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In its arbitration bid, the Philippines has used every means to whitewash the illegitimacy of its actions, and tried to legalize its untenable and illegal proposition through painstakingly packaging a disguised replacement of concept.
At the same time, Manila has tried its best to stigmatize all of China's legal and rational propositions and measures on the South China Sea issue, and portrayed China as an aggressive big power ignoring international law and bullying smaller countries. The Philippine's arbitration is a provocation and its proposition is full of conflictions and fabrications. First, the Philippines' various kinds of "evidence" seriously violate the objective truth that the Philippines is in no position to ask for the South China Sea's sovereignty from China. For instance, it claims that according to history, China's southern most territory is Hainan Island, and except for Filipino fishermen, no others have ever taken hold of Meiji Reef, and that Taiping Island does not qualify as an island defined by international law.
Second, Manila's appeal intentionally distorts the rules of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Because the arbitration court's jurisdiction is strictly limited, Manila carefully packaged its appeal into an issue that is applicable to the convention. These tricks cannot change the nature of the issue, which is the Philippine's illegal invasion and occupation of China's reefs and islands and its infringement of China's maritime interests. If the nature of the issue is put squarely on the board, the arbitration court has no jurisdiction, and the international community will see more clearly the historical fact that Philippines has never stopped invading and occupying China's islands and reefs since the end of World War II. Manila should be clearheaded that its painstaking performance only exposes its falsehoods and irrationality.
Among the changes, the most controversial is deleting an excerpt from a Chinese classic that describes a hero beating up a gang leader, and replacing it with one that describes how bandits stole an official's bribes.
Among all domestic textbooks, changes to Chinese language textbooks get 99 percent of the public's attention.
Each of these requirements comes with public pressure and the publisher has no choice but to meet them. That is also why the debate over Chinese language textbooks never ends - those trying to impose their values upon them do not pass up any opportunity to try and get their way.
The only way to resolve this situation is to let Chinese language textbooks be what they should be: A means to teach pupils how to read and write clearly and properly in the mother tongue. A 2015 survey in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, found that 70 percent of 500 college students cannot write well; and recently, Chen Jide, a professor at Nanjing Normal University, even complained in his blog that a doctorate dissertation he reviewed was so badly written that he could not finish reading it. In order to improve Chinese language textbooks, publishers need to select articles that meet pupils' needs, instead of those of interest groups. After all, Chinese language textbooks are meant to teach the Chinese language, which comes before everything else.
At the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing last year, an ex-journalist of Al Jazeera asked me why China couldn't fill the power vacuum in the Middle East. Today, China's stake in the Middle East goes far beyond oil imports, and covers infrastructure, trade and investment, nuclear energy, satellite launches, and aerospace cooperation, among other things. China's noninterference may not be what the warring parties or nations need most, but it makes Beijing acceptable to bitter enemies such as the Arab states and Israel.
The success of the Iranian nuclear deal between Iran and the six powers, which included China, is a brilliant example of how China's consistent proposal of dialogue and negotiation rather than sanctions or use of force has eventually prevailed.
At present, China is only involved militarily in the Middle East in peacekeeping operations and evacuating people from war-torn countries. In this regard, some of China's 8,000-strong standby peacekeeping force could be deployed in Syria to monitor a ceasefire and supervise an armistice agreement. In 2011 and 2015, Chinese naval ships helped evacuate both Chinese and foreign nationals from war-torn Libya and Yemen. This was the first joint effort by two permanent members of the UN Security Council to address a highly possible scenario in future. Zhou Bo is an honorary research fellow with the Center of China-American Defense Relations at the Academy of Military Science.
Xi has a deep strategic understanding of the contemporary world and has emphasized that "technological innovation is the strategic support to enhancing social productivity and comprehensive national strength, which must be put at the core of the nation's development as a whole".
While the most important resources for an agricultural society are labor, soil and energy, that for modern industrial and information societies is technology. Technology plays the central role in propelling society forward, and it is an important element that decides the comparative strength of different countries. Xi's strategic thinking about technology is always centered on the Chinese nation and the people, and his purpose is to serve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
China suffered from military defeat and humiliation in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, and its backward technology was an important factor hindering the development of Chinese society. Xi has also pointed out that currently technology's contribution to the country's economic growth is much lower than it is in developed countries.
Xi's thinking is very practical, and he knows clearly that China's technological innovation ability still lags far behind that of developed countries.
China is a giant in manufacturing, but it is not a technological power yet; even though four of the global top 10 internet enterprises are located in China, they still rely heavily on developed countries for their core technologies. For example, smartphones made in China now account for 80 percent of the domestic market, but they use chips and displays imported from overseas, and pay overseas enterprises high fees for the right to use their intellectual property. Beijing should not be taken aback if the G7 summit in IseShima, Japan, ends with a statement repeating the same message on maritime security the members' foreign ministers delivered last month. The G7 nations have plenty of burning issues of their own to deal with, as well as the collective agenda priority of boosting their economies. But Tokyo wants to demonstrate "leadership in guiding the world by showing the best path forward for peace and prosperity," and is attempting to turn the summit into a platform for peddling "Abenomics", which remains less than successful at home. And the political antagonism Abe is sneaking into the G7 consensuses will inevitably poison their economic efficacy.
The world's economies have become interwoven so broadly and tightly that it is beyond the capabilities of the G7 members to take care of their own economic troubles without engaging stakeholders outside the group. Under the Abe administration at least, Tokyo will continue seeking to upset Beijing, economically, politically, even militarily. On the contrary, it should stay focused on its chosen course of building and broadening development partnerships. The earlier G20 financial ministers' meeting in Shanghai, which produced a document on all participating countries sharing collective responsibilities, showed what difference a change in approach can make. Apple CEO Tim Cook's remarks in a recent interview with an Indian broadcaster about moving production to India have sparked intense discussions in China about whether "Made in India" will replace "Made in China". Whether Apple will move its entire production line from China to India is unknown, but the decline in iPhone sales in China and India's huge smartphone market potential indicate an increasing possibility the leading smartphone producer will move more operations to India. India's weak infrastructure means it will be difficult to overtake China in the formation of a complete smartphone manufacturing chain, but currently India does enjoy manufacturing advantages. The transfer of labor-intensive manufacturing to lower-cost regions is an unavoidable economic phenomenon. With the rising production costs in China, the transfer of smartphone manufacturing from China to lower-cost countries is foreseeable. Yet the "world factory" label pinned on China only signifies the role it played in a specific period. But its economic transformation and technological innovation should not be dependent on extending special support to certain industries or fields alone. In Suihua in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, an official is reported to have told residents "I have no idea what the property law is" when overseeing the forced demolition of their houses. The central authorities have long been prohibiting the forced demolitions of residential houses, yet they still occur.
By threatening the residents whose houses are to be demolished, the officials are posing a threat to the whole nation. This not only violates the rights of the people, but also damages the reputation of the government.
SCHOOLCHILDREN have to use a rattan ladder to scale an 800-meter cliff to reach their homes in an isolated village at the top of a mountain in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province. It is always difficult for impoverished residents in remote locations to enjoy the dividends of local poverty-alleviation efforts.
On the one hand, governments at the prefecture level are responsible for road construction and maintenance, according to the law.
In fact, neither the poverty-stricken counties nor the poor local residents can afford such an expense, which therefore falls on the country's poverty-alleviation authorities.
In response to the "accidental" exposure of the cliff-side villages, Liangshan's Party chief has promised to build a steel ladder to replace the rattan ladder as soon as possible to better ensure the safety of the villagers. PINGYAO ANCIENT CITY, a world cultural heritage site located in Pingyao county, Shanxi province, northern China, has recently seen a spate of illegal construction, including a Ferris wheel and excavation of basements.
It it is crucial to preserve the cultural heritage as a whole, therefore, the relevant authorities shouldn't be complacent when making changes. When the Eiffel Tower was built in Paris, which at the time was inconsistent with the traditional cityscape of Paris, it provoked widespread opposition from the people of Paris and caused a heated debate. It is the same with London Eye, which was initially built to celebrate the new millennium and was originally only meant to be used for five years.
It is not difficult to draw the conclusion, that public opinion or expert opinion and even current laws do not necessarily represent the future, and therefore in the development of a region, the governments need to try to keep up with the times.
Manila's case not only distorts the facts but also misinterprets the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on purpose.
The dispute between China and the Philippines originates from the latter's infringement upon China's territorial sovereignty and marine interests.
The dispute on sovereignty and maritime boundary delimitation are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Convention. Manila pushed forward the arbitration proceedings to avoid the core of the dispute - sovereignty - and so sidestep the Convention's regulations. To do this, Manila has created the illusion that the dispute is about the different interpretations of the Convention by China and the Philippines. To make its arbitration request seem more "self-evident", Manila has presented a series of specious arguments to cover up the facts as follows.
First, Manila's points of view on the South China Sea islands are seriously against historical facts and the truth. Second, Manila's description of the islands' legal status conflicts with the rules of the Convention and customary international laws. The Philippines claims that China cannot claim the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf because some of the Nansha Islands are not islands. Third, the Philippines' perception of the islands' status is contradictory to its previous stance. The Philippines specifically targets islands that China controls, and does not include the Chinese islands it occupies in its arbitration request.
Such a statement is crystal-clear proof that sharp contradictions and differences exist between the United States and Japan under the cloak of their intimate cooperation, and these appear even more evident if the bargaining and concessions between the two countries on the event's venue and Obama's agenda in Japan are considered.
Under Japan's unremitting efforts, Obama did agree to visit Hiroshima, but his refusal to make an apology for the US' bombing of the city indicates that any US concessions are built on the precondition that none of its own principles are breached.
Despite its subjection to the US, Japan actually holds a particularly complicated mentality toward the US.
Japan admires the US for its powerful strength in various fields, but also feels resentful at the US for its dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which caused huge casualties.
Against the backdrop of the continuous rise in China's national strength, the US has also changed its Japan policy from the past "demilitarization" and "excessive restrictions" to "rearmament of Japan" in a bid to use a powerful Japan to balance China's rise. What the US' pro-Japan policy pursues is using Japan to balance China's influence rather than genuinely fostering a powerful Japan.
Hence, the endless tussle in which China and Japan have become stuck best serves the interests of the US. Since its global debut early this month, the Angry Birds movie has gained a box office of more than $151 million.
Another game-themed movie, Warcraft, will be in cinemas soon and social networks are already full of fans expressing their love for the video game. When a game is popular enough, there are also conventions, which bring in ticket revenues from audiences and copyright fees. In its 2016 annual report, the US-based Entertainment Software Association even predicted that the value of the related industries will soon exceed the value of the video game industry itself. However, in China, even though the size of the video game industry exceeds that of the US and reached 140 billion yuan last year, the video game derivative industry remains to be developed. The first cause, doubtlessly, is insufficient intellectual property rights protection in China.
Parents spend lots of money on materials for exams that put a heavy burden on their children, but few will spend money on video games.
Actually, it is not just game derivatives, but also the whole entertainment industry that is affected by this. That's not necessarily bad news because it implies there is huge potential waiting to be tapped, and the government is effectively strengthening IPR protection.
Besides, as the post-1980 generation, who grew up with video games, become parents, they hold a more tolerant view toward video games and their derivatives. The US military claimed that it launched a drone strike on May 21 that killed Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour in a western Pakistan province near the border with Afghanistan. The US government has been using euphemisms to describe such actions as target killings, rather than assassinations, just like the words "enhanced interrogation" instead of "torture" are used regarding Guantanamo prison detainees held without due process. While Obama claims that the United States has been the "standard bearer in the conduct of war", the drone strikes have drawn sharp critic is mover their legality and the loss of civilian lives, described in White House euphemism as "collateral damage". In such a situation, Obama, a lawyer by training, has been making decisions himself as who should be on the kill list. The book is based on the Drone Papers published by The Intercept last October with numerous secret documents by whistleblowers that detail the inner workings of the US military assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Far from Obama's claims that drone strikes have been carried out with "near certainty", the book shows that some 90 percent of the people decimated in the strikes were not the intended targets. It might be true that with the emergence of remote-controlled lethal weapons, the US may have saved American lives by not putting boots on the ground, but what is also true is that the cost of civilian lives in those countries from South Asia to the Middle East and North Africa has increased dramatically. The Intercept papers and book reveal that the strikes personally ordered by Obama could often be based on an intelligence system with many loopholes, and that the US military simply labels unknown people killed in drone assassination as "enemies killed in action".
The publications also reveal that White House standards regarding drone strikes are confusing. The documentary National Bird, released last month, also tells the story of the horrible drone program from the viewpoint of three US whistleblowers, or three US military veterans who participated in the drone warfare but were haunted by the guilt of killing people on foreign soil, people whose faces they could not even see. The White House announced in March that it will release its drone playbook and the number of casualties regarding combatants and civilians. Remember the panic caused in the US when a small amateur drone crash landed last October on the lawn outside the White House? China holds the Presidency of the G20 this year and under its initiative, for the first time, the G20 is highlighting development issues in the framework of global macro-policy and working on a systematic plan of action for the implementation of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Promoting G20 cooperation is needed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which commenced this year. Promoting G20 development cooperation is crucial for tapping new potential for world economic growth.
Inclusive and interconnected development deals directly with development issues, facilitates coordinated progress among various economies, promotes interconnected and win-win development of all industries and enables people in all social strata to share in prosperity.
This year, the G20 will formulate an action plan for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This year, the G20 will advance cooperation initiatives on supporting industrialization in African countries and the Least Developed Countries to help speed up industrialization in these countries and attain the poverty reduction and sustainable development goals. A development perspective is taken in all the key agenda items of the G20 this year, including macro-economic policy, international trade and investment, innovation in growth models and global economic governance.
Under the agenda item of "breaking a new path for growth", the G20 will focus discussions on innovation, the new industrial revolution, the digital economy and structural reform. China is working with fellow members to draw a blueprint for innovation-driven growth that highlights the concept of inclusive innovation, does more to help developing countries raise their R&D capacity, narrows the gap and bridges the digital divide between developed and developing countries in terms of industrialization, and lowers the threshold for developing countries to integrate into the new economy and helps them share the benefits. Under the agenda item of "more effective and efficient global economic and financial governance", the G20 aims to advance reform in global economic governance and increase the representation and voice of developing countries and emerging markets. This year, China has relaunched the G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group to promote reforms of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and have in-depth discussions on such issues as sovereign debt restructuring and a global financial safety net. We are working to promote financial inclusion and to bring its benefits to developing countries and vulnerable groups. Under the agenda item of "robust international trade and investment" and based on the outcomes of the World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Nairobi last year, the G20 will reaffirm its commitment to the multilateral trading system, work out a global trade growth strategy to promote financing for trade and lower trade costs, and strengthen the capacity building of developing countries for their participation in the global value chain. It is worth noting that China has worked hard not only on agenda setting, but also on increasing the representation of developing countries at the G20 by inviting more developing countries than ever before to attend the G20 meetings this year, and conducting a series of outreach dialogues. In April this year, as China's G20 Sherpa, I attended the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and held dialogues with the G77, Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and Landlocked Developing Countries, the Global Governance Group, the Commonwealth and La Francophonie.
President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft attached great importance to the preparatory work of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, and invited me to the president's working breakfast meeting, where I had a broad exchange of views with representatives of other countries, developing countries in particular, on the progress of preparation for the G20 summit and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China has also strengthened the two-way communication between G20 members and non-G20 members on such forums as the Boao Forum for Asia, the African Union and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, so that the G20 discussion will be more comprehensive and balanced, contributing to broader international cooperation on development. During my conversations with all the parties, developing countries in particular, I gained a strong impression that the G20 is not about a group of 20 countries.
We believe that the importance the G20 places on the issue of development will enable this year's Hangzhou Summit to produce a unique consensus, send a stronger message and have a more profound impact.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that the dropping of atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ran contrary to the basic understanding of humanitarianism as regards international law. By pulling the world's first ever use of nuclear weapons out of the historical context, he is trying to portray Japan as the victim of World War II rather than one of its major perpetrators. Three days before US President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima on Friday, such remarks sent a clear signal to Japan's right wing and revisionist forces, as well as the bombings' victims and their relatives.
On the question of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation and denuclearization worldwide have long been the goals the world has sought to attain. The victims of the bombings deserve the world's sympathy, as do victims of the war on both sides of the fighting.
The devastation caused by the bombings should always serve as a reminder of how destructive nuclear weapons can be.
The misery the Japanese people suffered during the war, including that endured by the survivors of atomic bombings, was because of Japanese militarism.
Any talk of the atomic bombings without putting them in their historical context can only be understood as an attempt to overturn the true nature of World War II as an anti-fascist war. For those bombing survivors and their relatives calling on Obama to make an official apology for the bombings, the militarist Japanese government of the time would be the right target. The wrong perception of the atomic bombings as well as that of WWII by some Japanese politicians has again demonstrated their unrepentant attitude toward their country's imperial past. The recent leaks of the personal information of internet tycoons Robin Lee, Jack Ma and Ma Huateng once again underscores the need for necessary administrative and legal measures to be taken to protect the safety of personal information. Detailed private information of the three, including their ID numbers and home addresses, was made public on the internet. That the personal information of these internet titans can be easily accessed and posted online has caused further public concerns about the safety of personal information. China has fragmented legislation on personal information protection and only a few clauses in the law stipulate punishments for information leaks. As a result of the development of telecommunications, express delivery services and online financial services, among other things, personal information is now collected and stored in large quantities, and any possible security faults may result in it being accidentally or deliberately leaked. The past crackdown on the illegal disclosure of personal information mainly focused on punishing the individuals directly involved, while not hunting for and bringing to justice others involved in the crime chain.
All enterprises and departments that have access to people's personal information should be required to follow strict procedures for the acquisition and use of such information, and a comprehensive system of punishments and compensation should be put in place for any malpractices. Whatever the outcome, the case, which aims to overrule Beijing's time-honored legal interests in the South China Sea, ranging from navigation and fishing to administrative management, is built on shaky legal ground. To begin with, the issue of territorial sovereignty is beyond the scope of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, thus the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has no jurisdiction over the case, since in essence it is concerned with territorial sovereignty over several maritime features in the South China Sea. Turning a blind eye to the fact that Chinese people first discovered, named, and developed the reefs and islets in the waters, as well as the Chinese government's consistent jurisdiction over these islands, Manila instead bases its claims on written evidence taken out of context.
For example, it claimed that Xisha Islands are the south end of Chinese territory, "according to" an official document issued by the Chinese government in 1937. The Philippine government keeps ignoring the abundant evidence against its arbitration, and claims China neither named any islands in the South China Sea before 1947 nor extended its fisheries to the waters. Yet, as a popular sailing guide called Geng Lu Bu records, Chinese fishermen fished there in the Ming and Qing dynasties between the 14th and 20th century, and dozens of islands in the South China Sea already had their Chinese names.
Despite Manila's repeated smear attempts, such as confounding Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands with some Vietnamese islets, China's sovereignty in the South China Sea has been explicitly reflected in the world maps issued by countries such as Japan, France, even Vietnam, in the aftermath of World War II. Worse still, the Philippines has even gone further and challenged the one-China principle, which was enshrined in Beijing-Manila diplomatic relations, arguing that Taiwan's presence in the South China Sea after 1949 has nothing to do with China's territorial interests there.
Such distortion, which seeks to nullify Taiwan's routine cruises and civil development in the waters near Nansha Islands since the 1950s, not only violates its diplomatic commitment to China but also infringes upon the country's irrefutable sovereignty in the South China Sea.
But no matter how hard Manila tries to invalidate Beijing's legal territorial claims by overstating the "evidence" provided by a selected few scholars, its efforts will only prove futile in the face of history written by all navigators who traveled across the South China Sea. The author is a researcher at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Hainan province. According to the agenda, social issues and global growth are to be discussed, as are hot security affairs, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear issue, which Japan would like to see reflected in a G7 joint statement. Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January, in particular, has fueled global concerns over possible nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula. Japan, which is hosting the two-day talks, is keen to win an endorsement for its position as a "normal state" in the international community, and is playing up the threat of the DPRK having nuclear weapons.
Nevertheless, the G7 summit that involves Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, as well as the US and Japan, is still not an appropriate platform for discussing the DPRK nuclear issue, which concerns the international society as a whole. Admittedly, the group plays a certain role in global governance, but it was founded over four decades ago to boost economic cooperation in the West, thus it does not represent all parties concerned in the nuclear issue. Only two G7 members - the US and Japan - are part of the Six-Party Talks aimed at denuclearizing the peninsula, which have been indefinitely stalled since 2008. Any consensus reached by G7 leaders on the DPRK nuclear issue, if there is one, will hardly be convincing without the other participants in the Six-Party Talks, and may further complicate the situation. What the all parties should do is to fully implement Resolution 2270 passed by the UN Security Council on March 2, which includes economic sanctions against Pyongyang, as well as measures aimed at bringing it back to the negotiation table. Should the G7 members propose to independently take additional measures, which is likely, the DPRK may seek to enhance its nuclear advocacy "in response to the security threats from the West", especially the US. The rising tensions on the peninsula are, of course, a result of Pyongyang's and Washington's flawed strategies as well as the decades-long Cold War situation.


After the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un assumed power less than five years ago, the country has already conducted two nuclear tests. In this light, mentioning non-proliferation in the G7 joint statement would instill in Pyongyang the fact that the international community will not allow the existence of a large nuclear arsenal on the Korean Peninsula. On its part, the DPRK should drop the wishful thinking that diplomatic maneuvers and consistent nuclear advocacy will keep negotiations at bay. It is important that the G7 nations refrain from going too far and exacerbating the situation. The author is an associate researcher at the National Institute of International Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. With some developed provinces and municipalities offering some of their existing quota of college places to students from the less-developed central and western regions, parents and students fear they will lose out as a result of the adjustments, and complain that it's unfair for their children to give way to students whose scores in the exam might be lower. Despite the education authorities' repeated promises that the original local recruitment quotas will not shrink, there have been growing calls in some populous provinces for unified exam papers and college recruitment policies nationwide, meaning all colleges should enroll students according to the same admission score no matter where the candidates are from.
Striving for fairness is reasonable and necessary in any society, but the question is how to achieve that goal in real life. The strong resistance of students and parents to any adjustments in college enrollment policies is understandable as they may impact an individual's entire life.
With the gap between the rich and the poor in the country growing ever wider, educational fairness is a highly sensitive issue. Compared with students from rich families and the more developed regions, students from poor families and the less developed regions are in a disadvantaged position in front of the same examination paper.
As college enrollment is a competition for limited educational resources, there seems no win-win result that can satisfy everyone. China's college enrollment dilemma is the same as the hukou (household registration) problem. Instead of debating the "legitimacy" of this situation, people should realize that limited and unbalanced educational resources among different regions are the root of the problem. To promote relative fairness, the education authorities are providing favorable college enrollment policies to candidates from the central and western regions. After all, the huge success of this Chinese telecommunication company started in Shenzhen, the iconic coastal city that pioneered and epitomizes China's reform and opening-up over the past several decades. But Huawei's concerns are real, the local property boom is not only crowding out land supply for industrial use but also eroding its competitiveness in cost control. Local policymakers should not breathe a sigh of relief simply because the cash cow has promised to stay. Shenzhen has been one of cities to witness a drastic rise in housing prices since 2015 as the country's economic slowdown made the property markets of these so-called first-tier cities attractive to investors.
The latest statistics show that new-home prices soared 63.4 percent year-on-year in the southern city, the sharpest increase last month among all the major Chinese cities. Led by the jaw-dropping surge in house prices in the first-tier cities, 65 of 70 large and medium-sized cities surveyed by the National Bureau of Statistics have seen new home price rises.
Such a recovery in China's property market since late last year has been deemed by some as a bright spot in the world's second-largest economy that is suffering from sluggish investment growth and weak global demand. But is it really an elixir for the Chinese economy undergoing painful but necessary structural reforms? On one hand, higher housing prices facilitate sales of land for real estate development to considerably enrich the local coffers.
On the other hand, local officials can reasonably expect a property boom to invigorate investment and create jobs to help boost local economic growth in the short term.
There seems always to be some individuals who can raise enough money to buy homes and be happy with the rising value of their new homes. But Huawei's complaint should be a wake-up call for local officials about the real and serious damage skyrocketing property prices can do.
Unlike many Chinese manufacturers surviving on razor-thin profits, Huawei can theoretically afford to absorb greater increases in land and human capital costs thanks to the large profits it makes from its technological prowess.
Yet, the fact that this company is shifting manufacturing bases to other cities with much lower land prices and adequate land supply for industrial use should justify the government in Shenzhen giving a second thought to the merits of a property boom, especially in the middle and long run. Those leaving manufacturing jobs can be crucial to the growth of local middle-income group. Like their colleagues in government departments, SOE officials belong to the bureaucratic system as well, and they are responsible for reporting the businesses of their family members to the authorities. Since the anti-graft campaign was launched in 2012, the inspection teams have found a common problem with SOEs, namely family members of senior executives opening companies and profiting from "doing business" with the SOEs.
In practice, the disciplinary departments of many provinces and cities disclose the property of the officials that are reported to be illicit.
THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has denied the rumor that it is planning to move its headquarters out of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, due to the soaring price of land. Although Huawei has ruled out the possibility of relocating its headquarters, the local district government recently stressed the need to serve the communications giant and keep it in Shenzhen. It is understandable that local governments fight over major enterprises such as Huawei, which are inclined to vote with their feet and locate their businesses in cities offering better services and infrastructure, as well as preferential policies.
Admittedly, Huawei has been transferring some of its business groups to other cities, such as neighboring Dongguan in recent years, but that should not come as a surprise in the face of Shenzhen's soaring property prices. Of course, the departure of some labor-extensive enterprises can help boost local industrial transformation, but that does not mean a city can thrive without successful manufacturers. Therefore, governments at all levels need to create a benign and fair environment to support such businesses.
Despite obvious dissatisfaction with Tsai Ing-wen's failure to endorse the 1992 Consensus that commits to the "one China" principle, Beijing has demonstrated impressive patience. Such patience got a fresh footnote on Monday in Geneva at the 69th World Health Assembly, when, against speculation that discontented Beijing would regret extending goodwill to the island's then leadership-in-waiting and find fault with Taipei's observer status, Tsai's delegates participated without trouble. On Saturday, the first day after Tsai's inauguration, her "education minister" announced the syllabus modifications sanctioned by the previous Kuomintang administration in 2014 would soon be abolished. When Tsai and her "cabinet ministers" performed the ceremonial routine on Monday to pay homage to the founding father and martyrs of the "Republic of China", they skipped the symbolic ritual of paying homage to the burial site of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father, on the mainland.
On Monday evening, in an executive order confirming the appointment of the island's new representative to the United States, Tsai addressed the new envoy, whose official title has always been "representative", as "ambassador".
Tsai is proving with her deeds that without declaring it she is inclined to de facto separation of the two sides of the Straits.
Unless she finds a way to stop the status quo of cross-Straits ties becoming the status quo ante, a new period of turbulence lies ahead. The establishment of the special fund is indeed necessary, since finding jobs for the laid-off workers is a top concern at a time when the country is bidding to eliminate overcapacity, a key step toward pushing forward its supply-side reform and industrial restructuring. Efforts to cut the overproduction in steel, coal, cement and construction materials industries were launched in 2011, but they have made sluggish progress. It is estimated that in the labor-intensive steel and coal sectors alone, as many as 1.8 million employees will have to be laid off this year if overproduction is to be eliminated in these industries.
The government has learned the lessons from the wave of unemployment China experienced in the 1990s as a result of the reform of State-owned enterprises and it will not push for large-scale lay-offs without effective policies and fiscal guarantees to ensure the livelihoods of laid-off workers. Local governments should not covet the central government money without thinking how to use it to benefit those made redundant.
ZHANG BING from Xichang, Sichuan province in southwestern China, who is frequently absent from home on business trips, set up scrutiny cameras in his home. While the law addresses the importance of the role of parents as protectors, the rights of children at home haven't been fully clarified. As a matter of fact, living with their parents under one roof, adolescents may easily find they have little privacy. In the absence of proper legal support and established family boundaries, children may seek ways to defend their rights and demonstrate their need for privacy, for example, by leaving home. In fact, legislators should think of how to establish a rational and harmonious family relationship as an important legislative task. Eight Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the BBC Introducing Artist Ngawang Lodup present an evening of culture from Tibet. Originally released on May 16 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. A legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished songs in pop music history, Brian Wilson began his career as a founding member of the Beach Boys, America?s preeminent band of the 1960?s. Sultry, Nashville, country-noir songwriter Lera Lynn made her d?but at SummerTyne Americana Festival in 2012. As well as being great fun, these classes are designed to support your child in developing essential musical and social skills, whilst giving the whole family lots of new ideas for songs and musical games to sing and play at home. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office or online (available up to one hour before the start time). Malcolm Middleton is a guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with the Scottish alternative rock band Arab Strap. Adam Ant is to embark on a 14 date UK tour in May 2016 performing the iconic album Kings Of The Wild Frontier, live and in sequence for the very first time, with many of the album tracks never having been performed live. Adam Ant performs the iconic album Kings Of The Wild Frontier live and in sequence plus much more! This will be a chance to hear the anthemic Ant Music, the breakthrough tribal song Dog Eat Dog and riotous title track Kings Of The Wild Frontier, alongside the hit songs and selections from Adams considerable back catalogue.
Music and the Deaf presents: The 4ORTE Ensemble, a unique group of the finest deaf and hard of hearing musicians in the UK. The 4ORTE musicians will also each give a brief talk about their lives and their experiences as professional deaf musicians, and hope to inspire both deaf and hearing people alike that music should be for all, regardless of a person?s level of hearing. Rosie Munro, from Midlothian in Scotland, will be performing a selection of material on the fiddle for her final recital. Birds are scattered throughout folk song, whether serving as a pretty ornament or an extended metaphor.
Join the original and the best celebration of Motown's Greatest Hits with the spectacular, critically acclaimed Dancing it the Streets.
Experience the energy and electricity of the motor city in a stunning production packed with hit after hit, all killer, no filler!
The talented cast and band will bring to life the infectious, melodic, foot-tapping songs with a touch of soul and style guaranteed to have you signing along and dancing in the aisles. Caitlin has always been passionate about her home county, Caithness and its unique way of life. Krocodile Klub has been running since 1998, providing a friendly atmosphere where people with learning disabilities and their friends can make new friends, meet up with old ones, hear great music, dance, chill and perform on open mic. Mozart had a lifelong admiration for Johann Christian Bach, and it was under the mastercomposer?s tutelage that Wolfgang?s style matured.
Each year Sage Gateshead is thrilled to showcase the considerable talents of this degree programme?s graduates and helps to launch their careers as performers, composers and teachers. This year the SummerTyne Country Gospel Choir is joined by Yola Carter for another trip through gospel classics. Eliza will be travelling to six countries: Finland, Greece, the Czech Republic, Orkney, Austria and Italy, to meet these people, interview them and make music together with them for an album which will be released in the Summer of 2017. This concert in Sage Two launches the project and will be the first time most of the musicians will have met, to perform music some of which is already written and some of which will be created especially for the night.
2015 sees Beverley celebrating 20 years since the release of her debut album the B- Funk and the new tour, her first in 4 years, will feature many of her hits from down the years, as well as songs she has performed in her critically acclaimed West End shows and material from the forthcoming album, more details of which will be announced shortly. Her outstanding live performances as a touring artist have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones.
Welcoming and sociable groups singing a wide-ranging mix of repertoire in parts to suit any level using tutors from Sage Gateshead but in venues around the region. Centrally located just off Front Street, close to the town centre bus station and nearby car parks. Looking to perfect your skills and use your knowledge and experience to its full potential. If you book onto more than one session you will receive a discount of ?5 (full term) or 2.50 (half term) for each subsequent session booked. Discounted rates are only available on sessions which cost ?45 per term or ?22.50 per half term.
Madrigals were written around the time of Queen Elizabeth to be sung for fun in mixed voice parts. This is not an auditioned group, but you would need to be experienced in partsinging and able to follow written music.
Have fun singing a different opera each term in a friendly, relaxed and creative atmosphere. For anyone who would benefit from a boost in confidence, self-esteem and the chance to meet new people. Almost all of the chant is conversation between soloist and choir or between different groups of singers.
For singers and instrumentalists who are keen to learn Appalachian and American roots music. The end of an academic year brings a showcase of talented musicians from the newly formed BTEC partnership between Gateshead College and Sage Gateshead to Sage Two. This two night spectacular features all of the best moments from a year of outstanding performances.
Welcoming and sociable groups singing a wideranging mix of repertoire in parts to suit any level using tutors from Sage Gateshead but in venues around the region. I have seen how beneficial it is to my early readers once they have learned new sight words.
When teaching first and second grade, we learn 4 to 5 new sight words each week, on top of our spelling words and word family words.
To read more about how I introduce, teach, and run my word family program, click HERE or the image below. I print out the materials needed for each week the week before that I will need for the upcoming week.
I keep those bags in a basket or sometimes students keep their bags in their book boxes to practice each day.
Occasionally I will send home printable activities for students to complete throughout the week.
At the end of a sight word list, I use the word cards in their bags and do a final assessment. Students also practice printing each sight word, a sentence, and draw a picture to go with the sentence.
We use the Find & Highlight activities to find sight words within sentences and draw one of the sentences after.
During our morning meeting, students sit with a partner to review their sight words one last time before I give them a quiz. It is trying its best to cover up history and the facts, and to confuse the international community over the core issue, which is that the Philippines has not only seized some of China's territory, it wants more. The Philippine's territorial sovereignty is strictly defined by the agreements between the United States and Spain in 1898 and 1900, as well as the agreement between the US and Britain in 1930. For this purpose, Manila has made up various kinds of lies, such as Filipinos discovered "terra nullius islands" in the South China Sea, and has offered justifications without any binding power according to international laws, for example the islands are closer to the Philippines than to China so they belong to the Philippines. The core of the China-Philippine dispute over the South China Sea is the sovereignty dispute over some reefs and islands and the issue of maritime delimitation. Otherwise, the arbitration court would not handle the sovereignty dispute and maritime delimitation. The Philippine's unilateral appeal to the arbitration court is a distortion of the convention's principle and spirit.
Manila should have bilateral negotiations with Beijing on an equal footing and on the basis of international laws. The Language & Culture Press explained the change by saying "violence is not in accordance with the values promoted in our society". Since the late 2000s, every time the publisher has tried to change anything there has been a debate. There has never been any widespread public discussion about changes to any other textbooks. Some expect the books to promote traditional culture, some want them to enhance patriotism, while many officials hope they will inform children of the "glorious achievements of the State in the modern era".
However, the textbooks that result are compromises, as they try in some way to please all the different demands. That's why the current Chinese language textbooks are full of articles and essays that have nothing to do with pupils' daily lives. Chinese language textbooks thus become prey to these competing interests and each competitor wants a larger share. In order to find a place in Chinese language textbooks, an article must meet two requirements: be able to grant pupils new knowledge that they are expected to learn, and be reader-friendly enough that pupils can understand them without simply memorizing the articles and blindly reciting them. But if, for instance, an article promotes patriotism but offers no new knowledge and is not learner friendly, then it would be better to drop it; we have plenty of such articles. China can be accepted by all parties, he said, because "unlike Western powers, China's hands are clean".
But one only needs to look at Syria to know there is no such thing as a power vacuum in the Middle East.
Nowhere else on earth has seen so much bloodshed, tears and homeless people as the Middle East. In fact, China's strongest point is that all parties believe China is not allied with anyone of them. Contrary to what some people have suggested, China doesn't have a "unique" role or special interest in the security of the Middle East. In March, China and the United Kingdom held a Non-Combatant Evacuation Table Top Exercise in Nanjing. However if that means major powers' involvement, or more often, intervention, is unavoidable or even justifiable, it is simply wrong.
In his strategic thinking, President Xi Jinping considers technological innovation essential to sustain development.
That is why he has emphasized that technological innovation is of strategic importance and without modern technology the rejuvenation of the nation will be impossible. He noted that in order to enhance technological innovation China must learn from developed countries, instead of hiding itself behind closed doors. For every iPhone which is assembled in China, Chinese plants are allocated just 1.8 percent of the total value chain, while the majority goes to US technology enterprises and the US GDP. He hopes that domestic researchers and scientists will make breakthroughs in key technologies and open up new frontiers, and has pointed out that only when we hold the core technologies can we protect our security.
China is not the party violating the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea or the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or altering the status quo. But the ambitious Abe is overburdening the group, distracting the exclusive club from what is imperative, and otherwise achievable. But Beijing should not allow itself to be bogged down in tit-for-tat with its narrow-minded neighbor. The theme it has formulated for the upcoming G20 gathering in China - "building an innovative, invigorated, interconnected, inclusive world economy" - features an approach dramatically different from that of the G7 summit in IseShima, which is essentially self-serving and divisive. Labor in China now costs three times more than labor in India and its expensive land has also added to the burden on enterprises. That is why China is making accelerated efforts to push for its industrial transformation and upgrading to change "Made in China" to "Created in China".
For them, the law is nothing but a scrap of paper, and they dare attack anybody in the name of the State. The central leadership must intervene before people's trust in the government totally perishes.
However, in Liangshan's case, the local government should not rush to move all villagers either, as their living conditions are basically satisfactory except for their geographical isolation that makes it difficult for them to get medical treatment and for the children to go to school. But it will cost about 60 million yuan ($9 million) to connect the aforementioned village and two other remote villages, with the isolated farmers suffering to make ends meet unlikely to pitch in. On the other, the local residents also need to collectively raise funds to help build the necessary roads.
The very existence of Liangshan's mountaintop villages and probably many more of them in western China, where all villages are expected to be included in the regional road network by 2020, highlights the need to double the support for poverty alleviation. But more concerted institutional efforts are needed to improve the accessibility to such undeveloped communities.
Song Xinchao, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said the local government authorities were overdeveloping the city and threatening the nation's heritage. But the Philippines' description of the islands is to serve its litigation strategy in the arbitration.
It has sought to cover up its true intention and core proposition, and so hide the fact that it has no right to resort to arbitration.
It cannot provide any effective historical evidence, and instead just makes irresponsible remarks. It recognized these islands in the South China Sea as islands that can claim exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in its bills, domestic court judgments and diplomatic notes, but denies their legal status as islands in its arbitration case.
The South China Sea is a territorial dispute that does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Manila also intentionally avoids mentioning the Chinese islands that are occupied by some other countries in the South China Sea.
Japan owes thanks to the US, because its "democratic reformation" under the domination of the US helped it embark on a road toward economic prosperity after World War II.
At the same time, Japanese people are very averse to the US' actual political control of their country.
A strong Japan will result in the qualitative transformation of US-Japan relations from the current "leading and being led" and "cooperation existing with competition" to "potentially and actually hostile" and "mutual competition". But the US also does not want to see China's collapse, because it knows that a China built on Confucianism and the tradition of advocating "peace, courtesy and tolerance" will not pose a real threat to the US and the world.
The US also has full knowledge of Japan's innermost mind, knowing that any strategy aimed at containing China will easily motivate Japan's support and participation, as indicated by the US' encouragement of Japan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Japan's acceptance without hesitation, ignoring the fact that the TPP is likely to have negative influences on its domestic industries. This best explains that while agreeing to pay a visit to Hiroshima at the invitation of Japan on the sidelines of the G7 summit, Obama has firmly adhered to the US principle and will not apologize for the atomic bombs dropped on the two Japanese cities during World War II. Besides movies, spin-offs include toys based on figures in the games, and items such as key rings and backpack decorations. And as Virtual Reality is gaining popularity, game companies have an additional channel with which to profit from fans' desire to be immersed in game worlds. That does look to be on cards if the seventh Blizzard Entertainment carnival in Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles is any predictor, as it raked in over $3 million from sales of derivatives on the first day.
There is no exact data, but it is widely agreed among professionals that the market of game derivatives is too small in China.


Video games are considered a bad influence on children and many schools prohibit their students from playing them.
It is hard to imagine a middle school student wearing a T-shirt with figures from video games in school in China, as it would in all likelihood result in the student being disciplined. Data show that in 2014, US consumers spent more than $140 billion on entertainment derivatives, while Chinese consumers only spent $6 billion.
But Pakistan's government was not informed beforehand of the strike that took place on its sovereign territory. This contrasts sharply to his days as a young senator from Illinois when he criticized such a counterterrorism approach by then-President George W. For example, the White House policy standards stipulate that lethal force will be used only against targets who pose a "continuing, imminent threat to US persons".
The prolonged psychological horror suffered by civilian survivors of those drone strikes is also revealed in the documentary.
What is clear is that the whole world is watching this legacy of Obama's, while drone technology continues to proliferate fast around the world. Adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit last September, the Agenda is a future-oriented blueprint and a powerful written commitment. As global economic growth, trade and investment remain sluggish, and the macro-policies of major economies diverge, new inequalities and imbalances in development may emerge.
China, the world's largest developing country, has been on a unique journey of development and maintains close connections with other developing countries. As a concrete step to contribute to the work led by the UN in this regard, collective and national actions will be taken to push for implementation among the G20 members and to support other developing countries in their implementation efforts. It has already released its first ever Presidency Statement on Climate Change, committing members to sign the Paris Agreement, which opened for signature on April 22 and remains open for signature one year thereafter, and bringing it into force as soon as possible.
While making feasible action plans to tackle development issues based on member's own comparative advantages and added value, it also calls for an economic perspective and explores the relationship between growth and development in multiple dimensions. This aims to break the current model of sole reliance on fiscal stimulus and easy monetary policy through innovation-driven growth strategies and structural reform, and boost the potential for mid- to long-term growth. We are also working to enhance governance and cooperation in the energy and anti-corruption fields, formulate action plans on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and draw up the G20 High-Level Principles on Corrupt Fugitives and Related Assets Recovery, in order to foster a law-based, norm-abiding and sound international development environment.
The G20 will push for setting guiding principles on global investment policies, which will fill the blank in international investment governance.
It bears on the interests of the vast number of developing countries, and indeed all the countries in the world.
Let us all look forward to the coming September when the G20 leaders will hold strategic discussions, push forward the implementation of the international consensus on development, and inject new vitality into the world's economic growth. But the military and political justifications for the use of atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities should never be challenged. Nevertheless, this should not change the consensus on the anti-fascist side about the necessity and justification for the use of atomic weapons against militarist Japan in a bid to bring an early end to the war and prevent protracted warfare from claiming even more lives. Yet, it was the war of aggression the Japanese militarist government launched against its neighbors and its refusal to accept its failure that had led to US dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Which bodes ill for the lasting good relations between Japan and its neighbors and also between Japan and the United States. The three are public figures, but this does not mean their personal information, particularly such private information, can be made public at will.
Such kind of legal leniency has to a large extent led to the rampant leaks of residents' personal information. The country should change its current fragmented management of residents' private information, and formulate a specific law to better protect people's privacy. But the truth is, this refers to comments by some geographical experts that are later refuted in the document. Many of these names, including Subi Reef and Namyit Island, have been widely adopted and used by international sailors until now. However, for some G7 members, such as the United States and Japan, playing up the DPRK's nuclear threat is also part of their strategic intentions.
The US, too, is highlighting the dangers of the DPRK's nuclear ambitions to justify its rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific.
That explains why it was the UN Security Council that passed the four resolutions against Pyongyang's nuclear tests. But it does not mean the G7 joint statement cannot touch upon nuclear non-proliferation, given Pyongyang's latest reiteration of its nuclear ambitions.
The 7th Congress held by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea earlier this month, the first major conference of the party in 36 years, also indicated that Pyongyang will keep pursuing the development of nuclear technologies as a "responsible nuclear power". Currently different regions at the provincial level set their own exam papers and college recruitment quotas. This "absolutely fair" method believes exam scores can guarantee fairness and help select the best students under a unified standard, but it ignores the students' different situations and fails to realize the negative effects it may have. If all the colleges admit students according to the same admission score, it is imaginable that they will enroll more students from well-off families and the developed regions, as these families can afford to pay more for their children's education. Because of limited resources and the actual situations in different areas, people in an inferior position have less access to resources, and those in more advantageous positions are reluctant to give them more access, fearing they will lose some of the advantages they enjoy. But this should only be a short-term measure, in the long run, what is needed is more educational resources for the less developed regions, as this is what will really benefit students there. In the absence of major changes in corporate ownership or business structure, there is hardly any urgent need to relocate its headquarters from where it survived and thrived. Instead, if one of the country's best tech firms is complaining about the pinch of soaring land prices, it is high time the local authorities considered the pros and cons of an ever-growing property boom.
And as long as enterprises can make profits from their alternative investment in the property market, what is the need to worry about their stumbling core business?
If Shenzhen cannot afford to lose such middle-income manufacturing jobs, local officials must do something to protect such jobs.
He has responded by saying his family has 11 companies and he paid for the properties with the profits from these companies.
Regulations prohibit senior executives of State-owned companies from running businesses related to their jobs or providing business for the companies of family members. That's necessary because these businesses are related to public interests and should be put under public supervision. That's corruption plus money laundering and the ongoing anti-corruption campaign is aimed at rooting out such kind of corruption. The problem is, there are reports about his possible illicit deeds and local authorities need to investigate.
Such affection has a lot to do with a recent government report which highlights Huawei's considerable contribution to local growth. For leading enterprises whose success lies in market-oriented competition, they may not necessarily crave preferential policies, because less red tape, wider access to fair competition, and better public infrastructure matter more to them. Because, the presence of the island, which is not a sovereign entity in international law, at the WHA was contingent on Beijing's consent. Those modifications, textbook expressions in conformity with "one China", were meant to correct revisions under a previous independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party leader and a Kuomintang leader who deemed the mainland and Taiwan to be "two states". Though Tsai's office denied it indicated an intention to cut links with the mainland, it is impossible to not associate this with the earlier DPP attempt to remove Sun's portraits from public places, which was widely believed to be part of a broader DPP plot to "de-Sinicize" Taiwan.
In both diplomatic practice and international law, only sovereign entities, which Taiwan is not, send "ambassadors" to foreign countries.
This can mainly be attributed to the fact that it has not been clearly defined who is responsible for paying the bills for the huge costs involved in this arduous task. The overcapacity in these sectors must be addressed, but how to ensure reemployment and social security for those who lose their jobs are top priorities.
His 17-year-old daughter, however, believed her father was violating her privacy, and felt so angry that she left home and hasn't been back for a week. Not to mention that some parents' traditional Chinese mindset of parental dictatorship shows little respect for the privacy of children, and leads to parents peeking into their children's diaries or digging into their school bags. This means safeguarding children's privacy rights in the law, which should establish a private sphere for children's activities and protect it from unwanted intrusion. Members of the prestigious Young Classical Artists Trust scheme will showcase their talent in the intimate setting of Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Since then her star has been on the rise and she gained national recognition with her appearance as the dark and dead-eyed bar singer in the US TV series True Detective.
Over the course of 10 years they released 6 studio albums before splitting amicably in 2006. The activities support your baby?s development through music and movement, and can easily be used at home.
The triple platinum-selling Kings Of The Wild Frontier sold over 8 million copies and was originally released in 1980, dominating the UK charts, spending more time in the top slot than any other album at the time and went on to achieve world wide recognition and subsequent success.
They will perform an exciting mix of solo, accompanied and ensemble music, joined by guest performers who also have a level of hearing loss.
Each concert will be different, conceived and created by one student, but usually with a band of others to bring in depth and diversity.
She will be showcasing tunes that she has learnt during her four years on the Newcastle University Folk Degree from the British Isles, Cape Breton and Scandinavia. Since starting the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University, she has studied with many fantastic fiddle tutors from around the world, including Catriona Macdonald, and during her semester abroad, spent in the mountains of Telemark, ?non Egeland. Within this recital, Niamh will explore a selection of songs, accompanied by her band, showcasing birds and birdsong as prevalent cornerstones of folk song imagery; from England, to Ireland, to America, old and new. Since moving to Newcastle in 2012, she has studied with James Fagan, Nancy Kerr, Anni Fentiman, Tom McConville and many others.
With a jazz quartet she will be playing mostly her own jazz arrangements of traditional tunes from Scotland and Scandinavia. Growing up surrounded by dramatic coastlines, cathedral skies and open, rolling land, the very far north is the source of inspiration for her final recital. The prodigy?s Piano Concerto No.12 contains a subtle nod to Bach?s La Calamita de?Couri Overture, as the two were finally separated by the latter?s death. This is your chance to see the fantastic talents of 2016?s final year just before they graduate. If ever there was a time to have a creative discussion on the similarities between the great musical dynasties of Europe, this is surely it.
She has sold over a million albums in the UK along the way, including four gold certified albums. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Take That and Chaka Kahn. Join this ever growing ensemble which covers a broad range of repertoire and brush up on your skills. If you?d like to try a new genre or something a little more challenging, this is the place for you to develop and improve your skills. Sessions are likely to be genrespecific with performance as a key element of the group?s aims.
This unaccompanied small singing group is both fun and challenging; a subtle communication is developed among the singers to establish tempo and dynamics. Experienced tutors and talented musicians will support participants in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment. The sessions focus on performance skills, having fun, learning by ear and working together.
These groups are designed to help you to conquer your fears as well as develop basic skills and technique so that you can quickly take your musicmaking to the next level.
Participants will learn by ear and then see how different styles of notation represent the melodies. Learn folk tunes and songs with the opportunity to bring your own suggestions and to work on new arrangements. I have always included sight word instruction and practice in my day to day plans for my primary students.
I will also provide you with 1 unit for FREE to try out in your classroom, which will include the materials seen in this post.
Sight words are those words that have a high frequency presence in printed materials that children read.
We start by learning the Pre-Primer and Primer words in first grade and work up through additional lists throughout the year (First Grade and Second Grade). I make sure that I have differentiated work for each of my groups so they are getting the practice they need.
I place the words for each week inside a small envelop and label the outside with the words inside and the unit. This will hold the weekly word cards that they will color and practice throughout the week.
Our star of the week points to each word and we chant and clap them to find out how many chunks they have.
At times, I will write sentences and leave the sight words out and students have to figure out the missing words. They get to make and put them on with a partner and then help each other practice the words. We also have a spelling quiz where I give my students a mix of our spelling words, sight words, and word family words together.
By the end of the week, most have mastered each word, can read it fluently, and spell it aloud. In this arbitration, Manila lodged a false accusation alleging China has violated the Philippine's maritime interests. Manila even alleged it does not seek the arbitration court ruling on which side has sovereignty over the islands, or how to draw the boundary on the sea.
This is the only way to peacefully solve the disputes over sovereignty and maritime interests, which is in line with the interests of all peoples in the region. When it tried to delete Lu Xun's articles about China in the 1920s, there was a public outcry that "they still apply today".
This is not only because of the ethnic and religious strife, but also a result of proxy wars before, during and after the Cold War.
Its role as an honest mediator in the Middle East is very much like the role it has played in the Six-Party Talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, that is, to facilitate dialogue which hopefully leads to a resolution.
Given the situation in Syria, it is widely believed an international peacekeeping force might be needed one day.
The scenario was based upon their respective experiences of evacuating their nationals from the Middle East. Of course, China must also cultivate its own intellectual property and invest more in R&D because you cannot learn everything by copying. Their deeds show how aggressive they are and what an antagonistic attitude they hold toward people who are unwilling to move.
The top leadership has promised to introduce rule of law in this society; yet if the officials do not care about the law, how can rule of law become reality? The local county government has ordered all the constructions to be dismantled within one and a half months. It denies the Nansha Islands as an entirety and omits information about Taiping Island, which is a large island in the South China Sea. But the Philippines intentionally describes it as a case about the legal status of the islands and reefs as the status of them could be subjected to the arbitration court. It is obvious that Manila is trying to gain support from other countries that have disputes with China. The wide-spread sympathy and support the Japanese public extends to local residents in Okinawa in their calls for the departure of US troops stationed there is a kind of epitome of Japanese people's antipathy toward the US. The US has so far not allowed Japan to develop its own nuclear weapons, build its own real aircraft carrier or allow Japan to posses its long-range missiles. But the visit saves face for the Japanese government while increasing Japan's dependence on the US and motivating it to continue playing its role in balancing China in East Asia. Young people, especially middle school students, are the biggest group of buyers for game derivatives in many countries, but in China they are often forbidden by their parents to do so. The weak IPR protection and the unfriendly atmosphere for digital entertainment in China are the main reasons for this huge difference. There are more young people in China than in any other country; it's a huge market waiting to be tapped.
Neither was there any information on the others blown up in the vehicle by several US drones.
It does not fit the situation in Yemen and Somalia, where there was little US presence to justify such action. There is tremendous potential for the development of developing countries, which is like a blue sea yet to be navigated. As it holds the G20 Presidency in 2016, China is playing the leading role in pushing the G20 to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, find a new path for world economic growth, and make its due contribution to the international cause of development. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded with a special statement, in which he welcomed the responsible position of the G20 and extended his thanks to China for its leadership.
The Hangzhou Summit will not only focus on development itself, but also embrace development as a source of economic growth, and this is a main thread running through the G20 agenda. It will also raise initiatives for promoting the investment environment in investment in low-income countries to attract investment. And even though a college degree cannot guarantee a brilliant future as it used to, a higher education is still a necessity in the pursuit of "a better life" for most people in China. In addition, if the admission score becomes the only criterion for college enrollment, basic education will be more exam-oriented, and the best educational resources will be further concentrated in the developed regions. So must policymakers in other Chinese cities, few of which can afford unrealistically expensive houses at the cost of middle-income manufacturing jobs. His response is pale because he fails to mention the key problem, the relationship between the businesses of his family and the SOE, in which he is a senior manager. The company contributed about 14 percent of the district's total industrial output value in the first two months of this year. Without available funds to relocate and reemploy workers, no local government or enterprise wants to lay off large numbers of workers because of the potential social repercussions.
As well as a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, there will be top hits and fan favourites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. We are delighted to welcome her back to play her own headline show on the release of her new album.
From traditional Norwegian bygdedans tunes to own compositions, this recital will look at some of the changing and evolving traditions of the British Isles and further afield. Guided by experienced jazz musicians you will learn to improvise in an informal supportive environment. Accolades include an MBE awarded by the Queen in 2007 for her services to music and charity, three MOBO Awards, several Brit Awards nominations and an outstanding achievement award at The Urban Music Awards.
Some familiarity with the instrument required but no previous ensemble experience is necessary. I have seen huge success with their ability to learn, enjoy, and recall sight words using the program I will share today. To read more about how I run and what I include in my word study program, click HERE or the image below. If they are not able to read the sight words fairly quickly and need to sound them out, I will start them on that particular list. They take out all the sight words we have been learning up to this point from their bags and they read each word 3 times out loud. They read the list aloud to their partner and if they can read them all correctly, they put a sticker next to each word. The attempt to decrease the number of classics also met fierce opposition because "that's our cultural roots". Should any of the seven leaders have difficulty understanding that, they can consult their host on what Japan has done concerning Douglas Reef.
Despite lacking an apology from the US government, Obama's visit to Hiroshima, however, can still be regarded as a diplomatic victory in the eyes of Japan's Shinzo Abe government, because the move will reinforce Japan's image as a "wartime victim".
Tapping this potential could unleash immeasurable power for growth and promote a global economic recovery. The outcomes of the G20 meetings are important, and concern the vital interests of all parties. This would not only reduce the chance for students from undeveloped regions and poor families to have higher education, but would also undermine the cultivation of the country's best talents.
The mainland has made it clear that many mutually beneficial mechanisms in place would become castles in the air without Taipei committing to "one China". She?ll be performing on fiddle and Hardanger fiddle, and will be accompanied by a range of musicians, both past and present students from the Newcastle Folk Degree. Even if my first grade students have learned sight words in Kindergarten, they many have not retained enough and reteaching or reviewing is necessary, especially for some students. The different groups will have different words they are learning and activities they are completing to go along with the words.
Before we begin our sight word instruction on Monday, I post our weekly sight words onto our word study poster.
According to the Convention, the Nansha Islands cannot be split into individual islands when it comes to their sovereignty.
The G20 is a major platform for international economic cooperation, and the international community expects it to play a leading role in this respect. The G20 shoulders major responsibilities, and has a lofty mission to revive the world economy. Manila has "divided" the Nansha Islands on purpose in its arbitration request, in order to portray China as a "late comer" in the dispute. Therefore, the G20 Hangzhou Summit will be an open process for the whole world, making it a summit which pools together the wisdom and strengths of everyone. Manila is also making efforts to disguise the fact that it illegally occupied some of China's islands in the South China Sea. Developing countries, in this process, will always occupy a prominent position and carry a unique weight.



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