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The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administ

stration show China had 5,354 museums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 2

6,000 exhibitions in 2018 and received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The International Council of Museums organized the annual I

nternational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.

Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interacti

ve, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.School students and adult

visitors learn about making prints and carving stamp seals and learn about the appreciation of and technological me

thods being used in the conservation of the age-old buildings at the Palace Museum, May 1

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has huge potential for prosperityir of the policy and resou

The Belt and Road Initiative has huge potential to bring prosperity

to millions by building infrastructure in areas of the world where it is most needed, a UK offici

al said after attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Catherine McGuinness, chair of the policy and resources comm

ittee at the City of London Corporation, was very impressed by Chinese President Xi Jinp

ing’s speech on the crucial need for financial and environmental sustainability.

McGuinness wished to learn more on how the Green Belt and Road Investment Principles, developed in

part by the City of London Corporation’s Green Finance Initiative, can play a part in this journey for win-win cooperation.

She spoke highly of the achievements Chinese government has made in developin

g BRI from a concept on the drawing board to the reality of roads, rail tracks and ports since it was proposed in 2013.

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New cross-border bridge to boost China-Vietnam trade

The Second Beilun River Bridge opened to traffic on March 19. It connects the Chinese city of Dongxing with the Vietn

amese city of Mong Cai, two important trade cities along the border between the two countries.

The new bridge spans 549 meters across the border river between China and Vietnam and is built to the first-class high

way standard. Construction started in 2014 and was completed in late 2017, costing a total of 220 million yuan ($33 million).

The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilometers away, whi

ch was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.

Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,05

6 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.

The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be

ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo

ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.

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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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Hotpot chain Haidilao has introduced large, soft toys to

accompany solo diners at its more than 200 outlets nationwide.

Figures from major e-commerce platform Tmall show that last year, the sales of mini-microwave ovens and mini-washing ma

chines rose by 970 percent and 630 percent, respectively, year-on-year, while purchases of one-person ho

tpots rose by 208 percent. There has also been rapid sales growth for many other daily-use commodities.

Food and beverage is a key sector that has benefited from the singles economy, according to the Sinolink Securities re

port, which said more than half of singles spend 10 to 30 percent of their income on food and drink.

But some 23 percent of them never cook, and some 46 percent said they

seldom do so, which has helped spur rapid growth in the food delivery industry.

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Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Cente

for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of

curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.

“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.

A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge

netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.

“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co

receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth

er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.

Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu

e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.

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Ministers are taking questions from the media about the

 most pressing public issues. This is the second ministers’ “passage interviews” of this year’s two sessions.

Passage interviews got their name because they usually take place on walkways leadi

ng to the main hall of the Great Hall of the People before or after plenary meetings of the National People’s Co

ngress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China’s financial sector is striving to solve the financing difficulties

of private enterprises and reducing their costs, said Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the Peo

ple’s Bank of China and chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

“The efforts to step up support for private enterprises are closely related to the supply-side

structural reform of the financial sector. We are making adjustments in terms of financial ins

titution, market and product systems,” said Guo during an interview on Tuesday.

China will continue taking new steps in financial opening-up thi

s year, over which Sino-US trade talks are very likely to reach a consensus, Guo added.

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The long-standing tensions that existed in the region were

  not a big problem for Beijing, according to China expert Tsang, as they served to remind Islamabad of China’s importance as an ally.

  But the escalation this week has put Beijing in an awkward position.

  ”They have to do something to show that they are helping to keep thi

ngs under control, while not appearing unreliable as Pakistan’s ally,” Tsang said.

  But Beijing doesn’t want to overplay its support of Pakistan and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trump.

  Compounding China’s problems is the fact India claims it was striking back against terrorists in Kashmir.

  The mass detention of Muslim majority Uyghurs in China’s north western provinc

e of Xinjiang by the Chinese government is one of Beijing’s most controversial international policies — and

justified by China’s government on the grounds that it is an essential measure in combating terrorism.

  ”They don’t want to be too hard on India, because they’re acting in response to terrorism,” Tsang said.

  China experts said the country’s best option was to join the US in working to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India.

  Han Hua, professor and South Asia studies expert at Peking University, said given China h

as greater influence in Pakistan, while the US holds more sway in India, it made sense for the two to cooperate.

  ”China’s message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint,” she said. “China’s interest lies in the stability of South Asia.”

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A businessman, three women and Joseph Stalinttee has

  One of the two witnesses says the committee has a photograph of a younger Geovanis apparently posing in a portrait with three partially clo

thed women. The portrait, once displayed in a Russian gallery under the title “The Capitalist,” depicts the subjects in front of a picture of th

e former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. It’s not clear whether the portrait is a single photograph or a composite.

  The witness told CNN that they were shown the photograph during questioning.A thi

rd witness has alleged in written testimony, seen by CNN, that Geovanis may be valuable in the mystery of

whether Russia has material on Trump that could be personally embarrassing to him.

  Known by the nickname “Geo” to his friends, Geovanis was born in Brockton, Mass

achusetts, and is a graduate of Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the Un

iversity of Pennsylvania. After starting his career in finance, Geovanis went to Moscow to work for a Russian ve

nture of a company called Brooke Group, which owned land earmarked for the site of a proposed Trump Tower. W

hen Trump came to town to promote the project, sources say, it was Geovanis’ job to show him around.

  Also on the trip were Brooke Group’s owners, the real estate moguls Bennett LeBow and How

ard Lorber, who went on to become substantial donors to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pers

onally acknowledged the pair from the podium after he won the 2016 New York Republican primary.

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Thai election commission to rule on princess running for PM

Thailand’s election commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministeria

l candidate for March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called it “inappropriate” and unconstitutional.

The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party that stunn

ed the nation by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, for the role.

The election on Mar 24 is the first since a military coup in 2014.

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions.

Ubolratana’s nomination last week was a shocking move by the Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-pr

emier Thaksin Shinawatra, and broke with a longstanding tradition of members of the royal family staying above politics.

She gave up her royal titles after marrying an American and she has starred in soap operas and an action movie.

But in a statement read out on all television stations within hours of her can

didacy, King Vajiralongkorn said it was “inappropriate” for members of the royal family to enter politics.

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