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The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a
nd the National Theater of Greece, represents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers.
The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr
ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarchy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s
acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.
Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic director of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr
ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo
u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t
han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.
”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This
is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.
Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.
The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives
were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi
llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.
Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super
vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.
Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi
na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.
“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni
shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.
Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.
have once again made concrete progress and provided positive pro
spects for bilateral relations and the global economy. Wang, also minister of foreign affa
irs, made the remark at an event on Monday, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, said, “It is encouraging that both sides have begu
n to work on the text of an agreement, which indicates a speeding up toward sealing a trade deal.”
“The progress also showed that effective economic diplomatic meas
ures can help resolve cumbersome issues and reduce confrontation between two nations,” Yao said.
After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, President Xi Jinping and hi
s US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed in December to halt new tariffs for 90 days to a
llow for talks. Since then, negotiations have been conducted on a wide array of topics.
Early Sunday afternoon in Washington, Trump tweeted that he “will be delaying” the incr
ease of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled for March 1, due to “very productive” trade talks between the two countries.
Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent missile display as thousands of de
monstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed over the walls of the US E
mbassy in Tehran and seized dozens of Americans, holding them hostage for 444 days.
The former embassy compound is known locally as the “den of espionage,” and protests take place in front of it annually.
One of Iran’s most powerful missiles, the Qadr, was prominently featured Saturday, along with anti-US and anti-Israel signs and chanting.
The medium-range missile is liquid-fueled, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), a
ccording to the semiofficial Fars News agency, which says it can reach as far as Israel.
”The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positi
ons and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” Fars reported.
Trump says Iran violating nuclear agreement, threatens to pull out of deal
Crowds chanted slogans condemning Washington’s policies toward Iran and shouted “Down With the US.”
The US-Iranian relationship has grown even more strained in recent months, espec
ially after President Donald Trump publicly renounced the Iran nuclear deal in October, refusing to recer
tify the 2015 multilateral agreement in an effort to initiate tougher and more wide-ranging restrictions on Tehran.
The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong
-un in Hanoi on February 27 and 28 will trigger complicated changes in East Asia’s poli
tics. Though the effect on US-Japan relations will be limited, North Korea-Japan ties will move in a positive direction.
Currently, Pyongyang demands withdrawal of sanctions, signing a peace treaty, an end-of-war declaration, and a security guarantee f
or North Korea. Washington had asked Pyongyang to undertake complete, verifiable and irrev
ersible denuclearization, which might be now relaxed. The US may agree that North Korea fulfill it in stages. Befo
re any progress in denuclearization, the US will not ease sanctions substantially. Therefore, the Hanoi talks co
uld produce substantive results, much more significant than the Singapore summit.
However, it won’t shake the relationship between US and its East Asian al
lies. Even if the US and North Korea forge new relations, it would obviously not be a
s firm as the US-Japan alliance. Once the talks make headway, Washington may gradually lift the sanctions on Pyo
ngyang, helping get North Korea’s economy out of the doldrums. Other areas will be left as they are.
In this context, possible improvement in US-North Korea ties would not have noticeabl
e impact on US-Japan relations. However, it may make Tokyo and Pyongyang move closer.