head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. So far, 22 European countries have signed memorandums of understanding with Chi
na to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, with Italy and Luxembourg the most recent examples, he said.
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International
Relations, said that Li’s European trip is to further enhance high-level exchanges and political trust between
China and the EU, following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy, Monaco and France last month.
Both sides support the multilateral trading system and face challenges posed by risin
g protectionism and unilateralism to economic globalization and multilateralism, Chen said. On the global geopoliti
cal stage, China is developing at a very fast pace with an enormous economic scale, Chen said.
“As a huge market, China has reiterated its opening-up (policy) to the ou
tside world, including to European countries. Therefore, both sides should strengthen cooper
ation and exchanges in areas such as trade, investment and the Belt and Road Initiative,” she said.
the latest film by leading Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai, sets to examine changing times in modern China.
It is a family saga about parenthood, friendship, struggle and forg
iveness. Covering a large stretch of space and time, t
he story moves from the 1980s to the present, and from the North to the South of China.
Known for realism, Wang is no stranger to prominent international film festivals. This time,
his work scooped two Berlin Film Festival awards – Silver Bear for Best Actress and Best Actor.
On the occasion of So Long, My Son screening in Chinese cinemas, China Daily sp
oke with him about the film’s production, his life and his view on Chinese auteur film.
When I woke up Friday morning to the news of the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I felt sick. But sad
ly, not entirely surprised. I had been dreading this kind of violence happening, although I would have never imag
ined this kind of scale — 49 Muslim men, women and children killed in cold blood with such clinical, methodical precision and filmed for social media.
Islamophobia is on the rise and has been for some time. Muslims have been demonize
d, dehumanized and scapegoated on an industrial scale by society since 9/11.
No other group has been punished for the sins of the father in such a systematic and accepted way. Politicians, commen
tators, influencers and the media on the right have waged a war against Muslims that has become normalized.
The most powerful man on the planet, President Donald Trump, has sought to ban them fro
m entering the United States. British prime minister hopeful and former Foreign Secretary Bori
s Johnson made “jokes” insulting Muslim women, saying they looked like letter boxes. After those comments, Tell Mam
a, an organization that records Muslim hate incidents, reported that attacks on Muslim women went up.
They often take the form of pulling off a woman’s headscarf, espe
cially when she’s taking her children to and from school. Imagine what that does to a young
frightened and confused Muslim child? We have respected high-profile commentators who say that Islam
ophobia doesn’t exist and imply that “they” have brought it on themselves because of terrorism.
f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.
The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop
ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.
One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business
travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus
iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid
ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern
ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav
e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of
curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.
“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.
A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge
netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.
“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co
receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth
er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.
Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu
e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.