World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
l culture, which has contemporary value and relevance to the modern wor
ld, and show it. In this way we can on the one hand tell the world how and why China is wh
at it is, and on the other have Chinese and other civilizations create benefits for mankind.
It is hoped that the Conference on Dialogue of Asi
Many pets entering China will now be subject to streamlined customs clearance procedures.
As of Wednesday this week, dogs or cats from designated countries or regi
ons that carry valid electronic chips and pass on-site inspection will no longer be subject to
extended quarantine, under the latest regulations issued by the General Administration of Customs.
Designated countries or regions include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Haw
aii and Guam of the United States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, C
yprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and Singapore, as well as from Hong Kong or Macao.
an Civilizations will make fresh contributions to the construction of the community of shared future for mankind.
Cooperation at the ministry’s Office for International Military Cooperation, said that comp
ared with other branches of the military, the PLA Navy plays a relatively larger role in protecting China’s overseas inter
ests and maintaining security in key sea lanes such as the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
“The PLA Navy is at the forefront of proving that the Chinese milita
ry is an open, cooperative and competent force for peace,” he said, adding that the PLA Navy has f
requently participated in humanitarian rescue missions, naval escorts, joint exercises and exchanges in past years.
“Through these non-war military operations, the Chinese Navy has also improved its capability and operability in dis
tant waters,” Zhou said. “Many security issues around the world require global efforts, and as its capability impr
oves, the PLA Navy can play a bigger part and contribute more to global maritime security.”
too little use electronic devices such as computer tablets and mobile phones, the survey fou
nd, and youths whose parents use smartphones in front of them are more likely to have less sleep.
Other factors, such as noise and light pollution, contributed to the problem, the report said.
The survey also indicated that good sleep results in higher efficiency in study. Students who sleep longer generally fini
sh homework in two and three hours per day, while those who sleep less require four to six hours.
Gao Xuemei, vice-president of the society, said studies have shown that decreasing sle
eping time for children and teenagers has been a global trend in the past 10 years, but the problem appears to be
worse in East Asia, including China, largely due to a heavier load of school homework.
A total of 49 people were killed in the mosque attacks on Friday. The massacre has stunned residents, not just because it happen
ed there but also because it was planned to show the world that even the most peaceful places are not immune to terror.
Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder. Two other peo
ple remain in police custody. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
Khan wasn’t the only member of his family touched by the shootings. A few blocks away
, at the Al Noor mosque, Khan’s uncle is believed to be one of 41 people gunned down there while praying.
On Saturday, families waited patiently as officials worked to identify bodies. Yet while confirmation will bring some closure, questio
ns will linger as to how such a horrifying event can happen in a country many consider safe.
”We felt it was such a safe city, such a safe country,” a 30-year-
old construction project manager, who did not want to be named, told CNN. “The hatred has spread everywhere.”
hborhood, which covers 1.5 square kilometers, is home to around 33,000 households and 82,000 residents.
To promote community governance, the neighborhood has launched various projects si
nce 2012 to facilitate communication between residents and enhance “neighborly spirit”.
One of the most successful activities is its rooftop garden project.
“Our rooftop garden began with the Meilian building in 2015, with support from enterprises a
nd managed by residents,” said Wang Yanfeng, deputy director of the Caojiadu neighborhood Party working committee.
It all started with 14 containers on the rooftop to grow vegetables and flowers. Each miniature garden is taken care of by two fa
milies, of which one has at least one elderly person at home and the other has one or more children.
Harvested vegetables are sent to the neighborhood’s senior residents,
cooked for the nutritious community lunch or sold during charity bazaars, Wang said.
The miniature gardens were upgraded in 2017 to include a broader variety of vegetables and expan
ded to more rooftops in Caojiadu, which also helps children learn about cultivating crops and vegetables.
ology in 5G networks, close allies might be less inclined to work with it in the future, the RUSI report warned.
America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world‘s 5G plans
Britain is part of the intelligence-sharing group know
n as Five Eyes, which also includes the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
”The maintenance of a ‘Five Eyes standard’ of cyber security in telecommunications is a vital strategic and secur
ity interest, the loss of which would go far beyond a reduction in intelligence reports exchanged and might lea
d to the UK being excluded from work on developing future technologies for intelligence collection,” the report said.
It also advised devoting more resources to protecting British universities, where technology of interest to Beijing may be under development.
”Ultimately, the United Kingdom’s goal must be genuine reciproc
ity and an equal, mature and comprehensive relationship with China,” the report said.
Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.