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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Austrian companies embrace China’s winter sports sector

More Austrian companies are getting involved in China’s rapidly growing winter spo

rts market, said Martin Glatz, commercial counselor at the Austrian embassy in Beijing.

“Austria has been trying to be very present in China in the lead up to the Winter Olympics in 2022,” said Glatz at the

Austrian Winter Sports Days 2019 Conference in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province on Friday.

“Ten years ago when we organized for the first time the Advantage Aus

tria Ski Race, not many people took alpine skiing very seriously. But now skiing has entered the ma

instream in China,” said Glatz, who is also the head of Advantage Austria Beijing.

China rolled out a national program to boost the development of wi

nter sports after Beijing won the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“That’s an opportunity not only for our Chinese friends to get some fresh air outside the b

ig cities, but also is an opportunity for Austrian companies to get involved with Chinese partners to de

velop the market and to offer the best of equipment both in terms of consumer goods and in devices,” Glatz added.

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hina is by far Austria’s greatest trading partner in Asia, said

Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la

st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app

roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im

port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.

“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports

facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.

“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine

rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.

Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc

ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.

“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi

ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.

The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.

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Education proves value of cooperationversity collaborations l

As the United States and China continued trade talks this week, companies and industries in both countries, including the education sector, will be hoping for a sign

ificant breakthrough that can lift Sino-US relations from the current morass and end the tit-for-tat trade war that

has seriously affected exchanges of goods, technology and people between our nations.

For Sino-US joint-venture universities, such as Duke Kunshan University, in China’s eastern p

rovince of Jiangsu, the ramifications of a further ramp-up in tensions would be felt acutely.

Fortunately, the impact of the trade dispute on these educational joint ve

ntures has been minimal. But naturally there has been uncertainty surrounding the

issuance of work and student visas (although the Chinese government has been quick to make assurances), and p

arents have raised questions about the sustainability of such projects should relations sour further.

More than ever before, it is important to remember that joint-venture educational p

rojects highlight the importance and value of true mutually beneficial co

operation. Today, there is hardly a single major global problem for which the long-term solution does not depend on

close collaboration between the US and China, respectively the largest and second-largest economies in the world.

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma

ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co

mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by

a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.

This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr

active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an

d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so

me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in

terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.

At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t

heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei

r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a

nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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rump picks US ambassador to Canada for UN ambassador

  President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame

rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

  Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.

  ”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be

ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst

anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou

ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

  Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.

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Dianne Feinstein’s climate change discussion with schoolchild

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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The time has come for our European partners to stand

  with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region,” Pence said. “The time has come for our Europe

an partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary.”

  The vice president referred to a mechanism Europeans have created to ensure Iran can continue to import medicine and food, trad

e that is allowed under the Iran nuclear deal but has been constrained by banks’ fears of US retaliation.

  ’A scheme’

  ”In fact, they’ve led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions,” Pence

said. “They call this scheme a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle.’ We call it an effort to break American sa

nctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime,” Pence said. “It’s an ill-advised step that will only st

rengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States.”

  Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz worked to stress areas of common agreement in a press appearance with Pence.

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Abuse survivors often argue that the public should be

  notified whenever an accusation is made, both to protect the community and to encourage other potential victims to come forward.

  ”This seems to say that if a priest or a nun or deacon gets accused they don’t tell the parish until the accusation is ‘proven,'” said Tim Len

non, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is in Rome participating in vigils with other victims of clergy abuse.

  ”Well, who proves this? The police or the bishops? We’ve seen for 35 years that bishops o

ften cover up, so no one trusts that they are going to be good arbiters of guilt and innocence.”

  Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of th

e country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.

  Branson, who will host “Venezuela Aid Live” on Friday in the Colom

bian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food a

nd medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis.

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