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pplication software platforms of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.
They also requested a range of services, especial
ly in monitoring rainfall, droughts, dust stor ms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on Fengyun meteoro
logical satellite data ana lysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.
Many countries along the Belt and Road have high mountains, deserts, oc
nd a lack of accurate meteorological information. The number of me teorological disasters in the regions is more than double the global average, the administration said.
Wei Caiying, deputy general-director of the National Satellite Meteorol
enter, said that real-time disaster monitoring by meteorological satellites co uld provide these countries with a scientific basis for disaster prevention and reduction.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chin
ese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They beca
me much safer after l ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building materia
l in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 14
20 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct
ions of Beijing — the national center of politic
s, culture, international communications and scient ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.
According to the municipal authority, the new econ
omy — industries with intensive innovation a nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.
President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod
gible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.
Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU
interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin
g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I
want to do the same to save others.” With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need
of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long. By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China ba
nned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
Chinese scientist says resilient varieties boost harvests, minimize use of fertilizers
A decadelong agricultural project spearh
eaded by Chinese scientists has helped alleviate poverty for more than 1.6 million f arming households in 18 Asian and African countries through cultivation of high-yield and resilient rice strains.
n Super Rice project, led by the Chinese Academy of Agric ultural Sciences, has generated 78 rice varieties that boast an average 20 percent increase in har
hectare while minimizing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, said Li Zhikang, a professor and researcher of rice breeding at the academy and a leading member of the project, on Tuesday.
al area planted with the varieties in participating countries h ad expanded to 6.12 million hectares by the end of last year, including around 3.4 million hect
ares in the Philippines, 1.3 million hectares in India and 1.1 million hectares in Vietnam, he said.