While the US has long been an established powerhouse

in multiple sectors, China is steadily transforming itself from a traditional manufacturing center into a technology-driven economy capable of delivering hig

her-value products and services to serve its increasingly affluent, middle-income consumer base.

Recognizing the pivotal role of colleges and universities in this process, China is making huge invest

ments to strengthen its higher-education institutions, and is at the same time developing greater cap

bilities in science, technology and innovation. In the critical field of artificial intelligence, for example, Chin

ese President Xi Jinping has laid out an ambitious plan to make China a world leader over the next two decades.

Today, with rapidly improving academic systems, a clear focus on research, and a vast pool of high-caliber talent, Chinese unive

rsities are almost certainly at the forefront of defining the new and most innovative jobs of the 21st century.

This exciting trend, which will likely be unimpeded whatever the outcome of this week’s trade ta

lks, means there are tremendous opportunities for academics to work in China-and the appeal is much bro

ader than just the likely increment in salary and research budget. Many individuals are attracted by the int

riguing possibility of using the next stage of their academic career to take on a new adventure and explore a new culture.

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The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador

  In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep

ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

  The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.

  Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she

understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the

ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”

  Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their

dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo

ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti

me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.

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That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that

  back to whoever sent you here,” she says, citing that the deal doesn’t have a

single Republican in favor of the proposal and “the k

ey to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead.”

  When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, “I may do that … but it’s not a good resolution.”

  In a statement Friday night about the confrontation, Feinstein said she “always welcomes the oppo

rtunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine.”

  ”Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and rem

ain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation,” Feinstein said.

  ”We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution

that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon.”

  The conversation at times grew heated, especially when Feinstein dismissed the group’s request due to their tone and their youth.

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If an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak

  to you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary,” she said.

  The Archdiocese of Detroit took issue with Nessel’s “broad generalizations” during Thursday’s press conference.

  Since 2002, the archdiocese has reported all accusations of clergy sexual abuse to law

enforcement and has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with victims, said spokesman Ned McGrath.

  ”The Archdiocese of Detroit does not self-police,” McGrath said.

  Related: Vatican faces growing list of scandals

  US momentum against church builds amid summit

  The Michigan investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is joined by a fe

deral investigation and similar probes in at least 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

  The investigations follow a damning report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania last Augu

st that accused more than 300 “predator priests” of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947. The vas

t majority of cases occurred before Catholic bishops in the US instituted new child-safety protocols.

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On Thursday, the pontiff opened the summit by urging he b

  nd other church leaders to commit to taking concrete actions.

  ”The holy people of God are looking at us and expect from us not simple condemnat

ions,” Francis said, “but concrete and effective measures to put in place. We need to be concrete.”

  The Pope then said he had made a list of 21 “reflection points” that were handed out to the assembly of church leaders, wh

ich included preparing a “practical handbook” of guidelines for handling abuse cases when accusations emerge.

  Also included are instructions to inform civil authorities and church officials whenever an accusation is made, esta

blishing provisions to include non-clergy experts in investigations, as well as formulating “mandatory codes of c

onduct” for all church clergy, personnel and volunteers “to outline appropriate boundaries in personal relationships.”

  More controversially, the Pope proposed that dioceses and Catholic organizations around the world not publish

lists of clergy accused of abuse before a preliminary investigation and “definitive” condemnation have occurred.

  ”The principle of natural and canon law of presumption of innocence must be also be saf

eguarded until the guilt of the accused is proven,” the Pope said in the “reflection points.”

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Maduro sees the opposition-led plan as a trap, and has

  rejected the humanitarian aid it would bring in. Accepting foreign supplies during the curren

t political crisis would be tantamount to accepting foreign political intervention, from Maduro’s point of view.

  When the US sent a shipment of medical and food supplies to the Venezuelan border last we

ek, Maduro’s regime installed a blockade on one of the bridges that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

  Just a week ago on state television, Maduro dismissed Guaido’s init

iative, saying “Venezuelans are not beggars.” But patriotism did not prevent Maduro fro

m accepting $9 million from the UN in November 2018.It’s hard to see how the opposition, which controls little real p

ower on the ground in Venezuela, can guarantee that aid will enter the country by Sunday.

  While Guaido has described a “human wave” of volunteers heading to the b

order to carry supplies, very few aid professionals have lifted their hands to join in the effort.

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Honda is closing its only British factory, wiping out 3,500 jobs

  Honda has just dealt the United Kingdom’s auto industry a huge blow.

  The Japanese carmaker said Tuesday that it will shut down a major manufa

cturing plant in the English town of Swindon that employs 3,500 people. T

housands more jobs will be put at risk at suppliers and other businesses.

  Honda (HMC) has made more than 3 million cars in Swindon since its plant there opened three decades ago. The plant, which

will close in 2021, currently produces up to 150,000 Civics a year for over 70 countries.

  Swindon is the Japanese company’s only car plant in the European Union. The restructuring will also involve Honda’s busi

ness in Turkey, which currently produces 38,000 Civic sedans per year. That will cease in 2021.

  Honda said that production would shift to Japan, North America and China.

  Honda Motor Europe President Katsushi Inoue said in a statement that the restruct

uring is needed to “accelerate our electrification strategy” as the auto industry seeks to overcome “unprecedented changes.”

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Even leaving the bloc under the agreement Prime Min

  ster Theresa May has negotiated with the European Union would mean continued uncertainty over future terms of trade.

  More uncertainty is the last thing needed by a car industry that has already been slammed by a

collapse in diesel sales in Europe and dramatically weaker demand in China.

  Japan’s Nissan (NSANF) earlier this month scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV at its fact

ory in the English city of Sunderland. It cited uncertainty over Brexit as one reason for the decision.

  Britain’s biggest car maker, Jaguar Land Rover, announced plans last month to reduce its gl

obal workforce by 4,500. That’s in addition to 1,500 people who left the company last year.

  The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors (TTM), has also warned that crashing out of the

European Union would wipe out more than £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) of its annual profit.

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Swiss banking giant UBS fined more than $5 billion in fraud case

  UBS faces a massive financial penalty in France after a court there ruled that the Swiss bank helped its wealthy clients avoid taxes.

  The court delivered its verdict in Paris on Wednesday, ordering the bank to pay €4.5

billion ($5.1 billion) and finding it guilty of money laundering and illegal client solicitations.

  The fines include €800 million ($907 million) in civil damages payable to the French state.

  Shares in UBS (UBS) dropped sharply after the verdict was announced, trading

down 4.2% in Switzerland. The fines are roughly equal to the bank’s net profits for 2018.

  Switzerland’s largest bank said that it would issue a statement “as soon as possible following appli

cable disclosure requirements.” The bank previously said the “lack of a case for the prosecution” had been “very evident.”

  ”UBS believes that the amounts requested were not supported by the evidence presen

ted or the law, and that there are strong legal defenses to the relevant charges,” it said in its most recent annual report.

  The bank said Wednesday that it would appeal the court’s ruling.

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School strips alumnus actor’s PhD over plagiarismen in Dec

The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.

Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec

ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.

Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa

s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.

Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.

Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca

demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.

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