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ed its two-year designed life span. The spacecraft helped to pave the way for China’s future manned space station, according to the agency.
Wang Ya’nan, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, said Tiangong II c
上海419论坛ontributed a great deal to China’s efforts to build its own space station as it accommodated astronauts’ sta
y and verified life-support and in-orbit refueling technologies, all of which are essential to running a space station.
China plans to start putting together its first manned space station around 2020. It is expected to be fully operational aro上海419论坛女神会所
und 2022 and to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology.
In 2024, it would become the world’s only space station if t上海419论坛
he United States-led International Space Station is retired that year as planned.
The multimodule station, named Tiangong, will be mainly composed of three parts－a core module attached to two s
上海419论坛pace labs－and have a combined weight of more than 90 tons, the academy said.
The scientific communities of China and the United States still have room for exchanges and cooperation despite ongo
ing trade and technology disputes between the two countries, a senior science policy researcher said.上海419论坛
Stability, development, exchanges and global integration will remain C
hina’s top priorities in the coming decade. Hence, it is crucial for China and the US to respect, ratio
上海419论坛女神会所nally perceive and adjust to each other’s national needs, Pan Jiaofeng, president of the Chinese Academy of Sci
ences’ Institutes of Science and Development, told China Daily in an interview.
The scientific communities should also enhance mutual exchanges and integration of standards to jointly tackle glob上海419论坛
al issues including climate change, aging populations, energy and resources, and natural disasters, he said.
In recent years, China has seen substantial development in science and technol
上海419论坛女神会所ogy due to strong government planning and support, bigger investments, greater efforts from tech en
terprises and sweeping reforms tailored to the needs of researchers to unleash their full innovative potential.
China’s budget for research and development increased to 2.18 percent of its GDP l
ast year, reaching a record high of 1.96 trillion yuan ($285 billion), acc上海419论坛女神会所
ording to the National Bureau of Statistics. There also was a 16.9 percent year-on-ye
ar increase last year in patent applications from Chinese innovators, amounting to 4.32 million at home and abroad
2008 global fin上海419论坛女神会所ancial crisis, needs to send a clear message in opposing protectionism
and upholding an open economy to allay growing uncertainties and risks in the global economy, he added上海419论坛.
Guillermo Santa Cruz, director of the Chinese Investment Monitor o
f the Argentina-China Chamber of Commerce, wrote in an article published in the Previe上海419论坛
w Policy Report for the G20 Osaka Summit that “we are at a point where we need to strengthen the message of op
enness, integration and fair competition that will take us to a shared prosperity”.上海419论坛女神会所
Building an open global economy with strong multilateral institutions is in everyone’s best interests, especially less-developed and developing countries, he said.
上海419论坛Xi and Trump agreed in a phone conversation last week to meet in Japan. Their upcoming me
eting has raised hopes that the two countries will narrow their differences. The news has turned global s
tock market sentiment upward, though concrete efforts are still needed to reach a deal, experts said.
上海419论坛女神会所Radical protesters in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have attracted a barr、
age of criticism and condemnation after they stormed and vandalized the city’s legislative chamber on Monday night.
The central government and the Hong Kong community jointly denounced on Tuesday the v上海419论坛女神会所
iolence and vandalism by masked protesters targeting Hong Kong’s legislature and called for strict follow-up in accordance with the law.
The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council issued a statement on Tuesday expressing its firm support for the Hong Kon
g SAR government and the police in upholding the rule of law and holding the lawbreakers accountable in accordance with law.
The Legislative Council was attacked on the day Hong Kong was celebrating its return to the motherland 22 years ago, the statement
said. It said the attackers trampled the city’s rule of law, disrup
ted Hong Kong’s social order and damaged Hong Kong’s fundamental interests.
“The violent behavior is in blatant defiance of the bottom line of ‘one country, two systems’,” the office’s statement said.
Japan will resume commercial whaling Monday amid criticism from anti-whaling states a
上海419论坛nd environmental groups after the country withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Sunday.
Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC is the first time in its postwar history that it has withdrawn from a major international organization. Japan has lobbied for the resumption of commercial whaling for 30 years.上海419论坛
Last September, the IWC’s annual meeting rejected Japan’s latest proposal to resume commercial whaling. The Japanese government had threatened to withdraw from the international organization.
Japan announced its intention to withdraw last December, saying it was no longer possible to resume commercial whaling under IWC rules.
Several whaling ships are ready to leave the western port city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Monday to start whali上海419论坛
ng in the Pacific. And in the northern city of Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, five vessels plan to leave for whaling in nearby waters.
Japan says it will conduct commercial whaling only in its territorial waters and exclusive ec
上海419论坛女神会所onomic zones, hunting minke and other species that have large enough numbers, within quotas set by the IWC-adopted method.
Environmental activists are criticizing the resumption in light of resource conservation and animal protection.
Festive vibes spread across Hong Kong on Sunday with citywide celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.
Speaking at the launch of a three-day gala in Victoria Park that features high-tech and innovations－the largest celebration eve
nt happening in the city－Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Hong Kong Sp上海419论坛
ecial Administrative Region government wants to promote innovation and technology.
It has invested more than HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion) in innovation and technology, Cheung said.
上海419论坛女神会所Apart from offering hands-on experiences with gadgets, the gala features mu
sic concerts, trendy culture, a food festival and a special area for young people to showcase their creative ideas.
The fiesta, which started on Saturday, had attracted more than 60,000 visitors up to Sunday afternoon. It was one of som
e 360 celebrations held by the Hong Kong Celebrations Association, which is made up of 40 social groups from various sectors.上海419论坛女神会所
The association estimated that more than 300,000 Hong Kong people would take part in them.
Brave Chan Yung, the association’s acting executive chairman, said t
he festival aims to build a technology-friendly environment in Hong Kong, boost the cit上海419论坛女神会所
y’s science and technology development and provide a broad platform for Hong Kong youngsters.
People of all ages were seen snaking through the venue, event by event and booth by booth, to
try out advanced high-tech products featuring virtual reality, 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence.
Hong Kong resident Tsang Ka-hei, 22, was amazed by a mind-co
ntrolled robot invented by Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.
Tsang, who had a go at controlling the robot, was awed by the advanced product and
said he enjoyed the experience, adding that he had never seen such a device before.
In addition to the high-tech exhibition and food booths, music concerts by inter
national and local pop singers are also being staged in the park every night during the festival.