“Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust

level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi

c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli

ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev

elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini

nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti

al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis

aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea

u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio

us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm

ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

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Fretting about weight has become a common topic for

discussion among Chinese women-and not just at the office. Such discussions can be heard

everywhere, from high school classrooms to fitness studios, beauty salons and department stores.

But the issue is not just cause for concern in China. Obsessing over body shape has also emerged in Western countries over the past decade.

The term “fat talk” was coined by United States anthropologist Mimi Nic

hter and her team of researchers in 1994 after they observed the way girls in middle school

spoke about their body shapes-unexpectedly revealing that they invariably focused on the negatives.

Since then, numerous studies have detailed how pervasive “fat talk” has become among women of all ages.

A study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2011 found that an “overwhelm

ing majority of women”-93 percent-admitted to discussing the issue, with one-third of them doing so frequently.

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Winter Games: 1,000 days to gontdown activity unfolds in Be

With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr

eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.

Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north

ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou

ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.

As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin

glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig

htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl

etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.

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The site has thousands of Chinese volunteers and hun

ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad

ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.

The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne

ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.

During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo

ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm

ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.

“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ

y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.

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teps aimed at helping further develop countryside opt

hina will undertake key measures to further integrate the country’s rural and urban areas

and encourage the transfer and free flow of people and resources throughout the nation.

Measures include relaxing hukou (household registration) barri

ers, reforming zoning regulations for rural and residential land, marketing collective land

in rural areas for development purposes and increasing infrastructure spending in the countryside.

Experts said the new plan, announced by the Communist Party of China Ce

ntral Committee and the State Council late on Sunday, is aimed at helping realize steady progr

ess in rural revitalization, driving up the process of urbanization and further boosting the economy.

China has a three-step plan. First, it will initially build a framework an

d mechanism for integrated development of urban and rural areas, and gradually rem

ove limits on hukou registration in cities by 2022. Second, it will bring about an improved framewo

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investment in environment-friendly urban mas

 transit. According to NBS preliminary estimates, the share of consumption of clean energy such as natural gas, hydropo

wer, nuclear power and wind power in total energy consumption in the first quarter was 1.5 percentage points hi

gher than that of the same period last year. Energy consumption per unit of GDP went down by 2.7 percent year-on-year.

Total investment in fixed aassets grew by 6.3 percent, with private invest

ment growing at 6.4 percent, slightly faster than the overall number. This is es

pecially significant in the light of last year’s fears that private investment in the econo

my might collapse. So, the government’s efforts to strengthen the private sector appear to have borne fruit.

Investment in high-tech manufacturing rose by 11.4 percent and investme

nt in high-tech services rose 19.3 percent, both far higher than overall investment gro]

wth. This shows that the shift toward advanced manufacturing and services is well underway.

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One dead, three injured in California synagogue shooting

One person died and three were injured at a synagogue shooting in San

Diego, California, on Saturday, San Diego County authorities confirmed.

A man has been detained for questioning in connection with the shootin

g at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, said San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies from the Poway station were called to Chabad Way, where the synagogue is located, just before 11:30 am.

Multiple law enforcement sources told local media that four people were shot.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus told media that the facility was targeted because it was a place for the Jewish community to gather.

“I understand that this was someone with hate in their heart, hate for the Jewish community,” he said of the shooter.

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China to support 5,000 people for BRI innovation excha

China will support 5,000 people from innovation sector in Belt and Road countries i

n conducting exchanges, training programs and joint researches in the next five years.

Sustainable development under BRI stressed

China will work with other parties to promote a coalition of sustainab

le cities and an international coalition for green development under the Belt and Road Initiative.

China to invite 10,000 representatives of political parties, think tanks, NGOs from B&R countries

A total of 10,000 representatives of political parties, think ta

nks and non-governmental organizations from count

ries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be invited to China for exchanges in the next five years.

China to allow foreign businesses in more sectors with controlling or full stake

China will allow foreign investors to operate businesses in more sec

tors with controlling or full stake. China will roll out a new batch of pilot free trade zones.

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The origins of modern surveillance states can be trace

 back to the US government’ s military occupation of the Philippines in the 1890s. Christ

opher J. Coyne, a professor at George Mason University in the United States sai

d in the book Tyranny Comes Home that under the leadership of Ralph Van Deman, the father of US military int

elligence, the American occupier established an advanced monitoring agency at the time to suppress rebels and dissidents.

In May 1917, Vanderman took charge of the Military Intelligence Section (

MIS), a similar surveillance facility in the United States, and which would eventually evo

lve into the US National Security Agency (NSA). In 1955, the United States further launched an intelligence gat

hering and analysis network consisting of five English-speaking countries: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thi

s is the so-called “five-eye alliance.” As a result, the five countries can globally intercept and monitor telephone exc

hanges, faxes, mails and other information transmitted by satellite communications.

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