Plenkovic said CEE countries’ exports to China rose f

 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

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The two countries should walk in the same direction and

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.

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On Tuesday afternoon, he had talks with Tusk and Jun

ker. A number of cooperative agreements were signed after that.

Li flew to Croatia late on Tuesday to begin his first visit to the Central and Eastern Europe

an country, which also is the first by a Chinese premie

r in the 27 years since the two countries established diplo

matic ties. He will also attend the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in Dubrovnik.

In a signed article published on Tuesday by several Croatian newspap

ers, Li said China will open up further to unlock the potential for trade in goods and promote two-way t

rade and investment liberalization and facilitation. More competitive goo

ds from CEE countries are welcome in China, which is committed to working for more balanced trade.

Li also called for more opportunities in the new economy and new growt

h drivers in the digital economy, e-commerce, financial technology and smart cities.

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US zoo holds farewell party for giant pandas Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo in the US state of California held a special ceremo

ny on Saturday to kick off a three-week farewell event for two giant pandas.

Twenty-seven-year-old female giant panda Bai Yun and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, will leave the zoo in late April and b

e sent back to China, as the zoo’s conservation loan agreement with China has ended.

According to the zoo, their staff are working with their colleagues in China on future panda conservation and research.

The zoo’s giant panda program is the first joint research program established between Chi

na and the United States as early as in 1994, said China’s Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping.

“Like other joint giant panda research and conservation programs in the United States, t

his program has not only promoted the friendship and understanding bet

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Nearly 3.4 billion trips were made on Chinese rail line

 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.

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At least 50 people burned to death in a bus collision in Ghan

  At least 50 people were killed when two commercial buses collided and burst into flames in northern Ghana, police told CNN Friday.

  Ghana Police Service spokesman David Eklu said the accident occurred at about 1:30 am Friday morning when the two lo

ng-distance buses collided head-on on the main highway leading from Kintampo to Tamale, Ghana’s fourth largest city.

  ”The buses went up in flames when they collided,” Eklu said.

  ”It’s too early to ascertain how many died but 50 people have been confirmed dead.”

  He said both buses had about 100 people on board and some of the victims burned to death.

  At least 61 killed in collision of bus, truck in Ghana

  Eklu added that more than 50 people were injured in the crash

and the death toll could rise as police are still assessing the situation at the crash site.

  Victims’ families are being informed, although most of them have not yet been identified.

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Xi added that he is glad that US President Donald Trump

also voiced his support for bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education during their meeting at the G20 Summit in Argentina in December.

The rising level of education has been a major contributor to

China’s rapid development in its 40 years of reform and opening-up, he said.

China remains committed to advancing the modernization of its education, making

itself an education powerhouse and developing education that people are satisfied with, he added.

During this process, China is willing to conduct broader exchanges and cooper

ation with education and research institutions including Harvard University, he said.

Bacow, who last year became the 29th president of Harvard U

niversity, said he is glad to make China his first overseas stop since his inauguration.

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If Nyusi’s estimated death toll is confirmed, Tropical Cyclon

  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

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endees take photographs of an Oppo 5G smartphone model at a

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is making a strong push into overseas markets, after it strengthened its position as the second-largest player on its home turf.

The Guangdong-based company believes that its 10 years of experience in explorin

g foreign countries, and its growing pool of patents and international talent, will help it to go global in a better way.

Two days ahead of the Feb 25-28 Mobile World Congress Barcelona, the

largest annual telecommunications gathering in Spain, Oppo unveiled its first 5G sm

artphone and announced that four foreign telecom carriers are to be among the first to sell the 5G model.

Oppo said its 5G handset will use the United States semicond

uctor giant Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and X50 modem to latch onto 5G networks.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending wom

  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.

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