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them for the past 20-odd years,” she said.Currently, the zoo is busy preparing for the pandas’
travel back to China and trying its best to make them feel comfortable during the trip, Thomas added.
Many zoo visitors lined up to say goodbye to the pandas, and wrote down their best wishes on cards
and posted them on a friendship wall set up in front of the panda exhibition halls.
The farewell celebration will run through April 27.
The San Diego Zoo is globally recognized and a San Diego ic
on by hosting more than 4 million guests each year.
Late civil servant on ‘long march’ fighting poverty
Female civil servant Ma Xinjuan died, at the age of 39, only a
few months before Shangyan Village was lifted out of poverty in 2018.
“She was like the peach blossoms,” said Ma Caiqin, a villager of Shangyan. Peach blossoms are common during spring scene
ry at this once impoverished village in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
But when Ma Xinjuan, former Party secretary of Huangh
ua Township, first came to the village, she received antipathy from some villagers.
growth－and with good reason. China sustained an average annual growth rate of 10 percent from 1980 to 2011, unprece
dented for a large economy. Since 2012, however, the annual growth has slowed down with the Government Wor
k Report presented recently by Premier Li Keqiang setting a growth target of 6-6.5 percent for 2019.
For China doubters, this is a “gotcha” moment. After all, the premier’s grow
th target implies a 40 percent deceleration from the “miracle” trend. This seems to vin
dicate warnings of the dreaded “middle-income trap”－the tendency of fast-growing developing economies to re
vert to a much weaker growth trajectory just when they get their first whiff of prosperity.
The early work on this phenomenon was precise in terms of what to expect: as per capita inco
me moved into the $16,000-$17,000 range (in dollars at purchasing power parity in 2005), a sust
ained growth deceleration of around 2.5 percentage points can be expected. With China having hit that income thr
eshold in 2017, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, its post-2011 slowdown looks all the more ominous.
Xiang Zuofu, a professor of wildlife conservation at Central South University of Forestr
y and Technology in Hunan province and one of the leading authors of the study, said the phenomenon called allom
aternal nursing is not unusual among mammals including humans, but it’s the first evidence in an Old World monkey.
“Without the nanny, the golden snub-nosed monkeys might have become extinct,” Xia
ng said in an interview on Friday. “Golden monkeys are conceived every two years and they bear only one bab
y a time. If there is no allomaternal nursing, the survival rate of their infants would only be 20 to 30 percent.”
However, the rate may soar to over 50 percent under natural conditions when offspring also are nursed by other female monkeys, he said.
Golden snub-nosed monkeys live in high-elevation temperate forests in Hubei, Sichuan, Shaanxi an
d Gansu provinces. The cold, five-month-long winters, with nighttime temperatures easily dropping belo
w freezing, pose great challenges for them in raising infants, as do strong seasonal changes in the availability of food.
“This positive momentum needs to be kept up,” he said.
Schmidt, the Chilean ambassador, said China has made extraordinary progress in its fight a
gainst pollution, and he is “very enthusiastic about the next measures that Chinese authorities may announce” during the upcoming two sessions.
Environmental issues continue to be a major concern for Diego Guelar, Argentine ambas
sador to China, who has observed the two sessions every year since he assumed the post in 2016.
“It is a major issue for all the people who live in China,” he said, noting that living in a better en
vironment is part of the dream of Chinese people as well as others around the world.
Guelar is glad to see that China is working both at home and abroad to promote environmental protection.
“I’m waiting for the two sessions, and I want to see how the princip
le of the pursuit of happiness, or the Chinese dream, is going to be discussed,” he added.