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.
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.
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.
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.
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.