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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-05-28 17:30

Stanley Ho Hung-sun [File photo]

>Casino king Stanley Ho dies

Macao's casino patriarch Stanley Ho Hung-sun died at around 1 pm on Tuesday in Hong Kong at the age of 98, his daughter, Pansy Ho Chiu-king, told the media alongside family members at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital later in the afternoon.

Born in Hong Kong in November 1921, the Hong Kong-Macao entrepreneur served as a member of the Standing Committee of the ninth to 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Pansy Ho said her father had been highly respected for his contributions to society.

His daughter recalled that Stanley Ho had attached great importance to family education and reminded his children that "everything from society shall be spent for society".

She said he "cherished the people of Hong Kong".

Pansy Ho also said her father would always stay in the heart of the family while they would go all-out to continue his legacy, fulfilling the family's social responsibilities.


Members of the Chinese surveying team who remeasured Mount Qomolangma celebrate after they reached the summit on the morning of May 27, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Qomolangma surveying conducted

The Chinese team tasked with remeasuring Mount Qomolangma successfully arrived at the summit and conducted a series of surveys on the pinnacle of the planet on Wednesday.

The surveyors used a global navigation satellite system receiver, a gravimeter, snow-depth radar and a meteorological measuring instrument to determine the height of Qomolangma.

Innovations applied in the latest survey include the application of the Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System, domestic surveying equipment, the airborne gravimeter and 3D interactive virtual reality.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first successful expedition to Qomolangma from the Tibet side and the 45th anniversary of China's first accurate measurement of Qomolangma's height.


The Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian [File photo by Zhu Xingxin/chinadaily.com.cn]

>Military budget reasonable

China's modest 2020 military budget growth is "reasonable and necessary" to address security issues both at home and abroad, while striking a balance with the nation's economic development, senior colonel Wu Qian, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, said on Tuesday.

The central government proposed an annual defense budget of about 1.27 trillion yuan, a 6.6% rise on the last budget. The budget's growth rate is the lowest since 1988, when a 3.81% increase was proposed.

China has upheld the principles of adjusting its military budget in accordance with its security needs and economic development, Wu said in a video interview posted by the ministry.

"China resolutely follows the path of peaceful development and upholds a defense policy that is defensive in nature," he said.

"China's military spending is open, transparent, and grows at a moderate level."



>New immunities law proposed
人大议案: 加快制定外国国家豁免法

Chinese lawmakers have proposed formulating a foreign states immunities law following malicious litigation filed against China over its COVID-19 response.

The move will protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens as well as foreign investors, said Ma Yide, a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) and a law researcher at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences. It will also counteract malicious litigation raised in countries like the US toward China over the COVID-19 response, Ma told reporters.

He said the lack of such a law has emerged as a prominent issue in the current epidemic as some countries, led by the US, tried to shift the blame for their own governments' incompetence on the COVID-19 response. Some groups and individuals even cited the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of the US to bring litigation to the Chinese government and relevant departments, he added.

Over 35 lawmakers from the NPC Beijing delegation have endorsed the proposal, which has been accepted by the session and forwarded to special committees of the national legislature for study.


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