future for mankind in his speech at the headquarters of the United Nation
s in September 2015, and in his report for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Part
y of China in October 2017, Xi has pledged on different occasions to build a peaceful, safe, prosperous, open, incl
usive, clean and beautiful world to let the sunshine of a community of shared future for mankind illuminate the world.
The world, which is going through a phase of adjustment that features huge development and fundamental changes, faces
great and unfamiliar turbulent situations — the overall trends of peace and development are irreversible, while ins
tability and uncertainty are prominent. Some problems and challenges are unprecedented, and the interna
tional community faces crucial choices concerning the future of the world and the fate of humanity.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra
dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w
as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.
In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va
rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.
Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha
rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.
At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol
id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini
stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid
waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.
Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h
alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.
president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi
ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce
ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”
James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin
gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m
esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.
“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro
cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”
Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.
“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi
th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”
The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne
d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.
Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com
prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop
hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.
“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga
ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In
stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition
hborhood, which covers 1.5 square kilometers, is home to around 33,000 households and 82,000 residents.
To promote community governance, the neighborhood has launched various projects si
nce 2012 to facilitate communication between residents and enhance “neighborly spirit”.
One of the most successful activities is its rooftop garden project.
“Our rooftop garden began with the Meilian building in 2015, with support from enterprises a
nd managed by residents,” said Wang Yanfeng, deputy director of the Caojiadu neighborhood Party working committee.
It all started with 14 containers on the rooftop to grow vegetables and flowers. Each miniature garden is taken care of by two fa
milies, of which one has at least one elderly person at home and the other has one or more children.
Harvested vegetables are sent to the neighborhood’s senior residents,
cooked for the nutritious community lunch or sold during charity bazaars, Wang said.
The miniature gardens were upgraded in 2017 to include a broader variety of vegetables and expan
ded to more rooftops in Caojiadu, which also helps children learn about cultivating crops and vegetables.