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nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US
as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.
“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.
ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.
He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca
demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.
“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip
ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F
orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive
An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.
Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji
an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.
The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam
age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire
during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.
Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc
h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.
prisonment, civil assault and battery, as well as sexual assault or batter
y, seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to a report from Reuters.
The court filing said JD is “vicariously liable” for Liu’s behavior as his alleged actions happened while
he was “seemingly” at work-related activities, and the assault and battery began in the presence of two other JD employees.
“We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation, but based on the Hennepin County A
ttorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit
is without merit and will vigorously defend against it,” Liu’s attorney Jill Brisbois said in a written statement.
Peter Walsh, an attorney for JD, said in a statement while it was not prepared to com
ment at this time, the company would vigorously fight against these “meritless claims”.
ltancy, said: “The lawsuit against Liu will bring damages to the image and reputation of JD, hav
e an impact on investors’ confidence, and cause fluctuations in its share price. Moreover, emp
loyees’ trust in the company may also be affected as the Beijing-based tech heavyweight is laying off staff to cut costs.”
Shen Meng, director of boutique investment bank Chanson & Co, said Liu’s case won’t chan
ge his actual control over JD, which is now making some innovations to reassure investors. Liu owns
15.8 percent of JD’s stock and controls nearly 80 percent of the company’s voting rights.
Liu was detained in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on suspicion of criminal sexual c
onduct on Aug 31 and later released without charge or bail. He returned to China on Sept 3.
In December, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the prosecutorial office handling the case announced that no sexual as
sault charges would be brought against Liu as prosecutors could not prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.