One aim of the literature festival is to improve the cul

ltural appeal of the countryside so as to attract people back, Jia says. The organizers are als

o working to promote communication between the authors and the villagers, and encourage more reading activities.

Rural resident Ren Chunhua, 63, who now works as a narrator at a local history gallery, was list

ening to Ge Fei’s lecture in her gallery neighboring the festival venue and wanted to buy his work and got the write

r’s signature. She thought Ma’s work inspired by village life in the 1950s was well-written and accurately reflected the reality there.

Literature aficionado Cao Liang drove for two hours from Taigu county to attend the lectures. Having coll

ected all of Su’s books and being familiar with many of the guest authors’ works, he is currently writing his own novel.

Villagers took turns to attend the festival, a move which Ren believes will in

vigorate the local cultural environment and raise Jiajiazhuang’s profile.

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White paper: US backtracks on its pledgesington’s dema

The United States should take responsibility for the setback in economic and tra

de consultations with China, a government white paper said, warning that “red lines” cannot be crossed.

The US government has backtracked on its commitments three times in the trade negotiations with

China and should bear sole responsibility for the stalled progress, the paper said on Sunday.

The white paper, “China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations”, was

released by the State Council Information Office. It came amid ongoing tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouw

en said China is willing to work together with the US to find solutions concerning differences on the eco

nomic and trade fronts, and to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.

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efits and collaborative innovations – like the launch of

 the Global Innovation Exchange project in 2017 brought together by M

icrosoft, China’s Tsinghua University and the University of Washington, he said.

Habib said relations with China have also benefited Boeing, another major company in Washington.

“There’s no question that China is the most significant destinati

on for aerospace,” said Habib, as China “has the biggest middle class and it’s growing. Alon

g with that comes a tremendous increase in demand for both passenger travel and freight mobility.”

Habib also applauded China’s interest in Washington’s agricultural products

such as apples and cherries, and specifically mentioned tourists and students from China.

With the current trade disputes between China and the US, however, Habib is seeing some frustration in his state.

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for the first-ever overseas tour of the Terracotta Warriors

t time, the figures traveled to six capital cities. In 2010, they were once again on display in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.”

He notes that the Terracotta Warriors come from Shaanxi’s provincial capital, Xi’an, the start of the ancient Silk Road.

While the ancient Silk Road created a means of exchange between the East and the West 2,000 years ago, the Belt and Roa

d Initiative was launched in 2013 to achieve common development through connected global partnerships.

Last year, the Australian state of Victoria became involved with the Belt and Road Initia

tive. “I really look forward to seeing the initial results of this collaboration,” says the ambassad

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“I think there are advantages and opportunities on b

oth sides if we can get people to sit down and really look at how do we put these pieces together,” Holden said.

He listed infrastructure, energy, education and business-to-business relationships as potential areas of coope

ration between China and the US, and he suggested such cooperation could start from subnational bilateral exchanges.

“It’s so important to be working at the state and local level. Because in that fashion, by buildin

g these relationships now, hopefully we get a more stable relationship nationally going forward,” said H

olden.hina’s relevant government department decided to open an investigation into US shipping company Fed

Ex, for suspected infringement of Chinese customers’ legitimate rights and relevant laws and regulations.

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ork with various parties to promote the denuclearizat

On Friday, State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe m

et with Shanahan and both sides agreed to deepen exchanges and cooperation, properl

y manage risks and allow military-to-military relations to become a stabilizing factor for bilateral ties.

President Xi Jinping called on Malaysia on Friday to align its de

velopment strategy with the Belt and Road Initiative to boost bilateral ties.

Xi made the remark during an exchange of congratulations with Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdull

ah Sultan Ahmad Shah on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

In his message, Xi said China and Malaysia are close neighbors and important cooperative partners.

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He and his team carried out more than 800 surgeries la

st year, increasing from 21 surgeries in 2000, the first year he returned to Zhengzhou from Australia, he said.

Cheng hoped the schematic diagrams could make a contribution for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the future.

Besides his persistence on drawing the schematic diagrams, he also keeps improving techniques for his surgeries.

He has been using the 8-0 sutures, the most delicate and fine surg

ical stitches for heart surgeries, ever since he came back to the hospital in 2000.

“For the anastomosis (or connection) of tiny coronary blood vessel in heart surgery, th

e 8-0 sutures can maintain better blood flow to the heart compared with other size of threads,” Cheng said.

This is a challenge for a surgeon because he has to be very gentle in the process when co

nnecting the blood vessels of 1.5-2.0mm with this kind of fine sutures, either not too loose or not too tight.

Cheng is one of the five surgeons who use this technique in almost every case of coronary bypass operation in China, according to Dahe Daily.

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an India in terms of economic might-the past two years

s have seen Modi front-loading India’s unique religious, cultural and civilizational links with neighboring countries.

This pragmatic approach has not just made the Sino-Indian summits most frequent but hopefully also more produ

ctive. Modi has not had as many one-on-one meetings with any other global leader. And since this trend is like

ly to continue, it could see them jointly responding to the White House’s blitzkrieg against friends and foes alike.

The fact that Russia still faces serious economic challenges and the US has slipped into confrontations with some coun

tries will provide further traction for Modi and Xi to play larger roles in setting the tone and tenor of multilateral debate

s and initiatives. Their synergy in tackling regional and global issues will continue to have positive effects on bila

teral equations, which remain an essential prerequisite for the two countries’ peaceful rise.

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Development of huge shale oil field goes full steam

This year, PetroChina’s Xinjiang Oilfield Company has been fully develop

ing the Jimsar shale oil field, which boasts 1 billion tons of shale oil reserves, Xinhua reported.

The company has mobilized 36 drilling rigs, started drilling on 47 wells and completed eight wells till now. The daily drille

d footage surpassed 2,000 meters and the total drilled footage reached 160,000 meters.

PetroChina has ramped up exploration efforts on Bohai Bay Basin, Songliao Basin, Ordo

s Basin and Junggar Basin in recent years and shale oil was listed as one of the four exploration goals. Dagang Oilfi

eld, Xinjiang Oilfield, Tuha Oilfield and Changqing Oilfield have been set as important demonstration zones.

Xinjiang Oilfield Company said it planned to mobilize 45 drilling rigs this year to finish drilling nearly 100 wells.

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Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Eco

n Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional memb

ers to actively align their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

Wu Hongwei, a researcher of China-Russia relations at the Chin

ese Academy of Social Sciences, said bilateral cooperation plays a prominent role in guar

anteeing world peace and security at a time when the global situation is clouded by tensions and turmoil.

The two countries share the same position in promoting a mo

re stable and multipolar world, Wu said, adding that they

have sent such signals through supporting and coordinating with each other on international occasions.

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