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On Saturday, a new item was added to China’s draft civil law, which put

s all medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos under stricter re

gulation. Two experts shared their views with China Daily’s Zhang Zhouxiang:

One major change this time is that embryos are clearly included in the draft regulation. Actually,

gene-editing of embryos deserves more attention than gene-editing of adults or children.

First, gene-editing of embryos might more easily get out of control an

d pose more risks to the society. The safety of gene-e

diting for embryos remains unknown and the availability limit of the technology needs to be confirmed.

The birth of the twin gene-edited babies in November 2018 sounded an alarming bell to all. If the embr

yos with edited genes are born, how should we protect their rights as citizens? Will they suffer fro

m discrimination? Who will be responsible if the gene-editing causes health problems?

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Lu made the remarks in response to recent media repo

 reports that India decided not to send a delegation to the second Belt and Road Forum for Internati

onal Cooperation later this month in Beijing. The reports said the initiative undermines the South Asia

n nation’s sovereignty via the BRI-related China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Lu said that, “If this decision about whether to participate in building the Belt and Road

was possibly made through a misunderstanding”, China firmly and sincerely advances the constr

uction of the Belt and Road on the basis of consultation and contribution for shared benefits.

He added that the initiative is open to all parties that are inter

ested in and willing to join in win-win cooperation.

It will not exclude any party, he said, adding that China is willin

g to wait if relevant parties need more time to consider their participation.

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In Yangcao Village, Ma pushed for the establishment of a

 poverty-reduction workshop, where over 40 women from poor families found jobs. They draw on their fine craftsmanship and hand

made items such as wallets, insoles and pillowcases, which sell at places as far away as Beijing and Shanghai.

In December 2018, Shangyan and Yangcao were removed from the list of poverty-strike

n villages with eight other villages of Huanghua Township, which means poverty had dropped to 3 percent and

below, with all impoverished population included in the national basic medical insurance scheme.

Ma died about a year after she was diagnosed with lymph cancer by a Beijing-based hospital in May 2017.

Even during chemotherapy, she often thought about poverty relief work, and after five months treatment, she returned to her office.

The mountainous Guyuan City, where Huanghua Township is located, is one of the sites whe

re the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army of the Communist Party of China arrived during the epic Long

March from 1934 to 1936, which had seen a large number of officers and soldiers killed or injured.

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According to the official plan, Xiongan will be develope

ed into a high-level modern socialist city and a front-runner of high-quality developm

ent by 2035, and become an important nexus in the world-class city cluster by the middle of this century.

In January, Xi visited the exhibition center for the planning of Xiongan and stressed ag

ain that the creation of the new area is “a strategy that will have lasting

importance for the millennium to come”.

“We welcome all companies, whether they are State-owned enterprises or

private comp

anies, local firms or companies from Beijing, Chinese enterprises or overseas-funded com

panies, as long as they conform to the industrial development plan of the new

area,” Xi said during the inspection to

ur.Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even

though lawmakers voted to reject it for

a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union.

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The revelation that an extra pilot saved the plane the day

before the crash has never been reported before, according to Bloomberg.

Aviation analyst and editor in chief of Airlineratings.com, Geoffrey Thomas, said it was not unusual for off-duty pilots, known as dead heads, to fly in the cockpit of planes.

“It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back t

o Jakarta — so as long as he is authorized to do so — then it’s absolutely fine,” he said.

However, the presence of the third pilot in the cockpit did not appear in the National Tra

nsportation Safety Committee’s (KNKT) November preliminary report into the crash.

Thomas said this fact should have been reported “as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance,” he said.

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

CNN contacted Lion Air Group Captain Daniel Putut for comment and he directed questions to the KNKT.

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There was a brief lull in the negative coverage after Prince

  Harry instructed his spokesperson to issue a statement in November 2016 before the couple married, calling out “the racial

undertones of comment pieces and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

  Yomi Adegoke, author of Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, said Meghan was very much a departure from what most people associate with the British royal family.

  ”She’s foreign, not just by being American, but she’s got black heritage, she’s a divorcee,” Adegoke said.

  ”She’s just a very different type of person and somebody that I don’t think your average British member of the public t

hinks of when they think of the word duchess or royal family at all.”Much of the trolling exploits the cla

ims of a rift between Meghan and her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Where Kate is lauded by the media for expo

sing her shoulder in a dress, Meghan is accused by the tabloids of breaking royal protocol for doing similar.

  When Meghan wears dark nail polish, the “vulgar fashion move” is criticized for breaki

ng royal protocol “again.” Meanwhile, Kate is said to opt for “subtle” shades more in keeping with the Queen’s preferences.

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The Long March 11 will fulfill four missions this year

including the nation’s first sea-based launch, which will take place in the

Yellow Sea, according to plans of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

Jin Xin, deputy project manager of Long March 11, said a sea-based mission would have a lower risk of

creating problems for populated areas or airliners than land-based launches, and also have great

er flexibility in the launch site and lower costs for satellites orbiting above regions near the equator.A cancer patient wit

h HIV may have been cleared of the virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, thought to be th

e second such case after a bone marrow transplant, according to research published in the journal Nature on Tuesday.

The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, stopped taking antiretroviral drugs 16 mont

hs after the transplant, and the virus has not been detected during an additional 18 months, according to the study.

In the research, led by Ravindra Gupta, an infectious diseases physician at the Universit

y of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the patient received bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare

genetic mutation known as “CCR5 delta 32”, which produces immunity to HIV infection, according to Nature.

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driven breakthroughs. Although among the two, the Huawei

Mate X is more practical than Galaxy Fold because the latter is folded inward to lower the risk of br

eaking apart while falling down, which is not so useful when breaking-glass insurance is popular.

More importantly, the “new” foldable smartphones are hardly of any pr

actical use. Of course, one can easily double the display of the foldable smartphone by un

folding it so it has the size of an iPad, but that’s all. In plain words, the foldable display enables users to combine a tablet an

d a smartphone into one. There might be more uses in the future, but at least not for now.

When touchable displays for smartphones was invented, they did not get popularized until certain apps that suit

ed touchable displays only, such as Fruit Ninjia, gained popularity. Now foldable smartphones faces a similar pr

oblem. Only when apps that suit the foldable smartphones are developed will the phones be truly accepted by the market.

Wu Shuyuan, a senior analyst at Sigmaintell, a company specialized in display analysis

Samsung Fold and Huawei Mate X are both foldable smartphones, but they differ greatly in terms of des

ign. The former is folded inward while the latter is folded outward, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

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The last time Japanese leaders visited Pyongyang was

during the administration of then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. As then deputy chief cabinet secretary, Abe was also

part of the visiting delegation. Currently, the domestic politics in Japan is stable. Abe is set to remain in office u

ntil 2021. Abe’s diplomacy with Russia has been criticized at home as fawning toward Moscow. Abe would not risk visiting North Korea if Pyongyang does n

ot make obvious concessions. Japan’s strategic changes toward North Korea should come about gradually.

However, Abe and Kim may meet in a third state, which is friendly with both countries, such as Mon

golia. Their diplomats, special envoys may meet first, laying the ground for both leaders’ face-t

o-face talks. However, a meeting between Abe and Kim may unlikely happen in 2019.

In January, Thubten Gyatso from Moding village in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan Pr

ovince, went to Hainan Province for the first time in his life, where he attended an awards ceremony for rural teachers.

Together with 100 other teachers from China’s rural areas and 20 head

masters of rural schools, Thubten Gyatso received an award for what he has done for stud

ents from Moding village, located in a mountainous area 2,600 meters above sea level between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.

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World leaders send greetingsscination with the zodiac sign

World leaders send greetings
By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2019-02-09 04:28

A child’s fascination with the zodiac sign for the new lunar year is captured in a photograph in Hong Kong on Thursday. Perform

ers put on lion dances and set off fireworks in San Francisco on Tuesday to celebrate Chinese New Year. [Ph

oto/Xinhua]
Contributions of Chinese, hope for coming year noted

World leaders sent Lunar New Year’s greetings as Chinese people around the globe cel

ebrated their most important holiday season of the year — Spring Festival.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev extended his greetings to the Chin

ese people on Thursday, the third day of the Chinese New Year.

“We are glad that today we have the opportunity to meet and convey our warmest words and wishes to the Chinese peop

e,” Medvedev said to a gathering at the Chinese embassy in Moscow. “We are hopeful that in the new year, we will contin

ue our effective contact to develop our strategic partnership and interaction that has distinguished our countries in recent years.”

Medvedev said his visit to the embassy “also has a symbolic meaning”, given this year’s 70th

anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China diplomatic relations.

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