Its partial loss is a terrible blow to a proud country

 and to the world more widely,” said Macfarlane, the King’s College historian.

A woman identified only as Marie, who has lived in Paris for 20 years, said: “This is a monument b

uilding that belongs to the story of Paris, to the story of France. … Notre Dame is our story, our culture, our spirit.”

An experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists on improving monkeys’ cognitive function has been

found to follow international animal rights standards, according to the Chinese research institute.

The study implanted 11 rhesus macaque monkeys with copies of the human MCP

H1 gene, which scientists believe is crucial for humans’ brain development and evolution.

The project is led by researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Acade

my of Sciences, who are working with researchers from the University of North Carolina.

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Kim Jong-un says 3rd summit with Trump possible

PYONGYANG – Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Repub

lic of Korea (DPRK), said he is willing to meet the US president again on certain cond

itions, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday.

Kim made the remarks in his policy speech marking the First Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) on Frid

ay, a day after he was re-elected as chairman of the DPRK’s State Affairs Commission (SAC).

“If the United States adopts a correct posture and comes to the third DPRK-US summit with a certain methodology that can be shar

ed with us, we can think of holding one more (round of) talks,” Kim said. “It is necessary for both sides not to table t

heir unilateral demands but find out a constructive solution to meet each other’s interests.”

The top leader said he will “wait for a bold decision” from Trump “with patience till the end of this year.”

In his speech, Kim blamed the United States for only considering

its own interests during the second DPRK-US Summit in Vietnam’s Hanoi this Febru

ary. This has led the DPRK to question Trump’s willingness to improve relations with the DPRK.

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He called on both countries to fully carry out consen

nsuses that have been reached to make new progr

ess in their all-around partnership of friendship and cooperation.

China is willing to import more high-value-added Belgian produ

cts that cater to demand in the Chinese market, and Bel

gium is welcome to participate in the second China International Import Expo this year, Li said.

In the meantime, the world’s second-largest economy will work with Belgium to fully implement t

heir memorandum of understanding for third-party market cooperation to enhance their cooperation in Africa, the premier added.

Michel said Belgium has attached great importance to its relations with China and will d

eepen bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture and shipbuilding. He said he hoped the Ch

ina-EU leaders’ meeting would be successful, safeguard multilateralism and promote trade.

In October, Li visited Belgium while attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.

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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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The tax rate on No 2 taxable items, including some

sporting goods, textiles, electronic appliances and bicycles, will be lowered to 20 percent from the previous 25 percent, it said.

The move was aimed at expanding imports and boosting domestic consumpti

on, with tax rates lowered for many daily consumer goods, the commission said.

 Chinese singer Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision of promoting health among young

people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization (WHO).

At the Asia and Pacific session of the ongoing UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, Yi said that to bu

ild a healthier society, “we need to start with our own personal action, make healthy choices” and “we can make an effort to reach

out to those who need support, including children and teenagers.”Chinese singer Yi Yang

qianxi (front), who is a World Health Organization (WHO) China special envoy for health, attends the Asia and Pacific session

of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, at the UN headquarters in New York, April 8, 2019. Yi Yangqianxi on Monday shared his vision

of promoting health among young people, citing his experiences working with the World Health Organization

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Former Chongqing court official killedestigated by

Tan Zhihua, former vice-president of the No 2 Intermediate Peopl

e’s Court in Chongqing, was killed during an alleged burglary, ThePaper.cn reported on Sunday.

The Shanghai-based website said the news was from an authorized source, but it did not disclose it.

The case is being investigated by local police, it said.

Tan, 55, a Chongqing native, was removed from his court post in December 2016.

CHENGDU — A forest fire that killed 27 firefighters and three locals in southwest China’s Sich

uan province a week ago started to burn again Saturday afternoon, local authorities said Sunday.

Around 5 pm on Saturday, the fire was found to have started in the northeastern part of the fo

rest, according to the sources with Muli County, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture.

So far, 350 firefighters are battling the fire and other 440 locals from neighboring towns have rushed to the site.

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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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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

  Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

  The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c

ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

  More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc

h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri

d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea

ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

  Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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Wang hailed Italian government’s forethought and pragmatis

gmatism over its decision of endorsing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying Xi and Mattarella agreed

that China and Italy, which are at the two ends of the ancient Silk Road, are natural partners in constructing the Belt and Road.

Conte, according to Wang, said the BRI will bring great opportunities to Italy. He also agre

ed to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing next month.

France is one of the earliest European countries that have expressed the willingness to take pa

rt in the BRI cooperation. During Xi’s visit to France, the two countries signed agreements on the third round of the BRI-related dem

onstration projects in third-party markets and kicked off a third-party market fund, Wang said.

At the closing session of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France, Macron

said the BRI is significant and can play an important role in world peace, stability and development, adding that the EU could align

its development strategy with the BRI in an innovative way and jointly promote Eurasian connectivity.

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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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