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ation in fields such as environment and sustainable energy, agriculture, sustainable urbani
zation, health, aviation, space technology, infrastructure and transportation, according to the communique.
The two sides also expres
Visiting President Xi Jinping met with Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti
Casellati here Friday on expanding exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions.
China and Italy have enjoyed a traditional friendship, with the ancient Silk Road closely linking the two peoples, Xi said.
Since they established diplomatic relations nearly 50 years ago, the China-Italy ties have seen heal
thy and stable development, and the two countries have become important partners who trust each other and work together, Xi said.
sed willingness to strengthen cultural cooperation that includes heritage protection and figh
t against relic trafficking, education cooperation that highlights language studies, judicial coope
ration that involves extradition and anti-graft experience sharing, and law enforcement cooperation.
During Xi’s visit, the two sides signed 19 intergovernmental bilateral cooperation documents, the communique said.
ital economy will be the new engines for the economy, while some traditional driv
ing forces, such as injecting funds into the market, are losing momentum, Zhu said.
China’s total GDP exceeded 90 trillion yuan ($13.4 trillion) in 2018, and the per capita GDP was
about $9,700. Economists predict that if the country maintains growth of at least 6 percent this
year, which is likely given the current momentum, its per capita GDP this year would surpass $10,000.
That means China would move closer to the standards for a “high-inco
me country” — above $12,736 in per capital GDP — set by the World Bank in 2015.
However, a productivity slowdown, aging population and unbalanced regional development could be among the “bot
tlenecks” that constrain China in becoming a high-income country, economists said.
of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W
hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu
rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache
rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio
n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
Zimbabwe to help families who don’t have access to phone or internet find their missing relatives.
About 1.7 million people are affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to UNICEF.
”The situation on the ground remains critical,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF sp
okesperson in Geneva, describing the scene in Beira.”There is no electricity or running water.”
Thousands of people are congregating in informal camps in desperate c
onditions, according to UNICEF representative Marco Luigi Corsi, who has traveled to affected areas.
Taylor, 62, who has lived in Mozambique for 10 years, became stranded on Satur
day on the highway to Zimbabwe from Beira, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, after flood waters one-meter high blocked the road.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, he abandoned his car and joined the stre
ams of people wading in the pitch black through the waters along the raised highway.
Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on
Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,
It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had
recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin
g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of
500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.
One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,
Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr
oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.
he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said
Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the
Mozambican government as well as the inter
national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,
sanitation and water for those at risk.
”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major
ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne
diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.