Ahmed Hassan Alhammadi, manager of the United Arab

Emirates Pavilion, hasn’t had time yet to visit the China Pavilion as he has been busy with his own pavilion.

“We will have more time later to have a walk in the park, and the China Pavilion will be our first stop for sure,” he said.

The International Pavilion, a venue for international horticultural exhibitions and competitions duri

ng the expo, has a public space with an overhang made of 94 structures representing flowers and umbrellas.

As the exhibition will also be held during the hottest days of the Beijing summer, these o

verhead structures will help reduce muggy conditions for crowds waiting in line for entry.

Using sustainable technologies, including natural ventilation, solar photovoltaics and rainw

ater recycling, the International Pavilion is also a green building with low energy consumption.

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President hails Nepal’s participation in BRinping holds

China and Nepal should strengthen cooperation on infrastructure construction and continue to promote the constructi

on of the China-Nepal cross-border economic cooperation zone, President Xi Jinping said in Beijing on Monday.

Xi made the remark during his meeting with his Nepali co

unterpart, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, who is on a nine-day state visit to China.

China greatly values its ties with Nepal, and supports Nepal in mai

ntaining its national independence, state sovereignty and terr

itorial integrity as well as exploring a path of development that suits its national conditions, Xi said.

Also, China appreciates Nepal’s firm and long-standing support over issues related to C

hina’s core interests and major concerns and its active participation in jointly building th

e Belt and Road, Xi said. He added that China will continue to support Nepal’s economic and social development.

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nitiative proves worth as welcome public good: China Da

Convening nearly 40 foreign leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries, th

e Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which opens in Beijing on Thursday, testifi

es to a growing aspiration for collaboration amid rising unilateralism and protectionism.

The conspicuous increase in the size of foreign participation com

pared with the inaugural forum two years ago corrobo

rates United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ earlier comment that the Belt and Road Initia

tive, like the UN Millennium Development Goals, is a public good for the entire world.

Since President Xi Jinping proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, some pe

ople have tried to persistently frame them as geopolitical tools. While such a label and subsequent fearmong

ering have stirred up worries in the ill-informed, they can’t hoodwink those with insight.

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The most recent incident was Saturday in Jinjiang, Fujian

when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.

Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji

an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.

The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam

age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire

during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.

Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc

h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.

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Lu made the remarks in response to recent media repo

 reports that India decided not to send a delegation to the second Belt and Road Forum for Internati

onal Cooperation later this month in Beijing. The reports said the initiative undermines the South Asia

n nation’s sovereignty via the BRI-related China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Lu said that, “If this decision about whether to participate in building the Belt and Road

was possibly made through a misunderstanding”, China firmly and sincerely advances the constr

uction of the Belt and Road on the basis of consultation and contribution for shared benefits.

He added that the initiative is open to all parties that are inter

ested in and willing to join in win-win cooperation.

It will not exclude any party, he said, adding that China is willin

g to wait if relevant parties need more time to consider their participation.

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As if that was not enough of a provocation, Christensen

 said the first consultation will be held in September when a US delegation, led by a senior official fr

om the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, is expected to visit Taipei.

The US has been using one pretext or the other to provoke Beijing and violate the 1979 Joint Commun

iqué. But for the sake of Sino-US relations and regional peace, Washington should realize that instead of gain

ing anything, it would suffer huge economic and political damage by interfering in China’s internal affairs.

Xi’s message of peace and reunification

Delivering a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Message to Taiwan Compatri

ots on Jan 2, President Xi Jinping said that, on the basis of the common political foundation of uph

olding the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence”, political parties and people across all sectio

ns of society on both sides of the Straits can recommend their representatives to hold in-depth dem

ocratic consultations and establish institutional arrangements for peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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hinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolenc

to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand’s Christchurch City.

In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his ow

n name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand gov

ernment and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery.

Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arder

n, expressing grief for the victims while extending sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

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He made furniture like a bed, a door, a window and a

bamboo lamp by hand. He even learned how to sew and make curtains out of cloth. Fina

lly, he painted the interior wall white and another cartoon character — Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece — outside.

On March 10, the cement pipe room was done. The pipe is 2.6 meters in dia

meter and has a living area of 5 square meters, enough to accommodate a couple and their child.

The videos recording his progress have attracted lots of followers, and one clip even drew more than 10 million views. A num

ber of netizens have given him a thumbs-up after watching his step-by-step home building series. One commented: “I have watched all the vid

eos from Day-1 to Day-45. You are truly an ingenious man and good with your hands.”

Long said there will be a cluster of 20 special home inns in his future plans, each w

ith a different theme — and a camouflage military-themed one has already begun preparations.

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You just have to put your head down, fight back and gove

  the country — that’s what Clinton did,” Graham said, saying Trump should now challenge the Democrats to “fix problems.”

  There was more than an echo of Clintonian rhetoric in Trump’s public statement

on Tuesday, delivered as he signed an executive order tackling an epidemic of suicide among veterans.

  ”Instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, th

ey want to play games,” Trump said of his Democratic opponents. “It’s too bad because I’d rather see them do legislation.”

  The Clinton parallel may not be exact, however.

  At the start of his impeachment drama in 1998, Clinton was far more popular than Tru

mp, with his approval rating measured by Gallup at 58%. He never went below 60% in the brutal year that

followed, hit 73% after he was impeached and settled at 66% after he was acquitted in a Senate trial.

  According to the Quinnipiac poll, Trump is at 38% approval. And while a recent Wall Street Jour

nal/NBC poll had him at 46%, his numbers rarely move beyond a narrow range, with favorability well below a majority of voters.

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