Most observers think he could be facing a decade behin

  bars in a sentence that could run concurrently or begin after the one handed down Thursday.

  Whatever happens next week, Ellis effectively handed Trump‘s team a welcome talking point, when he acc

urately pointed out that the tax and fraud crimes had nothing to do with colluding with Russia in electoral fraud.

  ”I think what most importantly what you saw today is the same thing that we said fro

m Day 1,” said Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing outside court. “There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Man

afort was involved in any collusion with any government official from Russia.”

  Manafort’s lawyers had sought to show during the trial that their client was prosecuted more rigorously than another defe

ndant might have been owing to his close links to the President — an argument Ellis seemed to accept.

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In 2017, the working population in China’s agricultural indus

try was about 27 percent of the total workforce, but contributed only 7.9 percent of its GDP. If only 4-5 percent of China’s workforce were to work in the prim

ary industry to generate 3-4 percent of its GDP, more than 20 percent of the country’s labor force has to shift from the agr

icultural sector to the secondary and tertiary sectors. But that would mean large-scale redistribution of workers, wh

ich could create serious problems in many fields including public services and education.

Third, the number of people aged 65 or above in China is likely to account for 23 percent of the

total population in 2035. In comparison, when Japan’s per capita GDP reached 35,000 international dolla

rs in 2004, only 14.15 percent of its population was aged 65 or above. Which means China

faces a more serious aging population problem. Today, China’s median population age is about 37 years-sim

ilar to that in the US-but in 2035 it will be 46 years. So China’s aging population will pose a big challenge to the

labor market, industrial structure adjustment and the country’s overall development.

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Still, compared with the developed countries, China’s car

  market has good long-term potential, because vehicle penetration in the country, especially in rural areas, is low. And given that China’s aging population is ris

ing, a growing number of senior citizens could buy cars to enjoy better travel experience.

  Since the age of fast and assured growth is over, those who don’t respond to market changes will

fail. And declining car sales may speed up the process of incompetent players being squeezed out of the market.

  Modest increase in vehicle sales likely

  Shi Jianhua, deputy secretary-general of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers

  Unlike the tax cut on car purchases in the past, this year’s plan will not yield immed

iate results, as it is designed mainly to improve the overall market environment and produce long-term results.

  The government introduced a preferential car purcha

se policy, which allowed smaller vehicles with 1.6-litre or less powerful engines to enjoy up to 50 per

cent tax cuts from September 2015 to 2017. The stimulus policy helped car sales grow at 7.1 percent year-on-year.

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The reports of activity at Tongchang-ri come just hours aft

  fter South Korea’s NIS reported that parts of the Yongbyon nuclear complex, including the re

actor that is believed to produce weapons-grade plutonium, have not been active since the beginning of 2019.

  The International Atomic Energy Agency announced similar findings earlier this week. The organization’s gen

eral director, Yukiya Amano, said Monday the agency has not observed activity at several important facilities at Yo

ngbyon but did see “indications of the ongoing use of the reported centrifuge enrichment facility.”

  38 North said shortly before the summit that there was no indication that the site’s plutonium production reactor was

operating. A post in January said that Yongbyon appeared to be “well maintained” but its main facilities “did not

appear to be operating,” except for what is believed to be the uranium enrichment plant.

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Pakistan said Tuesday that it was ready to go after the assets

and bank accounts of militant groups within its borders and in Pakistani-control

led Kashmir, according to a statement on its Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
The free

zing and seizure order complies with the UN Security Council requirement that membe

r states target the assets of entities and individuals listed by the sanctions committee.

Crisis may be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan
Crisis m

ay be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan
Jaish-e-Mohammed, which translates to the Arm

y of the Prophet Mohammed, is a Pakistan-based group that operates on both sid

es of the border of the disputed state and seeks to unite the Indian-controlled area of Kashmir with Pakistan.

While the US and the UN Security Council (UNSC) listed JeM as a terrorist organization

in 2001, the effort to include its leader, Masood Azhar, as an “internationally designated terrorist” was vetoed by China in the past.

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Western Palatinate Police have linked both cases to Grauma

  who is said to have had a “bad relationship” with the victims, having been involved in disputes with them in the past. The gar

dener’s death is currently under investigation, pending the results of an autopsy.

  A booby-trapped wheelchair shot an FBI agent at a house rigged to ambush intruders

  When officers searched Graumann’s home they discovered gunpowder and “other i

tems subject to the weapons law and the Explosives Act,” police statements said.

  Police also took the unusual step of warning other members of the public who may

previously have fallen out with Graumann — whether in a personal or business capacity — to be on their guard.

  ”The police cannot rule out that prior to his death, the deceased had made prepar

ations that could endanger other people’s life and limbs,” a statement said. “In particular, people who have had a problem

atic private or business relationship with Graumann are urged to contact the police immediately.”

  A phone line set up for concerned members of the public has received dozens of calls, according to the force.

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If it had been completed, it would probably have been the

first modern aquarium in China. But construction was unfinished when the Qing monarc

hy fell, leaving abandoned stone architecture and iron frames, which can be seen by visitors today.

Cultural relic warehouses were added in the courtyard after 1925, when the Forbidden City became a public museum.

In-depth studies will follow the donation to uncover mysteries, because no original blueprint of the aquarium has been found.

According to Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, the Yanxi Go

ng area will be turned into an exhibition space displaying foreign cultural relics among for

mal royal collections, because the place reflects Sino-foreign cultural exchanges. It is expected to open in 2020.

About 10,000 cultural relics out of the 1.86 million artifacts being housed in the Palace Museum are of foreign origin. The mo

st important collection is 1,500 antique European clocks that were given as gifts or bought by Qing emperors.

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The Belt and Road Initiative, as advocated by our

country today, is not only about infrastructure development,” said Ng Chee Siong, head of real estate conglom

erate Sino Group, who founded the charity foundation. “It will promote international cultural communication as well.

“As a holder of that spirit of ancient Chinese fine arts and thoughts, the Palace Museum is such a key platform to promote Chinese culture for the whole world.”

Ng is the eldest son of Ng Teng Fong, the late Singaporean tycoon with a m

ajor presence in Hong Kong. The foundation has spent about 1.9 billion yuan on char

ity programs on healthcare, education, cultural heritage conservation and environmental protection.

Hong Kong philanthropists have long cooperated with the Palace Museum. Chan Chi-chun

g sponsored the reconstruction of the Palace of Established Happiness (Jianfu Gong) wh

ich was completed in 2006. The original architecture was destroyed by a fire in 1923.

Chan bestowed 100 million yuan for the ongoing renovation of the Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian), residence of the la

st eight emperors in the Forbidden City. Another entrepreneur, Hui Wing Mau, donated 80 million yuan for the sam

e project. Hui also spent 130 million buying a lost Ming Dynasty painting and donated it to the museum in 2017.

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Yet collaboration between the two countries over the past

 several decades has already proved that their differences need not stand in the way of cooperation.

There have been ups and downs in bilateral relations over the past several decades as a result of how US politicians loo

k at China and at the way they believe the relationship should be handled. It seems that an increasing number of them now

believe that China should be considered a strategic threat to the United States.

That may be the reality. But another reality is that the more publicity the US media has give

n to presenting China as a threat to the US in certain areas and more US politicians are talking about su

ch a threat, the more it fosters an anti-China political atmosphere in Washington.

Such a political atmosphere may then grow to eclipse the substan

ce of bilateral relations — their economic complementarity and their mutual respo

nsibility to address not just their problems but also the common problems the entire world faces.

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Fortunately, negotiators from both sides have conduc

ted the talks with a down-to-earth attitude without getting too obs

essed with their differences and thus have been able to make substantive progress.

Cooperation benefits both, confrontation hurts not just both, but also the entire world.

This, among other things, is an inherent part of the broad picture of Sino-US relations.

Given the impact both economies have on the world economy and their

bilateral relations on the world political situation, it is imperative the politicians of both coun

tries adopt a global perspective when making policies concerning bilateral ties.

Keeping the bigger picture in mind and adopting a global perspective

will enable them to put aside their differences for their own good and the good of the world.

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