Commentary: Belt and Road Initiative sets example for world

By Khalid Rahman(Pakistan)

I have visited more than 10 Chinese cities in my nearly 30 trips to China. I liked interacting with the local communities every time I arrived in a new place, during which I was deeply impressed by the elements of inclusiveness and harmony contained in Chinese culture while maintaining diversity. Such inclusiveness and harmony are reflected in every aspect, including China’s interaction with the world.

Over the past 40-plus years, China has made incredible accomplishments in the economic arena. At the same time it witnessed comprehensive and historical changes in the society, with advances being made in every field.

With increasing comprehensive national strength, the country is playing a more important role in regional and international affairs. Belt and Road initiative is a reflection of Chinese willingness to share development opportunities with the world, which indicates the confidence and sense of responsibility of a major country.

In my opinion, inclusiveness and harmony are the essence of Chinese wisdom. They not only serve as a cultural factor that propels China’s social advances and development, but also are a reason for the popularity of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in many countries. People of insight across the world, envisioned by the BRI, are aware that global challenges require all the people to seek shared development by treating each other as equals, beefing up coordination and making good use of resources. The BRI, which encourages all countries to realize peaceful co-existence and common development through more inclusive and harmonious cooperation, sets a great example for the world. By proposing the BRI and building of a community with a shared future for mankind, China has contributed new solutions to global governance by following a principle of mutual benefit and win-win result.

Harmony and development are complementary to each other in Chinese philosophy. The BRI underlines the inseparable relationship between national and regional development, in a belief that  every country makes contribution to regional stability by its own development, and in turn, regional stability will provide guarantee for the economic and social development of individual countries, as well as the mutually beneficial cooperation among them. During the past five years, the BRI has started improving the connectivity among the countries along the route, and thus bringing closer the people from different countries and regions. It will be facilitating win-win economic and trade cooperation, and will also be creating substantial opportunities for progress in more developing countries.

 

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a very good testimony. As an important pivot linking the land and maritime silk roads, the CPEC has reaped abundant harvests. A batch of infrastructure projects have facilitated the life of Pakistani residents after they were completed and put into operation. The construction of the CPEC has also increased the connectivity between Pakistan and the region, and in a long run, it will fully unleash the economic potential of the region and boost their trade.

Indeed, the BRI is making tangible contribution to regional prosperity and stability.

(Khalid Rahman is Executive President at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad. The article is compiled by People’s Daily reporter Ding Xuezhen based on an interview with Rahman.)

The first 1,000 tons of asphalt produced by Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company is being loaded in Meishan Port Area of Zhoushan Port in Ningbo, Zhejiang province on February 12, 2018. The asphalt will be shipped to Pakistan for the construction of the superhighway connecting the country’s southern port city of Karachi with northwestern city Peshawar. It is the first highway along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.Photo: People’s Daily Online

Photo taken is the under-construction railway connecting Golmud in northwest China's Qinghai province and Korla in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is not only a key national rail line project, but also a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Photo: People’s Daily Online

 

China to build 5G demonstration hospital in Guangdong

By Du Yifei from People’s Daily

A 5G hospital will soon be built in south China’s Guangdong Province, according to a cooperation document signed by Chinese tech firm Huawei, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital and GuangdongMobile on Mar. 9.

The three will establish a smart medical service system under the Internet Plus framework compatible with the next generation of communication technology.

The project will commence this year, said the cooperation document.

The 5G network, the latest generation of information and communication technology, features high speed, low delay and large capacity. It is expected to be applied in more scenarios of medical services, create better technical management, and bring more innovation.

According to the agreement,the three parties willestablish an expert team on remote medical imaging solution, telemedicine, digital medical services and big data, to provide quality services for patients with more convenience and higher efficiency via 5G network.

A Huawei employee told People’s Daily that with the integration of 5G, big data, and artificial intelligence, doctors would be able to check high-definition medical images of the patients under the 5G network before the patients go to  hospitals. It enables the doctors to map out optimal treatment solutions in advance.

At present, China is seeing continuous progress of the 5G application in the medical sector. Medical institutions and enterprises in Hubei, Beijing, Sichuan, Zhejiang and many other regions have already started relevant researches and practices.

For instance, on Feb. 21 this year, China Telecom Wuhan Branch and Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University incentral China’s HubeiProvince signed a strategic agreement, planning to build China's first 5G intelligent medical demonstration project.

In addition, Sichuan Province also carried out the first pilot telemedicine program under 5G networks in southwest China.

Besides, the West China Hospital of Sichuan University, as a pilot hospital of 5G applications, completed a demonstration of remote ultrasonic diagnosis under the 5G network, according to Li Weimin, president of the hospital.

Not long ago, the first-ever 5G-assisted remote surgical operation in the world was successfully performed in southeast China’s Fujian province.

The hepatic lobule of an experimental animal was removed by a robotic arm manipulated by Liu Rong, director of the No.2 surgical department of liver and gallbladder of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital 50 kilometers away. The operation, performed on real-time signal transmission under the 5G network, marked the official entry of surgery into the 5G era.

5G technology will be widely applied for clinical use in the near future, said Liu Jingfeng, head of Mengchao Hepatobiliary Hospital of Fujian Medical University.

The technology would also make remote ward round and remote B-scan ultrasonography possible, bringing more high-quality medical resources to remote areas, he added.

By that time, patients will be able to receive diagnosis from provincial- and state-level experts, and even internationally renowned experts without traveling far.

Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital signed a cooperation agreement with Guangdong Mobile and Huawei to jointly build a 5G-connected hospital, March 9, 2019. (Photo from Guangzhou Daily)

A Chineseexpert in the hepatobiliary field controls the robotic arms during a remote surgerysupported by 5G technology in Fuzhou, southeast Chinas Fujian province. (Photo from Fuzhou Evening News)

Visitors experience the 5G-enabled VR medical visualization platform during the 2018 National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week in Beijing, October 8, 2018. The equipment was provided by a Beijing-based company, which enables users to operate a tele-mentored live surgeryover  5G connection. (Photo by He Yong from People’s Daily)

 

E-commerce boosts sales of agricultural products in SW China

ByJing Yi from People’s Daily

E-commerce has driven up sales of agricultural products through deeper infiltration in the countryside of southwest China’s GuizhouProvince in recent years.

Hua Xi, an agent of China’s online marketplace Taobao, is a witness of the changes that e-commerce has brought to the countryside of Tongren inGuizhouover the past 11 years.

 

After college graduation in 2008, the 20-year-old of Dong ethnic group opened a shop on Taobao as a part-time job in Wenzhou, a fertile soil for small businesses.

In 2012, Hua and her husband turned the part-time job into a full-time career and the business prospered under their efforts.

“I received hundreds of orders each day, and the sales volume of one underwear product even stood among the top three of the kind on Taobao,” Hua said, attributing the achievements to the help of the booming e-commerce.

In April 2015, Hualeft Wenzhouto become an e-commerce entrepreneur under a Rural TaobaoProject in Wanshan town of Tongren, her hometown.

Thanks to the improvement of supporting policies such as e-commerce policies, logistics distribution, online payment and credit services, the Tongren site became Alibaba’s first city-level pilotRuralTaobaoProject in the country.

“I’m obsessed with selling local products to customers in other places and buying products for farmers via online platforms,” Hua said. Under her efforts, local goods, including honey, wild kudzu root powder, hand-made rice noodles, and rice wine were sold to rest of the country.

In recent years, e-commerce has acted as a pushing hand in Guizhou’s efforts to sell more local products to places out of the mountains, creating opportunities for targeted poverty alleviation, Hua said.

In 2018, Hua set up a sales platform to boost sales of Guizhou’s agricultural products and local goods. The platform has over 110,000 members and 5,000 distributors. She believes that as e-commerce develops, more people would know about Guizhou’s local goods.

In the same year, Huawas elected as a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), becoming the first national legislator from grass-root e-commerce entrepreneurs.

Hua, who is also deputy secretary of the Tongren Municipal Committee of the Communist Youth League, said it’s her responsibility to help young people like her become rich.

“In addition to ‘business environment’, the term ‘private economy’ was mentioned for eight times, and small- and micro-sized enterprises (SMEs) for twelve timesin the government work report 2019,” Hua said, adding that she is most concerned about private economy in the report.

In Hua’s view, digital economy will drive common development of the entire industry chain, and the implementation of the digital countryside strategy will play an important role in increasing farmers’ incomes.

As China is going through consumption upgrading, rural e-commerce entrepreneurs could sell high-quality goods to a larger market via e-commerce platforms. This is the value of e-commerce to increase farmers’ income and promote consumption upgrading, Hua said.

Photo taken on March 5, 2019 shows Hua Xi delivers a speech at a panel session of GuizhouProvince to deliberate on the government work report during the second sessions ofthe 13th National Peoples Congress andthe13thNational Committee ofthe Chinese Peoples PoliticalConsultative Conferencebeing held in Beijing.(Photo by CFP)

Photo taken on March 4, 2019 shows Hua Xi checks her Taobao shop at rest time during her performance of duties as a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress. (Photo by CFP)

Photo taken on March 4, 2019 shows Hua Xi scans a QR code, a habit from her e-commerce experience of 11 years. (Photo by CFP)

 


Guo Ce (1st L), economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese embassy in Kenya, speaks during an event to conduct an end of year evaluation of Chinese technical assistance in training and capacity development in Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 21, 2018. China has made significant contribution to help bridge skills gap in Kenya by offering training opportunities for the country's youth and civil servants, Guo Ce said on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

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The Oriental empire's abundant wealth recorded in his widely-circulated and eye-opening chronicles of his adventures had inspired Europeans of later generations to explore the riches of the East and ushered in the Age of Discovery.  Today, as China is seeking to reignite the vitality of the ancient trade routes through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with partners worldwide, Italy has decided to follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo. During

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