nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan
t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.
Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr
essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.
“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini
tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.
Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.
“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t
o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.
The ongoing China-led international collaboration project Tianq
in, a space-based gravitational wave detection syste
m scheduled to be completed by 2035, is expected to significantly improve unders
tanding of major cosmic phenomena, including black holes, scientists said.
Tianqin uses the Chinese words tian, meaning sk
y or heavens, and qin, meaning stringed musical instrument.
It will consist of three satellites forming an equilater
al triangle around Earth at an orbit of 100,000 kilometers.
Tianqin will work to detect gravitational waves, whic
h scientists theorize are ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by violen
t cosmic events, such as colliding black holes, supernovas and even the birth of the universe.
The Xiongan New Area in north China have completed an afforestation project of more tha
n 1,400 hectares with several green belts built this spring, the Hebei provincial forestry and grassland bureau said Sunday.
By the end of March 29, Xiongan had planted trees covering an area of 1,466.7 hectares.
In 2018, Xiongan New Area afforested a total of 7,333 hectares, increasing the area’ forest coverage by 6 percent.
In January, China’s central authorities approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan. According to the plan, which str
esses high-quality development, Xiongan will become a modern city that is green, intell
igent and livable with “relatively strong competitiveness and human-environment harmony by 2035.”
Hebei will beef up afforestation programs. A total of 513,333 hec
tares of forest will be added in the province in 2019, increasing the forest coverage to 35 percent.
The province began a three-year afforestation campaign in 2018, planting more trees to build a “green wall” for Beijing.