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donors exceeded 104,000 – more than three times the number for 2015, according to the center.
Last year, 6,302 people donated organs after death in China, an increase of 22 percent compared with 2017. About 20,200 tr
ansplant surgeries were completed last year, an increase of 21 percent compared with 2017, ranking the seco
nd in the world after the United States, according to the National Health Commission.
On average, 6.8 of every 1 million people donated organs after death or while alive for their relatives in Ch
ina last year, a record high, according to the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.
Guo Yanhong, deputy chief for medical administration and supervision at the National Hea
lth Commission, said that with an increasing number of organ transplant surgeries performed, Chinese phys
icians are also making progress in organ transplant technologies, and a number of world-class centers in trans
plant surgeries, covering major organs such as livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs, have been established in China.
Super Rice project is geared to guarantee stable yields while beefing up crops’ resistance against drought, flooding and diseases,” Li said.
“Thus, farmers are able to save a large amount of resources, such as fertilizers or irrigation water, to fight those issues,” he added.
The sustainability of the approach is welcomed by Philippine agricultural researchers and farmers, according to Jose
Yorobe, a consultant with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He attended a meeting in Beij
ing on Tuesday, along with dozens of representatives from participant countries, that marked the project’s conclusion.
“Because of climate change and population growth, developing countries are now pressured to increase rice prod
uctivity,” he said. “Some high-yield modern varieties are still vulnerable to inclement weather, pests and disease.”
inistration put into practice the Taiwan Travel Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, both passed last year, to fulfill its promise to the Tsai authorities. In their
letter to US President Donald Trump, some Congress members have said the Taiwan Relations Act will help mai
ntain peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and suppress Beijing’s so-called aggression.
Moreover, to seek the US’ protection and contain Beijing, the Tsai authorities have been hyping up
the island’s strategic value for Washington. But the fact is, the empty promises given by the Congress me
mbers cannot guarantee any safety to the Tsai authorities and, instead, could put them in danger.
Ahead of the 2020 elections on the island, some US Congress members are incitin
g the Tsai authorities to provoke disputes with the mainland by supporting those seeking “Taiwan ind
ependence”. But since any attempt to split Taiwan from the motherland would lead to a conflict, it will be in the interest of neith
er side of the Straits nor the US. Worse, such a conflict would destroy peace and stability in the entire Asia-Pacific region.
fossils representing more than 50 previously undescribed animal species dating back 518 million years.
The soft tissues of their bodies, including muscles, organs, eyes and mouths are still visible in some
of the 4,351 fossils discovered in Yichang, Hubei province, according to a new study published in the journ
al Science on Friday. The excavated fossils represent 109 species, including known jelly fish, arthropods and algae.
Fu Dongjing, associate professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, also the first author of the paper, said the research g
roup started exploring the ancient ruins in the summer of 2007, in Changyang Tujia autonomous county. It was lo
cated on the bank of Qingjiang River where a representative insect from the Cambrian period was first found.
The new trove of fossils called the Qingjiang biota－the living organisms of a region－ha
ve the potential to greatly inform the understanding of early animal evolution, according to the study.
About 542 million years ago, life on earth diversified at an extremely rapid pace, known as t
he Cambrian explosion. Almost all present animal categories appeared at that time. Many creatures wen
t extinct in the process of evolution, but others became the initial form of future organisms.
Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump met in Hanoi on Wednesday, their broad smiles and warm handsh
ake conveyed the same conviviality they displayed after their head-to-head talks in Singapore eight months ago.
However, the expectations ahead of this meeting have been much higher than they were last June, when the first mee
ting between the two sitting leaders of the two countries was a historic achievement in itself.
This time both leaders will be hoping to return home with more than just the souvenir photos.
A formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which the DPRK has long sought, would go a long way
to addressing Pyongyang’s security concerns, which it has used to justify its nuclear weapons program.
With a security guarantee and incentives, such as sanctions relief and economic assistan
ce, the once isolated country would have no reason not to drop its nuclear weapons program.
Trump, who seems to have adopted a more flexible approach in dealing with Pyongyang, said prio
r to the Hanoi summit that he would be happy as long as the DPRK commits to “no (nuclear weapons) testing”.