popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation i
n the province. “It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.”
He said that some springs in a village called Haikou had drie
d up and the villagers didn’t have enough drinking water. “The village has 29 small water res
ervoirs, however, 14 of them have been used up so far. The drought is beyond imagination.”
“The villagers are doing everything they can to have enough drinki
ng water and then to also save as much as possible for their crops,” he added.
The region is also at greater risk of forest fires because of the high temperatures and low humidity.
The Yunnan Meteorological Bureau warned the public on May 13 about more dry
level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.
Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi
c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.
He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli
ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev
elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.
“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com
munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.
Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr
eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.
Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north
ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou
ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.
As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin
glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig
htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl
etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.
ct “regular sales” of “defense articles” to Taiwan and back its participation in international organizations.
“We urge the US side to keep its promise, abide by the one-China policy a
nd the three joint communiques, and block the bill’s progress,” Geng said.
He urged the US to “appropriately handle the Taiwan question to avoid serious da
mage to Sino-US cooperation in key areas, and the peace and security of the region”.
Experts said the bill will further damage Sino-US relations, and the confr
ontational approach taken by the US against China will damage regional peace and security.
Yuan Zheng, director of US foreign relations research at the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, said the recent passage of US naval vessels through the Taiwan Straits, arms sales and
political support to Taiwan are meant to help Taiwan separatists and pressure Beijing.
transit. According to NBS preliminary estimates, the share of consumption of clean energy such as natural gas, hydropo
wer, nuclear power and wind power in total energy consumption in the first quarter was 1.5 percentage points hi
gher than that of the same period last year. Energy consumption per unit of GDP went down by 2.7 percent year-on-year.
Total investment in fixed aassets grew by 6.3 percent, with private invest
ment growing at 6.4 percent, slightly faster than the overall number. This is es
pecially significant in the light of last year’s fears that private investment in the econo
my might collapse. So, the government’s efforts to strengthen the private sector appear to have borne fruit.
Investment in high-tech manufacturing rose by 11.4 percent and investme
nt in high-tech services rose 19.3 percent, both far higher than overall investment gro]
wth. This shows that the shift toward advanced manufacturing and services is well underway.
China will support 5,000 people from innovation sector in Belt and Road countries i
n conducting exchanges, training programs and joint researches in the next five years.
Sustainable development under BRI stressed
China will work with other parties to promote a coalition of sustainab
le cities and an international coalition for green development under the Belt and Road Initiative.
China to invite 10,000 representatives of political parties, think tanks, NGOs from B&R countries
A total of 10,000 representatives of political parties, think ta
nks and non-governmental organizations from count
ries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be invited to China for exchanges in the next five years.
China to allow foreign businesses in more sectors with controlling or full stake
China will allow foreign investors to operate businesses in more sec
tors with controlling or full stake. China will roll out a new batch of pilot free trade zones.
WTO dispute settlement system. Although the rulings are not bindi
ng, most WTO members take them seriously and view the process as a normal part of their
participation in the multilateral trading system, regardless of whether they win or lose any particular case. In do
ing so, they show their respect for the WTO’s principles of consultation and consensus.
China had filed 17 cases with the WTO as of Ap
ril 2018, of which eight had been closed. At the same time, 27 cases had been filed a
gainst China with 23 closed. The United States has had more cases filed against it than any other member state
in the WTO, and it lost quite a number of these cases. In 2016, for example, the WTO ruled against the Unite
d States with regard to a complaint from China in 2013 that it had violated WTO rules by imposing anti-dumping duties
on a number of industries, including machinery, electronics, light industry, metals, and mining.
past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi
ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport
ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra
nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo
r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l
ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio
n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus
sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A
zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t
heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha