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Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu
siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.
The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve
hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20
22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.
“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna
tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.
He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene
rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.
As the United States and China continued trade talks this week, companies and industries in both countries, including the education sector, will be hoping for a sign
ificant breakthrough that can lift Sino-US relations from the current morass and end the tit-for-tat trade war that
has seriously affected exchanges of goods, technology and people between our nations.
For Sino-US joint-venture universities, such as Duke Kunshan University, in China’s eastern p
rovince of Jiangsu, the ramifications of a further ramp-up in tensions would be felt acutely.
Fortunately, the impact of the trade dispute on these educational joint ve
ntures has been minimal. But naturally there has been uncertainty surrounding the
issuance of work and student visas (although the Chinese government has been quick to make assurances), and p
arents have raised questions about the sustainability of such projects should relations sour further.
More than ever before, it is important to remember that joint-venture educational p
rojects highlight the importance and value of true mutually beneficial co
operation. Today, there is hardly a single major global problem for which the long-term solution does not depend on
close collaboration between the US and China, respectively the largest and second-largest economies in the world.
give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn
ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba
y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti
al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its
strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic
holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.
To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni
versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.
Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i
s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un
veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w
lies to a border town in Colombia, including food and hygiene kits, ready-to-use supplementary foods and high-energy biscuits
. It’s pledged $20 million to help Venezuela, and other countries including Canada, the UK and Germany have chipped in, too.
Earlier this week, Guaido named Saturday as the deadline for the aid to cross the border.
But the United States announced Friday preparations to bring aid in through another route.
”The US and its partners began pre-positioning additional hu
manitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil,” the US State Department tweeted.
The aid consists of food kits “containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed nearly 3,500 people f
or 10 days and additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month,” a fact sheet from the State Department says.
British billionaire Richard Branson sponsored a Live Aid-inspired show Friday in Cucuta, Colombia, featuring Latin
American stars such as Colombian musical legends Carlos Vives and Juanes, and reggaeton singer Maluma. Co
lombian President Ivan Duque, Chile’s Sebastian Piñera and Mario Abdo of Paraguay also joined the crowds.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.
Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t
he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.
I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz
i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce
ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk
”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”
Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the
last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.
”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”
There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared
with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.