nitiative proves worth as welcome public good: China Da

Convening nearly 40 foreign leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries, th

e Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which opens in Beijing on Thursday, testifi

es to a growing aspiration for collaboration amid rising unilateralism and protectionism.

The conspicuous increase in the size of foreign participation com

pared with the inaugural forum two years ago corrobo

rates United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ earlier comment that the Belt and Road Initia

tive, like the UN Millennium Development Goals, is a public good for the entire world.

Since President Xi Jinping proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, some pe

ople have tried to persistently frame them as geopolitical tools. While such a label and subsequent fearmong

ering have stirred up worries in the ill-informed, they can’t hoodwink those with insight.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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The revelation that an extra pilot saved the plane the day

before the crash has never been reported before, according to Bloomberg.

Aviation analyst and editor in chief of Airlineratings.com, Geoffrey Thomas, said it was not unusual for off-duty pilots, known as dead heads, to fly in the cockpit of planes.

“It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back t

o Jakarta — so as long as he is authorized to do so — then it’s absolutely fine,” he said.

However, the presence of the third pilot in the cockpit did not appear in the National Tra

nsportation Safety Committee’s (KNKT) November preliminary report into the crash.

Thomas said this fact should have been reported “as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance,” he said.

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

CNN contacted Lion Air Group Captain Daniel Putut for comment and he directed questions to the KNKT.

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Two climbers killed in avalanche on Ben Nevisled to Ben N

  Two climbers have died and another two are injured after an avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

  Police and mountain rescue personnel were called to the scene, in the Number 5 Gully area just before midday.

  ”We can sadly confirm that two people have died and two people have been injured,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

  Avalanche danger level ‘extreme’ in Colorado

  ”Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Mariti

me and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service,” Police Scotland said, according to the UK’s Press Association.

  An air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team were lat

er sent to the peak, the Scottish Ambulance Service said in a separate statement.

  The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has warned that there is a high risk of avalanches in the area at the moment.

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You just have to put your head down, fight back and gove

  the country — that’s what Clinton did,” Graham said, saying Trump should now challenge the Democrats to “fix problems.”

  There was more than an echo of Clintonian rhetoric in Trump’s public statement

on Tuesday, delivered as he signed an executive order tackling an epidemic of suicide among veterans.

  ”Instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, th

ey want to play games,” Trump said of his Democratic opponents. “It’s too bad because I’d rather see them do legislation.”

  The Clinton parallel may not be exact, however.

  At the start of his impeachment drama in 1998, Clinton was far more popular than Tru

mp, with his approval rating measured by Gallup at 58%. He never went below 60% in the brutal year that

followed, hit 73% after he was impeached and settled at 66% after he was acquitted in a Senate trial.

  According to the Quinnipiac poll, Trump is at 38% approval. And while a recent Wall Street Jour

nal/NBC poll had him at 46%, his numbers rarely move beyond a narrow range, with favorability well below a majority of voters.

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Such a hegemonic mentality actually poses a threat to the

 world’s peaceful exploration of space and the peaceful exploitation of it for the benefit of all people on Earth.

It is with this mentality that the report catalogs and details supposed threats Russia and China may pose to the US in space.

For the US, there is no justice and fairness when it comes to its relations with other co

untries, especially when it assumes that its dominance in a particular area is being challenged.

Those who have written the report have listed threats that are anything but real. The

US assumptions about the threats only serve to justify what it wants to do. I

n other words, the US is only making a case for maintaining its dominance in space technology.

The “Space Force” the US administration has proposed, which will see huge amounts of reso

urces devoted to pushing the US military capabilities in space, is what it really intends to achieve by p

ositing that other countries with space technology pose a threat to its national security.

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China to remain NYSE’s major contributor of int’l IPOs i

China has been a major market for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) when it comes to international initial public offerings

(IPOs) over the past few years, and the trend will continue in 2019, according to the exchange.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontine

ntal Exchange finished 2018 with 125 billion U.S. dollars in proceeds raised from 356 transactions. In a year mark

d by elevated volatility in U.S. equity markets, NYSE issuers raised 30 billion dollars in proceeds from 73 IPOs, statistics showed.

A total of 25 international IPOs were executed during the year, raising 10 bi

llion dollars in proceeds, including Tencent Music Entertainment Group from C

hina, PagSeguro Digital Ltd. from Brazil, and Hudson Ltd. and Farfetch Ltd. from Britain.

A total of 18 Chinese companies raised more than 4 billion dollars in proceeds las

t year, the exchange said in its response to Xinhua’s inquiry. The compa

nies are from a variety of industries, including education, hospitality, technology, and automotive.

Alex Ibrahim, head of international capital markets at NYSE, told Xinhua that it was a “huge highlight” to have compan

ies like Tencent Music Entertainment listing on the exchange and raising over 1 billion dollars.

The IPO of Nio, a leading Chinese electric vehicle maker, also raised more than 1 b

illion dollars and was a very successful transaction, he noted. “It was super exciti

ng to see those cars in front of the exchange and in Times Square,” Ibrahim said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

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Russian woman in Wuhan wishes to see the world by

A Russian woman who lives in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, has said she hopes

that there will be more trains linking China and Europe in th future, so that one day sh

e will be able to travel around the world by the China-Europe passenger train, Chinanews.com reported on Feb. 1.

With the Spring Festival approaching, almost all Chinese people are heading home fo

r family reunions across the country. Instead of returning to her hometown in Russia, Li

u Yina (Chinese name) has decided to stay in Wuhan and enjoy the traditional Chinese festival.

Liu, who is fluent in Chinese, works for Wuhan Asia-Europe Logistics Co., Ltd., the opera

tor of China-Europe freight trains between Wuhan and Europe and a public platform for international logistics and transportation services.

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Day E: Apple revokes the FB certificate; Huawei and Qu

Huawei and Qualcomm settle temporarily: Huawei pays Qualcomm $150 million Quarterly

According to foreign media reports, Qualcomm said Huawei had signed a short-term authorization agreement with Qualcomm. In a conference call with anal

ysts on the company’s financial performance, Qualcomm Chief Financial Officer George Davis said Huawei would pay Qualcomm $150 million a quarter. Th

e deal, which was concluded by Qualcomm in the first quarter ending December 30, will last until June 30.

Qualcomm probably wants to concentrate on Apple’s patent war.

Collection of Five Blessings: Occupy Your Blessing, Must Have Houfu and Other Hot Words

This year Alipay’s new “flower card” and “lucky card” set off a

new round of upsurge. In order to get friends’ flower cards or professional dedication, net

izens are also wits and wits. Some netizens have also coined such new words as “Zhan you fu”, “You must have lat

er fu”, “scraping card type poverty alleviation” and so on, which are called “Ji Wufu slang”.

One meal was as fierce as a tiger, with a New Year’s Eve score of 0.5.

Apple revoked Facebook’s iOS Enterprise Developer Certificate

After Facebook was exposed to allow users to download monitoring applications, Appl

e formally revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate. Previously, Facebook paid users to install a data collection app calle

d Facebook Research, which allows Facebook to track users’app usage history, private messages and location data.

Facebook bypassed the App Store review through Apple’s Enterprise Developer Project.

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Fuzhou city fire Fire detachment deployed hun

  The original title: fuzhou city houses a fire one old man trapped were rescued

  Fuzhou city fire Fire detachment deployed hundreds of firefighters to disposal

  The scene of the fire, firefighters hold children escape the inferno.Fuzhou fire for your figure

  PRC fuzhou on Jan. 27 (xinhua Yu Sha fang) on 27 January 18 18 points, fuzhou in fu

jian province says ha tae-keung area (jia hui fu house fire across the garden.Fuzhou present disposal, fire d

etachment were nearly firefighters more than an hour after the fire under control.

  , fuzhou after fire detachment command center received a report to the police immediately seconded says ha tae-ke

ung, drum tower, secret service and civilian war service guarantee brigade’s six fire squadron, fire trucks, nearly 18 fi

refighters present disposal and team attendance headquarters carries out of command.

  To 19, 31 points to control when the fire was under control, the current has been basi

cally put out and is clearing up.The rescued a trapped personnel (60 years old or so, women, not injured).

  After the preliminary understanding, the scene for the brick structure houses on fire,

fire area of about 600 square meters, there were no casualties, cause of fire is still under investigation.

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