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decade is likely to be driven by greater global financial sector integration,” said Alfred Schip
ke, the International Monetary Fund’s senior resident representative for China.
Chinese students are increasingly diversifying their choices of destinations for overseas stud
ies, with more students choosing to go to the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, a new report showed.
In a multiple choice survey for the annual Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study, released
on Tuesday, while the United States remains the most popular destination for overseas study this year, pref
erred by 43 percent of the respondents, this was down by 8 percentage points compared with 2015.
US dominance looks uncertain as the number of students inclined to study in the UK r
ose sharply in 2019, accounting for 41 percent, up 9 percentage points compared with 2015.
Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, is inspired by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The facility allows the male and fe
male pandas to live apart most of the year, yet in proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat.
Copenhagen Zoo CEO Jorgen Nielsen hailed the impending
arrival of the two pandas as one of the biggest events in the zoo’s 160-year history.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jin
ping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 inter
national organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27.
Under the initiative’s five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, finan
cial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation const
ruction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results.
Here are some of the amazing projects achieved worldwide under the initiative.
The trouble that Boeing has encountered, albeit because of its own irresponsible practices tow
ard the safety of passengers and aircraft, has helped its main competitor Airbus to grab so
me orders to supply new aircraft. Airbus’ gain and Boeing’s loss in stock market since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 re
flects a duopoly market’s sentiment, and demand and supply relations. Yet it would be too farfetched, as well as in
humane, to say Boeing’s loss would benefit China, which lost eight of its nationals in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Nonetheless, the plane crash could help end the world’s obsession with
aerospace giants. Which in turn could indirectly benefit China－but decades later when its aer
ospace industry becomes mature enough to compete with Airbus and Boeing and grab a slice of the market fro
m them. Also, China should learn a lesson from the 737 Max crash to focus more on passengers’ safety.
What China should do now is to cultivate more talents who specialize in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, by deepe
ning its education reform. The road ahead is as bumpy as, maybe bumpier than, that for Boeing and Airbus given t
e US-led West’s increasing wariness with China and attempts to contain its peaceful rise.