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ssing $682 billion, and it is only natural that the two sides should seek to consolidate their trade and economic cooperation since it provides a solid foundati
on for strengthening their overall relationship, and they have everything to gain from building on the current g
ood momentum in their relations and docking their respective development strategies.
At the 21st China-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang is expected to underscore China’s resolve to deepen st
rategic mutual trust and cooperation with the EU, including on the Belt and Road Initiative that China has prop
osed as a means for improving global connectivity and shared development.
This year, Italy and Luxembourg signed memorandums of under
standing with China to jointly advance the construction of the Belt and Road, bringing to 22 the total num
ber of European countries that have signed cooperative agreements with China on the initiative.
It is not all hunky-dory of course, as two major powers, the two sides do differ on some issues, a
nd there are some disputes between them. However, their common interests far outweigh their differences.
of 8 kilometers, and each of its shells can scatter dry extinguishing agents over about 20 squa
re meters. The gun features high mobility and accuracy, and is suitable for suppressing big fires, it said.
This is not the first time Norinco, the country’s largest arms producer for land weapons, has enter
ed the realm of firefighting. Before the gun, the company had developed and sold a series of firefighting tanks.
With the chassis and armor of a combat tank, the vehicles can protect crew members from fire, explosions and bui
lding collapses, and can cross half-meter-high obstacles or 2-meter-wide trenches. They have automatic spray dev
ices and fireproof coatings that can keep scorching heat out of the vehicles’ interiors.
The tanks can get closer to the scene than a fire engine for search-and-rescue missions, Norinco said.
Using 520-horsepower diesel engines and equipped with hydraulic devices
, the tanks can clear away obstacles weighing up to 15 metric tons. Their metal tracks allo
w them to operate on slopes, in rocky terrain and in the debris of collapsed buildings.
Super Rice project is geared to guarantee stable yields while beefing up crops’ resistance against drought, flooding and diseases,” Li said.
“Thus, farmers are able to save a large amount of resources, such as fertilizers or irrigation water, to fight those issues,” he added.
The sustainability of the approach is welcomed by Philippine agricultural researchers and farmers, according to Jose
Yorobe, a consultant with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He attended a meeting in Beij
ing on Tuesday, along with dozens of representatives from participant countries, that marked the project’s conclusion.
“Because of climate change and population growth, developing countries are now pressured to increase rice prod
uctivity,” he said. “Some high-yield modern varieties are still vulnerable to inclement weather, pests and disease.”