t although he donated organs, many of his friends would not register as donors, sin
ce the traditional belief still exists that the body should be kept intact after death.
“I think more education and publicity should be made at colleges
to promote the awareness of students, who accept the idea more easily,” he said.
Chen, the transplant center director, said more efforts should be made to ensure the quality o
f harvested organs, especially those harvested at smaller hospitals or clinics.
“No doctor would dare to use substandard organs, since th
at may cost lives,” he said. “We hope all organs distributed are equally up to standard.”
Huang, chairman of the donation and transplantation commit
tee, said there are 182 hospitals certified in organ transplant surgeries around the country.
China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to revive the ancient Silk Road and bring more benefits for the people, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while speaking to the media with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
in Rome. Xi left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France. His trip will conclude on Tuesday.
The ancient Silk Road boosted interconnectivity between Asia and Europe, and it encouraged exchanges between civilizations, Xi said.
Xi told reporters that his discussion with Mattarella was fruitful and the two leaders reached a wide range of consensuses.
China and Italy should connect their developmental strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as infra
structure, seaports, logistics and maritime transport while promoting practical cooperation under the Belt and Road, Xi said.
China would like to increase trade and investment with Italy, Xi said, adding that Ita
ly is welcome at the second China International Import Expo as an honored guest. China would like to import more prod
ucts of high quality from Italy, and more domestic companies are being encouraged to invest in Italy, he said.
loping cooperation with their Italian counterparts on telecommunications, particularly in the 5G network, Wang said.
The two countries have witnessed productive economic cooperation in recent years. Bilat
eral trade topped $50 billion last year, while the two-way accumulative investment reached more than $20 billion.
Xi also called for intensifying coordination with Italy in international affairs and within multilateral orga
nizations such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization.
China is ready to deepen communication and cooperation with Italy on major i
ssues such as global governance, climate change and WTO reforms to safeguard their shared in
terests, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote world peace, development and prosperity, Xi said.
Regarding Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said it will open a new chapter for their bilat
eral ties, which have become a good example of interactions between big and small countries.
28-year-old man should now be on a watch list or face prejudice. It’s a nonsensical, prim
itive argument. Yet one that elites in powerful positions repeat, even though they should know better.
The trope that all Muslims are somehow predisposed to violence or terrorism is dangerous an
d wrong. Most Muslims — particularly immigrants — keep their heads down, want a quiet, pea
ceful life and want to stay out of trouble. I know this because I am Muslim and know our community. We are not out to c
ause trouble. We don’t come to “invade”; we come to make a better life for ourselves.
We run your convenience store, drive your cabs, feed you late-night food when you’ve had a drink or look after you when you’r
e ill. We serve our communities. Yet we have become the victims of harassment, hatred and now terrorism.
Attacks — verbal and physical — on Muslims are par for the course. But society doesn’t seem to care. Our lives and p
ain don’t seem to matter as much because we are seen as second-class citizens or “bad people.”
I wept Friday on “CNN Talk,” thinking about the sadness of it al
l. It has been a dark day. But if there is any light, it was the outpouring of grief from people of all
backgrounds around the world who sent in messages of solidarity and kindness. If we can take one lesson from the
horror of Christchurch, we have to stop this hate and see Muslims as human beings, just like anyone else.
hborhood, which covers 1.5 square kilometers, is home to around 33,000 households and 82,000 residents.
To promote community governance, the neighborhood has launched various projects si
nce 2012 to facilitate communication between residents and enhance “neighborly spirit”.
One of the most successful activities is its rooftop garden project.
“Our rooftop garden began with the Meilian building in 2015, with support from enterprises a
nd managed by residents,” said Wang Yanfeng, deputy director of the Caojiadu neighborhood Party working committee.
It all started with 14 containers on the rooftop to grow vegetables and flowers. Each miniature garden is taken care of by two fa
milies, of which one has at least one elderly person at home and the other has one or more children.
Harvested vegetables are sent to the neighborhood’s senior residents,
cooked for the nutritious community lunch or sold during charity bazaars, Wang said.
The miniature gardens were upgraded in 2017 to include a broader variety of vegetables and expan
ded to more rooftops in Caojiadu, which also helps children learn about cultivating crops and vegetables.
“This positive momentum needs to be kept up,” he said.
Schmidt, the Chilean ambassador, said China has made extraordinary progress in its fight a
gainst pollution, and he is “very enthusiastic about the next measures that Chinese authorities may announce” during the upcoming two sessions.
Environmental issues continue to be a major concern for Diego Guelar, Argentine ambas
sador to China, who has observed the two sessions every year since he assumed the post in 2016.
“It is a major issue for all the people who live in China,” he said, noting that living in a better en
vironment is part of the dream of Chinese people as well as others around the world.
Guelar is glad to see that China is working both at home and abroad to promote environmental protection.
“I’m waiting for the two sessions, and I want to see how the princip
le of the pursuit of happiness, or the Chinese dream, is going to be discussed,” he added.