1.Historical starting point for new stage of development
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which begins on October 18, will set the leadership and establish the policies for the next five years, at least. While Party national congresses are always seminal events in the political life of the country, there is reason to expect...
2.Chinese environmental companies tap Belt and Road markets...
China's 44 environmental companies have signed 149 contracts in 54 countries, 60 percent of which are involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, Economic Information Daily reported Monday, citing latest data of E20 Institute of Environmental Industry.
These contracts involve sewage treatment...
3.China must promote green growth in B&R initiative
By Li Qiaoyi
China has made considerable progress in fostering green industrial development in a number of cities along the route of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, testifying to the country's commitment to green growth and laying the groundwork for greening the B&R initiative.
It's fair to say that many of the countries and regions along the route can draw on China's experience in various areas related to environmental protection, notably governance of water resources and control of desertification.
At a recent seminar in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu Province, Si Jianhua, a research fellow at the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), stated that the Silk Road Economic Belt, one of B&R's two main prongs, traverses four major inland rivers where China has proved its capacity for preventing flooding and fighting desertification, as well as making it clear that China is more technologically advanced than most countries along the route of the B&R in this aspect.
In fact, China has already been providing certain countries along the route of the B&R with cistern and water purification facilities, according to Si.
It's noteworthy that the push for ecological protection is not just top-down, given that some privately owned businesses have shown an unusual zeal for investing in green growth that is not likely to produce rapid gains.
In a typical case, He Yanzhong, a noted entrepreneur in Gansu who made a fortune by investing in rainbow trout farming, founded a water conservation project in Dunhuang, a major trading post on the ancient Silk Road and now a city in a desert that's also plagued by floods.
The 17-year-old project involves an investment of 890 million yuan ($135.77 million) and has helped in taming local flooding and translating that into an effective resource for curbing desertification.
The project has yet to become commercially profitable, but it has become a hotbed of ecological preservation, and its R&D partnership with Si's institute has borne fruit in terms of enabling water conservation in inland waterways.
The project has attracted US conglomerate Honeywell to contribute to tree planting in the ecological park where the project is located. It also shows the country's potential for implementing the B&R initiative in a way that not only benefits B&R economies but also protects local ecology.
That said, the country needs to provide more impetus for domestic businesses to invest in green growth. This means Chinese companies seeking a foothold in countries and regions along the B&R route should be encouraged to attach particular importance to protecting the local environment. There has already been increased awareness among Chinese businesses of the importance of fitting into the local market. But so far that has focused mostly on catering to local culture and market needs, while understanding of and conforming to local environmental laws and regulations have, in many cases, not yet been prioritized. The implementation of an environmentally friendly B&R initiative will require more efforts to fit Chinese investment along the route into the local framework for environmental protection, which varies by country and region.
On top of that, and perhaps more importantly, domestic research institutes and businesses with expertise in ecological protection should be encouraged to invest in B&R markets where there's a pressing need for ecological restoration.
Given that it is hard to make efforts such as the water conservation project in Dunhuang commercially viable, the government should play a more active role in financing these efforts and offer more preferential policies such as tax relief to encourage businesses to bear more social responsibility.
Only by doing so can the country manifest its prowess in becoming a leader for sustainability and a trendsetter in decoupling economic growth from ecological damage along the B&R route.
4.Huang Runqiu heads a delegation to the 15th “ASEAN+3” Environment Ministers Me...
On Sept. 13, the 15th “ASEAN+3” Environment Ministers Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. Vice Minister Huang Runqiu headed a Chinese delegation to the meeting, at the invitation of Brunei Ministry of Department and ASEAN Secretariat.
The meeting was chaired by...
5.The 14th China-ASEAN Expo held
The 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the 14th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit opened in Nanning Municipality of Guangxi Autonomous Region in South China on Sept. 12, 2017. Zhang Gaoli, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau and Vice Premier of the State Council, pres...
6.Li Ganjie meets with Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection
On Sept. 6, Li Ganjie met with Zeev Elkin, Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection, in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on deepening bilateral cooperation in the environment field and other issues of common concern.
Li began by greeting the delegation headed by Zeev Elkin, on beh...
7.Full text of President Xi's speech at opening ceremony of BRICS Business Forum
Source: Xinhua 2017-09-03 22:55:02|Editor: Liangyu
XIAMEN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the keynote speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum on Sunday:
Working Together to Usher in the Second ...
8.Renewable energy vital for China’s development
From June 17 to 23, 2017, Qinghai Province powered the entire province by renewable energy for 168 hours non-stop, breaking Portugal's record of 107 hours last year. A great step for China's ongoing transition to clean energy, the achievement will surely boost the consumption of renewable energ...
9.The nineteenth Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting held in ROK
The nineteenth Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and South Korea was held in Suwon, Republic of Korea on Aug. 25, 2017. Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection Li Ganjie, ROK Minister of Environment Kim Eunkyung, and Japanese Minister of the Environment Masaharu N...
10.Prudent leadership sails China through global economic turbulence
BEIJING - Data on China's first half-year economic performance released recently have prompted international monetary heavy weights and financial watchdogs to revise up prospects for its economy.
Analysts have attributed the country's sound economic development to its helmsman, the Chinese ...