The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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Most Chinese and Myanmar students are Dai people and som

 of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W

hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.

The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu

rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.

Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache

rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh

ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”

Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio

n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.

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The attempt has been widely criticized by Republicans and

Democrats both as a blunder. Former US deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, who famously said that China should beco

me a “responsible stakeholder”, sighed that when China was playing the role of a responsible stakeholder, the US tried to stop it.

The US is trying to do the same again.

While the AIIB provides much needed infrastructure financing for countries, the China-propo

sed Belt and Road Initiative aims to build connectivity linking Asia, Europe and Africa. The initia

tive, which has been endorsed by more than 100 countries, is aimed at building roads, bridges, railways, ports and other infrastructure facilities, in ord

er to help expedite economic growth, especially in developing countries, which are often haunted by high youth unemployment.

And building roads and bridges, no doubt, will benefit the world much more than the 800-plus military bases that the US has built across the world.

However, when Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte indicated that Rome would sign a mem

orandum of agreement with Beijing on the Belt and Road Initiative during President Xi Jinping’s ong

oing visit to Italy, the White House became furious again. Garrett Marquis, a White House National Security Council spo

kesman, called the BRI a “vanity project” and a debt trap. He even said the accord Italy planned to sign was “a political hazard”.

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Many banks have set up new offices in Germany, France,

  ther EU countries to safeguard their regional business after Brexit. Financial services companies also have to move substantial asset

s there to satisfy EU regulators. Assets worth at least £1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) are leaving the country, according to consultancy EY.

  Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFF) are both moving their European headquarters to the Netherlands.

  Manufacturing comapanies, which need their supply chains to function seamlessly, have also made changes. Nissa

n (NSANF) has scrapped plans to build a new model in the United Kingdom, citing uncertainty over Brexit. Ger

man engineering group Schaeffler (SCFLF) is shutting two of its three factories in Britain for the same reason.

  The biggest risk

  The most dangerous scenario — a disorderly Brexit — could still come to pass.

  EU leaders on Thursday granted the United Kingdom a short delay to Brexit, but the

country could still crash out of the bloc unless UK lawmakers agree a path forward.

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Liu Gang, the founder of PayNews.net, a Hangzhou-based

online news service focusing on China’s mobile payment industry, said to Securities Daily he

expects the run-up of cashless payments will maintain for three to five years until it takes up as much sha

re of consumption as possible, as consumers incrementally wade farther into cashless payments.

Data from PBOC revealed banking financial institutions in 2018 conducted 220.31 billion deals in non-cash paym

ents involving 3,768.67 trillion yuan, a rise of 36.94 percent and 0.23 percent year-on-year respectively.

In the same period non-banking payment institutions, mainly referring to third-party online payment service providers, had 530.61 b

illion deals, surging 85.05 percent, and the transaction volume was 208.07 trillion yuan, up 45.23 percent fro

m the previous year. Mobile payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay occupy over 90 percent of market share.

By the end of 2018, a total of 424 commercial banks and 115 payment institutio

ns were connected to a unified clearing platform set up by the Payment and Clearing Association of China, PBOC said.

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At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.

Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.

‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’

Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A

kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.

Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi

ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.

New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says

“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”

The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”

“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”

New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.

The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.

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Sports participation, as part of all-around education, sho

uld be given a more prominent role on campus, whereas now acade

mic excellence seems to be the main priority in our country,” Yao told China Daily on Sun

day in Beijing during the annual session of the country’s top political advisory body.

“Building organized and accessible sports competitions with tailor-made programs and adequate facilities is the key to involv

ing as many students as possible,” said Yao, who is chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association.

At last year’s two sessions, he proposed implementation of a “m

ini basketball” program for younger students. It saw 10,000 participants registered with the CBA

sign up for some 15,000 teams that competed regularly in 192 cities across the country over the past year.

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The aim of such supervision is to adopt a people-orie

ented approach and work hard to let the public feel fairness and justice in every case,” Procurator-General Zhang Jun said during his report.

In the past year, the top court has also attached more importance to protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and private enterprises.

Zhang Wenzhong, former chairman of Wumei Holdings Group, p

arent of major retail chain Wumart Stores, was cleared of bribery and fraud in May.

Jiang Bixin, vice-president of the top court, said the retrial of Zhang’s case could be c

onsidered a landmark, adding that judges nationwide will continue making such corrections.

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Sarah Sanders says it’s too “early in the process” for US to ground

  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Fox News Tuesday said that it’s too “early in the process” for the United States to ground the fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

  Sanders said the decision will ultimately be a process and that the administration

will be in constant contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation.

  “We know a lot of people in the industry have started to voice concerns about the amount of technology and taki

ng the power out of the hands of the pilots,” Sanders said. “You saw the President talk about that in his tweets earlier today,” she added.

  President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that “airplanes are becoming far too com

plex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT.”

  Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but ra

ther computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnec

essary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are….

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Other hot topics include how to increase social and marke

 engagement in scientific undertakings, especially in basic research, and improving the

scientific literacy of the public. The management, use and sharing of China’s ever-growing scientific assets, fro

m research data to massive equipment, will also challenge the wisdom of scientists and officials alike.

Improving research ethics and academic integrity will be another topic that will be widely disc

ussed, as the shadows of scientist He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies and recent plagiarism accusations ce

ntered on actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctoral research papers still loom over Chinese academia.

Chen Zong, a national political adviser and the former Party chief of the China Youth C

enter for International Exchange, said his peers have been frequently discussing these incidents because “they ha

ve a very negative impact on China’s academic communities and the nation’s image as a whole”.

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