capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
ve and have little interest in his studies, not even finishing homework. In order to change his
attitude, Gao Ziren visited his home every weekend, talking with his parents about the importance of studying.
Zhang Guangxing, Zhang Zuhao’s father, still remembered when Gao Ziren first visited
his home. Because of Gao’s insistence, the parents paid more attention to the child’s studies.
Gao Ziren said that because he walked slowly, it was too late for him to visit stud
ents’ homes after school, and therefore, he visited them on the weekends.
Now, many children follow their parents to live and study in cities, while som
e become left-behind children who live in rural areas and lack family care. Gao said it w
as important to be patient with left-behind children and pay more attention to their mental health.
Gao Xinyue, a second grade student who lives with her grandparents because her paren
ts work outside the rural area, was reticent and very timid when she first came to the school, performing poorly in her studies.
top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo
r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin
ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.
Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye
ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2
020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate
al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban
k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi
lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.
dle-income earners with higher-education backgrounds. “They are not billionaires, bu
t they can afford to buy a house and live a decent life, even without a job, for three or five years,” Chu said.
“Most important, they came to Dali with the idea of living a slow, simple, idyllic lifestyle that is differen
t to that in the big cities. Some say their dreams have already come true, but others feel they made the wrong decision.”
With an increasing number of newcomers arriving, Dali’s tourism and real estate markets have prospered since 2015. According to the local government, 24 p
ercent of property in the city was bought by new arrivals in 2015. Two years later, the number had risen to 60 percent.
Housing prices have surged from 6,392 yuan ($952 at the current rate) per square meter in December 2015 to 11,788 yuan per sq m in the same month last year.
A source at Yunnan Shili Real Estate Development Group, who requested anonymity, sai
d more than 80 percent of the commercial property on its books in Dali had been bought by nonlocals.
e protection zone, which lies within 15 meters of the shoreline, they were demolished, and she
will be compensated by local authorities. However, Wang said she does not believe the money can make up for her losses.
She has debts of 3 million yuan – mostly borrowed from relatives and friends. She said she regretted moving to Dali to pursue an idyllic life.
While some are not happy that they moved, others are glad they made the transition from big-city life.
Yang Yi, 48, who operates a restaurant in Dali’s ancient walled city, arrived eight years ago fr
om Chongqing after falling in love with the city on a visit. He bought a house and settled down.
“I have traveled to a lot of places, both at home and abroad, but I was overwhelmed by the natur
al beauty of Dali, a place that can calm you. I feel this city is the most pleasant one I have been to, and it is where my heart is now,” Yang said.
For decades, many tourists have fallen in love with Dali’s beautiful weather, stunning mountains, lakeside scenery and vibrant ethnic culture.