Archive March 2019

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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hina to improve transport efficiency, reduce logistics costs

China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.

Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next

three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra

nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.

Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.

Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil

lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.

To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct

ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.

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After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

held the original ruling, and said the two companies should stop their infringement immediately.

The Shanghai IP Court will further calculate the exact amou

nt of compensation that the two Chinese companies should pay to Valeo, accor

ding to the verdict. During the first trial, Valeo had requested compensation of 6 million yuan ($893,000).

Wednesday’s trial is of great significance as it shows China’s growing efforts in protecting IPR, the top court said in a release.

“It shows the country’s strong determination in fighting infringement, and intensif

ied judicial protection for IPR and innovation-driven development,” said Ma Yide, an intel

lectual property professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law who attended the hearing.

The final verdict was reached only two months after the original one.

Such a fast pace reflects improved efficiency in handling IP-related lawsuits in Chinese courts, he said.

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For example, banks tend to gravitate to Frankfurt beca

 it is already a banking center in the European context, plus a clearinghouse. Also, Frankfurt has the Euro

pean central bank, which is now the regulator for all banks in Europe. So, the banks want to be closer to the major regulator,” Donoghue said.

As for asset management, insurance, and funds companies, Donoghue said, they are relocat

ing to Dublin because the city has a very broad and diversified set of capabilities in running funds and managing assets.

Andrew Pilgrim, associate partner at consultancy Ernst & Young, which is known as EY, sai

d it is probably not in the EU’s best interests to have financial services concentrated in one location.

“From policy and political perspectives, there is an argument to say that actually having a balanced financial sector across many EU jurisdi

ctions means that you have less risk concentrated in one jurisdiction,” Pilgrim said. “And it also means that you get a more balanced regu

latory and supervisory environment across all the EU member states, as opposed to all of that being focused on one.”

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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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largest source of imports. Given that Italy enjoys many tec

hnology and brand advantages, it has become one of the main destinations for Chinese ente

rprises’ overseas investment in recent years, with the scale of investment gradually increasing.

The establishment of the China-Italy Government Committee and dialogue mechanisms such as regul

ar meetings between the Chinese premier and Italian prime minister has provided a solid institutional foundation for cooperation bet

ween the two countries. And frequent high-level interactions between the two sides have deepened their economic ties.

But there is still enough room to expand Sino-Italian economic relations. In terms of trade, th

e industrial structures of China and Italy are highly complementary, and the huge potential for

bilateral cooperation in manufacturing, agriculture and innovation has not been fully tapped.

China has a vast market and is the world’s second-largest impor

ter of goods and services, and has vowed to further increase its imports. At the first China Inter

national Import Expo in Shanghai in November, President Xi said China’s imports of goods and service

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Dream lifestyles in Dali end in disappointment

“If you are not satisfied with your life and don’t know why you have lost your smile; if you are unhappy and don’t like being where you are, go west – with Dali your destination.”

These lyrics form part of a song in the Chinese blockbuster movie Breakup Buddies, wh

ich was shot mostly in Dali, an attractive city in Yunnan province, and released in 2014.

The film inspired many middle-income earners tired of the hustle and bustle of urban life to quit their jobs in big cities and move to Dali.

However, unlike in Breakup Buddies, many people’s dreams of finding a

better life in Dali – which has provided the perfect backdrop for romantic trysts in hun

dreds of movies – have not had happy endings, and they are beginning to leave for a variety of reasons.

Chu Xiaogui, an author of popular books who moved to Dali from Beijing with her husba

nd in December 2015, said she had since witnessed many friends leaving and returning to their hometowns.

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Since the blast, six rounds of search and rescue missions have

have been launched, and the search area has been expanded from 1.1 square kilometers to 2 km, Cao Lubao, mayor of Yancheng, said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

He said that more than 4,500 medical workers and 116 ambulances participated in the rescue work. The National Health Commi

ssion sent 16 leading experts and Jiangsu sent 65 experts from the province’s renowned hospitals to treat the injured.

“As of Sunday noon, 604 victims remain in 16 hospitals. Another 59 people have been discharged after treatment,” he said.

Li Shaodong, deputy head of the Jiangsu Commission of Health, said specialized treatment plans have be

en made for every patient. “Psychologists have also been sent to help the recovery of the patients, their relatives and rescuers.”

Workers have been sent to comfort the families of the deceased, including 43 medical worke

rs to accompany senior family members. The bodies will be treated according to ethnic and religious customs, said Li.

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Sang Shulou, 36, was discharged from the hospital after recei

eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.

“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.

According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the

remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo

nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.

he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo

uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol

ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.

Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too

k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote

ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.

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That’s why, for China, the return of relics is not only of cultu

 cultural significance but also a matter related to national pride. And for the families that

owned them and lost them to foreign pillagers, the antiques are related to their family heritage.

The mission of recovering lost Chinese cultural relics will continue. In the past few years, pa

triotic Chinese businesspeople overseas have been buying relics that have been auctioned and d

onated them to national museums of the motherland. That’s a good move, but not the best solution.

The return of 796 cultural relics sets a good example because the Carabinieri Art Squad, an Italian police unit respons

ible for combating cultural relics-related crimes, has done a good job in recovering the relics. It is to be hoped th

at other countries and regions will learn from their example and help return Chinese cultural relics.

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