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APD | Chinese among 32 foreigners killed in Sri Lanka

By APD writer EaswaranCOLOMBO, April 21 (APD) – An unknown number of Chinese nationals are among 32 foreigners killed in Sri Lanka in multiple bomb attacks on Sunday.Over 210 people have been confirmed killed and 450 injured in an Easter Sunday bomb attack in Sri Lanka.The attack initially targeted three major hotels in Colombo and three churches, one in Colombo and one each in Negombo and Batticaloa.Subsequently two other explosions took place in the towns of Dehiwala and Dematagoda.The Tourism Ministry says 32 foreigners have now been confirmed as having being killed in the bomb attack on hotels in Colombo.The Tourism Ministry said that among those killed are Chinese and Belgium nationals.Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said that following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.The fatalities are: three (03) from India, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Turkey, three (03) from the UK, and two (02) holding US and UK nationalities.Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are twenty five unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.Furthermore 19 foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.Directors of Negombo and Batticaloa General Hospitals and the Colombo North Teaching Hospital have informed the Foreign Ministry that no foreigners have been admitted with injuries or declared dead at their respective hospitals.Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Secretary S. Hettiarachchi visited the Colombo National Hospital this afternoon where victims were receiving treatment and also the mortuary to express condolences to the bereaved families.The respective Colombo-based Heads of Mission of the countries of the deceased as well as Sri Lanka Missions overseas have been informed of the casualties.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

APD | Over 210 killed and 450 injured in Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka

By APD writer EaswaranCOLOMBO, April 21 (APD) -- Over 210 people have been confirmed killed and 450 injured in an Easter Sunday bomb attack in Sri Lanka on Sunday.The attack initially targeted three major hotels in Colombo and three churches, one in Colombo and one each in Negombo and Batticaloa.Subsequently two other explosions took place in the towns of Dehiwala and Dematagoda.An island-wide curfew was declared from 6pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday as tensions prevailed in the country following the explosions.Social media was also temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka to stop fake news from spreading following the multiple explosions in the country.Facebook, Whatsap and Viber were blocked after fake news reports spread regarding the attacks.Parliament is to hold an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the country.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that Parliament will meet following the deadly bombings in the country.Sri Lanka’s main international airport, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been placed on high alert following the multiple explosions in parts of the country.All passengers have been requested to arrive at least four hours ahead of their flight.President Maithripla Sirisena expressed shock, deep pain and dismay over the brutal attacks on places of religious worship and other civilian establishments.He said that that he has instructed all law enforcement agencies and defence services to take every possible step to maintain law and order and conduct speedy investigations into the dastardly attack and bring the culprits and those who were behind this conspiracy to book.“I have given instructions to take very stern action against the persons who are responsible for this conspiracy,” the President said and added that all required steps have been taken to fulfill the responsibilities as a government.President Sirisena appealed to the nation to act with utmost restraint and patience, and not to be misled by baseless rumours and false stories. He also urged the people to extend unstinted support and cooperation to the government for the steps taken at this trying occasion.(ASIA PACIFC DAILY)

APD | Indonesia reports no death among citizens, condemns deadly attacks in Sri Lanka

By APD writer Aditya NugrahaJAKARTA, April 21 (APD) — Indonesia confirmed no death among citizens when multiple bombings ripped off several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, condemning the deadly attacks that killed hundreds of civilians. On the behalf of government and people, Indonesia foreign affairs ministry conveyed its deepest condolences for the victims and families whose relatives affected by the deadly multiple attacks. The ministry said that an Indonesian was reported safe after a bomb explosion ripped off Shangri-La hotel where he stayed in. The Indonesian national was evacuated to safety by local authorities. Other Indonesians stayed in the same hotel were also reported safe as they went out when the bomb exploded in the hotel in the morning, the statement said. The ministry said that 374 Indonesians are staying in Sri Lanka at present, of which 140 are in capital city of Colombo.  Through its embassy in Colombo, Indonesian government continues to monitor the developing situation aftermath the bombings on Easter holiday in Sri Lanka. “Indonesian nationals should keep up their alertness on the developing situation and abide by directions of local  authorities to address their safety,” the statement said. Indonesia offers assistance for Sri Lanka government to handle the mitigation related to the bombings. Indonesia, however, believes that Sri Lanka is capable to overcome the dire situation aftermath the bombings. The 8 attacks on luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka’s cities have claimed at least 207 lives, inured some 450 others so far, reports said. Two of the attacks were conducted by suicide bombers. All of those attacks occurred almost simultaneously around 9.00. a.m. local time. At least 35 foreigners from China, the Netherland, Portugal and the United States were reported of perished in the attacks. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

The Belt and Road

2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Zhangjiajie City on October 16, 2018

On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road.  The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)