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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 Manhattan, 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 world 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 renovation 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.
What Pei 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.
The Xiongan New Area in north China have completed an afforestation project of more tha
n 1,400 hectares with several green belts built this spring, the Hebei provincial forestry and grassland bureau said Sunday.
By the end of March 29, Xiongan had planted trees covering an area of 1,466.7 hectares.
In 2018, Xiongan New Area afforested a total of 7,333 hectares, increasing the area’ forest coverage by 6 percent.
In January, China’s central authorities approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan. According to the plan, which str
esses high-quality development, Xiongan will become a modern city that is green, intell
igent and livable with “relatively strong competitiveness and human-environment harmony by 2035.”
Hebei will beef up afforestation programs. A total of 513,333 hec
tares of forest will be added in the province in 2019, increasing the forest coverage to 35 percent.
The province began a three-year afforestation campaign in 2018, planting more trees to build a “green wall” for Beijing.
trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by
introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som
e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.
By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were
to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.
To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue
mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled
the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way
s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.