kely to attract millions of people across Chin

to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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As the social sector plays a crucial role in the dev

elopment and popularization of sports, including winter sports, we sh

ould advocate and support its growth. Since the winter sports industry is part of the gene

ral sports industry, the expansion of the former automatically means the expansion of the latter.

Some local governments have used winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Games as an in

spiration to popularize winter sports among children and youths. For example, some departments have

hosted various theme activities to spread knowledge about and attract more people to winter sports.

Since advancement in winter sports also signifies a country’s comprehensive sports s

trength, we should make concerted efforts to develop winter sports in China.

Zou Xinxian, director of Management School, Beijing Sport

University
The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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ledges at forum draw overseas experts’ praise

The international community has hailed President Xi Jinping’s call on Friday to ease mar

ket access for foreign capital and increase imports so that opening-up reaches a higher level.

Xi said in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the

Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing that the purpose of bu

ilding the Belt and Road is to achieve win-win cooperation and common development.

China will increase its imports of goods and services and will further lower its tariff rates, Xi said.

Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Comm

erce and Industry, noted Xi’s emphasis on quality imports and state-of-the-art products.

“China will keep its commitments,” said Chua, who was attending the forum as a member of the Philippine business delegation.

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Chris Rowley, a visiting professor from Oxford Uni

University’s Kellogg College in England, called openin

g to more foreign investment a very important development.

“Of course this will expose both inward investors and indigenous organ

izations to some stark differences in management and doing business between them, which in tu

rn requires more globally effective leaders who are les

s ethnocentric and more culturally aware,” he said.

Sikhumbuzo Zondi, a research assistant at th

e Institute for Global Dialogue associated with

the University of South Africa, said another important aspect of Xi’s

opening address was the desire to invest more resources in scientific innovation and technology.

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he aim is to develop technologies and business mo

dels that will foster new growth and development. To do this, Ch

ina is committed to spearheading the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innova

tion Cooperation Action Plan to advance information and communications technology infrast

ructure development with the aim of improving internet connectivity and security, Zondi said.

Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of Inte

rnational Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free trad

e and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a na

tural extension of what China has been doing for the past few y

ears. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

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Messi shines as Barca secure their 8th league title in year

Leo Messi scored the only goal of the game as FC Barcelona

beat Levante 1-0 to assure the 2018-19 Liga Santander title on Saturday night.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde again rotated his starting 11 for the game and Messi spent the fir

st 45 minutes watching from the sidelines. Barca controlled the first half with Luis Suarez and Philippe Cou

tinho testing Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez, who was his side’s best player in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite Barca’s dominance, they were unable to open the scorin

g and Messi replaced Coutinho at the start of the second half to try and find a way through.

He was on target for the 34th time in the league this season in the 62n

d minute as he fired home a left foot shot following a headed pass from Arturo Vidal.

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Benat opened the scoring for the home side with a

spectacular 41st minute free kick, but Borja Baston equalized four minutes later in a game in which both teams looked flat in their third game in seven days.

Leganes and Celta Vigo drew 0-0, which draws Celta a point closer to

survival and means they remain unbeaten since Iago Aspas returned to the side after injury.

In overseas ventures, insurance gives firms a sure footing

Overseas investment inevitably means risks and uncertainties for Chinese comp

anies, but many have started using insurance services to help control and reduce risks.

“Chinese companies face new situations while investing overseas, namely that global politi

cs and economics have become more complex,” said Wang Tingke, general manager of China Export and Cr

edit Insurance Corporation, or Sinosure, China’s State-funded policy-oriented insurance company.

“So while going abroad, Chinese companies need to i

ncrease their awareness of risks and set up comprehensive risk management systems.”

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Chen Zhongjie, general manager of Hongdong Fishe

a company based in Fujian province, said that as a private fishery company, it is difficult for it to o

btain loans for investing overseas, and his knowledge about overseas markets is limited.

Sinosure’s insurance services have helped Hongdong obtain financing and accelerated Hongdo

ng’s construction of a whole industrial chain fishery plant in Mauritania, where infrastructure was very poor.

“Chinese companies do invest in the fishing industry overseas, but ev

erybody faces different situations, including differences in policies, regulations and cul

tures,” Chen said. “Sinosure has given us a lot of information about investment destinations. Its insurance services have increas

ed our credit and helped us obtain financing from banks, which in turn has helped ensure the success of our project.”

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As the bridge was being built the price of land in

Katembe rose, and industrial parks are being planned in the region,” Wang said. “So the bridge will deliver huge economic benefits.”

The project also benefits China. For example, as Mozambique is short of construction materials and equipment, the p

roject has driven the export of more than 70,000 metric tons of steel products and equipment worth $68 million from China.

Even though CRBC was no stranger to building bridges when it took

on the Maputo-Katembe project, particular difficulties were presented by the fact that

both countries have different evaluation systems and standards of construction, Wang said.

The bridge was designed to Chinese standards but subjected to local and European standards, and the company g

ot a German engineering services provider, Gauff, to oversee the project’s quality.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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