Trump was cautious about reaching any consensus with

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

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Three billion trips made during 40-day Spring Festival trav

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.

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Bayer will continue to support green and digital developmen

German company Bayer’s agriculture division Bayer Crop Science in China and China’s National Ag

ricultural Technology Extension Service Center (NATESC) under the Ministry of Agriculture jointly lau

nched the Action Plan for Enhancing Green Development Capability in Beijing on Wednesday.

The plan, a large non-profit training project co-sponsored by Bayer and the NATESC, is an

important topic under the framework of Sino-German agricultural cooperation.

To respond to the needs of green and quality development in Chinese agriculture, it a

ims to build green development capacities among key players, such as local officials and tec

hnicians in agriculture, executives in new types of agribusinesses, serve organizations and lead in co-operatives.

The project will be implemented for five years from 2019, covering all provincial regions.

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 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.

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He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

 products, optimize integrated solutions for various crops, and provide

training to farmers to help them master the most suitable methods and get better returns.

“One of our future priorities will be to help growers better understa

nd the data from their own fields and use the insights in their farm management,” Huang said.

Speaking of the sustainable development of agriculture, Madrazo re

viewed the profound transformation that agriculture has experienced in the past 20 years.

“Farmers today are more aware that they need to do agronomic practices that are more precise, conserve natural resources and pro

duce more food in the same piece of land. The more we are able to produce food in the same piece of land, the more we

are saving trees and the more we are preserving bio-diversity, the environment has a better chance to thrive.”

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Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

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.”

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hina will become major player in 3D printing, analyst says

hina is quickly closing the gap on the adoption of 3D printing, a sector on the cusp of transforming from prototyping and de

sign to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement, according to an industry executive.

Some of the most advanced 3D printing applications will be driven b

y Chinese companies, in light of the level of government incentives to promote the indu

stry, said Michael Agam, Greater China general manager of Stratasys, a 3D prin

ting and additive manufacturing solutions company based in the United States.

“Customers and end-users are expecting new things in a much faste

r pace than before, prompting companies to come up with new products in a pace that…could nev

er be done by traditional manufacturing,” Agam said in an interview in Shanghai.

Speeding up production and shortening supply chain are not the only game chang

er. The need to come up with tailor-made designs that are flexible to end-user needs lie at the heart of 3D printing, he said.

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During the TCT Asia trade show last week, Stratasys also

unveiled the voxel-level 3D printing solution that allows users to exercise control of their design at volumetric pixel level with access to more materials.

For instance, it has teamed up with one car manufacturer to allow customers to customize car body p

atterns using 3D printing solutions, which Agam called a ‘true revolution”.

“Till now the 3D printing remains largely a B2B business. This is for the first time that

customers can come and actually have an impact on what the products are going to look like,” he said.

The company has rosy prospects on the technology’s adoption in automotive, medical and consumer electronics.

The Chinese government is making the development of additive ma

nufacturing technology in the country a priority. Foreign companies are encouraged to set up b

ranches and R&D centers in China, and a few domestic companies, which have already had their products rec

ognized internationally and will be able to compete in the international market, will be fostered.

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Huge growth potential seen in nation’s private hospitals

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.

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ijing Jiangong Hospital was once an enterprise-owned hospital

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.

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