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 es
corted to the border inspection station, they wave, tell the officers goodbye and return to their homes in Myanmar.
The students attend the first frontier primary school in China. Locat
ed in Yinjing village in the small border city of Ruili in Yunnan province, the school has 36 M
yanmar 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 goi
ng 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.
school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in impro
ving school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. T
he school has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the in
spection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous C
hinese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
The bridge will greatly alleviate traffic burden on the First Beilun River Bridge three kilomet
ers away, which was previously the only means of shipping personnel and cargo to or from Dongxing Checkpoint.
Statistics from immigration authorities show that 12.19 million people and 47,056 vehicles passed over the old bridge in 2018, far beyond its maximum capacity.
The new bridge is now designated for freight vehicles, while the First Be
ilun River Bridge is reserved for personnel. This could save 30 minutes or more in custo
ms clearance time for each consignment, according to Huang Xiong, deputy chief of Dongxing Customs.
1.jpgIn early 2015, the Barack Obama administration tried desperately to block the United King
dom and several other European countries from joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by ac
cusing, without any basis, the then newly established bank of possible low environmental and governance standards.
The real reason, according to former US treasury secretary Larry Summers, was that the Obama adm
inistration could not secure any funding from the Republican-controlled Congress to join the AIIB. And to s
ave itself from embarrassment, the US administration tried to prevent European countries from joining the bank.
Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the esta
blishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.
With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, whic
h is still waiting for regulatory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a for
eign shareholder has a controlling interest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.
Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct ba
nking services, the joint venture will build a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial tec
hnologies and try to become a benchmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open
up its financial sector to foreign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.
Different from the traditional counter-based model, the direct banking model uses e-cha
nnels to provide financial products and therefore has no restriction of time, regions or geographic branches.
ion with affected areas remains limited. On Monday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that “everyth
ing indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead” — a figure that some experts now believe could be conservative.
The mortuary at the central hospital in Beira “is full and dozens of bodies need to be
removed and handled in a dignified way,” according to IFRC. Beira is still flooded, which makes it impossible to bury bodies, IFRC said.
It is premature to say how many people have died while affected areas remain i
naccessible, Stephen Fonseca, regional forensics manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told CNN.
On Friday morning ICRC set up a new base in Chimoio, near the border with Zimbabw
e. Fonseca said identifying victims is “a monumental task” that will take months or years rather than days or weeks.
”The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved one in a disaster like Cyclone Idai is
indescribable,” Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deployed to Beira, said in a statement Friday.
The identity of a Shanghai vagrant, who has become an overnight online celebrity after videos of him explaining Chinese classics to passers-by went viral on Chin
ese social media, has been confirmed by his employer, the auditing office of Shanghai’s Xuhui district government.
The office said the vagrant called Shen Wei became one of its employees in 1986 but
has been on sick leave since 1993, during which he has been paid with a basic salary.
For the past seven years, Shen, usually in rags and tangled long hair, has lived near the metro st
ation of Yanggao South Station and collected garbage every day. He began to get online attention over the past few
days when videos taken by passers-by, and then online broadcasters, show his eloquence, resourceful knowledge of Chinese classics and “wor
ds of wisdom” as he advises onlookers to spend more time on reading rather than taking videos of him.
He spends most of his spare time reading books, mostly Chinese classics which he has bought wit
h the money he earns from garbage collecting. He refuses to receive help and told the Red Star News reporter that he has around 10
0,000 yuan ($14,991) in his bank account. The money comes from his 2,000 yuan monthly salary and his father’s savings.