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nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime
nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own car-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea.
And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperation between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo
undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
plary project under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0
00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
energy vehicles (NEV), sales of NEVs reached 111,000 in March, up 100.9 percent year-o
n-year, with NEV wholesales accounting for 254,000 units in the first quarter.
CPCA predicts a 40 percent increase in NEV sales to 1.7 million
units in 2019, based on these first quarter figures.
As China began to cut manufacturing sector VAT from 16 to 13 percent on April 1, som
e imported and high-end vehicle brands lowered prices to boost sales nationwide.
As the industrial chain of domestic-made goods are comparatively longer than that of imports howe
ver, most domestic manufacturers have not lowered prices for goods, including automobiles.
“Consumers should not expect too much on price cuts of automo
biles, but choose vehicles based on demand and affordability,” CPCA said.
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).
Chinese scientist says resilient varieties boost harvests, minimize use of fertilizers
A decadelong agricultural project spearheaded by Chinese scientists has helped alleviate poverty for more than 1.6 million f
arming households in 18 Asian and African countries through cultivation of high-yield and resilient rice strains.
The Green Super Rice project, led by the Chinese Academy of Agric
ultural Sciences, has generated 78 rice varieties that boast an average 20 percent increase in har
vest per hectare while minimizing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, said Li Zhikang, a professor and
researcher of rice breeding at the academy and a leading member of the project, on Tuesday.
The total area planted with the varieties in participating countries h
ad expanded to 6.12 million hectares by the end of last year, including around 3.4 million hect
ares in the Philippines, 1.3 million hectares in India and 1.1 million hectares in Vietnam, he said.