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ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad
ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.
The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne
ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.
During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo
ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm
ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.
“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ
y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.
ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil
ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.
Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v
isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music
ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.
When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again
st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu
nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K
azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro
m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s and policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order.
Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mingle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.