According to the administration, the mechanism can switch the on-duty satellite to a quick-scan mode focusing on areas required by users when they are hit by disasters.
“During disasters, Fengyun satellites can scan as often as every five or six minutes. The China Meteo
rological Administration could send users cloud images and products via satellites and public clouds,” Wei said.
For example, in March, China provided a remote-sensing monitor repo
rt on flooding in Iran via Fengyun. The analysis estimated the coverage and ter
rain characteristics of the flooded area, which greatly assisted the country’s evacuation efforts.
China has launched 17 Fengyun series meteorological satellites, of which seven are currently operational.
The World Meteorological Organization has included China’s Fengyun serie
s of meteorological satellites as a major element of its global Earth observation system.
Chinese economy can reach its indicative growth target of 6-6.5 percent in 2019.
Lower growth rate may mean more room for adjustment
Most Chinese economists seem quite comfortable with this targeted range. One explanati
on is that China’s potential growth rate is 6-6.5 percent, and a target should be set accordingly. Another is that a
lower growth rate would give the economy more room for structural adjustment.
From 1978 to 2008, China averaged an impressive 9.5 percent annual g
rowth rate. Then the global financial crisis struck, causing growth to plummet from 9.7 p
ercent in the third quarter of 2008 to 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2009. A 4-trillion-yuan ($640 billion) sti
mulus package, introduced in November 2008, soon brought about a powerful rebound, with GDP growth rea
ching 12.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010. But since then China’s economic growth has been declining, partly b
ecause the government withdrew its stimulus. Last year, China’s GDP grew by 6.6 percent.
reality, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and human-computer interaction-scenes are create
d based on ancient Chinese classics, such as the Classic of Mountains and Seas, in which mythical an
imals appear in forests, lightning flashes, thunder rumbles, wind blows and rain pours.
Visitors can experience primeval nature in a part of the exhibition developed by the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Co
ordination Bureau and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Automation.
In addition, visitors can experience what it’s like to ride in an autonomous vehicle. Three driv
erless vehicles developed by Baidu-two with eight seats and one with four seats-offer rides in the park.
portunities for all UN member states to propose experiments they want to conduct using China’s space station,” said Simone
tta Di Pippo, director of the UNOOSA. “We have received more than 40 proposals before the deadline for sub
mission. We will announce the winners probably by the end of June after evaluation.” Di Pippo said these on the sideli
nes of the fourth China Space Day on April 24 to mark the anniversary of the country’s first satellite launch in 1970.
Moreover, Pakistan intends to send one of their astronauts to China’s space station by 2022, A
mer Nadeem, chairman of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission in Pakistan, said after
the opening ceremony of China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province, on Wednesday.
“Hopefully, the agreement on the matter will be signed very soon. We will select the candidates based on the agreement. Also, they
will come to China for some parts of the training,” Nadeem said. He added that Pakistan and China will furth
er enhance cooperation on several space projects focusing on satellite networks in future.
to force foreign companies to transfer their technology,” Gao added, sayi
ng that the country’s Foreign Investment Law bars forced technology transfers.
The newly passed law, approved this month and set to take effect in January, stipulates that China will treat foreign and Chi
nese enterprises equally and protect their intellectual property rights. Under the law, foreign enterprises will recei
ve pre-establishment national treatment, in addition to a negative list system for market access.
A negative list shows areas where investment i
s limited or prohibited for foreign investors, with all other areas presumed to be open.
Gao said the ministry is working with relevant de
partments to conduct research on shortening the negative list for market access.
inated and inter-connected, and fair and inclusive approach and forge a growth
model of vitality, a cooperation model of openness and win-win results, and a developm
ent model of balance and common benefits, so that people from across the world could share the benefits of economic globalization, Xi said.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Wang said.
During his visit, Xi, based on China’s just-concluded Two Sessions earlier this month, illu
strated to the European leaders the fine performances of the Chinese economy which had overcome multiple challenges in 2018.
Wang said Xi also introduced the newly-adopted foreign investment law, emphasizi
ng that it is necessary to use legal means to better protect intellectual property rights and attract foreign investment.
Xi pointed out that China will continue to push forward all-round reform and opening-up, promote trade and investment
liberalization and facilitation, so that European friends can better share China’s development opportunities.
President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d
isclosures on Tuesday show there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the vast shadow it is casting over his life, business and presidency.
Newly unsealed court documents detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s activity reveal an investigative field
of breathtaking scope and a prosecutorial machine that ratcheted quickly up in mid-2017.
The search warrants targeting Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen offer a glimpse of the covert world of the probe. As
is often the case with Mueller, they give only a tantalizing hint of the wider, yet still hidden, puzzle.
In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week
But such disclosures are almost never good news for Trump.
There is enough to explain from Tuesday’s reveal why the in
vestigation must be weighing on Trump’s spirits, and driving his angry Twitter outbursts.
The vast breadth of the investigation by various jurisdictions also could offer a rich seam for Democratic House chair
en should they eventually subpoena primary evidence uncovered by Mueller and other prosecutors.
February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.
Zimbabwe and Malawi
After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.
In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.
On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98
people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot
her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.
Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred
s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.
decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.
The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen
t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.
Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially
Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.
Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.
In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast
ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.
itute kicked off in 2017 and is now progressing smoothly, said Ling Yun, mayor of Hefei and an NPC deputy.