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This is our opportu 上海千花坊te successes, acce

accelerate drought mitigation strategies and develop a regional sand-and dust-storm alert system. I hope the region can s

eize it to protect vulnerable communities from disasters in every corner of Asia and the Pacific. 上海千花坊女神会所

The author is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic a

 上海千花坊女神会所nd Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

As the new school semester approaches, groups in the Hong Kong Spe

cial Administrative Region voiced resolute opposition on Thursday to any individual or or 上海千花坊

ganization planning to bring politics onto campuses and into classrooms, including browbeating students into ski

pping school to attend rallies or bullying those who hold different political views.

 上海千花坊The concerns have been fueled by a recent call by Demosisto, a local political party, along with several student groups, for

all of the city’s secondary school students to skip class beginning Monday, without providing a more specific time frame.

Their statements also come amid widespread worries of bullying of students, especially children of the city’s police officers. 上海千花坊女神会所

At a news conference on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment an

d Progress of Hong Kong, the city’s largest political party in the Legislative Cou

 上海千花坊ncil, stressed firm opposition to the school strike campaign, saying politics should never trump education.

Recently, many parents have expressed concern to the alliance over possible effect

s on their children’s studies from a school strike, said alliance Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king. They also feared t 上海千花坊女神会所

heir children might be targeted or bullied by schoolmates for not joining the strike.

Responding to those concerns, the alliance strongly opposed the strike as it might drag innoc

ent students into the political conflict and disrupt the harmonious atmosphere on campuses.

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Some consumers, h 上海千花坊er, harbor deep doubt

Liang Jiajun, a former pilot in Beijing, cringed at the idea of faux meat.

“The first thought that crossed my mind is that they are filled with additives, coloring and 上海千花坊

flavoring,” she said. “Not even the benefit of reducing cholesterol levels appeals to me.”

Liu Xinyi, 27, said she ordered a veggie burger with a pl 上海千花坊

ant-based pork patty once when traveling in Texas in the United States.

 上海千花坊女神会所”I was drawn to this item on the menu due to its lower calories. It contained about 400 calories, compared with about 900 calori

es for a regular burger.” she said. “But I won’t try it again. I could tell it was fake meat.” 上海千花坊

Even her friends with vegetarian dietary habits rarely buy fake meat products.

“It appears to me that they don’t bother to cheat their palates with thes

e meat alternatives. They just eat a ton of salad to keep up their energy,” Liu said.

Despite doubts and complaints, research efforts into better-tasting 上海千花坊

meat alternatives are intensifying, and the sector has attracted major investments.

 上海千花坊Zhou, the professor, said faux meat is now increasingly consid

ered a significant step toward helping feed a swelling population and curtailing climate change. 上海千花坊女神会所

Vegetable-based meat is more expensive than real meat in some We

stern countries. But it is likely that the price gap will soon be closed, according to an exper 上海千花坊

t in biodiversity protection and green development who declined to be named for this story.

In the Chinese market, fake meat products are expected to first emerge as high-en

 上海千花坊d, healthy and fashionable alternatives to real meat, first targeting more affluent consumers.

“In the future, maybe more attention will be paid

to their positive effects on environment,” the biodiversity expert said. 上海千花坊

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will decide on possible snap elections on Aug 27, after a new round of talks with p

arties aimed at solving the crisis triggered by the collapse of the populist government.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Aug 20 after blasting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, accusing him of en 上海千花坊女神会所

ding the 14-month-old coalition government and damaging the economy for pers

onal and political interests. He was asked by Mattarella to remain in office as caretaker of current affairs.

The head of state held a first round of talks with le 上海千花坊

aders of every single party holding seats in parliament, to verify whether there

was the political will to forge an alternative majority and form a new government on Aug 21 and 22.

Italy has suffered from very slow economic grow 上海千花坊女神会所

th rates in the past three decades. The eurozone’s third-largest economy is am

ong the most sluggish performers in the European Union’s 19-nation currency bloc.

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new foreign-funded 上海千花坊es were started, the m

With industrial and consumption upgrades, investment in hig

h-tech industries climbed 43.1 percent year-on-year — 29.3 percent of the total FDI — am上海千花坊女神会所

ong which the high-tech service sector gained 97.4 billion yuan in FDI, up 63.2 percent.

上海千花坊Zhang Xiaofan, a partner at Deloitte’s global Chinese services group, said trade tensions between China and the United Sta

tes will not force any country or region to replace China’s position as a key player in the global supply chain.

Because of its members’ different cultures, currencies and po上海千花坊

litical systems, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations cannot match China’s size as a

huge consumption market. Neither can ASEAN members muster as many policy and institutional advantages as Chin

a to fine tune economic structures and fend off potential financial risks, Zhang said.上海千花坊女神会所

China also has a well-developed infrastructure to support the real economy, Zhang added.

Attracted by China’s consumer market driven by an expanding middle-income group

上海千花坊女神会所and fast developing information technology, foreign investment from Germany and the Republic of Korea surg

ed in the first seven months, posting growth rates of 72.4 percent and 69.7 percent year-on-year, respectively.

FDI from the European Union rose 18.3 percent year-on-year, while

FDI from countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative grew by 5 percent.上海千花坊女神会所

Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce

in China, said that to prevent risks caused by unilateral actions, China and the Eur上海千花坊

opean Union should further efforts to reach the EU-China comprehensive agreement on invest

ment by 2020, perhaps eyeing a new free trade agreement soon after that.

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Such attempts are by n上海千花坊re colluding with foreign

 forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs, Hua said. She reiterated that any such interference is intolerable.

上海千花坊女神会所Hua’s statements came on the same day thousands of black-clad prot

esters occupied the arrival hall at Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s eighth-bus上海千花坊

iest airport, to stage a massive sit-in protest against the now-suspended extradition amendment bill. Aside from cha

上海千花坊nting slogans attacking the SAR government, protesters also distributed flyers inside the airport.

Hong Kong is at a risk for another violent protest on Saturday. A planned rally, in response to attacks at Yuen Long metro st

ation on July 21, when white-clad people assaulted commuters and passersby indiscriminately, was rejected by上海千花坊女神会所

the city’s police. However, there is concern that protesters will gather anyway.

Ireland had changed its travel status for Hong Kong to advise a “high degree of caution”, while Singapore, Japan and South

上海千花坊Korea called on its citizens to avoid areas where public gatherings are taking place and to follow local authorities’ advice.

The HKSAR’s Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung warned against taking part in the Saturday r

ally, as those joining in might be arrested for illegal assembly, punishable by heavy fines and imprisonme上海千花坊

nt. “Whether there will be a procession or not, we cannot rule out the possibility of a large number of people turni

ng up.… But we sincerely wish that the participants would never resort to violence when expressing their discont

上海千花坊女神会所ent and pay due respect to the public order and people’s life in Yuen Long,” Cheung said.

Different sectors also appealed to the public, especially to young

people, not to participate in any illegal assembly and never turn to violence.上海千花坊

Many principals of middle schools and university h

eads signed statements calling for students to avoid the Yuen Long protest.

The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce called on all se上海千花坊女神会所

ctors to clearly draw the line with violent protesters to protect the rule of law.

According to the Public Order Ordinance, any person who convenes,

holds, organizes, forms or collects an illegal assembly, or assists or is concerned in doi

ng so, will face the maximum penalty of a HK$5,000 ($640) fine and imprisonment for five years.

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ese law enforcement of上海千花坊atian colleagues on

hinese tourists in Croatia will be in for a surprise

when they see police from their homeland patrolling the streets this summer.上海千花坊品茶微信

For the second year running, Chinese law enforcement officers will be jo

上海千花坊ining their fellow professionals in the popular Balkan tourist destination on the streets of the

capital Zagreb, the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, tourist resort Zadar and Croatia’s biggest county, Lika-Senj.

Croatia has been running the Safe Tourism Season project since 2006 when officers from Hungary became the first forei上海千花坊品茶微信

gn law enforcement officials invited to take part. Since then, more than 800 officers from 19 countries have come to assis

上海千花坊品茶微信t their Croatian counterparts at the height of the tourist season, undergoing special localized training before starting patrols.

In addition to the helpful presence of fellow Chinese officers on the s

treets, Chinese tourists will also be able to benefit from special telephone support line

s set up in the regions where the visiting police are deployed, with compatriots answering calls.上海千花坊

In 2018, there were six officers from China and this year there will be eight.

上海千花坊品茶微信Croatia, which was part of the former Yugoslavia, is proving an increasingly popular destination for Chinese visitors.

In the first half, there has been a 53 percent year-on-year rise in the number of Chinese vis

itors to the ancient Roman port of Split, and a 20 percent increase in numbers going to Zagreb.上海千花坊

“Chinese tourists are mostly interested in historical and cultural monume

上海千花坊nts and sightseeing,” said Zagreb Tourist Board spokeswoman Darja Dragoje.

International police organization Interpol has praised the Safe Tourism Season initiative as an example of the be

st international police practice, and China’s ambassador in Zagreb, Xu Erwen, said the inclusion of Chinese po上海千花坊品茶微信

lice in the project confirms the two countries’ traditional friendship and cooperation.上海千花坊

A generation on from the brutal war that broke out in the aftermath of the collapse of the for

mer Yugoslavia, the countries of the Balkan Peninsula are proving to be of increasing interest to China in a variety of ways.

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He said Hainan had nat上海千花坊ntages, including its cl

limate, and its traditional Chinese medicine resources were also effective and cheap, making the sector competitive.

“The natural means of treatment that are gradually favored by Western tourists promise to cr上海千花坊女神会所

eate bright prospects for cooperation in the island province’s medical tourism sector,” Wang said.

上海千花坊女神会所About 100,000 foreigners – mostly from Russian-speaking countries and northern Europe, as well as some

from Canada, the US, Turkey and Iran – have received tailored TCM therapies that eased or cured

their illnesses in Sanya since the hospital began its healthcare tourism in 2002, according to the hospital.

The education authorities in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region posted a map online recently, warning of high-risk drowni上海千花坊

ng areas to reduce the number of children who die while swimming during the summer vacation.

More than 12,000 spots across the region have been hig

hlighted on the map as drowning hazards, with 981 labeled “high risk”.

上海千花坊女神会所The warning map is a part of a drowning warning system developed

by the region’s education department and Guilin University of Electronic Technology, according to

Deng Guofeng, a professor at the university who was also in charge of developing the system.

The high-risk areas were mapped out according to a collection of dr上海千花坊

owning cases in past years that were reported by 3,625 schools in the region.

“Judging from the weather conditions and the distribution of drowning areas in the past, our system can now send war上海千花坊女神会所

ning messages to the school staff registered in the system so that they can have time to take precautionary me

asures,” Deng said. Some senior teachers remain on duty during the summer holiday.

When temperatures and humidity are high, people are more likely上海千花坊

to go swimming, increasing the chances that someone may drown, Deng said.

The system is also trying to collect information about students who go swim

上海千花坊女神会所ming without schools’ or parents’ permission so that it can send messages to their parents if they do so again.

“The system is not designed for schools exclusively, but also open to the public,” Deng

said. “Actually, we need more people to be involved to prevent drowning. The more, the better.

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China’s prospects for copi上海千花坊anctions – whic

 the US administration is likely to use more often – are not so bright. Last month, a US judge found three large Ch

inese banks in contempt of court for refusing to produce evidence for an investigation into violations of sanctions aga上海千花坊

inst the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The ruling ignores the fact that, according to Chinese law, any request for ba

上海千花坊品茶微信nking records should be handled in accordance with the US-China mutual legal assistance agreement.

Chinese financial institutions thus need to prepare for more troubles, including the risk of being blacklisted – that is, deprived of the right to u

se the US dollar and important services, such as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication financial m上海千花坊

essaging service and the Clearing House Interbank Payments System. It is a punishment few companies can survive.

上海千花坊品茶微信Already, one Chinese bank has been included on the Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Acc

ount Sanctions list, meaning that it cannot open correspondent or payable-through accounts in the US.

Make more efforts to internationalize yuan上海千花坊

The Chinese government has few options here, but it can step up legislative efforts to protect Chinese banks’ interests, while encour

上海千花坊品茶微信aging Chinese financial institutions to treat compliance with US financial regulations with the utmost c

are. It should also continue working to internationalize the yuan, as there is still a long way to go on this front.

China remains committed to its 40-year-old process of reform and opening-up. Today, that process must focus on redoub

ling efforts to strengthen intellectual property rights protection, adhering to competitive neutrality and de上海千花坊品茶微信

fending multilateralism. But following through on this commitment will require China to find ways to manage escalating ten

上海千花坊sions with the US and avoid a costly – and potentially devastating – reconfiguration of the global economy.

The author, a former president of the China Society of World Econo

mics and director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Aca上海千花坊品茶微信

demy of Social Sciences, served on the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China from 2004 to 2006.

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The government has r上海千花坊nt amount of support

nnovative compan上海千花坊ies and attached much importance to IP protection,” Li said.

上海千花坊BeiGene, a Chinese biotechnology company, is building its state-of-the-art manufacturing site in SSGKC.

The company was founded by Wang Xiaodong and John Oyler in 2010. Wang has served as a membe上海千花坊女神会所

r of the National Academy of Sciences in the US and a foreign associate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“Hopeful ly, some innovative medicines will be soon produced in the new plant in SS上海千花坊

GKC and be distributed to the world in the future,” said a senior executive of BeiGene.

上海千花坊女神会所”We believe our location in SSGKC could help us achieve greater influence because it could radiate to the surrounding mar

kets such as China’s Hong Kong and Macao as well as Southeast Asian countries,” the executive said.

Herman Lee, vice-president for market and business development at Guangzhou CanSemi Technology Inc, said the upg

rade of SSGKC is very encouraging for his company, and could help it further enrich its talent pool.上海千花坊女神会所

The company will invest a total of 7 billion yuan in facilities in SSG

KC that will produce 12-inch wafers, of which the first phase is expected to be put into use in上海千花坊女神会所

the fourth quarter of 2019 with a monthly production capacity of 20,000 wafers.

“As we know, SSGKC will enjoy the same treatment as the free trade zone in terms of market access, investment promotions and t

上海千花坊女神会所alent attraction after its upgrade. Meanwhile, many administrative services could be fulfilled inside the district, w

hich could further improve efficiency, meaning more money for the companies involved,” Lee said.

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His observations des上海千花坊 audience, especiall

ally those whole-heartedly trumpeting an all-round trade war.

But as Paulson also pointed out, what is at stake goes far above and beyond a trade war.

上海千花坊Which is why, despite their continuing differences, Beijing and Washington should work together to make the upcoming Xi-Trump meeting a success.

Economic disputes will not come in the way of China’s reform and opening-up efforts to attract investment

Over the past year, the US government has unilaterally provoked and escalated economic and trade friction with China, with negative impacts on bilateral economic, trade ties and global economic development.上海千花坊

During this rare dispute, voices from home and abroad have made a lot of statements, making the cause and the facts clearer. China-US economic and trade friction in上海千花坊

volves a lot of issues, which need further clarification. The Chinese believe in truth and are not afraid of the clarifications.

• Is the Sino-US trade relationship a zero-sum game?上海千花坊女神会所

Some people in the US stirred up economic and trade friction with China with a solitary reason in mind – loss of profit to US firms and excessive gains for Chinese firms in bilateral

上海千花坊trade, making the issue a threat to Washington’s economic and even national security. This view, which is full of Cold War bias, reflects the hegemony and zero-sum ga

me thinking. Is Sino-US economic and trade relation a zero-sum or win-win game? The answer is clearly both in theory and in practice.

In international economic cooperation, trade relations are based on mutually beneficial exchanges, rather than a zero-sum game in which one side benefits and the o

t上海千花坊女神会所her loses. International trade can lead to optimized allocation of global resources, the common development of all economies involved and the common pr

ogress of human society. The history of international trade and the trade between China and the US have proved that such a practice is effective, and such p

ractical experience has long been the basic principle of international economic study. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two co上海千花坊女神会所

untries, bilateral trade in goods increased 252-fold, from less than $2.5 billion to $633.5 billion between 1979 and 2018.

In the past four decades, two-way investment has grown from almost zero to over $160 bil

lion, making the two countries a vital investment partner for each other. The history of Sino-US ec

onomic and trade relations proves that both countries have benefited in industrial development and optimization. The trade relations have cre

ated a situation in which both parties won rather than one in which China progressed and the US lost out.

• Is US’ insistence on “fair trade “really fair?

Some people in the United States accuse China of adopting unfair and unequal trade policies that

have caused the US trade deficit with China. They tried to grab fair trade as a way to keep the moral high

ground in public opinion. However, what is “fair trade”? Fairness is a matter of history. In international trade, due to the difference in the stages of developm

ent, specific conditions and interests from different countries, in order to make trade happen smoothly, the

international community has formed trade rules through negotiations on an equal footing.

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Iranian Minister of Inform上海千花坊女神会所munications Techn

hnology Moham上海千花坊女神会所mad Javad Azari Jahromi also decried US cyber attacks on

Iran over the past years, saying that “We have been facing cyber-terrorism for a long time.”

Earlier this month, the United States claimed Iran is responsible for an attack on two oil

tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The accusation was dismissed by the Islamic Republic.

Over the accusation, Zarif has said the United States immediately jumped to make allegat

ions against Iran was a plan to use sabotage diplomacy to cover up its economic terrorism against Iran.

Following the attack on the oil tankers, the Pentagon authorized the d

eployment of about 1,000 additional troops to the region for so-called “defensive purpose.”

This was preceded by the deployment of the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group, bo

mbers, the amphibious transport dock and Patriot air defense system to the region in early May.

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