More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniv
ersary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destroyers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, sh
owing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.
Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy has been active in provi
ding security products for the international community since its founding, Qiu said.
The navy has paid over 100 visits to 94 countries and 138 ports, and has held more
than 60 joint military drills with foreign navies over the 70 years, according to Qiu.
Since 2008, the navy has sent 32 escort fleets, 103 vessels, 69 helicopters and more than 27,000 offic
ers and soldiers to escort over 6,600 vessels, more than a half of which were foreign merchant ships, he added.
Since 2010, the naval hospital ship Peace Ark has traveled to 43 countr
ies and regions and provided free medical services to over 230,000 people, Qiu said.
China and the United States have made new progress in negotiating the text of an econom
ic and trade deal, but much work remains to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Negotiating teams from the two countries are hashing out the text of the deal, including
an enforcement mechanism, on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, said Gao Feng, ministry spokesman.
The remarks came as the world’s two biggest economies have been i
ntensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the most recent round of trade consultations, the negotiators discussed technolo
gy transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, nontariff measures, the service sector, agriculture, tra
de imbalances and enforcement mechanisms, according to earlier reports.
The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a recent white paper that the US business commu
nity in China, long an advocate of good bilateral relations, can no longer be relied on to be a positive anchor.
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.
when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.
Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji
an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.
The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam
age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire
during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.
Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc
h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.