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UK leader to bring husband along for China visit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to visit China at the end of the month for a state visit and the annual China-UK Prime Ministers' Meeting.
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, said in an exclusive interview on CCTV that May will be accompaniedby her husband, Philip May.
Liu also noted that this will mark the first time for Philip May to accompany the UK prime minister on a state visit. (ThePaper.cn)
EU vows swift
reaction to any US trade curbs
European Union officials warned it would react "swiftly and appropriately" if Washington imposed any trade curbs after US President Donald Trump accused the 28-nation bloc of unfair trade practices.
During an interview on British television, Trump said the EU had treated the US "very unfairly when it came to trade,” and that his issues with Brussels could “morph into something big.”
"The European Union stands ready to react swiftly and appropriately in case our exports are affected by any restrictive trade measures from the United States," said chief spokesperson for the European Commission, Margaritas Schinas. (AFP)
China academic journals lacking in quality not
The 2017 Blue Book of China’s scientific, technical, and medical journals was released on Sunday.
The research audit revealed that although China had a vast quantity of published journals, it found their quality was in need of improvement.
Wang Enge, director of the Blue Book Expert Committee, said, “A large number of journals with international influence are springing up, representing China’s advantages. However, the quality of the papers still needs to be improved.” (People’s Daily app)
North Korea cancels joint performance
Pyongyang officials announced on Monday that a bilateral cultural performance with North and South Korea scheduled for February 4 had been called off.
The planned event was set to take place at Mount Kumgang in North Korea and part of a rapid apparent rapprochement between the two peninsula nations.
South Korea’s Ministry of Unification office said it had been notified earlier of the cancellation. (AFP)
Trump announces agenda for State speech
US President Donald Trump said he would address his proposed immigration overhaul during his State of the Union speech scheduled for Tuesday.
Trump acknowledged the initiative would need bipartisan support and told reporters, “the Republicans don’t really have the votes to get in done in any other way.”
During the White House broadcast event, Trump will also share his plans on lowering trade barriers for American exports. (Reuters)
Hackers turn US cash machines into free
Representatives from companies that make automated teller machines (ATMs) have warned that hackers are cleaning out US cash dispensers, a crime known as "jackpotting" or “logical attack.”
The method is simple, once a physical address of an ATM target is confirmed, online bandits use computer virus tools and other devices to unlock the hard currency reserve, causing it to rain money.
It was reported the preferred targets include stand-alone cash machines located at pharmacies, big-box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs. (Xinhua)
Winter weather no match for pet
Despite harsh winter conditions hitting parts of China, 38 cities simultaneously hosted “Adoption Day,” a humanitarian effort aimed at finding homes for stray animals.
Pop stars and celebrities accompanied cats and dogs in efforts to help them find their next family.
Adoption Day has set up funds to encourage cities to use the trap, neuter, return method to curb stray animal populations. (Xinhua)
Bruno Mars wins big at Grammys
On Sunday, the 60th Grammy Awards got underway in New York City.
Bruno Mars was the night’s biggest winner, nominated in six categories; the singer took home six trophies.
Hip-hop was expected to dominate as rapper Jay-Z had eight nominations going into Sunday, yet went home empty-handed. (AFP)
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