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Xi Jinping, A Stars-And-Stripes Front Page In China

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Renmin Ribao , June 7, 2016

Tuesday's front page of the Chinese state-run daily Renmin Ribao features President Xi Jinping in front of American and Chinese flags as he spoke at China-U.S. bilateral talks in Beijing.

The 8 th round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Development and the 7 th round of China-U.S. Cultural Exchanges and High Level Consultations began on Monday in the Chinese capital. During the ceremony, Xi insisted on the fact that the two nations "should stick to the ­principles of no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew were also present to discuss economic issues and territorial disputes over the South China Sea. The talks will also focus on North Korea, after an envoy from Pyongyang visited Beijing last week to insist that it would continue with its nuclear program .

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How WeChat Is Helping Bhutan's Disappearing Languages Find A New Voice

Phd candidate Tashi Dema, from the University of New England, discusses how social media apps, particularly WeChat, are helping to preserve local Bhutanese languages without a written alphabet. Dema argues that preservation of these languages has far-reaching benefits for the small Himalayan country's rich culture and tradition.

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Tashi Dema

THIMPHU — Dechen, 40, grew up in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan . Her native language was Mangdip, also known as Nyenkha, as her parents are originally from central Bhutan. She went to schools in the city, where the curriculum was predominantly taught in Dzongkha, the national language, and English.

In Dechen’s house, everyone spoke Dzongkha. She only spoke her mother tongue when she had guests from her village, who could not understand Dzongkha and during her occasional visits to her village nestled in the mountains. Her mother tongue knowledge was limited.

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However, things have now changed.

With 90% of Bhutanese people using social media and social media penetrating all remotes areas in Bhutan , Dechen’s relatives in remote villages are connected on WeChat.

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