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True, China still lags behind science and technology powerh

ouses in terms of investment in basic research due to several factors. But that should not prevent Chinese researchers from wo

rking to achieve breakthroughs that could change the world.

With further economic development and strengthened emphasis

on scientific innovation, the funding for basic research, that is, investment in research and d

evelopment, will undoubtedly rise. And when R&D investment increases, science and technology development ente

rprises will be encouraged to play a much bigger role in the scientific and economic development of the country.

Chen Zhi, director of the Institute of Science and Techno

logy for Industrial Development of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development

The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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hina takes four synchro golds in FINA Diving World Series

BEIJING – China dominated the first day of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series 2019 as the host dive

rs took four synchro titles on offer with Olympic champion Cao Yuan becoming the double winner here on Thursday.

Cao/Chen Aisen topped the men’s 10m synchro platform as they scored 494.55, beating Aleksandr

Bondar/Viktor Minibaev of Russia (425.67) and Domonic Bedggood/Declan Stacey of Au

stralia (411.00). Thomas Daley/Matthew Lee of Britain finished fourth 400.86.

Cao, two-time Olympic champion in 10m platform synchro 2012 and 3m springboard 2016, continued his streak in the

dual-track as he finished with two synchro titles from the platf

orm and springboard and a silver medal from the 3m individual springboard.

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The effort is company-wide and will be unrolled in the ne

  About half of US teens use the social media site, and the number of American users 65 and olde

r has doubled to 41% since 2012, according to Hootsuite, a social media management platform.

  The Explore and hashtag pages of Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, also will not show or rec

ommend content that contains anti-vaccination messages, Bickert said, explaining the details with a simple example.

  If verified vaccine hoaxes — identified by World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Preve

ntion — appear on Facebook, the company will take action, she said: “For example, if a group or Page admin posts this

vaccine misinformation, we will exclude the entire group or Page from recommendations, reduce these groups an

d Pages’ distribution in News Feed and Search, and reject ads with this misinformation.”

  A page labeled “Your ad preferences” reveals how the social media site catego

rizes the interests of each user, a recent Pew Research Center survey noted. However, most survey

participants (74%) reported not knowing that a list of their traits and interests existed within the company’s data. And on

ce directed to their “ad preferences” page, half said they are not comfortable with the company creating such a list.

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On Sunday, Bouteflika’s campaign manager said if re-elect

  ed, the president would orchestrate a national conference to pave

a way for debate over amending the constitution and deciding a time for early elections.

  However, the regime’s talk of compromise did little to placate voter frustrations and was met with ridicule, says St

ephen McInerney, executive director for the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy.

  Algerian lawyers protest on February 25, holding up placards with slogans in Arabic that read: “The lawyers are with the people.”

  For many Algerians, he says, the suggestion of early elections was simply a play for time by the country’s ruling pa

rty, the National Liberation Front, which appears to have been unable to choose a successor to Bouteflika.

  ”They tried to buy themselves more time, but on the other hand, the

y’ve had quite a bit of time and they’ve known this election was on the calendar,” McInerney adds.

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Premier Li also reported that enhanced efforts will be ma

 to reduce pollution from industrial production, coal used as fuel, and motor vehicles, which are the t

hree major sources of pollution. In addition, more will be done to reduce pollution by up

grading heating and switching from coal to clean energy in industrial northern China.

As for the still challenging problem of water pollution, according to the GWR, China pl

ans to achieve a 2 percent decrease in both chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen emi

ssions this year as the government strengthens its efforts to curb water and soil pollution.

America’s master of malapropisms, Yogi Berra, once said that “You can observe a lot by wat

ching”. We can see with our own eyes how much progress has begun to be made in Beijing and other cities reg

arding pollution but this is merely a good beginning of a very long struggle that will be measured in decades, not ye

ars. As I write this I can clearly see the mountains that ring Beijing from my window. Once a rare occurrence, I now see

them often. It’s not scientific but it’s my personal way of knowing that the government’s war on pollution is having the

desired effect and it’s heartening to know that much more is being done in what is, in essence, a war on pollution.

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The duel will serve to unite the Republican Party in Washing

  gton behind the President — amid some signs of cracks opening in the GOP edifice in the Senate, at least, over his national emergency declaration.

  It will be a rallying moment that will enrage and enthuse Trump‘s base ahead of the 2020 cam

paign. That may mean he can avoid risky strategies, such as the disastrous government shutdown, to keep his troops motivated.

  Republicans are already working off the Trump playbook, which is designed to present him as the victim of unfair presidential persecution by Democrats.

  ”He just believes they are out to take a wrecking ball to his life,” Republican Sen. Lind

sey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday after meeting the President. “They’ll go nuts.”

  Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas warned that the Democratic investiga

tion was less about finding the truth and more about ousting a President.

  ”It’s all about setting up the stage for impeachment proceedings. That’s pretty clear,” Cornyn told CNN’s Manu Raju.

  Republicans make such arguments in the knowledge that the nation, despite Trump’s unpopularity and w

idespread suspicions about his conduct, is not yet ready for the trauma of the third impeachment drama in 50 years.

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The development comes on the heels of Thursday’s New York Time

  that President Trump ordered Kelly to grant Kushner a top secret security clearance despite con

cerns raised by intelligence officials. The President has denied he had any role in Kushner receiving a clearance.

  New York Times: Trump demanded Kushner get top-secret security clearance

  The latest revelation also contradicts Ivanka Trump’s denial to ABC News three weeks ag

o, when she said her father had “no involvement” regarding her or Kushner’s clearances.

  Several sources told CNN it is feasible that she was unaware of the red flags raised during h

er background check process, as well as the President’s involvement in it. According to a source fam

iliar with her process, she “did not seek, nor have, outside counsel involved in her process as no issues were ever rais

ed.” A separate person added that she was notified by career officials that her clearance had been granted.

  Kushner’s clearance was downgraded in February 2018 after Kel

ly stipulated new changes to the security clearance system because a senior West Wing staff

er with a temporary clearance was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife. Aides who previously operated on “top

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Beyond Parallel reported there has been “activity” at a verti

  ical engine test pad and a launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure. It concluded that the activity was “deliberate and purposeful.”

  The CIA declined to comment on the photographs.

  South Korean lawmaker Lee Hye-hoon told CNN Wednesday that the country’s Nationa

l Intelligence Service (NIS) revealed in a briefing that there has been restoration activity at Tongchang-ri.

  Tongchang-ri activity

  Though the satellite images provide useful information, analysts and experts caution

against reading too much into them without sufficient intelligence to complement.

  ”If North Korea does something they want us to know, they would say it. They haven’t said

anything,” said Joseph Yun, the State Department’s former special representative for North Korea policy.

  ”We don‘t know enough to say one way or the other. My own guess is it’s too early to think that this is a response to happen in Hanoi,” Yun said.

  Joel Wit, a former State Department diplomat and founder of 38 North, said on Twitter that the movement at Ton

gchang-ri did not provide any evidence that North Korea was preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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ad of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of Chin

The two sides of the Taiwan Straits must and will be reunified, Liu J

ieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.

Over the years, exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits ha

ve become more extensive and the bonds of affection between the two sides hav

e deepened, he said.Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Com

mittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, is interviewed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2019.

“Our compatriots in Taiwan now better understand that only when the cross-Straits relat

ions become better, will they have a better future,” he said, adding that “We are increasingly capable of pr

omoting the peaceful reunification of the country and bringing benefits to compatriots on both sides.”

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You put the wrong people in a couple of positions and

  they leave people for a long time that shouldn’t be there, and all of a sudden, they’re trying to take you out with bullshit, OK,” he added.

  The President lambasted Mueller as an unelected prosecutor running unchecked a

nd accused the special counsel’s team of investigators of being stacked against him.

  ”Robert Mueller never received a vote and neither did the person t

hat appointed him,” Trump said in an apparent reference to Deputy Attorney Gene

ral Rod Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump and named Mueller as special counsel in May 2017.

  ”Robert Mueller put 13 of the angriest Democrats in the history of our country on the commission,” Tru

mp said, adding, “One of them was involved with the Hillary Clinton Foundation, running it. Another one has perhaps the worst re

putation of any human being I’ve ever seen — all killers. In fact, it would have been actually better for them if they put hal

f and half and Mueller can do whatever he wants anyway, which he’ll probably do.”

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