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GENEVA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Much progress has been made since the latest round of Cyprus talks started on Monday, UN Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday.


"We are on track. We have dealt with some of the most difficult issues and touched upon almost all of them," Eide told reporters on the third and final day of UN-facilitated Cyprus talks.


Both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders had made important headway on some of the thorniest issues at stake, he said.


Eide also added that many of the sticking points had either been solved or are closed to being so by rival delegations.


Both Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in negotiations since Monday, almost two months after the two sides failed to see eye to eye in a round of negotiations in the Swiss town of Mont-Pelerin last November.


A broader international conference is scheduled to kick off on Thursday.


It will involve newly-appointed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the foreign ministers from the three guarantor powers -- Britain, Turkey and Greece.


"We are eager to see that tomorrow gets off to a good start, and it was very important that we were able to use these three days optimally," Eide continued.


"I think we are roughly where we wanted to be at this stage thanks to the determination and leadership of M. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci," he added.


Describing this opportunity as "historic", the Norwegian diplomat said that both sides will exchange maps outlining the administrative delimitations of both sides.


The internal issues of property and territory are considered crucial if any lasting deal is to be reached.


If this is the case, and pending referendums, the ambition is to create a unified and federal state, with specific guidelines defining the small Mediterranean nation's governance, security and economy, as well as its relationship with the EU.


"It's a very important moment. Never before have we had an exchange of maps created by the Cypriot delegations themselves," Eide highlighted.


"The maps that will be presented between the sides today are maps that they have developed based on their conversations in Mont-Pelerin, and after, so this is very important," he added.


Cyprus has been divided in two since 1974 after a Greek coup spurred Turkey to send forces to the northern parts of the small island state.


While the southern Greek Cypriot side is recognized by the international community and is a member of the European Union, only Ankara officially recognizes the break-away northern region.


MEXICO CITY Nike Air VaporMax Red UK , Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China has created 1.8 million jobs across Latin America and the Caribbean through trade, investments and infrastructure projects over the last two decades, according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) report on Thursday.


The report Nike Air VaporMax Mens UK , named "Effects of China on the quantity and quality of jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean," indicated that the number of jobs facilitated by the Chinese economy in the region between 1995 and 2016 represented four percent of the total created jobs.


Around 60 percent of these 1.8 million jobs were linked to growing trade with China, 20 percent to infrastructure projects and 15 percent to direct Chinese investment Nike Air VaporMax Black UK , said the co-author of the report, Enrique Dussel Peters, during the presentation.


"Until today Nike Air VaporMax Womens UK , China in Latin America has generated almost 2 million jobs," commented Dussel Peters, coordinator of the China-Mexico Studies Center at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


Jose Manuel Salazar Nike Air VaporMax UK , the ILO's director for Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighted that it was the first study concerning China's impact on employment in the region. He added this showed how China was increasing its importance and influence in global trade and investment at a time of a protectionist stance from the U.S. government.


The ILO, which has 187 member states Nike Air Max 270 UK , is a United Nations agency dealing with labour problems, particularly international labour standards, social protection Nike Air Max 98 UK , and work opportunities for all.




by Xinhua writer Zhu Dongyang


BEIJING, April 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama sits down with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday for a summit widely expected to see the guest reassure its alliance with the host.


But the pomp and circumstance Obama receives as the first U.S. president to visit Japan as a state guest since Bill Clinton in 1996 cannot conceal the fact that Tokyo has become a growing liability to Washington's pursuit of long-term interests.


Increasingly flagrant on historical issues, assertive on territorial disputes and defiant of U.S. advice Nike Air Max 2018 UK , Japan is hijacking its alliance with the United States and Washington's "rebalancing to Asia" policy to serve its own agenda.


Among these historical spats arising from Japan's war-time atrocities, 70 year ago in WWII, Japanese politicians are still frequenting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine.


After receiving Abe's ritual offering on Monday Nike Air Max 97 Ultra 17 UK , the shrine -- honoring 14 Class-A WWII criminals alongside the country's war dead -- was visited by 146 Japanese lawmakers en masse one day later.


Not seeming to have the least intention of soothing the U.S.' "disappointment" or the outcry from neighboring countries over the visit, Abe has dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace the shrine, which he deliberately understated as a "venue for mourning."


The Asian status quo has also been severely challenged lately by Japan blatantly claiming sovereignty of China's Diaoyu Islands Nike Air Max 97 Off White UK , and military flexing by breaking ground on a radar station on the western Yonaguni island Saturday -- a move that enables Japan to expand surveillance to near the Chinese mainland.<.

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