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The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administ

stration show China had 5,354 museums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 2

6,000 exhibitions in 2018 and received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The International Council of Museums organized the annual I

nternational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.

Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interacti

ve, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.School students and adult

visitors learn about making prints and carving stamp seals and learn about the appreciation of and technological me

thods being used in the conservation of the age-old buildings at the Palace Museum, May 1

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has huge potential for prosperityir of the policy and resou

The Belt and Road Initiative has huge potential to bring prosperity

to millions by building infrastructure in areas of the world where it is most needed, a UK offici

al said after attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Catherine McGuinness, chair of the policy and resources comm

ittee at the City of London Corporation, was very impressed by Chinese President Xi Jinp

ing’s speech on the crucial need for financial and environmental sustainability.

McGuinness wished to learn more on how the Green Belt and Road Investment Principles, developed in

part by the City of London Corporation’s Green Finance Initiative, can play a part in this journey for win-win cooperation.

She spoke highly of the achievements Chinese government has made in developin

g BRI from a concept on the drawing board to the reality of roads, rail tracks and ports since it was proposed in 2013.

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Under the Common Market 2.0 proposal, the UK would lea

 leave the EU, but retain the free flow of goods and make contributions to the EU budget.

Meanwhile, MPs also voted 191 to 292 to turn down the idea to give lawmakers power to stop a no-deal Brexit.

They voted 280 to 292 to oppose the proposal that confirmative public vote will be conducted on Brexit.

MPs also voted 273 to 276 to reject the proposal to negotiate permanent customs union with the EU.

None of the Monday votes on the proposals are legally

binding, meaning it will be up to the British government if they act on the results.

Conservative MPs have been given a free vote, but cabinet ministers

will be told to abstain. The opposition Labour Party ordered its MPs to vote for the customs union.

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Livestreaming to vitalize cross-border e-commerce

Zhang Ying, 32, a white-collar worker in Beijing, is a jewelry lover. She prefers watching lives

treaming videos via some cross-border e-commerce platforms to buy foreign products in her spare time.

“Pictorial representations are not exactly the right way to purchase commodities online, I had som

e problems as the products did not match up to the expectations promised on the onlaine platform advertisements.”

Zhang said daigou (overseas shoppers who buy foreign products for customers on the Chinese mainland) can dem

onstrate details of products like jewelry in accordance with what the buyer wants through the livestreaming method.

“I can take a good look at the design, material, color, size and even every angle of the jewelry. It feels like that I can pick out the

products on my own. After comparing various necklaces and bracelets, I can decide which one fits me the best.”

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The cooperation between the museum and Huawei will now

take that to an even higher level, as the new generation of telecoms technology will enrich the ex

perience of visitors to the museum, virtually and in reality, even further. And if conditions become mature in th

e near future, it will not just be visits to the Palace Museum that 5G transforms.

With 5G networks and a smartphone, one will be able to have a consultation with a doctor w

ithout leaving home or give instructions to robotic cleaners to do household chores.

In fact, what the new 5G networks represent is none other than the next technological revolution. There is no reason t

o politicize the arrival of this next-generation technology. Neither is there any reason to demonize what Hu

awei, as one of the world biggest telecoms equipment providers, is doing to usher in this technological revolution.

What is even more dangerous than the harm done to fair competition in the world market is the negative impact the polit

ical barriers some Western countries have put in the way of Huawei will have on the evolution of technology.

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pared with the previous years’ red envelop activities, this year

rants in addition to Alipay and WeChat Pay, the top two online transfer and payment tools in China in terms of market share.

Baidu, Sina Weibo and Douyin have joined the league of sending digital red envelops. Ba

idu allocated digital red envelops worth 900 million yuan ($133.5 million) and realized 20.8 billion tran

sactions on its app during the CCTV Spring Festival Gala in the lead-up to the Year of the Pig.

Last year, Alibaba-backed Taobao.com tied up with the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, sending a total of 600 million yuan in digital red envelops and prizes.

“Supporting the huge amount of transactions is China’s mature digital payment standard,” said Wang Pengbo, a finance industry analyst at Analysys.

Wang told the Global Times on Tuesday that as the cost of attracting new online users has ri

sen, internet firms are seizing the opportunity to direct  the flow and promote their products through the New Year gala.

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Important progress has been achieved in the current

e two sides had candid, specific and constructive discussions,” the Chinese delegation said in Washington on Thursday.

Vice-Premier Liu He met with US President Donald Trump, who confirmed that a US trade delegation will visit China in m

id-February for further consultations, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

During the talks, the two sides also determined the timetable and road map for next-step

consultations. They attached great importance to the issue of IPR protection and t

echnology transfers, and have agreed to further enhance cooperation in this regard.

The US delegation is to be led by US Trade Rep

resentative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, it added.

The two-day talks that started on Wednesday morning in Washington were led by Liu

and Lighthizer, with the participation of dozens of senior officials from both governments.

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Cesarman talked before the game. On the same day, in Ab

Photo by Xinhua News Agency, Abu Dhabi (UAE), February 1, 2019 (Asian Cu

p) (3) Football – Final: Japan vs Qatar February 1, FIFA Preside

nt Invantino (right) talks with AFC President Salman before the match. On the same day, Ja

pan played Qatar in the final of the 2019 Asian Cup football match in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Xinhua News Agency reporter Cao Cancam

Photo by Xinhua News Agency, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), February 1, 2019 (Asian Cup) (14) Fo

otball – Final: Japan’s team against Qatar on February 1, Japan’s player Yanguchi (left first) led th

e ball to break through in the match. On the same day, Japan played Qatar in the final of the 2019 Asian Cup football m

atch in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photographed by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Gang

Photo by Xinhua News Agency, Abu Dhabi (UAE), February 1, 2019 (Asian C

up) (13) Football – Final: Japan vs Qatar on February 1, Japanese player Takeshi Naga

no (former) drives the ball in the match. On the same day, Japan played Qatar in

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Great Diplomatic Turn, Brazil’s New President Willingness to

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bossonalo, said in an exclusive media interview Wednesday that he

was open to the possibility of future US military bases in Brazil and would like to consult with the US side.

Brazil has long pursued an independent foreign policy. Some media interpreted that allowing the United

States to set up military bases would mean a “sharp turn” in the foreign policy of the South American power.

Bossonalo also criticized Venezuela, the old rival of the United States in South America, and expressed

concern about the participation of Russian warplanes in Venezuelan air force exercises.

Great Diplomatic Turn

Brazilian Television Systems aired an interview with Bossonalo on the 3rd. This is his first interview since

he took office on January 1st. He talked about many topics of domestic and foreign affairs.

Reporters asked Bossonalo if the United States would be allowed to set up military bases on Brazilian territory.

He answered, of course, that he was willing to negotiate this possibility. “It depends on what happens in the world and who knows if we need to talk about it in the future.”

According to him, the new administration will strengthen economic relations with the

United States, as well as develop military relations and sign agreements in the military field. “We

don’t want to be a superpower in South America, but I think we should have the highest status.”

The United States regards Latin America, which includes Central and South America, as its backyard,

and exerted overwhelming influence on the region during the Cold War. Agence France-Presse and Reuters reported that for many years, Brazil’s

left-wing or centrist governments have pursued independent diplomacy free from American influence. The Left-wing government led by the

Labour Party has been playing against the United States on the international stage from time to time. Bossonalo sought to reorient Brazil’s

diplomacy and alliance with the United States in some respects. Speaking on the phone with Secretary

of State Mike Pompeo on the 2nd, he said that the two countries are now “friends”.

On the same day, in a speech to police in Rio de Janeiro, the state capital, Wilson Witzer, an ally of Bossonalo,

said Brazil needed “its own Guantanamo prison” and “terrorists to be locked up so that society can get rid of them completely”.

The United States established a military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1903, and a prison in the base in 2002, where hundreds of terror

suspects were detained. The prison is notorious for its abuse scandal. Since the victory of the 1959 revolution,

Cuba has opposed the existence of US military bases and demanded the withdrawal of US troops.

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Iron Emmett’s lads were well at it in the yard, blunted

Iron Emmett’s lads were well at it in the yard, blunted swords slamming into shields and ringing against one another.

Jon stopped to watch a moment as Horse pressed Hop-Robin back toward the well. Horse had the makings of a

good fighter, he decided. He was strong and getting stronger, and his instincts were sound. Hop-Robin was another tale. His clubfoot was bad enough, but he was

afraid of getting hit as well. Perhaps we can make a steward of him. The fight ended abruptly, with Hop-Robin on the ground.

“Well fought,” Jon said to Horse, “but you drop your shield too low when pressing an attack. You will want to correct that, or it is like to get you killed.”

“Yes, m’lord. I’ll keep it higher next time.” Horse pulled Hop-Robin to his feet, and the smaller boy made a clumsy bow.

A few of Stannis’s knights were sparring on the far side of the yard. King’s men in one corner and queen’s men in another,

Jon did not fail to note, but only a few. It’s too cold for most of them. As he strode past them, a booming voice called after him. “BOY! YOU THERE! BOY!”

Just beyond the ticket booth Father had had painted on awall in bright red letters the question:

DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOSTDANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO?
An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so manyeager, curious hands

that pulled at the curtain that we had toreplace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror.

But I learned at my expense that Father believed there wasanother animal even more dangerous than us, and one thatwas extremely common, too,

found on every continent, in everyhabitat: the redoubtable species Animalus anthropomorphicus,the animal as seen through human eyes. We’ve all met

one,perhaps even owned one. It is an animal that is “cute”,”friendly”, “loving”, “devoted”, “merry”, “under-standing”.

 

Theseanimals lie in

ambush in every

toy store and

children’s zoo.

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