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.
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led major
financial companies in London to move assets and staff to continental Europe, mea
ning the post-Brexit landscape is likely to be far more “polycentric” than it is today
and far less centered on one location.
According to a recent report by think tank The New Financial, more than 40 companies have shifted staff or oper
ations to more than one financial center within the EU, with 100 choosing the
Irish capital as a post-Brexit location, whi
ch was the most popular choice ahead of Luxembourg, with 60, Paris with 41, Frankfurt with 40, and Amsterdam with 32.
William Wright, principal author of the
New Financial Brexitometer report, said: “One of the most strikin
g findings of our analysis is the extent to which Europe will become a much more
‘multipolar’ world as a result of Brexit.”
Companies are migrating to, or expanding in, multiple financial centers, with man
y either establishing a dedicated division for EU business or spreading their staff
more evenly throughout the EU.
ter for foreign exchange, for example. We clear more dollars than New York, and are the largest center for RMB trading outside greate
r China. London is strong and international,” she said. “The long-term fundamentals of London and the UK still remain strong.”
Alex De Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, echoed the
view of McGuinness, saying: “Whilst I think Brexit has clearly had a significant impact, it must be remembered that Lon
don is a global financial center and the majority of assets held by the financial services sector are outside of th
e EU, with the US, China, and other emerging economies particularly important markets.
“The 800 billion pounds figure only comprises about 10 percent of the estim
ated total assets of the UK banking sector,” he said. “So, the total volume of business affected has been relatively small.”
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
eighboring Sichuan province, moved to Dali in 2014. She is among thousands of newcomers
who operate guesthouses around Erhai Lake, which offers stunning views that provide an escape from urban life.
The 50-year-old, who now wants to leave the city and return to her hometown, said her decision
to operate guesthouses in Dali had turned out to be a mistake, as it had left her heavily in debt.
She ran a garment company in Chengdu before moving to Dali, and the annual revenue from
this business was about 400,000 yuan. She and her family lived quite a good life, she said.
Like many of her peers, Wang was attracted by the scenery around Erhai Lake, and u
sed her capital to open a lakeside guesthouse business by leasing land from local farmers to build her own premises.
In 2014, she invested 6 million yuan in an 18-room guesthouse in Shuanglang township close to the lake.