Australian trade minister expresses confidence in Sino-Austra

CANBERRA – Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham has said he has confidence tha

t the relationship between Australia and China will continue to prosper in 2019 in his Chinese New Year Message.

In a statement confirmed by the Australian embassy in China on Friday, Birmingham e

xtended his “best wishes of health, happiness, success and prosperity to everyone who is celebrating the Lunar New Year”.

“With over 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage living in Australia, it is a s

pecial time for many communities and families across our nation,” he said.

“As the Australian Minister for Trade, I am very aware of the strong economic re

lationship between our two nations. China is Australia’s largest trading partn

er and both our countries continue to reap the benefits of the landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement,” he said.

Birmingham saw “this strong trade and investment relationship in

action” when he visited Shanghai last November for the China International Import Expo.

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“It’s a brand-new experience for us,” said Zheng, one of the

nce who came with his family. “We’re attracted by the unique and novel style of Tan Dun.”

Having celebrated the Lunar New Year for eight years, the New York P

hilharmonic intends to “continue it pretty much indefinitely” because both loc

als and Chinese people here love it, Bill Thomas, executive director of the orchestra, told Xinhua.

“Music is a universal language. We always hope what we do will help a broad wo

rld community, including the relationship between our two nations,” he said.

He also noted that Chinese and Asian audience of classical music have incre

ased substantially in recent years, and that the orchestra now travels regularly to China’s Shanghai in summer.

“We like to perform in China as often as possible,” he added.

Musicians perform during the 8th Chinese New Year Concert by New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center in

New York, the United States, Feb. 6, 2019. The Chinese New Year Concert by New York

Philharmonic Orchestra was held here on Wednesday to celebrate the Year of the Pig

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Junking INF will destroy global arms control

  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the US is suspending its com

pliance of the Intermediate-Range Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia on Saturday and will start a 180-day pr

ocedure to completely withdraw from the arms control accord. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said

Russia will also suspend participation in the INF treaty. “They say that they are doing research and testing [new w

eapons] and we will do the same thing,” Putin said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

  Although Washington claimed it would return to compliance of the treaty if Russia verifiab

ly destroys a cruise missile system which the US said was a violation of the treaty, analysts believe such a

turnaround would not happen. Two months ago when the US threatened to pull out of the treaty, it began to bury the accord.

  Scrapping the treaty would be the beginning of the collapse of the global arms control system. It’s highly likely a new arms race will start.

  The arms control agreements reached between the US and the Soviet Union during th

e latter period of the Cold War not only curbed the arms race to a certain extent, but also produced a politi

cal effect that appeased the people. The US withdrawal from the treaty will lead to a grim outlook for the 21st century.

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China grants tax benefit to boost employment of the needy

  The Chinese government has decided to grant a three-year-long tax benefit to inspire self-employment and support small companies to hire more people in need.

  Under a decision jointly announced Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Adm

inistration and other governmental departments, people in need who start a business can have 12,0

00 yuan (about 1,790 US dollars) deducted from their families’ annual share of taxes over three years.

  The preferential treatment will target those registered as needy, jobless for more th

an half a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.

  The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.

  Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also

enjoy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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hile Beijing promises to buy more American goods and to ex

pand market access to US firms, Washington should move forward on some issues, such as tightened export controls to China,” Mei added.

Besides the purchase of more US soybeans, there is more room to buy additional ‘

’US goods such as energy products, aircraft and automobiles as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China.

More containment

Notwithstanding the good momentum of trade talks, the US seems to be hastening its offensive against China in various sectors.

In a Saturday article, CNN said US intelligence warned that China was using “student spies” to steal secrets from the US.

Unnamed lawmakers and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that the Chinese are

“notorious” for their patriotism and nationalism that could allegedly “coerce them into carrying out acts of espionage.”

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Energy Department said it woul

d ban its scientists and employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries.

The department oversees 17 national laboratories conducting advanced resear

ch in such areas as nuclear physics and supercomputing.

This is not the first time US officials have accused Chinese students of espionage, while Chine

se students, based on official US data, accounted for over 30 percent of the country’s international students in 2018.

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Brazil lowers exports forecast to China following recovery of

Brazil, the largest soybean producer in Latin America, lowered its exports expectati

ons to China following China-US trade talks that have brought a soybeans deal back to the table.

After the latest trade talks concluded on a positive note, China agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the US, particu

larly of soybeans, which US President Donald Trump described as a “tremendous purchase.”

Amid strong signals from the resumption of the China-US soybeans trade, Brazil lowered its forecast for exports to China in

2019, an industry representative from the South American country told the Global Times on Saturday.

“This development lowered our expectations for Brazilian soybeans expo

rts to China compared to the previous year,” Daniel Furlan Amaral, chie

f-economist of Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE), told the Global Times.

Brazil will export 70.1 million tons of soybeans in 2019, Abiove said in a release late Monday, down 3.8 million tons on its prev

ious projection made in December and a sharp fall from the 83.8 million tons that the country exported in 2018.

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people die in train mishap in eastern Indiaothers injured wh

t least six people were killed and several others injured when a train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar early on Sunday.

According to official sources, the Delhi-bound train derailed in the Vaishali district o

f Bihar state when the driver of the ill-fated train was trying to change the tracks.

The “12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express” was reportedly running

at full speed and the passengers were asleep when the accident occurred at around 4:00 a.m. local time.

The train was scheduled to reach Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station at around 9:00 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are underway at the site of the accident.

“We are focusing on rescue and relief operations right now. Railway Accident Me

dical Van along with team of doctors are at site. Two teams of the National Disas

ter Response Force have reached the spot,” said Smita Vats Sharma, spokesperson of Indian Railways.

All trains running on this particular route have been diverted.

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First, treat the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori or Hp) infection

lori is a bacterium that colonizes in the lining of the stomach. H. pylori is particularly prevalent in China. It is often picked up in childhood and survives in the aci

dic environment of the stomach for many years. It will often cause no symptoms although it may cause dyspepsia and indigestion. Long-term infect

ion with H. pylori will cause the stomach to become inflamed (gastritis) and can cause abnormal changes in the cells that line the stomach which over time

may become cancerous.  It is estimated that over 90 percent of all stomach cancers are attributable to H. py

lori infection.  Chronic H. pylori infection can also cause peptic ulcers and gastric lymphoma.

Studies show that successfully treating H. pylori infection with antibiotics lowers th

e risk of developing stomach cancer.  Ideally the infection should be treated in early a

dulthood (20s and 30s) before changes in the cells lining the stomach have started to occur.  H. pylori can be resist

ant to a number of antibiotics so most courses of treatment involve taking four different medications for a two-week cours

e.  Even the best courses of combination therapy have only a 90 percent success rate at eradicating the infec

tion. So it is a good advice to have a repeat test for H. pylori a month or so after completing a course of treatment.

H. pylori infection can be detected either by a special breath test, a stool test or at gastroscopy.

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Preventing stomach cancer in advanceecializes in the tr

The stomach is the first stop in the digestive tract before food and drink passes onwards

into the intestines. It is a muscular bean-shaped sack about the size of a fist that is situated at the top of the abdo

men. The cells of the stomach lining secrete acidic gastric juices, which mix with ingested food.

Stomach cancer is one of the top four most common cancers worldwide and is a significant

problem in China. The estimated five-year survival rate for stomach cancer is less than 30 percent. If diagnose

d at an early stage, the chances of being successfully cured are greatly improved, which is why early detection is very important.

Beijing United Family Hospital’s UK gastroenterologist Dr Neil Galletly talks more ab

out the disease and discusses ways people can prevent stomach cancer to keep our stomachs healthy.

How to reduce your risk of stomach cancer?

Cancer prevention – for any cancer – is about taking action to reduce the risk of developi

ng cancer. This usually means implementing changes to your diet or lifestyle. It can include avoiding and elimina

ting risk factors (ie. things known to increase the risk of cancer) and increasing exposure to protective factors (ie. thi

ngs known to reduce the risk of cancer).  Although avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors does not guarantee that you will not get canc

er, it should lower your risk. Taking the following actions should reduce your risk of stomach cancer:

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A blood test that looks for antibodies to H. pylori can also

 less useful as a positive result can mean either that you are infected with H. pylori or that you had an infection in the past that i

s now cleared. All of these tests, together with H. pylori treatment, are available at the Digestive D

isease Center at Beijing United Family Hospitals.

Second, stop smoking. We all know that smoking is bad for us! Smokers have a two-fold incre

ased risk of developing stomach cancer and stopping smoking reduces the risk of stomach cancer over tim

e. Smoking also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease and stroke.

Third, lose weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of stomach ca

ncer. On the other hand, being physically active can help lower your risk. Obe

sity also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The American Cancer Society recomm

ends people to stay at a healthy weight throughout their lives by balancing calorie intake with physical activity.

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