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China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r
ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in
the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.
In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o
f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.
One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa
cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh
ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen
China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will join the parade, Qiu said.
“Some vessels will make their debut for the first time,” Qiu added.
Altogether 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes will take part in the event, according to Qiu.
The vessels will sail in six groups, namely, those of submar
ines, destroyers, frigates, landing ships, auxiliary ships, and aircraft carrier.
The planes will fly in 10 echelons, showcasing aircraft for early warning, reconnaissance, anti-submarine patrol, as wel
l as bombers, fighters, carrier-based fighters, and carrier-based helicopters, Qiu said.
More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval even
ts marking the anniversary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destro
yers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, show
ing 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 pr
oviding 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 th
an 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 officers and soldiers to escor
t 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 countries and regions and provided free medical servi
ces to over 230,000 people, Qiu said.Under the current IPO system, new shares are subject to approval from t
inesses, McMillon said brick-and-mortar stores have become hybrid, and forward fulfillment centers.
He said Sam’s Club has been gaining strength in the country. The high-end m
embership store that was launched in China in 1996 has about 2 million members nati
onwide. By 2020, there will be 40 such clubs either in operation or in construction in the country. The format ha
s 23 stores currently in 19 cities stocking quality fresh food and membership products.
Globally Walmart has 11,300 stores, with a third of them large stores.
According to Kantar Worldpanel, in 2018 Walmart’s market share was 5.4 percent, an improvement from t
he 5.2 percent in 2017. Last year it opened 33 new stores, including 21 hypermarkets, four Sam‘s Club and eight compact stores.
Jason Yu, general manager of Kantar Worldpanel China, said Walmart has to roll out
more innovations to further improve its operational efficiency and achieve growth through
nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US
as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.
“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.
ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.
He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca
demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.
“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip
ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F
orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.