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four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti
ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.
“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for
and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou
ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.
Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro
ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.
“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said
Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a
go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
addressed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.
“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Initi
ative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.
Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.
“People are very positive about the direction, but they need to
know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.
Xi, citing the old Chinese saying “honoring a promise carries the weight of gold”, pledged to install a binding mec
hanism for international agreements, to make sure governments at all levels operate in well-regulated wa
ys, and to update laws and regulations to abolish unjustified practices, keeping in line with the needs of opening-up.
officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put thems
elves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe,” Walker said.
The police said the incident was not related with terrorism.
According to media Sky News, police opened fire on a vehicle outside the Ukrainian emb
assy after the driver deliberately rammed into the official car of the country’s ambassador to Britain.
“The ambassador, Natalia Galibarenko, was not at the embassy at the time and no other staff were injured,” said the report of Sky News.
The 16th Chinese Bridge, an annual Chinese proficiency contest for school kids, college
students and adult learners of Chinese, was held at the University of Latvia Friday and Saturday.
This year’s competition, themed One World, One Family, gathered 64 contestants
in total in Latvia, including 14 in the adult group, 24 in the high school group and 24 in the primary school group.
The contestants were required to demonstrate their Chinese language skills by introducing themselves and m
aking speeches on various topics in Chinese, participate in a quiz on Chinese culture and perform in a talent show.
Each division, namely college students, high school students and
primary school students, has three groups of senior, intermediate and junior.
For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl
e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.
For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province
have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.
The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m
ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.
Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line
still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.
Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e
ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.
“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz
ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.
unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.
The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C
orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the
Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee
t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.
The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will
be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.
In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar
ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.
The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel
l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.
Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.