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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PICC president Liu Hong under investigationhou, Guangdong prov

Liu Hong, Party secretary and president of the People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC), is being investigated for suspected v

iolations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to an announcement of the top anti-graft agency on Friday.

He is being investigated by the discipline inspection and supervision team of the China Cent

ral Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, according to the announcement.

Liu, 56, was appointed Party secretary, director and president of the PICC since October

A total of 1,883 private equity and venture capital deals were compl

eted in China’s telecommunications, media and technology industry in the second half of last

year, accounting for 46 percent of total PE/VC investment, a record number since 2016, according to a PwC report.

The report showed that 1,290 PE/VC deals were clinched in the third quarter of 2018, while in th

e fourth quarter, the number of PE/VC deals in TMT sectors dipped to below 600, as overall PE/VC investments plunged.

In the second half of 2018, there were 54 large-size deals with a single deal value over $100 million, and these large-size deals

had a total value of $21.3 billion, making up 76 percent of the total in TMT sectors in the second half.

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Theresa May asks EU for Brexit delayIn his press conference, Don

the President of the European Council, made it clear that the EU would only

approve a delay to the Brexit process if the House of Commons approves the Withdra

wal Agreement signed by Theresa May last year. That suggests a third “meaningful vote” must be held in Parliament next week.

another vote. Earlier this week he ruled that the government could not hold repeated votes on the same issue without substantive changes.

The government will hope that Tusk’s statement will be sufficient to satisfy Bercow’s demand.

After that, there’s the question of persuading MPs to support the deal.

Theresa May lost her first meaningful vote by a historic margin of 230 in January, and lost her second last week by 149.

May faces an uphill challenge to pass the deal a third time – 75 MPs will have to change their mind

s. The Prime Minister will hope that the looming and clear threat of no deal will force opposition MPs to support her deal.

The trouble is, there’s a small group of hardcore Brexit-supporting MPs o

n her own side who would be happy to see the UK crash out without a deal – a clean bre

ak from the EU with no complications. Quite how she persuades them to get onside is unclear.

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Illegal projects have been gradually eliminated to protec

  natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.

  Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab

out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.

  China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa

id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua

rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.

  Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction

s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.

  China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli

on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.

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Tucker Carlson defiant against outrage over audio clips: ‘We w

  ucker Carlson portrayed himself as the victim of a “mob” on Monday night. And he said Fox News has his back.

  ”We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what,” he said.

  At the exact same time, on MSNBC, the progressive group Media Matters for America

shared even more examples of offensive remarks made by Carlson on a shock jock radio show.

  The “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” audio clips are from 2006 to 2011. Media Matt

ers is circulating them now as part of a pressure campaign against Fox’s advertisers.

  Without naming the anti-Fox group, Carlson said on Monday nig

ht that “they’ve been working hard to kill this show” ever since it premiered in 2016.

  When Carlson handed off to Sean Hannity, the two men complained about the scrutiny.

  ”There is a mob that wants to destroy only Fox,” Hannity said.

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China has been pulling off a delicate diplomatic balanc

  ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.

  In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.

  The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov

ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.

  Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.

  But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri

me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.

  ”The common interests of China and India far outweigh

their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.

  The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f

riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin

ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.

  Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and

2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.

  It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the

large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.

  But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela

tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.

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Kim, Trump end 2nd summit without deal in Hanoi, Vietnam

A gap remained between what the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) wanted and what the United States wanted, US President Donald Trump said

at a press conference on Thursday, explaining the no-deal end to his second summit with the DPRK’s top leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump and Kim started the two-day summit Wednesday night with a brief one-on-one chat and a dinner and continu

ed their discussions the following day on concrete ways for peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders were originally scheduled to share events — a working lunch and a sig

ning ceremony for a possible joint statement — at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, but the

events were cancelled with no agreement reached, according to the White House.

After coming back to the J. W. Marriot Hotel, Trump told the press conference that Kim had a c

ertain vision which was not exactly the same as his, though their visions got “much closer” than they were a year ago.

“We have to walk… There is a gap,” Trump said.

There are no comments available from the DPRK for now.

Beijing said on Thursday it hopes dialogue between Pyongyang and Wash

ington will continue after the two sides failed to reach an agreement at their summit in Vietnam.

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Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashes near Houston airport

NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto

n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.

Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si

te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.

The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh

en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add

ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.

The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.

Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.

“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all

we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.

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Jonathan Choi Koon-shum, chairman of the Chinese Gener

Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, said he believes the blueprint will demonstrate ho

w to achieve mutual development without vicious competition among the participating cities.

He also noted that Hong Kong enjoys an advantage in attracting international talent and providing world-class pro

fessional services. That’s what Hong Kong can contribute to the development of the Greater Bay Area, Choi remarked.

Choi’s chamber is one of the leading business chambers in H

ong Kong, with nearly 6,000 members from business and trade circles.

Zhang Mingjie, a professor at the Division of Life Science at the Hong Kong U

niversity of Science and Technology, expressed high expectations for the out

line, saying it would open the door to brighter prospects for Hong Kong’s scientific and technological development.

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The dining hall of Zhejiang University sets up a school Su

  At 12:15 noon, Chen Weijia, a 2018 life science major from Zhejiang Univer

sity, rushed to the corridor of the East Second Teaching Building of Zijingang Campus. The students who received the meals had lined up in four lon

g lines. A few minutes later, Chen Weijia swiped his card and got a lunch box with two ingredients. College students who get meals are scattered and some

find good seats in the rest area. Where they can’t find a place, they just sit down in any corner of the corridor or on the steps and eat quickly.

  These meals were packed and delivered by the school canteen staff. They have a powerful name – “Xueba meal”.

  ”There are many people in the canteen and the road is far away. Choos

ing to eat”Xueba Dinner”can save time and go back to the classroom early to study.” Chen Weijia said.

  Every day, Zhejiang University canteen can sell about 1000 boxed meals. Students crouching on the roadside for lunch

have become a sight in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. Some college students in Zhejiang Province said

, “In Zhejiang University, learning hegemony is a kind of belief. Haven’t eaten Xueba meal, they are ashamed to say that they are adults of Zhejiang.

  It is common for college students to eat on the roadside in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. All the pictures in this paper are from Qianjiang Evening News.

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