washington-Pyongyang ties improve, Tokyo may rethink its policy toward North Korea, participate in

efforts with other East Asian countries to push for peace on the Peninsula and ease geopolitical strains.

After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo has been marginalized over the Korean Peninsula.

Furthermore, on the abductions issue and North Korea’s nuclear issue, Japan’s right to speak is waning.

If the US’ basic request on North Korea is met, Japan may seek to normalize relations w

ith North Korea. Furthermore, Tokyo may help Pyongyang’s economy later by offering fin

ancial aid and investment. With these moves, Japan may intend to increase its influence on the Peninsula.

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Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties

Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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chin, who are here for a new round of China-US high-level econ

hina would like to address the problems of economic and trade frictions with the United States in a co

operative way to promote the conclusion of a deal accepted by both sides, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mn

uchin in Beijing. The meeting came after the conclusion of two days of high-level economic and trade consultations.

Xi added that certain principles are necessary for cooperation.

Chinese and US consultation teams made important progress for the current stage, a

nd the two negotiating teams will meet again in Washington next week for fur

ther discussions, Xi said. He added that the both nations should make more efforts for a win-win deal.

The two countries’ economic and trade teams have had frequent and helpful consultatio

ns since December, Xi said. He has emphasized many times that cooperation is the best choice for China and the US.

Cooperation will bring benefits to the two countries while conflicts will injure both sides, he added.

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