Paris fire sends alarm on relics protectionhedral in Pa

An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa

ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh

ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.

“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi

nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.

“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.

The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.

On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On

Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.

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The European leaders said they are glad to see a greater

 development in China, and the EU welcomes China’s willingness to share its development opportunities.

Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in European countries, said the European leaders, adding that they will not adopt restrictive measures against specific com

panies, and are willing to provide a fair, open and transparent business environment for all foreign enterprises.

During the visit, Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife, also attended a number of events aimed at deepeni

ng cultural and educational exchanges between China and the European nations.

As a special envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advanceme

nt of girls’ and women’s education, Peng was invited to visit the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris.

Wang said Peng’s visit highlighted China’s image of a hardworking, responsible maj

or country that actively participates in international education, gender equality and other affairs.

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China offers tax relief to overseas talent working in Greater

  Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and

Hong Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will g

et subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.

  The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.

  The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdo

ng — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.

  It said the move aimed to encourage the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Consisting of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and the nine cities in

Guangdong, the area covers 56,000 square km. It had a combined population of about 70 million at the end of 2017.

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Is the United States about to lose control of its secretive

  The secretive Diego Garcia military base may be 1,000 miles from the nearest continent, but it has all the trappings of a modern American town.

  The troops here can dine on burgers at Jake’s Place, enjoy a nine-hole golf course, go bow

ling or sink a cold beer at one of several bars. The local command has nicknamed the base the “Footprint of Freedom.”

  But while cars here drive on the right side of the road, this is not

American soil: It is, in fact, a remote remnant of the British Empire.

  That is because in 1965, in the middle of the Cold War, the Unite

d States signed a controversial, secret agreement with the British government to lease one of the

60 or so Indian Ocean atolls that make up the Chagos Islands to construct a military base.

  That deal was secret because the UK was in the process of dec

olonizing Mauritius, of which the Chagos archipelago was a dependency.

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Thailand’s political changes mirror those of Southeast Asiawhich

 is a region in transition. Since the beginning of the 21st century, thi

s region has come across political struggle between new capitalistic groups and old b

ureaucratic factions, as well as political turmoil as a result of the huge gap between the rich and poor.

Indonesia is also going to hold a presidential election in April. These upcoming electi

ons have sent a clear signal that Southeast Asian countries long for political stability and development.

The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exc

eptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.

As for China-Thailand relations, historically, no matter which

government came to power after several coups, the direction of bilateral ties has never chang

ed. The cooperation between China and Thailand has become the common  aspiration  of the  two peoples and is in their mutual interest.

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sq m, Tiantongyuan includes five major communities with

subdistricts that were built in 2000. In the first three years of the century, the population quickly rose to more than 100,000.

The family of Beijing native Du Bo moved to Tiantongyuan in 2005 because at 5,600 yuan per sq m the area was still relatively cheap.

“Our old home in Haidian district was scheduled for urgent demolition, so we had to find another place to live,” the 26-year-old said.

Though the family would have preferred an apartment in the downtown, Du’s parents could not afford

to move to such an expensive area. The urgency of the situation meant the family of four, which included his grandfather, had no alt

ernative but to move to the 120-sq-m, three-bedroom apartment in Tiantongyuan.

“Dirty” and “chaotic” were Du’s first impressions of the neighborhood. Unlicensed traders bloc

ked the roads, meaning people could not park their cars, and feral cats and dogs often ap

peared on the streets. As a result, some people simply bought apartments to rent to tenants.

Du said he has heard that in a building near his tower block, one bedroom can accommodate eight people. “It’s like a dormitory at college,” he said.

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S.Korean president to consult with Trump on 2nd DPRK

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th

e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.

Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d

iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.

Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.

The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon

th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.

Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy

ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.

The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a

greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi

ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl

osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.

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hina’s online payment platforms achieve record ‘red envelo

Digital transferring platforms run by China’s leading internet companies weathered mounting pressure from online transactions during the Chinese New Year c

elebrations with peak transfers reaching as high as 44,000 deals per second, domestic media reported on Tuesday.

As of late Monday, “red envelopes” worth 3.5 billion yuan was transacted through social media payment systems, according to Chinese media reports.

Sending “red envelops” stuffed with money through online payment tools to relative

s, co-workers and friends has become a new defining item for billions of Chinese during the Spring Festival.

The record occurred three seconds past midnight – the New Year’s Eve leading up to the Year

of Pig, Nets Union Clearing Corporation (NUCC) said, according to a report by chinanews.com on Tuesday.

The NUCC was founded by 45 shareholders, including 38 payment institutions, to en

sure  effective regulation and transaction security. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, is the largest shareholder.

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he national top 10 ranking GDP ranking released

  As local economic data released in succession 2018, pointed pyramid city in China economic aggregate ranking have been settled.

  For figure data figure, xinhua news agency

  On January 28, the chengdu city bureau of statistics, the national bureau of statistics s

urvey team relevant controller introduces, in chengdu, NBS survey office in sichuan province auth

orized by sichuan province bureau of statistics, in 2018, the chengdu regional GDP totaled 1.534277 trillion yuan, calc

ulated at comparable prices (the same below), an increase of 8.0% over the previous year.

  First comb recently the government work report to all major cities of finance and econ

omics and statistics data, sort out the national economic aggregate ranked top 10 cities, followed by Sh

anghai, Beijing, shenzhen, guangzhou, chengdu, wuhan, chongqing, tianjin, suzhou and hangzhou.

  Although the rankings in 2018 and 2017 ranking has not changed, but there are

some significant features: one is Beijing GDP reached 3 trillion;The second is one of the top five in the Asian cit

ies of shenzhen;Three is a leading Midwest urban growth;Fourth, tianjin and chongqing’s growth fell back.

  In 2018, the Beijing municipal regional GDP totaled 3.032 trillion yuan, an incre

ase of 6.6% over the previous year.Shanghai’s GDP in 2018 completed 3.267987 trillion yuan, an increase of 6.

6% over the previous year.Beijing nipping at Shanghai pace topped 3 trillion yuan, 3 trillion yuan city club.

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Dali “the wu is empty, eight quit” blows with people

Beijing, Jan. 28 (Reuters) Recently, according to the Dali in yunnan province public security bureau official weibo, a “M

onkey King” and “eight quit” blows with others video cause attention, Dali police said on the release announcement tod

ay, Dali city “article” the door to play “Monkey King” and “pig eight quit” actor to take picture with two tourists because of

charging problems blows, the police give four administrative detention punishment.

Announcement, said on January 26, 2019, 19 when 50, zhang true, Yang copp

er (both for yuncheng county of shandong province) at the gate of the Dali cit

y “article” play “Monkey King” pig eight quit “, tourists with Yang yu, luo photo (both for binchuan county of yu

nnan province) for charging problems involved in a dispute.Paid leave, Yang yu, luo met returned to the scene, zhang rea

lly kicking, hence fistfight, then be advised from the masses.Both sides did not report to the police.

Notice, points out that the public security organs after found that Internet users to upload video, investigate im

mediately.The Dali public security bureau of investigation quickly, according to the law of the People’s Re

public of China on public security administration punishment law article 43 of the related regulations, give zhang is on

the fifth day of the administrative detention punishment;Give Yang copper administrative detention 7 concurrently im

pose a fine of five hundred yuan of punishment;Give luo, 10 administrative detention and fined five hundred yuan puni

shment (for sixteen years of age in accordance with the law shall not perform administrative detention);Give Ya

g yu concurrently impose a fine of five hundred yuan of 12 administrative detention punishment.

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