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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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.