Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, May 16

BEIJING — “I think what we experienced in Beijing 2008 was exactly what we want to translate to the whole world, to change the view of societies towards persons with disability and change the mindset,” International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said on Sunday, the 31st National Disability Day in China that also marks the 100-day countdown until the start of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Parsons, who participated with the Brazilian delegation at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, told Xinhua of his confidence in how Beijing will change the way that the Paralympic Winter Games is delivered.


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NEW DELHI — “We don’t want the gains that we have achieved in the past days to go vain at once, so we are extending the lockdown for one more week,” New Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday.

The ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in India’s New Delhi has been extended by a week further till May 24, he said, adding that COVID-19 cases are showing a downward trend in Delhi and people were recovering from the infection.

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LOS ANGELES — “Western governments have played an active role in the perpetuation of military occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,” Palestinian Youth Movement, one of the organizers of a march here on Saturday in support of Palestinians amid the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, said in a statement.

The event is aimed at reaffirming commitment to “the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation” and denouncing Washington’s activities to “clamp down on proponents of Palestinian rights,” according to the statement.

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DAKAR — The Confucius Institute at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar is “one of the flagships of cooperation” between Senegal and China, its former executive director Mamadou Fall said Saturday.

The institute “is a building which gives an unparalleled appeal,” Fall told Xinhua in an interview.

“The institute’s main vocation was to teach Chinese language and culture, but the rectorate had the foresight to give it a much more open orientation by integrating vocational education into its curriculum,” he said.

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