China provides technical support to Pakistan in building infrastructure, mitigating natural disasters
BEIJING, April 21 (APP):Chinese Academy of Sciences has provided technical support to assist Pakistan in building its infrastructure and mitigating natural disasters, Cao Jinghua, director of international cooperation at the academy said.
“We hope our joint research centers and scientific projects will greatly benefit people overseas,” Cao told the Chinese media on Sunday.
China, he said, also helped local governments in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos and Tajikistan solve their culinary water problems.
The academy has also launched nine joint overseas research and education facilities with foreign partners around the world, with the 10th one currently being built in Pakistan.
The centers are to serve as platforms to enhance scientific cooperation, talent training and innovation capability for China and BRI participants.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has provided ample opportunity for scientists around the world to collaborate and use science and technology to solve challenges related to people’s livelihoods.
According to details, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has trained nearly 5,000 high-level scientific and technology students from countries and regions involved the Belt and Road Initiative since 2013, including more than 1,500 doctoral and master’s degree students.
More than 700 foreign scientists from BRI countries have come to China for their postdoctoral work or visiting research, said Bai Chunli, the academy’s president.
They studied genetics, biodiversity, medicine, climate change, green engineering, new materials and other fields in which their expertise is highly valued.
“Many of these talented people have returned to their home countries and had a huge positive impact.
The academy has also trained more than 1,000 administrative officials and staff members in the science and technology fields, and some currently, hold key government or research posts in their home countries.
Some examples include water management, public health and maritime environmental protection bureaus in Sri Lanka; intellectual property and biodiversity research centers in Uzbekistan; and the national reserve preservation agencies in Vietnam.
Over the last six years, the academy has invested more than 1.8 billion yuan ($268.7 million) into the BRI and launched more than 100 scientific projects to make the initiative more green and sustainable.
The projects are dedicated to tackling development obstacles, such as climate change, public health, disaster prevention and mitigation, food and water security and ecological protection.
In November, the academy launched the Alliance of International Science Organizations, the first organization created to connect the science communities of BRI participants, with the goals of improving scientific cooperation, sharing knowledge and promoting sustainable development.
US senator Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 presidential candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment
NEW YORK, Apr 21 (APP):US Senator Elizabeth Warren has became the most senior Democrat, and the first 2020 presidential candidate, to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump following the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 American election and the Trump presidential campaign.
“The (Robert) Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help.
Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack,” she said in a statement following the release of a redacted version of a 448-page summary of Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Ms. Warren attempted to lay out her case for the House of Representatives to begin its effort to impeach Trump.
“I read the Mueller report. When I got to the end, I realized this is a point of principle,” Warren wrote. “Because it matters not just for this president, but for all future presidents. No one is above the law.”
Warren, who was taunted by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign after the senator claimed Native American heritage, called on Democrats and Republicans to “set aside political considerations,” suggesting that impeachment proceedings should be bipartisan.
“To ignore a president’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways,” Warren continued.
Warren claimed that the Mueller report showed that Russia attempted to tilt the election in Trump’s favor and that he welcomed the helped while attempting to derail the investigation afterward.
“Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: ‘Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.’ The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment,” Warren wrote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against starting impeachment procedures unless there was a bipartisan call while other Democrats have concentrated on the 2020 election to address Trump’s conduct.
In the 1990s, Republicans lost seats in Congress after their failed attempt to remove Democratic President Bill Clinton in impeachment hearings.
The Mueller investigation did not find sufficient evidence to charge Trump and his associates of colluding with Russia during the election but did not exonerate him on obstruction of justice charges.
Warren’s remarks make her one of the most prominent Democratic voices to advocate for impeachment, joining congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib. Those progressive House members have pushed a formal impeachment resolution.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (APP):UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned that the killing of one peacekeeper from Egypt and wounding of four others in an improvised roadside mine explosion hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali on Saturday, and warned that the attack may constitute a war crime.
The UN chief issued a statement in New York, giving details of the deadly bombing, which took place against a convoy of vehicles in central Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso, belonging to the UN Mission, MINUSMA. The vehicles were en route between Douentza and Boni, in the Mopti region.
“MINUSMA peacekeepers responded, killing an assailant and apprehending eight others,” said the UN chief, in the message issued by his Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and to the Government of Egypt. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”
Attacks “targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law”, the statement continued, and Guterres called on the Malian authorities to take “swift action to identify the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice.”
On Twitter, UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, also issued his heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen soldier noting that he and his colleagues from Egypt were “performing the critical task of protecting convoys”.
MINUSMA’s mandate from the Security Council began after extremist militias seized control of northern Mali in 2012, which following a failed coup, were repulsed by French military action the following year.
A UN-backed peace agreement in 2015 signed between the Government and various armed groups, failed to stabilize the febrile central and northern regions of the northwest African country.
Earlier this week, according to news reports, the Prime Minister resigned together with his cabinet in the capital Bamako, in the face of widespread criticism from across the political spectrum, over the failure to make inroads against the continuing violence to the north.
Since 2013 when MINUSMA deployed, more than 190 peacekeepers have died in Mali, including close to 120 killed during hostilities.
The Secretary-General reaffirmed that the latest casualties “will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and the Government of Mali in their quest for peace and stability.”