the Forbidden City 紫禁城；故宫
the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China 中国共产党第十九次全国代表大会
bilateral cooperation 双边合作
comprehensive strategic partnership 全面战略伙伴关系
regular briefing 例行记者会
on the basis of 根据；基于…
mutual respect and mutual benefit 相互尊重、互惠互利
French president Emmanuel Macron launched his three-day visit to China onMonday and presented Chinese president Xi Jinping with an 8-year old brown horse named Vesuvius from France’s presidential cavalry corps as a national gift.
The choice of the gift was made after the Chinese president expressed his fascination for the horsemen of the French Republican Guard that escorted him during his visit to Paris in 2014.
It is the first time France has offered one of the elite cavalry corps’ horses and this gift represents “an unprecedented diplomatic gesture”. And the gift is also Macron's response to China’s “panda diplomacy”.
France was the first Western power to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. Xi said Macron's visit to China, as his first visit to Asia at the start of year, showed that he was "paying high attention to the China-France relationship."
national gift 国礼
the French Republican Guard 法国共和国卫队
escort n.护卫，护送，护卫队 v.护送，陪同，为…护航
diplomatic gesture 外交姿态
panda diplomacy 熊猫外交
establish diplomatic relations 建立外交关系
the National Science and Technology Award Conference
The National Science and Technology Award Conference was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday.
Explosive expert Wang Zeshan and virologist HouYunde received the 2017 State Preeminent Science and Technology Award.
President Xi Jinping presented award certificates to them to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements.
Monday's ceremony honored 271 projects and nine scientists with national prizes. Seven foreign scientists won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Awards.
Other leaders, including Li Keqiang, Zhang Gaoli and Wang Huning, were also present at the ceremony.
The State Preeminent Science and Technology Award was first established in 2000. So far, 29 Chinese scientists have been granted this honor. Each recipient receives a 5 million yuan prize.
the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award 国家最高科学技术奖
the Great Hall of the People 人民大会堂
recipient n.容器，接受者；容纳者 adj.容易接受的，感受性强的
a woman stopped a high-speed train from leaving
According to the SinaWeibo account of Anhui's Railway Police, a woman surnamed Luo tried to stop a high-speed train from leaving by blocking its door with her body on Friday.
Luo claimed that she had to wait for her husband and refused to step aside as conductors tried to make her move.
The incident happened in Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, when the G1747 train was set to leave for Guangzhou.
Though Luo's husband successfully boarded the train, her behavior caused the delay of the train departure.
Luo, a teacher at a primary school in Luyang District, was suspended from her job Tuesday. She was fined 2,000 yuan for "obstructing the operation of train service", local authorities said Wednesday.
high-speed train 高铁
primary school 小学
Marriott mail incident
On Tuesday, Marriott International was found to have listed Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet as "countries" in a mail questionnaire.
The cyberspace administration and market supervision bureau of Huangpu District had conducted interviews with the company's representatives in China and ordered all related content to be removed from its Chinese website and mobile app. Marriott apologized twice on its Weibo account and suspended the questionnaire.
One of Marriott’s Twitter accounts was found to have "liked" a Tibetan separatist group Thursday. Marriott has been told to shut down its Chinese website and mobile apps for one week while it removes any illegal content on its platforms.
On Thursday afternoon Marriott International responded with its third apology in three days, saying the company respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.
the cyberspace administration 网信办
market supervision bureau 市场监督局
Tibetan separatist group 藏独组织
shut down 停工，关闭
sovereignty and territorial integrity 主权和领土完整
A massive winter storm paralyzed much of the US East Coast on January 4, knocking out power and icing over roadways. At least 22 people nationwide have died from the blast of cryogenic-like-temperatures until January 7.
The East Coast’s first snowstorm of 2018, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by forecasters, was energised by this rapid drop in barometric pressure. According to reports, temperatures fell as low as -42 degrees Celsius across much of the eastern area.
It also caused flooding on the streets of Boston due to swelling storm tides, dumped as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine, forced the cancellation of nearly 5,000 flights and closed businesses and schools.
In New Hampshire, the ambient air temperature on Mount Washington plunged to -38 degrees Celsius on last Saturday, but sustained winds of 159 km/h and gusts of up to 180 km/h atop the peak made it feel more like -69 degrees Celsius.
the East Coast 美国东海岸地区
knock out 破坏，击倒，使筋疲力竭
barometric pressure 气压
degree Celsius 摄氏度
storm tide 风暴潮
ambient n.周围环境 adj.周围的，外界的，环绕的
plunge to 骤降到…，暴跌到…
the average monthly salary in 37 Chinese cities
The average monthly salary of white-collar workers in 37 major Chinese cities reached 7,789 yuan in the fourth quarter of 2017, with Beijing topping the list again with 10,310 yuan, according to a report released by Zhilian Recruitment, one of China's biggest recruitment websites.
Shanghai and Shenzhen took second and third place. Guangzhou, which used to rank fourth, lagged behind Hangzhou, Ningbo and Dongguan.
Foreign-funded companies offer the highest monthly salaries with an average of 8,323 yuan, followed by joint ventures (8,247 yuan), public companies (8,196 yuan) and state-owned companies (8,182 yuan).
The fourth quarter also witnessed a small increase in the workplace competitiveness index, according to the recruitment website. On average, 31 candidates compete for one position. The index in Beijing is the highest at 86.6, followed by Shenyang at 40.9.
lag behind 落后；拖欠
monthly salary 月薪
foreign-funded company 外资企业
joint venture 合资企业
public company 上市公司
state-owned company 国有公司
the fourth quarter 第四季度
workplace competitiveness index 职场竞争指数
China's mid-income class has reached 300 million, accounting for 30% of the middle-income group globally, reports Outlook Weekly, a magazine hosted by Xinhua News Agency.
Chinese per capita disposable income of residents last year stood at 23,821 yuan, up 44.3% compared to that of 2012.
Though there is no unified standard of middle-income, the criteria of annual income from 3650 to 36500 U.S. dollars issued by the World Bank is the most widely used, said National Statistics Bureau (NBS) spokesman Mao Shengyong.
According to an earlier survey published by Credit Suisse Research, there are over 1 billion people in the middle-income class worldwide, and 370 million of them are Chinese. The figure is similar to that issued by NBS.
Steady and rapid economic development in China, along with accelerating urbanization, new industries, an improving service industry and poverty-elimination efforts, have contributed to the expanding middle-income group, said Mao.
He added that with the greater middle-income group and improving income, residents will pay more attention to education, and talents will become a new pillar of economic development.
per capita 人均
disposable income 可支配收入
stand at 达到；踌躇
National Statistics Bureau国家统计局
Global growth appears to have peaked, with demographics, a lack of investment, a slowing in productivity gains and tightening monetary policy placing limits on economic expansion, the World Bank said.
The world’s economic output grew 3 per cent last year as more than half of economies accelerated, thanks to a rebound in investment, manufacturing activity and trade, bank economists said. The global economy is expected to maintain that rough growth level through 2020.
The problem facing the world is that after years of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, most advanced and developing economies have closed the output gap between actual and potential economic growth.
As a group, advanced economies are expected to slow in the coming years as they run up against full employment and as central bankers raise rates to contain inflation, according to the World Bank. But emerging and developing economies, which grew by 4.3 per cent as a group last year, are also likely to hit ceilings and contribute less to global growth.
peak n.山峰；最高点；顶点；帽舌 v.使达到最高点；使竖起 adj.最高的；最大值的
productivity gain 提高生产率
tightening monetary policy 紧缩货币政策
place limits on… 限制…
economic output 经济产出；经济产量
rebound n.回弹；篮板球 v.回升；弹回
close the gap 缩小差距
run up against 撞上；偶遇；碰见；遭遇
the 75th Golden Globe Awards
The 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
The big film winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home four awards. It won the best film drama award, with its star Frances McDormand also picking up a trophy for best actress.
The first award of the night went to Nicole Kidman, who won best actress in a limited series for her role in HBO's "Big Little Lies."Big Little Lies won the most awards in the television categories. It was also named best limited TV series.
Oprah Winfrey was awarded the honorary Cecil B DeMille trophy - the first black woman to get the honour. She delivered an impassioned speech in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.
All actresses wore black gowns in support of the Time's Up movement, standing in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment. Many men wore Time's Up pin badges or black shirts with their suits.
The Golden Globes are organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as an indicator of Oscars.
trophy n.奖品；战利品；纪念品v.用战利品装饰 adj. 显示身份的；有威望的
Cecil B. DeMille Award 塞西尔·B·德米尔奖，又称金球奖终身成就奖
impassioned adj.充满激情的；感激的 v.使充满激情
limited TV series 限定剧，迷你剧
Hollywood Foreign Press Association 好莱坞外国记者协会