The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperation wit

 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 dialo

gue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two coun

tries’ 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.

Prince Albert II has visited China 10 times. As a member of the International Olympic Commi

ttee, he has been actively supporting the development of Olympics in China. He attended the opening cer

emonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Prince Albert II visited China last September. President Xi ex

pressed his appreciation for the long-term commitment of Prince Albert II and Mon

aco’s monarchy to developing bilateral relations, and welcomed him to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.

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Economy moves closer to ‘high-income’ statusn automobile plant in

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

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

A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s s

econd-largest economy pass the “middle-income t

rap”, with consumption and high-tech manufacturing leading growth, they said at a B

eijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.

After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has entered

a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality growth model. T

hat has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy would cool down sh

arply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.

“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income country is to

adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an influ

ential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

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The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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The welder spent another three hours on Friday morning but

had to quit again as he had to pick up his son from primary school at noon. He joined the line again aft

er lunch, but he didn’t have any idea about when his turn will come when

China Daily interviewed him at 4:30 pm.

There were so many donators that the organizers brought dozens of stools to the site so that people could rest after waiting a long time.

Many people also came to Xiangshui People’s Hospital to offer free food and

medicine for those hospitalized. Chen Y

ueru, a member of local volunteer association, said they have received 2,177

boxes of packed food for lunch, more tha

n 10,000 bottles of water, 24 boxes of ham sausage and 14 boxes of instant noodle and 500 breads at the hospital.

She said clothes are in demand for many of the injured as the belongings of many

have been buried in debris and stained with blood and dirt.

Gao, the red society volunteer, said a company has donated about 600 bottles of a spe

cial medicine for wound sterilization and has also sent medicine for the injured.

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Charles is an artist and an academic. He is someone who

 think, both of our country should be very proud to have a friend, a representative like him,” he said.

At present, there are more than 800 13-18-year-old students at the

School, including nearly 60 Chinese students, most of whom are from Hong Kong.

Uppingham school was founded in 1584. The famous British educator Edward Thri

ng (1821-87) used to be its headmaster and took the lead in proposing the concept of “all-around education”.

Thring opened the first school gymnasium in England, introduced wood and metal workshops, and provided a sw

imming pool. In academic matters he stressed sound training in mathematics, the classics, and music. In 1869 he fou

nded the Headmasters’ Conference, an organization that had a great influence in English school education.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in th

e second tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prim

e, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot sho

ulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

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But he also saw people heading back towards the flood zon

  Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on

Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,

  It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had

recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin

g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of

500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.

  One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,

Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr

oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.

he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said

Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the

Mozambican government as well as the inter

national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,

sanitation and water for those at risk.

  ”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major

work will be needed, including the restor

ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne

diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.

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And business confidence in Britain has slumped to the lo

  d to the lowest level in almost a decade.

  ”The reason for this underperformance relative to the rest of the world is, I believe, the uncertainty surrounding the prospect of Brexit,” Ge

rtjan Vlieghe, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, said in a speech last month.

  The pain has also been felt by households. The pou

nd plunged 15% against the dollar after the 2016 vote, pushing the price of imported goods hig

her. That spurred inflation and contributed to a decline in the value of people’s paychecks.

  Company trauma

  Executives have reacted to the uncertainty by attempting to Brexit-proof their businesses.

  ”It is clear that political inaction has already had economic consequences, with many firm

s hitting the brakes on investment and recruitment decisions as a result of ongoing uncertainty,” said Ad

am Marshall, director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, a business lobby.

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Kazakh parliament approves renaming of capital to Nursultan

ASTANA – The Kazakh parliament approved a bill to rename the capital of Kazakhstan a

fter former President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday at a joint meeting of its two houses.

The bill was passed in two readings and the decision was announced by Nurlan Nigmatul

in, speaker of the lower house of the Kazakh parliament, state news agency Kazinform reported.

At the initiative of the new interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, it was dec

ided to change the name of the capital from Astana to Nursultan without a referendum.

Earlier in the day, Tokayev took office as Kazakhstan’s interim president following the sud

den resignation of Nazarbayev, who had served as the country’s president for nearly three decades.

After the inauguration, Tokayev proposed to rename the Kazakh capital in honor of the former president.

RIA Novosti news agency quoted Kazakh Justice Minister Marat Beketayev as saying

that the bill has yet to be signed into law by the president in order to become effective.

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.

Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh

unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp

ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.

Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build

ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.

Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc

ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.

Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin

g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye

ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.

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