Last fall, the school de上海龙凤1314女神会所 ial garden to Zha

ang near the sp上海龙凤1314女神会所 ot where she went missing on June 9, 2017, just two months after she a

rrived in the United States from China. A stone was placed there, engraved with Zhang’s name in both English and Chinese.

For nearly two years, defense lawyers have been preparing their case for Brendt Christensen, a former University of Illi

nois doctoral student who is charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing the 26-year-old scholar from China.

On Wednesday, in the federal courtroom of the central Illinois city of Peoria, a 90-minute drive from the cam

pus, in front of Zhang’s family members, friends, reporters-and 12 jurors-it took defense atto

rney George Tesseff less than one minute to stun the courtroom by saying Christensen had indeed killed Zhang.

However, the defense entered a plea of not guilty.

The surprise admission was part of the defense attorney’s strategy to focu

s on why his client’s life should be spared when the trial resumes on Monday.

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Sun was joined o上海龙凤1314女神会所expedition by other

 two female Chi上海龙凤1314女神会所nese climbers: Ma Liyamu from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and Tsang Yin Hung from Hong Kong.

For Ma and Tsang, it was their second ascent to the summit of Mount Qomolangma, as Ma had reached th

e top of the mountain in 2016, and Tsang conquered it in 2017. But for Sun, this was her first such experience.

“What surprised me when I reached the top was the shadow of Mount Qom

olangma on other mountains. It was simply magnificent and stunning and it was a heavenly experience,” she shared.

Growing up, Sun didn’t have any aspirati

ons to climb Mount Qomolangma, but she loved drawing, especially nature and mountain scenes.

Having worked as a designer, she had some mountaineering exp

erience after climbing Mount Manaslu in September last year. Before she came into contact w

ith Ma, it was not in her mind to form an all-female, all-Chinese team to summit the mountain.

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Lightest panda born is in stable condition

The world’s lightest giant panda has been born in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

According to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a fema

le cub about the weight of an average chicken egg was born in the base on Tuesday.

Chengda, an eight-year-old female panda, gave birth to two female cubs that day.

“At 2:41 pm, Chengda gave birth to a female cub that weighed 171.9 gram

s. At 6:08 pm, it gave birth to the other female cub that weighed 42.8 grams, fewer than one

-quarter of the weight of its elder sister, and measuring only two-thirds as long, ” said base chief Zhang Zhihe.

Before Tuesday, the world’s lightest panda cub was Wuyi, a male pa

nda weighing 51 grams when it was born on Aug 7, 2006, in the Chengdu base.

Thanks to milk from two female pandas, Wuyi, whose name means 51 in Chinese, gained weight and by October he was as heavy as his peers.

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“I think there are advantages and opportunities on b

oth sides if we can get people to sit down and really look at how do we put these pieces together,” Holden said.

He listed infrastructure, energy, education and business-to-business relationships as potential areas of coope

ration between China and the US, and he suggested such cooperation could start from subnational bilateral exchanges.

“It’s so important to be working at the state and local level. Because in that fashion, by buildin

g these relationships now, hopefully we get a more stable relationship nationally going forward,” said H

olden.hina’s relevant government department decided to open an investigation into US shipping company Fed

Ex, for suspected infringement of Chinese customers’ legitimate rights and relevant laws and regulations.

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The legacy plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Win

ter Games was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the

venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.

“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonde

rful legacy story,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.

Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while

planning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.

To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic market

ing partners and four second-tier sponsors, while the Games’ licensing program, whic

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Firefighter and ambulances have arrived at the scene for

It was reported that the fire could be caused by lightening strike.

Moscow’s transport prosecution office is investigating into the incident and it will check i

f there were violations of the flight safety legislation, according to Sputnik news agency.

Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connectio

ns with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teach

ing English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left

her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships.

Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy

in the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she sha

red her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.

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Cooperation is the best choice for China and the US,” Ga

 said. “This is not only beneficial to the two countries and their peoples, but also conducive to the entire world.”

The words came as the US Department of Commerce reported that the US trade deficit with China narrowed by 6.4 perce

nt to $34.5 billion in January. US goods exports to China dropped 22.3 percent to $7.1 billion, the lowest since Sep

tember 2010, and Chinese imports dropped 9.6 percent to $41.6 billion, the Commerce Department said.

The trade imbalance has been at the center of monthslong tensions between China and the US. Other iss

ues at the top of the list for their consultations include technology transfers and protection of intellectual property rights.

Gao said guaranteeing that companies can pursue technical cooperation based on voluntary principles and business rules is cond

ucive to creating a fair and competitive business environment and promoting high-quality economic development.

“It is in line with China’s need to further deepen reform and opening up,” he said.

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ao poses with a dog at her brick-and-mortar store in Chen

Zeng Niaoniao, a qipao designer in the post-95s generation, started her business when she was a sophomore in 2015, and now runs stores both online and off.

Last year, the turnover from her online store reached 12 million yuan ($1.78 million)

The 24-year-old designer has a track record on improving qipao, displaying her work at the 2018 Shan

g Fashion Week and attracting Chinese pop idol Yang Chaoyue to wear her design for an advertising photoshoot.

Zeng said her wish was to see people wearing her designs to stroll around town, and sh

e wanted to bring more improveqipao with new designs to young Chinese girls.

May’s offer to quit fails to break Britain’s Brexit stalemate

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce de

al on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.

May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passe

d by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.

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But by allowing Tsai Ing-wen, the island’s “pro-independe

ence” leader, to stop over in Hawaii on her way back to the island after an eight-day tour of thr

ee Pacific island nations this week, Washington is breaching all established protocols and violating the 1979

Joint Communiqué. Beijing lodged “stern representations” with Washington on Thursday against Tsai’s transit in Hawaii.

“We have consistently and resolutely opposed the United States or other countries which

have diplomatic relations with China arranging this kind of transit,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ge

ng Shuang said in Beijing. Beijing has urged Washington not to send “Taiwan independence forces any wrong signal”, Geng said.

The method behind fluctuating policy of US

When the US intends to maintain good relations with the mainland, it significantly reduces the

use of or even refrains from mentioning the Taiwan Relations Act. But when Washington wants to put pressure on Beijing to fina

lize a deal or sign a trade agreement in its favor, it promptly resorts to using the Act. At times, even the island’s a

uthorities stir up trouble, prompting the US to use the Act to try and browbeat or incite the mainland.

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talian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he may sig

  a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the

y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.

  Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi

nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.

  ”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa

ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.

  Regarding skepticism about the BRI, Wang said practice will prove that the initia

tive will have positive effects on countries’ economic development and bilateral cooperation.

  He added that the infrastructure investment of Chinese companies in Europe is purely business practice and will ab

ide by market rules and business principles on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and transparency.

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