Migratory birds fly north after wintering at Poyang Lake

NANCHANG – A huge number of migratory birds are flying north to breed after wint

ering at Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, in East China’s Jiangxi province.

According to the Administration of Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve, about 500,000 birds, including white cra

nes, white-naped cranes, grey cranes and white ospreys, spent their winter and early springtime at the lake.

Poyang Lake is an important wintering area for waterbirds in Asia. From October to March, more th

an 95 percent of white cranes, 80 percent of oriental white ospreys and 70 percent of white-naped cranes winter at the lake.

Authorities with all the reserves along Poyang Lake are closely monitoring the migratory birds to guarantee their safety.

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The President pushed harder for his son-in-law to get a clearan

ce because of his wide-ranging portfolio, which includes a Middle East peace proposal, and b

ecause of heightened scrutiny on Kushner’s inability to secure a clearance, sources said. His daughter’s portfolio did not require a high level secu

rity clearance, though as a senior adviser who sits in meetings with other senior officials, she is privy to sensitive inform

ation.On Tuesday, the White House rebuffed a request from House Oversight Com

mittee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents pertaining to the security clearance pro

cess. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the committee’s request for the information was “without legal suppo

rt, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”The White House’s rejecti

on increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.CNN’s Gloria Borger and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

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Ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he’ll cooperate

  Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that he plans to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee’s probe into President Donald Trump.

  ”I will do everything to facilitate this investigation, and there’s nothing I have to hide,” Spicer said in an interview on Fox News.

  He is one of 81 individuals and entities that the committee sent letters to Monday requesting documents relating to the Pr

esident’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration. The requests began a broad probe into pos

sible corruption, abuses of power, hush money payments and collusion with Russia.

  Although Spicer intends to cooperate with the probe and said he respects the committee’s aut

hority, he called it a “fishing expedition” by the Democrats. He said Democrats in the House are sea

rching for wrongdoing by the President rather than pursuing a legislative agenda.

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Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile site, analy

  Satellite images appear to show that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-

range missile engines, analysts said Tuesday, raising potential questions about the future of US-North Korea negotiations.

  The Center for Strategic Studies’ Beyond Parallel project and 38 No

rth, both respected North Korea monitoring websites, each said it had observed activ

ity at the Tongchang-ri satellite launch facility, which has been dormant since about August of last ye

ar.Tongchang-ri is one of the few known missile component development facilities inside North Korea.

  38 North found that efforts to rebuild the site’s launch pad and missil

e engine test stand began sometime between February 16 and March 2, meaning work began

either in the days before, during, or immediately after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Don

ald Trump abruptly ended their second summit in Hanoi on February 28 without signing a deal.

  Satellite launches use similar technology as ballistic missiles, and experts have long cautioned that North Ko

rea’s attempts to shoot satellites into space could help them develop viable long-range ballistic missiles.

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Foreign investment law to serve as basic law second sess

The adoption of the foreign investment law is an innovation in the legal system on foreign investment and is to replace the existing three law

s and serve as the basic law on foreign investment as China continues to open up in the new era, said Zh

ang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th NPC, on Monday during a press conference.

The draft foreign investment law clearly stipulates that foreign invest

ment in China will be subject to pre-established national treatment plus a negative list man

agement system and the case-by-case approval management mode will be abolished, he said.

According to the draft law, industries where foreign investment is prohibited or restricted are specified in the negative list. Industri

es that are not on the list will be fully open, with domestic and foreign firms enjoying the same treatment.

“This is fundamental change in China’s foreign investment mana

gement system, and help create a more open, transparent and predictable environment for inv

estors and provide stronger legal guarantee on China’s new opening-up,” Zhang said.

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Until now, China has 3,607 listed firms with a total market ca

capitalization of 53 trillion yuan. However, the weight of sci-tech firms remains quite limited.

The establishment of the board will help promote technological innovation, high-quality develop

ment of the economy and market-oriented reform of the capital market, according to Yi Huiman, CSRC chairman.

The tech board will ease the listing criteria, such as allowing firms that have yet to m

ake a profit to list but will also adopt higher requirements for information disclosure.

Li Chao, CSRC vice-chairman, said the new board will have strict IP

O standards and certain procedures and will not be flooded by listed firms.

The sci-tech board will focus on high-tech and strategically emerging sec

tors such as new generation information technology, advanced equipment, new ma

terials and energy, and biomedicine. The new board is likely to be rolled out as soon as the first half of this year.

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Neighborhood gardens help build community spirit

Shao Yunxiang, 76, who has been living in Shanghai’s Caojiadu neighborhood for more than 14

years, said life in a modern city as a senior citizen doesn’t necessarily have to be lonely.

People who live in a neighborhood and don’t know their neighbors

is a terrible phenomenon, but it happens a lot in modern cities,” Shao said. “We hope to b

uild our neighborhood into a big, warm family with an excellent environment, culture and spirit.”

Shao attends a newspaper reading activity in the community center every Tuesday, the day when the neighborhood com

mittee prepares lunch for people over 75 years old. On Wednesday, he joins a group to learn singing.

At other times, he becomes a volunteer helping people become familiar with the city’s newly launched garbage sorting.

Shao said he spends one-third of his time on community activities, which contri

butes to making the neighborhood “a harmonious place where people know, help and support each other”.

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Located in Shanghai’s Jing’an district, Caojiadu neig

hborhood, which covers 1.5 square kilometers, is home to around 33,000 households and 82,000 residents.

To promote community governance, the neighborhood has launched various projects si

nce 2012 to facilitate communication between residents and enhance “neighborly spirit”.

One of the most successful activities is its rooftop garden project.

“Our rooftop garden began with the Meilian building in 2015, with support from enterprises a

nd managed by residents,” said Wang Yanfeng, deputy director of the Caojiadu neighborhood Party working committee.

It all started with 14 containers on the rooftop to grow vegetables and flowers. Each miniature garden is taken care of by two fa

milies, of which one has at least one elderly person at home and the other has one or more children.

Harvested vegetables are sent to the neighborhood’s senior residents,

cooked for the nutritious community lunch or sold during charity bazaars, Wang said.

The miniature gardens were upgraded in 2017 to include a broader variety of vegetables and expan

ded to more rooftops in Caojiadu, which also helps children learn about cultivating crops and vegetables.

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Trump, who has faced backlash for saying he took Kim’s

  word that the North Korean leader was unaware of former prisoner Otto Warmbier’s c

apture, said Saturday that he was torn between his obligation to negotiate and his support for the Warmbiers.

  ”I’m in such a horrible position,” Trump said. “Because in one way I have to negotiate. In

the other way, I love Mr. and Mrs. Warmbier. And I love Otto. And it’s a very, very delicate balance.”

  Democrats and socialism

  Trump also accused congressional Democrats of accepting socialism and trying to “replac

e individual rights with total government domination” during the speech.

  ”Just this week more than 100 Democrats in Congress signed up for a socialist takeover of Am

erican health care,” he said, apparently referencing the Medicare For All bill currently supported by many House Democrats.

  Trump said that the plan “would lead to colossal tax increases” and “take away private covera

ge from over 180 million Americans,” as opposed to the private plans and new cooperative plan backed by hi

s administration “where you get better insurance than Obamacare for a fraction of the cost.”

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Trump vows to sign an executive order requiring colleges

  President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sign an executive order requiring c

olleges and universities to “support free speech” in order to be eligible for federal research dollars.

  ”If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like

Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak,” Trump said in part of his two-ho

ur long speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

  The President did not offer any more details on the order.

  Trump was referring to Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who recently made headlines

after he was allegedly punched in the face at the University of California Berkeley earlier thi

s week. The President brought Williams out as he made the announcement.

  ”Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us,” Trump said.

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