Before his retirement, Wang irrigated farmland for de

nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.

“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi

ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.

As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.

To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched

a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav

ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t

hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.

Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into

the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.

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Santarita said a similar concept can also be found in other

Asian countries, citing the Philippines’ compadrazgo and Indonesia’s bapakism as examples.

Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to “co-fatherhood”, is based

on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, t

he godfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to he

lp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When us

ed in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s su

perior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was only in t

he 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian leaders like the la

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He says that he collected 39 different versions of Beethov

So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.

During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat

skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.

In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver

sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw

een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.

Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.

“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar

e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.

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market confidence in outstanding ways and promoted the stab

le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.

Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic environment are also rising and there remai

n downward pressures on the domestic economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs.

Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though

t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thro

ugh deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said.

He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business environm

ent and invigorating the market, which will not only stabilize growth and employment bu

t also encourage companies to invest more in innovation for long-term development.

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The 20-year-old said she first learned about the history

The volunteer team-led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En

glish-has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go

vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.

Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife

in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.

Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si

zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con

venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.

“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.

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The glazed tiles on the top of the China Pavilion ar

 in fact a type of aluminum alloy that can be used to imitate the shape

of traditional Chinese architecture at a low cost. It is an example of how modern technology is app

lied at the exhibition,” Li Liang, a designer of the pavilion, was quoted by Beijing Daily as saying.

By installing rainwater collection devices on the roofs and tanks beneath the pavilio

n, a mini ecological circulation has been created by gathering rainwater to irrigate the terraced fields.

Shen Yanyan, who came with her family from Jiangxi province for a visit, said that

although she didn’t know much about design, she felt the building was “very cool”.

“We saw its shiny roof upon entry to the park and we were immediately attracted,” said the 33-year-old. “The Ch

ina Pavilion is not only beautiful outside, but also inside. My mother is very happy to see flowers from so many pro

vinces and regions of the country, and all are well-trimmed and placed in the pavilion’s exhibition halls.”

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delivers keynote speech at second B&R forum

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt

and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday. Here are the highlights.

Belt and Road opens up new space for global economic growth

Joint building of the Belt and Road has opened up new space for the world’s economic grow

th. It also created a new platform to boost international trade and investment, expanded new practices to optim

ize the global economic governance, and made new contributions to improving people’s well-being of all countries.

High-quality development of Belt and Road stressed

The principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits should be uphel

d. The open, green and clean approaches should be adhered to. The goals of high-standard, livelihood-impro

ving and sustainable development should be achieved.High-quality, sustainable infrastructure under BRI highlighted

Infrastructure is the cornerstone of connectivity

and a bottleneck of development confronting many countries. Bui

lding infrastructure with such standards can help countries give full play to their advantages in resources and b

etter integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains for interconnected development.

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Politburo upbeat on economic datag Motors on the assem

China’s economy grew better than expected in the first quarter and market confidence was raised in

an outstanding way, according to a statement from a meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping on Friday.

During the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central

Committee, members analyzed the current economic situation and made plans for economic work.

In the first quarter, government departments pushed forward high-quality growth, deepene

d supply-side structural reform and carried out positive fiscal policy and stable monetary policy, the statement said. Main mac

roeconomic figures were in proper range, and reform and opening-up was pushed forward continuously, it said.

The statement said lots of difficulties and problems remain in economic development, with m

ore tension in the external economic environment and downward pressure on the domestic economy. Government departments shou

ld remain steadfast and be brave in overcoming difficulties in economic development, it said.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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The water cannon on the vehicles can spray water up t

Experts said that injuries to firefighters are mainly caused by close contact with flames or explos

ions, or by buildings collapsing as they enter a scene that fire engines have difficulty accessing.

Russia and Germany have also transformed old tanks into firefighting vehicles.

China’s poverty-relief achievements have contributed more than 70 percent to global pover

ty alleviation in the past four decades, a feat acknowledged by the United Nations and the World Bank.

China lifted 740 million people in rural areas out of poverty be

tween 1978 and 2017, or about 19 million people each year, according to the National Bureau of Statis

tics. The country had another 30 million people to lift out of abject poverty, according to the figures.

In 2018, official data showed that 13.86 million people were lifted out of poverty. The go

vernment aims to help another 20 million people in the next two years, in order to eradicate poverty in the country.

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