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Commemorative plaque inaugurated in Paris Center to honor first Chinese migrants******
A commemorative plaque was inaugurated on Saturday in Paris Center by Paris City Hall to honor the first Chinese migrants who came to Paris after WWI.
According to Ariel Weil, the mayor of Paris Center, the plaque is to remind people of the contributions of the Chinese community in France during the WWI, and also to show the efforts of the Chinese migrants in promoting the culture and economy of Paris.
"A plaque was missing, something was missing that explains this story," Weil told Xinhua at the inauguration ceremony.
"It won't be the only one and it's the beginning of the inscription of the history of the Chinese community in France and Paris, in our heritage and on our walls," he said.
Asking about the choice of Paris Center to host the plaque, Sun Wenxiong, chairman of the French Asian League, said that Paris Center is one of the areas with a strong cultural atmosphere in Paris, and the Chinese culture can be unique in a place where biculturalism converges.
"Many Chinese have left their hardships here and made contributions to the development of this place. We believe that the establishment of the commemorative plaque will enable the local people to understand the contributions of the Chinese to Europe and France, and is conducive to the integration and development of the Chinese culture," he added.
From May 1916 to early 1918, there were around 140,000 Chinese laborers serving for the Allies during WWI. Most of them were recruited by Britain and France.
The Chinese workers, known as Chinese Labor Corps, were assigned to arduous work such as digging trenches, building docks, laying tracks, unloading ships, repairing tanks and clearing battlefields. Their logistic support was critical to the Allied armies in the west front.
Out of the 140,000 Chinese laborers, nearly 20,000 were dead or missing during the war.
After the war, some of them stayed and lived in the center of Paris and participated in the post-war reconstruction of France, making important contributions to the economic development and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.
Japan defeats Vietnam 1******
HANOI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Visitors Japan edged Vietnam 1-0 on Thursday in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.。
The visitors took the lead on a swift counterattack in the 17th minute, with Takumi Minamino making a sharp run down the left side of the box before putting it on a plate for Junya Ito on the far post.。
Right before the half-time whistle, Ito twisted the Vietnamese defense inside and out before thumping the ball home. However, the goal was denied after a VAR review for offside.。
Facing a superior Japan side, several attacking substitutions helped Vietnam create more chances in the second half but none were converted. Substitute Luong Xuan Truong had a dig in the 89th minute, but the ball sailed high.。
Vietnam is yet to gain a single point in the final round of the qualifiers, while Japan is at nine points after three wins out of five. Enditem。
China's Heilongjiang sees robust trade growth in Jan.******
HARBIN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province saw its foreign trade in goods grow by 25.3 percent year on year to 161.5 billion yuan (about 25.3 billion U.S. dollars) in the first ten months of this year, local authorities said.。
According to Harbin Custom in the provincial capital, the province's imports saw a 26.1-percent increase to 125.64 billion yuan in the January-October period. In comparison, its exports grew by 22.5 percent to reach 35.86 billion yuan.。
The province's trade with Russia hit 105.05 billion yuan, up 28.2 percent, accounting for 65 percent of the total foreign trade. Trade with countries along the Belt and Road amounted to 120.3 billion yuan, registering a 26.2-percent increase.。
The customs said that the exports of electrical and mechanical products and labor-intensive products grew by 18.7 percent and 21.8 percent respectively.。
Imports of key commodities in the province such as natural gas and soybeans registered robust growth. In particular, natural gas imports surged by 165 percent to reach 8.2 billion cubic meters during the period. Enditem。