The conference also saw the launch of a scientific alli

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.

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China has exercised great restraint and goodwill in

trying to maintain stable relations with the US,” he said.

Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs Universi

ty, said Washington has pushed a hard line in relations with Beijing in recent years.

“The Taiwan question is much more complicated and nonnegotiable,” Li said.

“If the US side continues to misinterpret the one-­China policy, it will irreparably damage Sino­-US ties,” he warned.

The US Senate will have to vote on the act before it can become law. The time of the vote is unknown.

“The consensus among US officials is to be tough on China, and room for rational option

s is rapidly shrinking as overconfidence and rash actions become the new norm,” he said.

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Foreign volunteers help out at Hangzhou scenic spot

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.

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Manufacturing remains in expansion territoryoducts at

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.

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Production and sales of these firms picked up in Mar

with the aggregated industrial value added expanding by 8.5 percent year-on-year, 3.2 percentage points

higher than that in the January-February period.

Operation revenue jumped by 13.7 percent year-on-year i

n March, 10.4 percentage points more than that in the January-February period.

Stabilizing prices served as another driver of the rebound, according to an NBS analy

sis. The producer prices rose 0.4 percent year-on-year in March, ending a decline for eight months in a row.

The purchasing prices for raw materials edged up 0.2 percent from a ye

ar ago, 0.1 percentage points higher than that in the January-February period.

Preliminary estimates showed that the price changes added 26.8 billion yuan to industrial profits in March, and the cont

ribution of price changes to industrial profit growth rose by 4.5 percentage points from that in the Ja

nuary-February period, said senior statistician Zhu Hong from the NBS’s Industrial Bureau.

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We will rebuild this cathedral all together and it is un

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.

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After the death, only three such animals remain in the

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.

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Minor earthquake in Beijing “normal, isolated event”

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.

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Guns, tanks are modified to fight forest firesguishing guns h

Fire departments across China are on high alert each spring, when forests are prone to erupt in flames.

At least eight forest fires have occurred since the start of this year, with the deadliest killing 30 people who were fighting it.

In an attempt to improve the efficiency of firefighting operations and reduce safety risks, fire depa

rtments have begun to adopt machines such as specially modified artillery guns and tanks.

According to China North Industries Group Corp, commonly kn

own as Norinco, eight long-range fire-extinguishing guns designed and built by the com

pany arrived in Guojiaping village in Changzhi, Shanxi province, on Sunday at the request of provincial auth

orities to help quench the fire that had raged on a nearby mountain for several days.

The guns were used on Monday to launch shells containing fire-exti

nguishing agents onto the hill. With their assistance, firefighters were able to put out

the blaze by afternoon, the State-owned defense conglomerate said on Wednesday.

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hina boosts measures to open economyivers the keyn

China will further open up to foreign investors and offer them treatment equal to that of domestic companies with firm prote

ction of their legitimate rights, Premier Li Keqiang said at the Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday.

The country will fully adopt pre-entry national treatment and negative lists for overseas

investment, Li said at the opening ceremony of the forum’s annual conference in Hainan province.

By the end of June, China will release the amended negative lists for foreign investment ac

cess, he said. “The negative lists will only be shortened. … We will ensure fair competition and common deve

lopment for Chinese and foreign companies with fair supervision,” Li told more than 2,000 participants.

A negative list shows areas where investment is prohibited; all other areas are presumed to be open.

The government has started formulating matching regulations and rules to supp

ort implementation of the Foreign Investment Law, adopted two weeks ago, Li s

aid, adding that supporting regulations will take effect along with the law on Jan 1.

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