n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr
y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting,
at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Developm
ent and Reform Commission. Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis
ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac
e goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Xi said that although China is still in an impor
tant period of strategic opp ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.
of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.
Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-qu
ality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.
They supported comprehensive infrastruc
ture connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.
ties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.
The leaders also upheld green and sustaina
ble growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.
A special 3D printer worked next to a display cabinet filled with a variety of imitations of bo
dy parts at a funeral parlour in Guangzho
u, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province. The city’s funeral service center is trying to introduce the new technology to help restore remains damaged in accidents.
nt the deceased to leave with dignity,” said Yu Jiaqi (pseudonym), an embalming expert at the funeral parlor. Previously, the restoration was carried out manually, using plasticine, plaster and clay. A facial repair usually took 15 to 30 days.
Yu said n
ot only the long wait but the sometimes barely satisfactory restoration prolonged the pain for family and loved ones. “The materials can easily deform. We have been looking for better ways to restore the original form of the deceased,” she said.
n, deputy head of the funeral service center, said 3D printing only takes 10 da ys for a much more lifelike and accurate face, and the texture is stronger and feels more like real skin.
short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and pol
itical nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
Labour’s Sha dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened t
he emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off ex
tension would be downright reckless.” Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long exte
nsion if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30. He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was
no power in Beira and surr ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.
roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti
Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.” Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of
the damage has taken days to come into focus due
in part to the country’s poor infrastructure. The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le
ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar