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The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne
d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.
Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com
prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop
hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.
“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga
ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In
stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition
movies in real life? In Tallinn, it’s where the curtains are raised to reveal everything you dreamed the winter to be. The stone city of Talli
nn has every one of its medieval buildings and picturesque streets covered in a blanket of snow during the winter.
Although the old town is enchanting every other day, the Christmas winter pushes this quality up a notch. While ta
king in the sight, you can enjoy locally made soup and fresh hot serves of glogi. By now, the Tallinn Lake must have becom
e iced and you can go ice-skating on it. Or you might just want to speed across the ice with a sled with full su
rveillance of the Huskies – and when you think you have gotten too cold, you can use the traditional sauna to warm up!
With countless beautiful locations in the world, the list of Top 15 natural wonders is almost impossible to compile withou
t compromise. This is our list of the world’s natural wonders, we think its about the nicest things that nature can offer.
Great BarrierReef is the largest coral reef in the world with an area of more than 3,000 km. O
n Earth this is the only coral reef that can be seen from space and is the world’s largest coherent system
of living organisms. The reef consists of several billion small organisms. The Great Coral reef has rich wi
ldlife, green sea turtles, dolphins, whales, marine snakes and clowns live here as well.
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
one with the UK in 2017 and another with India the following year. By exploiting the power of these regional countries, Japan aims to secure military provisions for its SDF in t
he Indo-Pacific region from the US, Canada, Australia and India and in the North Atlantic region from the US, the UK, France and Canada.
This has laid the foundation for Japan to broaden its SDF activities and ensure military provision with its par
tners. It is a small-scale bilateral military alliance system centered on Japan. This shows Japan’s long-term strategic plan.
Since the 21st century, Japan has clearly labeled China as its biggest real and potential rival. Especially since Shinzo Abe took office, he spared no efforts at contai
ning China. During Abe’s first term, the Japanese government raised the idea of the “arc of freedom and prosperity.” When
he became prime minister for a second time, the policies advocated by his cabinet, including the values-based alliance, the alliance of
maritime democracies, the democratic security diamond and the freedom corridor, have all kept China in focus.
Because of the ACSAs with Australia and India, Japan can militarily constrain China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the A
tlantic, it can also exert forceful intervention in China’s policy in Europe, North Africa and West Africa.
In some areas where China’s military strength has not reached, Japan has crafted its military pla
n in advance by utilizing its bilateral alliance system, trap-falling China’s military strategy into a passive position.