New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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Women’s consumption of healthcare products, wire-free

bras and fish maw recorded year-on-year increases of 81.03, 61.95 and 124 percent, respectively.

Women’s per-customer transaction on Tmall has been increasing for the last two years, with an increase of 8.85 percent in 2018. Wo

men’s spending power in quasi-first-tier cities is also catching up with that of women in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Hangzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen last year joined Shanghai and Beijing as the cities with the h

ighest spend per transaction, while Guangzhou and Shenzhen dropped out of the top five.

Based on their findings Tmall released an independence index of women, which argu

es that women in first-tier and new first-tier cities are becoming more independent.

Among the cities with the highest independence indic

es, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou comprise the top five.

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The Government Work Report presented by Premier Li Keq

iang contains a comprehensive review of the progress made in 2018 and the targets achieved. It al

so mentions the challenges and impediments faced in the process. It is significant that despite h

eadwinds in global economy, Chinese economy registered a growth rate of 6.6 percent. More than 13.6 million new urba

n jobs were generated. Unemployment was around 5%. China contin

ued to make strides in the fields of innovation and high-tech. Concerted eff

orts were also made to deal with the problem of environment pollution while infrastructure development was also on course.

For me the most impressive part is the government’s resolve to tac

kle the issue of poverty and create a knowledge-based economy. Projections for 2019 of 6-6.5% GDP g

rowth, creation of 11 million new jobs, an employment-first policy, supply-side structural reform and three critical batt

les against potential risks, poverty and pollution are reflective of key priority areas. Budgetary spending on educ

ation above 4% of GDP and over 2% on R&D shows that China is moving forward to establish a society which me

ets the needs of the people through scientific applications and modern technologies.

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What are entrepreneurs saying at the two sessions essions, Chi

Ma, a deputy to the 13th NPC, on Sunday suggested building a development bank and university for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

He raised the idea that a Greater Bay Area development bank, possibly focusing on fin

tech, would encourage the development and further industrialization of cities in the area.

“(With such convenience), we hope that more foreig

n capital can be attracted to invest in technology and innovative industries,” Ma said.

He also suggested building a Greater Bay Area university with the aim of nurturing high-end talent to dr

ive the region’s future development.CPPCC National Committee member Li said on Sunday, bef

ore the opening of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, that while China’s demographic ad

vantage in the internet sector has slipped, technologies in many industries have greatly improved.

Li submitted proposals related to artificial intelligence (AI) for the fifth consecutive year, with his three su

ggestions focusing on intelligent transportation, electronic medical records and AI ethics.

“There are definitely bubbles, which might not be small, in the field of AI, but I believe it is normal,” Li said.

He suggested the State should further strengthen its guidance, establish a mechanism for data sharing and uti

lization, and encourage all localities to explore and build intelligent transportation solutions.

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Trump rips into Mueller probe at CPAC during lengthy speech

  President Donald Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s credibility Saturday, disparaging former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and form

er FBI Director James Comey as Washington waits for Mueller’s report in the coming weeks.

  In a largely unscripted, wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conferen

ce lasting more than two hours, Trump hit on several key issues in a characteristic fashion — mocking pro

ponents of the Green New Deal, vowing to protect free speech on college campuses with an executive order and tak

ing shots at his longtime rival and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

  But he made a point to take on Mueller, commenting exten

sively on key parts of the investigation, as the probe appears to be winding down.

  ”So now we’re waiting for a report, and we’ll find out … who

we’re dealing with,” Trump said. “We’re waiting for a report by people that weren’t elected.”

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Video footage of the ceremony shows spectators arranged

  on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.

  Military personnel in full regalia perform elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship.

  Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.

  It’s a powerful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.

  But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint

ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side as officials awaited the return of their pilot.

  Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen

ior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and sec

urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.

  ”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer

a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.

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Yi said the new board aims to better serve innovation

orientated enterprises and will serve as a prelude to capital market reforms in a broader scope.

To better serve high-quality economic growth, the commission will carefully evaluate the effect of various reform and innov

ation measures on the new board, based on which fine-tuning measures for the ChiNext and the National Equities E

xchange and Quotations could be pushed forward in a coordinated way, Yi stressed.

The ChiNext and the NEEQ are both existing equity trading platforms, mainly servi

ng China’s Nasdaq-style high-growth enterprises and medium to small-sized enterprises, respectively.

The commission will “pay attention to keep a balance between differe

nt sub-markets” to launch the new board in a smooth and steady way, Yi said.
US

President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the sec

ond US-DPRK summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February

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Let’s reap potential of China-Myanmar cooperation

Since Myanmar embarked on its political transition, political elites in the country have championed that peace is the premise for economic and social developme

nt. In the first two years of the government led by National League for Democracy (NLD), Nay Pyi Taw devoted a lot of efforts to promoting national recon

ciliation with the hope of making a major breakthrough and consolidating public support. Regrettably, results are no

t satisfactory. The NLD government is currently locked in a stalemate over national reconciliation.

It has also performed poorly in boosting the economy and improving people’s lives. Main economic indicators suggest that since the N

LD government assumed power, Living standards haven’t substantially improved, and more economic problems have surfaced to plague the c

ountry. One of the main reasons why the NLD lost seats in the 2018 elections is the government’s lackluster economic performance. If the e

conomy doesn’t improve, it will inevitably affect the NLD’s potential for victory in the 2020 election.

Therefore, the NLD government is now attaching increasing importance to economic and live

lihood issues. It has issued a string of policies to attract foreign investment. Take the new Myanmar

Companies Act. Under the law, foreigners are permitted to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies and bus

inesses with foreign stakes of more than 35 percent will be classified as a foreign company, which facilitates co

operation between foreign investors and local businessmen and will help attract more foreign investment.

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The 67-year-old princess, the eldest daughter of the late King

Bhumibol Adulyadej and sister of the present King, married an American and relinquished her title in 1972. After returning to Th

ailand in 2001 following her divorce, she resumed royal duties and enjoyed prestige among the Thai people, although her royal title has not yet been restored.

Around 20 military coups have taken place in Thailand since the country became a constitutional mo

narchy in 1932. The Constitution was also amended in 2017 during the military government’s rule.

In this context, the Thai Raksa Chart party (Thai Save The Nation, or TSN) tried to break the v

icious circle in Thailand’s politics by nominating Ubolratana as the prime ministerial candid

ate. The probability of her winning the election would have been high if she were allowed to contest. Her victory would have brought back political sta

bility to some extent. TSN is linked to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who enjoys popular appeal in the country. Thaksin carried out several pol

icies that benefited the grass roots and won him their support. Even though he was ousted in 2006, his influence remains strong.

In the upcoming election, I believe pro-Thaksin parties can still have high public app

roval ratings. But considering the latest military-drafted constitution which gives considerable

rights to bureaucrats and military, it is still not known whether a pro-Thaksin politician can be elected prime minister.

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Both sides had specific discussions about a memorandum

of understanding on bilateral economic and trade issues, Xinhua reported. The two sides said they will step up their work

within the time limit for consultations set by both heads of state, and strive for consensus.

Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin headed the talks.

After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, China and the US agreed in December to halt new ta

riffs for 90 days to allow for talks. Since then, the world’s two largest economies have conducted i

ntense negotiations on a wide array of topics, such as trade and structural issues.

Wei Jianguo, vice-president of the China Center for International Economic Ex

changes, said China and the US have maintained close contacts in recent m

onths, which reflects their positive desire to solve genuine problems and foster cooperation.

Wei, a former vice-minister of commerce, underlined the importance of conducting rule-based negotiations and seeking win-win solutions.

Diao Daming, associate professor at Renmin University of China’s School of International Studies, said the world’s two la

rgest economies can deliver positive results in future trade talks to allay global concerns.

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