Volunteers inundate blood donation center near explosion site

After an explosion at a chemical plant killed 47, residents of Xiangshui county in Jiangs

u province have flooded centers to donate blood for the severely injured survivors.

There were so many people coming in to donate blood

that the organizers at one center ran out of application forms, China Daily discovered Friday afternoon.

“On average,People wait in line to donate blood at a donation point after

a deadly chemical factory blast killed dozens in Xiangshui county in Jiangsu province on Frid

ay people have to wait for at least five hours for their turn,” said Meng Xianghua, a me

mber of the local labor union that has been assisting in the drive to build up blood supplies following the blast.

He said one of his neighbors came in at 8 am Friday and had to wait until 1:30 pm to d

onate. “There are so many people coming that we failed to count how many people have donated so far,” he added.

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raujo said IFRC is sending staff to Malawi, Mozambique and

  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.

  Eyewitness account

  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.

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His arrest may have an impact on upcoming Indian election

due to take place in May.

The discovery of the alleged fraud and Modi’s refusal to return to India to face criminal charges has in

creased pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi — no relation to Nirav Modi — who promised to fight corruption in India.

Tuesday’s arrest and the possibility of extradition could help to improve the Prime Minister’s tarnished image.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of the principle opposition party Congress, has repeatedly attacked PM Modi on his failure to bring fugitives back to India.

In 2016, liquor baron Vijay Mallya left the country owning an estimated $1.6 billion to 17 Indian banks.

The process for Mallya’s extradition to India is ongoing. He has denied fleeing the country ov

er his debts and described charges of fraud and money laundering as “false, fabricated and baseless.”

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He stressed that the armed forces’ 14th five-year develop

ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita

ry, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.

Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to en

hance combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.

He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, environmental endeavors and d

isaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.

Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl

oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, and s

upport the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.

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Security forces fired tear gas at activists during the demonstrat

  during which some protesters called for the April presidential elections to be called off altogether and for parliament to be dissolved to make the way for a new government.

  Activists chanted, “Republic, not monarchy,” and “No to the fifth mandate,” a

mong other slogans rejecting the continuation of Bouteflika’s term on Friday. Some placards read “leave means leave.”

  Video on social media showed protesters this week setting pictures of Bouteflika on fire amid w

histles and cheers — scenes that are uncommon in a country tightly controlled by security services.

  The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has started a ground operation to clear the la

st ISIS enclave in Syria, a spokesman for the group told CNN Friday.

  SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said thousands of civilians ha

ve been evacuated and kidnapped fighters have been freed in Baghouz, in eastern Syria,

  ”Only the terrorists remain in Baghouz.” Bali said in a tweet.

  At its height, ISIS controlled huge swaths of territory in Syria an

d Iraq. A US-led coalition has been working for years to oust the group from cities and towns.

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Trump was cautious about reaching any consensus with

Kim, as he would have to face more pressure at home. And perhaps that’s why he said he was not in a rush to sign an agreement.

As discussions on denuclearization have become more detailed, Tr

ump better understands the complexity of the issue, resolving which has become a tough cha

llenge for not only the US and the DPRK, but also China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

The US should therefore work out a long-term plan to resolve the pen

insula nuclear issue. In fact, Trump said there is no need to increase sanctions on Pyon

gyang, and indicated that Washington will continue making efforts to negotiate with Pyongyang.

As for the international community, it should help the US and the DPR

K to restore permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, because it would create dev

elopment opportunities not only on the peninsula but also in the whole of Northeast Asia.

Wang Sheng, a researcher at the Co-Innovat ion Center for Korean Penin

sula Studies and a professor of international politics at Jilin University

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Second, capital outflow pressure has been gradually allevia

Since October 2018, emerging markets have once again gained favor from international capital.

In this context, the MSCI expansion of A shares and the inclusion of A shares into the FTSE Em

erging Markets Index will likely happen in 2019, with foreign investment attracted by such major international o

pportunities. Latest data showed that in the fourth quarter of 2018, net inflow of direct investment by overseas financial ins

titutions soared to $2.14 billion, marking the highest level since the third quarter of 2015. Thanks to the overseas investment inflow, China’s capital ou

tflow pressure is expected to continue to be eased in 2019, thus reducing the restraint on its monetary policy.

Third, the yuan’s exchange rate continued to return to its normal valuation. In the long

run, the yuan’s rate reflects changes in China’s economic fundamentals, with two-way fluctuations surrounding its eq

uilibrium exchange rate. In the third quarter of 2018, the effective exchange rate of the yuan was greatly lower than the equilibrium rate. I

n the fourth quarter, the yuan’s rate rebounded slightly, indicating the effective exchange rate had started to r

eturn to its equilibrium level. Due to the still existing gap between the effective rate and equilibrium rate, there is room

for the yuan’s rate to return to its valuation, conducive to further buffering of the external exchange rate risk.

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