Month: March 2019

But since challenges co-exist with opportunities, Chin

  should maintain regular communication with its EU partners, seek

mutual benefits and use innovative mechanisms to realize better cooperation.

  Tian Dewen, deputy director general of the Institute of European Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  Sino-EU cooperation has great potential

  As one of the world’s three largest economies and a strong driving force of multilateralism, the EU is an

important cooperation partner of China in fields such as free trade, international issues and global governance.

  Xi’s visit to the three EU member states shows a great potential for China-EU coope

ration is still to be tapped. The EU’s wish to deepen cooperation with China was reflected in what the EU states said

about strengthening Sino-EU cooperation through a coherent strategy at Xi’s meeting with Merkel and Junker.

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World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

The first tube of the world’s widest immersed channel is expected to be put in position of a mega bridge across the Lin

gding Bay at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China soon, according to an assistant chief engineer of the project.

Yang Runlai from CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co Ltd said Thursday that workers are preparing

for the connection of a tunnel end on an island with the first immersed tube, the Science and Technology Daily reported.

Yang’s company took charge of constructing an island and major part of the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bri

dge, another mega project of bridge, island and tunnel after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

The new project, 38 kilometers from the HZMB, is 24 kilometers long. It has the immer

sed tunnel in the east and the bridge section in the west to ensure the sea routes there.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for co

untries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Rese

arch Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hyb

rid rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has reac

hed 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

 from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation

al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti

vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce

nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th

e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

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onfidence to tackle technology challenges risings better

Chinese business leaders are more confident and prepared in addressing the challenges brought by new technologies than

those in many other countries, said Cindy Hook, CEO of Deloitte Asia-Pacific, a global consultancy firm, on Thursday.

While many business leaders in the rest of the world take a protective approach to using technologies, Ch

ina’s leaders would like to “disrupt their sectors” and facilitate real changes, Hook said on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia.

“Chinese enterprises are looking at the technologies available-whet

her it’s artificial intelligence, big data or the like-to actually come up with whole-new busi

ness models and whole-new approaches to doing things, not just improving the old processes.”

With the readiness for technologies, China is likely to lead on many aspects of the unfol

ding Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as e-commerce, smart cities and the internet of things, Hook said.

The country’s impact on the revolution will be enlarged by its opening-up determina

tion, she added, citing the fresh opening-up measures announced by Premier Li Keqiang at the forum on Thursday.

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Zhang Zuhao, a sixth grade student, used to misbehave and h

ve and have little interest in his studies, not even finishing homework. In order to change his

attitude, Gao Ziren visited his home every weekend, talking with his parents about the importance of studying.

Zhang Guangxing, Zhang Zuhao’s father, still remembered when Gao Ziren first visited

his home. Because of Gao’s insistence, the parents paid more attention to the child’s studies.

Gao Ziren said that because he walked slowly, it was too late for him to visit stud

ents’ homes after school, and therefore, he visited them on the weekends.

Now, many children follow their parents to live and study in cities, while som

e become left-behind children who live in rural areas and lack family care. Gao said it w

as important to be patient with left-behind children and pay more attention to their mental health.

Gao Xinyue, a second grade student who lives with her grandparents because her paren

ts work outside the rural area, was reticent and very timid when she first came to the school, performing poorly in her studies.

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They’re the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable C

hinese herbal medicine,” said Ruan Jian, deputy manager of Anlong Xic

heng Xiushu Agriculture and Forestry. “Zhegui village has sufficient forest coverage, with p

roper altitude and climatic conditions, which is very suitable for growing imitation wild dendrobium.”

The plant, a member of the orchid family, is known as an important traditional medi

cine in China since many of its biomedical benefits have been scientifically examined.

Wild dendrobium officinale became an endangered species in the 1980s. However, with

the breakthrough of tissue culture technology in the early 2000s, artificially cultivated plants entered the market.

With the expansion in scale, dendrobium planted in some region

s suffered from problems such as pesticide residue, elevated levels of heavy metals and poor quality.

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Ruan said the finished products, after the drying proce

e sold at a market price of more than 15,000 yuan per kilogram. In the markets of Hunan an

d Fujian provinces, some products are still short in supply and sell for more than 20,000 yuan per kg.

Now, the company is gradually entering markets in Beijing and the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions.

Besides offering considerable economic benefits without felling trees, the dendrobium industry has also accelerated poverty alleviation in Zhegui.

Poverty-stricken villagers are encouraged to work at the dendrobium base and buy shares in the company.

With an average annual income of over 30,000 yuan, a total of 1,691 residents in 445 households in Zhegui have stepped out of poverty, statistics showed.

Starting from Zhegui, dendrobium has made roots in many regions of Anlong cou

nty, with the total area of imitation wild dendrobium covering more than 340 hectares.

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China and Italy complement each other in terms of resou

 resource endowment, with trade cooperation being the cornerstone of their relationship. Belt and Road projects have already helped expand the shipping trade

in the Mediterranean region, creating unprecedented development opportunities for Italy’s major ports.

And now that Beijing and Rome have signed a MoU on the Belt and Road Initiative, the two sides can establish better con

nectivity in order to promote globalization and free trade. The MoU also suggests that even developed coun

tries have started to accept the BRI as a connectivity and economic development initiative.

The MoU could also be an antidote to the rising wave of unilateralism

and trade protectionism in some regions, as more developed economies could now join the BRI.

China is now one of the largest cooperative partners of Italy i

n terms of imports and exports. As of November 2018, the bilateral trade volume had reac

hed $48.25 billion, more than the total for the whole of 2017, making Italy China’s ninth-largest export des

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To attract more foreign investment to China, the country’s

 top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo

r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin

ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.

Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye

ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2

020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate

al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban

k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi

lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.

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