BRI participant Pakistan issues climate reparations demand

First world countries are the main polluters, but it’s the poor who foot the bill, the Pakistan climate minister said. Pakistan’s minister for climate change described global warming as “the existential crisis,” adding that Pakistan has contributed less than 1% to greenhouse gas emissions. She also accused the first world countries of breaking their promises on fighting climate change. “We all know that the pledges made in multilateral forums have not been fulfilled”, she stressed. Sherry Rehman, climate minister Rich countries, which are responsible for the bulk of greenhouse emissions, should pay reparations to developing economies as the latter bear … Continue reading BRI participant Pakistan issues climate reparations demand

China launches national soil survey to protect arable land

After rapid development and intensive farming, China is to carry out a new national soil survey to help with its food security and carbon targets. China Dialogue a few days ago published an article by three Chinese scientists. The authors are soil science experts – Chen Nengchang and He Xiaoxia are with the Guangdong Institute of Eco-environmental and Soil Sciences of the Guangdong Academy of Sciences, while Lin Dasong is with the Agro-Environmental Protection Institute of China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Many soil scientists have been calling for a new survey, particularly those who are representatives to China’s … Continue reading China launches national soil survey to protect arable land

Cuba and China sign memorandum to boost bilateral tourism development

Shared by William Corona Larquin Cuba‘s ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira, and Chen Xiaobing, co-founder and executive director of Caissa Tourism Group (one of the most important companies in the Cuban travel industry), signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday where the objective of cooperating in the bilateral development of tourism. Under this Cuba plans to double the number of Chinese visitors in the short term. For this reason it has increased its efforts in promoting its attractions in nature, culture, health and nautical tourism, among others. Ministerio del Comercio Exterior y la Inversión Extranjera – MincexProCubaEmbajada de Cuba en China Oficina Económica, Comercial y Científico … Continue reading Cuba and China sign memorandum to boost bilateral tourism development

Timor Leste boosts trade and investment cooperation with China

China and Timor-Leste signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during the first Belt and Road Forum for international cooperation in March 2017. Bilateral trade doubled in 2021  China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi recently visited the South Pacific Islands, … Continue reading Timor Leste boosts trade and investment cooperation with China

A decade of rising forest cover and better protecting the environment in China

Ten years is a short period of time in human history but diligent people, with the support of good governance, can create miracles in that short time. A veteran journalist with China Daily reviews the afforestation measures China has taken … Continue reading A decade of rising forest cover and better protecting the environment in China

Chinese scientists find gene to significantly boost grain yield

  Chinese scientists have found a gene in crops such as rice and wheat which can improve the efficiency of photosynthesis and nitrogen utilization and significantly boost grain yield. The researchers enhanced the expression of the OsDREB1C gene in two rice varieties through genetic engineering technology. And they conducted field trials at three different sites in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Sanya in northern, eastern, and southern China, representing very different environmental conditions, from 2018 to 2022. The results showed that the yield of the two rice varieties increased by more than 30 percent. Their growth duration was also shortened. In the … Continue reading Chinese scientists find gene to significantly boost grain yield

China hosts FAO World Conference on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE FOR RURAL PROSPERITY The World Conference on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems opened 18 July 2022 in Qingtian County, Zhejiang, China, with the theme of “Agricultural Heritage for Rural Prosperity.” The conference under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was co-hosted by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the government of east China’s Zhejiang Province. President Xi Jinping stressed that it is the common responsibility of the mankind, who has created splendid farming civilization in the long history, to protect agricultural heritage. China has actively responded to the globally important agricultural heritage systems … Continue reading China hosts FAO World Conference on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

China’s farmers embrace rooftop solar power

China has vowed to accelerate the installation of clean energy. Rooftop solar installations have emerged as a major force to achieve that. Nearly 53 gigawatts of solar capacity were added in 2021, with more than half coming from rooftop installations. … Continue reading China’s farmers embrace rooftop solar power

China appoints 1.2 million ‘forest chiefs’ in over one year

Xinhua reports that China has achieved its goal of establishing the “forest chief” scheme as scheduled, with nearly 1.2 million “forest chiefs” appointed in over a year, the forestry authority said on 14 July 2022. With the comprehensive implementation of the scheme, the country’s management of forest and grassland resources has strengthened, said Xu Jide, an official with the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, at a press conference. The number of administrative cases related to forestry and grass matters dropped 21 percent year on year in 2021, Xu said, adding that significant progress has been made in scientific afforestation, and … Continue reading China appoints 1.2 million ‘forest chiefs’ in over one year

Biodiversity conservation in Tibet: China releases over 2.6 million native fish

A total of 2.65 million fish have been bred and released this year in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, including six fish species endemic to the Lhasa River, to further aid local aquatic biodiversity conservation. Currently, 71 species (including subspecies) … Continue reading Biodiversity conservation in Tibet: China releases over 2.6 million native fish