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the first being the Xihe Qiqiao Cultural Festival, and it proved to be highly popular with tourists.
Soon, she began to take orders, and then recruited locals to work for her.
“As my life improves, I want to help others
to make better lives for themselves through their embroidery,” says Zhang.
In 2015, with the help of her family, she built a house to be used as a work site and named it Qiqiao Workshop.
At first, she recruited a dozen members. After that the num
ber has kept growing as the factory developed into an infl
uential embroidery organization, the Qiqiao Workshop Association.
By last year, it had 179 women as members, 30 of w
hom were from registered poverty-stricken households. It h
ad reached a turnover of 1 million yuan by last year, and members earned 4,000 yuan on average.
ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma
ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co
mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by
a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.
This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr
active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an
d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so
me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in
terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.
At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t
heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei
r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a
nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.
Trump claimed his administration had achieved “more than almost any administration in the history of the country” — and was met with open laughter.
National security adviser John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush, was openly hosti
le toward the UN during his 2005 to 2006 tenure. The Trump administration has cut US contributions to the UN,
pulled out of several of UN organizations and opposed core UN-backed initiatives in
recent years, including the Paris Agreement on climate and the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump had wanted a woman to lead the US delegation at the United Nations, so
urces have told CNN. His original pick, Nauert, bowed out after it came to light tha
t she had employed a nanny who was legally present in the US, but wasn’t legally permitted to work.
The post, which had been a Cabinet level position under Haley, is widely expected to be downgraded.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told aides he wanted the post downgra
ded after Haley leaves, an official familiar with his remark has told CNN. And Bolt
on has also been said to want the role downgraded, according to people familiar with his thinking.
The shift means Craft would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the UN and within the administration, and as a r
esult, would pose nowhere near the challenge to Bolton or Pompeo.
This story has been updated.
a statement saying he had met with Gulf leaders to discuss their common interest in “war wit
h Iran.” On Thursday, Netanyahu added his own criticism of Europe, noting that the US had pulled out of
the Iran deal and added sanctions. “The Europeans should join this effort rather than try to circumvent it,” he said.
Pence’s remarks — both about Europe and advocating for an aggress
ive stance against Iran — are likely to become yet another irritant between the US and Eu
rope, already at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement as well as President Donald Tr
ump’s attacks on the European Union and NATO, his support for populists and for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Allies such as France and Germany declined to send senior officials to the ministerial, whi
ch was initially supposed to focus on Iran and then was broadened to cover Yemen, Syria and attempts to re
solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly in response to European objections.
Even the ministerial’s location — Poland — is potential salt in the wound.
Warsaw has pulled at the fabric of the European Union as it has pursued a series of anti-democratic steps, silencing inde
pendent media, politicizing security services and undermining the judicial system. Yet Pence and other US officials lavi
shed praise on their Polish hosts, while the vice president used his remarks there to paint Western Europe as an isolated outlier.
e diagnosis of the situation,” Czaputowicz said. “They have a similar perspective of problems in the Middle East, and also — let’s b
e open — the negative role played by Iran. … Howeve
n Union and the United States differ in terms of modus operandi, esp
ecially via evaluation of JCPOA or Special Purpose Vehicle and their possible impacts.”
Czaputowicz said that in talks, representatives of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom had spoken about the benefits of the nuclear deal.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up Pence’s aggressive stance on Iran during a press conference at the end of the summit.
Pompeo was asked about Pence’s criticism of three of the US’ closest allies — the UK, France and Germany — and what
the consequences would be, given Pence’s accusation that they were trying to “break up our sanctions.”
The top US diplomat sidestepped. “Look, we make no bones about” wa
nting Europeans to put more pressure and sanctions on Iran. “We respect the sove
reignty of every nation,” Pompeo continued. “But the United States is determined to convince all nations of the w
orld that it is in our collective best interest to deny” Iranian leaders the money they need, Pompeo said.
Pompeo took a stab at some damage control, saying there have been “lots of places” where Europea
n countries have taken on Iran forcefully and mentioned Germany’s decision to deny landing rights to Iran’s Mahan Air.