China-led project expected to enhance space research

The ongoing China-led international collaboration project Tianq

in, a space-based gravitational wave detection syste

m scheduled to be completed by 2035, is expected to significantly improve unders

tanding of major cosmic phenomena, including black holes, scientists said.

Tianqin uses the Chinese words tian, meaning sk

y or heavens, and qin, meaning stringed musical instrument.

It will consist of three satellites forming an equilater

al triangle around Earth at an orbit of 100,000 kilometers.

Tianqin will work to detect gravitational waves, whic

h scientists theorize are ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by violen

t cosmic events, such as colliding black holes, supernovas and even the birth of the universe.

www.yt178.cn

Some 50 poor households of Shangyan Village used

to live on an inhospitable strech of benchland, which was a major cause of the poverty.

Local officials had attempted to help them get rid of poverty through relocation, one of China’s poverty-relief strategies to

encourage people striken by harsh natural conditions to move to livable places, offering them government subsidies.

But many villagers stubbornly refused to move, due to doubts and a lack of knowledge about related policies.

Soon after she assumed office, Ma set up a tent at the entrance of Shangyan Village to live temporarily there.

She knocked the doors of those reluctant to move, sat in their yards, and p

atiently answered their questions, including whether they would gain sufficient subsid

ies or get used to the new houses. After two weeks, 51 households signed the relocation agreement.

Ma has also led villagers to take tailored measures to increase their incomes based on each village’s conditions.

www.gtlhhl.cn

Third, there is a serious focus on education overall. Ove

 the past five years, China has built or expanded 260,000 primary and secondary schools, added 1.7 million teache

rs and increased the student body by 27.3 million. The Ministry of Education committed more resources last y

ear to poverty-stricken areas to ensure every child is able to attend school by 2020.

Beyond easing dire poverty in rural areas, China has an ongoing pa

rallel policy to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, a crucial aspect of which is set

ting up a basic social security system. This has been done progressively since the 1980s.

China also has had several social insurance programs since the 1990s, covering unemployment, employment injury, mat

ernity, medical care and pension. The country subsequently embarked on a new and successful phase of so

cial security development to provide healthcare benefits to rural and nonworking urban residents.

www.zrwrgz.cn

The Chinese government has never imposed any policy

 to force foreign companies to transfer their technology,” Gao added, sayi

ng that the country’s Foreign Investment Law bars forced technology transfers.

The newly passed law, approved this month and set to take effect in January, stipulates that China will treat foreign and Chi

nese enterprises equally and protect their intellectual property rights. Under the law, foreign enterprises will recei

ve pre-establishment national treatment, in addition to a negative list system for market access.

A negative list shows areas where investment i

s limited or prohibited for foreign investors, with all other areas presumed to be open.

Gao said the ministry is working with relevant de

partments to conduct research on shortening the negative list for market access.

pineapplehouse.cn

Opponents of Brexit feel the political tide may be turnin

 in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.

But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli

ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.

“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea

red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.

“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.

France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward

being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.

In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France

on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.

“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go

od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.

qianpadbe.com

China is willing to enhance high-level guidance with the

Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost

cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.

The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con

gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.

China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c

hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov

erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.

He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr

eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

www.sh419as.com

hina will continue to support Chinese companies in deve

  loping cooperation with their Italian counterparts on telecommunications, particularly in the 5G network, Wang said.

  The two countries have witnessed productive economic cooperation in recent years. Bilat

eral trade topped $50 billion last year, while the two-way accumulative investment reached more than $20 billion.

  Xi also called for intensifying coordination with Italy in international affairs and within multilateral orga

nizations such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization.

  China is ready to deepen communication and cooperation with Italy on major i

ssues such as global governance, climate change and WTO reforms to safeguard their shared in

terests, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote world peace, development and prosperity, Xi said.

  Regarding Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said it will open a new chapter for their bilat

eral ties, which have become a good example of interactions between big and small countries.

www.shlfsm.com

Tropical cyclones are known to hit Mozambique in the fall

  February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.

  Zimbabwe and Malawi

  After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.

  In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.

  On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98

people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot

her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.

  Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.

  Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred

s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.

www.hdflower.net.cn

Scientists discovered the possible presence of krill bree

ding grounds around Peter I Island in the Amundsen Sea area. The distribution of phytoplankton in the eastern Amundsen Sea a

rea was preliminarily proved through the first application of a trace metal sampling method developed by China.

At Changcheng station, scientists conducted ecological environment monitoring, glacier

monitoring and regular meteorological observation projects. Seismic stations there have bee

n upgraded, and a radar sea-level observation system has been constructed, the administration said.

Nearly 200 kilograms of samples of soil, water, animal and plant spec

imens and other materials, were collected at Changcheng station. Scientists also estab

lished the country’s first polar region sodium fluorescence laser Doppler radar room at Zhongshan sta

tion. During its trial run, about 51 hours of valid data and 2.5 GB of original data were collected.

www.hheeh.cn

draft plan of the proposed lab has been finished and sub

mitted for approval, he said. It’s expected to be located in Hefei, Anhui province.

Quantum information technology, he said, is key to applications including ultra-sec

ure communications, higher computing capability and more precise measurements.

Pan began putting together a quantum science research team at the Hefei-based university in 2001.

He has been widely hailed for leading China to the forefront of long-distance quantum comm

unications, and harnessing quantum laws to transmit information securely. But he said future deve

lopment required more collaboration among scientists and enterprises.

With the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui province, the Innovation

Institute for Quantum Information and Quantum Science & Technology was founded in Hefei in 2017.

The institute has been functioning at the standard of a national laboratory to explore management experience, said Pan.

www.iglhlg.cn