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World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhat
tan, according to multiple reports on Thursday. Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the wo
rld many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages. Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the reno
vation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
ei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new dis
aster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures. Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability. Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the H
imalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
k Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
April 8 and was succeeded by Wang, former director of the Dunhuang Academy.
Shan is well known for his innovative changes
to the Palace Museu m, such as the introduction of a light show during the Lantern Festival.
By the end of 2018 over 80 percent of the Forbidden City had opened to visitors, compared with only 52 percent in 2014.
The Palace Museum established the Palace Museum Resea
rch Institute in Nove mber 2013 as an unincorporated organization for scholarly inquiry and exchange.
itute includes Palace Museum Institute researchers, scholars in the Palace Museum, and oth er Chinese and international scholars, all coming together in an atmosphere of open scholarly exchange.
With a sustainable approach, the academ
y seeks to lead in scholarly developme nt, formulate research strategies, evaluate scholarly writings, realize Palace Museum research goals, tra
in talent, publish quality material, and conduct international academic exchange.
After a disappointing performance in 2018, China’s economy appears to be stabiliz
ing. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP growth, at 6.4 percent year-on-year, matched
that of the previous quarter. But grow th in industrial production exceeded expectations, expanding by 6.5 percent year-on-year (and by 8.5 percent in Mar
n exports growth was positive, albeit weak, despite the ongoing trade frictions with the United States. Moreover, fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew by 6.3 percent－0.2 percentage points high
er than in the previous quar ter. Investment in real estate grew the fastest (11.8 percent), followed by manufacturing (4.6 percent) and in
frastructure (4.4 percent). The growth of investment both in real estate and infrastru
cture was stronger not only sequentially, but also year-on-year. As usual, consumption growth was stable.
back to the US government’ s military occupation of the Philippines in the 1890s. Christ
opher J. Coyne, a professor at George Mason Univ
ersity in the United States sai d in the book Tyranny Comes Home that under the leadership of Ralph Van Deman, the father of US military int
elligence, the American occupier established an advanced monitoring agency a
t the time to suppress rebels and dissidents. In May 1917, Vanderman took charge of the Military Intelligence Section (
MIS), a similar surveillance facility in the United States, and which would eventually evo
lve into t
he US National Security Agency (NSA). In 1955, the United States further launched an intelligence gat hering and analysis network consisting of five English-speaking countries: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thi
s is the so-called “five-eye alliance.” As a result, the f
ive countries can globally intercept and monitor telephone exc hanges, faxes, mails and other information transmitted by satellite communications.