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Number of foreign students keeps rising in China
China has become Asia's biggest education destination for foreign students and the trend is gathering pace, China's Ministry of Education said on Friday.
More than 480,000 foreign students from 204 countries and regions were studying in China's higher education institutions in 2017, with a growth rate of 10 percent for two consecutive years, according to the Ministry.
Among the foreign students, those with Master’s and doctorate degrees reached 75,800, increasing by almost 19 percent compared to the previous year. About 65 percent of the foreign students are from Belt and Road countries and the top five are South Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, US and India.
Russia expels 60 US diplomats, closes consulate
Russia expelled 60 US diplomats on Thursday and announced it would eject scores from other countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of a spy.
In Russia’s retaliation against the biggest expulsion of diplomats since the Cold War, the US ambassador was also ordered to shut the consulate in Saint Petersburg.
Myanmar's president-elect U Win Myint sworn in to office
Myanmar's President-elect U Win Myint was sworn in as the new president of the country on Friday and pledged to pursue three objectives as his priorities.
The objectives are law enforcement and people's socio-economic development; national reconciliation and domestic peace; and amendment of the constitution for the establishment of a democratic federal union.
China sends twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space
China on Friday sent twin satellites into space on a single carrier rocket, adding two more members to its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.
The Long March-3B carrier rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan Province — the 269th mission of the Long March rocket family.
The twin satellites entered orbit more than three hours after the launch and will work together with six previously launched BeiDou-3 satellites once they pass a series of tests.
China 'very important' in solving Korean Peninsula issue, says UN chief
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said China is a "very important contributor" to the settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue.
The UN chief placed high hopes on the upcoming inter-Korean and the US-DPRK summits, noting the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue and the negotiation between the DPRK and the United States are "needed."
The UN chief said he encouraged both the DPRK and South Korea to move forward when he met the DPRK delegation and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during attending the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Trump warns he may freeze S.Korea trade deal for N.Korea talks
US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to hold up the trade agreement his administration finalized this week with South Korea in an effort to gain more leverage in planned talks with North Korea.
Speaking on infrastructure in Ohio, Trump highlighted the recently completed renegotiation of the Korea-US free trade agreement, warning "I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea." The remark comes as the two Koreas have announced plans to hold bilateral meetings next month in advance of a possible meeting between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un by the end of May.
Popular Chinese crosstalk comedian Guo Degang named cultural ambassador of Australian National Museum
Guo Degang, a popular Chinese traditional crosstalk performer, signed a letter of agreement here on Thursday with the National Museum of Australia to become the museum's cultural ambassador in China.
At the signing ceremony held at the Museum, Guo said he was honored to take the role.
Under the agreement, Guo will promote the museum's programs in China, the first of which will be a major exhibition of bark paintings on tour in China starting from July this year.
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