Archive March 2019

But China should realize that some EU countries have

 become increasingly cautious about deepening cooperation with China because of its rapid developm

ent; in fact, a few EU countries have decided to implement tougher measures for foreign trade. The European Commission even put

forward a 10-point policy package on China on March 11, which the European Council discussed on March 21.

But the fact that the Commission sees China as a “cooperation partner”, “negotiating partner”, “eco

nomic competitor” as well as a “systemic rival” means it wants to build on the partnership of strategic cooperation with China.

The EU’s attempt to coordinate the concerns of its different members and its efforts to continue dialogue with China reflect coope

ration are not a subjective choice of one single EU country but an objective choice for the mutual interest of all the parties involved.

China has addressed many of the EU’s concerns to strengthen coop

eration, including further opening-up. And it should keep taking measures to strengt

hen cooperation and communication to settle the disputes with EU countries and meet the emerging challenges.

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Huawei’s rotating head addresses UK security concerns

Huawei’s rotating Chairman Guo Ping addressed UK’s securit

y concerns after the Chinese telecommunications company was criticized in a report on Thursday.

Huawei’s performance in the past 30 years has proven it has the best security record in the industry, Guo said at a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

The results from authorized professional test and evaluation companies in the US, UK and Finland show 9 out of 12 profes

sional capabilities of Huawei’s products have reached the top level and the other three are above average.

Huawei accepted the strictest and toughest tests from UK’s monitoring institution and was th

e first to promise worldwide that the company will make the process and results secure and trustworthy, Gao said.

The company’s board of directors made a decision to invest $2 billion to improve overall sec

urity capability in the next five years with openness, sincerity and trustworthiness, he added.

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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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Harmful gas found near Xiangshui blast siteing after the massiv

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.

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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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More appetite among Chinese, Asian collectors for Western art

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.”

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Cities emerging into new post-Brexit financial centers

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.

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The roads were sandy and muddy in the past, causing him t

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.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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Chen, who worked outside of Guizhou for many years

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.

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