both of our country should be very proud to have a friend, a representative like him,” he said.
At present, there are more than 800 13- 18-year-old students at the S
chool, including nearly 60 Chinese students, most of whom are from Hong Kong.
Uppingham school was founded in 1584. The famous British educator Edward Thri
ng (1821-87) used to be its headmaster and took the lead in proposing the concept of “all-around education”.
Thring opened the first school gymnasium in England, introduced wood and metal workshops, and prov
ided a swimming pool. In academic matters he stressed sound training in mathematics, the classics, and music. In 1869 he foun
ded the Headmasters’ Conference, an organization that had a great influence in English school education.
of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. What th
e school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Burm
ese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teachers do not
treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identification and a b
irth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
fossils representing more than 50 previously undescribed animal species dating back 518 million years.
The soft tissues of their bodies, including muscles, organs, eyes and mouths are still visible in some
of the 4,351 fossils discovered in Yichang, Hubei province, according to a new study published in the journ
al Science on Friday. The excavated fossils represent 109 species, including known jelly fish, arthropods and algae.
Fu Dongjing, associate professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, also the first author of the paper, said the research g
roup started exploring the ancient ruins in the summer of 2007, in Changyang Tujia autonomous county. It was lo
cated on the bank of Qingjiang River where a representative insect from the Cambrian period was first found.
The new trove of fossils called the Qingjiang biota－the living organisms of a region－ha
ve the potential to greatly inform the understanding of early animal evolution, according to the study.
About 542 million years ago, life on earth diversified at an extremely rapid pace, known as t
he Cambrian explosion. Almost all present animal categories appeared at that time. Many creatures wen
t extinct in the process of evolution, but others became the initial form of future organisms.
tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.
Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia
logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou
ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.
Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.
hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu
e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.
Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa
cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran
sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th
ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.