?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.
capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
?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.
?from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities
such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.
“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare
nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.
People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.
In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno
wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.
Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro
vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.
eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.
“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.
According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the
remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo
nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.
he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo
uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol
ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.
Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too
k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote
ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.