Kim Jong-un supervises test of new tactical guided weapon

Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) supervised the

test-fire of a new tactical guided weapon, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

Kim “supervised and guided a test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon cond

ucted by the Academy of Defense Science on Wednesday,” the KCNA reported.

The design indexes of the weapon, with advantages of “the p

eculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead,” were “perfectly verified at the test-fire con

ducted in various modes of firing at different targets,” the report said, giving no details of the weapon.

“Tactical” implies a short distance weapon instead of a long-range ballistic missile in military battles.

According to the report, Kim described the development as “an event of v

ery weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army,” sayi

ng that the scientists and workers have done a great work in increasing the country’s capabilities of

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The World Economic Outlook noted that Chinese autho

orities have responded to the slowdown in 2018 by limiting the e

xtent of financial regulatory tightening, injecting liquidity through cu

ts in the reserve requirement ratio, and reducing personal income taxes and corporate value-added taxes.

The overall outlook for emerging Asian economies rem

ains favorable, with China’s growth projected to slow gradually towa

rd sustainable levels. It predicts the country’s growth will moderate to 6.1 percent in 2020.

“China’s growth is set to stabilize,” said Cheng Shi, chief economist at ICBC International.

“As China increased its growth stabilization policy efforts, its economy has shown sig

ns of stability in the first quarter and may further consolidate in the second,” Cheng told China Daily.

China’s business activity revived and beat market expectations

in March, with the manufacturing purchasing managers index return-ing into expansion territory aft

er three months of contraction, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

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We are very proud to have the opportunity to be with

 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.

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The 142-km Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, connec

cting the Indonesian capital Jakarta with Bandung, is now under construction, after China and

Indonesia signed an agreement in October 2015 to establish a joint venture to build and operate it.

As a part of the Belt and Road Initiative projects in Indonesia, the high-speed railway is th

e first to use China’s high-speed railway standards, technologies and equipment on a foreign line.

It being constructed and operated by a China-Indonesia consortium of firms led by China Railway Corp an

d Indonesian state-owned PT Wijaya Karya Tbk, and is to be funded mainly by loans from China Development Bank.

The high-speed rail, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will have a maximum design speed

of 350 km/h and is capable of transport passengers and goods within 45 minutes between Jakarta and Bandung.

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There has always been a fixation on Chinese economic grow

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.

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Shennongjia is home to many rare animals including gol

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.

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France pays high attention to the Belt and Road Initiative

regards China as an important strategic cooperation partner, and appreciates China’s im

portant role in and contribution to climate change and other international affairs, Macron said.

The French president pledged to further strengthen strategic communication and collaboration

with China, and bring into full play the leading role of the France-China comprehensive strategic part

nership, so as to jointly safeguard multilateralism and promote world peace and prosperity.

France is the last leg of Xi’s three-nation Europe tour that has taken him to Italy and Monaco.

his year marks the 40th anniversary of the Joint Communiqué on the Estab

lishment of Diplomatic Relations signed by Beijing and Washington that acknowledges t

here is only one China and Taiwan is part of China. It is also the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act the US Congress passed to permit u

nofficial relations with Taipei to continue and the US to sell arms and military equipment to the island.

For 40 years, US administrations have frequently used the Act as a political card to influence Sino-US ties and interfere in China’s internal aff

airs, as well as to provide “spiritual” support for the island authorities that seek “security” guarantees from the US.

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Before it, the biggest solid-fuel civilian rocket in China

was the Long March 11, with a length of 20.8 m, a diameter of 2 m and a liftoff weight of 58 tons.

Information previously published by CASIC said the rocket that will fly first is to carry six satellites.

While preparation for the Kuaizhou 11 mission is underway, designers at the Wuhan academy have begun to develop two n

ew solid-propellant rockets of bigger size and carrying capacity-Kuaizhou 16 and 21-said Hu, the rocket designer.

The Kuaizhou 16 will have a diameter of 3.5 meters and be able to place a 4-ton payload in low-Ear

th orbit. The Kuaizhou 21 will be bigger-with a diameter of 4.5 meters-and will also be mightier, able to se

nd a 20-ton spacecraft to low-Earth orbit, power similar to the United States’ Falcon 9 Full Thrust, Hu said.

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At a royal foundation event in February 2018, Harry and William

  suggested that if there were any disagreements, they were between the brothers, and not the wives.

  The royal press pack has pushed back against accusations that they are b

iased against Meghan. They say they are just doing their job, covering the news witho

ut prejudice, and they claim they do far more positive stories about Meghan than negative ones. But online trolls have exp

loited the “othering” of Meghan on online news sites and gossip pages and reports of a feud between her and Kate

.Hope Not Hate researcher Patrik Hermansson said he was surprised to see discussions about Meghan, which he des

cribed as “pure conspiracy theories,” suggesting she isn’t really pregnant but is wearing a fake baby bump.

  ”The way I understand that … it’s an attempt to distrust and make her seem unreliable and distrustful,” he said.

  Meghan and Harry’s forthcoming child will be the first known mixed-race baby in the roy

al family’s thousand-year history. Adegoke, the author, said speculation is rife about his or her likely appearance.

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Schmidt, the Chilean ambassador, said China has made

“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.

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