World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra
pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak
e them appear skinnier before they are posted online－even those who are already super-thin.
The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri
ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.
He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus
cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h
ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”
Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in
North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.
rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan
t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.
Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr
essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.
“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini
tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.
Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.
“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t
o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.
What impressed me most is that President Xi highlighted the importance of sustainable d
evelopment. The hosting of the Horticultural Expo is the best chance to raise people’s attention to the conce
pt of sustainability, both in China and around the world.President Xi outlined his commitment to open and gre
en development as well as underlined China’s dedication to conserving the ecosystem now and for generations to come.
Xi’s call for countries to work together for the common goal o
f improving the global ecosystem aligns well with the Paris Agreement. This is an excellent foll
ow-on from the commitment outlined in the communique from the Belt and Road Forum.
In this communique, to which the UAE is a signatory, countries ag
reed that cooperation will be open and clean, with green development promoted.
The expo attracted widespread global participation, and I think everybody will recog
nize China’s vision in green development and its resolve to build a green future.
through Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 359, according to a police report released
on Wednesday. While mourning alongside Sri Lankans, the world community needs to shore up greater reso
lve and build a broader consensus to counter extremism and terrorism worldwide.
The terrorist attacks in various locations in the South Asian country o
n the same day must have required a lot of planning, and i
t is believed they were the result of collaboration between domestic and overseas extremists.
This series of terrorist attacks follows the attacks on two mosques in Christc
hurch, New Zealand, and both tragedies should not only sound the alarm but also rally the
international community to eliminate the terrorist and extremist elements in civil societies.
back to the US government’ s military occupation of the Philippines in the 1890s. Christ
opher J. Coyne, a professor at George Mason University in the United States sai
d in the book Tyranny Comes Home that under the leadership of Ralph Van Deman, the father of US military int
elligence, the American occupier established an advanced monitoring agency at the time to suppress rebels and dissidents.
In May 1917, Vanderman took charge of the Military Intelligence Section (
MIS), a similar surveillance facility in the United States, and which would eventually evo
lve into the US National Security Agency (NSA). In 1955, the United States further launched an intelligence gat
hering and analysis network consisting of five English-speaking countries: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thi
s is the so-called “five-eye alliance.” As a result, the five countries can globally intercept and monitor telephone exc
hanges, faxes, mails and other information transmitted by satellite communications.
WTO dispute settlement system. Although the rulings are not bindi
ng, most WTO members take them seriously and view the process as a normal part of their
participation in the multilateral trading system, regardless of whether they win or lose any particular case. In do
ing so, they show their respect for the WTO’s principles of consultation and consensus.
China had filed 17 cases with the WTO as of Ap
ril 2018, of which eight had been closed. At the same time, 27 cases had been filed a
gainst China with 23 closed. The United States has had more cases filed against it than any other member state
in the WTO, and it lost quite a number of these cases. In 2016, for example, the WTO ruled against the Unite
d States with regard to a complaint from China in 2013 that it had violated WTO rules by imposing anti-dumping duties
on a number of industries, including machinery, electronics, light industry, metals, and mining.
s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b
etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran
ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.
In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view
ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.
More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai
d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa
me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.
“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h
aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t
old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”
hina will add Fentanyl-related substances into the supplementary l
ist of controlled narcotics with non-medical use starting May 1, government agencies said on Monday.
Fentanyl-related substances are defined as substances that have similar c
hemical structures to Fentanyl, according to a joint announcement made by the Minis
ry of Public Security, the National Health Commission and the National Medical Products Administration.
The new rule will be effective on May 1, they added.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more pote
nt. It can be prescribed to treat patients with severe chronic pain, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse
However, doctors have been extremely cautious over its use, sin
ce fentanyl drugs can form addictions and lead to deadly overdoses if abused, it said.
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