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eijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Railway, has kicked off its plan to go public in the A-share market.

China Securities Regulatory Commission listed the guidance form for public listing of Beijin

g-Shanghai High-Speed Railway on Tuesday on its website, signaling the company has formally entered the listing process.

According to an interview with CCTV, the spokesperson from China Railway said going p

ublic was a significant step in the State-owned enterprise’s shareholding reform.

“It was also an action to push forward the mixed ownership econo

my and optimize the railway enterprises’ capital structure,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the company is expected to complete pre-listing tutoring by the end of 2019.

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Members also carry on doing their other tasks, such as far

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.

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China issues work plan on national defense education

  BEIJING — China will push forward reform in national defense education in 2019, acc

ording to a circular released by the national defense education office Thursday.

  The circular said a document on deepening reform in national defense education is planned to be released this year.

  The country also plans to revise its national defense education law and work out draft regulations on promoting natio

nal defense education at educational institutions and social organizations participating in national defense education.

  According to the official in charge of the office, the country will hold a series of educational campaigns including lectu

res, contests and learning activities to attract young people to learn more about national defense.

  The country is also planning to open the barracks of the Chinese People’s Liberation Arm

y (PLA) in 10 cities to the public around Aug 1, China’s Army Day. Barracks of the PLA navy and air forces wi

ll also be available for public visits to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their founding.

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will

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

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As the aid delivery deadline approaches, the spotlight

  where shipments of US aid are waiting to be delivered.

  Maduro staged a rival concert a few hundred meters away on the Venezuelan side of the bridge in Tachira.

  The beleaguered President, who is facing growing calls to step down, denies that a huma

nitarian crisis exists in his country and suggests that aid efforts are part of a US plot to orchestrate a coup.

  CNN’s Jorge Luis Perez Valery reported from Caracas and Claudia Dominguez from Atlanta, w

hile Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Diana Castrillon, Stefano Pozzebon, Di

ane Ruggiero, Isa Soares and Eliza Mackintosh contributed to this report.Singer R. Kelly is scheduled to ap

pear in court Saturday for a bail hearing after his arrest on charges of sexual abuse spanning from 1998 to 2010.

  Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced Friday that the R&B musician, whose full name is Robert Kelly, wa

s indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse — a class two felony — involving four alleged victims.

  The indictment accuses Kelly of sexual acts with three children older than 13 but younger than 17. There is no age ran

ge listed for one of the alleged victims. The charges say Kelly used force or the threat of force.

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But even if the court and congressional challenges do not

  process, defense officials say it will still be many months before the funds in question could be used to build a wall.

  Senior Defense officials said Friday that the Defense Department is currently awaiting a re

quest from the Department of Homeland Security to provide support for border wall construction.

  ”We’ve asked DHS for input, facts, priorities, we are waiting to receive th

ose, when we do we are going to process that, when I say process that we’ll

match that with our mission analysis and begin the process,” Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Th

ursday, adding that the Pentagon would brief Congress on the way forward on Friday.

  While the defense secretary is required by law to make a dete

rmination that any military construction funds tapped for a border wall are being used to sup

port the armed forces, defense officials say that there is no real criteria on which to make that determination.

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He got immediate and huge applause, of the type Pence

  can only have wished for.Biden’s antidote to Trump’s two years was to promise change.

  ”And I promise you, I promise you. As my mother would say, ‘this too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.”

  Right on cue more applause fell about him.

  No need to guess whom the Munich crowd would put in the White House given the chance.

  Two years of Trump has had an impact.

  In the hotel this weekend the view is that he is not a safe pair of hands for today’s security challenges.

  At a presentation titled “NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis,” two for

mer US representatives to the organization, Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns, shared insi

ghts from its 55 pages. Those insights were garnered, they said, from 60 past and present ambassadors and cabinet sec

retaries. They concluded that Trump, and his inability to lead, is the biggest of the 10 imminent threats to NATO.

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It would be wrong to leave the impression that the Ba

  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.

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If the aid gets in, Maduro is shown to have lost control of

  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.

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Saudi Arabia seeks Asia’s support for its economic makeover

  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Asia forging new ties and seeking deals as he tries to keep his d

ream of economic transformation alive following a chill in relations with the West.

  Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up his visit to Pakistan on Monday with agreements worth $20 billion — incl

uding one to develop alternative energy — before heading to India and China, both big buyers of Saudi oil.

  But his trip is about much more than energy. The crown prince is spearheading

efforts to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from what he once called an “addiction” to oil.

  For that he needs foreign investment and expertise. Bin Salman will be looking to India and China for both.

  His plan, dubbed Vision 2030, aims to reduce unemployment, grow the private

sector and develop industrial, tourism and entertainment hubs over the next decade.

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