eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
efforts on cross-border sales in China and to keep improving the experience for bo
th Chinese customers and global selling partners.
Amazon entered China in 2004, when it bought a local online boo
kseller for $75 million. Since then, it has invested in wareh
ouses, data centers and programs to teach Chinese sellers how to get their goods to Amazon customers.
In October 2016, Amazon launched in China its Amazon Prime, the first unlimited free cross-border shipping memb
ership program that operates globally, in an attempt to lure the rising number of quality-conscious Chinese buye
rs to buy foreign products.isual China Group, which owns Chinese photo platform vcg.com, was fined 300,000 yua
n ($44,758) for flawed supervision of user content, according to a company statement late Thursday.
insk and covering an area of 91.5 square kilometers, is the first special economic area in Bela
rus and the largest intergovernmental cooperation project between China and Belarus.
The industrial park is stepping up efforts to attract more global investors, with 43 companies registered by the end of February.
Among the 43 companies, 26 are from China, 10 from Belarus, and seven from other countries, like the United States and Ru
ssia. The companies have signed agreements to make total investments of more than $1 billion in the park.
The China-funded Djibouti International Free Trade Zone, which started construction in January 2017, opened on July 5, 2018.
Covering an area of 48.2 sq km, the zone is operated by a join
t venture with investment by Chinese enterprises, including China Merchan
ts Holdings and Dalian Port Corp Ltd, as well as the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority.
More than 20 enterprises from the commerce, logistic, processing sectors have signed letters of intent to re
gister with the FTZ, as infrastructure in the first phase of the FTZ, which covers an area of 6 sq km, has been basically completed.
The FTZ is expected to become a crucial junction linking other African countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and
make Djibouti, the small northeast African country, a marine logistics hub linking Africa, Asia and Europe.
that we are already seeing people’s lives improved by, for example, shopping websites that help you fi
nd what you are looking for. “For people who are feeling that this is not science fiction, this is just Amazo
n showing me an ad or a bank giving me a loan. Just wait. In the next five or 10 years, we’ll see robotics and in the nex
t 10-20 years autonomous vehicles – and they will be magical,” he said.
“The atom part will take longer, but that will happen too. The hardes
t part today appears to be the atom side – robotics, autonomous vehicles, flying cars and thin
gs like that. Because the big breakthroughs have been just pure software.”
Ironically, Theil, the co-founder of PayPal and a lead investor in Fa
cebook and big data mining company Palantir, has said that we live in a financial age, rather
than a scientific and technological age. “It’s not clear it’s enough to bring our civilization to the next level.”
Most tellingly, Theil points out that the oligopolistic US tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft – are each sitti
ng on billions of dollars of cash, but they can’t think of any technological opportunities where they can invest that money.
feel like an orphan,” he wrote in the letter, referring to special classes established for Tibetan students in schools
outside the region that allow them to share equal teaching resources with their “inland” counterparts.
“All my classmates would be separated from their parents, so I wouldn’t want to have parents.”
Nyima Gyaltsan rarely shares his feelings, fearing that he may be mocked and treated differently, but Qian, who arrived from
affluent Jiangsu province five years ago, is an exception, even though he only began teaching the boy last semester.
“When Teacher Qian learned I was an orphan, he tried to ease my mental stress and help me
study,” Nyima Gyaltsan said, adding that he has spoken privately with Qian several times.
As the boy has no family members to help with his school work, Qian told him to high
light anything he didn’t understand in any subject and he would find teachers to help him.
“Teacher Qian told me I can always turn to him, or talk with him every Wednesday at noon if I come across any difficulties or stress,” he said.