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XCMG Celebrates Partnership Achievements with Industry Partners on International Day of Cooperatives

XUZHOU, China, July 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Chinese construction machinery manufacturer XCMG (SHE: 000425) is celebrating the 2020 International Day of Cooperatives on July 4 through a retrospective of its successful partnership achievements with top global industry partners over the past year. XCMG Celebrates Partnership Achievements with Industry Partners on International Day of Cooperatives. XCMG entered strategic agreements with two existing long-term partners – leading diesel engine manufacturer Cummins and leading global mining group Rio Tinto – in the fall of 2019. Together, the companies have committed to strengthen mutually beneficial global activities across all areas of the product and value chain. In addition, the partners have pledged to share resources and new technologies, while continuously improving global R&D, manufacturing and service systems. "XCMG is committed to working hand-in-hand with our partners to grow and succeed together. Through active engagements and strategic local initiatives, we will ultimately create better products and services for customers around the world," said Wang Min, Chairman of XCMG. Exploring new energy solutions and premium product upgrades with Cummins XCMG has expanded its 40-year partnership with Cummins beyond conventional diesel power to include new energy solutions. The two manufacturers have jointly developed a 3.5-ton electric mini-excavator, featuring a Cummins BM5.7E battery module that can operate for up to eight hours on one charge, and has passed fatigue tests to demonstrate both reliability and zero emissions. As part of its ongoing cooperation, Cummins and XCMG prioritize high-end product strategies, strict quality control and high-efficiency/low energy consumption while ensuring maximum product reliability and stability. XCMG's milestone accomplishments with Cummins include: A super 4,000-ton XGC88000 crawler crane equipped with three Cummins QSK23 high-powered engines; A 400-ton super hydraulic excavator powered by Cummins QSK60 high-powered engines; A 700-ton hydraulic excavator featuring dual Cummins QSK50 high-powered engines. With Rio Tinto: integrating mining solutions while guaranteeing quality From cold, snow-covered plateaus to the extreme heat of open-pit mines in Australia, XCMG's mining graders have won recognition in the open-mining market for their high quality and performance. In December 2019, XCMG successfully delivered nine customized GR2605 large-scale mining graders to Rio Tinto in Australia, marking another landmark since the brand's cooperation began with BHP and Vale. According to Australian standards and requirements, the customized GR2605 mining grader was set to 35 types of welds with corresponding procedures that fully guarantee welding quality and meets the requirements of the mining market.   Related Links :

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US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Washington’s envoy to Afghanistan stressed Saturday the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles both in the U.S. and regionally.Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Taliban negotiators are headquartered.The U.S. signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February to end 19 years of war in Afghanistan.Khalilzad has sought to stress the economic benefits of the peace deal throughout his tour. In a series of tweets early Saturday, the U.S. envoy said he had met with the Qatar Investment Authority and the Taliban’s chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani, in the tiny Gulf state’s capital of Doha.“We agreed development plans in support of peace can never start too early,” Khalilzad tweeted.However, Washington has recently become embroiled in a controversy over intelligence reports that Russia was paying money to insurgents with links to the Taliban to kill American and NATO soldiers.The identity of the insurgents who took the bounty money is still vague but the payments have been traced to an Afghan drug lord Rahmatullah Azizi, who is living in Moscow, according to Afghan officials who spoke with The Associated Press.The officials said the money was delivered through Azizi’s brother Wahidullah, who was the go-between for those facilitating the attacks on U.S. troops.The New York Times first reported the U.S. intelligence claiming the payment of bounties as well as Azizi’s involvement.Added to the uncertainty and delays swirling around the U.S-Taliban peace deal, the Pentagon released a report on Wednesday that questioned the Taliban’s commitment to end its ties with Al-Qaida. The peace deal calls for the Taliban to fight against terrorist organizations and ensure Afghanistan would not be used again to attack U.S. interests or its allies. Critics of the deal say the militants can’t be trusted.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied contacts with Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, saying the insurgents were committed to the peace deal.Khalizad embarked on his tour of the region last weekend, even as the rate of coronavirus infections in the United States soared and countries worldwide struggled with the dangers of re-opening. He did not travel to Afghanistan citing the dangers of the pandemic and instead held video conference calls with both Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his government partner, Abdullah Abdullah.Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tested positive for COVID 19, just 48 after meeting with with Khalilzad. Both had been pictured wearing masks during their meeting on Wednesday in the Pakistani capital of IslamabadQureshi said he developed a fever on Friday and tested positive to the virus. But he promised to “carry on” his official duties from home.Even as Khalilzad winds up his latest diplomatic mission, there was no date for crucial intra-Afghan negotiations that bring the Taliban together with the Afghan government and other local actors. Khalilzad called for a quick resolution of outstanding issues so those negotiations could begin.Until now the biggest hurdle has been the release of prisoners. The peace deal called for the Afghan government to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners, in exchange for the Taliban releasing 1,000 government personnel. So far the government has freed 3,500 and the Taliban around 700.Ghani earlier this week suggested that his government had a problem with some of the names on the Taliban’s list of prisoners to be released and said alternative names would be given.It seems unlikely that the Taliban will accept anyone not on the list agreed upon during negotiations with the U.S.Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s political spokesman in Doha, called the Afghan government reasons for delaying prisoner releases “phony excuses” and the reason for the delay in beginning intra-Afghan talks.As of Saturday, Afghanistan recorded 32,600 coronavirus infections, but international NGOs say the rate is much higher and have warned that the country’s war-ravaged healthcare system risks collapsing.Seemingly indicative of the lack of healthcare facilities in Afghanistan to deal with the virus, Ghani’s special envoy for economic development, Yosuf Ghaznafar, went to Turkey when he became ill with COVID-19. On Friday he died of the disease, according to a statement from the presidency. Ghaznafar is the senior most Afghan official to die of the virus.Afghanistan has so far recorded 826 deaths from the virus.(AP)


India COVID-19 cases hit record high amid monsoon rains

India recorded its highest singe-day spike of novel coronavirus cases on Saturday, with over 22,000 new cases and 442 deaths, as infections rose in the western and southern parts of the country during heavy monsoon rainfalls.The western state of Maharashtra, home to the densely packed financial capital Mumbai, has the country's highest total, confirming 6,364 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 198 deaths.India has now the fourth-most confirmed cases in the world following the United States, Brazil and Russia. The number of COVID-19 cases in India on Saturday reached 648,315 and the death toll rose to 18,655, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. As a precautionary measure, officials in Mumbai warned residents to stay away from the coast, as heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 48 hours in Mumbai and adjoining suburbs. The high tide was expected to be over 4.5 meters on Saturday at 11:37, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) continued.The monsoons typically cause waterlogging at low lying areas and along the coastal parts and could ruin the novel coronavirus lockdown efforts by causing a further rise in infection numbers, experts say.In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the second worst-hit state in India, the number of cases crossed 100,000.India had imposed one of the world's harshest lockdowns in March to control the virus spread, but it has been eased in phases in recent weeks to restart economic activity. Epidemiologists warn that India's peak could still be weeks or months away, suggesting that the country's already severely overburdened healthcare system will come under further stress.India's top health research body the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is expected to launch its first COVID-19 vaccine by August 15 in partnership with Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturing company Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL)."BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, the final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," a letter from ICMR's Director General Balram Bhargava to institutes said.ICMR has selected a dozen institutes for clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine). The institutes have been asked to step up the clinical trials as they are a "priority project" and must "meet the given timelines without any lapse."(CGTN)


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CPC has every right to be proud of great accomplishments, says Iraqi party leader

The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese people have every right to be proud of their great achievements in all aspects during the country's development, Raed Fahmi, secretary of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party, has said. Ninety-nine years after the founding of the party and nearly 71 years after the founding of the People's Republic of China, "China has become the second-largest world economy and managed to achieve incredible growth in the income of Chinese citizens," Fahmi said in an interview with Xinhua. Since 1921, the CPC has played a pivotal and pioneering role in the Chinese people's struggle for independence and liberation, which gained a great victory in 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded, he said. "The emergence of the new state came as a result of the dedicated struggle of the communists, their sacrifices and unlimited loyalty to the cause of independence and unity of the country," Fahmi said. He added that the CPC has combatted corruption on a variety of fronts, and emphasized severe punishment for corrupted officials regardless of "their positions." As for China's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fahmi said that China was very decisive in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has infected over 10 million people and killed more than 500,000 worldwide. "China has taken exceptional and rapid measures by mobilizing a great deal of human, financial, technical and scientific resources and managed to achieve impressive success in curbing the spread of the pandemic," he said. He attributed the success to "the effectiveness and efficiency of China's health system, developed infrastructure and high-level technologies, in addition to the Chinese people's high commitment to directives and preventive measures." China's rich experience in battling COVID-19 will help the world fight the pandemic and "the Chinese leaders have frequently announced their willingness to offer their experience and knowledge to the whole world, and expressed their readiness to cooperate and coordinate efforts with other countries and international institutions," Fahmi said. He added that China has always adhered to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and promoted building a community with a shared future for mankind. "The pillars of China's foreign policy are consistent with the Charter of the United Nations, and provide a sound, solid and stable basis for building a new pattern of relations between countries that guarantee international peace and security," Fahmi said, adding that these pillars have been clearly demonstrated "in its initiatives and calls for international cooperation and peaceful coexistence between countries with different political, economic and social systems." Though countries are different, they have such common interests as maintaining world peace, preserving the environment and dealing with challenges including combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Fahmi said. The Belt and Road Initiative and China's assistance to other countries in fighting COVID-19 are examples of its foreign policy, which guarantees the interests and mutual benefits of all countries, and respects their national sovereignty, he added.(CGTN)


Pompeo's old tricks against China will fool no sober mind

At a time when the pandemic situation in the United States is getting drastically worse, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began to play a fresh round of old, clumsy tricks against China. However, his awkward tactics will not fool clear minds worldwide. After a national security law to safeguard Hong Kong was passed and took effect Tuesday, Pompeo again resorted to words of intimidation by threatening "new countermeasures." Also, the U.S. top diplomat has been stubbornly bent on carrying on smear campaigns against China's sincere support for Africa, as well as its all-out battle to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Pompeo's platitudes, full of lies and cheats, will do nothing to help Washington cover up its botched response to the raging pandemic at home. Instead, his reckless verbal attacks have made America more isolated from the mainstream of the world. The persistent critic of China has to recognize that the China-bashing game cannot solve any problem troubling his own country. So far, the spreading virus has infected over 2.6 million people and claimed nearly 130,000 lives in the United States, a tragedy as accused by many largely caused by Washington's arrogance, ignorance and incompetence in response to this plight. Rather than pointing fingers at China's internal affairs, some U.S. politicians are well advised to turn their attention to their own business, including the chronic and deeply-rooted racial discrimination and the alarming gap between the wealth and the poor, which have been afflicting the U.S. society for a long time. With his pompous title of the secretary of state of the sole superpower in the world, Pompeo has unscrupulously smeared others with lies, but his erroneous acts will only bring shame to and erode the credibility of his country and ruin Washington's reputation on the international arena, as clear-minded people have already seen through his facade. When the American chief diplomat attempts to drive a wedge between China and Africa with groundless blames, China, a true development partner to African countries, is in good faith offering concrete support to the continent, which has been highly recognized and respected. Moreover, faulting China with lame excuses will in no way dampen the world's confidence in China's development. Despite touts by some Washington politicians to pull out supply chains amid the coronavirus pandemic, a recent report by the Rhodium Group pointed out that over the past 18 months, the research firm has recorded levels of foreign mergers and acquisitions into China "that were not seen in the previous decade." Also in early June, the World Bank Group said in its latest projections that the global economy is on track to shrink by 5.2 percent this year due to the virus, yet China is expected to be the only major economy that will register growth in 2020. China has been attracting more partners across the globe as a robust market with a population of over 1.4 billion and a responsible country committed to cooperation and mutual benefits. Choosing China, at this moment, means choosing a future with huge potential. In a pandemic that is still accelerating in many parts of the world, solidarity and cooperation are the only right choice for the human race to defeat the virus. China-bashers like Pompeo may keep ignoring the alarm and playing their old tricks, but their ill-disposed schemes are doomed to fail.(CGTN)


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Britons welcome 'Super Saturday' entering new phase of reopening

The latest phase in a gradual reopening of the British economy on Saturday will see reopening of pubs and many other public places. The government will also reveal a full list of countries covered by the relaxation of the travel quarantine on Friday, the country's transport ministry said.The reopening of this round in Britain will see pubs open their doors for the first time since mid March, as well as the reopening of restaurants, museums, hotels and other businesses.Britain has suffered the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with at least 44,000 dead, but infection rates are falling and it is gradually easing a three-month lockdown. The much-awaited event brings excitement to the public, and has dubbed "Super Saturday" in the media.While, the reopenings still come with strict restrictions like: numbers limited, no crowds, no standing at the bar and no live music, and venues will have to keep a record of customers in case of a virus outbreak."Ultimately, the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly," Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say at a news conference on Friday.Employees mark the outside of a pub with tape for social distancing, prior to reopening, in London, on June 30, 2020. /APMeanwhile, the British government will also announce its first exemptions of travel quarantine, with arrivals from Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Travelers from these countries will no longer require to self-isolate from July 10.However, the exemptions -- applied to countries considered to have a low risk of COVID-19 -- will only apply to arrivals into England. Those arriving into other parts of the UK -- Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland -- will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days, or face a fine.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government had been expected to announce the quarantine exemptions earlier this week, but ministers hinted at disagreements with the devolved administration in Scotland. Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast would "set out their own approach to exemptions", the UK government said Friday.Since June 8, it has required all overseas arrivals -- including UK residents -- to self-quarantine to avoid the risk of importing new cases from abroad. The move sparked outrage from airlines already struggling with the effects of global coronavirus shutdowns, as well as reciprocal moves by other countries.Aware of the many Brits who want to travel abroad during summer, the government said Friday it expected countries on the exempt list to lift any restrictions on UK travelers. However, it indicated that talks on securing this reciprocal action were still ongoing."Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement. "Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses."He said the exempt list would be kept under review, saying: "We will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with."A longer list of countries that will be exempt is expected to be published later Friday, with news reports suggesting as many as 75 countries might be on it.The Foreign Office also said that from July 4, it would be exempting low-risk countries from its advice warning against all but essential travel overseas. All passengers arriving in the UK, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide authorities with contact information. Those who have travelled through non-exempt countries in the preceding two weeks will still have to self-isolate.(CGTN)


U.S. Florida adds over 10,000 coronavirus cases, smashing single day record

The southeastern U.S. state of Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of COVID-19, smashing the previous single day record, the state's Department of Heath reported. The surge brought Florida's total confirmed coronavirus cases to nearly 170,000 and a death toll of 3,617, with 67 new deaths reported Thursday, local media reported. The new record continued a marked upturn in cases that began in late May, forcing the state to roll back part of its reopening starting on May 4. So far at least 23 states across the United States have paused reopening plans in the midst of the surge in coronavirus infections, according to media reports.(CGTN)


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14 killed in jihadist attack on Nigeria military base

Jihadists killed 14 security personnel and civilians in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Wednesday, security sources told AFP.Suspected Boko Haram fighters in trucks fitted with machine guns launched a dawn raid on the army base in the town of Damboa, sparking intense fighting.Sources said six soldiers, four police officers and two members of a government-backed militia were killed along with two civilians."We lost six soldiers in the attack while six others were injured," a military officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.The officer claimed 13 insurgents were killed by a fighter jet as they fled the area.The leader of an anti-jihadist militia said the civilians who died were among more than 50 local residents hit by shrapnel after rocket-propelled grenades fired by the jihadists hit nearby homes.Nigeria's decade-long jihadist insurgency has killed 36 000 people and displaced two million others inside the country, and spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.The United Nations has complained of a surge in violence in the conflict zone in recent weeks.Anger has been growing among local residents about the army's failure to stem the attacks despite repeated claims from officials that the insurgency has been defeated.(CGTN)


One dead, multiple injured shot near skate park in California

A 23-year-old male was shot dead and five others were injured following a shooting at a party near a skate park in Tulare County, California, late Wednesday night, ABC News reported citing local police.The conditions of the other shooting victims are unclear, including a 7-year-old girl who is suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said at a press conference.Police said a "solo suspect shooter" walked up to the party and fired multiple rounds.(CGTN)


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Chinese suspense drama tops popularity ranking for 3rd consecutive week

Poster of the suspense drama "The Bad Kids". (Courtesy of iQiyi) "The Bad Kids," a suspense drama that has been an internet sensation in China following its release about two weeks ago, remains the most popular Chinese-language TV series on review platform Douban. Available on online streaming platform iQiyi starting from June 16, the show has topped the Douban weekly popularity ranking for Chinese-language TV series for a third consecutive week, according to the latest results. Adapted from a popular novel, the 12-episode drama stars Qin Hao as a math teacher who hatches an elaborate murder plot to kill the parents of his unfaithful wife after she demands a divorce. However, his actions are recorded by three children playing nearby. On Thursday, "The Bad Kids" scored 8.9 points out of 10 on Douban based on more than half a million reviews.(CHINA.ORG.CN)


Sheeran, Stones back urgent call to aid UK live music

Some 1,500 acts including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones urged the British government Thursday to save the country's live music industry from collapsing because of the coronavirus.Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Sam Smith, Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Iron Maiden, Dua Lipa, Skepta and Florence + the Machine were also signatories to an open letter warning that the ongoing shutdown threatened thousands of jobs.They cited new research showing that live music added 4.5 billion pounds (5.6 billion U.S. dollars) to the British economy and supported 210,000 jobs across the country last year."UK live music has been one of the UK's biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade," they wrote in the letter to culture minister Oliver Dowden.Ed Sheeran performs on stage. /CFPBut "with no end to social distancing insight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak".Britain has suffered the deadliest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe so far, with more than 54,000 confirmed or suspected deaths.The government has been easing stay-at-home orders imposed in late March but while pubs, restaurants and museums will reopen this weekend, live music venues remain closed."Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry," the letter says.The industry wants a clear timeline for reopening venues without social distancing requirements, and government support that includes extending the furlough scheme for workers who have been temporarily laid-off.Gallagher said: "Amazing gigs don't happen without an amazing team behind the stage, but they'll all be out of jobs unless we can get back out there doing what we love."(Cover image via CFP)(AFP)


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Shaanxi delivers new stadium for China's 14th National Games

A long-awaited milestone has finally been achieved for northwest China's Shaanxi Province with the completion of the Xi'an Olympic Center Stadium. The stadium, which will host the opening ceremony and track and field competitions for the country's 14th National Games in 2021, was delivered on Wednesday as a gift for the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Located in the Xi'an International Trade Logistics Park, the new 60,000-seat stadium is nicknamed "pomegranate flower" for its unique shape. Construction of the stadium progressed despite the COVID-19 outbreak, under strict epidemic prevention and control measures including sending designated shuttle buses for workers to commute between the site and their dormitories in February and March. Hao Qing, the project's design manager, told Xinhua that his team had overcome great challenges to ensure the venue was completed on schedule, when importing materials and inviting foreign experts became difficult amid pandemic-related global travel restrictions. Among them was Italian technician Luigi Ferella, who was in charge of installing the stadium's running track. With three decades of experience in paving scarlet running tracks for sports venues across the globe, the 60-year-old Italian said that he hoped he could come back to Xi'an and feel the passion of the National Games in person in 2021. "We have 136 lamp posts around the stadium, each of which can be a router, a video monitor, and music broadcaster or a warner," Hao said, highlighting the features of the new stadium. "We will take advantage of advanced technologies including 5G wireless communication and face-recognition technologies to improve athletes' performance and the audience's experience," Hao added. Among over 500 video cameras installed in the stadium, 100 are artificial intelligence ones. These AI cameras can recognize each attendee in the venue clearly and will alert the managers if they find anyone suspicious. "Hopefully we can witness a successful National Games in this stadium," said Sun Yimin, chief of the management committee of the Xi'an International Trade Logistics Park.(CGTN)


Feature: New WTT new chief Liu Guoliang's stellar table tennis career goes on

From table tennis Grand Slam champion to China's men's team head coach, then chief coach and Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA) President, Liu Guoliang has enjoyed several different roles over the last two decades. "Life is always a process of self-challenges," the 44-year-old Chinese table tennis icon said. His stellar career in the sport continues, as he was appointed as the Council Chair of World Table Tennis (WTT), an organization launched last year by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and will manage ITTF's all commercial and event business from 2021. In 1999, Liu achieved his Grand Slam-winning feat by claiming the World Championships men's singles title in Eindhoven. Retiring in 2002, he became the head coach of China's men's team a year later and took charge of Team China as the chief coach in 2013. China adopted some reform plans in June 2017, abolishing the positions of chief coach and head coaches. Stepping down as chief coach, Liu was named vice president of the CTTA, drawing a conclusion to his brilliant 14-year coaching stint which saw a total of nine Olympic gold medals and 29 world champions. In September 2018, he made a return by leading the preparatory team for the election committee of the CTTA. Standing in the training venue which he had spent so many years in, Liu felt like he was "coming back home." "It feels like having a long vacation. Now I'm back," he said. But it seemed that he never truly left the sport. Over these 15 months, he became an online commentator and was pictured watching live broadcasts of matches through his mobile phone when dining. Three months later, he was elected CTTA President, which came as no surprise. "My priority as CTTA president will be the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the authority's management restructuring to promote the sport's professionalism, commercialization and globalization," he noted. With the return of their boss, Chinese players had greater confidence in their Tokyo Olympics preparation.File Photo: Liu Guoliang celebrates for China's Xu Xin during Men's Singles match against Russia's Alexander Shibaev at the 53rd Table Tennis World Championships in Suzhou, city of east China's Jiangsu Province, on April 30, 2015. (Xinhua/Li Ga) In early 2019, the CTTA announced the establishment of a strategic system for Tokyo Olympics preparation, also announcing the "harshest terms" as motivating measures. Liu said that he would forego his entire year's salary if his national team coaches fail to reach their stated goals throughout the year. Liu was clearly aware of challenges from other forces, especially 2020 Olympics host nation Japan, who are eager for success on home soil. The strict measures did work. Team China swept five golds at the World Championships in Budapest, and claimed all titles at Team World Cups, Men's and Women's World Cups. Coming into the Olympic year of 2020, world sports were hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed to 2021, and international table tennis competitions were suspended. Taking charge of the Chinese team's isolated training in Qatar and the Macao SAR, Liu received an invitation from both the ITTF and WTT for the WTT Council Chair position. "We want someone who has a lot of experience in our sport and understands a little bit about the modern way of trying to do sports events. When we looked around, we could see that probably the best person is Liu Guoliang," said ITTF chief executive officer Steve Dainton. Apart from a stellar career as an athlete and experience as CTTA's chief, Liu's innovative idea is more appreciated by the world's table tennis governing body, as it caters to WTT which aims to provide a better platform for all players around the world. "We've seen what he has done in China in the last ten years. He created some events within the national team like the 'Marvelous 12' and so forth. His thinking is really deep about how to make a nice event and product for our sport so that we can do a better job in promotion," Dainton noted. Stepping onto a bigger stage, Liu has to broaden his vision and place the sport's development in a scenario of "table tennis community" where all stakeholders need to work together. "It is crucial to resume and reconstruct table tennis," he commented. But he has never swayed from the original aspiration of expressing the uniqueness of Chinese table tennis culture and telling the Chinese story to the world table tennis community. "Chinese table tennis, shared with the world," he said. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


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Apple and Google block dozens of Chinese apps in India

Two days after India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms, Google and Apple have started to comply with New Delhi’s order and are preventing users in the world’s second-largest internet market from accessing those apps.UC Browser, Shareit, and Club Factory and other apps that India has blocked are no longer listed on Apple’s  App Store and Google  Play Store. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said that the company had “temporarily blocked access to the apps” on Google Play Store as it reviews New Delhi’s interim order.Apple, which has taken a similar approach as Google in complying with New Delhi’s order, did not respond to a request for comment. Some developers including ByteDance have voluntarily made their apps inaccessible in India, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.Thursday’s move from Apple and Google, whose software power nearly every smartphone on the planet, is the latest escalation in an unprecedented tension in recent times between China and India.A skirmish between the two neighbouring nations at a disputed Himalayan border site last month left 20 Indian soldiers dead, stoking historical tension between them. Earlier this week, India ordered to block 59 Chinese apps including ByteDance’s TikTok citing national security concerns.On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shut his Weibo account.(CGTN)


Scientists get first ever glimpse of the core of a gas giant

Scientists have discovered the surviving core of a gas giant orbiting a distant star, offering the first ever glimpse of the interior of these mysterious planets.The core is about the same size as Neptune, or around four times larger than Earth, although it isn't clear what happened to the planet's gaseous atmosphere.According to researchers from the University of Warwick's department of physics, the atmosphere could have been stripped away or it may have failed to form early on in the planet's life.Image: The planet could have once been similar to Jupiter. Pic: NASAThe planet core was found in a survey of stars by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the composition of gas giants.Planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune are believed to have a rocky core deep beneath the bulk of their mass which is made up of gases.Although the new core, named TOI 849 b, is around the same size as Neptune, it is believed to have three times the mass, with the material making it being squashed much more densely.Dr David Armstrong, lead author on the paper, said: "While this is an unusually massive planet, it's a long way from the most massive we know."But it is the most massive we know for its size, and extremely dense for something the size of Neptune, which tells us this planet has a very unusual history," he added."TOI 849 b is the most massive terrestrial planet - [a planet] that has an earth-like density - discovered."We would expect a planet this massive to have accreted large quantities of hydrogen and helium when it formed, growing into something similar to Jupiter. The fact that we don't see those gases lets us know this is an exposed planetary core."Image: It was discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Pic: NASADr Armstrong said this was the first time scientists have discovered an intact exposed core of a gas giant orbiting around a star.There are two theories as to why the planet's core has been exposed.The first is that it was once similar to Jupiter but lost its outer gas, potentially through tidal disruption - when it was ripped apart from orbiting too close to its star - or in a collision with another planet.Alternatively, it might be a failed gas giant, which never formed an atmosphere - for instance, if there was a gap in the disc of dust the planet formed from, or if the disc ran out of material.Dr Armstrong added: "It's a first, telling us that planets like this exist and can be found. We have the opportunity to look at the core of a planet in a way that we can't do in our own solar system."There are still big open questions about the nature of Jupiter's core, for example, so strange and unusual exoplanets like this give us a window into planet formation that we have no other way to explore."Although we don't have any information on its chemical composition yet, we can follow it up with other telescopes."Because TOI 849 b is so close to the star, any remaining atmosphere around the planet has to be constantly replenished from the core. So if we can measure that atmosphere then we can get an insight into the composition of the core itself."(CGTN)


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EU banks to take on Visa, Mastercard with new payments system

Sixteen banks from Germany, France and three other euro zone countries on Thursday said a "truly European" payments system was expected to be up and running in 2022 to fully digitalize a region where half of all retail payments are still in cash.European Union policymakers and central bankers have long sought a "home grown" rival to take on Mastercard and Visa from the United States, and more recently tech giants like Alipay and Google. But this has not happened even though real-time payments have been possible in the euro zone since 2017.The European Central Bank on Thursday welcomed the banks' decision to launch the unified European payment system by 2022, after advocating for years an industry-driven solution to compete with the likes of Mastercard and Visa."It is aimed at strengthening Europe, at making it more independent and robust," said Thierry Laborde, deputy chief operating officer of French bank BNP Paribas, which is part of the project."We will do it collectively, by pooling our resources. As for distribution systems, prices will differ from one bank to another, but the infrastructure will be pan-European."The ECB had said last year that dependence on non-European players for two-thirds of non-cash payments created a risk that the payments market would not be fit to support the EU single market and euro.The so-called European Payments Initiative aims to become a new standard means of payment, offering a card for consumers and retailers across Europe, the statement from the 16 banks said.It will cover all types of transactions including in-store, online, cash withdrawal and 'peer-to-peer' in addition to existing international payment scheme solutions.Banks that have already signed up include BBVA, BNP Paribas Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Santander, ING, UniCredit and Societe Generale.In coming weeks the project will set up an interim company in Brussels, with other payment service providers invited to join, the banks said.The payments system is expected to become operational during 2022."EPI's objective is to offer a digital payment solution that can be used anywhere in Europe and to supersede the fragmented landscape that currently still exists," the banks' statement said."The Covid-19 crisis has underlined the need for a unified European digital payment solution."During lockdowns, the use of cash has tumbled as shoppers move online or use "contactless" forms of payments.(REUTERS)


Fed revisits idea of pledging to keep interest rates low

Federal Reserve policymakers are looking at reviving a Great Recession-era promise to keep interest rates low until certain conditions are met, in a bid to deliver a more rapid recovery from the recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.The policymakers "generally indicated support" for tying rate-setting policy to specific economic outcomes, minutes from the U.S. central bank's June 9-10 policy meeting showed on Wednesday. "A number" favored a promise to leave rates low until inflation meets or even modestly exceeds the Fed's 2 percent goal.A couple of policymakers preferred tying changes to rates to a specific unemployment rate; a "few others" wanted to promise easy monetary policy until a specific date in the future - an approach the Fed used effectively in 2012 and 2013.Although two warned of the danger of adopting any such policy, citing financial stability risks, the minutes showed that policymakers overall supported giving the public more explicit forward guidance, both for rates and bond purchases, "as more information about the trajectory of the economy becomes available."The readout showed much less support, and many questions, about alternate forms of support including control of the yield curve, a strategy in use by other central banks around the world.Fed officials anticipate the United States will suffer the worst economic downturn since World War Two, and they have no intent to let up on providing stimulus for the foreseeable future."Members noted that they expected to maintain this target range until they were confident that the economy had weathered recent events and was on track to achieve the (rate-setting) Committee's maximum-employment and price-stability goals," the Fed said in the minutes.The U.S. dollar slightly extended losses against the yen and euro while the SP 500 index edged higher after the release of the minutes.Outlook uncertainThe Fed has repeatedly said the U.S. economic outlook remains highly uncertain and reiterated that a full economic recovery hinges on the battle to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States.Since the meeting, a surge in U.S. infections has led several policymakers to warn that signs of a nascent economic recovery over the last few weeks could already be under threat as hard-hit states halt or reverse the re-opening of their economies.The U.S. economy slipped into recession in February and economic output and employment are still far below pre-crisis levels despite a rebound as restrictions were eased. More than 30 million people were receiving unemployment checks in the first week of June, about a fifth of the labor force.(Cover image via VCG)(REUTERS)


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9th China-Arab ministerial meeting to be held

The 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum will be held on July 6 via video-link, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced Thursday. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will co-chair the meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing. Zhao said foreign ministers of Arab League (AL) member states will attend the meeting, along with AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit. Noting that China attaches high importance to advancing the China-Arab strategic partnership, Zhao said the two sides are "good partners of mutual benefit and good brothers sharing weal and woe." "Confronted with the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been fighting side by side with solidarity and mutual assistance," he said. "Our relations have been deepened and elevated in this process. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the globe, convening this meeting will send out a message of China and Arab states consolidating consensus on solidarity and cooperation, upholding multilateralism, supporting each other on issues bearing on core interests and major concerns, and joining hands to build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era," the spokesperson said. "China stands ready to work together with other participants to make this ministerial a complete success," Zhao added.(CGTN)


China's foreign ministry refutes Pompeo's Hong Kong remarks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statements regarding China's national security legislation on Hong Kong demonstrate nothing but ignorance and prejudice, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian used four "ignorances" to describe Pompeo's remarks at a routine news briefing. Firstly, he is ignorant of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Zhao said, adding that pulling human rights into this is just fact-distorting. The law protects the overwhelming majority of people while punishing only a very small number of perpetrators. After it is enacted, Hong Kong will enjoy more stable social order and better business environment, where Hong Kong residents and foreign investors can all benefit, Zhao said. Secondly, Pompeo is ignorant of the "one country, two systems" principle. The adoption of this law is not aimed to alter "one country, two systems," but to improve and better act on "one country, two systems" and ensure its faithful and steady implementation, the spokesperson said. The U.S. secretary of state is also ignorant of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Zhao said, noting that all the provisions concerning the British side in the Joint Declaration were fulfilled after Hong Kong's return to the motherland. "The basic policies regarding Hong Kong declared by China in the Joint Declaration are China's statement of policies, not commitment to Britain, and they certainly have nothing to do with the United States. Furthermore, Pompeo is ignorant of international law and basic norms governing international relations. It's completely China's internal affair to formulate a law on safeguarding national security in a subnational administrative region, he said. "We have every confidence that it will get Hong Kong back onto the right path of development and help it regain its repute as the 'Pearl of the Orient,'" Zhao added.(CGTN)


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Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Work conference held in Yiwu for China, Czech to coordinate their efforts in promoting Belt and Road Initiative cooperation

By APD Writer He Wei The conference, which jointly organized by the western development department of the National Development and Reform Commission and the second foreign policy department of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade kicked off on June 6, 2018. It is of great significance in implementing the plan for China-Czech cooperation and promoting bilateral communication and cooperation. Both sides took a review on the development of the plan and held a talk over the cooperation prospects on trade, finance, think tank and projects. The priority work of the China and Czech cooperation in the next phase was discussed during the conference.Both sides reached an agreement on enhancing the cooperation on the field of policy coordination, facility connectivity, economic and trade, investment, finance and culture aiming at boosting the economy of both countries and benefiting the people. Almost 100 people from government officials, financial institutions, think tanks  and enterprises of both countries attended the conference.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)