Kim, as he would have to face more pressure at home. And perhaps that’s why he said he was not in a rush to sign an agreement.
As discussions on denuclearization have become more detailed, Tr
ump better understands the complexity of the issue, resolving which has become a tough cha
llenge for not only the US and the DPRK, but also China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.
The US should therefore work out a long-term plan to resolve the pen
insula nuclear issue. In fact, Trump said there is no need to increase sanctions on Pyon
gyang, and indicated that Washington will continue making efforts to negotiate with Pyongyang.
As for the international community, it should help the US and the DPR
K to restore permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, because it would create dev
elopment opportunities not only on the peninsula but also in the whole of Northeast Asia.
Wang Sheng, a researcher at the Co-Innovat ion Center for Korean Penin
sula Studies and a professor of international politics at Jilin University
The 40-day-long Spring Festival travel rush, which came to an end on March 1, recorded thre
e billion trips made during the period, according to the Ministry of Transport, CCTV reported.
The rush saw 410 million railway trips, up 7.4 percent on a yearly ba
sis, while road trips fell 0.8 percent to 2.46 billion. The number of waterway trips stayed same as last
year at 41 million, while plane travel jumped 12 percent to 73 million this year, the data showed.
Local transportation departments improved transfer efficiency for travelers by extending the operation time of s
ubways, launching night bus lines, and arranging taxis pick-up at night, the Ministry said.
Customized passenger buses and bus booking services in rural and urban areas also met the perso
nalized travel needs of certain passengers during the spring festival holiday.
E-tickets and self-service check-in were mass applied in this year’s travel, with self-service check-i
n available in 300 train stations nationwide. Passengers were also offered the option to scan their sec
ond-generation ID cards for quick check-in at nearly 700 high-speed train stations, according to the report.
Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai
rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op
portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.
“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog
ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro
w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”
He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co
me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.
Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee
n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo
r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.
technologies to support farmers to practice sustainable agricultural production.
“The combining chance of advanced breeding technologies that makes the seeds smarter and
more productive, together with modern crop protection products that are friendlier to the envir
onment, coupled with biological technologies that really helps explore the power of microorganisms in the soil, w
ith digital tools as integrators, you bring all of these together.”
In June 2018, Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto, a US seeds and agrochemic
als company, and became the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.
“We are a leader of agriculture,” Madrazo said, “when you look
at our new, integrated company there are three specific aspects that excite us: First one is our
top innovation ability; Second one is leading the digital transformation in agriculture; and the third one is we have a re
al opportunity to shape sustainability for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”
China’s private hospitals, as a beneficial supplement to the country’s public hospitals, sho
uld target market segments and offer high-value service to get market approval, experts said.
“Private hospitals are facing huge growth potential. They should p
osition themselves correctly, serve customers well, and offer good service,” said Zhang Che
ngyu, president of Shanghai United Family Pudong Hospital, a private hospital in Shanghai.
“Before restructuring in 2000, the annual revenue of Beijing Jiangong Hospital was 40 million yuan ($5.90 million), but in
2017, it reached 650 million yuan, a sixteen-fold increase, which demonstrates the effect of re
structuring,” said Cheng Libing, president of CR Medical, the parent company of the hospital.
According to Sun Baishun, deputy director of Beijing Jiangong Ho
spital, in 2017, total visits to the hospital reached 880,000, and there were 8,000 opera
tions performed to treat lung cancer. “Our hospital is a perfect supplement to public hospitals,” Sun said.
Statistics from Beijing-headquartered think tank iyiou.com revealed that by last September, there were a total of 20,011 private hosp
itals in China, accounting for nearly half of the country’s medical institutions. According to Hao Deming, exec
utive vice-president and secretary-general of the Chinese Nongovernment Medical Institutions Association, starting from
2013, the number of China’s private hospitals has grown at an annual rate of 15 percent.
Capital also favors private hospitals. “The number of private hospitals in China accounts f
or half of the total, and is growing at a much higher rate than the number of public hospitals. The invest
ment from the capital market into the sector is an unprecedented blockbuster expansion,” said Xia Xia
oyan, a partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during an interview with pppod.net.
The report from BCG showed that since 2012, investment in medical in
stitutions has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 80 percent, realizing a fiftyfold incr
ease from 2012 to 2018. Between 2015 and 2016 a record number of deals took place.
From the beginning of 2017 to May 2018, China’s private healthcare institutions had attracted roughly 11 billion yuan of inve
stment, and each deal surpassed 200 million yuan, according to the report issued by iyiou.com.