s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop
ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.
Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the
ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su
bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee
n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn
ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc
ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade
rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.
According to the report, the revolution－which features the booming new technologies and th
e combination of them－has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great
challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri
oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures－all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.
A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu
siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.
According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last
year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu
siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.
oss the period, be they old masters’ paintings, impressionist, or modern and contemporary, he said.
The second trend is that Chinese and Asian markets continue to grow and flourish
despite short-term macroeconomic challenges the world is facing, Belin said.
“We continue to see strong appetite for collecting and strong growth.
We continue to see a very strong demand and we do see (in Asian Art Week here) very stro
ng buying appetite from our clients; a depth of biding that even surprised ourselves,” he said.
The third key trend in Asia is growing number of young collectors, Belin said.
“There are more young billionaires in Asia than we have in Europe and in the U.S., and that’s also reflected in collec
ting, which is very exciting for Christie’s, because we can bring our clients much earlier on the collecting journ
ey with the best art across the world. And we can accompany them for even longer time in their journey.”
The flourishing Chinese culture market represents “fantastic opportunities” for Christie’
s and the auction house always attaches greater importance to the Chinese market, said the senior industry leader.
Being the first international fine art auction house to be gran
their business by locating the post-Brexit hub for one division in Frankfurt or Paris, and another in Dublin or Lux
embourg. The most obvious example is Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which has chosen Dublin as the EU hub for its bank
ing business, and created a new entity in Paris, which will be the hub of the its markets business.
Kieran Donoghue, the global head of international financial services, strategy and public
policy at IDA Ireland, an agency responsible for attracting foreign investment into that country, attributed the “m
ultipolar” scenario to the fact that no single financial center in Europe has the full and unique set of capabilities that London has.
“What makes London unique is that it has such a deep and broad set of capab
ilities in servicing the insurance, the asset management, and the investment banking industries, and none of t
he European financial centers has the same range of capabilities that currently reside in London,” Donoghue explained.
Nearly half of asset managers, hedge funds, and private equity companies in the re
port have chosen Dublin as the location for their post-Brexit operations, while more banks have chosen Frankfurt as th
eir main EU hub. Many are also expanding their markets business in Paris or adding staff in Amsterdam, Madrid, or Milan.
ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.
“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor
e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary
of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.
“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen
said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou
ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”
The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb
er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.
“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the
re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.
As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor
mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.