fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take the opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China.
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since the event started nine yea
rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
In recent years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry
of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto components, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection.
After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate
d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.
China-Myanmar relations have developed well in all areas, Xi said, add
ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.
Cooperation between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev
elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.
Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend
ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.
Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the development of the country and the ar
my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.
Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo
uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.
Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.
last year. Every day, an average of 5.5 million people use the nation’
s high-speed trains, accounting for nearly 60 percent of daily users of the country’s rail network.
The State-owned rail car manufacturer CRRC Corp, the world’s largest train maker, had sta
rted developing a new-generation of bullet train that will operate at 400 kilometers per hour.
A preliminary report issued on Thursday by Ethiopian officials found that a malfunctioning sensor sent incorrect inform
ation to a Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, triggering an anti-stall system that began a chain of events that ended with th
e plane nose-diving into the ground, killing 157 people on March 10, the Associated Press reported.
Boeing has acknowledged that the sensor malfunctioned in the Ethiopian Airlines 737
Max jetliner, triggering the anti-stall system when it was not needed, the AP reported.
In addition, CRRC is designing two types of maglev trains-a 600 km/h high-speed version and a 200 km/h medium-speed ver
sion. Designers said the company expects to put them into service sometime around 2021.
clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was no power in Beira and surr
ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.
”Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se
verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti
vities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.”
Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of
the damage has taken days to come into focus due in part to the country’s poor infrastructure.
The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le
ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar
en’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Ir
an’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty Int
ernational’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, in a statement on Monday.
Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a notorious jail just outside the capital.
According to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in 2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents.
Women in Iran have been protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks.
Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament‘s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a jail sentence for a secon
d time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian dem
onstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by widespread accusations of electoral fraud.