Take C919, a narrow-body twinjet airliner developed by

mmercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), for example. At the earliest, COMAC will get the airworth

iness certificate for C919 in 2021. Besides, just obtaining the certificate does not reduce even a bit of the difficulty in making and delivering the aircraft.

As the history of aircraft manufacturing shows, it is almost impossible for manufacturer

s to obtain airworthiness certificate and deliver aircraft to the purchasers on time. More often than not, aerospace companies ta

ke several years more than the promised time to deliver the aircraft. For instance, both Boeing 787 Drea

mliner and Airbus 380 were delivered years behind schedule. Which means delayed delivery is a norm in the aerospace industry.

In short, it would take decades for Chinese manufacturers to mass-produce airplanes irrespective of the rise and fall of other aircraft makers.

China has made great strides in industrialization during the 40 years of reform and opening

-up, but for that it learned from developed countries’ experiences and put its own experiences to good

use. The complete system of research, development, safety, production, supply chain and service that took Boein

g and Airbus decades to establish should be what Chinese aircraft manufacturers should strive for. With continuo

us efforts, C919 could earn its place in the civil aviation industry-perhaps 10, even 20, years later.

 

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Detailed analysis of the fragment indicated that the

 bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea

d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.

This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye

r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.

In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.

hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine

ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.

Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa

ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi

ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.

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Mattarella said that Italy supports the Belt and Road Initiati

 that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.

The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad

mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.

Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with

challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.

China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,

reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.

A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec

onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man

ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.

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More than half of children do not get enough sleep: Report

  More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.

  The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho

urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.

  The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch

ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

  Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th

e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi

ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.

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Barack Obama: “We grieve with you and the Muslim community”

  At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

  The victims: Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.

  The suspect: Police said a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.

  The manifesto: In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a l

ink to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.

  National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the

attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”

  Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”

  He told reporters Friday morning:

  “We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch

with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”

  Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand authori

ties to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”

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He pointed out that “the quotes in question are more tha

  a decade old” and suggested that it was “pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of c

ontext, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country.”

  Fox News rebukes Jeanine Pirro after she questioned Ilhan Omar’s hijab

  Pointless why? Because the outrage machine doesn’t care about any of that, he asserted.

  He also suggested, without explicitly saying it, that the people offended by his insults and smears weren’t actually sincere about it.

  Progressives, he said, “are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it’s useful.”

  Their main goal, he said, is “controlling what you think.”

  ”One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allow

ed is right here, the opinion hours on this network,” he said. “Just a few hours in a sea of television prog

ramming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity.”

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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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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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The committee will work to improve the quality and efficie

efficiency of the service to better serve the Belt and Road Initiative,” Li Wenxin, d

eputy general manager of China Railway Corp, said at the launch ceremony.

Measures to be taken include establishing transfer hubs to assemble container cars for a train trip as needed, laun

ching an international information service and opening the hotline number 95306 for clients to check on cargo.

Also, a cold container information center will be launched, allowing customers to rent

cold storage containers and develop a logistics plan.

Li said the new committee could work as “a coordination platform at the enterp

rise level” and promote the development of CR Express.

“The committee will stick to the principles of improving communication and

sharing and improving logistics with the aim of solving challenges in operating CR

Express, such as further reducing logistics costs and improving the service’s quality,” he said.

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