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.
s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop
ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.
Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the
ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su
bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee
n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn
ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc
ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.
Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next
three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra
nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.
Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.
Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil
lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.
To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct
ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.
Boeing 737 MAX 8s were delivered, and went down just minutes after taking off, within five months of each other, they have some degre
e of similarity,” the administration said in its statement. The administration grounded all Chinese Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets on March 11.
“With China suspending the airworthiness certificate for the Boeing 737 MAX 8, domesti
c airlines are unable to purchase this model,” Li said, adding that it will undoubtedly cause great economic losses to Boeing.
As of the end of January, the Boeing 737 MAX family had 5,011 orders worldwide, of which 3
50 had been delivered. More than 420 orders came from China, with 96 already in commercial operation.
The future of the commercial aviation market in China is very exciting, Li said, and no othe
r country has more demand for aircraft. But safety questions are hindering Boeing, Li said.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 heading to the California desert for parking during a global ban of the aircraft m
ade an emergency landing on Tuesday due to an engine-related problem shortly after takeoff, according to the carrier.
Environmental monitoring has detected an excessive amount of the harmful gas benzene ne
ar the site of a deadly explosion in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu province, authorities said on Thursday.
At 10 am on Wednesday, the benzene density stood at 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point that is 1 kilometer away in the downwind direc
tion from the site, about 17.5 times more than the national standard. The concentration was below the standard, how
ever, 2 and 3.5 kilometers away, according to a media release from the Jiangsu environmental watchdog.
“Analysis done by environmental experts working on the site shows that the excessive den
sity of benzene occurred because buried pollutants were gradually exposed to the air as cleaning work cont
inues on the site,” Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told a news conference on Thursday.
The explosion occurred at about 2:48 pm on March 21 after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiang
su Tianjiayi Chemical Co. So far, the blast has claimed the lives of 78 people and injured more than 600 people.