International Cooperation two years ago, more countries and inter
national organizations have joined in the construction of the Belt and Road.
So far, 125 countries and 29 international organiz
ations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China, according to Lu.
Among them are 16 Central and Eastern European countries and Gr
eece. Italy and Luxembourg signed cooperation agreements with China last month to join
tly build the Belt and Road. Jamaica also signed similar agreements on Thursday.
During Premier Li Keqiang’s European visit last week, both sides agreed to seek greate
r synergy between the BRI and the European Union’s strategy for connecting with Asia.
Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Comm
unist Party of China Central Committee, said last month that representatives of more than 100 coun
tries, including about 40 foreign leaders, have confirmed their attendance at the Beijing forum.
poverty-reduction workshop, where over 40 women from poor families found jobs. They draw on their fine craftsmanship and hand
made items such as wallets, insoles and pillowcases, which sell at places as far away as Beijing and Shanghai.
In December 2018, Shangyan and Yangcao were removed from the list of poverty-strike
n villages with eight other villages of Huanghua Township, which means poverty had dropped to 3 percent and
below, with all impoverished population included in the national basic medical insurance scheme.
Ma died about a year after she was diagnosed with lymph cancer by a Beijing-based hospital in May 2017.
Even during chemotherapy, she often thought about poverty relief work, and after five months treatment, she returned to her office.
The mountainous Guyuan City, where Huanghua Township is located, is one of the sites whe
re the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army of the Communist Party of China arrived during the epic Long
March from 1934 to 1936, which had seen a large number of officers and soldiers killed or injured.
rm has been in operation since Feb 4, 2018.
It is the first Pacific Hydro wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm invested in by China in the South American country.
The $150 million project, financed and constructed by China State Power Investment Corpo
ration, has an installed capacity of 82 MW and will generate about 282 GWh/year, which can meet electri
city demands for 130,000 households and reduce carbon emissions by 157,000 tons per year.
Located in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic, the Yamal liquefied natural gas project reached f
ull production capacity with its three production lines, each of which has a capacity of 5.5 milli
on tons per year, with operations starting in December 2017, August 2018 and December 2018, successively.
The project is the world’s largest of its kind within the Arctic Circle and is also the first m
ega- energy cooperation project implemented in Russia after the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed.
It is owned by Russia’s Novatek (50.1 percent), France’s Total (20 percent), China N
ational Petroleum Corporation (20 percent) and China’s Silk Road Fund (9.9 percent).
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I want to do the same to save others.”
With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long.
By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ion, compared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin
a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China banned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which
made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
Roland Berger has contributed to China’s economic development for more than three
decades and would like to bring those experiences to Xiongan’s development, Jiang said.
“As Xiongan New Area is a national strategy and therefore receives attention and support from the highest levels, its devel
opment must demonstrate very high standards and utilize innovations and deep reforms in various areas,” he said.
Jiang added that Xiongan has attracted the attention of President Xi Jinping from the very beginning of its conception.
On Feb 23, 2017, Xi visited Hebei during the planning process of Xiongan.
“Xiongan New Area will be a legacy for our future generations. Following the principle of global vision, international stand
ards, Chinese characteristics and high goals, we should aim to build a demonstration area that practices new con
cepts for development,” Xi said at the meeting on the planning and development of Xiongan.
the school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in improv
ing school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. The sch
ool has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the insp
ection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous Chin
ese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
considering socialism to look to Venezuela to see its failures.
”Socialism is not about the environment, it’s not about justic
e, it’s not about virtue,” he said. “Socialism is about only one thing — it’s called power for
the ruling class, that’s what it is. Look at what’s happening in Venezuela and so many other places.”
Green New Deal
Trump came out swinging against the Green New Deal, calling the progressive climate plan an attempt by Democrats to “com
pletely take over American energy and completely destroy America’s economy through their new $100 trillion Gr
een New Deal … which somebody described as a high school term paper written by a poor student.”
He said that the plan would destroy the natural gas, nuclear power and auto industri
es as “their plan would remove every gas-powered car from American roads.”
The plan actually calls for “overhauling transportation sys
tems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the tran
sportation sector as much as is technologically feasible” and does not call for taking away cars.
strates China’s current principles in governing foreign investment to ensure it receives treatment equal to that of Chinese companies in most phases.
Wang Wenhua, professor at the Law School of Beijing Foreign Studies Universi
ty, said the legal community generally agrees that the legislation is necessary and feasible.
Once adopted, the law will play a significant role in encoura
ging more investments, especially those with key strengths and vision, she said.
“We are now facing a new situation and new challenges at both home
and abroad. The draft law is sending a clear message that China is determine
d to further deepen its opening-up and reform as well as uphold the rule of law,” Wang said.
“Integrating a series of foreign investment policies and current law, the new measure
will boost foreign investors’ confidence, further open up markets and create a better business environment.”
projects, including highway, railway, airport and power stations. However, in the face of local protests, the effectiveness of Modi’s economic package, delivered just a few months before the
election, seemed very suspicious. Interestingly, because of the tremendous opposition against the Bill and the frustrating situation on the g
round, BJP’s top local politician who was defending the bill changed his tune almost as soon as Modi left.
Clearly, Modi’s twin election trick, which comprised both nationalistic and developmental ele
ments, was clearly at work during his visit to disputed South Tibet. However, sacrificing the pa
instakingly earned mutual trust and progress in Sino-Indian relations for the sake of ephemeral political benefits seems unwise.
Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring b
ilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While
the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.
exchanges, Ibrahim said one major reason is that U.S. market is the deepest in the world and companies want to have access to liquidity.
He added that the companies also want to be next to their competitors that have already be
en listed in NYSE so as to make sure the evaluation
is aligned and make themselves available to the vast number of investors.
“This trend will continue because I think there are fantastic companies in China,” he said.
He said that the human element the NYSE has is also an important reason companies are willing to be listed there.
On the other hand, the demand from U.S. investors’ side for Chinese companies and products is high.
Ibrahim said there are a lot of great entrepreneurs
creating and selling new technologies and tapping the growth of Chinese economy.
“Investors want to be part of this growth,” he s
aid, adding that the way to access the growth is through IPOs.
NYSE-listed companies traded with 45 percen