ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn
ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba
y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti
al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its
strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic
holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.
To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni
versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.
Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i
s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un
veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w
Hof Hotel resounded to bays for Trump’s departure. It wasn’t about him, but his specter hung over it.
Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft and Robert O. Work, deputy secret
ary of defense under President Obama, gave an electrifying insight to Artificial Intelligence.
”AI is everything,” Smith warned, a game changer like electricity. He described the present as a “Sputnik moment.”
The former Defense Department official said the “this is the hardest tech challenge the US has ever faced.”
Both Smith and Work painted a picture of China chasing, catching and passing the US in this key area. They des
cribed AI as an enabler for autocracies like Russia and China and a potential threat for democracies.
In Work’s words, “AI gives tyranny new tools it never had before and makes it more powerful than it has ever been before.”
No one said it in the room, there was a laser like focus on the intellect and experience of these two m
en, but at the back of everyone’s minds must have been thoughts of Trump’s warmth for Presidents Putin and Xi.
Every moment they get cut slack by Trump is more machine code, jacking up their AI prog
rams back home. “We are entering a period intense technological competition,” said Work.
In the next war, he predicted, it will be “our AI against their AI, and the side with the best AI wins.”
But as much as moments like this came as sobering jabs to the solar plexus, MSC 2019 also held out hope of a world after Trump.
Many reputable international organizations, including both the Red Cross and Caritas, the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church, have declined to participate in Guaido’
s aid campaign. The Red Cross tells CNN that the initiative organized by the Venezuelan opposition is too political.
”The action of the Red Cross is based on two principles: humanity and neut
rality. Neutrality is the most important one in situations like this,” explains F
rancesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is ada
mant that Venezuela should receive humanitarian aid, but that the operation should be a concerted effort.
Only through an agreement between the two sides could the aid be really effective, he says.
The United Nations has also chosen not to take sides, calling instead on both parties to de-escalate tensions.
The United States has pledged 20 million dollars to help Venezuela. That has so far transl
ated into three deliveries of air cargo to a border town in Colombia, where it is poised to enter the country.
Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom have also chipped in, among others.
Colombia has provided the logistical facilities for transporting the aid. Two more ship
ment points have been announced in Brazil and Curaçao, both also near the Venezuelan border.
Venezuela’s closest neighbors, like Colombia, are the most interested in seeing aid bro
ught in, as they hope this measure could help reduce the wave of Venezuelan refugees pouring across their borders.