Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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Embroidery offers a way to tackle povertye of Xihe county,

Embroidery offers a way to tackle povertye of Xihe county,

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).

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His attorney described his client as an innocent man, saying Foxx

His attorney described his client as an innocent man, saying Foxx

  succumbed to public pressure.

  ”I think all the women are lying,” attorney Steve Greenberg said. “Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot

of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges — one by one if it has to be.”

  Kelly turned himself in Friday night, just hours after Chicago police issued a warrant for his arrest. He arrived in a large,

black van wearing a hoodie under an electric blue puffer jacket. He waded through a sea of reporters asking que

stions like “What do you have to say to the fans?” and “What do you have to say to the black women of Chicago?”

  Kelly did not respond. Once he entered the building, he was handcuffed and led away by police. His arraignment is set for March 8.

  New evidence involves a tape and an underage girl

  Homeland Security Investigations is involved in an investigation of Kelly, a US Im

migration and Customs Enforcement official said. The official did not provide any details.

  A grand jury was convened in Cook County this month in connection with new allegations against Kelly, two sources close to the case told CNN.

  Greenberg told CNN this month that he had not been notified of a grand jury. Days before, attorney Michael Avenatti announc

ed he had given the State’s Attorney’s Office a videotape that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

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When he addressed the UN General Assembly in 2018

When he addressed the UN General Assembly in 2018

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.

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Pence channeled a forceful, direct Trump. Biden’s ove

Pence channeled a forceful, direct Trump. Biden’s ove

  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.”

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It would be wrong to leave the impression that the Ba

It would be wrong to leave the impression that the Ba

  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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This allowed Moros to be a survivor as the environment

This allowed Moros to be a survivor as the environment

  nged. For 15 million years, tyrannosaurs were restricted to this smaller size before evolvin

g into giants (about 12 feet tall and 11,000 to 15,500 pounds) over a 16 million-year period.

  ”Although the earliest Cretaceous tyrannosaurs were small, their predatory specializations mea

nt that they were primed to take advantage of new opportunities when warming tem

peratures, rising sea-level and shrinking ranges restructured ecosystems at the beginning of the Late Cr

etaceous,” Zanno said. “We now know it took them less than 15 million years to rise to power.”

  Moros is most closely related to tyrannosaurs from Asia, which helped the researchers trace the dinosaurs’ lineage. Thi

s means Moros crossed the Alaskan land bridge during the Early Cretaceous to reach North America.

  ”T. rex and its famous contemporaries such as Triceratops may be among our most beloved cultural ico

ns, but we owe their existence to their intrepid ancestors who migrated here from Asia at least 30 million years prior,” Za

nno said. “Moros signals the establishment of the iconic Late Cretaceous ecosystems of North America.”

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A jet lag cure. Such is the promise of the hotel spa’s exclu

A jet lag cure. Such is the promise of the hotel spa’s exclu

  sive coladh samh massage (the name, pronounced “culla sauv,” is an Irish phrase meaning sound sleep) — a 50 or 80-minute trea

tment specifically designed to help with sleep issues, ranging from insomnia to epic jet lag battles.

  The experience begins with a mixture of pressure and Swedish techniques, followed

by a cooling ceramic stone treatment designed to lull the body into a state of relaxation. This author can speak fro

m firsthand experience: My whole body felt like a happy, sleepy puddle by the end of the service.

  And spa junkies rejoice: Adare’s spa is one of only 11 in the world (a

nd the only one in Ireland) to offer La Mer-branded treatments. For true luxury, boo

k the La Mer Miracle Broth Experience, a 180-minute service that includes a body polish with pure dia

mond powder, a circulation enhancing massage and the signature Miracle Broth facial.

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od, travel, interior design and entertainment. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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In short, thanks to changes in the internal and extern

In short, thanks to changes in the internal and extern

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.

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Many private enterprises pledged equity to borrow money

Many private enterprises pledged equity to borrow money

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.

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