ADDIS ABABA Ecco Cool 2.0 Homme Pas Cher , Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union on Tuesday issued a statement against U.S. President Trump's "shithole" remarks.
The council said it received with utter shock the news of the uncouth words used by Trump in reference to African people and people of African descent.
"We note that this language is wrong and does not reflect the stature of the President of the United States," the council said, adding "In Africa we do deeply respect elders and the language that elders use should be respectful and one that befits the position that they hold. The President of the United States is an elder and should always remember and act as one."
The council has called upon all citizen groups, religious organizations, academics and civic actors to condemn the language.
"Citizens across the world should be respected for what they are and referred to in appropriate and respectful language. To continue to propagate racism through language in the world is to fuel other types of violent behaviors that we see around the world.
"We ask that the U.S. President seriously considers withdrawing this statement and issue a public apology to all Africans and people of African descent in the world," the statement read.
The council noted that the president should "remember that the social, economic and cultural contributions of Africans in the United States is one of the highest. The United States has a big number of professional Africans who cannot fit the description that he used."
One of the Agenda 2063 Aspirations developed by African people and leaders is: An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics, it said.
ECOSOCC as an organ that promotes and popularizes the Agenda 2063 strives to build an Africa and world that is ethical and value-based, and we call upon the U.S. President to embrace this aspiration, said the statement.
"ECOSOCC joins the rest of the world to condemn the language of the President of the United States of America.
"We therefore call for the President of the United States to restrain himself and ensure that he espouses the values that the United States people have been known for," the statement read.
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's petrochemical industry profit in 2017 grew at the fastest pace in six years, according to the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation on Wednesday.
The sector's 2017 profit is estimated to exceed 850 billion yuan (about 130 billion U.S. dollars), up 30 percent.
Revenue from core operations totaled 14.5 trillion yuan last year, up 12.5 percent, while imports and exports as a whole increased by 22 percent to 560 billion U.S. dollars.
The petrochemical industry has been hindered by overcapacity along with security and environmental constraints. A State Council guideline issued in August 2016 said China must increase the competitiveness of the industry.
By 2020, energy consumption per yuan of output should be cut by 8 percent from the 2015 level, with carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption reduced by 10 percent and 14 percent.
ULAN BATOR, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The inauguration ceremony of thecomplete translation of the classic Chinese tale "Journey to theWest" took place here on Monday.
It was converted by famous translator Dorjsuren Boldbaatar intomodern Mongolian Cyrillic from an old Mongolian script version bycomparing it to the original one in Chinese.
Boldbaatar said that he further intends to translate anothermasterpiece of Chinese literature "Dream of the Red Chamber" thisyear.
Published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty andattributed to Wu Cheng'en, Journey to the West is one of the fourgreat classical novels of Chinese literature.
Over the past decade, Boldbaatar translated and publishedseveral Chinese classical works such as the other two Chinese greatclassical novels "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and "WaterMargin."
COLOMBO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people have died and 14 missing in the north central and eastern regions of Sri Lanka as torrential rains made dams overflow, caused landslides and hampered transport, an official said on Friday.
State-run Disaster Management Center (DMC) calculates nearly 800,000 people have been affected while about 80,000 people have been displaced and are housed in shelters.
"The government has instructed the relevant authorities to take immediate measures to ensure relief for the families hit by the bad weather. So far an estimated 2.7 million U.S. dollars have been disbursed by the government for relief measures," Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters. Landslide warnings have been issued to 11 districts and trains to the central region have been suspended after earth mounds and boulders collapsed onto the track in several places.
Thousands have been evacuated by military and navy officials, including from tourist hot spots such as the north central town of Anuradhapura where ancient temple ruins are a popular attraction. The towns of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in the north central province are also home to some of Sri Lanka's largest rice cultivations with hundreds of dams scattered around the region to provide water in the usually arid region.
Lashed by heavy showers for days as many as 300 of these dams have reached spill level forcing sluice gates to be opened, threatening people living downriver. More than 7000 army personnel have now been deployed in flood- affected areas in more than five districts to provide rescue and relief operations on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake.