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hina Petrole上海会所品茶微信um and Chemical Corp, the world’s larg
est refiner by volume, has agreed to establish a joint venture with Russia’s Novatek and Gazp
rombank to market natural and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in China, Sinopec said on Thursday.
The agreement, which aims to sell LNG produced by Novatek in the Arctic, was signed fo
llowing talks in Moscow between Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
The agreement will be of considerable economic and social benefit an
d will further diversify China’s natural gas imports, while meeting ever-increasing ga
s demand in the country, said Dai Houliang, China Petrochemical Corp president.
magazine of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. He said more efforts a
re needed to implement the proactive fiscal policy and boost efficiency this year.
Preventing and defusing local governments’ hidden debt risks is key to controlling major risks, he said.
Innovative financial tools will be introduced for debt swaps, and the indebted comp
anies will be allowed to choose the same way, under guidance from the local governments, Liu Shangxi, hea
d of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, the Ministry of Finance’s think tank, told China Daily.
“The total amount of hidden debt waiting to be swapped has not yet been calculated, as this
round of debt swaps will not involve the government’s administrative orders, but depends on the ma
rket’s appetite based on the evaluation of the potential default risks and the companies’ solvency,” he said.
nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime
nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own car-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea.
And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperation between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo
undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
plary project under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0
00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
insk and covering an area of 91.5 square kilometers, is the first special economic area in Bela
rus and the largest intergovernmental cooperation project between China and Belarus.
The industrial park is stepping up efforts to attract more global investors, with 43 companies registered by the end of February.
Among the 43 companies, 26 are from China, 10 from Belarus, and seven from other countries, like the United States and Ru
ssia. The companies have signed agreements to make total investments of more than $1 billion in the park.
The China-funded Djibouti International Free Trade Zone, which started construction in January 2017, opened on July 5, 2018.
Covering an area of 48.2 sq km, the zone is operated by a join
t venture with investment by Chinese enterprises, including China Merchan
ts Holdings and Dalian Port Corp Ltd, as well as the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority.
More than 20 enterprises from the commerce, logistic, processing sectors have signed letters of intent to re
gister with the FTZ, as infrastructure in the first phase of the FTZ, which covers an area of 6 sq km, has been basically completed.
The FTZ is expected to become a crucial junction linking other African countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and
make Djibouti, the small northeast African country, a marine logistics hub linking Africa, Asia and Europe.
Chinese scientist says resilient varieties boost harvests, minimize use of fertilizers
A decadelong agricultural project spearheaded 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.
The Green 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
vest per 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.
The total 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.