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”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm
ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”
”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.
The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.
Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.
The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand
as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti
nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.
systemic financial risks, are the fundamental tasks of financial work, calling for accelerated construction of the fina
ncial market infrastructure and advanced efforts to nationalize key information infrastructure in the sector.
He also urged solid statistics in the financial sector and improvement in the warning system and rules on information disclosure and management.
Education and supervision of senior officials of financial institutions and regulators sh
ould be enhanced, and more should be done to fight corruption in the financial sector, Xi said.
He called for dynamic supervision of domestic and cross-border capital flow to enable financial watchdogs to fully monitor all flows.
Xi said tasks for the reform and opening-up of the financial sector should be well implem
ented, calling for the preparation and the rolling-out of new reform and opening-up measures based on
the latest development of global economy and finance as well as the strategic needs of China.
Reforms including revamps on market access system and trading regulations should be deepened, and regulators should take a two-pronged appr
oach of enforcing both macro-prudential management and micromanagement of behaviors, he said.
He said those causing major financial risks due to their breaches such as lax regula
tion, cover-ups or decision-making failures must be held accountable and face serious punishment.
Efforts should be made to address the current situation where the costs of legal and
regulatory breaches in the financial sector, especially capital markets, are too low, Xi said.
Xi urged enhancing the global competitiveness of China’s financial sector, elevating the two-way opening-up to a highe
r level and beefing up capabilities of financial management and risk prevention and control amid greater opening-up.
Article 50 — the legal process under which an EU member state can leave — and refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
The UK Parliament is due to debate the divorce again on Wednesday when May is expected to update lawmakers on any pr
ogress made in talks with European counterparts on the divisive issue of the Northern Irish backstop.
This weekend she will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on the margins of
the EU-League of Arab States Summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Three Conservative MPs have quit Theresa May’s party over Brexit
By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
Updated 1619 GMT (0019 HKT) February 20, 2019
Ex-Conservative MPs Heidi Allen, second left, Anna Soubry, center, and Sarah W
ollaston, right, arrive for a press conference in Westminster in London on Wednesday.
Ex-Conservative MPs Heidi Allen, second left, Anna Soubry, center, and Sarah
Wollaston, right, arrive for a press conference in Westminster in London on Wednesday.
(CNN)Three lawmakers walked out of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party on Wednesday, joini
ng a new group in Parliament that has blown up the British political landscape in less than three days.
The trio’s dramatic decision to join a group of eight independent MPs, who split fro
m the opposition Labour Party earlier this week, caused consternation at Westminster. They
Ali only had two hours to save his baby’s life. He careened through traffic and sped along highway
s to an east Tehran government pharmacy. When he saw some 800 people queued outside the fac
ility, he dropped to his knees. Like him, they were waiting to obtain state-funded medications.
”I cried and screamed, begging people to let me get through,” Ali — whom we have not fully identified for security reasons — recalls.
Eventually, he skipped the line and returned with the medicine in time for his one-year-old daughter, Dory, to recover.The incid
ent happened just as Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with six world powers led by the US was being sig
ned in 2015. It was a moment when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had promised Iranians an easier life, free of me
dicinal and food shortages, and where desperate scenes such as Ali’s outside the pharmacy would become a thing of the past.
Iran was halting its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief, appearing to turn the pa
ge on a 36-year history of diplomatic and economic
meting purchasing power across the country. It’s a situation, Emami says, that has made a lot of treatable cases lethal.
”I have a patient upstairs … I diagnosed him with brain cancer. The cost of biopsy, the chemotherapy and medication is
very high. So, the family asked me if I could leave him be,” says Emami. “Every day, we see this story here.”
Even when families can afford medical equipment they often join long waiting lists. Cardia
c pacemakers are in short supply in the country, and patients must abandon their regular lifestyles, an
d become admitted to hospitals where they are hooked up to a cardiac machine.
Emami tells CNN that some families are opting out of paying for feed
ing tubes for relatives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Without the feeding tubes, the pat
ients spend the rest of their days wired to machines in hospitals, instead of receiving home care.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s and policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order.
Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mingle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.
For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.
But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was s
upposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years.
When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equ
aling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.
Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid.
Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Re
al, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor.
For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scor
ing record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet.
Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side.