Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t
wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.
Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the
US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec
urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.
Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit
ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.
“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi
nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco
gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.
“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio
n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.
on Mauritius, where back-breaking work was endured on sugar
plantations, says Vine. They developed their own version of the Creole language, schools for t
heir children, tended private gardens and led a peaceful way of life.
In 1967, the US and UK began tearing that life apart, exiling all the inhabitants from their land.
”Initially, people who went for special medical treatment to Mauritius were just neve
r allowed to come back,” says Pierre Prosper, who was born on Peros Banhos, a northeast atoll of Chag
os. “So a mother who gave birth would be left in Mauritius while the rest of the family would be in Chagos.”
Medical and food supplies to the island were gradually restricted, until event
ually, in 1973, all those remaining were told they had to leave “overnight,” Prosper says.
who has called Beijing home for 15 years, several of Premier Li’s points affect my family, so it should come as no surprise I paid special attention to these.
First is the environment. While politicians in the US are making the Green New Deal a zero-sum political football, China has
made great strides in improving its environment. While President Trump, is in the process of gutting established domestic envir
onmental regulations, China has become the global leader in promoting a sustainable environment for future gener
ations. While Trump began the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, whose passage was assu
red by the joint leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama, China is stre
ngthening efforts to prevent and control pollution and boost environmental protection.
Fighting pollution is expensive so it’s heartening to hear from the GWR that China has budgeted 25 billion yuan ($3.73 bil
lion) to prevent and control air pollution, a 25 percent year-on-year increase. Likewise, China will reduce its sul
fur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 3 percent this year, in an effort to consolidate and increase prev
ious gains in its efforts to keep skies blue. It also will continue its quest to further decrease PM 2.5 density par
ticulate pollution in a number of key areas, such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin Hebei region.
out of their own homes and meet neighbors through the rooftop garden projects, not only the e
lderly but also the children, the parents and white-collar workers,” Wang said. “Moreover, the gar
dens also help the children recognize crops, since most of them grew up in cities with little knowledge of crops.”
The project wasn’t always smooth sailing, though, with Wang saying some vegetables had been stolen and gardens destroyed.
The neighborhood committee has since focused more on popularizing the miniature
gardens among residents and calling on them to become volunteers for the maintenance of the rooftop farms, Wang said.
There are now more than 10 rooftop gardens in the neighborhood, and some office buildings will soon build more.
Tang Lingfeng, secretary of the Caojiadu neighborhood working co
mmittee, said traditional public welfare activities organized by the committee have targe
ted students, the elderly and the needy, but how to engage local residents has been a challenge.
“When people get to know each other, most of the work can be e
asily done and promoted, which will in turn enhance community governance,” Tang said.