But since challenges co-exist with opportunities, Chin

  should maintain regular communication with its EU partners, seek

mutual benefits and use innovative mechanisms to realize better cooperation.

  Tian Dewen, deputy director general of the Institute of European Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  Sino-EU cooperation has great potential

  As one of the world’s three largest economies and a strong driving force of multilateralism, the EU is an

important cooperation partner of China in fields such as free trade, international issues and global governance.

  Xi’s visit to the three EU member states shows a great potential for China-EU coope

ration is still to be tapped. The EU’s wish to deepen cooperation with China was reflected in what the EU states said

about strengthening Sino-EU cooperation through a coherent strategy at Xi’s meeting with Merkel and Junker.

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China becomes second-largest source of ‘unicorn com

China has become the world’s second-largest source of “unicorn companies” accordi

ng to the latest report on China unicorn companies by the Evergrande Research Institute.

With 88 in total, China is the world’s second-largest source of unicorn compani

es following the US with 151. The report cited data from IC Insight gathered between 2013 and Dec 31, 2018.

Twenty-two companies worldwide were included as super unicorn companies in 2018 and C

hina’s Fintech company Ant Financial ranked first in value worth $150 billion, the report said.

The US and China had the greatest number of new sup

r unicorns worth $10 billion last year with 12 and 7 respectively, accounting for 86.4 percent of

the world’s total. The UK, India and Singapore had one of these companies each in the same period.

New energy vehicles, artificial intelligence chips, robots, big da

ta, computer vision and cloud computing are the main areas for these emerging unicorns.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

 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.

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Her remarks were based on a Deloitte research, named

Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade

rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.

According to the report, the revolution-which features the booming new technologies and th

e combination of them-has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great

challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri

oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures-all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.

A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu

siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last

year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu

siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.

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hina urges UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs

China on Thursday urged the United Kingdom to respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks after the UK government released its latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong.

“We urge the UK to face the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China for 22 years, respect China’s s

overeignty, stop releasing relevant reports, and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs,” Geng said at a press briefing.

It is undeniable that the “one country, two systems” practice has achieved widely-acknowledged success, he said.

“Hong Kong’s affairs have been entirely China’s internal affairs since

July 1, 1997. The British side has no right to make irresponsible remarks or interfere with any excuses,” Geng said.

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Liu, the spokesman, said the ministry dispatched a team co

nsisting of 49 experts from institutes affiliated with the ministry and universities

, including Tsinghua University, to the site to help with the environmental aftermath from the explosion.

He also said the team has cut off the access of three rivers to Guanhe River, which empties into the sea, to prevent the pollution from spreading.

The three rivers inside the chemical industry park wer

e found contaminated soon after the blast. On Wednesday, an excessive amount of pollutants was still de

tected in two water bodies in the chemical park — the Xinfeng River and Xinnong River.

According to the Jiangsu environmental watchdog, the density of ammonia nitrogen in Xinfeng River reached 183 millig

rams per liter, 90.5 times higher than the national standard, at 10 am on Wednesday. The content of methylene chlor

ide in the river was about 15 times above the national standard with a density of 0.321 mg/L. The ch

emical oxygen demand in the water body stood at 343 mg/L, 7.6 times above the national standard, the watchdog said.

The watchdog also found an excessive amount of these pollutants in Xinnong River, though with much lower densities.

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After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

held the original ruling, and said the two companies should stop their infringement immediately.

The Shanghai IP Court will further calculate the exact amou

nt of compensation that the two Chinese companies should pay to Valeo, accor

ding to the verdict. During the first trial, Valeo had requested compensation of 6 million yuan ($893,000).

Wednesday’s trial is of great significance as it shows China’s growing efforts in protecting IPR, the top court said in a release.

“It shows the country’s strong determination in fighting infringement, and intensif

ied judicial protection for IPR and innovation-driven development,” said Ma Yide, an intel

lectual property professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law who attended the hearing.

The final verdict was reached only two months after the original one.

Such a fast pace reflects improved efficiency in handling IP-related lawsuits in Chinese courts, he said.

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The examination was designed to check and hone the general

capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration

when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami

nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.

Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination

‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe

rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d

evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.

Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.

“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth

er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro

ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of

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There is “more appetite” among them for western arts ac

oss the period, be they old masters’ paintings, impressionist, or modern and contemporary, he said.

The second trend is that Chinese and Asian markets continue to grow and flourish

despite short-term macroeconomic challenges the world is facing, Belin said.

“We continue to see strong appetite for collecting and strong growth.

We continue to see a very strong demand and we do see (in Asian Art Week here) very stro

ng buying appetite from our clients; a depth of biding that even surprised ourselves,” he said.

The third key trend in Asia is growing number of young collectors, Belin said.

“There are more young billionaires in Asia than we have in Europe and in the U.S., and that’s also reflected in collec

ting, which is very exciting for Christie’s, because we can bring our clients much earlier on the collecting journ

ey with the best art across the world. And we can accompany them for even longer time in their journey.”

The flourishing Chinese culture market represents “fantastic opportunities” for Christie’

s and the auction house always attaches greater importance to the Chinese market, said the senior industry leader.

Being the first international fine art auction house to be gran

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For example, banks tend to gravitate to Frankfurt beca

 it is already a banking center in the European context, plus a clearinghouse. Also, Frankfurt has the Euro

pean central bank, which is now the regulator for all banks in Europe. So, the banks want to be closer to the major regulator,” Donoghue said.

As for asset management, insurance, and funds companies, Donoghue said, they are relocat

ing to Dublin because the city has a very broad and diversified set of capabilities in running funds and managing assets.

Andrew Pilgrim, associate partner at consultancy Ernst & Young, which is known as EY, sai

d it is probably not in the EU’s best interests to have financial services concentrated in one location.

“From policy and political perspectives, there is an argument to say that actually having a balanced financial sector across many EU jurisdi

ctions means that you have less risk concentrated in one jurisdiction,” Pilgrim said. “And it also means that you get a more balanced regu

latory and supervisory environment across all the EU member states, as opposed to all of that being focused on one.”

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