Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Wednesday that his state visit to the United States is aimed at increasing mutual trust, enhancing friendship, deepening cooperation and pushing forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century. "I hope that through this visit, our two countries will advance the positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship and open a new chapter in our cooperation as partners," Hu said at a welcome ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Hu and U.S. President Barack Obama stood on a small stage with Chinese and U.S. flags as the national anthem of China, then U.S. national anthem being played. Hu, who was greeted by Obama and his wife upon his arrival at the White House, was to hold talks with Obama shortly after the ceremony, the eighth meeting between the two leaders in two years. The two leaders inspected the honor guard and then walked a short distance to shake hands with visitors. The two … [Read more...] about Chinese president vows to advance positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with U.S.
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At least five people were killed and 29 others injured in Oklahoma as tornadoes raked the U.S. midwest states on Saturday and Sunday, officials said. As the violent weather swept the region, tornadoes or high winds damaged a hospital, homes and cut off power for hundreds of thousands of households, and forecasters warned of more storms on Sunday. The U.S. National Weather Service received 121 reports of possible tornado touchdowns Saturday and early Sunday in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, according to CNN. As the violent storm system could continue to hammer much of the region, CNN quoted a weather expert as reporting that the states in the "bull's-eye" for the most dangerous conditions Sunday will likely be Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. About 5 million residents from Wisconsin to Texas "need to be on guard," said CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele. Five people, including two children, died after a tornado touched down at about 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around Woodward, a town … [Read more...] about Tornadoes kill 5, injure dozens in U.S. state of Oklahoma
China and the United States, the world's top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday to formally adopt by the end of the year a Paris deal to slow global warming, raising the prospects of it being enforced much faster than anticipated. The United Nations said 175 states took the first step of signing the deal on Friday, the biggest day one endorsement of a global agreement. Of those, 15 states also formally notified the United Nations that they had ratified the deal. Many countries still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement, which was reached in December. The deal will enter into force only when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. China and the United States together account for 38 percent of global emissions. "China will finalize domestic legal procedures on its accession before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year," China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told the U.N. signing … [Read more...] about China, U.S. pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year
Editor's note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this article exclusively for Tuoi Tre News to discuss how mass media in the U.S. have exploded with biased coverage of the violence. In the past couple of weeks, two black men, one in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and another in Minnesota, were “executed” on video by local police. The videos were, by any estimation, quite horrific. In retaliation, five police officers in Dallas, Texas, and three officers in Baton Rouge were assassinated by two lone black gunmen. Coincidentally, a protest group, Black Lives Matter (BLM), has been protesting against racially-motivated police violence in major cities and at presidential campaign events. These protests, often seen by critics as provocative, are serving as a possible inspiration or catalyst for violence against police. BLM formed in protest over the shooting death … [Read more...] about Discussing U.S. media bias in reporting on police, violence
The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. The new guidelines for healthcare workers and the precautions taken for the cruise passenger reflected widespread anxiety over Ebola in the United States, including calls from some lawmakers for a travel ban on West Africa. The worst outbreak on record of the virus has killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged stronger international action to control the epidemic, saying on Sunday the disease … [Read more...] about U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink