Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform

all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch

estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.

He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18

and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.

“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch

binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com

plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.

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More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.

What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern

ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.

The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio

nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade

sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.

“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin

g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h

olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.

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l become a platform for people to experience natural beauty and t

o better understand, and then materialize, Xi’s wonderful ecological ideas.

When the sustainable developme

ustin Irwin anad James Berry took turns to steer their boat o

n Barkley Lake in western Kentucky, looking for Asian carp.

It did not take them long to spot a school of fish. Stopping the boat, Berry started to feed a 180-m

eter-long net into the water as Irwin maneuvered the boat to form the net into a large circle.

With the net in place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull with a wooden st

ick. Immediately, carp started to jump out of the water before splashing back in.

nt goals are firmly established in people’s minds, the significance of hosting the exhibition will have been achieved.

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carries the weight of gold”, pledged to install a binding mechanism for international agre

ements, to make sure governments at all levels operate in well-regulated ways, and to update laws and reg

ulations to abolish unjustified practices, keeping in line with the needs of opening-up.

“It is welcome news to hear that the National People’s Congress has

already taken steps to lay the groundwork” for implementing the new Foreign Inve

stment Law, said Gupta, who brought up the possibility of China establishing “an ombudsperson’s desk” in r

elated government agencies to address foreign businesses’ legal concerns.

Gupta said China’s Foreign Investment Law could be a model for others looking to liberalize their foreign investment re

gimes, as China’s BRI is already delivering capital and know-how to other developing countries.

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And the challenges of environmental protection and climate change were add

ressed, including the need to enhance our cooperation to implement the Paris Agreement.

President Xi’s commitment to ecological development and the pursuit of harmony between man and nature are important st

eps. hope the message in President Xi’s speech is taken seriously by everyone constructing buildings, homes and roads in

China, and they do so in a way that respects nature and protects local ecology.

As leader of the world’s second-largest economy, people within the People’s Republic of Chin

a will take notice, as will those around the world, thus furthering the cause of ecological protection.

Xi will serve to inspire businesses and young people in China to join the cause.

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tted by a white extremist against the local Muslim society, Islamic extremists were behind the atrocities that mainly targeted Christia

ns in Sri Lanka, with the Islamic State terrorist group claiming responsibility, although this has yet to be verified.

But, no matter who is behind such attacks, countries should not stand idly by or question another cou

ntry’s anti-terrorism initiatives. They should work together to fight all forms of extremism and terrorism, no matter the religion or rac

e behind them. Countries need to support each other’s efforts in this regard and share information and intelligence as nu

merouWith the IS group losing ground in the Middle East, thousands of IS fighters have fled and infiltrated other cou

ntries. Not to mention that extremist ideology of various forms still remains rampant thanks to its dissemination on socia

l media.s bloody lessons have repeatedly shown us that terrorists know no national boundaries.

Coordinated actions key to countering terrorism: China Daily e

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A threat to the viability of the current WTO dispute settlement system is the unilateralism and

protectionism of the United States. Specifically, this mechanism is in crisis because the Unit

ed States has prevented the appointment of new judges to the appellate body. Experts have warned that if th

e appellate body were to shut down because of a lack of judges, global trade governance will be put back 20 years.

Of course the WTO also needs to continually reforming itself so that it can keep up w

ith the times, and many countries have put forward relevant suggestions. For instance, the European Uni

on has released a paper putting forth ideas for a comprehensive modernization of the WTO, and the United States, Eur

ope, and Japan have together submitted a their own proposed reforms. And in November last year, China ann

ounced that it supported necessary reforms of the WTO and raised five proposals that aim to firmly uphold the rules-ba

sed multilateral trading system, resist protectionism, and let the WTO play a bigger role in world trade.

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US-based tech giant Amazon.com Inc plans to shut down its third-party seller services on its Chinese online marketplace

in July, as it shifts its focus to offering Chinese mainland consumers overseas products rather than goods from local sellers.

Starting July 18, customers logging in to Amazon’s Chinese web portal will only see a selec

tion of goods from its global store, rather than products from local third-party sellers.

Amazon said it will keep running its other businesses in China, inclu

ding the cross-border shopping business Amazon Global Store; Global Selling, which helps Chin

ese merchants sell products abroad; its cloud service platform Amazon Web Services; and Kindle e-book devices and content.

“Over the past few years, we have been evolving our China online retail business to increasingly

emphasize cross-border sales, and in return we’ve seen a very strong response from Chinese customers.

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 and to the world more widely,” said Macfarlane, the King’s College historian.

A woman identified only as Marie, who has lived in Paris for 20 years, said: “This is a monument b

uilding that belongs to the story of Paris, to the story of France. … Notre Dame is our story, our culture, our spirit.”

An experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists on improving monkeys’ cognitive function has been

found to follow international animal rights standards, according to the Chinese research institute.

The study implanted 11 rhesus macaque monkeys with copies of the human MCP

H1 gene, which scientists believe is crucial for humans’ brain development and evolution.

The project is led by researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Acade

my of Sciences, who are working with researchers from the University of North Carolina.

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hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e

conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.

“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r

ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form

er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.

Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy

, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli

er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde

x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.

Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter

ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.

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