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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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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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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North Korea has yet to issue any direct public statement on

  the decision to withdraw. Chad O’Carroll, an analyst and chief executive of the K

orea Risk Group, said the move was to be expected following the failure of the Hanoi summit.

  ”North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Lias

on Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent no-shows there,” he said on Twitter.

  He added that the move was designed to send a message that from

Pyongyang’s perspective “Seoul has insufficient influence” over the US-North Korea rela

tionship and that intra-Korean talks are increasingly pointless, “when sanctions prevent practical cooperation.”

  Following the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, the US and South Korea canceled major war ga

mes that have long been a source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to “support diplomatic efforts” with Pyongyang.

  Speaking on Thursday, Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was “absolutely confide

nt” that smaller exercises held in place of the traditional war games enabled the US and South Korean forces to “maintain readiness.”

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There were 215 million single people in China at the

end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac

cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year

since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.

Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles

seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.

Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an

d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.

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But the US would also like an agreement from Kim that

he will agree to dismantle the DPRK’s enrichment facilities and access for internat

ional experts to verify the dismantling of a rocket launch site and a nuclear testing site.

Of course, the process to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free could be a long drawn ou

t process given that the US and the DPRK are yet to fully agree on what “complete denuclearization” me

ns, which makes it difficult for them to agree on how to turn that vision into reality.

And while Washington has been seeking “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearization before it lifts its san

ctions on the DPRK, Pyongyang has insisted on a process carried out “stage-by-stage” in a “simultaneous way”.

Despite all this, the peace process must never be allowed to stall o

r be reversed. Peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is the common aspiration of all pe

ace-loving people, and conforms to the interests of all the parties concerned, including China, which has played an in

dispensable role in maintaining the momentum of engagement between Pyongyang and Washington.

Kim and Trump are on the right track toward realizi

ng the goal of a denuclearized peninsula. The end of the nearly 70-year hostility between the two cou

ntries, if realized with a peace deal, would in itself be no small feat, and it will def

initely pave the way for more concrete actions taken by the two sides to rid the peninsula of the threat of nuclear war.

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Beyond “Black Panther,” Marvel’s highlights included “Spider

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph

Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al

ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th

eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.

  ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as

well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si

nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.

  In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr

esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a

surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.

  Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive

n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la

ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

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