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China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.
In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.
“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor
ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand
car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.
As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s
afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.
that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their
major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.
“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud
ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s
tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.
“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r
ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu
ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”
levated China’s ties with Italy, Monaco and France to a new level, and injected new impetus into China-Europe compreh
ensive strategic partnership, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.
When the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi’s Europe tour, hailed b
y the international community, is dedicated to deepening partnership for cooperation, improving global governance, and uphol
ding multilateralism, which shows China’s sense of responsibility as a major country, Wang said.
In six days, the Chinese president attended over 40 events during his visit to five cities including Rome, Palermo, Monaco, Nice a
nd Paris, Wang noted, adding that it is a trip of friendship, cooperation and exploration that has delivered fruitful results.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic
partnership, and next year will witness the 50th anniversary of China-Italy diplomatic relations.
At meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Xi agreed with them to further i
ntensify high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust, and elevate bilateral relations, Wang said.
that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten
sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun
d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t
ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.
So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.