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Since Myanmar embarked on its political transition, political elites in the country have championed that peace is the premise for economic and social developme
nt. In the first two years of the government led by National League for Democracy (NLD), Nay Pyi Taw devoted a lot of efforts to promoting national recon
ciliation with the hope of making a major breakthrough and consolidating public support. Regrettably, results are no
t satisfactory. The NLD government is currently locked in a stalemate over national reconciliation.
It has also performed poorly in boosting the economy and improving people’s lives. Main economic indicators suggest that since the N
LD government assumed power, Living standards haven’t substantially improved, and more economic problems have surfaced to plague the c
ountry. One of the main reasons why the NLD lost seats in the 2018 elections is the government’s lackluster economic performance. If the e
conomy doesn’t improve, it will inevitably affect the NLD’s potential for victory in the 2020 election.
Therefore, the NLD government is now attaching increasing importance to economic and live
lihood issues. It has issued a string of policies to attract foreign investment. Take the new Myanmar
Companies Act. Under the law, foreigners are permitted to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies and bus
inesses with foreign stakes of more than 35 percent will be classified as a foreign company, which facilitates co
operation between foreign investors and local businessmen and will help attract more foreign investment.
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litical and diplomatic means alone cannot support Japan’s global ambitions. A military presence at the global level is needed if Japan is to expand its political clout.
Compared with old European powers like the UK and France, Japan’s military influence in Europe is jerkwater. But it is different after Japan signed military pa
cts with these countries – Japan’s political influence is increasing because of the support of military powers.
With the influence of the UK and France declining in the Asia-Pacific region, their military activities can get
the support from Japan via the ACSA, which will immensely boost Japan’s military clout. These European countries will not look at Ja
pan through the military lens, which will effectively strengthen Japan’s political might.
Meanwhile, exchange of military provisions will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and these countries, ex
erting Japan‘s cultural influence in these countries and beyond. Even if Japan fails to become a permanent member of the UN Security Co
uncil, it can still play a major role in the world. This has been part of the global strategies of the Abe administration.
We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it’s part of an overall plan to influence economics, po
litics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.
Comments Off on Thailand’s political changes mirror those of Southeast Asiawhich
is a region in transition. Since the beginning of the 21st century, thi
s region has come across political struggle between new capitalistic groups and old b
ureaucratic factions, as well as political turmoil as a result of the huge gap between the rich and poor.
Indonesia is also going to hold a presidential election in April. These upcoming electi
ons have sent a clear signal that Southeast Asian countries long for political stability and development.
The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exc
eptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.
As for China-Thailand relations, historically, no matter which
government came to power after several coups, the direction of bilateral ties has never chang
ed. The cooperation between China and Thailand has become the common aspiration of the two peoples and is in their mutual interest.
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Austria’s technology ministry has called on Europe to form a joint position on whether or not to allow Chinese firm Huawei to equip 5G for next-generation mobile networks. This consideration co
mes amid the US-hyped security concerns over Huawei and Washington’s relentless efforts to thwart the 5G efforts of this leading tech company.
will be one of the most critical components of the digital economy and society, not only in China but also Europe. Europe has taken significant ste
ps to lead global developments toward this strategic technology. To reposition itself as a leader in world affairs including the field of technology, Europe h
as no reason to reject cooperation with Huawei which has developed the most advanced 5G technology, disregarding u
nwarranted US claims.
Europe is caught in the middle. While the continent treads carefully between China an
d the US, what is at stake is its own interests. As China tries to offer a cooperative approach, Europe, a longtime US ally, is hesi
ant to accept. The Belt and RoadInitiative proposed by China presents tremendous opportunities in terms of trade and g
rowth, while skepticism lingers in Europe about the geopolitical ambition the initiative may harbor.
servers believe that the funds allocated by the EU will fall way short of what is really needed. The EU will allocate funding for this project in its ne
xt multiannual budget, which will stretch from 2021 to 2027, but can Europe afford to wait till then to walk out of its current plight?
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ave had a negative impact on the Chinese economy, but it has shown resilience in coping with the shocks, and the repercussions have not been as severe as pred
icted. In January, for instance, Chinese exports rose 9.1 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 3.5 percent declin
e in December, according to customs data released on Thursday. And although its export growth to the US continued t
relations with a deal that is in line with the interests of both countries. If that has been the shared und
erstanding during this week’s talks, and it is carried forward in the negotiations in Wa
shington next week, hopefully the two sides will be able to narrow the differences between them sufficiently so that the t
o drop, no doubt due to the raised tariffs on Chinese goods, China’s shipments to other major
markets, such as the European Union, Japan and Southeast Asia, all rose strongly.
Meanwhile, leyishengpxcn/ions otherwise, the US economy has not rem
ained unscathed, as shown by the need to offer emergency assistance to its farmers and t
he voices of complaint from US companies urging the administration to change tack.
Cooperation based on fully respecting mutual interests is the best way for t
he two countries to renew their trade and economicwo leaders can pencil in a date f
or a meeting at which they can shake hands on a deal that sets the right course for future relations.
Comments Off on Between each April and October, villagers from Dingri Cou
unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.
Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.
“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.
Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan
g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.
Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f
oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am
ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.
To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c
arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr
ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.
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na may move more toward monetary easing, joining a group of other major economies prone to dovish policy typified by more accommodative measures that stimulate growth, analysts said.
This comes at a time when global central bank governors have become more concerned about an economic slowdown and put tightening measures on hold.
Central bankers in the United States, European Union, Japan and Oceania have had a change in
mood in the past month, given worries that a too tight monetary environment may not cushion the
ir economies from shocks from trade tensions, Brexit and financial vulnerabilities. They sounded the alarm ov
er global uncertainties after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast of the world’s economic growth in January.
With bank governors delivering dovish speeches one after another, the Chinese mo
netary authority is considering an adjustment to financial institutions’ “act
ual” lending rate for companies in order to remove the “obstacle” that constrains credit flowing into the co
untry’s production sector, according to Sun Guofeng, head of the PBOC Monetary Policy Department
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TOULOUSE – Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the A380 superjumbo on Thursd
ay, abandoning its dream of dominating the skies with a cruiseliner for the 21st century after years of lacklustre sales.
The world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins a
nd room for 544 people in standard layout, was designed to challenge Boeing’s legendary 747
but failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, more nimble jets.
Airbus said in a statement that the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.
Confirming a shake-up first reported by Reuters, it said Emirates – the largest A380 cust
omer – had decided to reduce its orders for the iconic superjumbo and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models.
The European company said it would enter talks with unions in coming weeks over the 3,000-3,500 jobs potentially affected.
Airbus will produce 17 more of the planes including 14 for Emirates and 3 for Japanese airline ANA.
As part of the restructuring, Emirates placed a new order for 40 A330-900neo jets an
d 30 A350-900 aircraft, partially restoring a purchase of A350 aircraft which it cancelled in
Comments Off on Today, the situation is radically different. Space exploration is
nger the prerogative of the US and Russia. Apart from the US, Russia and China, India too has worked out an ambitious plan to put astronauts in space by 2022.
Constantly improving manufacturing and new material technologies have remarkably reduced the cost of space launches. The pr
ivate US company Space X has successfully launched recoverable rockets, and its launch cost per kilogram payload has fallen below $2,000, one-ten
th that of a space shuttle launch. And for China and India, the cost of one rocket launch is less than $5,000 per kg.
Another major change helping space exploration is the advancement in 3D printing technology, which now allows astr
onauts to produce parts and components in the International Space Station and thus reduces the number of sup
ply vehicle launches. 3D printing will play a big role in the construction of a permanent space station on the moon.
These technological advancements have propelled a new wave of space fever ac
ross the world. While US President Donald Trump has reactivated the space ex
ploration program that aims to land humans on Mars by 2033, private space companies such as Space X and Blue Ori
gin have used advanced technologies to their full advantage to move ahead in the space race.
For China, building a permanent space station and a rocket launch platform on the moon will
be critical to advanced space exploration. Actually, China is moving closer to fulfilling that objective.
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i’s papers published in an academic journal, was uploaded to CNKI and the similarity score for the 2,783-word article was 40.4 percent.
Another post by the same blogger claimed that Zhai’s doctoral graduation dissertation
could not be found in the CNKI database, while all the graduation dissertations written by his classmates could be found there.
The posts stirred a heated debate among netizens, with many saying academic misconduct
was unfair to students who had worked hard to obtain a degree. They have called for strict rules to curb such behavior.
“For someone with a PhD, how could he not know what the CNKI is? And how could he have never used it for referencing academic works?” one netizen wrote.
“I was only joking when I said that I did not know what CNKI was,” Zhai wrote in response
to the post. “Will anyone believe me if I said that I do not know one plus one equals two?”
Zhai’s studio said on Friday that he obtained a PhD from the Beijing Film Academ
y in June, and all his academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.
He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.
Peking University declined to comment when contacted by China Daily on Monday.