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of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.
Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re
moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.
Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man
agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.
Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti
mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.
However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b
rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.
Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo
under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming
event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.
The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.
The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c
are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.
It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”
”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri
enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement.
”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can
make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee
n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”
Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.
She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult
ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr
actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.
”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ
ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.
”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O
ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas
e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat
ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the
dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.
meting purchasing power across the country. It’s a situation, Emami says, that has made a lot of treatable cases lethal.
”I have a patient upstairs … I diagnosed him with brain cancer. The cost of biopsy, the chemotherapy and medication is
very high. So, the family asked me if I could leave him be,” says Emami. “Every day, we see this story here.”
Even when families can afford medical equipment they often join long waiting lists. Cardia
c pacemakers are in short supply in the country, and patients must abandon their regular lifestyles, an
d become admitted to hospitals where they are hooked up to a cardiac machine.
Emami tells CNN that some families are opting out of paying for feed
ing tubes for relatives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Without the feeding tubes, the pat
ients spend the rest of their days wired to machines in hospitals, instead of receiving home care.
not the few — redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, inv
esting in every region and nation, and tackling climate change,” Corbyn added.In the most
recent election, Ryan saw her vote share increase substantially, along with a countrywide swing towards Labo
ur, though in her own election material Ryan urged voters not to associate her with the Labour leader.
le the Independent Group — as the collection of largely centrist ex-Labour MPs is currently called — has so far dama
ged the opposition party, attention will now turn to the ruling Conservatives.
Several Tory MPs are reportedly consi
dering joining the group, over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, as the vote
to leave the European Union continues to cause chaos in British politics, with only 37 days until it is due to take effect.
For instance, Trump urged NATO members to increase defense expenditures, while the EU is seeking more strategic independence by devel
oping a European army. But with a slowly recovering economy, Central and Eastern European countries are unable to
cover defense expenses and are not as supportive of the EU’s common defense plan as previously expected.
Meanwhile, with France and Germany signing the Aachen Treaty, the two will engage in more in-d
epth cooperation. Considering the continuous threat allegedly posed by Russia and di
vergences within the EU over defense cooperation, the US can provide a security shield for the Central and Ea
stern European region, such as deploying more troops and upgrading equipment which would gain support fro
m regional countries. Currently, these countries are more prone to NATO as the supplier of public security goods.
Besides public security goods, the US also provides the region with institutions and regu
lations facilitating Western democratic freedom. Actually, the US has never stopped its democratic pervasion and assistance. For example, projects fu
nded by the National Endowment for Democracy have spread across Central and Eastern Europe.
Two Chinese companies are reportedly interested in buying the Philippines’ largest shipyard, once an important US naval base in the Pacific region. Some Phi
lippine politicians have expressed concern over a possible Chinese takeover, saying it will be a very significant national security issue.
An unexpected dilemma is brewing in the Philippines. Since the start of the presidency of Rodrigo Dutert
e, a marked warming of bilateral ties has stoked Chinese firms’ enthusiasm for investing in the Southeast Asian country. In 2018,
China’s outbound investment in the Philippines rose by more than 8,000 percent from a year earlier.
With the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China hopes to shore up economic cooperation and let count
ries and regions along the routes share the dividends of China’s growth. Most countries don’t want to miss the o
pportunity, the Philippines being no exception. If the Philippine government bans Chinese companies from buying the s
hipyard from its current South Korean owner, it will hit Chinese people’s enthusiasm for investing in the country.
However, the explosive growth of investment has triggered concern over China’s increasing presence in the Pacific r
egion. The mass migration of Chinese to Southeast Asia has a long history, and anti-Chinese sentiment has been floating in
those countries. An increased Chinese presence will perhaps intensify anti-Chinese sentiment and complicate the issue.