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school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in impro
ving school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. T
he school has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the in
spection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous C
hinese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
the Mediterranean that is also a EU member state, has indicated it, too, could join the BRI. The news channel quoted Maltes
e Finance Minister Edward Scicluna as saying that “certain prejudices” should not come in the way of good business.
I am not sure if Marquis, or his boss, US National Security Advisor John Bolton, plan to lecture, warn or th
reaten Malta as they have been doing to Italy these past days. But instead of indulging in such rea
ctionary activities, the US should abandon its Cold War mentality and stop looking for non-existent enemies.
More important, the US should also stop forcing other countries to ch
oose between China and the US, especially as many countries made it clear they do not wan
t to be lectured on what they should do when the Obama administration launched the “pivot to Asia strategy”.
The world needs more infrastructure-building projects such as the BRI, not mo
ves to sabotage such projects, as the US has been trying to do for quite some time now.
rible sight” emerged, Taylor said.
”Dead bodies had floated up (and the) current of the flood water had washed the bodies up against the road,” said Tay
lor. “The road had subsided about 10 inches (25.5 centimeters). So these bodies had been washed up against the main highway.”
Taylor said the smell of bodies and livestock was palpable.Hundreds of others were also attempting to make the congested seven-ho
ur walk from the village of Lamego — about 90 kilometers (56 miles) inland from Beira — to Nhamatanda, on higher ground. In places whe
re the current of the flood waters was strong, about 50 people joined hands to make a human chain, said Taylor.
”I’m 6 foot 2 inches (187 centimeters), but the force of water at knee level w
as powerful,” Taylor said. “You had to pay attention and concentrate where you put your feet.”
Taylor said he saw an elderly woman carry her husband on her back.
On the road out of Beira, he said “the entire area, as far as I could see, was one lake of flood
water,” adding that groups of up to 10 people had climbed eucalyptus, cashew and mango trees waiting to be rescued.
innocence. But that is probably being too simplistic as we live in a complex world.
Indeed, New Zealand is about as far away as you can get from the violence we see alm
ost daily in other war-torn places. That is not to say New Zealand has been immune to violence.
The quiet seaside town of Aramoana, near Dunedin, saw 13 people gunned down in No
vember 1990 when a local resident went berserk after an argument with his next-door neighbor. Five years lat
er, in April 1995, across the Tasman Sea in Australia, there was the Port Arthur massacre on the island state of Tas
mania where 35 people were killed by a lone gunman. That was an act of pure evil rather than of hate or race.
Both acts of violence saw changes to gun laws. In Australia’s case, it w
as a radical overhaul. New Zealand will change its gun laws in 10 days, said Ardern on Monday. In N
ew Zealand, it is estimated 250,000 gun-owners own about 1.5 million firearms and the laws governing guns are weak and exploited.