“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in th

e second tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prim

e, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot sho

ulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

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Vietnamese truck enters China via the Second Beilun River

The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilomet

ers away, which was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.

Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,056 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.

The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be

ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo

ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.

1.jpgIn early 2015, the Barack Obama administration tried desperately to block the United King

dom and several other European countries from joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by ac

cusing, without any basis, the then newly established bank of possible low environmental and governance standards.

The real reason, according to former US treasury secretary Larry Summers, was that the Obama adm

inistration could not secure any funding from the Republican-controlled Congress to join the AIIB. And to s

ave itself from embarrassment, the US administration tried to prevent European countries from joining the bank.

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The attempt has been widely criticized by Republicans and

Democrats both as a blunder. Former US deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, who famously said that China should beco

me a “responsible stakeholder”, sighed that when China was playing the role of a responsible stakeholder, the US tried to stop it.

The US is trying to do the same again.

While the AIIB provides much needed infrastructure financing for countries, the China-propo

sed Belt and Road Initiative aims to build connectivity linking Asia, Europe and Africa. The initia

tive, which has been endorsed by more than 100 countries, is aimed at building roads, bridges, railways, ports and other infrastructure facilities, in ord

er to help expedite economic growth, especially in developing countries, which are often haunted by high youth unemployment.

And building roads and bridges, no doubt, will benefit the world much more than the 800-plus military bases that the US has built across the world.

However, when Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte indicated that Rome would sign a mem

orandum of agreement with Beijing on the Belt and Road Initiative during President Xi Jinping’s ong

oing visit to Italy, the White House became furious again. Garrett Marquis, a White House National Security Council spo

kesman, called the BRI a “vanity project” and a debt trap. He even said the accord Italy planned to sign was “a political hazard”.

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Bank of Beijing planning venture with Dutch lenderCo Ltd said

Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the esta

blishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, whic

h is still waiting for regulatory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a for

eign shareholder has a controlling interest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.

Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct ba

nking services, the joint venture will build a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial tec

hnologies and try to become a benchmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open

up its financial sector to foreign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.

Different from the traditional counter-based model, the direct banking model uses e-cha

nnels to provide financial products and therefore has no restriction of time, regions or geographic branches.

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After hitting Mozambique, Cyclone Idai tore into Zimbabwe

  killing many people as they slept.

  The 83-year-old husband of one Chimanimani resident was buried alive when their bedroom collapsed on them last Friday.

  ”We were sleeping in the house around 10 p.m. in the evening and it was raining. It

kept on pouring when rocks sliding from the hill started hitting our house,” said the 59-year-old.

  ”The stones we built our house with collapsed on us, and then I yelled, ‘oh my, I’m dying!’ The soils had

filled my mouth, nose and ears. Water filled the house to almost my neck level … I started to shake my husband’s body to no avail. He was alrea

dy dead.”People carry Chinese rice from a warehouse surrounded by water after Cyclone Idai hit the area, in Beira, Mozambique.

  Nearby, another family had abandoned searching for their 16-year-old missing son, who they suspect is buried under the mud.

  Efforts to bring aid to those affected by Cyclone Idai are under way in Zimbabwe. Pres

ident Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is airlifting food to some of the areas where people are still trapped.

  Mnangagwa has declared March 23 and 24 national days of mourning.

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Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could

  rexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it’s already done major damage to the UK economy.

  The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken drama

tically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment.

  The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The econ

omic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour.

  The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no struct

ural changes yet to Britain’s trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world.

  Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Un

ion, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. It has been

easy for UK companies to hire EU workers, and to maintain supply chains that crisscross national borders

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And business confidence in Britain has slumped to the lo

  d to the lowest level in almost a decade.

  ”The reason for this underperformance relative to the rest of the world is, I believe, the uncertainty surrounding the prospect of Brexit,” Ge

rtjan Vlieghe, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, said in a speech last month.

  The pain has also been felt by households. The pou

nd plunged 15% against the dollar after the 2016 vote, pushing the price of imported goods hig

her. That spurred inflation and contributed to a decline in the value of people’s paychecks.

  Company trauma

  Executives have reacted to the uncertainty by attempting to Brexit-proof their businesses.

  ”It is clear that political inaction has already had economic consequences, with many firm

s hitting the brakes on investment and recruitment decisions as a result of ongoing uncertainty,” said Ad

am Marshall, director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, a business lobby.

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The UK essentially now has three options, and each come

  with increasingly urgent logic.

  Option one: Approve the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK will then leave the EU on May 22 and enter the transition period. More on that later.

  If MPs vote the deal down, then they have a decision to make by April 11: stand in the EU parliamentary elections or don’t.

  Option two: Don’t stand in the elections, held between May 23-26, and leave the EU before then. It is unlikely that

any substantial new deal could be struck by this point. What the EU would do at this point is unclear.

  Option three: Stand in the elections and request a long extension. This makes softer Brexit all but inevitabl

e and undoing Brexit a lot more likely.At some point next week, May will bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Com

mons. She needs to flip 75 MPs if she’s to win by a margin of one. Given she dedicated some of this week to accusing them of betraying the nation, it’s hard to see

them feeling charitable. All the PM can hope for is that the EU has bought a new level of focus to London.

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He said he was asked by his employer to stay home for

mental illness and not go back to work until he recovered.”The utmost goal is like Zhuge Liang (of the Three Kingd

oms), who became a senior official to serve the country,” Shen said. “What comes second is to be like Du Fu (a reno

wned poet in Tang Dynasty known for his patriotism), who always puts the country’s and the people’s interests first.”

“Over the past 26 years, no one from the office has ever asked about me,” Shen told Red

Star News. The auditing office of Xuhui district hasn’t responded to comment as of press time.

Shen also denied online rumors that he graduated from Fudan University and once lost a daughter to a car crash.

“I have never been married, so how could I have a daughter,” he retorted. “Me, a Fudan graduate? Fudan was far out of my league.”

After days of being bombarded with visits and interviews from curious citizens or online streamers, who

are tapping into his sudden popularity for public exposure, Shen said he hopes he can be left alone so as to read more books.

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.

Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh

unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp

ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.

Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build

ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.

Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc

ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.

Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin

g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye

ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.

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