unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.
The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C
orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the
Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee
t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.
The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will
be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.
In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar
ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.
The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel
l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.
Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.
ieties introduced to the Philippines through the Green Super Rice project are capable of thriving in harsh environments and maintaining steady yields.
“After Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte Island in the central Phi
lippines in November 2013, we found that the Green Super Rice variety was one of the few that w
as still growing when submerged in saline water,” he said. “Local farmers were elated and regained hope.”
In West Africa, six Green Super Rice varieties with high-yield potential and strong tolerance to drought, salinity and iron to
xicity have been developed, and about 14.5 metric tons of such seeds were distributed to local rice breeders, ac
cording to Baboucarr Manneh, a researcher with the African Rice Center in Cote d’Ivoire.
“Moreover, about 500 scientists, technicians and farmers hav
e been trained in fields such as breeding, seed production and crop management th
rough the project. The training helps increase their capability and achieve sustainable growth in the future,” he said.
that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.