Michael R. Bloomberg reiterated that the US and China are closely interconnected and each country has a strong stake in the economic prosperity of the other. [Photo/VCG] Former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be in Washington this week to lobby against US President Donald Trump's plans to slap punitive tariffs on China's exports. The founder of Bloomberg Limited Partners called this a critical moment. Leaders in Washington are considering new trade policies that would unfortunately harm our economy, would kill jobs, would slow innovation, and strain ties with nations around the world, including China, and we just cannot let that happen, he said. He reiterated that the US and China are closely interconnected and each country has a strong stake in the economic prosperity of the other. Cooperation between the US and China is critical to meeting all of the challenges facing our world, from economic growth and trade to security and climate change, the media mogul said. Bloomberg said he will travel to Washington to see people tomorrow and that will be my message, that we just have to find ways to work together. Other countries around the world, again, including China, are responding with their tariffs and we don't need a trade war. We're going to make sure that doesn't happen, he said. Bloomberg was speaking at the 2018 International Finance and Infrastructure Cooperation Forum, held at Bloomberg headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The forum, which marked its second year, was co-hosted by Bloomberg Limited Partners and the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA. Joining the forum were Chinese and US government officials and more than 300 senior business executives and financial professionals who discussed investment trends in China's bond and equity markets and cooperation in US infrastructure. A sensitive time Xu Chen, chairman of the chamber and president and chief executive of Bank of China USA, agreed with Bloomberg that the two countries are in a sensitive time for bilateral economic and trade relations under the current administration. Xu said member companies of the chamber have cumulatively invested more than $120 billion in the US economy and directly and indirectly support over 1 million US jobs. Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation from 2013 to 2017 and managing partner of Related Infrastructure, said in an interview that there is generally concern among a lot of people in different industries that rely on various source material from China or products from China. Hopefully things will get worked out at the top, he added. The economies of both countries are just too big for there to be a prolonged fight and so I just hope that their cooler heads prevail at the end of the day. custom made rubber bracelets
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A hospital in Guangzhou opened China's first 3-D printing laboratory for cardiovascular medicine on Wednesday, with the facility expected to provide help in diagnosis, surgery preparation and realtime surgical guidance. The lab at Guangdong General Hospital, a joint project with a company in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, was established to promote the clinical applications to further development the technology. About 6.7 million structural heart disease patients in China need surgery, with the disease featuring a wide range of individual differences, complex treatment plans and difficult surgeries, according to Zhuang Jian, the hospital's president and an expert in cardiovascular medicine. The hospital's affiliated Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute has made 3-D printed models for 28 patients with congenital heart disease. In treating a 2-year-old child in September, for example, the 3-D printed model helped doctors identify the exact cause of the disease and helped reduce the time to find four tiny lung-related airway structures from the usual two to three hours to 30 minutes. The printed heart models are based on imaging examination results, with the whole heart and specific areas available. The models also aid communication with patients' families, showing them the situation and the surgical plan. Models printed with hard materials are used for teaching; those with soft materials assist in the treatment of patients. As a short-term goal, the lab hopes to use the models to assist in diagnosis, surgical guidance and clinical treatments involving blood flow. In the medium term, it hopes to be able to print tailor-made items for transplantation. In the long run, it hopes to produce artificial hearts using cell cultures as the 3-D material. The hospital also plans to build a bank of 3-D models of various heart disease cases, which can help with teaching, Zhuang said. Zheng Zhe, assistant president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences' Fuwai Hospital, and an expert in cardiovascular diseases, said the present cardiovascular models printed with 3-D technology are mostly used for teaching. "3-D models make teaching easier than with pictures alone," he said. "But most models are not detailed enough for clinical use." For the present, experienced doctors can give good diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases with 3-D images displayed on a computer, he said. Whether 3-D models will become popular will be largely decided by the materials used in the printing, he said, adding that models made of cells will be much more useful.
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