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gic nature of the China-Italy relations in the long term, and comp
rehensively elevate the level of their mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.
China is willing to enhance high-level guidance with the Italian side, respect each other
‘s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost cu
ltural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Congress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-channel exch
anges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supe
rvision, state governing, national economy and the people‘s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W
hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu
rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache
rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio
n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilomet
ers away, which was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.
Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,056 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.
The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be
ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo
ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.
1.jpgIn early 2015, the Barack Obama administration tried desperately to block the United King
dom and several other European countries from joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by ac
cusing, without any basis, the then newly established bank of possible low environmental and governance standards.
The real reason, according to former US treasury secretary Larry Summers, was that the Obama adm
inistration could not secure any funding from the Republican-controlled Congress to join the AIIB. And to s
ave itself from embarrassment, the US administration tried to prevent European countries from joining the bank.
Zimbabwe to help families who don’t have access to phone or internet find their missing relatives.
About 1.7 million people are affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to UNICEF.
”The situation on the ground remains critical,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF sp
okesperson in Geneva, describing the scene in Beira.”There is no electricity or running water.”
Thousands of people are congregating in informal camps in desperate c
onditions, according to UNICEF representative Marco Luigi Corsi, who has traveled to affected areas.
Taylor, 62, who has lived in Mozambique for 10 years, became stranded on Satur
day on the highway to Zimbabwe from Beira, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, after flood waters one-meter high blocked the road.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, he abandoned his car and joined the stre
ams of people wading in the pitch black through the waters along the raised highway.
rible sight” emerged, Taylor said.
”Dead bodies had floated up (and the) current of the flood water had washed the bodies up against the road,” said Tay
lor. “The road had subsided about 10 inches (25.5 centimeters). So these bodies had been washed up against the main highway.”
Taylor said the smell of bodies and livestock was palpable.Hundreds of others were also attempting to make the congested seven-ho
ur walk from the village of Lamego — about 90 kilometers (56 miles) inland from Beira — to Nhamatanda, on higher ground. In places whe
re the current of the flood waters was strong, about 50 people joined hands to make a human chain, said Taylor.
”I’m 6 foot 2 inches (187 centimeters), but the force of water at knee level w
as powerful,” Taylor said. “You had to pay attention and concentrate where you put your feet.”
Taylor said he saw an elderly woman carry her husband on her back.
On the road out of Beira, he said “the entire area, as far as I could see, was one lake of flood
water,” adding that groups of up to 10 people had climbed eucalyptus, cashew and mango trees waiting to be rescued.