By becoming the first G7 member to join the Belt

Road Initiative, Italy has set an example for other European countries on how to strengthen cooperation with China in the future.As for C

hina and France, the two countries inked agreements on deepening joint development, part

icularly through industrial cooperation. The two sides also signed billions of dollars worth of contracts.Now tha

t French President Emmanuel Macron, a firm supporter of European integration, has taken measures to im

prove China-France cooperation, the healthy and fruitful progress of Sino-French ties can in turn promote better C

hina-EU relations. Macron has always emphasized France’s position in the European integration project and China sup

ports his efforts.By reaching agreements on cooperation, Xi and Macron have paved the way for not only deep

er Sino-French cooperation but also overall Sino-EU cooperation, which was highlighted during Xi’s meeting with Germ

an Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for co

untries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Rese

arch Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hyb

rid rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has reac

hed 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing are

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.

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streamline certain fees related to ports, highways and airpo

he said. In addition, the ministry will step up its efforts to manage the effects of eliminating highway toll stations at provincial boundaries.

The ministry also called for small and medium-sized enterprises to forge alliances for common development to consolidate the fragmented logistics sector.

In recent years, China’s logistics industry has been experiencing consistent growth on the back of steady economic progress and a rising domestic market. Accor

ding to the National Development and Reform Commission, logistics expenditures rose 9.8 percent to 13.3 trillion yuan, am

ounting to 14.8 percent of last year’s national GDP. The share was slightly up from the previous year.

The logistics sector is of strategic importance in the development of the market econom

y, and the ministry has been making consistent efforts to reduce logistics costs and raise efficiency. It redu

ced logistics spending by 56 billion yuan in 2016, 68 billion yuan in 2017 and 98 billion yuan in 2018.

China ranked 12th last year in the World Bank’s logistics performan

ce index covering 160 countries and regions. China’s position has moved up 15 places since 2016.

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Top court’s new IP tribunal upholds French firm’s patent

The top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a French global automotive supplier in a patent dispute

with two Chinese car accessory companies amid the country’s intensified efforts to protect intellectual property rights.

It was also the first public hearing by the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People’s Court since the special court was set up on Jan 1.

Valeo Systemes d’Essuyage, one of the world’s leading auto component providers, sued X

iamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co and Xiamen Fuke Wiper Co, two companies based in Fujian pro

vince, claiming infringement of Valeo’s patent on a connector for windshield wipers.

An IP court in Shanghai reached a verdict on Jan 22 finding that the two Chinese companies must cease their infring

ement. The two companies appealed to the top court, insisting that their products did not infringe on Valeo’s patent rights.

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The improvement is attributed to the establishment of a nati

national-level IP court under the Supreme People’s Court on Jan 1, which has strea

mlined the appeals process and helps prevent inconsistency in legal

applications, Ma said.

With such a national-level IP court,

litigants who disagree with the verdicts of local cou

rts at the city level or local IP courts can appeal directly to the top court instead

of appealing to provincial-level courts.

Under previous procedures, the two Chinese companies could not have appealed

to the top court directly but would have had to go to the Shanghai High People’s

Court after the first verdict.

Guan Yuying, an IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said

a streamlined litigation process and more p

rofessional judges for IP-related lawsuits will help ensure the judicial quality of

such complicated patent cases.

Wednesday’s trial was heard by a five-judge panel led by Luo Dongchuan, vice-

president of the top court and the chief judge of its IP court.

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More appetite among Chinese, Asian collectors for Western art

hinese and Asian art collectors have become more knowledgeable, sophisticated and are branching out for m

ore Western works, said Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia, who is excited about the trend.

“Chinese clients have evolved from being very dedicated to Chinese arts to gaining increasing interest

in other categories and expanding the spectrum of the type of objects that they wish to collect,” Belin told

Xinhua in an interview in New York City during Christie’s Asian Art Week held on March 19-26.

Diversity of collecting is one of three “fundamental trends” the auction house has obse

rved among the Chinese and Asian buyers, Belin said, noting the increased appetite to collect across categories.

About 10 or 20 years ago, Asian collectors focused primarily on the art that relates to their own c

ulture, he said, “we’ve seen this evolved in the past years to be much more holistic in the collecting of our Asian buyers.”

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Zhang Zuhao, a sixth grade student, used to misbehave and h

ve and have little interest in his studies, not even finishing homework. In order to change his

attitude, Gao Ziren visited his home every weekend, talking with his parents about the importance of studying.

Zhang Guangxing, Zhang Zuhao’s father, still remembered when Gao Ziren first visited

his home. Because of Gao’s insistence, the parents paid more attention to the child’s studies.

Gao Ziren said that because he walked slowly, it was too late for him to visit stud

ents’ homes after school, and therefore, he visited them on the weekends.

Now, many children follow their parents to live and study in cities, while som

e become left-behind children who live in rural areas and lack family care. Gao said it w

as important to be patient with left-behind children and pay more attention to their mental health.

Gao Xinyue, a second grade student who lives with her grandparents because her paren

ts work outside the rural area, was reticent and very timid when she first came to the school, performing poorly in her studies.

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largest source of imports. Given that Italy enjoys many tec

hnology and brand advantages, it has become one of the main destinations for Chinese ente

rprises’ overseas investment in recent years, with the scale of investment gradually increasing.

The establishment of the China-Italy Government Committee and dialogue mechanisms such as regul

ar meetings between the Chinese premier and Italian prime minister has provided a solid institutional foundation for cooperation bet

ween the two countries. And frequent high-level interactions between the two sides have deepened their economic ties.

But there is still enough room to expand Sino-Italian economic relations. In terms of trade, th

e industrial structures of China and Italy are highly complementary, and the huge potential for

bilateral cooperation in manufacturing, agriculture and innovation has not been fully tapped.

China has a vast market and is the world’s second-largest impor

ter of goods and services, and has vowed to further increase its imports. At the first China Inter

national Import Expo in Shanghai in November, President Xi said China’s imports of goods and service

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Her business enabled her to live her dream; every mornin

 she opened the windows, breathed clean air, and the surroundings were often bathed in su

nshine, with beautiful flowers dotting the lake as waterfowl paddled on the surface.

However, in 2017, the local government ordered all 2,400-plus hotels, guesthouses and

restaurants around the lake to close until they had been checked and the authorities confirmed they had all the permits required.

With the tourism industry expanding rapidly in Dali, wastewater and garbage were often found being disposed of directly into

the lake due to insufficient or dilapidated facilities on the shore, creating one of the lake’s major sources of pollution.

Since October, a widespread environmental campaign has escalated and more t

han 1,800 lakeside properties within the protection zone – including 540 guesthouses – have been demolished.

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