second-deadliest and second-largest in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the WHO.
Last week, the WHO put the number of Ebola cases in DRC at 913 — with 848 cases confirmed and 65 probable. It said 574 people had died.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 and is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.
It is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infect
ed people, causing fever, severe headaches and in some cases hemorrhaging.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for what could be her big
gest policy climbdown yet, after insisting for years that “no deal for Britain is better tha
n a bad deal” and that her country would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.
That road map is at stake this Tuesday, when lawmakers vote for a second time on her withdrawal agreeme
nt to take Britain out of the EU. If that agreement is defeated, they will be asked the following day whether or not th
e UK should leave without a deal — an option May said should be kept for negotiating purposes.
sic NBA games will be offered to nearly 700 million consumers acr
oss Alibaba’s platforms, including leading B2C marketplace Tmall, social commerce des
tination Taobao, video-streaming platform Youku and browser and content platform UC.
The original programming will cover a wide range of popular basketball and cultural topics, including game predi
ctions, fashion, sneakers, and memorabilia. The content will be available throughout the regular season, NBA
All-Star, the NBA Playoffs and The Finals, bringing the latest NBA trends and news through various interactive fo
rmats, such as short videos and livestreaming by celebrities and influencers.
The NBA and Alibaba will also provide business partners with r
obust marketing solutions to promote their products and brands across Alibaba’s platforms.
More than 40 years ago China and the United States engaged in “ping pong diplomacy”, ea
sing the tensions between the two countries ever since the founding of New China in 1949.
With the People’s Republic of China retaining its rightful seat in the Un
ited Nations Security Council in 1971 and its international status continuously imp
roving, it had become apparent that the US policy to contain New China would be fruitless.
The US, on the other hand, was mired in the Vietnam War, which was sapping its national po
wer. So the US administration realized it should establish friendly relations with China in order to end the w
ar. Against this background, on Jan 1, 1979, the two countries formally established diplomatic relations.
But even before it established diplomatic relations with the US, China launched reform and opening-up in late 1978. As the leade
r of the Western world, the US played the dominant role in the global economy, as well as the technology, invest
ment, finance and other fields, with which China had to integrate to ensure its economic development.
of reform and opening-up, China is on way to establishing a new system of opening-up featuring institutional and systemic openness, as reflected in a draft law on foreign investment.
And once the National People’s Congress approves the draft foreign investment law, a new round of institutional dividends will be released.
At present, China’s legal system for foreign investment mainly consists of the Law on Chinese-Fo
reign Joint Ventures, the Law on Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises and the Law on Chinese-Fo
reign Cooperative Joint Ventures. But since certain sections and articles of these laws cannot deal with the changing gl
obal realities or settle disputes, China has drafted a comprehensive foreign investment law to replace them.
More opportunities for foreign firms
The draft law is designed, among other things, to protect foreign in
vestors’ legitimate rights and interests. And as Premier Li Keqiang said while delivering the
Government Work Report on Tuesday, “China’s investment environment is all set to get better and bet
ter, which means more and more business opportunities for foreign companies in China are a sure thing.”