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Trump dislikes border security deal but Republicans urge support

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not happy with a deal struck

by congressional negotiators on border security that denied him funds for his promised US-M

exican border wall, but did not reject it outright as fellow Republicans urged his support.

Trump’s demand in December for $5.7 billion from Congress to help build a wall on the southern border triggered a 35-day

closure of about a quarter of the federal government. But he remains undecided about whether he will support the

agreement reached on Monday night that includes $1.37 billion for border fencing.

Nevertheless, Trump said he did not expect another shutdown, while con

tinuing to insist he could find a way to bypass Congress and build a wall without lawmakers.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and a host of other agencies is due to expire when the calendar turns to

Saturday after the expiration of a stopgap measure that ended the longest federal shutdown in US history. Mo

nday’s tentative funding agreement would keep the government open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

“I have to study it. I’m not happy about it,” Trump told reporters at the White House about the deal, which would need to

be passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives and Republican-controlled Senate and signed by him.

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He also noted that China and Australia see strong people-to-people

connections through education and tourism.

“Currently there are around 185,000 Chinese students studying in Australia and we welcome over 1.4 million Chinese visitors to o

ur shores every year,” he said. “China is also an attractive destination for many Australians, with more than 400,000 visiting in the last year.”

“I have every confidence that the relationship between Australia and China will continue to

prosper in 2019 and well beyond,” he said.The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday presented its eighth edition of Lunar New Year c

oncert, featuring the U.S. premiere of Chinese composer Tan Dun’s violin concerto Fire Ritual.

Opening the celebration with Spring Festival Overture, a well-known piece in C

hina, the orchestra instantly kindled an air of festivity in the David Geffen Hall at Li

coln Center, as audience, mostly from local Chinese community, started to nod and hum the jubilant melodies.

South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim then entered the stage from among the audien

ce, playing the core role as a oracle in Fire Ritual, a violin concerto created by Oscar Winner Tan Dun.

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When the treaty was signed, the US was facing formidable

from the Soviet Union and two military alliances, the Warsaw Treaty Organization and NATO, were confronting each other. The US now has greater milit

ary superiority than it did at that time. Suspending the treaty now is not because US military strength is weake

r than over the three decades ago, but because Washington’s thinking has become more radical.

Although the US in the Reagan era launched the Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” it accepted the concept of

security based on a balance of power. But today the US wants an overwhelming advantage and absolute secur

ity. It even cannot accept other countries which want to strengthen their strategic defense.

Washington has been hyping the Russian threats in recent yea

rs, but Russia’s strategic deterrence is clearly weaker than in the Soviet era. The US has also com

plained about China’s development of missile capabilities. This is even more unreasonable. China’s nuclear dete

rrence isn’t comparable to that of the US and Russia. Portraying China’s military development as part of an “arms ra

ce,” the US is creating an excuse to suppress China’s legitimate build-up of its national defense.

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hile Beijing promises to buy more American goods and to ex

pand market access to US firms, Washington should move forward on some issues, such as tightened export controls to China,” Mei added.

Besides the purchase of more US soybeans, there is more room to buy additional ‘

’US goods such as energy products, aircraft and automobiles as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China.

More containment

Notwithstanding the good momentum of trade talks, the US seems to be hastening its offensive against China in various sectors.

In a Saturday article, CNN said US intelligence warned that China was using “student spies” to steal secrets from the US.

Unnamed lawmakers and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that the Chinese are

“notorious” for their patriotism and nationalism that could allegedly “coerce them into carrying out acts of espionage.”

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Energy Department said it woul

d ban its scientists and employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries.

The department oversees 17 national laboratories conducting advanced resear

ch in such areas as nuclear physics and supercomputing.

This is not the first time US officials have accused Chinese students of espionage, while Chine

se students, based on official US data, accounted for over 30 percent of the country’s international students in 2018.

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While China and the US saw escalated trade frictions in 2018, Br

 record high in its soybeans exports to China. As of the end of 2018, the local industry association estimated that the country’s total soybeans output will reach 120 million to 125 million tons – a new high – in 2019.

Brazil will enter the harvest season for soybeans in coming months. As China restarts to im

port more from the US, companies in Brazil have also lowered their expectations for soy oil exports.

Brazil’s exports are expected to fall to 400,000 tons this year versus 1.43 million tons last year in terms of soy oil exports, according to Amaral.

Still, the Brazilian industry representative remained optimistic about the future of soybeans trade with China.

“Even with the more intense participation of US products in the Chinese

market, we believe China will continue to need Brazilian soy to fulfill its domes

tic market,” he said, noting that neither US or Brazil can adequately supply Chinese demand.

“Brazil will keep an important presence in the Chinese market,” Amaral added.

Soybeans have been a crucial element in simmering trade tensions between the two count

ries, CNBC said on Saturday. China, the world’s largest soybeans importer, cut off purchases from the US in 201

8, sending prices tumbling and leaving US farmers struggling to sell off their record harvest, the media report noted.

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Brazil lowers exports forecast to China following recovery of

Brazil, the largest soybean producer in Latin America, lowered its exports expectati

ons to China following China-US trade talks that have brought a soybeans deal back to the table.

After the latest trade talks concluded on a positive note, China agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the US, particu

larly of soybeans, which US President Donald Trump described as a “tremendous purchase.”

Amid strong signals from the resumption of the China-US soybeans trade, Brazil lowered its forecast for exports to China in

2019, an industry representative from the South American country told the Global Times on Saturday.

“This development lowered our expectations for Brazilian soybeans expo

rts to China compared to the previous year,” Daniel Furlan Amaral, chie

f-economist of Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE), told the Global Times.

Brazil will export 70.1 million tons of soybeans in 2019, Abiove said in a release late Monday, down 3.8 million tons on its prev

ious projection made in December and a sharp fall from the 83.8 million tons that the country exported in 2018.

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China has repeatedly denied such accusations, urging

China has repeatedly denied such accusations, urging a more rational and objective perspective on normal people-to-people exchanges.

Meanwhile, the recent arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities

on the request of the US remained an unresolved issue, casting a shadow over the future development of China-US relations.

With the Trump administration highlighting competition with China and c

alling China the top security threat and rival, more containment actions are expecte

d to come from the US this year, said Li Haidong, a professor at the Beijing-based China Foreign Affairs University.

Instead of allowing 2019, which marks the 40th anniversary of China-US diplomatic ties, to be defined by conflicts prima

rily triggered by the US, China is eyeing more constructive efforts for mutually beneficial relations, Li said.

The greatest achievement of China-US relations during the past decades is that the two sid

es maintained stable and cooperation-driven ties, and that there is no reason for it not to be sustained, Li added.

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A blood test that looks for antibodies to H. pylori can also

 less useful as a positive result can mean either that you are infected with H. pylori or that you had an infection in the past that i

s now cleared. All of these tests, together with H. pylori treatment, are available at the Digestive D

isease Center at Beijing United Family Hospitals.

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ends people to stay at a healthy weight throughout their lives by balancing calorie intake with physical activity.

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nces withdrawal from landmark nuclear treaty wit

ecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing in Washington D.C., the United States, Feb. 1, 2019. The Trump adm

inistration announced on Friday that the United States is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear arm

s control pact with Russia, a move seen as exacerbating the risk of an international arms race. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — The Trump administration announced on Fri

day that the United States is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear arm

s control pact with Russia, a move seen as exacerbating the risk of an international arms race.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement at the State De

partment, citing Russia’s violation of the deal which he believes “put the Unit

ed States at a military disadvantage.” Moscow has repeatedly denied Washington’s accusations.

Pompeo told reporters that the United States will suspend its compliance to the treaty from S

aturday, which will trigger a six-month countdown period leading to a pe

rmanent exit from the pact inked in 1987 between the United States and the then-Soviet Union.

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Qian Fengfawen’s response to becoming fat netizens

Qian Feng participated in a variety show some time ago. The audience found him getting fat. Then, Qian Feng worked hard to lose weight and returned to his handsome appearance.


Unexpectedly, Qian Feng appeared in a red suit at the New Year’s Eve party on the evening of Jan

. 29, but his figure looked very bulky, which caused a heated discussion among netizens. Later, Qian F

eng responded by microblogging that she became fat and said, “Thank you, my weight is affecting everyone’s heart.”

Netizens watched the microblog and left a message saying, “Is it good to lose weight in groups?” “M

y brother is also handsome in the new year!” “Haha, Feng Ge, come on, I hope the next hot search is your love.”

Why did Qian Feng mention one thing when he sent his makeup remover?

Qian Feng has always left an impression on the audience that he is a funny and humorous big b

oy, who shows his cooking skills in “My Kid” program, which makes people feel more fond of hi

m. However, such a person with good personality and cooking skills has been single up to now, but Qian Feng’s mother is i

n a hurry. Even Qian Feng himself began to get anxious and arranged his first blind date in 35 years. On the eve of the

first date, Qian Fengfa circled of friends asked for help: “What should we pay attention to in the first date?”

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