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such an unfriendly and offensive manner,” Wang said, adding t
hat Washington’s decision shows that the country has become an “oversensitive and
paranoid one which has a lack of confidence in dealing with diplomatic relations”.
A number of Chinese social scientists have had similar experiences when their US visas were revoked.
Zhu Feng, executive director of the China Center for Collaborat
ive Studies of the South China Sea at Nanjing University, told the Global Times news
paper in Beijing that his 10-year US visa was crossed out by FBI agents, canceling it, whe
n he was about to board a flight back to Beijing at Los Angeles International Airport in March 2018.
Zhu said the FBI first threatened to revoke his visa if he did not cooperate with their inquiry.
“‘Go back to China’,”Zhu recalled an agent telling him during that visit. “You will receive a notification.”
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this”, in the form of an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of China by barring scholars wh
o have great familiarity with US politics and policymaking and have the ear of Chinese officials.
Douglas H. Paal, vice-president of the Asia Program at the Carn
egie Endowment for International Peace, said it appears that the scholars who best unders
tand the US and communicate well with China’s leaders are being denied visas or threatened with denial.
“I don’t see how this is in America’s interest,” Paal said.
Some US media have mentioned that China also denies visas to
US academics, but Taylor and Paal said that has not been
their experience when applying for Chinese visas to visit China for academic exchanges.
In a news conference on Thursday, when asked if China rejected a visa application fr
om an adviser to US President Donald Trump, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang
said Chinese embassies and consulates overseas always handle visa applications according to law.
China welcomes cultural exchanges between China and the US an
d will actively promote mutual understanding between the two countries, Lu said.
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rating the push for economic upgrading, which offers strong impetus for the growth. Despite the pressure, we still can see gr
owth momentum,” Zhang said during a macroeconomic seminar earlier this month in Beijing.
“Recently, the government has introduced a series of su
pportive policies which will gradually help grow the real economy,” Zhang added.
NDRC said a further 3.24 million new urban jobs were added in t
he first quarter, with surveyed unemployment ra
te remaining at a comparatively low level of 5.2 percent in March. And consu
mer prices registered a moderate rise of 1.8 percent in the first three months of this year.
A basic equilibrium in the balance of payments was maintai
ned, and China’s foreign exchange reserves exceeded $3 trillion, Yuan added.
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Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) supervised the
test-fire of a new tactical guided weapon, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.
Kim “supervised and guided a test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon cond
ucted by the Academy of Defense Science on Wednesday,” the KCNA reported.
The design indexes of the weapon, with advantages of “the p
eculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead,” were “perfectly verified at the test-fire con
ducted in various modes of firing at different targets,” the report said, giving no details of the weapon.
“Tactical” implies a short distance weapon instead of a long-range ballistic missile in military battles.
According to the report, Kim described the development as “an event of v
ery weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army,” sayi
ng that the scientists and workers have done a great work in increasing the country’s capabilities of
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An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
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eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
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creased by 5.4 percent year-on-year, 11.9 percentage points lower than that in the first quarter 2018.
Individual income tax decreased by 29.7 percent, the largest drop among three major tax item
s. Value-added tax growth has already slowed to 10.7 percent, down from 20.1 percent a year earlier.
Local government income from land sales fell 9.5 percent in the first three months, the Ministry of Finance said.
As the central bank has taken a pause in monetary easing, fiscal policy should remain pro
active to stabilize economic growth and ensure the recent rebound is not just a seasonal fluke, said economists.
Xu Xianchun, a former deputy director at the National Bureau of Statist
ics, said that fiscal policy should be implemented “with proper intensity and at the right time”, t
o prevent large fluctuations in the investment growth rate and negative impact on economic stability.
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with the island by officially acknowledging that military personnel have been posted in the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan since 2005.
US weapons manufacturer Raytheon was also granted a $9 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system.
Senior Colonel Liang Fang, a professor at PLA National Defense Universit
y, said the recent drill will test and enhance the PLA’s joint operating capabilities.
“It will increase the PLA’s ability to protect national sovereignty, and warn thos
e who are trying to undermine it to abandon their illusions,” she said. “Similar drills
will be more common in the future, with increasingly sophisticated equipment and training methods.”
Xiu Chunping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences’ Institute of Taiwan Studies, said the recent drill serves to warn the US and separati
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hina can lend a helping hand in the rebuilding of Paris’s Notre Dam
e Cathedral, whose spire and roof were destroyed by the huge fire that engulfed the 8
50-year-old Gothic building on Monday evening, said a historian from Cambridge University.
Alan Macfarlane, a historian and professor emeritus at King’s College, said that give
n China’s widely acknowledged engineering and construction expertise, “it would be a very appreciated gesture if the pe
ople of China offered their help in whatever way the French thought appropriate to rebuild a symbol for all of our world”.
“The Chinese have built the largest airport in the world, a far larger job than rebuilding
Notre Dame, in less than three years,” Macfarlane said. “They could be of immense help.”
President Xi Jinping sent a message of support to French President E
mmanuel Macron on Tuesday, expressing sincere condolences to all French people.
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tedly part of the French destiny and the project we will have for the coming years … a national subscription will be launched, and well beyon
d our borders we will appeal to the greatest talent, and there are many who will come to contribute and rebuild,” Macron said.
We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what French people e
xpect, because it’s what our history deserves and because it’s our deep destiny,” he added.
Already, two of France’s wealthiest men have pledged large donations. Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Ke
ring group, which owns fashion brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, pledged 100 m
illion euros ($113 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame, Agence France-Presse reported.
Bernard Arnault, chief executive of the LVMH group, which owns fa
shion labels including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, said he would donate 200 million euros.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame, which has rece
ived about 13 million visitors each year－more than the Eiffel Tower－is regard
ed as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and sits at the heart of the nation’s history.