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Japan will resume commercial whaling Monday amid criticism from anti-whaling states a
上海419论坛nd environmental groups after the country withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Sunday.
Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC is the first time in its postwar history that it has withdrawn from a major international organization. Japan has lobbied for the resumption of commercial whaling for 30 years.上海419论坛
Last September, the IWC’s annual meeting rejected Japan’s latest proposal to resume commercial whaling. The Japanese government had threatened to withdraw from the international organization.
Japan announced its intention to withdraw last December, saying it was no longer possible to resume commercial whaling under IWC rules.
Several whaling ships are ready to leave the western port city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Monday to start whali上海419论坛
ng in the Pacific. And in the northern city of Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, five vessels plan to leave for whaling in nearby waters.
Japan says it will conduct commercial whaling only in its territorial waters and exclusive ec
上海419论坛女神会所onomic zones, hunting minke and other species that have large enough numbers, within quotas set by the IWC-adopted method.
Environmental activists are criticizing the resumption in light of resource conservation and animal protection.
Festive vibes spread across Hong Kong on Sunday with citywide celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.
Speaking at the launch of a three-day gala in Victoria Park that features high-tech and innovations－the largest celebration eve
nt happening in the city－Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Hong Kong Sp上海419论坛
ecial Administrative Region government wants to promote innovation and technology.
It has invested more than HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion) in innovation and technology, Cheung said.
上海419论坛女神会所Apart from offering hands-on experiences with gadgets, the gala features mu
sic concerts, trendy culture, a food festival and a special area for young people to showcase their creative ideas.
The fiesta, which started on Saturday, had attracted more than 60,000 visitors up to Sunday afternoon. It was one of som
e 360 celebrations held by the Hong Kong Celebrations Association, which is made up of 40 social groups from various sectors.上海419论坛女神会所
The association estimated that more than 300,000 Hong Kong people would take part in them.
Brave Chan Yung, the association’s acting executive chairman, said t
he festival aims to build a technology-friendly environment in Hong Kong, boost the cit上海419论坛女神会所
y’s science and technology development and provide a broad platform for Hong Kong youngsters.
People of all ages were seen snaking through the venue, event by event and booth by booth, to
try out advanced high-tech products featuring virtual reality, 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence.
Hong Kong resident Tsang Ka-hei, 22, was amazed by a mind-co
ntrolled robot invented by Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.
Tsang, who had a go at controlling the robot, was awed by the advanced product and
said he enjoyed the experience, adding that he had never seen such a device before.
In addition to the high-tech exhibition and food booths, music concerts by inter
national and local pop singers are also being staged in the park every night during the festival.
economy, Coun上海419论坛品茶微信cil of Foreign Relations staff members James McBride and
Andrew Chatzky wrote in a backgrounder published recently on the website of the US think tank.
While some are skeptical about the G20’s usefulness, they said, many
observers point out that its membership is more representative of the current internat
ional balance of power than other blocs formed earlier like the G7, which came into being in 1976.
The G20 initially focused on broad macroeconomic policy, but ha
s expanded its ambit, McBride and Chatzky wrote. Last year’s summit in Argentina focused on f
air and sustainable development, while the previous one in Germany addressed issues including corruption, mon
ey laundering, and international tax havens. At the 2016 summit in China, President Xi Jinping and US President Ba
rack Obama formally announced their countries’ accession to the Paris Agreement on combating climate change.
As part of the preparations for the Osaka G20 summit, the world’s leading think tanks
held a meeting in Tokyo on May 26-27 to work out policy recommendations for the leaders.
tions on Chin上海419论坛女神会所a, but also blocked technology exports to Chinese companies. Therefore we need to be prepared for
the possibility that the US may ban all high-tech product exports to China in the future,” Li said.
“The new move will be a major step to strengthen controls over technological exports. It is necessary for China to set up export control
s and management systems for certain products, especially for those advanced technological produc
ts in which we’ve gained a global edge. China needs to tighten regulations and prevent those exported products fro
m being used to suppress and damage China’s development as well as its national security,” Li added.
Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the academy, said, “Compared with ad
vanced countries, we still lag behind in management of technology concerning national security.”
“I would suggest China takes key measures to safeguard national security in terms of
both imports and exports,” Mei said. “First, we need to ensure that the imported te
roughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed
as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state official and poet who lived during the Warring State
s Period (475-221 BC) before the reunification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after
opposing his king’s decision to ally with the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, h
e committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so t
hey would not eat the body of their poet hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calen
dar is celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.
Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s
speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.
“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som
e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.
Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience
, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.
Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D
efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo
perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.