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Zhu also was twice denied single-entry visas to the US.
“This shows how the US is trying to block normal social exchanges bet
ween the two countries, an important channel for mutual understanding and trust,” Zhu said.
Besides scholars in social sciences, the US also began last year to make it harder for Chinese graduate students to get visas if they stud
y in “sensitive research fields”. It warned biomedical researchers at US universities to beware of “Chinese spies
trying to steal information from their laboratories”, according to The New York Times report.
Jon Taylor, a professor of political science of the University o
f St. Thomas in Houston, said the decision is “both absurd and exceedingly shortsighted”.
“These scholars and researchers are social scientists with a long history of interactin
g with their American counterparts as well policymakers in both countries,” he said.
“They are scholars teaching and researching what I teach and research. What are they going to steal?”
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he clock, a fire engine, over 160 hydrants, thousand of extinguishers, and fire walls, officials said last year.
But not all relics have such rigid supervision. A joint comprehensive survey was started in Septemb
er by the administration and the Ministry of Emergency Management. It found that 33 major institutions still don‘t meet stan
dards, and the State Council issued a notice on Wednesday that they were to receive the highest-level supervision.
On Tuesday, the administration urged local governments to immediately launch evaluations of potential hazards.
The new lawsuit against Liu Qiangdong, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD, and his compan
y filed by a University of Minnesota student might further shake investors’ confidence, and tarnish the image
and reputation of the company, amid tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo.
The Chinese student from University of Minnesota, who claimed she was raped last August by Liu, filed a c
ivil lawsuit against him in Minneapolis on Tuesday, four months after prosecutors decided not to pursue a criminal case.
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prisonment, civil assault and battery, as well as sexual assault or batter
y, seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to a report from Reuters.
The court filing said JD is “vicariously liable” for Liu’s behavior as his alleged actions happened while
he was “seemingly” at work-related activities, and the assault and battery began in the presence of two other JD employees.
“We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation, but based on the Hennepin County A
ttorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit
is without merit and will vigorously defend against it,” Liu’s attorney Jill Brisbois said in a written statement.
Peter Walsh, an attorney for JD, said in a statement while it was not prepared to com
ment at this time, the company would vigorously fight against these “meritless claims”.
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creased by 5.4 percent year-on-year, 11.9 percentage points lower than that in the first quarter 2018.
Individual income tax decreased by 29.7 percent, the largest drop among three major tax item
s. Value-added tax growth has already slowed to 10.7 percent, down from 20.1 percent a year earlier.
Local government income from land sales fell 9.5 percent in the first three months, the Ministry of Finance said.
As the central bank has taken a pause in monetary easing, fiscal policy should remain pro
active to stabilize economic growth and ensure the recent rebound is not just a seasonal fluke, said economists.
Xu Xianchun, a former deputy director at the National Bureau of Statist
ics, said that fiscal policy should be implemented “with proper intensity and at the right time”, t
o prevent large fluctuations in the investment growth rate and negative impact on economic stability.
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end manufacturing, finance, sharing economy, medical care and elderly care indust
ries,” Osuga said, adding Japan and China will push forward cooperation in more areas this year.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the dialogue on Sunday that Ch
ina hopes the two sides can make steady headway in promoting bilateral investments and trade coope
ration, and actively explore third-party market cooperation as well as local cooperation.
Osuga said the Japanese government’s position on the Belt and Road Initiative remains unchan
ged, as it expects to conduct cooperation with China in a third market, promote trade and invest
ment liberalization and facilitation and uphold a business environment of fairness, justice and non-discrimination.
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hina can lend a helping hand in the rebuilding of Paris’s Notre Dam
e Cathedral, whose spire and roof were destroyed by the huge fire that engulfed the 8
50-year-old Gothic building on Monday evening, said a historian from Cambridge University.
Alan Macfarlane, a historian and professor emeritus at King’s College, said that give
n China’s widely acknowledged engineering and construction expertise, “it would be a very appreciated gesture if the pe
ople of China offered their help in whatever way the French thought appropriate to rebuild a symbol for all of our world”.
“The Chinese have built the largest airport in the world, a far larger job than rebuilding
Notre Dame, in less than three years,” Macfarlane said. “They could be of immense help.”
President Xi Jinping sent a message of support to French President E
mmanuel Macron on Tuesday, expressing sincere condolences to all French people.
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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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and bilateral issues despite remaining difficulties in bilateral relations, he said.
The thawing of ties between China and Japan was marked by Li’s visit to the country in
May, the first by a Chinese premier in eight years, and the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China in October.
The economic dialogue between the two countries was launched in 2007,
and deteriorated relations due to disputes over a number of issues resulted in an eight-ye
ar hiatus until last April, when the two sides restarted with the fourth round of dialogue in Tokyo.
China said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is open to economic cooperation with
other countries and regions, and it does not become involved in territorial disputes of relevant parties.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing tha
t although the initiative was proposed by China, it is an international project for the public good.
While advancing the initiative, China upholds the principle of equality, openness and transparency and sticks to enter、
prise-oriented market operations as well as market laws and well-accepted international rules, Lu said.
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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
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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International Cooperation two years ago, more countries and inter
national organizations have joined in the construction of the Belt and Road.
So far, 125 countries and 29 international organiz
ations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China, according to Lu.
Among them are 16 Central and Eastern European countries and Gr
eece. Italy and Luxembourg signed cooperation agreements with China last month to join
tly build the Belt and Road. Jamaica also signed similar agreements on Thursday.
During Premier Li Keqiang’s European visit last week, both sides agreed to seek greate
r synergy between the BRI and the European Union’s strategy for connecting with Asia.
Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Comm
unist Party of China Central Committee, said last month that representatives of more than 100 coun
tries, including about 40 foreign leaders, have confirmed their attendance at the Beijing forum.