Wheat growing on a farm in Huai’an, Jiangsu province

A threat to the viability of the current WTO dispute settlement system is the unilateralism and

protectionism of the United States. Specifically, this mechanism is in crisis because the Unit

ed States has prevented the appointment of new judges to the appellate body. Experts have warned that if th

e appellate body were to shut down because of a lack of judges, global trade governance will be put back 20 years.

Of course the WTO also needs to continually reforming itself so that it can keep up w

ith the times, and many countries have put forward relevant suggestions. For instance, the European Uni

on has released a paper putting forth ideas for a comprehensive modernization of the WTO, and the United States, Eur

ope, and Japan have together submitted a their own proposed reforms. And in November last year, China ann

ounced that it supported necessary reforms of the WTO and raised five proposals that aim to firmly uphold the rules-ba

sed multilateral trading system, resist protectionism, and let the WTO play a bigger role in world trade.

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The situation is very much like the ceiling of a roo

m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin

g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.

With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai

n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.

The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th

e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte

rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.

Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu

mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.

“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor

sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive

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Its partial loss is a terrible blow to a proud country

 and to the world more widely,” said Macfarlane, the King’s College historian.

A woman identified only as Marie, who has lived in Paris for 20 years, said: “This is a monument b

uilding that belongs to the story of Paris, to the story of France. … Notre Dame is our story, our culture, our spirit.”

An experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists on improving monkeys’ cognitive function has been

found to follow international animal rights standards, according to the Chinese research institute.

The study implanted 11 rhesus macaque monkeys with copies of the human MCP

H1 gene, which scientists believe is crucial for humans’ brain development and evolution.

The project is led by researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Acade

my of Sciences, who are working with researchers from the University of North Carolina.

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On the importance of record covers, Yang sees eye to

o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang

tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”

In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.

“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou

ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter

Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh

y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”

For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.

Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex

clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra

ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p

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Technology, tourism freeze time on Hani’s amazing

From the camera lenses of tourists, the Hani rice terraces in Yunnan

province are an idyllic emblem of traditional Chinese agriculture: vast expanses of mountain

slopes carved into water-submerged paddies where rice, fish and ducks flourish in co-existence.

A closer look reveals its low-profile modernity: on the verge of some fields stands an ap

paratus the shape of a solar panel, which collects information on the ecosystem for online monitoring and diagnosis.

Lu Zhengxue, who owns one terraced field in Yuanyang county, Honghe Hani and Yi autonomo

us prefecture, is glad the millenniumold landscape is preserved thanks to the modern techn

ology that helps make the rice terraces not just a tourist demonstration but a lucrative business.

“The terraced fields are where my roots are. They are the golden ri

ce bowls passed down from our ancestors,” said Lu, 61. “We cannot afford to lose them.”

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

  Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

  The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c

ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

  More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc

h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri

d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea

ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

  Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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He recalled the concerns that the United States expressed

ssed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-initiated multilateral financial institution, and said

it was only when all other European countries signed up for it that those concerns began to dissipate.

“I expect the same thing to happen now (about the BRI),” he said.

Sun Zhaolong, a researcher at the Academy of Contemporary China and World Stud

ies, wrote in an article that Italy’s involvement in the BRI will play an exemplary role in attracting more cou

ntries to the platform for international cooperation while allaying concerns of some countries over the initiative.

Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi also said in an interview with China N

ews Service that Italy could be a protagonist in Belt and Road cooperation with China.

During their talks, Xi and Conte also agreed that the two countries should jointly up

hold multilateralism, promote free trade and cement ties between China and the European Union.

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UN court increases Karadzic’s genocide sentence to

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence for genocide has been increas

ed by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.

In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Kar

adzic to 40 years in prison for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre — in which more than 7,000 Bos

nian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces under his command — as well as other crimes such as persecu

tion, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and hostage-taking.

On Wednesday Judge Vagn Joensen said the original 40-year sentence did not reflect the “gravity” of Kar

adzic’s crimes, and “his responsibility for the largest and gravest set of crimes ever attributed to a single person at the ICTY.”

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This may sound catastrophic, but images being sharedf Decembe

  ’s fireball are actually quite poetic in scale. This atomic, otherworldly force appears as a simple red blip above the clouds.

  Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan’s #Himawari satellite.

  The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!

  But you likely didn’t know about it until now, because scientists only just noticed it.

That’s because the area where the fireball exploded, over the Bering Sea, is extremely remote.

  NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told the BBC s

uch a powerful meteor event only happens a few times every 100 years. (As a side no

te, “Planetary Defense Officer” is probably as close to a real-life “Avengers” title as you’re gonna get.)

  CNN has reached out to NASA for additional comment.

  In case you’re not uneasy enough about the reality that flaming extraterr

estrial objects are continuously pelting our fragile planet, they do so with alarming regularity.

  NASA keeps track of most of the notable fireballs and bolides (a similar astronomical term) that reach Earth. So far in

2019, there have already been five notable fireball events. Don’t worry, though! Most are super tiny.

  And if the big one ever comes along to make dinosaurs of us all, NASA’s Planetary Defense Office has our backs.

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Engine of South America’s rail networksed railway projects are

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp or CRRC, the world’s largest railway vehicle manufacturer by sales revenue, is riding an export boom of late.

It exported its electric multiple units or EMUs to Brazil in 2012. This was followed by or

ders for EMUs and freight trains to Chile last year. The company will work with Argentina to revamp the So

uth American country’s aging rail network, including both passenger and cargo trains.

It is now eager to enhance its ability to offer a clutch of railway services as many count

ries have surging demand to either upgrade or expand their railroad networks.

Countries are acutely aware that modern railway networks can support trade, investment and to

urism. This is particularly true for countries in South America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and

Africa that are participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to Lou Qiliang, CRRC’s vice-president.

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