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lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US
as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.
“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.
ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.
He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca
demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.
“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip
ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F
orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.
them for the past 20-odd years,” she said.Currently, the zoo is busy preparing for the pandas’
travel back to China and trying its best to make them feel comfortable during the trip, Thomas added.
Many zoo visitors lined up to say goodbye to the pandas, and wrote down their best wishes on cards
and posted them on a friendship wall set up in front of the panda exhibition halls.
The farewell celebration will run through April 27.
The San Diego Zoo is globally recognized and a San Diego ic
on by hosting more than 4 million guests each year.
Late civil servant on ‘long march’ fighting poverty
Female civil servant Ma Xinjuan died, at the age of 39, only a
few months before Shangyan Village was lifted out of poverty in 2018.
“She was like the peach blossoms,” said Ma Caiqin, a villager of Shangyan. Peach blossoms are common during spring scene
ry at this once impoverished village in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
But when Ma Xinjuan, former Party secretary of Huangh
ua Township, first came to the village, she received antipathy from some villagers.