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Huawei signs zero******
XI'AN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tech giant Huawei contracted a green energy project in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, at the 2021 Euro-Asia Economic Forum that opened Monday.
The project, located in the Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone of Xi'an, will be jointly built by Huawei, the zone's administrative commission, and the Shaanxi Branch of State Power Investment Corporation Limited (SPIC).
With an investment of over 10 billion yuan (about 1.56 billion U.S. dollars) from the SPIC's Shaanxi branch, the three sides will work together to accelerate photovoltaic construction and promote the green electricity trade, said the commission.
Efforts will be made to enhance strategic energy research and establish zero-carbon smart parks that integrate high-tech solutions like digital technology and data governance.
The project also includes the building of an intelligent energy management system that combines power generation and energy storage.
This year's Euro-Asia Economic Forum, held in Xi'an from Monday to Thursday, is themed on seizing new cooperation opportunities and promoting common development. Enditem
With love and devotion, volunteers across US bring Chinese language, culture closer to Americans******
Shiyin Yao is a research biologist from San Diego whose work involves developing flu adjuvants – substances for vaccines that help enhance the body's immune response to an antigen.。
But science is not her only love and devotion. After volunteering to teach at a local Chinese language school as her own children were studying there and more teachers were needed, Yao realized that she quite enjoys working with kids.。
"Many kids, Americans or Chinese Americans, have no exposure to Chinese, and don't know how to speak it, read it or write it," she explained to Xinhua. "So we start simply: speaking first. Then we introduce them to Pinyin. Then we can move on to teach the stroke sequences for more complex characters."
Across the United States, more public-spirited volunteers like Yao are doing their part in local schools and communities to help share the best of the Chinese language and culture with their American neighbors. And many of them came to San Diego on Saturday to tell their volunteering stories during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 13th National Convention and Chinese Education Conference.。
The conference, which run from Friday to Sunday, was organized by the Chinese School Association in the United States, a non-profit organization established in 1994. More than 200 representatives of Chinese language schools nationwide took part in the event.。
Yu Ye, a public school teacher at Arizona's Mandarin Immersion Program, also attended Saturday's meeting. Acting as a volunteer every Saturday at the Contemporary Chinese Language School in Phoenix, capital city of Arizona, Ye said she has developed very different strategies to teach the Chinese language to American and Chinese American kids.。
"Teaching is a passion of mine, and what I learn by teaching these two different types of students helps me to contribute better to their education and to the whole community," she said proudly.。
At the meeting, Xiao Dong, principal of the Talent School of the St. Louis Modern Chinese School (SLMCS) in Missouri, said traditional Chinese artforms, like calligraphy, singing, dancing and mask-making, are all taught to the local communities.。
"As the first-generation Chinese American immigrants, we carry our culture with us to share with our American neighbors," he said.。
The world will be more globalized in the post-pandemic era, and "we want to help that global melting pot happen faster," he said. "We start sharing our culture by sharing our food," he smiled. "Everyone loves Chinese food!"
The SLMCS hosts a two-day Chinese food and culture fair each summer, which attracts over 8,000 local participants annually, and a Chinese New Year celebration each winter.。
Shu Zhang, a parent staff volunteer at the SLMCS, told Xinhua she has volunteered from her heart. "I wanted to be a good example to my own children, a boy, 16, and a girl, 12, not to just tell them that getting involved in the community was important, but to lead by example."
In Georgia, public schools have been adding Chinese language classes to their official curriculum at a phenomenal rate – from just four schools in 2000 to more than 100 in 2012.。
Li Wang, owner and principal of the largest Chinese language school in Columbus, Georgia, told Xinhua she has witnessed the positive effect Chinese classes are creating on student behaviors.。
"We have white students, black students, Indian students, and Chinese and Korean students in our classes. Learning Mandarin together helps them to get along and play well together. And their parents know it will benefit them and their careers in the future," she said.。
Yueming Cheng, a retired automotive engineer from San Francisco, has been volunteering in a local Chinese language school, because she felt the classes are a very important way for immigrants to remember their culture.。
"When they come to the US, they get very involved in American culture, but they don't want to lose the unique things that Chinese culture has to share," she said.。
"People need to know about both cultures, so they can help improve US-China relations," she added.。
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Russia, Ukraine express willingness to negotiate amid int'l appeal for peace******
As military conflicts between Russia and Ukraine continue to intensify, both sides have expressed willingness to talk with each other to solve the crisis through dialogue.
Despite the sanctions imposed by some Western countries, there are still members of the international community calling for a peaceful solution to the ongoing problematic issue.
Negotiation possibility emerges
The Russian armed forces have disabled 211 military infrastructure facilities in Ukraine since the operation began on early Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday night, up from 118 facilities reported in his morning briefing.
Konashenkov also announced on the same day that Russian forces have captured the Hostomel airfield in northwestern Kiev and blockaded the Ukrainian capital from the west, and will continue to perform tasks in the areas of other cities.
Russia has also taken full control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and military units of the two sides there have reached an agreement on the protection of the nuclear facilities and the sarcophagus.
"Fighting is going on all over Ukraine. Let's sit down at the negotiating table," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying on Friday, calling for talks to end the intense conflict.
Later Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to the Belarusian capital of Minsk for negotiations with Ukraine at the level of representatives of the defense ministry, the foreign ministry and the presidential administration.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing that his country has no plan to occupy Ukraine and Moscow is ready to hold negotiations straight after the Ukrainian forces "lay down their arms."
The two sides are currently discussing a date and place of negotiations, according to Zelensky's press secretary Sergii Nykyforov, noting that "Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and about peace. This is our permanent position."
"The sooner negotiations begin, the more chances there will be to resume normal life," he said.
Some Western countries have announced sanctions against Putin, Lavrov, and some other senior Russian officials over the ongoing military operation in Ukraine, while Peskov noted that the sanctions were not painful for any representative of Russia's top leadership.
The Kremlin spokesman also told reporters that "retaliatory measures will follow," while the details have not been confirmed yet.
United Nations (UN) officials and global leaders are voicing concerns over the issue and calling for a peaceful solution facing the military conflicts and dispute of sanctions.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that the situation "is not irreversible," appealing to all parties concerned for protecting civilians and upholding international humanitarian and human rights law.
Guterres also appointed Amin Awad, former official in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees with over 30 years of experience in field of humanitarian affairs, as UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.
Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and peaceful means to settle disputes.
"I call for an immediate ceasefire, deescalation of tensions and a firm return to diplomacy and dialogue," said the UNGA president in a statement.
Underscoring that the UN Charter is based on the principle of sovereign equality, Shahid called on all member states to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China firmly stands for respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and earnestly abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, during his phone talks with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell as well as Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic counselor to French President Emmanuel Macron.
"The present situation is something we do not want to see," said Wang, stressing that China supports and encourages all diplomatic efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
Cairo urges finding a political settlement to the crisis in a manner that preserves international security and stability, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, affirming the importance of upholding "dialogue and diplomatic solutions."
During his meeting with Putin in Moscow on Thursday, visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that conflict was not in anyone's interest, underlining Pakistan's belief that disputes should be settled through dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement released by Khan's office.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said on Thursday that "everything must now be done to avoid further escalation and to protect lives."
Emphasizing that "peace comes first," Van der Bellen said the way to the negotiating table must be open to all sides.