Skip to content
lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.
What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern
ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.
The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio
nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade
sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.
“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin
g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h
olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.
tedly part of the French destiny and the project we will have for the coming years … a national subscription will be launched, and well beyon
d our borders we will appeal to the greatest talent, and there are many who will come to contribute and rebuild,” Macron said.
We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what French people e
xpect, because it’s what our history deserves and because it’s our deep destiny,” he added.
Already, two of France’s wealthiest men have pledged large donations. Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Ke
ring group, which owns fashion brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, pledged 100 m
illion euros ($113 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame, Agence France-Presse reported.
Bernard Arnault, chief executive of the LVMH group, which owns fa
shion labels including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, said he would donate 200 million euros.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame, which has rece
ived about 13 million visitors each year－more than the Eiffel Tower－is regard
ed as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and sits at the heart of the nation’s history.
world: One in the Suzhou Zoo, one in Dong Mo Lake west of Hanoi and one in Xuan Khanh Lake in Hanoi’s outskirts.
The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world’s largest known freshwater turtle species, and one of the world’s 50 most threatened turtles.
The 125th China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, China’s largest
trade fair, will open on Monday in Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong province.
The spring session of the biannual fair will be held in three phases. The export section w
ill have 51 exhibition areas with 59,651 booths booked by 24,800 domestic enterprises.
The first phase of the export exhibition held from April 15 to 19 will mai
nly showcase mechanical and electrical equipment, hardware, and building mate
rials. The second phase from April 23 to 27 will showcase consumer goods and gifts. The third issue from May 1 to 5 will d
isplay textiles and clothing, luggage, culture and sports, food, medical supplies and medical health products.
A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be
ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the
earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th
ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.
“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering
School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.
“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the
Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e
xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,
according to past exper
ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the
China Earthquake Networks Center, added.