Many reputable international organizations, including both the Red Cross and Caritas, the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church, have declined to participate in Guaido’

s aid campaign. The Red Cross tells CNN that the initiative organized by the Venezuelan opposition is too political.

  ”The action of the Red Cross is based on two principles: humanity and neut

rality. Neutrality is the most important one in situations like this,” explains F

rancesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is ada

mant that Venezuela should receive humanitarian aid, but that the operation should be a concerted effort.

  Only through an agreement between the two sides could the aid be really effective, he says.

  The United Nations has also chosen not to take sides, calling instead on both parties to de-escalate tensions.

  The United States has pledged 20 million dollars to help Venezuela. That has so far transl

ated into three deliveries of air cargo to a border town in Colombia, where it is poised to enter the country.

  Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom have also chipped in, among others.

  Colombia has provided the logistical facilities for transporting the aid. Two more ship

ment points have been announced in Brazil and Curaçao, both also near the Venezuelan border.

  Venezuela’s closest neighbors, like Colombia, are the most interested in seeing aid bro

ught in, as they hope this measure could help reduce the wave of Venezuelan refugees pouring across their borders.

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  rather than in northernEngland”Japanese businesses are seeing returning to Japan as affordable and profitable,” said S

tephen Nagy, an associate professor at International Christian University in Tokyo.

  Honda said it had decided to shut its plant because of “the unpre

cedented changes in the global automotive industry” such as the shift toward electric veh

cles. It plans to move production from Britain to Japan, the United States and China.

  Recent trade deals have also made Britain a less attractive base for Japanese companies after Brexit.

  Nagy pointed to the trade deal between the European Union and Japan, which took effec

t this month, and the agreement between 11 Pacific nations that kicked in at the end of last year.

  ”The UK will not be part of either [deal], making it a much less attractive platform for Japanese businesses,” he said.

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  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Asia forging new ties and seeking deals as he tries to keep his d

ream of economic transformation alive following a chill in relations with the West.

  Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up his visit to Pakistan on Monday with agreements worth $20 billion — incl

uding one to develop alternative energy — before heading to India and China, both big buyers of Saudi oil.

  But his trip is about much more than energy. The crown prince is spearheading

efforts to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from what he once called an “addiction” to oil.

  For that he needs foreign investment and expertise. Bin Salman will be looking to India and China for both.

  His plan, dubbed Vision 2030, aims to reduce unemployment, grow the private

sector and develop industrial, tourism and entertainment hubs over the next decade.

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ed from the US are lifted as a result of upcoming bilateral trade talks and China’s decision to resume soybean imports, “the

percentage of US soybeans in China’s total imports could further dwindle in 2019″ as the nation looks for w

ays to avoid further escalation in the weakening economic relationship, Jiao said.

In 2018, China purchased 16.6 million tons of soybeans from the US, about half of 2017’s level of 32.9 million tons and the lowest since 2008

, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the country is buying more soybeans from Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

In January, relevant departments issued a soybean “rejuvenation” plan, aiming to boos

t soybean cultivation in traditional planting areas including Northeast China, Cent

ral China’s Henan Province, East China’s Anhui and Shandong provinces and Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The plan also specified that China will allocate 10 million mu (666,666.7 hectares) of land for soybean planting in 2019.

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The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.

Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec

ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.

Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa

s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.

Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.

Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca

demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.

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Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”

“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub

a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.

Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y

ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”

“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.

Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo

meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.

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stock or real estate investment, instead of investing in their main business, which is not recommended. What we should encourage is tha

t companies should finance R&D and technology, which is conducive to economic development.

Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

What lies behind the economic slowdown is the disappearance of the demographic dividend, which has ca

used a decline in the potential growth rate, meaning there is no longer a gap between actual growth rat

es and potential rates. Now, the natural unemployment rate has climbed from 4 to 5 percent, indicating there is no cyc

lical unemployment at present and thus excessive strong stimulus is unnecessary.

The government should focus policymaking on public employment services like

training and appropriately use macroeconomic policy tools to regulate the economy.

Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund

Industrial policy played a certain role in the early economic developmen

t stage, but later, the actual role of industrial policy was not all positive. Take the auto ind

ustry as an example. The current “big three” private car manufa

cturers have basically broken the constraints of industrial policies to grow up.

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in information, biology, advanced manufacturing and new materials will grow into core industries in the area. Several key projects in f

ifth-generation (5G) networks, genetic testing, intelligent robotics, 3D printing and the BeiDou navigation system will be cultivated.

Whether the Greater Bay Area can become an international technology and innovation hub is the key

to the area’s success, according to a research report recently issued by the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute.

The region boasts the most complete manufacturing industry chain and has world-class technol

ogy talent from prestigious universities. Moreover, the favorable location offers convenience an

d benefits to enhance technological and innovation exchanges and cooperation with countries and regions al

ong the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative and other major countries in the world, said the research report.

By comparing the Greater Bay Area with the New York bay area and San Fran

cisco Bay Area in the US, Liang Haiming, chairman of the institute, told the Global T

imes on Monday that balancing the interests of traditional and emerging industries, and helping multiple

industries share the work while cooperating are two things that could be learned from the two US bay areas.

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sales reached an all-time high of 9.47 billion yuan ($1.397 billion) and a net profit of 1.10 billion yuan in 2010, according to the company’s financial reports. At this key point, Li-Ning took ai

m at China’s Post-1990 demographic by changing its decade-old slogan “Anything is Possible” to “Make the Change.” Ho

wever, this move didn’t strike the chord the company wanted for its rebranding. Li-Ning lost older customers, but

failed to immediately gain younger customers. In 2012, losses for the company reached 1.97 billion yuan.

Realizing its mistake, the company began reusing the old slogan in 2015, which is also the first year

it became profitable again. According to a report from Chinese magazine New Marketing, since th

en Li-Ning has focused more on digital marketing to make its products closer to street culture.

On February 2, 2018, Li-Ning made its first appearance at New York Fashion Week, grabbing the attention of the audience with clothing in r

eds and yellows, the colors of Chinese National Flag, and big Chinese characters that said “China Li Ning.”

The theme of the show was xing, which means go or walk in Chinese, but also has the additional mean

ing of “we can do it.” Featuring urban and outdoor clothing with strong Chinese elements, the show,

which had numerous celebrities from China and the US in attendance, lifted Li-Ning to new heights.

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attract foreign capital. The first is instability in the job market and relatively low labor efficiency. Particularly, the recent years have seen an increasing number of strikes and the failure of the g

overnment to ease industrial relations conflicts with effective measures has crippled investor confidence in the country. Some foreign ent

erprises even withdrew from Myanmar and shifted to neighboring countries, denting the image of the nation.

Second, Myanmar’s backward infrastructure may deter potential investors. A small nu

mber of power generation facilities and fragmented grids cannot ensure stable and sufficient po

wer supply. Access to electricity is limited to only 26 percent of the population, impeding Myanmar’s economic development.

Third, some Myanmese are prejudiced against foreign investment. Worrying that Myanmar’s eco

nomic and social interests may be impaired, they turned their backs on foreign investment. Demonstrators r

allied in Kachin State to demand the government permanently halt the Myitsone dam project, without giving any constructive suggestion on the fo

llow-up arrangements. It’s fair to say some movements against foreign-invested projects, driven by nationalism an

d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Re

specting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their people. Myanmar State Councilor Aun

g San Suu Kyi recently said an administration shouldn’t terminate foreign-invested projects approved by its predecessor.

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