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|BEIJING , May 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on global leaders to push for win-win outcomes, enhance policy coordination and deepen practical cooperation in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Xi made the remarks at the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
Xi called on countries to build partnerships, stay open in cooperation and resolve differences through dialogue.
"Geese can fly through wind and rain for a long time because they fly in flocks," Xi said, driving home the point of forging partnerships against all odds.
He urged countries to follow the Belt and Road principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits to strengthen policy, infrastructure , trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity among countries.
Xi said countries should resist protectionism to seek win-win results in cooperation, and enhance dialogue to settle disputes and resolve differences in maintaining regional stability.
Xi urged countries to align development strategies. He said resisting the beggar-thy-neighbor mentality is a lesson the world learned from the global financial crisis.
He said countries should integrate their development strategies to form a common action plan that is beneficial to all.
Countries should align cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the follow-ups to the G20 Hangzhou Summit, as well as the development plans of regional blocs such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
It takes real action to turn a blueprint into reality, Xi said , urging efforts to accelerate construction of railways, highways, ports, oil and gas pipelines, and power and communication networks to enhance connectivity.
He called for greater efforts to build economic corridors and industrial cooperation parks to create jobs and spur innovation. Free trade areas should be expanded with rules and standards to be more compatible with each other.
Countries should improve their business environment and policy protections to release the positive power of better connectivity, he said.
In addition, financial innovation should play its role in addressing the financing bottleneck. People-to-people exchanges should go deeper to consolidate the basis of cooperation and let ordinary people share the benefits , Xi said.
DUBAI, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen UnitedArab Emirates' (UAE) Sharjah as the World Book Capital of 2019, theofficial Emirates News Agency reported Tuesday.
The UNESCO made the selection in recognition of Sharjah'sprominent role in supporting the book and reading culture, said thereport.
Sharjah, one of the seven sheikdoms of the UAE, is the firstGulf city to win the title and the third in the Arab world and theMiddle East , the official agency said.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova welcomed on Monday thedecision, saying that she appreciated the city's efforts to "allowreading to as many people as possible, especially marginalizedgroups."
"This selection was made on the recommendation of the advisorycommittee, which met at the headquarters of the InternationalFederation of Library Associations and Institutions in The Hague,"she added on the official website of the organization.
The program will begin on April 23, 2019 under the slogan "Iread you in Sharjah" and will be concerned with six main themes:solidarity, reading , heritage, awareness, publishing and youth.
Moreover, the city will also launch Sharjah Publishing City, afully dedicated production and printing venue, aiming at promotingthe book industry by enhancing production and distribution in theArab world.
The emirate of Sharjah was named the capital of Arab culture in1998, the capital of Islamic culture in 2014 , and the capital ofArab tourism in 2015.
Clint Eastwood has cast three young Americans who stopped a terrorist attack on a high-speed train to play themselves in The 15:17 to Paris, according to US media.
Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and US Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone were traveling through Europe when they overpowered a man armed with an AK-47 on a Paris-bound service carrying more than 500 passengers.
"Eastwood began a wide-ranging search for the actors who would portray the three Americans. The studio and Eastwood made their choices but at the 11th hour decided to have Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone portray themselves," Variety magazine reported on Tuesday.
The film follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing to the series of unlikely events leading up to the thwarted attack.
They leapt into action and stopped heavily armed Ayoub El Khazzani from completing an attack on the train from Brussels on August 21, 2015.
The three have since been hailed as heroes both in the US and in France , where they were awarded the Legion of Honor, the country's highest decoration.
Starring alongside the real-life heroes are Jenna Fischer (Hall Pass, TV's The Office) and Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Ray Corasani, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Eastwood's last two films - Sully and American Sniper - were also about real-life heroics, but this is the first time he has used real-life people to play their characters.
He directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train , and Three American Heroes, by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.
Eastwood, 87, is also co-produ.