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Concern over the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been temporarily relieved after Palestin
ian leaders in Gaza agreed a cease-fire with Israel early on Monday. Right now, nothing is more important than u
pholding the cease-fire as the atmosphere between the two rivals has not been so combustible since 2014.
Since Friday, militant groups in Gaza have fired more than 600 rockets a
nd other projectiles at southern Israeli cities and villages, killing four Israeli civilians, wit
h Israel retaliating with air and artillery strikes, killing 27 people, including 14 civilians, in Gaza.
The latest border clashes, the most deadly since 2014, have occurred against the backdrop of the changing Middle East po
licy of the United States, which has seen the US drop any pretense of impartiality and make clear its support of Israel.
ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad
ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.
The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne
ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.
During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo
ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm
ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.
“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ
y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.
ic and trade consultations, with a goal of implementing the consensuses President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump r
eached in December, said Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO Studies in Beijing.
China has made various moves recently to expand the new round of reform and opening-up — such as the approval of the Foreign Investm
ent Law in March and further facilitating trade connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative. It will cont
inue opening its market in a proactive, steady and orderly manner, in accordance with its own development ne
eds and its own pace and timetable, to benefit Chinese and global consumers across the world, said Tu Xinquan, a pro
fessor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
James Collins, CEO of Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of US-bas
ed DowDuPont, said he hopes the two countries will reach a positive resolution, to benefit both countries and the re
st of the world. Collins said his firm was “not so much affected” in the short term by China-US trade tensions.