urged to avoid more damage to China tiesonly

Beijing urged Washington on Saturday “not to go too far” in harming China’s interest

s, and called for it to change course to avoid further damaging bilateral ties.

China firmly opposes the United States’ recent remarks and actions that harmed China’s interests, in

cluding its resorting to political means to suppress normal operations of Chinese companies, State Coun

cilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

History and reality show that China and the US both benefit f

rom cooperating with each other, while both suffer from bilate

ral conflicts, and cooperation is the only proper choice for the two major countries, Wang said.

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The islanders were shipped to Rongerik, an uninhabited atoll

  about 100 miles away, and left food supplies for a few weeks. But crops on the Bikinians’ new home produced signif

icantly less food than those on Bikini, and the nearby waters had far less edible catch.

  Within two years, the population was on the verge of starvation.

  In 1948, the US responded to their plight. Once more the Bikinians were uprooted — this ti

me to Kwajalein, where they lived in tents next to a cement airstrip used by Americans. Six months lat

er, they were shipped to Kili Island, 400 miles south of Bikini, where they again began to starve.

  One attempt was made to resettle the Bikinians in the late 1960s when some 150 residents we

re returned to their atoll. But in 1978 it was revealed that within one year some residents had seen a 75% inc

rease in radioactive material in their bodies, and all residents were once again moved, this time to Majuro Atoll.

  In the early 1980s, the Bikinians filed a class action lawsuit against the US, which eventually resu

lted in the creation of a $90 million trust fund for their local government for cleanup and resettlement purposes.

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Action plan created to improve water quality in Yangtze River

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has drawn up an action plan to impro

ve the water quality of the Yangtze River over the next two years, it announced on Feb 28.

The ministry aims to finish the overhaul of sewage outlets and eliminate nearly all water below Gra

de V — the lowest quality grade in China’s five-tier system — near the river by 2020 under the action plan, whi

ch was released by the ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission on Feb 25.

Other goals include guaranteeing at least 1,000 metric tons of drinking water a day in the Yangtz

e River Economic Zones and suspending all large-scale construction activities that affect the river.

“It is hard to overhaul sewage outlets. Most of the time, we can’t tell

who is discharging or where the discharge takes place, because many enterprises are now shar

ing a single exit,” said Zhang Bo, director of the ministry’s department of water ecology and environment.

“To distinguish who is generating the pollution, we need to trace sour

ces, measure pollutants and renovate the outlets one by one. It’s a big job.”

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Xuelong’s northward route had been repeatedly revised

  and thus successfully averted gales and huge waves as high as 8 meters, according to the weatherman aboard the ship, Wang Lei.

  For example, with no ice areas in Prydz Bay to shelter the ship, Xuelong had to de

part from Zhongshan one day earlier than scheduled in order not be blocked by a whole gale and huge waves. After

leaving the bay, it was first headed northwest to the marine-based west Antarctic ice sheet.

  ”Then a strong cyclone is moving to us and its resulting waves will block our way to north,” Wang said.

  Due to the weather, Xuelong chose to sail westward at the edge of the westerlies to reach a haven area between two moving

cyclones, where it had spent two days before huge waves again blocked its way northward.

  ”After that, Xuelong had spent about 20 hours in waters east to the Kerguelan Is

lands in order to stay away from the winds and waves on Wednesday,” Shen said.

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