While U.S Sanctions and penalties appear to be certain for Hong Kong, that won’t stop the economy from growing. With a multi-billion dollar international-made bridge valued at more than $20B. The Mega Bridge included a joint-partnership between at least 14 countries says Gao Xinglin (Bridge Team Leader). Included in the mega project are experts from The United Kingdom, The United States, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan and Poland.
“We hope that the friends from the press can take this opportunity to see the new accomplishment of China in the new era and fresh progress of the ‘one country, two systems'”, Song Ruan, deputy commissioner at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters at this week’s
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement that ensured its freedoms, including a separate legal system.
While the mega bridge is a staggering 55km-long and about 6 lanes wide, it’s set to connect Macau and China’s mainland in an unprecedented way. Though it’s reported to have created some criticism for the hefty price tag and fatalities, that didn’t hinder the Chinese Economy from taking a stance in advancing the way we travel.
The bridge is expected to increase the Economy while also cutting travel time in half.
Certainly, the Mega Bridge should bring tons of revenue for the economy, though it’s been temporarily halted from opening until Chinese authorities are able inspect the bridge. It’s been estimated that more than 40,000 vehicles are expected to travel across the mega bridge each day.
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Africa: At least 16 people killed in an attack on French embassy and army office in Burkina Faso capital
An attack on the French embasy and army headquaters in the Baukina Faso’s capital has lead to at least 16 people dead including eight gunmen.
Witnesses say masked attackers used guns and explosives during the Friday’s assault.
Officials say at least eight assailants and eight security personnel were killed and about 80 people wounded.
The attack occured at the French embasy and another one also occured in an area near the prime minister’s office and the United Nation’s roundabout. The national police force confirmed.
A military police officer and four attackers were killed under the attack on the French embasy around 10:15GMT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a televised address.
The second attack occurred when fighters opened fire on the army headquarters on the other side of town. Explosions could be heard, according to witnesses, and smoke was seen above some of the buildings.
“There was so much gunfire, damage everywhere,” one witness said.
“Two policemen went by near the army headquarters,” he added.
“There was a car with around four to six people. They opened fire, there was an explosion, we saw a lot of shots fired and a lot of smoke and then people started running.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Jean-Marc Chataigner, France’s ambassador to the Sahel, described the incident on Twitter as a “terrorist attack”.
“Solidarity with colleagues and friends in Burkina Faso,” he said.
— Jean-Marc Châtaigner (@Jmchataigner) March 2, 2018
‘Attack of opportunity’
Armed groups in the Sahel – an area traversing Central and West Africa – have repeatedly attacked Burkina Faso.
The country’s capital is home to a base for the French Special forces deployed in the Sahel to fight rebel groups.
Clashes and frequent attacks have led to tens of thousands of people fleeing the area.
Last year, an al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked a Turkish restaurant in the capital, killing 19 people.
In 2016, 30 people, including four assailants, were killed after an attack on popular restaurant and hotel in the city.
Michael Shurkin, a senior political scientist at Rand Corporation, which tracks security issues in France, said the incident may have been an attack of opportunity.
“The country is fragile at the moment,” Shurkin said.
“At the same time the French are battling fighters” in nearby states, he told Al Jazeera from Washington, DC.
However, the larger problem is whether or not Burkinabe forces can create peace on the periphery, where a homegrown armed movement is gaining traction, Shurkin said.
Burkina Faso is one of a number of countries in the Sahel battling armed groups in the region.
Last month, the European Union announced it would double its funding for the G5 Sahel military force, which aims at combating armed groups across the region.
The force is made up of soldiers from Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad.
Africa: South Sudan to be hit by famine
Officials say South Sudan is likely to be hit by another famine after four years of civil war and a number of failed attempts to bring peace to the country.
Members of an aid group including officials of South Sudan and the UN said about two-thirds of the total population will need food aid this year to stave off starvation and malnutrition as they prepare for the toughest year on record.
“The situation is extremely fragile, and we are close to seeing another famine,” Serge Tissot of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in South Sudan said.
“The projections are stark,” he added.
“If we ignore them, we’ll be faced with a growing tragedy.”
According to a survey published by the working group, about 48 percent of the total 5.3 million people are already in crisis or emergency situation.
“We are expecting to face the toughest year on record,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Alain Noudehou told reporters in the South Sudanese capital Juba.
The oil-rich east African nation, which gained independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, has been torn apart by an ethnically-charged civil war since late 2013 when troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and then-Vice President Riek Machar clashed.
Since then, more than four million people have been forced to flee their homes, creating Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Machar and Kiir signed a peace deal in August 2015 and formed a unity government the following April. It broke down three months later, and fighting has continued.
The conflict has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and left more than half of the country’s 12 million population in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN.
The UN declared a famine in two districts in February of last year but said that crisis had started to ease in June
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