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unty usually set up black tents at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, providing tourists accomodation as a means of earning money.
Though ordinary visitors can’t go beyond the monastery, it won’t affect them from appreciating the mountain.
“The new tent camp for ordinary tourists can still allow them to clearly see the 8,800-meter-plus mountain,” Kelsang said.
Travelers who have a climbing permit can go to the base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters. Kelsan
g said the mountaineering activities have been approved by the regional forestry department.
Decades after the epic climb to the world’s peak, Tibetans at the f
oot of Mount Qomolangma have conquered poverty by receiving professional and am
ateur mountaineers and tourists, who have also posed an environmental challenge to the mountain.
To conserve the environment surrounding Mount Qomolangma, China c
arried out three major clean-ups at an altitude of 5,200 meters and above last spr
ing, collecting more than eight tonnes of household waste, human feces and mountaineering trash.
Many cities in eastern China are organizing job fairs to meet demand for new employees after the Spring Festival holiday.
The first such event in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, opened on Monday with more than 10,000 jobs off
ered by 200 local companies. The fair aims to attract more college students and migrant workers, wh
o usually return to their hometowns during Spring Festival for family reunions.
Most of the jobs are in manufacturing, catering and finance. There is also huge demand for emp
loyees in the machinery, sales and design sectors, said Zhang Chengyu, director of the Yancheng talent market.
“With the city’s economic and social development, many people now prefer to w
ork in their hometowns,” he said. “We organized the fair to provide op
portunities for them. More than 100 fairs offering 50,000 jobs will be held this year.
“Many companies pay salaries of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,474) a mon
th. They need to recruit enough employees to guarantee post-festival operations.”
Dai Yang, a graduate in mechanical engineering, said he would prefer to work in his hometown－Huaian, Jiangsu－if the salary met his demands.
ents and relatively low prices continue to attract young and first-time buyers, as
well as tenants. Sp
eaking in a range of accents, a substantial number of residents squeeze
into buses and the subway every morning and head to work.
Chen Mo is one of them. After studying in the capital for seven years, he chose to
settle in the city
after graduation. In 2001, he took a job with State Grid Corp, the national
Initially, Chen rented an apartment in
Huilongguan, a crowded community in Changping district,
10 kilometers west of Tiantongyuan’s center, that was well-known for its
Served by subway line 13, Changping’s relative ease of access to public
transportation attracted Chen, so he decided to buy an apartment there in 2010.
After months of research, he discovered that he could buy an apartment of more than 100 sq m in Huilon
gguan for 30,000 yuan per sq m, which would only be enough for a home of 50 to 60 sq m in other parts of the city.
“Property prices doubled in Huilongguan in just six months, so I made the down
payment in 2011 without any hesitation,” he said.
Many others followed suit, so a dense population and heavy traffic congestion quickly became the community’s default setting. Ho
wever, without any industry to provide jobs and with few high-quality schools,
many people chose to leave once they had made enough money.
In Pyongyang, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol, DPRK’s special representative for US affairs, discussed “advancing Trump and Kim’s
Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming US-(DPRK)
relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the US State Department said in a statement.
Trump and Kim met for their first summit in Singapore last June, during which Kim pledged to work toward the “co
mplete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap.
US-led diplomacy aimed at getting the DPRK to abandon its nuclear program in return for outside concessions has since made little headway.
Calling the AU a banner that unites the African countries to pursue self-renewal, Xi praised th
e integration process of the continent and the great headway made since last year under the guidance of the organization.
African countries continue to speak with a united voice on important internatio
nal and regional issues, and the international influence of the continent keeps rising,
has been and will continue to be a key driver of China’s economic growth. In 2018, corporate and individual tax cuts to
taled 1.3 trillion yuan, and industrial profit increased by 11.8 percent, compared with the previous year.
“As reform deepens in all areas, including sweeping fiscal and tax reform and stren
gthening of IPR protection, China will create more opportunities for the world,” he said.
China’s opening-up is the third opportunity. Liu said despite the steep drop in glo
bal FDI, foreign investment flowing into China totaled $135 billion, which was up by 3 percent last year.
The country is also lifting the restrictions on foreign ownership in joint-venture companie
s in sectors including banking, insurance, securities, auto manufacturing, and shipbuilding.
Moreover, as the Chinese people have an increasing appetite for overseas products, the country is moving from being a global seller to a global buyer.
President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, stand with Portuguese President M
arcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Belem Palace, the official presidential residence in Lisb
on, Portugal, on Dec 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
President Xi Jinping and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, vowe
d on Friday to make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
The two presidents made the statement in exchanging congratulations on the 40th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Portugal.
In his congratulatory message to Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said that over the past four d
ecades, the two nations have been promoting sound development of bila
teral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, treating each other as equals and benefiting from win-win cooperation.
He hailed the proper resolution of the question of Macao by the two countries in 1999
as a good example of how nations can solve problems left from history through friendly consultations.