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China publishes white paper on China and world in new era
A new white paper says China now has an impact on the world that is ever more comprehensive, profound and long-lasting, and the world is paying ever greater attention to it.
The paper said over the past 70 years, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the People’s Republic of China has witnessed profound changes and achieved a miracle of development unprecedented in human history.
The white paper noted that China remains the world's largest developing country, with a large population and foundations that need to be further strengthened. (Xinhua)
UN rights session adopts resolution to mark 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration
The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution submitted by China and other countries at its ongoing 42nd session to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Chen Xu, head of the Chinese Mission to UN at Geneva, noted that the year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which have contributed greatly to the progress made towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Chen hoped that all parties will carry forward the spirit of the Fourth World Conference on Women and reaffirm the common commitment to promoting gender equality and women's development. (Xinhua)
Pentagon says US will send 200 troops, Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia
The Pentagon said the US will send 200 troops and a battery of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia.
The deployment is aimed at beefing up security in the kingdom following recent attacks on its oil facilities.
The U.S., some European Union member states and Saudi Arabia have blamed Iran for the drone attacks on the Abqaiq facility and Khurais field, though Tehran has denied the allegations. (CGTN)
China's Ant Forest receives top UN environmental honor for tree-planting initiative
Ant Forest, a green initiative in China, on Thursday received a 2019 "Champions of the Earth" award, the United Nations' highest environmental honor.
Ant Forest won the "Inspiration and Action" category of the award given by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) for turning the green good deeds of half a billion people into real trees planted in some of China's most arid regions.
Launched by Ant Financial Services Group, an Alibaba affiliate, Ant Forest promotes greener lifestyles by inspiring users to reduce carbon emissions in their daily lives so as to better protect the environment.
Ant Forest users are encouraged to record their low-carbon footprint through daily actions like taking public transport or paying utility bills online. For each action, they receive "green energy points" and when they accumulate a certain number of points, an actual tree is planted. (Xinhua)
HK chief: Dialogue seen as 'a must' to bring change
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said direct dialogues with Hong Kong's communities are not political stunts, but "a must" to help society change.
This, as she launched the first of the much-awaited open dialogues on Thursday.
In her opening remarks, Lam said the government is responsible for finding a way out for the city.
Thursday saw the first such dialogue since massive protests began in June, sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition law amendment bill. (China Daily)
China launches world’s first 5G smart travel system
The world’s first 5G supported smart travel system was jointly launched by China Eastern Airlines, China Unicom, and Huawei at the Beijing Daxing International Airport, the most advanced mega airport in China on Thursday.
With this smart travel service system, passengers can complete all travel transactions from ticket purchase to check-in, luggage consignment, security check, and boarding just by having their faces scanned.
Facial recognition also provides benefits for ground service personnel by allowing them to quickly identify passengers and remind them of boarding information to help catch their flights.
Following the pilot operation at Beijing Daxing International Airport, China Eastern Airlines will expand the smart travel service system to the other three airports in Beijing and Shanghai in the very near future. (People’s Daily)
Whistleblower is a CIA agent previously detailed to White House: NYT
And the whistleblower behind the report accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of using his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election is a C.I.A. agent previously detailed to the White House.
Little else is known about the anonymous man, who is reported to have since returned to the C.I.A.
The complaint which was made public on Thursday suggests the whistleblower was an analyst by training, and made clear he was steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics, and at least some knowledge of the law.
The latest development comes as the White House downplayed the calls to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. (AP)
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