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Chinese American WWII veterans expect honor ceremony in autumn

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American political leaders have set this autumn for an awards ceremony honoring more than 18,000 Chinese Americans who served U.S. forces in World War II (WWII), NBC news website reported Friday.

A spokesperson for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the media that organizers hoped the event, cancelled in April due to COVID-19 concerns, can be rescheduled for later this year.

The Chinese American veterans were collectively honored in 2018 with the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, with the official ceremony originally scheduled last month at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Ed Gor, national director of the Chinese American WWII veterans recognition project, told NBC that fewer than 300 service members are still alive today, who had never been acknowledged for their service.

It is estimated that between 12,000 and 20,000 Chinese Americans served in the United States during WWII.

(XINHUA)

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Chinese Doctors: ADC demands health minister’s apology for “misinforming” Nigerians

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The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has asked the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to apologize for “misinforming” Nigerians on the mission of the 15 Chinese doctors who arrived in the country on April 8.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yemi Kolapo, said this in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister had informed Nigerians that medical personnel “are not guests of the federal government but CCECC, a construction company”.

She said: “Ehanire has failed to address the real issues raised by concerned Nigerians on the whereabouts of a ’15-member Chinese medical team.’

“The minister’s explanation that the 15 Chinese men were guests of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) and not of the Nigerian government could not close the “untidy” case.

“In a matter that had been followed by the entire world, a simple apology will reassure Nigerians that we are not being taken for fools.

“Not apologising for this needless messy situation would send a wrong signal to the world on the manner of governance in Nigeria.”

Kolapo said that the ADC was at the forefront of calls for support for the Federal Government because of the party’s conviction that politicising the COVID-19 pandemic would neither benefit citizens nor the economy.

She said the Chinese medical team saga was, however, a dent that cannot be straightened with a passing remark.

The spokesperson said this was not with the kind of world attention the federal government attracted to the country a few hours before the arrival of the doctors turned technicians.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Chinese medical experts in Sudan hold video conference about COVID-19

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Chinese medical experts in Sudan on Sunday held a video conference with Chinese people in the country over the prevention of COVID-19.

Workers from Chinese companies and Chinese people living in Sudan participated in the video conference, during which Chinese medical experts answered questions related to the coronavirus and introduced the personal protection measures.

The Chinese medical team arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday from Algeria after ending its two-week anti-coronavirus mission there.

“We are paying attention to the collection of questions and give more video exchanges in recent days,” Zhou Lin, the expert team leader, told Xinhua.

On May 30, the medical experts were divided into two groups for the anti-coronavirus mission in Sudan. One of them provided an on-site training for the Chinese doctors from Omdurman Friendship Hospital of Sudan.

The other group went to an office of a Chinese company in Sudan to give an on-site training to the staff.

China has offered help to Sudan in its fight against COVID-19.

In late March, the Chinese Embassy in Sudan donated over 400,000 surgical masks to the Sudanese government.

On April 23, Chinese medical experts held a video conference with Sudanese counterparts to share China‘s experiences in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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Thailand to receive Chinese-built, unmanned train next month

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A Chinese-built, unmanned monorail train is scheduled for delivery to Thailand’s Bangkok next month, confirmed an executive official on Sunday.

The first Bombardier Innovia APM-300 train, manufactured in China, will arrive to the Thai capital next month, followed by two others in the next few months, said Manit Techa-apichok of Krungthep Thanakom Co., a business management firm of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

The unmanned trains will shuttle commuters between a BTS station and three others on the Thonburi side of the city from October, Manit said.

A fleet of three monorail trains will run between Krung Thon station on the BTS Silom Line and those in Charoen Nakhon and Khlong San areas, including one outside Iconsiam trade center, he said.

Each of the trains has two carriages and can accommodate 140 passengers.

(XINHUA)

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Feature: Chinese drones help reseed Australian wilderness in wake of bushfire

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Drones from Chinese company, XAG have been used to reseed an area of Australian wilderness devastated by bushfires similar to those which swept the country last summer.

In a combination of classic environmentalism and cutting-edge technology, the drones dropped thousands of seeds across 40 hectares of Lake Cobrico peat swamp in the south eastern State of Victoria.

The initial brains behind the idea, Paul Hartrick, from the Heytesbury District Landcare Network (HDLN) told Xinhua on Friday that the area is vital to the region’s broader ecology, but has been slow to recover since being badly charred by bushfires on St Patrick‘s Day in 2018.

In some areas, the fire had burnt up to a meter below ground into the flammable peat, creating slumps and bare patches over two years later.

“Because of the way peat swamps and mass areas form, it takes a long time to rebuild the hydrology and the plants to hold the water in and for that environment to re-establish itself,” Hartrick explained.

With this in mind, and inspired by the growing use of drones in agriculture, Hartrick began the search for a company which could pick up the project, landing on XAG.

In April this year, XAG sent three sets of its P Series drones, equipped with a custom designed seed spreading attachment, and in conjunction with the HDLN and Victoria‘s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), set about distributing native seeds directly onto Lake Cobrico peat swamp in an Australian-first.

Co-founder of XAG, Justin Gong told Xinhua that drone seeding has several benefits over traditional methods.

“(We) use a remote sensing drone to find out which places are seriously damaged and need reseed and where not, in this way we generate a prescription map.”

“Then the drone carrying the seed will take off and reach the predetermined area to sow the seed. The whole process is very efficient and cost-effective.”

During the operation, drones followed the pre-set flight routes projecting seeds from two-three meters above the ground, while the rate of distribution could be easily controlled and adjusted in real time to ensure that the proper amount of seed was distributed evenly into the targeted bare land.

“Drones aren’t new, as we all know, but in Australia and particularly Victoria they’re a relatively new tool in terms of land use, primary production, agriculture, as well as environmental work,” Hartrick said.

As well as being both cost and time effective, the drones also avoid the necessity of putting people on the ground in affected areas, potentially causing more damage to the ecosystem, or being hurt themselves.

With bushfires expected to be an increasing influence not just in Australia but globally, the technique pioneered in partnership by Australian and Chinese innovators may play a role in future regeneration efforts worldwide.

“The trial project in Lake Cobrico demonstrates the best practice of drones to regenerate fire-impacted peat swamps in a safe, cost-effective manner, without human or mechanical trampling on vegetation cover,” XAG said in a statement.

(XINHUA)

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Roundup: Chinese tech supports Ecuador’s response to COVID-19

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A public security network designed by Chinese engineers has become a strategic tool of Ecuadoran authorities to protect public health and social stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Juan Zapata, general director of the Integrated Security Service ECU 911, Ecuador‘s integrated emergency service hotline, recently told Xinhua that the Chinese-made technological platform that supports the country’s emergency response system has been incredibly important during the global health crisis.

ECU 911 began to operate in Ecuador in 2012 and currently has 16 command centers nationwide. The system integrates police services, video surveillance with thousands of cameras, GPS, geographic information, and a smart analysis of resources, among others.

“Its state-of-the-art technology has been essential for the coordination of institutions in the country, because practically everything has been done through video surveillance,” Zapata said.

The emergency unit assumed new responsibilities after Ecuador entered a health emergency in mid-March, with the technological platform assisting in the implementation of anti-virus measures, including a nationwide quarantine, curfew and vehicular restrictions.

“We are doing this work through our 5,800 video surveillance cameras. In other words, the technology has been put at the service of the national EOC (Emergency Operations Committee) and the regional EOCs for decision-making,” he said.

The information generated by video surveillance serves to provide data for areas wishing to ease restrictions and move towards a “new normal.”

ECU 911‘s video surveillance system is essential for managing the health emergency, former Undersecretary of the National Directorate of Social Rehabilitation Ricardo Camacho told Xinhua.

The government has praised the work of ECU 911, with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno saying that the inter-institutional coordination of ECU 911 and its immediate action “allows us to save lives.”

As of Friday, Ecuador has reported 38,571 cases and 3,334 deaths from COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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Chinese Mission asks EU to refrain from interfering in HK affairs

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A spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) on Friday urged the EU to refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China‘s internal affairs in any form, in response to Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Hong Kong.

The spokesperson said Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs are China‘s internal affairs. The legal basis for the governance of Hong Kong by the Chinese government is the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It is just untenable to accuse China of not being in conformity with international commitments citing the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The spokesperson said upholding national security is always a duty of the central government. The Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong give power and responsibilities to the National People‘s Congress (NPC) of China to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the national level. The relevant decision is designed for closing national security loopholes in Hong Kong, stopping violence and restoring law and order in Hong Kong, and ensuring Hong Kong‘s long-term prosperity and stability.

The spokesperson said “one country, two systems” is China‘s basic state policy. The central government is firmly resolved to implement the “one country, two systems.” The decision adopted by the NPC on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR provides a fundamental guarantee for the full implementation of the “one country, two systems,” “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy. The decision only targets acts of separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference that seriously undermine national security. It will not impinge on the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents, nor the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.

The spokesperson urged the EU to observe international law and basic norms governing international relations, respect China‘s efforts to safeguard national security, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China‘s internal affairs in any form, and take real actions to sustain the sound and steady development of China-EU relations.

(XINHUA)

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19th “Chinese Bridge” contest held in southern Vietnam

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The final round of the 19th “Chinese Bridge,” an annual Chinese language proficiency competition, for southern Vietnam was held in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

A total of 26 students from 12 colleges in southern Vietnam participated in three sections of quiz, speech and talent show in the nearly 10-hour-long competition, themed “One World, One Family,” winning applause and cheering from the audience with their fluent Chinese and outstanding talent.

Vo Nguyen Quynh Nhu, a student at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, won the first prize of the contest and will represent the country together with the winner of northern and central Vietnam in the “Chinese Bridge” competition in China.

Nhu said she started to learn Chinese by coincidence and had been fascinated by the beauty of Chinese language and culture ever since. “I will work harder to learn Chinese and understand the Chinese culture more deeply and comprehensively. After graduation, I would like to work in fields related to Vietnam-China friendship and improve cultural exchanges between the two countries,” she said.

Pham Tan Ha, vice president of Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said in a speech at the competition that the “Chinese Bridge” competition is expected to help students deepen their understanding of Chinese language and culture, adding that the contest was organized despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and had attracted many students who have passion for Chinese study.

Chinese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wu Jun told Xinhua that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the China-Vietnam diplomatic ties and is of great significance, and that the increasing exchanges and cooperation between China and Vietnam have brought the two peoples closer.

The young generation of China and Vietnam should improve the cultural exchanges and mutual understanding and jointly promote the shared future of humanity for the two countries, he said.

The contest was co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Chinese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and organized by Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

(XINHUA)

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4.5 km of Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge visible as Chinese firm continues construction despite COVID-19

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The construction of Bangladesh’s largest Padma Bridge is still underway despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with the 30th span installed on Saturday.

With the installation of the 150-meter long span, 4.5 km of the bridge is now visible, Dewan Md Abdul Kader, manager of Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project from the Bangladeshi government’s Bangladesh Bridge Authority told Xinhua on Saturday.

He said the engineers of China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co, Ltd (MBEC) had successfully installed the span on Saturday at around 9:45 a.m.

The 29th span of the Padma bridge was installed earlier this month.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, Kader said MBEC continued its relentless efforts to ensure the completion of the project.

According to the project engineer, the 31st span among the 41 spans of the bridge will be installed by June 20.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main works of Padma Bridge project, the biggest of its kind in the country, in December 2015.

Apart from connecting nearly 30 million people in Bangladesh’s southwest region to the rest of the country, the 6.15-km Padma bridge will enhance regional trade and collaboration along the Asian highway No. 1 and the Trans-Asian railway network.

(XINHUA)

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Chinese tech supports Ecuador’s response to COVID-19

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A public security network designed by Chinese engineers has become a strategic tool of Ecuadoran authorities to protect public health and social stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Juan Zapata, general director of the Integrated Security Service ECU 911, Ecuador‘s integrated emergency service hotline, recently told Xinhua that the Chinese-made technological platform that supports the country’s emergency response system has been incredibly important during the global health crisis.

ECU 911 began to operate in Ecuador in 2012 and currently has 16 command centers nationwide. The system integrates police services, video surveillance with thousands of cameras, GPS, geographic information, and a smart analysis of resources, among others.

“Its state-of-the-art technology has been essential for the coordination of institutions in the country, because practically everything has been done through video surveillance,” Zapata said.

The emergency unit assumed new responsibilities after Ecuador entered a health emergency in mid-March, with the technological platform assisting in the implementation of anti-virus measures, including a nationwide quarantine, curfew and vehicular restrictions.

“We are doing this work through our 5,800 video surveillance cameras. In other words, the technology has been put at the service of the national EOC (Emergency Operations Committee) and the regional EOCs for decision-making,” he said.

The information generated by video surveillance serves to provide data for areas wishing to ease restrictions and move towards a “new normal.”

ECU 911‘s video surveillance system is essential for managing the health emergency, former Undersecretary of the National Directorate of Social Rehabilitation Ricardo Camacho told Xinhua.

The government has praised the work of ECU 911, with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno saying that the inter-institutional coordination of ECU 911 and its immediate action “allows us to save lives.”

As of Friday, Ecuador has reported 38,571 cases and 3,334 deaths from COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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