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May's three-day trip, which ends on Friday, came at a time of rising populism, nationalism and protectionism across the globe. The world needs a clearer compass to guide its path forward.
At last week's annual World Economic Forum gathering in the snowy Swiss town of Davos, U.S. President Donald Trump chanted again about putting "America First."
For most nations, that means more protectionist measures against its trading partners. Free traders worldwide are deeply concerned.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, while meeting with May in Beijing, called on the two sides to forge an enhanced version of the "Golden Era" for bilateral ties.
May, on her part, said Britain is a defender of free trade and is ready to cooperate with China on multiple fronts and intensify coordination on major global and regional issues.
"Golden fruits" are already in sight with a dozen deals worth about 9 billion pounds (about 12.8 billion U.S. dollars) signed in such areas as Belt and Road cooperation, finance Cheap Air Max Plus TN Ultra Men's Nike Cargo Khaki , innovation, agriculture and technology during May's trip.
In a major outcome, China Development Bank and Standard Chartered Bank inked a deal worth 10 billion yuan (about 1.6 billion dollars) to facilitate projects under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
The message is clear. In the face of a worrying rise in protectionism, China and Britain, two of world's major economies, remain at the forefront of safeguarding openness and free trade.
The China-Britain relationship has been considered an exemplar for China-West ties in terms of putting aside differences and seeking the largest possible common ground. And the two countries have even more to explore and achieve.
They can make more efforts to dovetail strategies, enhance cooperation in the areas of finance Cheap Men's Nike Air Max Plus TN Ultra Black Grey , nuclear energy and investment, and explore cooperation in new areas such as artificial intelligence, green energy, the digital economy and sharing economy.
China and Britain, which stands at the far western end of the ancient Silk Road routes, can enjoy broader, deeper and higher-level cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative Cheap Men's Nike Air Vapormax Plus Burgundy Red , with even more open attitude from the British side.
The open, transparent, inclusive and mutually beneficial initiative serves to further enhance global connectivity and offers greater possibilities. The China-Britain freight express train is just a telling example.
In a world that needs stronger confidence to dispel the dark clouds of protectionist concerns, May's China visit is one precious ray of sunshine.
Calling the practice “at odds with modern day societal norms,” Formula 1 on Wednesday announced it no longer would employ “grid girls,” models who perform various promotional duties during races.
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The decision did not sit well with some grid girls, who railed against what they see as an overreach of political correctness.
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Michelle Westby, meanwhile, wrote on Facebook that her experience as a grid girl helped pave the way for her entrance to the male-dominated world of stunt and drift competition driving. She also said a lot of women will lose a source of income, thanks to “feminists.”
“I’m now retired from it all but to think girls have now lost a lot of important income because feminists think they know best when they haven’t a clue is really frustrating, we have our own voice, we loved doing the job Cheap Men's Nike Air VaporMax Plus Triple White , this is all basically because some men can’t control what comes out their mouth and nothing to do with the girls,” she wrote Thursday on Facebook. “I can walk past a building site and get the same comments so why suddenly a job should be taken away due to some unwanted male attention is a joke. What’s next? No female magazines, commercials ….. where does it end.”
“It’s upsetting, and I’m rather disgusted that F1 have given in to the minority to be politically correct,” a former grid girl named Charlotte Gash told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m one of the lucky ones that I don’t rely on this as a main source of income, but there are girls out there who do. I know the grid girls are there to look pretty when they’re out on the grid, but my role was in
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