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icts appear to have a religious or ethnic basis, some scholars believe their root cause may be economic, with ethnic divisio
s serving as a way to exclude other groups from access to scarce resources and opportunities. Whatever its so
urce, inequality of opportunity has a highly disruptive effect on governance and hence growth.
But these obstacles are not insurmountable. For one th
ing, developing countries now have huge potential export markets in middle-inc
ome countries, and no longer depend entirely on advanced economies for access to global markets.
There is also a renewed awareness of the importance of infrastructure in e
nabling growth. In addition to roads, railways and ports, electricity and digital conn
ectivity are crucial. In this regard, the rapid expansion of cellular wireless technology, combined with the install
ation of high-capacity undersea broadband pipes around Africa, represents major prog
roject, including Russia, Egypt and Algeria, and 17 domestic research teams, including on
e from University of Science and Technology of China, have started research on the site, Zheng noted.
The site will “offer research teams with observation equipmen
t, support for outdoor observation and data sharing services”, he said.
Wu Zhongliang, director of the administra
tion’s Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help for
m a “united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.
Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said the work can
not see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be improved a
s technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said
yers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considera
tions would usually include which request came first, and which alleged crime was more serious.
Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jere
my Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the US After Assange’s arrest, he prai
sed Assange for exposing US atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some Conservative Party members are also backing the move. Prom
inent lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office mini
ster, said the “minimizing of the issues in relation to sexual assault are really quite disturbing.”
He said the testimony of the women who have been involv
ed makes it “essential” that Assange face justice to either be cleared or convicted.
Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated.