Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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Great Wall Motor bets big on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

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.

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In February 2019, the construction of an electrolysis hydrog

production plant and a hydrogen liquefaction plant started to extend the company’s operations along the value chain, rang

ing from hydrogen production and liquefaction, to hydrogen storage, transport, testing, refueling and applications.

The Baoding Great Wall Holdings Group Co Ltd, the indirect controlling shareholder of Great Wall Motor, said it pla

ns to acquire all the shares of Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain Co Ltd soon. That would enable Great Wall M

otor to develop and deploy cost-competitive fuel cells for a variety of applications, according to the company.

Great Wall Motor has already established an internationally competitive R&D team of 240 technology experts.

With four R&D centers in Baoding, Shanghai, Munich in Germany and Yokohama in Japan, Hu said that Great Wall

Motor will make full use of world-class professionals to promote the R&D and marketization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The company is set to play a leading role in technological innovation in the fuel cell vehicle sector in China, he said.

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With the federation’s support, these women have also lear

learned to sell their work online.

Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.

Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo

men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro

duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.

“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”

Separately, in 2016, the Xihe Culture, Radio and

Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.

As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o

ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.

“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca

use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.

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Dianne Feinstein’s climate change discussion with schoolchild

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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Maduro sees the opposition-led plan as a trap, and has

  rejected the humanitarian aid it would bring in. Accepting foreign supplies during the curren

t political crisis would be tantamount to accepting foreign political intervention, from Maduro’s point of view.

  When the US sent a shipment of medical and food supplies to the Venezuelan border last we

ek, Maduro’s regime installed a blockade on one of the bridges that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

  Just a week ago on state television, Maduro dismissed Guaido’s init

iative, saying “Venezuelans are not beggars.” But patriotism did not prevent Maduro fro

m accepting $9 million from the UN in November 2018.It’s hard to see how the opposition, which controls little real p

ower on the ground in Venezuela, can guarantee that aid will enter the country by Sunday.

  While Guaido has described a “human wave” of volunteers heading to the b

order to carry supplies, very few aid professionals have lifted their hands to join in the effort.

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bundant mallow harvest a boon for impoverished Iraqis

With rain spreading across Iraq, mallow growing in the northern and eastern parts of the country gives impoverished people food to eat or sell for extra money.

Mallow, or Malva pusilla, is a cosmopolitan weed found principally in temperate regions of the w

orld. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial herb with the capacity to grow in dense patc

hes in gardens, yards, roadsides, waste ground, orchards, pastures and agricultural fields.

It grows without any assistance and easily harvested and so is often called the “food of the poor.”

It is also delicious and good for one’s health.

Thanks to the heavy rain in Iraq, this year mallow spread and were found for collectors to harvest in winter, without any help from farmers.

Some of poor families are able to collect mallow plants and sell them due to its medical value, as it is used to treat some sicknesses and to strengthen immunity.

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Harvesting mallows rings a bell. It reminds me of the good

old days when my family and I lived in a village. It is a traditional food to eat but it has some special memories to me when I was a child,” he said.

In Salahudin Province in northeastern Iraq, on the road leading to Tikrit, the provincial capital

near Kirkuk, there were several families harvesting mallows. Some were planning to sell the harvest.

Some of the elderly, suffering from chronic disease, such as diabete

s and blood pressure, seek mallows as the best food for their medical cases.

Dawood Ghanem, 55, a farmer, said mallows this year flourished in Iraq, thanks to the heavy rains and marvelous weather.

“People living in the cities, especially the poor ones, come to the villages and harvest mallows for food,” he said.

Eissa Kamel Abu Abbas, a grocer in Baquba market, said many families collect mallows to sell.

“We resell them at 750 dinars (63 cents) per kilogram.”

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French court okays screening of film on priest’s abuse

French court on Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director’s new film about the real-life story of a

priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

The 73-year-old priest, Bernard Preynat, had argued that a public release of the film, By the Grace of God, could prejudice his case.

His lawyer, Emmanuel Mercinier, said the court issued its decision on Monday morning.

The film by screenwriter and director Francois Ozon won the jury prize at the Berlin film festival this weekend.

It will hit the screens in France on Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis holds a summit

meeting of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the sex abuse of minors by clergy members.

The film, which Ozon worked on in secret for years, tells the story of the scandal which broke in 2015 wh

en a former scout, Francois Devaux, went public with allegations that Preynat had abused him as a child 25 years earlier.

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s not merely for the Pearl River Delta Area but also integrat

with China’s overall development plan,” said Chen.The guideline covers the period from now to 2022 in the near term and extends to 2035 in the long term.

By 2022, a first-class international bay area with urban clusters should be basically established, fe

aturing outstanding innovation ability and beautiful environments. By 2035, high-level interconnectivity in the ma

rkets in the Greater Bay Area should be realized with synergized regional development.

The grand plan calls for measures to strengthen cooperation in innovat

ion and technology, enhance the building of basic innovation capacity, improved the

in-depth integration of industries, academia and research, and deepen reform of innovation systems and m

echanisms in the region, as well as step up the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Chen said the Greater Bay Area will play a significant role in the country’s fu

rther reform and opening-up under the “one country, two systems” principle.

“The principle should be continuously upheld as it is important to maintain (each region’s own advantages),” said Chen.

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