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China, Arab states to forge strategic partnership
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Tuesday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Xi announced that China and the Arab countries had agreed to establish a "Sino-Arab future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development."
Calling the Arab states China's natural partners in the Belt and Road cooperation, Xi said the cooperation had energized every dimension of Sino-Arab relations and propelled Sino-Arab all-round cooperation into a new phase.
China stands ready to work with the Arab side to coordinate the development strategies and actions, Xi said.
"We must strive to uphold peace and stability in the Middle East, safeguard fairness and justice, promote common development and learn from each other as friends do," Xi said. (Xinhua)
China breaks into top 20 innovative economies: WIPO ranking
Switzerland retained its top place this year, followed by the Netherlands and Sweden. China climbed to 17th from 22nd place last year, according to the ranking.
The US slid from 4th in 2017 to 6th, though in absolute terms, the country remained the top contributor in key innovation for input and output.
The US placed second after China in volume of researchers, patents and scientific and technical publications.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that China's rapid rise heralded "the arrival of multipolar innovation.” (Xinhua)
Phuket’s boat accident death toll rises to 44
Three of the five survivors mentioned at Tuesday’s press briefing have returned to China, with the other two on their way.
A body was found near Phi Phi Island, which was later confirmed by authorities to be a passenger on the Phoenix boat, while three remained missing, including those who were trapped under the boat.
44 Chinese tourists have been confirmed dead.
After daring rescue, Thai soccer team out of cave
French food giant Danone investigates new milk formula after sick infant complaints
Scientists discover world's oldest colors in Africa
A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that the pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion years older than previous pigment discoveries.
France beats Belgium to advance to World Cup final
France has reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium in a semifinal match that attracted presidents, royalty and a rock star.
Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute was the only goal in a tense match at St. Petersburg.
France, the 1998 champions and runners-up in ’06, will play either Croatia or England in Sunday’s final at Moscow. England and Croatia will meet Wednesday in Moscow in the second semifinal.
France President Emmanuel Macron and King Philippe of Belgium shook hands in the VIP section before the match. (AP)
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What are the Four Great Classical Novels of China?
(Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin; Water Margin by Shi Naian; Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong; Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en.)
Today’s quote is from English novelist Jane Austen.
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
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