Every morning, dozens of students from Myanmar walk hand in hand across the border into China’s Yunnan province.
There, they are led by patrol officers to Yinjing Frontier Primary School. After school, as they are escorted to the border insp
ection station, they wave, tell the officers goodbye and return to their homes in Myanmar.
The students attend the first frontier primary school in China. Loca
ted in Yinjing village in the small border city of Ruili in Yunnan province, the school has 36 My
anmar students and 99 Chinese students. Founded in 1960, it has been admitting students from Myanmar since 1990.
Wen Liang, 10, from Myanmar, has repeated this routine for three years. “I like go
ing to school in China. It makes me very happy because I have many friends there,” Wen said.
The youngest Myanmar student is 5, said Sun Jialiang, the school principal.
of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. What th
e school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Burm
ese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teachers do not
treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identification and a b
irth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
Liu Hong, Party secretary and president of the People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC), is being investigated for suspected v
iolations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to an announcement of the top anti-graft agency on Friday.
He is being investigated by the discipline inspection and supervision team of the China Cent
ral Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, according to the announcement.
Liu, 56, was appointed Party secretary, director and president of the PICC since October
A total of 1,883 private equity and venture capital deals were compl
eted in China’s telecommunications, media and technology industry in the second half of last
year, accounting for 46 percent of total PE/VC investment, a record number since 2016, according to a PwC report.
The report showed that 1,290 PE/VC deals were clinched in the third quarter of 2018, while in th
e fourth quarter, the number of PE/VC deals in TMT sectors dipped to below 600, as overall PE/VC investments plunged.
In the second half of 2018, there were 54 large-size deals with a single deal value over $100 million, and these large-size deals
had a total value of $21.3 billion, making up 76 percent of the total in TMT sectors in the second half.
percent from the first half of 2018, and three of them each obtained more than $100 million in investment. Cloud computi
ng, artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality also were hot spots that lured investment during the period,” Ni said.
Ni added although the technology industry is rapidly expanding under favorable polic
es, internet and mobile internet are still the attractive sectors in the TMT industry. Internet finance, ian
ternet-based education, fragmented entertainment and content sharing were hotly pursued by investors.
“The setup of the science and technology innovation board will improv
e the inclusiveness of the domestic capital market towards emerging enterprises, and o
pen a new financing and exit channel. The board offers a new platform for high-tech emerging enterprises, and tech
nology companies are expected to kick off a new wave of IPOs,” Janson Yang, PwC China assurance partner, said.
Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday ahead of his European tour, with visits to Italy, Monaco and France.
Though far apart from each other, China and ancient Rome were linked by the old Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, Xi said in the ar
ticle, mentioning the cultural exchanges between the two countries in the distant past.
He said Beijing is willing to deepen cooperation with Rome in such areas as land and marine transportation, avia
tion, aerospace and cultural exchanges to build the Belt and Road in the new era.
“I’m willing to avail myself of this visit to work with Italian lea
ders on the blueprint of Sino-Italian relations and lead the ties into the new era,” Xi said.
He called on the two sides to tap more potential for partnership
in port logistics, shipping, energy, telecommunications and medicine, and encourage enterprises fr
om both countries to develop third-party cooperation to seek mutual benefit and win-win results.