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lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle
question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe
ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.
In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i
nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was
hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.
Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot
herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year
would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.
But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max
imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin
g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.
Xiang Zuofu, a professor of wildlife conservation at Central South University of Forestr
y and Technology in Hunan province and one of the leading authors of the study, said the phenomenon called allom
aternal nursing is not unusual among mammals including humans, but it’s the first evidence in an Old World monkey.
“Without the nanny, the golden snub-nosed monkeys might have become extinct,” Xia
ng said in an interview on Friday. “Golden monkeys are conceived every two years and they bear only one bab
y a time. If there is no allomaternal nursing, the survival rate of their infants would only be 20 to 30 percent.”
However, the rate may soar to over 50 percent under natural conditions when offspring also are nursed by other female monkeys, he said.
Golden snub-nosed monkeys live in high-elevation temperate forests in Hubei, Sichuan, Shaanxi an
d Gansu provinces. The cold, five-month-long winters, with nighttime temperatures easily dropping belo
w freezing, pose great challenges for them in raising infants, as do strong seasonal changes in the availability of food.