Lam will speak at the event, as will Guangdong Gover

vernor Ma Xingrui and Macao’s Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi-fan.

Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoshihiro Seki will attend and also address the symposiu

m, according to the full-day event’s website. Around 500 Japanese business leaders and executives are also expected to attend.

In the afternoon, two panel discussions will be held, one themed on innovation and technology, and the other on smart health.

Top enterprises from Japan, the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao – in industrial, tech

nological, financial and medical sectors – will join the discussion and explore further collaboration.

This overseas promotion underscores China’s determination to advance t

he development of the 11-city cluster, as well as its firm adherence to the opening-up p

olicy, said Sun Bushu, deputy director of the South China City Research Association.

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bodies have been transported to Xichang. The relativ

es of one victim wanted him to be buried where he died.

The 30 victims have been recognized as martyrs. The recognition is approve

d by the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Sichuan provincial government.

hang Jun, head of the Xichang branch of the Liangshan forest fire briga

de, and his team members went back to Xichang from Muli on Wednesday. Recalling the er

uptive fire, Zhang said it had been the first blaze of its kind he’d encountered in a dozen years of firefighting, China News Serv

ice reported. “I was at the south part of the fire, when I heard a blare and saw a mushroom cloud about 50 to 60 meters hig

h rising from the valley. Two to three minutes later, dense smoke began to fall and the communication equipment didn’t work.”

Zhang divided his team during the firefighting. One of them, consisting of 10 firefighters, only had four escape with their lives.

Zhao Maoyi still sees his dead teammate four days after the eruptive fire. When his team decided to evacu

ate after hearing blasts, the fire spread to their location from the foot of a mountain in seconds. They were blocked by a huge l

og. “I pushed one onto the log and used my last strength to climb over the log. When I looked back, I saw the desperate look

on an 18-year-old teammate,” Zhao cried. “I dream about him every night, I hear him saying ‘give me a hand'”.

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Ofo denies bankruptcy, claims all is well Ofo has denied

Chinese startup Ofo has denied it is bankrupt, and claimed all is w

ell at the bike-sharing company in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Beijing Baikeluoke Technology Co, one of Ofo’s operat

ors, was involved in a bankruptcy case on March 25, listed on the national bankruptcy disclosure platform.

Ofo, however, insists it is not bankrupt, saying that its debt-related litigation and negotiations are still underway.

The company has been suffering financial problems for the past few m

onths, with tens of millions of users waiting for refunds since the second half of last year.

To compound matters for the company, unpaid bills resulted in several lawsuits in the same period.

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Illegal trade in wildlife, pesticides among key topics

The second inter-ministry joint conference convened on Friday to coordinate moves to crack down on the illegal trade of wild animals and plants.

The conference cited 24 key tasks for the 25 member departments, three m

ore than the number during the first such event. This year, the lists for key wild ani

mals and plants will be revised while a campaign will be conducted nationwide to crack down on illegal hunting and sale

s of wild animals and plants, and products made from them. In the meantime, the campaign entitled “Blue Sk

y 2019″ will be carried out to hit the smuggling of ivory and other wild animal products.

In November 2016, the inter-ministry joint conference on cracking

down on the illegal trade of wild animals and plants was approved by the State Council to stre

ngthen coordination between different departments and improve efficiency of such crackdowns.

In the past year, the Ministry of Public Security and several departm

ents made concerted efforts to crack down on the illegal manufacturing, transporting and smu

ggling of ivory products while extensively promoting public education on the matter.

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They’re the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable C

hinese herbal medicine,” said Ruan Jian, deputy manager of Anlong Xic

heng Xiushu Agriculture and Forestry. “Zhegui village has sufficient forest coverage, with p

roper altitude and climatic conditions, which is very suitable for growing imitation wild dendrobium.”

The plant, a member of the orchid family, is known as an important traditional medi

cine in China since many of its biomedical benefits have been scientifically examined.

Wild dendrobium officinale became an endangered species in the 1980s. However, with

the breakthrough of tissue culture technology in the early 2000s, artificially cultivated plants entered the market.

With the expansion in scale, dendrobium planted in some region

s suffered from problems such as pesticide residue, elevated levels of heavy metals and poor quality.

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With UK politics in disarray, there’s still a risk the country

  will leave the European Union without a transitional deal to protect trade. The Ba

nk of England has said the fallout from that scenario would be worse than the 2008 financial crisis.

  The big Brexit slowdown

  The United Kingdom was the fastest growing G7 economy when voters went to the polls in 2016. E

mergency action by the Bank of England helped the UK economy avoid the recession that some had

predicted would follow a vote in favor of Brexit, and unemployment remains very low.

  But the country still fell toward the bottom of the G7 rank

ing. Economic growth has slumped from an annual pace of around 2% to less than 1% now.

  Investment by UK companies stalled after the referendum and then plunged 3.7% in 2018. Me

anwhile, the rest of the G7 has seen business investment grow around 6% a year since the vote.

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The space station’s core module and a Long March 5B are

under construction, the agency said, adding that it is also selecting and training astronauts for the mission.

According to government plans previously made public, China will start putting

together its first manned space station around 2020, when a Long March 5B will put the station’s core module into orbit.

Other components and astronauts will later be ferried to the core module to assemble the station.

The space station is expected to be built and become fully operational around 2022 and is set to operate for about 15 yea

rs, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, the contractor for the station’s development and construction.

In 2024, it will likely become the world’s only space station if t

he United States-led International Space Station is retired that year as planned.

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Earlier this month, a container ship docked in Pyeongtae

  harbor, on the southwest coast of Seoul. On board were 51 containers of mixed waste that South Korean company Green SoKo had exported to the Philippines last year.

  The company had claimed the waste was recyclable plastic, but most of it was not in fact recyclable an

d had been strewn over a 45,000 square meter patch (almost 500,000 square feet) of Mindanao island.

  Locals discovered that the trash included household garbage, used diapers, empty ca

ns of ham, and washing machine parts. Protests by environmental group EcoWaste Coalition put pressure on the South Korean govern

ment to take back the trash.What that container ship brought back to Seoul, however, was only a fraction of the 290

,000 tons of waste which South Korean Customs estimates was illegally exported in 2018.

  A report released last month by the Ministry of Environment

blamed the problem on the lack of affordable alternatives for disposing of solid waste.

  ”The cost of incineration used to be $53 per ton and now it’s over $230. The waste comp

anies cannot recycle or incinerate (affordably), so the waste is left abandoned,” ministry officials said at a briefing.

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai

rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op

portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.

“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog

ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro

w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”

He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co

me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.

Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee

n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo

r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.

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Improved living conditions have also attracted more

teachers to rural areas,” she said.Editor’s note: Some US-led Western countries have launched a technology “cold war” against China by targeting Chinese high-tec

h enterprises such as Huawei, a telecommunications equipment maker and major 5G technology player. Given th

e twists and turns of the tech “cold war”, how should Chinese high-tech companies respond to the developments? T

wo experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:

Chen Liqun, president of Minzu Middle School in Guizhou province’s Taijiang co

unty, said the improvements in school conditions have induced many dropouts to return.

The parents of many students at Minzu have left home to work in cities and have left their childre

n behind with grandparents who sometimes don’t have enough energy to take care of them, Chen said.

To better manage the students and reduce the dropout rate, all students now live in school dormitories, he said.

“The most sustainable way to keep rural students out of poverty is to give them a good education, and I am willing to offer my help,” Chen said.

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