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Germany wants to strengthen multilateralism with China: Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country wants to strengthen multilateralism with China and she is looking forward to her visit to China next week.

Merkel will visit China next Thursday and Friday at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. It will be her first trip to China after re-election and the 11th as the German chancellor, Xinhua news agency reported.

Merkel said in a podcast published on Saturday that as Germany and China have agreed on regular political dialogue and intergovernmental consultations, she went to China to conduct these talks on average once a year.

Germany and China have carried out very close cooperation within G20, Merkel said, adding that during her upcoming visit the two sides will talk about bilateral relations, rule of law, China’s development, economy and other international affairs.

“We want to strengthen multilateralism. And that will play a role in our discussion,” said Merkel.

Merkel will also visit Shenzhen, an economic hub in China’s southern Guangdong Province.

“I am glad that I’m going to Shenzhen this time as well. I have regularly visited provinces in China, not just the capital. I am again and again aware of the dynamics and the extent to which China is developing,” Merkel said.

The German Chancellor said she was very interested in visiting Shenzhen where China’s economic opening-up began and where there are many German companies.

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‘Chinese-only City’ in Pakistan to house 5 lakh Chinese citizens

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Islamabad, Aug 21 : Pakistan has allowed China to build a city specially for housing 5 Lakh Chinese citizens as a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at $150 million in Gwadar which aims to improve connectivity between the two countries. The citizens will be housed in the city by 2022.

According to a report in The Economic Times, only Chinese citizens will live in this gated zone, thereby paving way for China’s colony within Pakistan. The proposed city will be a financial district that Beijing is planning to set up in the Pakistan’s port city to house Chinese workforce.

China already has similar subcities in Africa and Central Asia. There are currently allegations that China is in the process of acquiring eastern Russia and northern part of Myanmar territory. These local zones have given rise to resentment. For advancing the geographical mid-link in BRI, Beijing has invested in Pakistan’s pipelines, railways, highways, power plants, industrial areas and mobile networks.

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NASA’s InSight spacecraft crosses halfway mark to Mars

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Washington, Aug 21: NASA’s InSight spacecraft that is en route to Mars, has passed the halfway mark to its destination and all its instruments are working well, the US space agency said.

InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.

The spacecraft, which crossed the halfway mark on August 6 is expected to land on Mars on November 26 to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, NASA said in a statement on Monday.

The spacecraft has now covered 277 million km since its launch 107 days ago and in another 98 days, it will travel another 208 million km and touch down in Mars’ Elysium Planitia region.

Earlier the lander’s launch and landing were scheduled around Mars’ closest approach to Earth that occurred on July 31.

However, it was delayed by the Martian storm that has engulfed the Planet and has cut off communication with another NASA robot, the Mars rover Opportunity.

NASA engineers used this long travel time to plan, activate and check spacecraft subsystems vital to cruise, landing and surface operations, including the highly sensitive science instruments, the statement said.

The instruments aboard the spacecraft include a seismometer, which will be used to detect quakes on Mars, and a self-hammering probe that will measure the amount of heat escaping from the planet’s interior.

It also has cameras to take a “selfie” of the mission’s equipment.

“If you are an engineer on InSight, that first glimpse of the heat shield blanket, harness tie-downs and cover bolts is a very reassuring sight as it tells us our Instrument Context Camera is operating perfectly. The next picture we plan to take with this camera will be of the surface of Mars,” said Tom Hoffman, InSight Project Manager from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

The camera will take the first image of Elysium Planitia minutes after InSight touches down on Mars in November.

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Mexico looking for six Indian children who painted at 1968 Olympics Games

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The Mexican embassy in New Delhi is looking for six Indian children who participated in the “World Children’s Painting Festival” organized as part of the cultural activities during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

Andrea Huerta, Head of Political and Press, Embassy of Mexico in India, said,“This research is significant as it will revive old connection between Mexico & them.”

Six Indian child artists , now adults, who painted a picture  by participating in a   programme, the World Festival of Children’s Painting on the theme, “Un Mundo de Amistad” – A World of Friendship. Children from 80 countries contributed to the drawings and murals which went on to be displayed in some of Mexico City’s most iconic spots.

 

The Mexican embassy is planning to  present a copy of the framed painting along with a certificate of commendation to the worldwide participants to mark the 50th anniversary of the cultural initiative, “A World of Friendship”.

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