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nts to visit China in the future.Kendra Le, a Niles North freshman, was thrilled about Xi’s response letter, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I was surprised, very surprised,” Le was quoted in the report as say
ing. “It was an honor to receive a letter from him. It was really nice getting a letter from him.”
The report also said that Zhao Jian, the Chinese consul general in Chicago, personally
delivered the letter to a gathering of students enrolled in Chinese classes at Niles North on April 3.
Serena Meyers, a Niles North senior taking her first year of Chinese after thr
ee terms of Spanish, was not only happy to receive the response, but also ple
ased at how the Chinese leader made an effort to answer the questions her classmates posed.
“I was absolutely surprised,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “He has a lot to do and it was a
n honor he wrote back to us.”The Niles North High School began offering Mandarin courses in 2008.
China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will join the parade, Qiu said.
“Some vessels will make their debut for the first time,” Qiu added.
Altogether 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes will take part in the event, according to Qiu.
The vessels will sail in six groups, namely, those of submar
ines, destroyers, frigates, landing ships, auxiliary ships, and aircraft carrier.
The planes will fly in 10 echelons, showcasing aircraft for early warning, reconnaissance, anti-submarine patrol, as wel
l as bombers, fighters, carrier-based fighters, and carrier-based helicopters, Qiu said.
More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval even
ts marking the anniversary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destro
yers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, show
ing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.
Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.
ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers
onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.
ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe
rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma
de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.
“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me
dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.
About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme
nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.
A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat
ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.
than 150 countries, including 37 heads of state or government, for the thre
e-day event starting on Thursday, Wang said, adding the forum, themed “Belt and Road Coop
eration: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the initiative.
President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the op
ening ceremony of the forum, and chair the leaders’ round-table summit, Wang said.
Saying the BRI has delivered real benefits to participating countries, Wang stated the hats like “debt traps” cannot be put onto t
he head of the Belt and Road, and this is not something any participating country would recognize.
He added that international communities should base their understandings and comments about the BRI on the facts.
Trade volume between China and the countries participating in the B
RI has exceeded $6 trillion, the number of investment is over $80 billion and arou
nd 300,000 jobs have been created for the people from the countries involved in the initiative, Wang said.
An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.