Month: February 2019
Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu
siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.
The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve
hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20
22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.
“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna
tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.
He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene
rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.
city produced by compressed hydrogen fed into fuel cells, are important in building a green ene
rgy future, as they are generally considered zero-emission and clean, according to Hu.
Such vehicles have long cruising ranges and can be refueled within three to five minutes.
In addition, the performance of fuel cell vehicles is not greatly affected by the change o
f seasons, he said, referring to winter’s adverse effect on the life of lithium batteries.
In recent years, the company has made moves to advance in the field, as bo
th the central and local governments are eyeing the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to upg
rade the manufacturing industry, and to achieve green and sustainable development.
China had around 1,200 fuel cell vehicles on its roads and fewer than 20 hydr
ogen fuel stations by the end of 2017, ranking behind the United States, Japan, Ge
rmany and South Korea, according to the International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.
often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit
ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno
wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc
ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.
An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre
cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll
aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi
le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.
Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna
tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to
gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.
President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame
rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.
”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be
ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst
anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou
ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”
Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac
cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.
The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea
r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch
ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d
eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.
”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”
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.
a statement saying he had met with Gulf leaders to discuss their common interest in “war wit
h Iran.” On Thursday, Netanyahu added his own criticism of Europe, noting that the US had pulled out of
the Iran deal and added sanctions. “The Europeans should join this effort rather than try to circumvent it,” he said.
Pence’s remarks — both about Europe and advocating for an aggress
ive stance against Iran — are likely to become yet another irritant between the US and Eu
rope, already at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement as well as President Donald Tr
ump’s attacks on the European Union and NATO, his support for populists and for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Allies such as France and Germany declined to send senior officials to the ministerial, whi
ch was initially supposed to focus on Iran and then was broadened to cover Yemen, Syria and attempts to re
solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly in response to European objections.
Even the ministerial’s location — Poland — is potential salt in the wound.
Warsaw has pulled at the fabric of the European Union as it has pursued a series of anti-democratic steps, silencing inde
pendent media, politicizing security services and undermining the judicial system. Yet Pence and other US officials lavi
shed praise on their Polish hosts, while the vice president used his remarks there to paint Western Europe as an isolated outlier.
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.
rejected the humanitarian aid it would bring in. Accepting foreign supplies during the curren
t political crisis would be tantamount to accepting foreign political intervention, from Maduro’s point of view.
When the US sent a shipment of medical and food supplies to the Venezuelan border last we
ek, Maduro’s regime installed a blockade on one of the bridges that connect Venezuela and Colombia.
Just a week ago on state television, Maduro dismissed Guaido’s init
iative, saying “Venezuelans are not beggars.” But patriotism did not prevent Maduro fro
m accepting $9 million from the UN in November 2018.It’s hard to see how the opposition, which controls little real p
ower on the ground in Venezuela, can guarantee that aid will enter the country by Sunday.
While Guaido has described a “human wave” of volunteers heading to the b
order to carry supplies, very few aid professionals have lifted their hands to join in the effort.
facturers will start to have 5G as a base specification, rather than an additional special variant of their 4G phones, Stanton added.