Military aircraft exhibition opens in Xi’an display at the

Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country’s leading aircraft manufacturer, on Sunday launched an ex

hibition park in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.The park is located in an aviation industry compound in Xi’a

n’s northeastern suburb and showcases 16 aircraft used in flight testing.The exhibits represent prototypes of the Chinese military’s major aircraft down

through the years, including the CJ-6 basic trainer, J-7 fighter jet, KJ-2000 early-warning and control plane, as well

as the Z-10 attack helicopter.A J-8II fighter jet is on display at the exhibition park that opened to the public on Sunday in X

i’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. Photo by Zhao Lei/chinadaily.com.cnThese aircraft contri

buted significantly to China’s aviation industry and flight test endeavors, and highlight the growth of the co

untry’s aviation sector, according to an Aviation Industry Corp of China statement.In addition to the aircraft, the par

k also features relief sculptures depicting the histories of Chinese planes’test flights.

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The panda house at the Copenhagen Zoo, designed by

 Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, is inspired by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The facility allows the male and fe

male pandas to live apart most of the year, yet in proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat.

Copenhagen Zoo CEO Jorgen Nielsen hailed the impending

arrival of the two pandas as one of the biggest events in the zoo’s 160-year history.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jin

ping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 inter

national organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27.

Under the initiative’s five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, finan

cial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation const

ruction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results.

Here are some of the amazing projects achieved worldwide under the initiative.

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Crude steel production capacity in Hebei, Tianjin to be

Crude steel production capacity in Hebei province and Tianjin will be capped at 200 million metric tons

and 15 million tons by 2020, as part of China’s efforts to optimize the iron and steel industry, a senior government official said.

“There is too much capacity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and

the surrounding areas, as well as the Yangtze River Delta region,” said Lyu Guixin, an ins

pector with the raw material department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

“The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region takes up only 2.2 percent of

China’s territory, but accounts for 25 percent of the nation’s crude steel output.”

Although official figures from the Chinese authorities are not av

ailable, Zeng Jiesheng, chief analyst with steel e-commerce platform Ouyeel.com, told Chi

nese media earlier that the iron and steel capacity of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region stood at about 280 million tons.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students fr

om countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nati

onal center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been cul

tivated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s cen

ters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at the R

esearch Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

“We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing areas overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planni

ng for future development,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

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A total of 36 IC-related companies received funding, up

percent from the first half of 2018, and three of them each obtained more than $100 million in investment. Cloud computi

ng, artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality also were hot spots that lured investment during the period,” Ni said.

Ni added although the technology industry is rapidly expanding under favorable polic

es, internet and mobile internet are still the attractive sectors in the TMT industry. Internet finance, ian

ternet-based education, fragmented entertainment and content sharing were hotly pursued by investors.

“The setup of the science and technology innovation board will improv

e the inclusiveness of the domestic capital market towards emerging enterprises, and o

pen a new financing and exit channel. The board offers a new platform for high-tech emerging enterprises, and tech

nology companies are expected to kick off a new wave of IPOs,” Janson Yang, PwC China assurance partner, said.

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The SEC sought to remove Musk as CEO of Tesla last year

  after he tweeted in August that he had secured funding to take the company private. It was eventually revealed that while

he’d spoken with investors, he hadn’t secured anything. The SEC said the tweet was “false and misleading.”

  The settlement allowed Musk to stay on as CEO, but he had to give up his role as chair

man of Tesla. He and Tesla were fined a total of $40 million, which Musk paid himself.

  The US District Court for Southern New York, which approved

the original settlement in October, will decide whether Musk’s February 19 tweet viol

ated the deal.While you were living your life on December 18th, 2018, a giant space rock exploded 16 miles above the Ea

rth’s surface, giving off 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima. No big deal.

  The event is properly called a “fireball,” NASA’s term for “exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area.”

  With an impact energy of 173 kilotons, December’s fireball was the second-most powerful to enter Earth’s atmosp

here in 30 years. You may recall the first — it was that huge, blinding fireball that rocked parts of Russia in 2013.

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minutes that explain the Trump presidency, a bad defeat

  For President Donald Trump, a bad defeat is simply a spark for a future fight.

  The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiation of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.

  ”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tri

ed, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.

  Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political care

ers: The irrepressible energy of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.

  But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingne

ss to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign lead

ers sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.

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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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Venezuelan troops defect at the border with Colombia

  Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.

  The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colom

bia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia’s immigration officials.

  Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela’s National Guard

fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ur

eña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.

  Workers faced off with the soldiers, chanting, “We want to work!” before being disperse

d by the tear gas. Men with shirts covering their faces started throwing rocks toward the guard.

  US argues momentum for change in Venezuela is growing despite border violence

  These tense scenes played out Saturday, a day after violence broke out at a Venezuelan town near the border wit

h Brazil over aid delivery, leaving two people dead and 17 others injured, local authorities said.

  Tensions are running high at Venezuela’s borders amid opposition plans to usher aid into the country this weekend

in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes. Maduro called on Venezuelans to “mobilize” Saturday. “Let’s

all take to the streets to defend our independence with conscience and joy,” Maduro said on his official Twitter account.

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Moreover, the West likes to attack China by using Chinese

dissidents and their families. Western countries believe that they can easily dig up stories about those people and they can be easily manipulat

ed as well. However, what happened with Angela Gui has sent a clear message that there is always the risk of it backfiring. Those peopl

e are fully aware of being used by some Western interests, which results in a strong sense of insecurity and suspicion. Some of them are also selfish. A f

ew years ago, a Chinese dissident well-known in the West left China for the US and later embarrassed his American patrons.

Furthermore, nowadays Western public opinion is increasingly radical and populist, which has made it difficult for some countrie

s to adopt a realistic approach and repair relations with China after disputes. Some prominent for

eigners who have a comprehensive understanding of China are facing an increasing risk of acting differently from t

he radical sentiment. Recently, John McCallum, Canadian ambassador to China, was criticized and finally lost his po

sition, due to his attempt to ease the China-Canada relationship regarding the incident of Meng Wanzhou.

Last but not least, the incident has primarily embarrassed the Swedish Foreign Ministry m

ore than causing trouble to China. Some Western media claim that Anna Lindstedt’s behavior pr

oves China exercises significant influence on ambassadors of Western countries to China. Such a comment is hi

ghly unprofessional and makes no sense except to show they do not know what they are talking about. Am

bassadors are usually among those in their own country who hope at the utmost to maintain sound relations with th

e country to which they are posted. Generally, they are supposed to play a dovish role, not a hawkish one. Some We

stern media authors need to learn basic ABC knowledge of diplomacy. (The author is a commentator with the Global Times)

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