on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.
Military personnel in full regalia perform elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship.
Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.
It’s a powerful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint
ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side as officials awaited the return of their pilot.
Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen
ior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and sec
urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.
”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer
a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.
breed 100 chain enterprises, and create 1,000 service outlets for residents this year, according to the project list.
Moreover, construction of the Beijing Daxing International Airport, subway lines 3, 12 a
nd 16 and interurban railways connecting Beijing and the Xiong’an New Area are also underway.
The ongoing national laboratory of cyberspace, Beijing Institute of Quantum Information Science, Science City in No
rtheast Beijing’s Huairou district will pull the city into the fast lane in science and technology.
“Investment contributes around 30 percent to the city’s eco
nomic development,” the director said, adding social capital, or capital raised by society rat
her than the government, has taken up over 90 percent of last year’s 334.6 billion construction investment.
“Social capital is welcomed at key projects investment t
his year as well, aimed at taking up at least 50 percent of projects and 70 percent of investment,” Tan said.
BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.
The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A
griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.
Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.
A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori
ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.
Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.
African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.
China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.
Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump met in Hanoi on Wednesday, their broad smiles and warm handsh
ake conveyed the same conviviality they displayed after their head-to-head talks in Singapore eight months ago.
However, the expectations ahead of this meeting have been much higher than they were last June, when the first mee
ting between the two sitting leaders of the two countries was a historic achievement in itself.
This time both leaders will be hoping to return home with more than just the souvenir photos.
A formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which the DPRK has long sought, would go a long way
to addressing Pyongyang’s security concerns, which it has used to justify its nuclear weapons program.
With a security guarantee and incentives, such as sanctions relief and economic assistan
ce, the once isolated country would have no reason not to drop its nuclear weapons program.
Trump, who seems to have adopted a more flexible approach in dealing with Pyongyang, said prio
r to the Hanoi summit that he would be happy as long as the DPRK commits to “no (nuclear weapons) testing”.
of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.
Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re
moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.
Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man
agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.
Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti
mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.
However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b
rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.
Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo
under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.
China and the United States are expected to come to an agreement soon over trade frictions, analysts said, as the negotiating teams a
re reported to be discussing the wording of an accord and considering applying the brakes to their tariff standoff.
They made the prediction after Chinese and US officials said there had been concrete p
rogress on multiple issues in the latest round of trade talks in Washington.
During the latest talks, held from Thursday to Sunday in Washington, the seventh round since February of last year, th
e two sides focused on the text of an agreement, the Chinese delegation said, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.
The negotiators also had made substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfers, protection of i
ntellectual property rights, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, the delegation said.
On the basis of the latest progress, the two sides are expected to continue their work
into the next stage, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ top leaders, according to Xinhua.