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The Belt and Road Initiative has huge potential to bring prosperity

to millions by building infrastructure in areas of the world where it is most needed, a UK offici

al said after attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Catherine McGuinness, chair of the policy and resources comm

ittee at the City of London Corporation, was very impressed by Chinese President Xi Jinp

ing’s speech on the crucial need for financial and environmental sustainability.

McGuinness wished to learn more on how the Green Belt and Road Investment Principles, developed in

part by the City of London Corporation’s Green Finance Initiative, can play a part in this journey for win-win cooperation.

She spoke highly of the achievements Chinese government has made in developin

g BRI from a concept on the drawing board to the reality of roads, rail tracks and ports since it was proposed in 2013.

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For Ashley Gray, a 26-year-old web developer living

 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her best time is in the e

vening, after a long and tiring day at work — and when she is alone.

“I will cook my own dinner – I can eat whatever I want, and I will go to the gym, then get beer

s and watch my favorite shows on Netflix,” said Gray, who has been single for about five years after brea

king up with her college boyfriend. “Or I can choose to hang out with my friends.”

She said she likes to be free to go with the flow and be respons

ible only for herself, and not having to compromise.

“I just feel like I’m happier and more myself [when I’m alone]

,” Gray said, adding she’s also busy trying to advance her career, so she doesn’t want to spend extr

a time on taking care of a partner or children if she gets into a relationship or gets married.

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Information contained on flight recorders for the Indones

sia and Ethiopian planes has not been released, but analysts say the pilots may not have known h

ow to turn off the anti-stall device after it pointed the nose of the plane down, and that may have been a factor in the crashes.

On Wednesday, Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s vice-president, said he doesn’t see the need to overhaul its development of aircraft. He c

alled the new Max software “more robust” but also said the upgrade does not mean the original design was inadequate.

The upgraded MCAS will be activated by input from two sensors rather than one.

The system’s power will be limited so that the pilot can pull back on

the control column to override the system if the plane’s nose is pointed down.

Sinnett said a new training system for pilots on upgrades to the MCAS has been “provisionally approved”.

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I didn’t even know I had to wear all white, nor did I prepare

a different pair of shoes for the surface. I was overwhelmed, in an embarrassing way.”

Li played the final match of her stellar career at Wimbledon 2014 before retiring due to a chronic knee injury two months later.

Now enjoying life as a housewife and businesswoman, the two-time Grand Slam singles champion spares no effort to en

sure that China’s new generation of players are better prepared than she was for life as a pro.

Her passion for the sport remains undiminished and shone through at Tuesday’s event at Beijing’s

1123 Junior Tennis Academy, where the 37-year-old hit shots with some young hopefuls and shared insights about life on the tour.

With more international tournaments visiting the country and strong government support and investment, tenni

s has entered the athletic mainstream in China, yet the nation still hasn’t found anyone to assume Li’s throne.

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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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The cooperation between the museum and Huawei will now

take that to an even higher level, as the new generation of telecoms technology will enrich the ex

perience of visitors to the museum, virtually and in reality, even further. And if conditions become mature in th

e near future, it will not just be visits to the Palace Museum that 5G transforms.

With 5G networks and a smartphone, one will be able to have a consultation with a doctor w

ithout leaving home or give instructions to robotic cleaners to do household chores.

In fact, what the new 5G networks represent is none other than the next technological revolution. There is no reason t

o politicize the arrival of this next-generation technology. Neither is there any reason to demonize what Hu

awei, as one of the world biggest telecoms equipment providers, is doing to usher in this technological revolution.

What is even more dangerous than the harm done to fair competition in the world market is the negative impact the polit

ical barriers some Western countries have put in the way of Huawei will have on the evolution of technology.

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The President pushed harder for his son-in-law to get a clearan

ce because of his wide-ranging portfolio, which includes a Middle East peace proposal, and b

ecause of heightened scrutiny on Kushner’s inability to secure a clearance, sources said. His daughter’s portfolio did not require a high level secu

rity clearance, though as a senior adviser who sits in meetings with other senior officials, she is privy to sensitive inform

ation.On Tuesday, the White House rebuffed a request from House Oversight Com

mittee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents pertaining to the security clearance pro

cess. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the committee’s request for the information was “without legal suppo

rt, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”The White House’s rejecti

on increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.CNN’s Gloria Borger and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

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The long-standing tensions that existed in the region were

  not a big problem for Beijing, according to China expert Tsang, as they served to remind Islamabad of China’s importance as an ally.

  But the escalation this week has put Beijing in an awkward position.

  ”They have to do something to show that they are helping to keep thi

ngs under control, while not appearing unreliable as Pakistan’s ally,” Tsang said.

  But Beijing doesn’t want to overplay its support of Pakistan and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trump.

  Compounding China’s problems is the fact India claims it was striking back against terrorists in Kashmir.

  The mass detention of Muslim majority Uyghurs in China’s north western provinc

e of Xinjiang by the Chinese government is one of Beijing’s most controversial international policies — and

justified by China’s government on the grounds that it is an essential measure in combating terrorism.

  ”They don’t want to be too hard on India, because they’re acting in response to terrorism,” Tsang said.

  China experts said the country’s best option was to join the US in working to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India.

  Han Hua, professor and South Asia studies expert at Peking University, said given China h

as greater influence in Pakistan, while the US holds more sway in India, it made sense for the two to cooperate.

  ”China’s message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint,” she said. “China’s interest lies in the stability of South Asia.”

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Thai election commission to rule on princess running for PM

Thailand’s election commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministeria

l candidate for March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called it “inappropriate” and unconstitutional.

The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party that stunn

ed the nation by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, for the role.

The election on Mar 24 is the first since a military coup in 2014.

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions.

Ubolratana’s nomination last week was a shocking move by the Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-pr

emier Thaksin Shinawatra, and broke with a longstanding tradition of members of the royal family staying above politics.

She gave up her royal titles after marrying an American and she has starred in soap operas and an action movie.

But in a statement read out on all television stations within hours of her can

didacy, King Vajiralongkorn said it was “inappropriate” for members of the royal family to enter politics.

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Important progress has been achieved in the current

e two sides had candid, specific and constructive discussions,” the Chinese delegation said in Washington on Thursday.

Vice-Premier Liu He met with US President Donald Trump, who confirmed that a US trade delegation will visit China in m

id-February for further consultations, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

During the talks, the two sides also determined the timetable and road map for next-step

consultations. They attached great importance to the issue of IPR protection and t

echnology transfers, and have agreed to further enhance cooperation in this regard.

The US delegation is to be led by US Trade Rep

resentative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, it added.

The two-day talks that started on Wednesday morning in Washington were led by Liu

and Lighthizer, with the participation of dozens of senior officials from both governments.

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