Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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hina is by far Austria’s greatest trading partner in Asia, said

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.

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Chinese icebreaker Xuelong ends odyssey through ‘roar

  The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong with the 126 members of China’s 35th research mi

ssion to Antarctica on board ended on Friday a nine-day odyssey through the infamous “roaring forties.”

  Xuelong is taking the Chinese researchers back to home. The voyage beginning Feb 14 has turned o

ut to be the longest and hardest of its altogether four travels through the westerlies during the research mission.

  After leaving Prydz Bay by which the Chinese research base Zhongshan Station is loca

ted, the Chinese icebreaker almost immediately entered the westerlies.

  ”The westerlies usually are between 40 and 60 degrees south latitude, but this time the winds reached further to near 69

degrees south latitude, and that is where Prydz Bay and Zhongshan are,” said Xuelong’s Captain Shen Quan.

  ”We are currently north to the westerlies, but I’m afraid there is still a rocky, shaky journey ahead because of a tropical low pressure,” he added.

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Wong Kong-tin, vice-chairman of the greater China legal

affairs committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong, said the appointment of Hong Kong and M

acao-based arbitrators to Nansha would be important in allowing Hong Kong and Macao residents to

directly participate in the social and economic development of the Chinese mainland.

“The introduction of Hong Kong-and Macao-based legal workers will help build a more open market and business system

based on international practices,” Wong was quoted as saying by Guangzhou Daily.

According to Wong, the court of arbitration for labor and personnel disputes of Nansha, which was set up in May 2

017, had already conducted exchanges with its Hong Kong counterparts.

“Through exchanges with its Hong Kong counterparts in the arbitration process, Nan

sha is expected to build a sound and efficient environment in labor ar

bitration, which will be very helpful to the development of the Nansha Free Trade Zone,” Wong said.

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

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.

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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Pence channeled a forceful, direct Trump. Biden’s ove

  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.”

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A day earlier, the Israeli leader’s office released, then softened

  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.

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The time has come for our European partners to stand

  with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region,” Pence said. “The time has come for our Europe

an partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary.”

  The vice president referred to a mechanism Europeans have created to ensure Iran can continue to import medicine and food, trad

e that is allowed under the Iran nuclear deal but has been constrained by banks’ fears of US retaliation.

  ’A scheme’

  ”In fact, they’ve led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions,” Pence

said. “They call this scheme a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle.’ We call it an effort to break American sa

nctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime,” Pence said. “It’s an ill-advised step that will only st

rengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States.”

  Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz worked to stress areas of common agreement in a press appearance with Pence.

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Abuse survivors often argue that the public should be

  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.

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