Month: February 2019
city produced by compressed hydrogen fed into fuel cells, are important in building a green ene
rgy future, as they are generally considered zero-emission and clean, according to Hu.
Such vehicles have long cruising ranges and can be refueled within three to five minutes.
In addition, the performance of fuel cell vehicles is not greatly affected by the change o
f seasons, he said, referring to winter’s adverse effect on the life of lithium batteries.
In recent years, the company has made moves to advance in the field, as bo
th the central and local governments are eyeing the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to upg
rade the manufacturing industry, and to achieve green and sustainable development.
China had around 1,200 fuel cell vehicles on its roads and fewer than 20 hydr
ogen fuel stations by the end of 2017, ranking behind the United States, Japan, Ge
rmany and South Korea, according to the International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.
Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
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.
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.