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XCMG Global Operator Excellence Program Prepares All-around Talent for Construction Machinery Industry

XUZHOU, China, July 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- XCMG has successfully held the 10th operator training session of its Global Operator Excellence program (the "Program"). The final was held at XCMG's piling machinery's professional, intelligent manufacturing base. A total of 25 trainees from 16 Chinese provinces and 16 trainees from seven countries joined this summer's Program led by experienced experts and instructors of XCMG. XCMG Global Operator Excellence Program Prepares All-around Talent for Construction Machinery Industry The latest session of the Program hosted two classes for overseas service engineers and rotary drilling rig operators for 25 days. XCMG customized study plans for the trainees that covered installation and adjustment of the pilot and dynamical systems, product structure principle and overseas service specifications, allowing them to improve overall skills in all aspects. "XCMG has followed the market's demand and policy guidance to extend our construction machinery solution set strategy to include high-skilled talent development, providing all-around operators and service talents who are well prepared to operate, maintain and manage equipment, which is in line with our sustainable development philosophy," noted Su Yuan of XCMG. The trainees also visited XCMG's intelligent manufacturing (IM) base, attended seminars and participated in public service activities to understand the history, culture and social responsibility of XCMG. The 16 international trainees who have enrolled in this session came from Mexico, Serbia, Zambia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. "We will take this training as a valuable learning opportunity and turn the knowledge and skills we have learned as our wealth. I want to express my sincere thanks to all XCMG leaders and staff who carefully organized and diligently prepared this training," said Hany G. Seleim, an overseas service engineer from DMC company in Saudi Arabia at the opening ceremony. The Program is part of XCMG's 14 precisely positioned projects "For Better Life" global public welfare campaign, which has benefited more than 300 trainees worldwide since its launch in 2016. The 29 classes of 10 sessions have helped more than 600 overseas service engineers and operators from 23 countries along the "Belt and Road." About XCMG XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 76 years. It currently ranks sixth in the world's construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 183 countries and regions around the world. Please visit, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram. Photo - Related Links :

The most valuable thing fathers could give their sons

Besides financial support, what can fathers give to their children?In the sci-fi related film "Looking Up" released  Thursday, a father and son, Ma Haowen and Ma Fei, the theme delicately portrayed.Starring veteran actor Deng Chao, actress Ren Suxi and three young actors as Ma Fei in different ages, the film describes how Ma Fei, as an underachiever, is motivated, gains confidence, and grows up to become an astronaut.The film pocketed 113 million yuan (16.44 million U.S. dollars) at the box office on its first day and garnered a 9.4 rating score on Maoyan, a film review, and ticketing website in China.In the cinema, many people shed tears at the touching and thought-provoking plot. "I have been crying for a while," a young woman told CGTN after watching the film, "because [it reminds me of] the relationship between my father and me."There may be a few things that parents, especially fathers, could learn from the film. The following analysis may contain spoilers.TrustThey all want to show the best and see the best in one another.When Ma Fei is young and bullied by stronger students, Ma Haowen tells his son "You're the smartest kid in this world... If you keep thinking, you can do everything on this planet." Later, when the boy, as an underachiever who comes last in grades, is about to be expelled from school, the father, to everyone's surprise, makes public gambling with the schoolmaster – Ma Fei could be top 10 of his class by the end of the semester.A poster for the film. /CRI PhotoEven the boy doesn't believe in himself. This time, instead of mere encouragement, the father answered his son’s self-doubt in a humorous way. "That's a lie to cheat the master," he said mischievously, lifting the teen's spiritual burden.But the trust can never be hidden, as it comes naturally out of the eyes of the father, which makes the boy feel as if he was a "teenage Stephen Hawking." At last, the boy, to people's surprise, achieved the goal and enters the top 10.Critical thinkingEvery country has an exam and grade-oriented education system. If there is a college, there must be a college entrance exam. Undeniably, making good grades as a child is essential for acceptance to a good college later in life.The film doesn't refute the opinion, but in some way, enriches it.When Ma Haowen asks his son what to do in the future and he answers "go to Tsinghua or Peking University," the father responds immediately, "No! The universities are a process, not a goal! What would you do AFTER university? "Deng Chao plays Ma Haowen, the father. /CRI PhotoMa Haowen takes his son to the grassland to truly feel the scenery described in the ancient poem. He tells him to make decisions independently. He takes him to the Palace Museum so he can feel and see the history. He encourages him to do whatever he loves in the future.The father wants his son to know, the real world is more complex and flexible than multiple-choice questions. One needs to know why a thing should be done, and what effective measures can be taken to realize it. If those questions are clearly answered, no matter good grades, or the realization of other dreams, all-natural results will come.This process, which exactly many parents probably neglect when parenting children, is critical thinking. Critical thinking is prior to grades, and even to other goals at-large, not the other way round.A wordless yet rock-solid safeguardFathers don't talk that much. But their support could be steady.To buy a computer for his son, Ma sells his blood and works hard to earn money. But he says with humor when the boy sees a big surprise, "Wow, how great! Whose gift is this?" Seeing the boy surrounded by a bunch of hooligans, he allows him to go but receives a beating himself. He only says, "Just go. Don't look back."Bai Yu plays the adult son in "Looking Up." /CRI PhotoMa never mentions what specifically he does to his son, but the boy knows everything, especially his father's spirit, and love. Being encouraged, the boy writes a note, "Dad: I'll be like you, never back down."Ma doesn't say a word in seeing this. He hides his face into a napkin and his head trembles.MistakesThere is no such thing as "perfect" parents. Instead of maintaining a dignified and serious image, communication is more important.After venting his anger wrongly at his son, Ma apologized, "Sorry, it's the first time I learned to be a father." After the adult son realized it hurts when he persuaded his father not trying to reverse the verdict that defamed the old man for years, he apologized in the same manner, "Sorry, this is the first time I've been a son."With blood ties, mistakes can be forgiven, as long as people aren't afraid to talk it out.(CGTN)

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Before being colonized by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests, but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.The country is considered the least forested in Europe; indeed, forests in Iceland are so rare, or their trees so young, that people often joke that those lost in the woods only need to stand up to find their way.View of Iceland. /VCG PhotoHowever, it wasn't always that way.When seafaring Vikings set off from Norway and conquered the uninhabited North Atlantic island at the end of the ninth century, forests, made up mostly of birch trees, covered more than a quarter of the island.Within a century, the settlers had cut down 97 percent of the original forests to serve as building material for houses and to make way for grazing pastures.The forests' recovery has been made all the more difficult by the harsh climate and active volcanoes, which periodically cover the soil with lava and ashes.According to a report published in 2015 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), forests now only cover 0.5 percent of the island's surface.The lack of trees means there isn't any vegetation to protect the soil from eroding and to store water, leading to extensive desertification despite the country's far northern location.Iceland is considered the least forested country in Europe. /VCG PhotoReforestation efforts since the 1950s and especially the 1990s have helped the rocky landscape regain some of the greenery and efforts are ongoing.In Hafnarsandur, a 6,000-hectare (14,800-acre) area of basalt and black sand in Iceland's southwest, authorities have tasked the Icelandic Forest Service with turning the lunar landscape into a forest."This is one of the worst examples of soil erosion in Iceland on low land," said Hreinn Oskarsson, the service's head of strategy.Help from imported speciesArmed with a red "potti-putki," a Finnish designed tube-shaped tool, Oskarsson is planting lodgepole pines and Sitka spruces, two species of North American conifer trees, in an attempt to protect the nearby town of Thorlakshofn from recurring dust storms."We are planning an afforestation project to stabilize the soil," Oskarsson added.At the foot of Mount Esja, which overlooks the capital Reykjavik, is Mogilsa, where the Icelandic Forest Service's research division is located.Next to the station is a 50-year-old planted forest where imported trees grow together with Iceland's only domestic tree, the birch.Close up image showing hanging branches of a Sitka spruce coniferous evergreen tree with snow-covered needles and cones. /VCG PhotoDespite the birch being native to the soil, afforestation efforts often focus on other species of trees.The problem with birches, according to Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson, deputy director of the forest service, is that they aren't a "productive species.""So if you are going to meet other objectives, like fast sequestering of carbon or producing timber... we need more variety than just monocultures of one native species," he said.Watching the trees growDozens of nursery gardens have been set up throughout the country to facilitate the afforestation efforts.At Kvistar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Reykjavik, up to 900,000 pines and poplars are produced each year."Originally, they come from Alaska but now we have 30, 40, 50-year-old trees giving us seeds, so we collect that and we use that for forest seedlings production," Holmfridur Geirsdottir, a 56-year-old horticulturist and greenhouse owner, told AFP.The young trees are cultivated indoors for three months before being moved outside.But since Icelandic soil is low in nitrogen, the maturation process is slow and the average growth rate is only about one-tenth of that observed in the Amazon rainforest.Northern lights behind birch trees in south Iceland. /VCG PhotoClimate paradoxThe Icelandic government has made afforestation one of its priorities in its climate action plan, published on September 2018.It identifies trees' carbon uptake as one of the country's ways of mitigating climate change.Paradoxically, climate change is also giving tree growth a boost."What has mainly been hampering the growth of forest here has been the low temperatures and the coolness of the summers, but we are realizing changes in that because of climate change," said forest service deputy director Sigurgeirsson."Warming appears to be elevating tree growth in Iceland, and therefore also the carbon sequestration rate," he continued.Since 2015, between three and four million trees have been planted in Iceland, the equivalent of about 1,000 hectares.That, however, is only a drop in the ocean compared to the six to seven million hectares planted in China over the same period.(Top image via VCG)(AFP)

The Belt and Road

2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Zhangjiajie City on October 16, 2018

On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road.  The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)