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city produced by compressed hydrogen fed into fuel cells, are important in building a green ene
rgy future, as they are generally considered zero-emission and clean, according to Hu.
Such vehicles have long cruising ranges and can be refueled within three to five minutes.
In addition, the performance of fuel cell vehicles is not greatly affected by the change o
f seasons, he said, referring to winter’s adverse effect on the life of lithium batteries.
In recent years, the company has made moves to advance in the field, as bo
th the central and local governments are eyeing the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to upg
rade the manufacturing industry, and to achieve green and sustainable development.
China had around 1,200 fuel cell vehicles on its roads and fewer than 20 hydr
ogen fuel stations by the end of 2017, ranking behind the United States, Japan, Ge
rmany and South Korea, according to the International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.
According to the ambitious plan released by the General Admi
nistration of Sport of China in 2016 to construct winter sports infrastructure and popularize winter spor
ts, at least 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts are expected to be build nationwide by 2022.
By 2025, about 300 million people in the country are expected to participate in winter
sports, increasing the market value of the winter sports sector to 1 trillion yuan.
Driven by multiple momentums, China has witnessed rapid growth in the winter sports ind
ustry in recent years, such as venue facilities, training, tourism and equipment sectors, said Peng Weiyong, dep
uty director general of Finance Department at the General Administration of Sports.
Winter sports has become a booster for China’s sports industry and even economic development, Peng added.
By the end of June 2018, the total number of ski resorts in China rose to 738, an increase of 70 or 10.5 percent over
the same period in 2017. The number of indoor ice rinks totaled 334, an increase of 75 or 29 percent year-on-yea
r increase. In 2018, 19.7 million people participated in skiing, up 12.6 percent year-on-year.
Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la
st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app
roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im
port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.
“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports
facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.
“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine
rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.
Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc
ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.
“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi
ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.
The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.
Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
Legal professionals from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to work as arbitrators in Nansha district of Guangz
hou as part of an effort by Guangdong province to strengthen cooperation with the two special administrative regions.
Nansha lies within the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has approved the introduction of the legal professionals, who
will work at the Court of Arbitration for Labor and Personnel Disputes to settle competing claims.
Sources at the court said the Hong Kong-and Macao-based arbitrators will be signific
ant in promoting the business environment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
“It will help provide high-quality, efficient and fast legal services for busine
sses, especially those whose investors include companies from Hong Kong and Macao,” the court said on Tuesday.
According to the development plan outline for the Greater Bay Area, which was unveiled on Mond
ay, Nansha district will develop into a pilot zone for closer overall cooperation in exchanges of h
uman resources, goods, materials, funds and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.
The court said the first group of labor arbitrators from Hong Kong and Macao will be appointed in late 2019.
e diagnosis of the situation,” Czaputowicz said. “They have a similar perspective of problems in the Middle East, and also — let’s b
e open — the negative role played by Iran. … Howeve
n Union and the United States differ in terms of modus operandi, esp
ecially via evaluation of JCPOA or Special Purpose Vehicle and their possible impacts.”
Czaputowicz said that in talks, representatives of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom had spoken about the benefits of the nuclear deal.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up Pence’s aggressive stance on Iran during a press conference at the end of the summit.
Pompeo was asked about Pence’s criticism of three of the US’ closest allies — the UK, France and Germany — and what
the consequences would be, given Pence’s accusation that they were trying to “break up our sanctions.”
The top US diplomat sidestepped. “Look, we make no bones about” wa
nting Europeans to put more pressure and sanctions on Iran. “We respect the sove
reignty of every nation,” Pompeo continued. “But the United States is determined to convince all nations of the w
orld that it is in our collective best interest to deny” Iranian leaders the money they need, Pompeo said.
Pompeo took a stab at some damage control, saying there have been “lots of places” where Europea
n countries have taken on Iran forcefully and mentioned Germany’s decision to deny landing rights to Iran’s Mahan Air.
with maybe a million of his supporters, and I suspect both of us,
both sides, will be handing flowers to the military and the
people guarding the bridge, and seeing whether they can be persuaded to do what they must realize is the right thing,” Branson said.
Maduro is planning to stage a rival concert on the other side of the Tienditas Bridge in Tachira, Venezuela.
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Photos showed workers setting up scaffolding and stages some 1,000 feet from each oth
er, separated only by the containers that the Venezuelan government has installed to block access to the country.
”We just want peace and tranquility,” Maduro said during a televised speech on Thursday.
Guaido left Caracas on Thursday with a group of lawmakers headed to the border to “welcome the humanitarian aid,” his spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, told CNN.
A convoy of buses carrying members of Venezuela’s National Assembly, who were traveling separately from Guaido, was blocked briefly en route to the border.