After a disappointing performance in 2018, China’s economy appears to be stabiliz
ing. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP growth, at 6.4 percent year-on-year, matched that of the previous quarter. But grow
th in industrial production exceeded expectations, expanding by 6.5 percent year-on-year (and by 8.5 percent in Mar
ch). Even exports growth was positive, albeit weak, despite the ongoing trade frictions with the United States.
Moreover, fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew by 6.3 percent－0.2 percentage points higher than in the previous quar
ter. Investment in real estate grew the fastest (11.8 percent), followed by manufacturing (4.6 percent) and in
frastructure (4.4 percent). The growth of investment both in real estate and infrastru
cture was stronger not only sequentially, but also year-on-year. As usual, consumption growth was stable.
question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe
ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.
In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i
nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was
hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.
Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot
herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year
would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.
But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max
imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin
g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.
It added that a passenger information center and hotline “will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight.”
The Ethiopian government expressed its “deepest condolences to the families,” the office of
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who first broke the news of the crash, said on Twitter.
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of E
thiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that hav
e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in
Africa. It has a good safety record and the newest fleet of planes on the African continent, according to its website.
”Ethiopian Airlines is a very, very well-run airline,” said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation. “There i
s no safety issue on Ethiopian. They’ve made it their business to be the African airline that operates like a western airline.”
SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th
e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.
Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d
iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.
Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.
The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon
th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.
Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy
ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.
The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a
greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi
ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl
osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.
President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, stand with Portuguese President M
arcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Belem Palace, the official presidential residence in Lisb
on, Portugal, on Dec 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
President Xi Jinping and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, vowe
d on Friday to make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
The two presidents made the statement in exchanging congratulations on the 40th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Portugal.
In his congratulatory message to Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said that over the past four d
ecades, the two nations have been promoting sound development of bila
teral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, treating each other as equals and benefiting from win-win cooperation.
He hailed the proper resolution of the question of Macao by the two countries in 1999
as a good example of how nations can solve problems left from history through friendly consultations.