Jul 25
Sichuan food festival held in Czech town promotes exchanges
The food festival, jointly held by China's Chengdu Restaurant and the government of Celakovice, invited Sichuan chef Xie Junxian to the scene to introduce the cooking concepts of Chinese food.
"Being healthy is the nature of Chinese food, and pursuing excellent color, smell and flavor is the soul of Chinese cuisine," he said.
Xie also performed cutting food blindfolded, food carving and other cooking skills, which were eye-openers for the local audience.
Sichuan food features bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from the liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, while Czech food is known for its thickness, white color and diverse flavors, yet is seldom spicy.
"Every nation has its own food culture, but we have pursuing good flavor in common. Delicious cuisine binds us together. Only the most outstanding chefs can create the best flavor, and Mr Xie is one of them. I feel so honored to have Mr Xie here to provide us with Chinese delicacies," Mayor of Celakovice Petr Patek said at the opening ceremony of the food festival.
The visitors took an active part in various activities organized by the food festival, such as making dumplings, a kind of food enjoyed by people in both the Asian country and the Central European country that are thousands of miles apart.
"This is the first time for Chinese restaurants and the local government to jointly hold a Chinese food festival in the Czech Republic. The next food festival will also include Czech food and even cooking contests between Chinese and Czech chefs, to make the festival more fun and abundant, thus building a platform for China-Czech cultural exchanges," said Wang Yong, the CEO of Chengdu Restaurant, co-host of the food festival.
Bridges of communication
Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Liu Yunshan arrived in Romania on July 12 for a weeklong official goodwill visit both to Romania and the Czech Republic.
Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, invited by Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek, also speaker of the Czech lower house of parliament, stayed in the Czech Republic until July 19.
China and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries need to promote institutionalized people-to-people exchanges and help people of both sides to gain a better understanding of one another, Liu said at the China-CEE countries' political parties dialogue held in Romania last Friday.
"The CPC is willing to work together with political parties of the CEE countries to build bridges of communication to facilitate cooperation between the localities and businesses of China and the CEE countries," he said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 22, 2017)
Jul 20
Chengdu nears 'fully developed' phase
An industrial development conference that discussed the nature of such a city was held in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, earlier this month.
The city put forward a package of new policies involving the supply of resources to support innovation and fostering the industrial ecosystem.
Zhou Degui, secretary-general at the Chengdu federation of industrial economics, said that the decreasing proportion of Chengdu's manufacturing industry in the local economy in recent years was not caused by problems within the local industry, but because the service sector has grown rapidly.
Industrial development provides important impetus for Chengdu's economy, and how to make industry grow faster and improve is a key for Chengdu to develop into a national hub city, Zhou said.
Chengdu's development into an economic hub in western China must place advanced manufacturing in the leading role and expedite the industrialization process, local officials said.
The city will work to make advanced manufacturing account for more than half of its industrial sector by the end of 2022, they added.
Chengdu will mainly support the improvement of five pillar sectors - electronic information, automobile making, food and beverage, equipment manufacturing and biological medicine.
Zhou said: "Chengdu's industrial sector is continuously increasing and its proportion in GDP is expected to surpass 50 percent, the dividing line, within the next few years."
Local officials said the city will emerge as a center of economy, science and technology, finance, foreign relations and cultural creativity in western China and an international comprehensive transportation hub.
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The city will build professionally financial intermediary service systems and will encourage the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges to establish their western centers in Chengdu. The Tianfu (Sichuan) United Equity Exchange will also be improved, they said.
The city's Party congress held in April proposed adjusting Chengdu's economic map and emphasized the importance of development in the city's eastern area.
The congress said it is necessary to keep in mind development goals for 50 years and even 100 years and promote the shift of advanced manufacturing and production services to the eastern area.
Chengdu will undertake industrial development planning and urban planning together as one whole, according to methods of integrating industries, cities and people. Based on these, it will plan 66 industrial areas.
Chengdu will also expedite planning and construction of innovative parks based on the Tianfu science city, the Chengdu medical science city, the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and the Chengdu pilot free trade zone.
It will fully use Sino-France and Sino-Germany industrial cooperation platforms and integrate innovation and entrepreneurship centers and incubation centers to build several park brands that have market influence.
According to the 50 new industrial policies released by Chengdu, entrepreneurs are encouraged to use universities', colleges' and research institutes' resources, such as technology and professionals, to innovate and start up businesses.
The city will prepare to build an innovation and creation research institute and encourage schools and enterprises to build new industrial technology research organizations. Chengdu will provide maximum support of 200 million yuan ($29.6 million).
Local governments will provide a maximum subsidy of 10 million yuan to industrial clusters and industrial chain collaborative innovation projects.
The city hopes to build more than five manufacturing innovation centers that are nationally influential.
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Chengdu will set up a special department to promote the development of its "new economy". It follows closely the latest developments in the science and technology industry. It also develops industries of the future such as artificial intelligence, precision medicine, virtual reality, sensing and controlling.
It supports the companies to build cross-industry integration platforms to drive the new technologies, emerging industries and new business models.
Excellent professionals are the leading force behind urban development. The new policies reveal Chengdu will strengthen stimulation of such professionals and offer a maximum comprehensive subsidy of 100 million yuan to internationally qualified experts and teams that innovate and start up companies in the city.
Chengdu carried out a policy on July 19 to attract professionals and to help them work and live in the city.
Peng Chongshi, deputy head of the organization department of the Chengdu Committee of the Communist Party of China, said: "Young college students are new blood for cities' development. We will maintain a more open and inclusive attitude to encourage the students to take root in Chengdu."
According to Peng, Chengdu will establish a system through which graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher can be granted hukou - or local household registration - via their graduation certificates. It is for encouraging young professionals to start up businesses and work in Chengdu.
As for job candidates from other regions who are also the current year's graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher, the city will provide them with free accommodation for a maximum of seven days in stations for young professionals.
The city's first 13 such stations were launched on July 7 and began to offer accommodation on July 15.
Chengdu also announced it would put more effort into building apartments, developing rental housing for experts and providing related guarantees to excellent, badly needed professionals.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 20, 2017)
Jul 14
Chengdu Publicizes New Talent Attraction Policies
According to Li Yaorong, principal of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, most of the university's graduates would choose to go to the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions in the past, with only 10 percent of graduates remaining in Chengdu after graduation. Now the percentage of graduates choosing to stay in Chengdu has increased to 42 percent.
Official statistics show that the number of China's graduates will reach 7.5 million in 2017. To attract university graduates to live and work in Chengdu, the city has launched series of talent attraction policies.
The latest policy allows for graduate students with a bachelor's degree or above to receive a residency permit with their graduation certificate. Chengdu has also constructed accommodations for job seekers. With a bachelor's degree or above, job seekers will be provided with free accommodation for seven days.
As a core area of Chengdu, the Wenjiang District has been focusing on attracting talent. According to guidelines recently released by the district, about 100 million yuan ($14.66 million) will be allocated to help companies in the town attract new talent.
Sichuan Kelun Pharmaceutical is one such beneficiary of the policy. After launching a national key project, the company received 13 million yuan in subsidies for talent acquisition, project research and development, and the construction of an R&D platform.
( source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 6, 2017)
Jul 10
German ties to Chengdu provide inspiration, opportunities
An agreement reached by the local government and the Hannover Industrial Design Forum on June 20 will establish a design center in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.
Covering 4,000 square meters, the center includes exhibitions, design labs, offices and cooperative spaces, all maintaining the same design standards of its counterparts in Germany.
German ties to Chengdu provide inspiration, opportunities
"Chengdu's design environment is very good. Relying on the city's geographic advantages and rich resources, we hope to expand our business to other regions in western China," said Ralph Wiegmann, CEO of the forum.
He said the center is aiming to bring design information from the global frontier to local residents.
"We plan to establish a state-of-the-art experience center, hold exhibitions for prestigious designs and introduce famed international design forums," he said.
Last year, the prize-winning pieces at the 2016 IF Design Awards, launched by the forum in 1953 and renowned throughout the design industry, were displayed in its first overseas destination, Chengdu, with a total of 700 items from 20 countries and regions.
Wiegmann said through such an event, local residents could gain a better understanding of world-class art and design, and learn about the newest trends in the global market.
"China is sure to become a world-class hub for design, under which people will pay much attention to education in the sector."
In addition to art and design, the two countries have made joint efforts in promoting public transport and logistics.
Recently, Car2go, the Daimler-owned car-sharing service, signed an agreement with Chengdu to deploy 1,000 Smart cars in the next three years. The company is known as Ji Xing Car2go in China. "Ji xing" means "ready to go" or "immediately hit the road" in Chinese.
It is Daimler's first free-floating car-sharing public transport service in the world with more than 14,000 cars and 2.2 million users in 31 cities globally.
To further deepen cooperation with Germany in transport, Chengdu has signed a friendship agreement with Duisburg, one of the biggest inland container terminals in the world.
Volker Mosblech, vice-mayor of Duisburg, said the logistics industry in Chengdu has been developing at a fast pace in recent years.
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As the starting point of the Chengdu-Europe Express Railway, the city enjoys many of the same transport advantages as Duisburg.
Ralf J. Meurer, head of the economic promotion bureau of Duisburg, said: "We hope to optimize the benefits brought by the railway and further advance economic and trade ties with Chengdu."
He said the bureau has set up a special business association to offer one-stop services for Chinese enterprises.
In the past decade, more than 70 Germany-based enterprises including 18 Fortune Global 500 companies have set up operations in Chengdu, with a total investment of some 2 billion euros ($2.28 billion).
The import and export volume between Chengdu and Germany has shown an upward trend and surpassed a total of 23 billion euros in the past five years.
Manufacturing and trade
As a demonstrative city for the Made in China 2025 strategy, Chengdu has strengthened relations with Germany in the manufacturing industry.
One example is the ongoing project of Germany's Bosch Group, which plans to build a new plant in the Sino-German Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Cooperation Park in Pujiang county of Chengdu.
With a total investment of 180 million yuan ($26.47 million), the plant will produce high-end products such as packaging machinery, hand-held electronics and desktop power tools.
It is expected to realize annual output value of 500 million yuan.
Covering some 30 square kilometers, the park is home to more than 50 enterprises in precision machinery and related industries.
It is one of the five demonstration zones for cooperation between China and Germany set by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
A representative of the park said the area will introduce more Germany-based companies in the future. By 2020, the park is expected to have more than 100 foreign enterprises with an output value of 10 billion yuan.
There are also other cooperative platforms in Chengdu between China and Germany such as the 22-sq-km key zone for industrial innovation in research and development, medical care, intelligent manufacturing and international trade, the 7-sq-km innovative upgrading demonstration zone and the 58.8-sq-km park for the auto industry.
( source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 7, 2017)
Jul 04
As Like-minded Join Hands, Horizons Broaden
The 2017 Innovation Forum for Mayors of International Sister Cities of Chengdu, held on May 11, attracted more than 260 representatives of 58 local authorities and institutions from 35 countries.
At the event, five cities in Asia and Europe joined the growing list of cities or regions that have befriended Chengdu — Bangkok, Thailand; Central province, Sri Lanka; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Ireland; Lviv, Ukraine; and Valencia, Spain.
Another four, including Sheffield in the United Kingdom and Montpellier in France, signed a letter of intent with Chengdu's Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone to establish representative offices in the zone.
According to the event's organizing committee, one highlight was a roundtable summit of mayors of friendly cities on innovation, at which representatives discussed how to encourage innovation by drawing on industrial, R&D and educational resources and how to build a favorable business environment.
Another highlight was the summit designed to promote entrepreneurial programmes. It established 16 friendly or sister cities with Chengdu to showcase their programmes, including Tel Aviv, Moscow, Honolulu, Warsaw; Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Perth, Australia; and Maastricht, the Netherlands.
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Annemarie Penn-te Strake, mayor of Maastricht, said her city and Chengdu established friendly city relations and the two have made remarkable achievements in working together in fields of culture, music and architecture.
Ms Strake also hoped that Chengdu's entrepreneurs could also join with universities and hospitals in Maastricht, especially in the field of biomedicine.
Andrew King, mayor of Hamilton, New Zealand, came to the event with a mission involving experts in medicine, materials and education.
Mr King said the city selected members of the delegation to ensure practical contributions to its relations with Chengdu.
Gernot Grimm, an official in charge of transport innovation from Austria, said the country is looking forward to working with Chengdu in rail transport and smart-city building.
The Belt and Road Initiative is significant to Austria, with great opportunities for collaboration between Austria and Chengdu.
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Mr Grimm said the two sides have held several rounds of talks in the past two or three months and are coming up with detailed plans.
Sha Zukang, United Nations under-secretary-general for the department of economic and social affairs, believes Chengdu, which has a good foundation for development, should make full use of its resources.
"We are in an age of globalization and we need to work with more countries. Chengdu has done a good job and established relations with many cities around the world."
Eyeing Chengdu's sister cities and emerging trade ties, Mario Wynands, co-founder and CEO of Pikpok, a New Zealand gaming studio, expressed his interest in working with local companies in Chengdu.
Mr Wynands said he hopes his colleagues can come to China to see how gaming has progressed and would like to send representatives to New Zealand to see how it has developed there.
According to Chengdu's new city development plan, it will continue to boost industrial development and human resources, increase its collaboration in international industrial division of labor and build a pragmatic mechanism to push the opening-up to new heights.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn June 29, 2017)
Film Festival Cuts Across Cultures

Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said China has seen a cinematic building spree in recent years.

The country, which releases an average 700 features a year, is now one of the largest movie producers in the world.

China has signed coproduction agreements with 18 countries, and a State-backed distribution program to release Chinese-language movies abroad — which took off earlier last year — has reached mainstream cinemas in North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia, according to Zhang.

He said that enhancing international exchanges and collaboration will be pivotal to boost the Chinese movie industry.

The Chengdu festival, which ran from June 23 to 27, screened around 30 movies from the five BRICS countries and highlighted some coproductions.

Where Has Time Gone, the first movie coproduced by the five BRICS nations, was released as the festival's premiere on June 23.

The film ponders the eternal question of time through five short stories by Chinese director Jia Zhangke, Russian Alexey Fedorchenko, Indian Madhur Bhandarkar, South African Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Brazilian Walter Moreira Salles, Jr.

Jia said the five countries share some similarities in their social situations and the lives of their citizens, which lays the groundwork for the filmmakers to explore a theme that they are all interested in.

A Sino-US nature film directed by Lu Chuan, Born in China, was also being highlighted during the festival as "it exemplifies a successful way to tell the world about China," says Zhang Pimin, deputy head of China's official movie delegation.

Lu, who said he had been influenced by some Indian classics in his early years, said China's movie industry needs the spirit of craftsmanship to polish appealing stories.

(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 24, 2017)
Jun 30
Worldwide Technology Park Group Encourages Partnership
At a summit attended by representatives from development zones on May 10, Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and Sophia Antipolis, a leading European technology park, proposed building a confederation of first-class hi-tech parks.
The proposal won applause, and about 80 representatives from around the world at the summit passed a declaration that encourages collaboration.
The summit was part of the 2017 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair held in Chengdu.
Philippe Mariani, chief executive officer of Sophia Antipolis in France, said collaboration between technology parks will not only stimulate their development but also allow companies in the parks to interact with each other.
The alliance will push them to share resources and facilitate their development, he said.
Some of the participants at the summit were from the Torch High Technology Industry Development Centre, part of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park in Shanghai, Shenzhen Science and Technology Industrial Park in Guangdong Province and Xi'an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone in Shaanxi province.
In addition to Sophia Antipolis, hi-tech parks in UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Israel, Canada, and Qatar also sent delegates to the summit.
Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone has been exploring extensive cooperation with the word's first-class technology parks.
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In 2016, the zone and Sophia Antipolis signed a deal to become sister parks. In June, it will send a delegation to the French hi-tech park to conduct exchanges.
Sophia Antipolis will set up an innovation centre at its Chengdu sister park, building a bridge for co-operation between Chengdu businesses and those in France.
A representative from Barcelona Science Park in Spain said he is impressed with Chengdu's environment for entrepreneurship.
He is amazed at Chengdu's economic development and hopes to find opportunities for his park to work with Chengdu in biotechnology, he said.
Before the summit, 11 key programmes at the Chengdu Tianfu International Biotown started construction, with combined investment of 11.5 billion yuan (£1.3 billion).
Officials from Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone said the zone will introduce a plan for partnerships with the world's best technology parks and build an international platform to attract top-level talent worldwide, a move that will build Chengdu into a centre of opening-up in western China.
The alliance will push them to share resources and facilitate their development, he said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 29, 2017)
Chengdu, Australia Promote Bilateral Cooperation on Tourism and Trade

Through setting up three theme activities including tourist route experience hall, intangible cultural heritage hall and giant panda public art exhibition, Chengdu fully showcased its rich tourism resources and diversified intangible cultural heritage to Australians and expanded its popularity and influence in Australia.

On that day, the field of Chengdu City Theme Activity Day was crowded and tourists visited painting panda art exhibition, panda photo exhibition and human-panda interaction area with great joy. More than 20 painting-art pandas attracted tourists to stop to take photos. CEO Peter Binchman of Tourism Promotion Bureau of the State of Victoria expressed that by taking the opportunity of "China-Australia Tourism Year" and the opening of direct flight, this activity will play a positive role in the tourism cooperation and culture exchange between Chengdu and Melbourne, Sichuan Province and the State of Victoria, and even the whole China and Australia.

As a matter of fact, Sichuan Province and the State of Victoria, Chengdu and Melbourne have always had good communication and exchange. In February 2013, Sichuan Airlines opened a flight route directly from Chengdu to Melbourne. In October 2013, the government of the State of Victoria set up its trade and investment representative office in Chengdu, and the cooperation between the two cities in terms of tourism, economy and trade has been accelerating step by step. In September 2016, the State of Victoria and Sichuan established the relationship of friendly provinces and states, and Governor Daniel Andrew of the State of Victoria came to Chengdu at this time and expressed his "affection" for Chengdu, "I am so proud to come to Chengdu. It is a leading city in China."

Luo Qiang, Vice Mayor of Chengdu Municipality, said that the exchange and cooperation between Chengdu and Melbourne has become increasingly close in recent years and via establishing the relationship of economic and trade cooperative partners, both sides would go on to build and expand the exchange platform in terms of livability, economy and trade, tourism, higher education, innovation and entrepreneurship, electronic information and communication technology so as to promote a complementary and win-win relationship.

Liu Le, member of the Melbourne City Council, expressed that the tourism resources between China and Australia are highly complementary. The number of bilateral visitors is predicted to create a new high. He expected to further enhance bilateral exchange foundation and raise the bilateral cooperation level via this activity so as to gain more beneficial cooperation in the fields of tourism, economy and trade, and education.

Chengdu is a beautiful city with historical charm and modern civilization while Melbourne has long enjoyed the good reputation of cultural city in the Southern Hemisphere. With the background of "China-Australia Tourism Year", Chengdu and cities of Australia will strengthen exchanges and perform practical cooperation in more and deeper levels to create a new chapter of Chengdu's diplomacy.

During this visit, Mr. Luo Qiang also signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation between Chengdu and the State of Victoria, which means that in the future, university students in Chengdu will hopefully study in the State of Victoria with scholarship.

(source: en.prnasia.com, June 23, 2017)

Jun 27
Dutch city of Tilburg sees "golden opportunity" in direct Chengdu rail link
Chengdu is 10,947 km away in China's southwest Sichuan Province. The latest alternative logistics service is growing in popularity and promises broadened industrial cooperation between the two cities.
The service, launched in June last year, now has three trains westbound and three trains eastbound per week. "We plan to have five trains westbound and five trains eastbound by the end of this year," Roland Verbraak, general manager of the GVT Group of Logistics told Xinhua.
GVT, a 60-year-old family company, is the Dutch partner of CDIRS Chengdu International Railway Services.
Various rail freight services along three main routes with 43 transit hubs on the network are currently in operation or under planning.
For the Chengdu-Tilburg link, trains travel through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany before reaching RailPort Brabant, a terminal located in Tilburg and owned by GVT.
Cargo coming from China is mostly electronics for multinational groups such as Sony, Samsung, Dell and Apple as well as products for European aerospace industry. Some 70 percent of them go to the Netherlands and the rest are delivered by barge or by train to other destinations in Europe, according to GVT.
Cargo going to China includes auto spare parts for big manufacturers in China, new cars and food articles such as wine, cookies, chocolate.
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At the end of May, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, joined the growing group of eastbound clients. The Saudi company that operates in 50-more countries shipped its first eight containers of resin, produced in Genk (Belgium), as feedstock for its own facilities and its customer's facilities in Shanghai via Tilburg-Chengdu rail freight service.
"Typically we ship via ocean, but currently we are facing constraints on ocean freight capacity from northern Europe to the Far East, so we need alternatives. Shipping via air is of course very fast but also very expensive with a cost per ton similar to the sales price per ton. So SABIC is happy with the New Silk Road, a good alternative for air transportation," said Stijn Scheffers, Eurpean logistic manager of the Saudi company.
The containers arrived in Shanghai via Chengdu in about 20 days. "Everything went well. The material was in good condition and arrived on time to avoid a production stop," Scheffers told Xinhua. "The Chengdu-Tilburg rail link has proven to be a reliable mode of transport, we will use it more in the future for sure."
He added that other companies headquartered in the Middle East are also interested in the services. "They have multiple production sites in Europe from where a lot is shipped directly to China, they can all make use of this connection."
Optimistic about the growing popularity of this service, Verbraak believes the Chengdu-Tilburg link will further boom when the challenge posed by border-crossing in Malewice (between Russia and Poland) is resolved. Russia and Poland have different widths of the track so trains have to change the wagon sets at border-crossing and Malewice terminal can only handle 12 trains a day.
As to the competition with other links such as Chongqing-Duisburg, Verbraak said each link is based on the needs of its own area and competition means healthy business.
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"We have the experience that it changes the landscape of economies because it opens a complete new market for the Netherlands. That's why we work closely together with local governments here and in Chengdu to connect also the industries with each other," he said, "We see possibilities in that Dutch companies produce for the Chengdu market, and also start producing in Chengdu for the European market."
Together with the municipality of Tilburg, GVT will arrange business trips this year to connect the industries from both regions. In September, the city of Tilburg will set up a "China desk" and officially celebrated its direct rail link with Chengdu.
"For us it is very important to have these excellent connections, because it will make us an even more important logistics hub facility for big international companies," said Erik De Ridder, vice mayor of Tilburg. "Every country in Europe wants to have good connections to China. China is such a very strong and important economy."
De Ridder believed that the Chengdu-Tilburg link develops in an excellent way with increasing frequency and volume of goods. "We see much demand, now we need even more trains to drive to China and back, because we have so many companies interested in this connection."
"For us it is very important to set the attention to this opportunity, because we see it as a golden opportunity for the future," De Ridder said.
(source: news.xinhuanet.com, June 16, 2017)
Jun 23
Sichuan to construct world’s first giant panda ecological travel route
By the end of 2020, the province will build an ecological travel route that incorporates major panda tourism sites, including the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Dujiangyan Panda Base. Beyond panda bases, the province plans to build urban leisure resorts and creative industrial zones to promote sightseeing and ecotourism.
According to the plan, the panda resort near the Chengdu base will be expanded to 800 mu (53.3 hectares). Highways linking the bases will also be upgraded to provide tourists with a smoother ride.
Sichuan's fourth giant panda survey in 2015 found that the province was home to 1,387 wild giant pandas, accounting for almost 74.4 percent of the country's total. The province had over 2 million hectares of natural habitat for giant pandas, or 78.7 percent of China's total.
(source: en.people.cn, June 16, 2017)