The visit is meant to consolidate the stability and strate

gic nature of the China-Italy relations in the long term, and comp

rehensively elevate the level of their mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.

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 cu

ltural 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 Congress 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-channel exch

anges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supe

rvision, state governing, national economy and the people‘s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.

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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 information has been slow to emerge and communicati

  ion with affected areas remains limited. On Monday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that “everyth

ing indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead” — a figure that some experts now believe could be conservative.

  The mortuary at the central hospital in Beira “is full and dozens of bodies need to be

removed and handled in a dignified way,” according to IFRC. Beira is still flooded, which makes it impossible to bury bodies, IFRC said.

  It is premature to say how many people have died while affected areas remain i

naccessible, Stephen Fonseca, regional forensics manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told CNN.

  On Friday morning ICRC set up a new base in Chimoio, near the border with Zimbabw

e. Fonseca said identifying victims is “a monumental task” that will take months or years rather than days or weeks.

  ”The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved one in a disaster like Cyclone Idai is

indescribable,” Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deployed to Beira, said in a statement Friday.

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But Bercow ruled that, according to parliamentary proc

  edure, the government could not repeatedly put a motion before lawmakers if it had been previously rejected in the same session.

  May’s deal suffered a second, crushing defeat last week when it was rejected by 149 votes.

  ”What the government cannot legitimately do is resubmit to the House the same pr

oposition — or substantially the same proposition — as that of last week, which was

rejected by 149 votes,” Bercow said in an unannounced statement on Monday.

  Third time lucky for Theresa May’s Brexit vote?

  Bercow said that, in his view, the first two motions on May’s Brexit deal were sufficiently different not to have broken parliamentary convention.

  The speaker did not set out what tests the government would have to meet if it was to succ

essfully submit its deal for a third vote, saying only it would have to be “fundamentally different.”

  In response, a Downing Street spokesperson said, “We note the speaker’s statement. This is a statement that requires proper consideration.”

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He stressed that the armed forces’ 14th five-year develop

ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita

ry, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.

Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to en

hance combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.

He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, environmental endeavors and d

isaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.

Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl

oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, and s

upport the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.

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NBA game highlights, original programming, and clas

sic NBA games will be offered to nearly 700 million consumers acr

oss Alibaba’s platforms, including leading B2C marketplace Tmall, social commerce des

tination Taobao, video-streaming platform Youku and browser and content platform UC.

The original programming will cover a wide range of popular basketball and cultural topics, including game predi

ctions, fashion, sneakers, and memorabilia. The content will be available throughout the regular season, NBA

All-Star, the NBA Playoffs and The Finals, bringing the latest NBA trends and news through various interactive fo

rmats, such as short videos and livestreaming by celebrities and influencers.

The NBA and Alibaba will also provide business partners with r

obust marketing solutions to promote their products and brands across Alibaba’s platforms.

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Without mutual trust, neither the US will accept the

demand for lifting the sanctions at one go, nor will Pyongyang dismantle all its nuclear facilit

ies and destroy its nuclear weapons in compliance with Washington’s demand.

Perhaps this lack of mutual trust prevented Kim and Trump from signing any agreem

ents at their second summit. Or maybe they didn’t sign any agreements because the two sides had not m

ade good preparations to reach consensuses on even very important issues.

With no agreements planned in advance, all the problems were left for the two leaders to dis

cuss and decide. And even if the two leaders have formed a good personal friendship, as Trump claimed, th

ey cannot be expected to compromise their countries’ positions on complicated historical issues.

Yet the second summit cannot be regarded as a failure, especia

lly because the Trump administration has left room for further talks with Pyongyang.

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Abrupt end to Trump-Kim summit prompts sighs of relief

  The news that President Donald Trump walked away from negotiations with Nor

th Korea early and empty-handed led many experts and lawmakers to heave sig

hs of relief, even as the summit’s abrupt finale raises questions about where things go from here.

  Many had worried that the President, eager to score a success and distract from damaging

testimony by his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, would make a deal that endangered Am

erica’s national security and possibly decrease the chances of Pyonyang denuclearization.

  According to people familiar with conversations among the President’s senior national security officials, Trump told so

me advisers ahead of the Hanoi talks that he did not want to appear overly thirsty to secure a deal, hoping to pro

ve wrong the myriad analysts who predicted he’d give away the store to demonstrate some type of progress.

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Innovation in science and technology bolsters Guangdong’s e

Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.

In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn

ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of

the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.

Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X

i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw

o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.

Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi

ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.

It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de

velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H

ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.

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Moving manufacturing back to US hard, Foxconn’s case shows

NEW YORK – Residents’ opposition, labor shortage, and technology transfer difficulties are the three main reasons why manuf

acturing companies like Foxconn could not move back to the United States easily, industry insiders and analysts have said.

Being built on a vast 2,800 acres of land in the US State of Wisconsin, the Foxconn plant project is dubbed by US President Donald Trum

p as the “eighth wonder of the world” for the scale of investment, the number of new jobs it promises to brin

g in, and the hundreds of upstream and downstream manufacturing companies that potentially would follow suit.

The company, which makes products for Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, among others, in 2017 signed a contract w

ith Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the display screen plant worth $10 billion.

According to the contract, Foxconn will build a 21.5-million-square-foot (20-square-k

ilometer) manufacturing campus and hire about 13,000 local workers, and Wisconsin promised to prov

ide an incentive package worth about $4 billion, the largest subsidy offered to a foreign company in US history.

The project moved fast, but problems soon followed. In what local officials describ

ed as the “Foxconn pace,” the plant broke ground in June and soon caused considerable controversy.

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