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.
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.
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.”
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led major
financial companies in London to move assets and staff to continental Europe, mea
ning the post-Brexit landscape is likely to be far more “polycentric” than it is today
and far less centered on one location.
According to a recent report by think tank The New Financial, more than 40 companies have shifted staff or oper
ations to more than one financial center within the EU, with 100 choosing the
Irish capital as a post-Brexit location, whi
ch was the most popular choice ahead of Luxembourg, with 60, Paris with 41, Frankfurt with 40, and Amsterdam with 32.
William Wright, principal author of the
New Financial Brexitometer report, said: “One of the most strikin
g findings of our analysis is the extent to which Europe will become a much more
‘multipolar’ world as a result of Brexit.”
Companies are migrating to, or expanding in, multiple financial centers, with man
y either establishing a dedicated division for EU business or spreading their staff
more evenly throughout the EU.
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.
ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.
“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor
e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary
of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.
“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen
said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou
ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”
The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb
er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.
“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the
re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.
As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor
mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.