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Zhang began experimenting with elms to make his tables

and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”

He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t

ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br

anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.

“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add

ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.

Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo

rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.

Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam

ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.

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If it had been completed, it would probably have been the

first modern aquarium in China. But construction was unfinished when the Qing monarc

hy fell, leaving abandoned stone architecture and iron frames, which can be seen by visitors today.

Cultural relic warehouses were added in the courtyard after 1925, when the Forbidden City became a public museum.

In-depth studies will follow the donation to uncover mysteries, because no original blueprint of the aquarium has been found.

According to Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, the Yanxi Go

ng area will be turned into an exhibition space displaying foreign cultural relics among for

mal royal collections, because the place reflects Sino-foreign cultural exchanges. It is expected to open in 2020.

About 10,000 cultural relics out of the 1.86 million artifacts being housed in the Palace Museum are of foreign origin. The mo

st important collection is 1,500 antique European clocks that were given as gifts or bought by Qing emperors.

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But that’s changed in modern history. If you look only

  at vetoes since 1972, when Richard Nixon faced a Democratic-led Congress, most

of the vetoes have come when at least one chamber was not aligned with the President.

  Veto overrides, of course, are much more rare than vetoes. There

have been only 111 in the history of the country, and they have impact.

  One of the country’s few impeachments, Andrew Johnson’s, was precipitated by a veto override.

  In more recent history, the Clean Water Act in 1972 and an expansion of the Freedom of In

formation Act in 1974 both passed despite presidential vetoes. The last time an appropriations bill was ove

rridden was during Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1982, according to The American Presidency Project.

  George W. Bush vetoed 12 bills during his presidency and Congress overrode a quarter of them

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Trump-Kim summit shows need for more talks

United States President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader K

im Jongun did not sign any deal at their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday. So what will US-DPRK r

elations be like in the future? Two experts share their views with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

Both sides should show patience to continue talks

That no agreements were signed between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi came as a surprise since ex

pectations were high that the second Trump-Kim summit would yield at least a US-DPRK peace trea

ty, if not a pact on verifying the DPRK’s dismantled nuclear facilities or establishing a US liaison office in Py

ongyang, or an agreement on Washington partly lifting sanctions against Pyongyang.

In fact, the US tried to lower the expectations before the sum

mit by calling for long-term negotiations. It was confirmed at the post-summit news confe

rence of Trump that the sticking point between the two sides is Washington’s refusal to accept Py

ongyang’s demand to lift the sanctions in one fell swoop, and Pyongyang’s rejection of Washington’s proposal that it shoul

d do something “meaningful” to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula before getting any sanctions relief.

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How people are trying to end the India-Pakistan crisis one

  As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar

e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.

  The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak

istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w

ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.

  It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist

Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.

  ”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu

ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.

  After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t

rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.

  The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the

past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.

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