Fo­rumGovt steps gets smartup push with to city oust is­sues rebels China joins global meet­ing to pro­mote in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­

Civil­ians liv­ing in fear amid heavy shelling as fighters move into Afrin

DA­M­AS­CUS — The Syrian cap­i­tal’s Eastern Ghouta area and the Kur­dish-held Afrin en­clave have grabbed the The head­lines com­mon re­cently chal­lenges af­ter fac­ing wit­ness­ing cities in­tense to­day — bat­tles. hous­ing, Eastern trans­porta­tion, Ghouta, health­care, a sprawl­ing en­ergy sub­urb and com­pris­ing the en­vi­ron­ment sev­eral towns, — will is be see­ing ex­am­ined some at of an the up­com­ing most in­tense fo­rum by shelling pool­ing by global gov­ern­ment cities’ re­sources. forces, who are poised to launch The G50 a mas­sive Global Smart as­sault City to Sum­mit, elim­i­nate co-spon­sored al- Qaida-linked by the two fighters Sil­i­con there. Val­ley cities of Cu­per­tino The pres­ence and Santa of the Clara, ul­tra­rad­i­cal aims to groups bring is to­gether seen by ex­perts the gov­ern­ment from 50 cities as a around threat the to the world, se­cu­rity as well of the as Syrian academia cap­i­tal. and ma­jor in­dus­tries, to pro­mote On Sun­day, in­no­va­tion the Syrian and de­ploy­ment forces started of the smart pre­lude city tech­nolo­gies. to a mas­sive ground of­fen­sive Cli­mate with change heavy ar­tillery tops the list fire of and pro­posed airstrikes, top­ics, while which also the rebels in­cludes have en­ergy, been safety, fir­ing health­care, mor­tars on the tech­no­log­i­cal dis­tricts of lo­cal­iza­tion the cap­i­tal near and Eastern re­search shar­ing. Ghouta.

With “To­day, changes res­i­den­tial to ar­eas, global and Da­m­as­cus re­gional ho­tels, cli­mate as well pat­terns, as Rus­sia’s mostly Cen­tre at­trib­uted for Syrian to in­creased Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, lev­els of re­ceived car­bon diox­ide mas­sive from bom­bard­ment the use of fos­sil by fu­els, il­le­gal it armed is more groups im­por­tant from than eastern ever Ghouta,” for global Rus­sia’s cities to pool De­fence to­gether Min­istry their said knowl­edge on Tues­day. and best prac­tices, said Darcy The Paul, Rus­sian mayor mil­i­tary of Cu­per­tino. is sup­port­ing Syrian Pres­i­dent “We are Bashar ded­i­cated al- As­sad’s to work­ing forces. on re­duc­ing green­house gas A emis­sions, po­lice source mov­ing said that for­ward eight peo­ple on sus­tain­able were killed city growth, and 42 oth­ers and im­prov­ing wounded the on qual­ity Tues­day of by life rebel of shelling. our res­i­dents,” Among he said. the vic­tims were three Cu­per­tino school­child­ren, and Santa Clara who are were home killed to high-tech when a mor­tar giants like shell Ap­ple, struck In­tel Dar and al-Salam Nvidia. Both school cities in cen­tral use the Da­m­as­cus. “in­side sto­ries” Other on the peo­ple “green­est were and in new­est” hos­pi­tal of­fice af­ter build­ing sus­tain­ing — Ap­ple in­juries Park from — the and shelling. foot­ball sta­dium “We are — wait­ing Levi’s Sta­dium our turn — to to die. tout This what is they the only said thing is the first I can event say,” of said its kind Bi­lal in his­tory. Abu Salah, 22, whose wife is five months “Levi’s preg­nant Sta­dium with brings their with first it child smart in tech­nolo­gies, the Eastern which won the city awards Ghouta town of Douma. as The a re­sult,” mil­i­tary said cam­paign Kathy aims Watan­abe, to re­move vice-mayor the rebels of from Santa Eastern Clara. Ghouta, pro­gov­ern­ment “As we de­velop, me­dia we out­lets need said, to learn but from it is each no easy other task the as abil­ity the to rebels con­tinue have to been use en­trenched re­sources rea­son­ably there for years. and en­vi­ron­men­tally.” Four key groups are po­si­tioned The idea in Eastern of a “smart Ghouta city” is — to cre­ate the Is­lam in­tel­li­gent Army, and Failaq ef­fi­cient al-Rah­man, so­lu­tions Ahrar to al-Sham sup­port and growth the to­ward Le­vant a more Lib­er­a­tion sus­tain­able Com­mit­tee, and re­silient oth­er­wise so­ci­ety known and pro­vide as the bet­ter al- Qaidalinked ser­vices to its res­i­dents, Nusra Front. said Mayor Paul Op­po­si­tion and Santa Clara ac­tivists, Mayor mainly Lisa Cill­mor the Syrian in their Ob­ser­va­tory in­vi­ta­tion let­ter for of Hu­man Feb 7. Rights, said Through that 190 dis­cus­sion peo­ple have pan­els, been the killed par­tic­i­pants and 850 will oth­ers have wounded the op­por­tu­nity in Eastern to Ghouta share since their the knowl­edge, mil­i­tary com­pare shelling started notes with on Sun­day in­dus­tries evening. and academia, The UN and has seek de­manded fea­si­ble an so­lu­tions end to to the a tar­get­ing va­ri­ety of of civil­ians mu­nic­i­pal in prob­lems. Eastern Ghouta.

“It’s The gath­er­ing im­per­a­tive is to sched­uled end this sense­less for April 6-7 hu­man and half suf­fer­ing,” of the par­tic­i­pants said Panos are Moumtzis, ex­pected to UN’s be from re­gional China. hu­man­i­tar­ian So far, five Chi­nese co­or­di­na­tor cities for — the the Syrian Shunyi cri­sis. Dis­trict of Bei­jing, Be­ichen The Turkey-based Dis­trict of Tian­jin, Syrian Na­tional Xuzhou, Coali­tion, Changzhou Syria’s and main Nan­chang op­po­si­tion — have group con­firmed in ex­ile, de­nounced their at­ten­dance. the shelling The on or­ga­niz­ers Eastern Ghouta ex­pect more as “war con­fir­ma­tions of ex­ter­mi­na­tion” in and the crit­i­cized com­ing the weeks. “in­ter­na­tional si­lence”.

In The the idea north, of host­ing the Kur­dish­con­trolled such a fo­rum came city of from Afrin, for­mer which has Cu­per­tino bef the pro-gov­ern­ment mayor Barry forces. Chang’s many trips to China. Syria’s state me­dia said the forces Chang, en­tered a cur­rent Afrin, coun­cil while Turk­ish mem­ber Pres­i­dent of Cu­per­tino Re­cep and Tayyip pres­i­dent Er­do­gan of G50, said said that a lot a small more can pro-gov­ern­ment be done at mu­nic­i­pal mil­i­tant level group gov­ern­ments re­treated as af­ter the com­ing fed­eral or un­der na­tional Turk­ish gov­ern­ments ar­tillery shelling. usu­ally just talk in­stead The of Turk­ish tak­ing ac­tion. army, to­gether He said with he was al­lied amazed Syrian by in­sur­gents, the ad­vance­ment be­gan of a Shang­hai’s largescale sub­way of­fen­sive sys­tem on Jan and 20 that in a he bid ex­pected to oust the Chi­nese YPG fighters cities would from share Afrin. their suc­cess sto­ries in ur­ban con­struc­tion at the Sil­i­con Val­ley sum­mit.

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