Sang Shulou, 36, was discharged from the hospital after recei

eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.

“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.

According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the

remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo

nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.

he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo

uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol

ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.

Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too

k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote

ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.

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On Saturday, the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of

 Party of China Jiangsu Provincial Committee, the province’s top leadership, held a meeting on measures to be taken.

Lou Qinjian, Party chief of Jiangsu, said at the meeting that the province should learn the “bloody lesson” and “retrospect from the soul”.

The incident is the result of poor implementation of the responsibility syst

em for production safety, as well as bureaucracy and formalis

m in supervision, according to a statement released after the meeting.

Jiangsu immediate launched safety inspections on chemical production, transportation and storage facilities after the incident. Operations will be suspen

ded once any safety hazard is spotted. If a company fails to eliminate the hazards in a specified time, it will be shu

t down. Those who are responsible for rectification work will be held accountable for life, the statement said.

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In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.

In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a

ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma

kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.

The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok

ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca

mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.

The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb

ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud

ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.

The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.

According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score

s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th

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More air links can be expected as the two sides agreed

to facilitate airlines from each other to do business and ease the market access for them, according to the communique.

During his state visit to Italy from March 21 to 24, Xi held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattar

ella and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

The communique said the two sides have agreed to advance China-Italy comprehe

nsive strategic partnership in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit for win-win outcomes.

Actions will be taken to fully implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, it added.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to promote multilat

eralism and maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core. They agre

ed to oppose protectionism of any form, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, maintain the

World Trade Organization (WTO)’s central role and jointly push for necessary reforms to the WTO.

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He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperation wit

 China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dialo

gue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two coun

tries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his

three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

Prince Albert II has visited China 10 times. As a member of the International Olympic Commi

ttee, he has been actively supporting the development of Olympics in China. He attended the opening cer

emonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Prince Albert II visited China last September. President Xi ex

pressed his appreciation for the long-term commitment of Prince Albert II and Mon

aco’s monarchy to developing bilateral relations, and welcomed him to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.

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The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industria

Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was brought under control on Friday.

Meng’s union has been offering free food and drinking water to those donating blood since the center was set up Thursday.

Gao Shuibao, a volunteer at the local Red Cross society, estimated at least 280 people don

ated their blood on Thursday and the number stood at more than 200 on Friday morning.

Zhang Yinlong, whose home is about 20 kilome

ters away from the donation point, had come in for the fourth time on Friday to give blood.

“I came at 5 pm yesterday, but only found an extremely long line. I went back home and came ba

ck again at about 8 pm, but had to give it up after waiting for two hours,” said the 38-year-old.

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The welder spent another three hours on Friday morning but

had to quit again as he had to pick up his son from primary school at noon. He joined the line again aft

er lunch, but he didn’t have any idea about when his turn will come when

China Daily interviewed him at 4:30 pm.

There were so many donators that the organizers brought dozens of stools to the site so that people could rest after waiting a long time.

Many people also came to Xiangshui People’s Hospital to offer free food and

medicine for those hospitalized. Chen Y

ueru, a member of local volunteer association, said they have received 2,177

boxes of packed food for lunch, more tha

n 10,000 bottles of water, 24 boxes of ham sausage and 14 boxes of instant noodle and 500 breads at the hospital.

She said clothes are in demand for many of the injured as the belongings of many

have been buried in debris and stained with blood and dirt.

Gao, the red society volunteer, said a company has donated about 600 bottles of a spe

cial medicine for wound sterilization and has also sent medicine for the injured.

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Paving stone dedicated to ‘friend’ from China unveiled at

Representatives from the Chinese embassy in the UK visited Uppingham School on Thursday, attending the unv

eiling ceremony for a paving stone dedicated to Charles Cao Quin, senior advisor on China-UK partnerships at the school.

Over the past years, Charles Cao Quin of the Beijing Conservatory has worked closely with Uppingham

School, an English boarding school famed for its rich tradition of all-around education, especially of music.

The school flew the Chinese national flag in tribute to the visit of

Wang Yongli, minister counselor for education at the Chinese embassy in London.

Charles was the first person from China honored with an engraved paving slab in his name.

Doctor Richard Maloney, headmaster of Uppingham School, praised that Charles has contri

buted a lot to the communication between China and the UK in terms of music and education partnership.

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Charles is an artist and an academic. He is someone who

 think, both of our country should be very proud to have a friend, a representative like him,” he said.

At present, there are more than 800 13-18-year-old students at the

School, including nearly 60 Chinese students, most of whom are from Hong Kong.

Uppingham school was founded in 1584. The famous British educator Edward Thri

ng (1821-87) used to be its headmaster and took the lead in proposing the concept of “all-around education”.

Thring opened the first school gymnasium in England, introduced wood and metal workshops, and provided a sw

imming pool. In academic matters he stressed sound training in mathematics, the classics, and music. In 1869 he fou

nded the Headmasters’ Conference, an organization that had a great influence in English school education.

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