the two-way eight-lane tunnel will be the largest and widest in the worl
d upon completion. Its tunnel will be 1.2 meters longer and two lanes wider than the HZMB.
Yang said the immersed tunnel used the steel shell tube, the first of its kind in China, and there were many other new struct
ures and technologies, which brought lots of challenges, such as lack of technical standards in the country.
He said the tunnel will have 32 tubes and each tube will have about 10,000 tons of steel, 165 met
ers long and with a displacement of about 80,000 tons. Each tube has more than 2,500 separate chambers.
e construction site, and the most difficult process is to sink and connect, Yan
g said. His company has invited experts to deliberate in rounds on the cement pouring, sealing and connection.
The Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge is another important infrastructure project of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).
The construction started on Dec 29, 2016. It is expected to put into operation in 2024.
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.
Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade
rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.
According to the report, the revolution－which features the booming new technologies and th
e combination of them－has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great
challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri
oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures－all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.
A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu
siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.
According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last
year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu
siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.
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.
took the examination, was quoted by China National Radio as saying that it had broade
ned his horizons and enabled him to gain a higher strategic perspective that can be used in planning future operations.
“It also reminded me of the necessity that as a commander, I not only need to take into consideration joint o
perations by various services in the PLA but also to think about joint campaigns with foreign militaries,” he said.
In June, the Ground Force organized a test for commanders of its 13 group armies – its la
rgest combat units. Since the start of this year, the Ground Force has conducted a wide range of exam
inations for almost all of its members to verify their professional knowledge and skills.
Geely and Daimler plan a 50-50 joint venture in China, which will develop and produce electric Smart br
anded vehicles and sell them globally starting from 2022, according to a deal the two signed earlier this week.
Representatives of the two carmakers said the Fi
nancial Times’ report of Daimler selling a 50 percent stake of Smart to Geely was not true.
Daimler, also owner of Mercedes-Benz, is currently prod
ucing the Smart branded vehicles in a plant in Hambach, France, but the plant will produc
e electric Mercedes-Benz models instead when the Chinese plant is finished. The location of the plant has not yet been disclosed.
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.”