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”.
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.
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.
Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least
one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco
rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,
was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr
esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.
The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi
th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam
e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.
If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is
to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali
gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
South Korea, according to the Ministry of Environment.
In theory, all waste produced in the country is handled in one of three ways: it is either rec
ycled, processed into fuel, or incinerated. But a series of events in recent years have disrupted this system.
In 2017, a surge in smog levels prompted the governmen
t to tighten regulations on waste-to-energy plants and waste incineration facilities which wer
e blamed for belching out polluting fumes, says Sung Nak-kuen of the Korea Waste Association.
Consequently, the number of incineration facilities fell from
611 in 2011 to 395 last year. And with the waste-to-energy plants feeling the squeeze, dem
and for solid recovered fuel — non-recyclable plastic and paper burned for heat and energy — has collapsed.
But in late 2017, China banned the import of 24 types
of solid waste, including paper and plastic, extending it in April last year to include dozens more type
s of recyclable materials, including steel waste, used auto parts and old ships.
Exports of plastic waste from South Korea to China fell by ove
r 90%, according to the Korea International Trade Association. Trash overflowed on the
streets of Seoul as the waste management companies refused to collect it.
As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar
e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.
The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak
istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w
ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.
It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist
Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.
”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu
ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.
After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t
rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.
The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the
past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.