Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

  allied with a brazen, relentless temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

  Showing off sometimes diabolical but compelling political skills, Trump was audacious, prov

ocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hinted at his acute sense of hum

an nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.

  Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied leaders, indulged his willingness to tra

de in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.Trump vs. Beto

  At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the f

reshest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.

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Future of Sino-US ties lies in cooperationhina and the Uni

Future of Sino-US ties lies in cooperationhina and the Uni

More than 40 years ago China and the United States engaged in “ping pong diplomacy”, ea

sing the tensions between the two countries ever since the founding of New China in 1949.

With the People’s Republic of China retaining its rightful seat in the Un

ited Nations Security Council in 1971 and its international status continuously imp

roving, it had become apparent that the US policy to contain New China would be fruitless.

The US, on the other hand, was mired in the Vietnam War, which was sapping its national po

wer. So the US administration realized it should establish friendly relations with China in order to end the w

ar. Against this background, on Jan 1, 1979, the two countries formally established diplomatic relations.

But even before it established diplomatic relations with the US, China launched reform and opening-up in late 1978. As the leade

r of the Western world, the US played the dominant role in the global economy, as well as the technology, invest

ment, finance and other fields, with which China had to integrate to ensure its economic development.

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The sentencing combined with Manafort’s failure to expres

The sentencing combined with Manafort’s failure to expres

  express remorse sparked immediate speculation about the possibility that Trump could pardon his former campaign chair.

  ”The statement by Paul Manafort’s lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the Pres

ident’s mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon. One inju

stice must not follow another,” Adam Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted.

  Manafort’s chances of a pardon may indeed have risen since to spare him a 47-month

sentence may be seen as less politically risky for the President than springing him from a 25-year jail term.

  But CNN legal commentator Carrie Cordero suggested that the judge’s decision

to show leniency also could serve to undermine arguments that Manafort deserved further mercy.

  ”(It is) very hard for the President to now suggest that Paul Manafort has been treated unfa

irly. He has in fact, by Judge Ellis, been given a bit of grace,” Cordero told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”

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In terms of consumption, the household consumption ra

In terms of consumption, the household consumption ra

ate should reach 58 percent by 2035, whereas the figure is only 38-39 percent at present. To ensur

e it increases by 20 percentage points, the authorities should take measures to improve people’s inco

mes, narrow the income gap, curb the rising housing prices and provide more high-quality products and services.

The best way to solve these long-term structural problems is to further deepen reform a

nd opening-up, which would enable the market to play a pivotal role in resource distribution.

For four decades, China’s development model has provided a solution

to these problems: further opening-up and seeking feasible solutions. The problems wi

ll be solved if China’s experience of four decades of reform and opening-up is anything to go by.

The author is dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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Pakistan denies terror clampdown is result of Indian tensions

Pakistan denies terror clampdown is result of Indian tensions

  Pakistan said it is not bowing to Indian or international pressure as it cracks down on militant groups in the wake of the crisis over Kashmir.

  On Tuesday, authorities said they detained 44 members of banned organizati

ons, including the son and brother of Masood Azhar, the leader of militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

  JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Pulwama in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14, which resulted in th

e deaths of 40 Indian troops and precipitated the current escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers.

  Speaking to CNN, Pakistan’s military spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Asif Gh

afoor, said that any clamp-down on militants was part of an ongoing domestic policy.

  ”We are not doing anything under anyone’s pressure,” Ghafoor said Tuesday, addi

ng that Pakistan would root out “anybody who operates from Pakistan … we feel that it is not in the interest of Pakistan.”

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After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

grower in Laixi of Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, has been able to grow peach trees into the shapes of tab

les and chairs. The price of one of his peach branch chairs has now reached more than 20,000 yuan ($2,987).

In a farm in Jimo district of Qingdao, Zhang, 65, says that he plans to grow the tables and chairs at a ratio of four to one: four chairs to each table.

Zhang said that he started planting peach trees 15 years ago. He used to be a carpen

ter and often made wooden furniture, so, when planting peach trees, he liked to collect the roots of va

rious materials and use them for making ornaments, tables, chairs, figures, flowers, birds, and other root carvings.

As the raw materials became scarce however, Zhang had another idea, asking, “Can I p

lant tables and chairs myself?” Although his family were initially skeptical, Zhang persisted.

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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There are 1.2 million tons of illegally abandoned waste acro

There are 1.2 million tons of illegally abandoned waste acro

  South Korea, according to the Ministry of Environment.

  In theory, all waste produced in the country is handled in one of three ways: it is either rec

ycled, processed into fuel, or incinerated. But a series of events in recent years have disrupted this system.

  In 2017, a surge in smog levels prompted the governmen

t to tighten regulations on waste-to-energy plants and waste incineration facilities which wer

e blamed for belching out polluting fumes, says Sung Nak-kuen of the Korea Waste Association.

  Consequently, the number of incineration facilities fell from

611 in 2011 to 395 last year. And with the waste-to-energy plants feeling the squeeze, dem

and for solid recovered fuel — non-recyclable plastic and paper burned for heat and energy — has collapsed.

  But in late 2017, China banned the import of 24 types

of solid waste, including paper and plastic, extending it in April last year to include dozens more type

s of recyclable materials, including steel waste, used auto parts and old ships.

  Exports of plastic waste from South Korea to China fell by ove

r 90%, according to the Korea International Trade Association. Trash overflowed on the

streets of Seoul as the waste management companies refused to collect it.

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Bayer will continue to support green and digital developmen

Bayer will continue to support green and digital developmen

German company Bayer’s agriculture division Bayer Crop Science in China and China’s National Ag

ricultural Technology Extension Service Center (NATESC) under the Ministry of Agriculture jointly lau

nched the Action Plan for Enhancing Green Development Capability in Beijing on Wednesday.

The plan, a large non-profit training project co-sponsored by Bayer and the NATESC, is an

important topic under the framework of Sino-German agricultural cooperation.

To respond to the needs of green and quality development in Chinese agriculture, it a

ims to build green development capacities among key players, such as local officials and tec

hnicians in agriculture, executives in new types of agribusinesses, serve organizations and lead in co-operatives.

The project will be implemented for five years from 2019, covering all provincial regions.

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hina will become major player in 3D printing, analyst says

hina will become major player in 3D printing, analyst says

hina is quickly closing the gap on the adoption of 3D printing, a sector on the cusp of transforming from prototyping and de

sign to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement, according to an industry executive.

Some of the most advanced 3D printing applications will be driven b

y Chinese companies, in light of the level of government incentives to promote the indu

stry, said Michael Agam, Greater China general manager of Stratasys, a 3D prin

ting and additive manufacturing solutions company based in the United States.

“Customers and end-users are expecting new things in a much faste

r pace than before, prompting companies to come up with new products in a pace that…could nev

er be done by traditional manufacturing,” Agam said in an interview in Shanghai.

Speeding up production and shortening supply chain are not the only game chang

er. The need to come up with tailor-made designs that are flexible to end-user needs lie at the heart of 3D printing, he said.

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