It was reported that the fire could be caused by lightening strike.
Moscow’s transport prosecution office is investigating into the incident and it will check i
f there were violations of the flight safety legislation, according to Sputnik news agency.
Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connectio
ns with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teach
ing English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left
her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships.
Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy
in the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she sha
red her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.
Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t
he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.
“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit
ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr
astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.
British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro
vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.
“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many
of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun
tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.
President Xi Jinping underlined on Monday the need to shore up areas of weakness and carry out more targeted pove
rty alleviation efforts in building the country into a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chair
man of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while presiding over the fourth meeting of t
he Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs. Xi is head of the committee.
The meeting stressed the importance of achieving targets for poverty alleviation across the boar
d and focusing efforts on areas of extreme poverty, according to a statement released after the meeting.
It is important to tackle the remaining difficulties faced by people still confronting hard
ships in terms of their access to education, medical care, quality housing and safe drinking water after ens
uring that their basic needs for food and clothing have been met, the statement said.
It added that solving prominent environmental pollution probl
ems must be prioritized to ensure periodical targets can be achieved before 2020.
question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe
ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.
In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i
nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was
hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.
Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot
herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year
would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.
But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max
imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin
g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.
China and the European Union have committed to achieving major progress this year in negotiations for a high-level bilateral in
vestment agreement with a view to concluding the ambitious accord next year, according to a joint statement.
The two sides pledged to widen market access, eliminate discriminatory requireme
nts for foreign investors and establish a balanced investment protection framework, according to a joint statem
ent issued after the China-EU leaders’ meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and Eur
opean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker co-chaired the annual meeting and reach
ed consensus on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, global challenges and governance.
They committed to building an economic relationship based on openness, nondiscrim
ination and fair competition, ensuring a level playing field, transparency and mutual benefit, the statement added.
Two-way trade between the EU and China reached more than $682 billion last year. The E
U is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner.
Zeng Niaoniao, a qipao designer in the post-95s generation, started her business when she was a sophomore in 2015, and now runs stores both online and off.
Last year, the turnover from her online store reached 12 million yuan ($1.78 million)
The 24-year-old designer has a track record on improving qipao, displaying her work at the 2018 Shan
g Fashion Week and attracting Chinese pop idol Yang Chaoyue to wear her design for an advertising photoshoot.
Zeng said her wish was to see people wearing her designs to stroll around town, and sh
e wanted to bring more improved qipao with new designs to young Chinese girls.
May’s offer to quit fails to break Britain’s Brexit stalemate
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce de
al on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.
May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passe
d by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.
a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the
y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.
Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi
nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.
”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa
ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.
Regarding skepticism about the BRI, Wang said practice will prove that the initia
tive will have positive effects on countries’ economic development and bilateral cooperation.
He added that the infrastructure investment of Chinese companies in Europe is purely business practice and will ab
ide by market rules and business principles on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and transparency.
in the field of quantum information science, China should initiate the building o
f a national laboratory as soon as possible to maintain its competitiveness, according to a top scientist.
Pan Jianwei, a quantum information specialist from the Universi
ty of Science and Technology of China, made the remark during a news conference at the seco
nd session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee on Sunday.
The European Union, the United States and Britain have all launched strategic planning f
or quantum information science development, said Pan, a member of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.
“International competition is fierce,” Pan said, and he urged rapid
construction of a national lab in China to conduct research and development in the field.
hina’s credit growth surged unexpectedly to a record pace in January, strengthening production in the real econo
my and easing overall downward pressure, People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said on Friday.
Bank lending in domestic currency increased by 3.23 trillion yuan ($476.8 billion) last month, the fastest single-month growth
since the figure was first tracked in 1992. It increased by 2.9 trillion yuan in January 2018, the bank said.
Total social financing, a broader measure comprising all money the real economy receives from the fi
nancial sector, including off-balance-sheet financing activities, rose by 4.64 trillion yuan in Ja
nuary, which was also the fastest monthly growth ever, according to the central bank.
The month’s rapid credit growth was a result of a series of precauti
onary measures to ease the negative effects of slowing domestic demand and external h
eadwinds, according to Sun Guofeng, head of the bank’s monetary policy department, at a news conference.
Americans are expected to spend 14.8 billion US dollars as they watch the New England Pa
triots take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday, a survey showed.
According to the latest annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and
Prosper Insights & Analytics, about 182.5 million American adults plan to watch this year’s National Footb
all League (NFL) championship game, and each of them is expected to spend 81.3 dollars on average.
The biggest spenders will be those who are between 35 and 44 years old, as they are willing to spend an average of 123.26 dollars, the survey showed.
Viewers in the northeastern part of the country plan to spend the most, at an avera
ge 94.89 dollars, followed by the western part at 84.01 dollars, said the survey.
According to the survey, about 61 million people who plan to watch the game will attend a par