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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.
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.
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.