President hails US high school students’ roles

Mandarin learners encouraged to play parts in fostering bilateral friendship

President Xi Jinping encouraged a group of United States high-school students to boost

friendship between China and the US as he replied to their letter written to him in Chinese.

“I hope you will make the best of your time, study hard and contribute y

our part to a deeper friendship between the people of our two countries,” Xi wrote in th

e letter, saying the young generations represent the future of the Sino-US friendship.

Over 40 students from Niles North High School in the state of Illinois who are studyi

ng Mandarin Chinese recently wrote to Xi, asking about his work, life and hobbies.

They told the Chinese leader in the letter that they are studying Mandarin, and they love the Chinese language, music and cuisine.

In his written response, Xi expressed gratitude to the students for their letter, and said he

can feel from the letter their love of the Chinese language as well as their interest in Chinese culture.

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He said seeing is believing and he welcomes the stude

nts to visit China in the future.Kendra Le, a Niles North freshman, was thrilled about Xi’s response letter, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I was surprised, very surprised,” Le was quoted in the report as say

ing. “It was an honor to receive a letter from him. It was really nice getting a letter from him.”

The report also said that Zhao Jian, the Chinese consul general in Chicago, personally

delivered the letter to a gathering of students enrolled in Chinese classes at Niles North on April 3.

Serena Meyers, a Niles North senior taking her first year of Chinese after thr

ee terms of Spanish, was not only happy to receive the response, but also ple

ased at how the Chinese leader made an effort to answer the questions her classmates posed.

“I was absolutely surprised,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “He has a lot to do and it was a

n honor he wrote back to us.”The Niles North High School began offering Mandarin courses in 2008.

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Specifically, the draft likely will and should feature key

 reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot

ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.

China must promote the healthy development of the capital m

arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part

y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.

Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye

ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.

“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha

ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.

“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital

market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig

ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p

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Since clinical trials are a key part of development, a ne

 rule has been added stating that such tests should also follow ethical pri

nciples. It also clarified the responsibilities of the ethics review board.

Researchers should also explain the risks of an experiment to test participants and obtain their consent before proceeding.

The draft laws are the latest by Chinese authorities to encourage responsible research practices and increase the effe

ctiveness of the nation’s oversight in scientific research, especially those related to humans.

Experts said the regulations have been long-awaited in the scienti

fic community, and they are curious to see future details and its effects on their research.

Huang Yu, deputy director of the medical genetics department at Peking University, said it used to be difficult to h

old violators of research ethics accountable because of a lack of clear legal rules.

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Television footage also showed blasts in three hotels

the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in the capital, which occurred following the church blasts.

2 more explosions hit Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan military spokesman has confirmed two more explosions just outsi

de the capital, hours after six nearly simultaneous blasts rocked churches and luxury hotels.

The spokesman, Brig. Atapattu, says a 7th blast occurred at a guestho

use in Dehiwala, killing at least two people. Atapattu says an 8th blast occurred in Dem

atagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. He did not have details on the Dematagoda blast.

7 suspects have been arrested

State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene says seven suspects have been arrested.

Security has been beefed up across the countr

y. Wijewardene said all necessary precautions had been taken to keep citizens safe.

“As a government all necessary action will be taken agains

t any extremist group that is operating in our country,” Wijewardene said.

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Two Chinese nationals were confirmed killed, the

Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.The embassy is verifying the number of Chinese injured in the attacks.

Earlier information from the embassy said that four Chinese nationals were injured

in the multiple church and hotel explosions that ripped through the island nation on the Easter day.

The Chinese Embassy has activated an emergency response mechanism immediately a

fter the blasts, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment.

Curfew and ban on social media imposed

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

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The meeting highlighted the importance of implementi

ting the spirit of December’s Central Economic Work Conference.

Macro policies should be stable, micro policies should be flexible and social policies should guarantee the basic needs of the grassroots

people, the statement said. Macro policies should focus on promoting high-quality growth and stimulating market vitality.

The importance of manufacturing’s high-quality development in stabilizing economic growt

h was stressed. Traditional industries should be guided to upgrade, and new industries should grow stronger.

The development of small and medium-sized companies and private businesses should be supported through measures like s

peeding up the supply-side structural reform of finance and providing better loan services, the stat

ement said. It also reaffirmed that houses should be used for living rather than for profit.

Reform should be further deepened and opening-up boosted, and forei

gn capital should have bigger access to the Chinese market. Poverty reduction is a key meas

ure of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which must be achieved by the end of next y

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A highlight of the draft amendment is the embryos. Curre

ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers

onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.

ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe

rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma

de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.

“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me

dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.

About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme

nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.

A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat

ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.

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For example, technologies like artificial intelligence

have improved the company’s stocking and inventory processes.

“Earlier we were reliant on the intuitions and experience of the local operation team. With the

use of technology like AI and big data, we are getting more accurate answers.”

As a larger and older retailer, Walmart has constantly worked with startups, said McMillon, citing the new Omega 8 platf

orm that enables retail innovation startups to collaborate with Walmart China to create better services for customers.

McMillon cited the example of a scanning ring developed by a starup for

Walmart that shortens pickup time for JD Daojia orders to less than 10 minutes and impr

ovements in the overall efficiency by 50 percent. Walmart’s WeChat mini-program has over 30 million members and is

developing an e-commerce service based on WeChat to help customers shop more easily and more accurately.

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Wang, the Chinese think tank member, said many of

nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US

as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.

“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.

Wang said that for him, cancellation of the visa is nothing m

ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.

He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca

demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.

“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip

ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.

Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F

orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.

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