Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
Trump claimed his administration had achieved “more than almost any administration in the history of the country” — and was met with open laughter.
National security adviser John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush, was openly hosti
le toward the UN during his 2005 to 2006 tenure. The Trump administration has cut US contributions to the UN,
pulled out of several of UN organizations and opposed core UN-backed initiatives in
recent years, including the Paris Agreement on climate and the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump had wanted a woman to lead the US delegation at the United Nations, so
urces have told CNN. His original pick, Nauert, bowed out after it came to light tha
t she had employed a nanny who was legally present in the US, but wasn’t legally permitted to work.
The post, which had been a Cabinet level position under Haley, is widely expected to be downgraded.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told aides he wanted the post downgra
ded after Haley leaves, an official familiar with his remark has told CNN. And Bolt
on has also been said to want the role downgraded, according to people familiar with his thinking.
The shift means Craft would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the UN and within the administration, and as a r
esult, would pose nowhere near the challenge to Bolton or Pompeo.
This story has been updated.
rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better
prepared, had his spe
ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.
A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker
of the House of Representatives, was introd
uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.
Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a
silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.
Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending
and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to
follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.
Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.
”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”
Hof Hotel resounded to bays for Trump’s departure. It wasn’t about him, but his specter hung over it.
Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft and Robert O. Work, deputy secret
ary of defense under President Obama, gave an electrifying insight to Artificial Intelligence.
”AI is everything,” Smith warned, a game changer like electricity. He described the present as a “Sputnik moment.”
The former Defense Department official said the “this is the hardest tech challenge the US has ever faced.”
Both Smith and Work painted a picture of China chasing, catching and passing the US in this key area. They des
cribed AI as an enabler for autocracies like Russia and China and a potential threat for democracies.
In Work’s words, “AI gives tyranny new tools it never had before and makes it more powerful than it has ever been before.”
No one said it in the room, there was a laser like focus on the intellect and experience of these two m
en, but at the back of everyone’s minds must have been thoughts of Trump’s warmth for Presidents Putin and Xi.
Every moment they get cut slack by Trump is more machine code, jacking up their AI prog
rams back home. “We are entering a period intense technological competition,” said Work.
In the next war, he predicted, it will be “our AI against their AI, and the side with the best AI wins.”
But as much as moments like this came as sobering jabs to the solar plexus, MSC 2019 also held out hope of a world after Trump.
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al environment, China’s monetary policy is expected to sail out of the “reefs” in 2019, becoming more flexible in maintaining its prudent, neutral, and marginally loose stance.
We believe that comprehensive and targeted cuts to reserve req
uirement ratios, reductions in open market rates, and increased use of targeted medium-term l
ending facility will become the main policy tools of China’s central bank in 2019. Only when extreme changes happen in the internal and external env
ironment (for example, the Chinese economy fails to stabilize in the middle of 2019 and the Fed doesn’t raise interest rates),
will the possibility of lowering the benchmark deposit and lending interest rates rise significantly.
hina will take measures to help domestic soybe
an and corn farmers, while also seeking to expand imports of certain agricultural products that are considered in s
hortage through diversified channels, according to a central government guideline released on Tuesday.
The plan, came before a new round of trade negotiations between Chinese and US officials set fo
r Thursday and Friday, shows Chinese policymakers’ determination to be le
ss dependent on US agricultural imports such as soybeans even if a deal is likely to be reached, industry analysts said.
stock or real estate investment, instead of investing in their main business, which is not recommended. What we should encourage is tha
t companies should finance R&D and technology, which is conducive to economic development.
Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
What lies behind the economic slowdown is the disappearance of the demographic dividend, which has ca
used a decline in the potential growth rate, meaning there is no longer a gap between actual growth rat
es and potential rates. Now, the natural unemployment rate has climbed from 4 to 5 percent, indicating there is no cyc
lical unemployment at present and thus excessive strong stimulus is unnecessary.
The government should focus policymaking on public employment services like
training and appropriately use macroeconomic policy tools to regulate the economy.
Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund
Industrial policy played a certain role in the early economic developmen
t stage, but later, the actual role of industrial policy was not all positive. Take the auto ind
ustry as an example. The current “big three” private car manufa
cturers have basically broken the constraints of industrial policies to grow up.