Currently there is a technology race to build the first


Currently there is a technology race to build the first

green floating city for people to live sustainably on the ocean. Singapore is cooper

ating with Norway on ambitious floating projects. In Europe, Norway is putting the weight of its state-owned enterprise Equinor (formerly Statoil) int

o exploring this new space and building strategic alliances. Norway is conducting workshops on floating cities.

The Netherlands, in cooperation with the United Nations, recently announced the creation of the Global Center on Ada

ptation to be housed in floating offices in Rotterdam. This center will be led by several luminaries, including former UN Secreta

ry-General Ban Ki-Moon, business leader Bill Gates and CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva.

Collins Chen, one of the pioneers and leading experts in sustainable

green floating cities, established his own company OCEANIX Ltd, based in Hong Ko

ng. He hopes to leverage the technology edge offered by being in the Greater Bay area and expecting to build the

first prototype for a floating city in China. He said his decision to establish OCEANIX in Hong Kong was very much insp

ired by policies from China for comprehensive “smart, green and blue” infrastructure integration.


China’s Belt and Road policy seeks to integrate smart

ecological infrastructure among developing countries to facilitate

trade, investment and communications while achieving the United Nations Sustainable Develop

ment Goals of reducing poverty and protecting the environment. China’s policy of the “ecological civilization” prio

ritizes environmental protection through technology application to enhance green energy and the deve

lopment of ecological cities. Protection of the oceans and water systems is a priority of the “ecological civilization”.

The Belt and Road follows the historical Silk Road and includes the historical Maritime Silk Road. This cove

rs a vast oceanography involving many sea-lanes for transport and many island areas. Some island archipelagos and many coas

tlines are threatened by rising ocean levels. To prevent a migration crisis, it will be necessary to support increasing popula

tions on the island states and coastlines that will be lost to rising seas. This will require new, technologically smart

and environmentally sound infrastructure. The floating city concept hopes to address this need.


The Foreign Investment Law sounds like it’s just for fo

Beckmann believes globalization and free trade are the essence and the fuel of a company th

at is truly global, and the 350-year-old company is very strongly committed to it.

“Every attempt to improve free trade is highly appreciated by us,” he said.

As a long-term resident in China, Gabor has experienced part of the 40 year

s of reform and opening up, and believes the changes that have occurred in China over the

years are really dramatic in terms of improving the quality of life and healthcare.

“The economic status of the average Chinese person has improved dramatically…Things have moved in a very good way,” he added.

Gabor said China for Merck is not only a big market, but serves to influen

ce the company’s global strategies. Merck China’s business has become the second-larg

est for Merck globally, and the company aims to double its business in China in the next five years.

“The technology trends that are emerging from China are shaping global trends,” he added.


Golden love: Wuhan seniors marry after age 80other Wu

A saying goes that love knows no age. One example is what happened between the 96-year-old g

randfather Han and the 85-year-old grandmother Wu in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province.

Their romance can be traced back to Spring Festival in 2017, when they met at their ch

ildren’s gathering for the first time, according to Changjiang Daily. They had been living alone since their spouses die

d. Their children, who happened to be friends, had worried about their parents’ loneliness and decided to fix them up.

Han thought Wu was nice after the meeting and decided to pursue a rel

ationship with his children’s support. He sent Wu a fan during the hot days and roses

on her birthday, and also talked with her over the phone from time to time. Wu gave him a pair of sneakers after

noticing that he wore leather shoes all the time, and Han would wear them whenever he went to meet her.


Illegal trade in wildlife, pesticides among key topics

The second inter-ministry joint conference convened on Friday to coordinate moves to crack down on the illegal trade of wild animals and plants.

The conference cited 24 key tasks for the 25 member departments, three m

ore than the number during the first such event. This year, the lists for key wild ani

mals and plants will be revised while a campaign will be conducted nationwide to crack down on illegal hunting and sale

s of wild animals and plants, and products made from them. In the meantime, the campaign entitled “Blue Sk

y 2019″ will be carried out to hit the smuggling of ivory and other wild animal products.

In November 2016, the inter-ministry joint conference on cracking

down on the illegal trade of wild animals and plants was approved by the State Council to stre

ngthen coordination between different departments and improve efficiency of such crackdowns.

In the past year, the Ministry of Public Security and several departm

ents made concerted efforts to crack down on the illegal manufacturing, transporting and smu

ggling of ivory products while extensively promoting public education on the matter.


He made the decision to exit the public hospital sys

tem and become an independent practitioner in the hope of providing better treatment to patients and earning a higher income.

Today, Zhang is not only a vascular surgeon, but also the founder and head of Dr. Smile M

edical Group, China’s first group medical practice, which he established in Shanghai in July 2014.

Back then, group practices, in which doctors partner together to offer medical servic

es to patients and share operational costs, was a fairly new concept in China.

But in many other countries such as the United States, group medical practices are c

ommon for doctors who work independently instead of being employed by hospitals.

Since 2014, group practices have sprung up across China, and many established doctors have left hospitals to start their own practices.

A recent example is Zhou Yuehua, one of the most acclaimed eye surgeons in China, who made headlines when he left the re

puted Beijing Tongren Hospital at the end of 2018 and founded Zhou Yuehua Myopic Doctor Group in Beijing.


Leaving the public medical system gives me more room

 to pursue my dream career, and I hope to sign the best eye doctors to provide the best medical service,” Zhou said.

About 1,090 group practices had been established by the end of 2018 in China,

and nearly 700 are registered in Shenzhen in Gu

angdong province, where government policies are more supportive than in

other places, according to a rep

ort jointly released recently by Vistamed, a healthcare industry publication, and a

private hospital m

anagement research institute affiliated to the China hospital development

institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Analysis of 20 of the top 100 group medical practices showed most of the

founders are specialist doctors who used to w

ork in top-level public hospitals, and more than half of the CEOs are doctors,

according to the report.The report said th

e Chinese authorities’ ongoing efforts in healthcare system reforms, which enable

doctors to practice with incr

easing freedom outside the public system, have given dynamic momentum

to the growth of group medical practices.


In 2018, the leverage ratio in the real economy declined

to 243.7 percent, 0.3 percentage points lower than in 2017, while the outstanding debt of the

State-owned sector grew by 16 percent, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

This year’s Government Work Report said China will adopt a prudent monetary policy to keep liquidity “reasonably ample” and av

oid a deluge of stimulus. The government has also pledged to continue structural deleveraging to forestall major risks.

Zhu added that this year’s increment in the local government bond quota should not be understood as a new leveraging m

ove. “We have to consider liquidity and provide liquidity and space for the local bond market,” Zhu said.

China has set the local government bond quota at 2.15 trillion yuan, up nearly 60 perce

nt year-on-year, mainly to support major projects already underway and to address weak links.


The rising readings also indicate the country’s policies

 supporting the real economy, including simplifying administrative procedures and tax and fee cuts, which have gradually been implemented, are leading to re

covery on both the supply and demand sides,” senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement.

Strong growth in emerging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, contributed to the rising PMI in March, Zhao said.

Rising prices in some sectors, such as oil processing, have also contributed to the rising PMI, he said.

The manufacturing PMI rises above the 50 mark mainly because a seasonal rebound o

f activity after the Lunar New Year holiday, said Li Chao, an analyst of Huatai Securities. “It could weaken in April.”

“Apart from the seasonal factor, the rising manufacturing PMI also indicates that China’s policies bolstering growth have st

arted to take effect,” said Zhang Liqun, an economist at the Development Research Center of the State Council. “The

index shows that the confidence of corporate managers and operation of enterprises are recovering.”


Li of Huatai Securities also said that compared with dome

ic demand, China faces a harsher situation on the export front.

The subindex for new export and import orders respectively stood at 47.1 an

d 48.7, both below the 50 mark, indicating easing growth of the world economy.

Despite the external challenge, Bank of China economists said in a report released on

Thursday that as the effect of the country’s supportive policies starts to surface, the world’s second-largest eco

nomy may stabilize, with its GDP growth picking up to 6.3 percent in the second quarter from 6.2 percent in the first.

The NBS also said on Sunday that China’s non-manufacturing PMI rose to 54.8 in March, up from 54.3 in February.

The subindex measuring business activity in the service industry stood at 53.6, up from 53.5 in February.

The composite PMI, which covers manufacturing and services activity, rose to 54 from February’s 52.4, according to the NBS.