s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop
ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.
Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the
ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su
bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee
n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn
ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc
ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
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.
Environmental monitoring has detected an excessive amount of the harmful gas benzene ne
ar the site of a deadly explosion in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu province, authorities said on Thursday.
At 10 am on Wednesday, the benzene density stood at 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point that is 1 kilometer away in the downwind direc
tion from the site, about 17.5 times more than the national standard. The concentration was below the standard, how
ever, 2 and 3.5 kilometers away, according to a media release from the Jiangsu environmental watchdog.
“Analysis done by environmental experts working on the site shows that the excessive den
sity of benzene occurred because buried pollutants were gradually exposed to the air as cleaning work cont
inues on the site,” Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told a news conference on Thursday.
The explosion occurred at about 2:48 pm on March 21 after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiang
su Tianjiayi Chemical Co. So far, the blast has claimed the lives of 78 people and injured more than 600 people.
More than 200 major generals of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force simultaneously took part in a recent examin
ation held across the nation, marking the Ground Force’s first large-scale test of its high-ranking commanders.
The examination was arranged by the Ground Force headquarters and was held earlier this month in seven loca
tions – Beijing, Fuzhou, Nanning, Lanzhou, Jinan, Urumqi and Lhasa. The largest test site was at the Ground Force Acade
my of Armored Forces in Beijing with 52 examinees, according to a statement from the Ground Force.
Experts from PLA National Defense University and inspecto
rs from the Ground Force’s disciplinary committee supervised the examination.
Participants were mostly made up of major generals and some senior colonels – commanding officers from
departments under the Ground Force headquarters, academies, schools, regional branches and training and test bases.
hinese and Asian art collectors have become more knowledgeable, sophisticated and are branching out for m
ore Western works, said Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia, who is excited about the trend.
“Chinese clients have evolved from being very dedicated to Chinese arts to gaining increasing interest
in other categories and expanding the spectrum of the type of objects that they wish to collect,” Belin told
Xinhua in an interview in New York City during Christie’s Asian Art Week held on March 19-26.
Diversity of collecting is one of three “fundamental trends” the auction house has obse
rved among the Chinese and Asian buyers, Belin said, noting the increased appetite to collect across categories.
About 10 or 20 years ago, Asian collectors focused primarily on the art that relates to their own c
ulture, he said, “we’ve seen this evolved in the past years to be much more holistic in the collecting of our Asian buyers.”
their business by locating the post-Brexit hub for one division in Frankfurt or Paris, and another in Dublin or Lux
embourg. The most obvious example is Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which has chosen Dublin as the EU hub for its bank
ing business, and created a new entity in Paris, which will be the hub of the its markets business.
Kieran Donoghue, the global head of international financial services, strategy and public
policy at IDA Ireland, an agency responsible for attracting foreign investment into that country, attributed the “m
ultipolar” scenario to the fact that no single financial center in Europe has the full and unique set of capabilities that London has.
“What makes London unique is that it has such a deep and broad set of capab
ilities in servicing the insurance, the asset management, and the investment banking industries, and none of t
he European financial centers has the same range of capabilities that currently reside in London,” Donoghue explained.
Nearly half of asset managers, hedge funds, and private equity companies in the re
port have chosen Dublin as the location for their post-Brexit operations, while more banks have chosen Frankfurt as th
eir main EU hub. Many are also expanding their markets business in Paris or adding staff in Amsterdam, Madrid, or Milan.
m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s
chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.
Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”
Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro
nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.
In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br
ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.
Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child
ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.