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Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la
st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app
roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im
port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.
“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports
facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.
“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine
rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.
Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc
ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.
“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi
ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.
The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.
fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma
ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co
mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by
a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.
This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr
active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an
d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so
me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in
terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.
At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t
heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei
r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a
nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.
rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better
prepared, had his spe
ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.
A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker
of the House of Representatives, was introd
uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.
Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a
silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.
Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending
and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to
follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.
Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.
”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”
a statement saying he had met with Gulf leaders to discuss their common interest in “war wit
h Iran.” On Thursday, Netanyahu added his own criticism of Europe, noting that the US had pulled out of
the Iran deal and added sanctions. “The Europeans should join this effort rather than try to circumvent it,” he said.
Pence’s remarks — both about Europe and advocating for an aggress
ive stance against Iran — are likely to become yet another irritant between the US and Eu
rope, already at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement as well as President Donald Tr
ump’s attacks on the European Union and NATO, his support for populists and for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Allies such as France and Germany declined to send senior officials to the ministerial, whi
ch was initially supposed to focus on Iran and then was broadened to cover Yemen, Syria and attempts to re
solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly in response to European objections.
Even the ministerial’s location — Poland — is potential salt in the wound.
Warsaw has pulled at the fabric of the European Union as it has pursued a series of anti-democratic steps, silencing inde
pendent media, politicizing security services and undermining the judicial system. Yet Pence and other US officials lavi
shed praise on their Polish hosts, while the vice president used his remarks there to paint Western Europe as an isolated outlier.
notified whenever an accusation is made, both to protect the community and to encourage other potential victims to come forward.
”This seems to say that if a priest or a nun or deacon gets accused they don’t tell the parish until the accusation is ‘proven,'” said Tim Len
non, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is in Rome participating in vigils with other victims of clergy abuse.
”Well, who proves this? The police or the bishops? We’ve seen for 35 years that bishops o
ften cover up, so no one trusts that they are going to be good arbiters of guilt and innocence.”
Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of th
e country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.
Branson, who will host “Venezuela Aid Live” on Friday in the Colom
bian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food a
nd medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis.