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the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a
nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.
Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t
hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo
under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus
inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.
Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi
mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.
For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins
tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha
s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.
that we are already seeing people’s lives improved by, for example, shopping websites that help you fi
nd what you are looking for. “For people who are feeling that this is not science fiction, this is just Amazo
n showing me an ad or a bank giving me a loan. Just wait. In the next five or 10 years, we’ll see robotics and in the nex
t 10-20 years autonomous vehicles – and they will be magical,” he said.
“The atom part will take longer, but that will happen too. The hardes
t part today appears to be the atom side – robotics, autonomous vehicles, flying cars and thin
gs like that. Because the big breakthroughs have been just pure software.”
Ironically, Theil, the co-founder of PayPal and a lead investor in Fa
cebook and big data mining company Palantir, has said that we live in a financial age, rather
than a scientific and technological age. “It’s not clear it’s enough to bring our civilization to the next level.”
Most tellingly, Theil points out that the oligopolistic US tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft – are each sitti
ng on billions of dollars of cash, but they can’t think of any technological opportunities where they can invest that money.
rn plateau in 2015 from Jiangsu, whose students regularly post some of the best exam result
s in China. Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.
As experts in teaching methods and education theory, they we
re keen to bring their experience and knowledge to Tibet, where education was once exclusive to the ar
istocracy. Their efforts are paying off, as both students and local teachers are benefiting from their presence.
The school, a secondary boarding establishment, was establ
ished by the Jiangsu government in 2014 with an investment of 263 million yuan ($39 million).
It is home to 2,890 students, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetan, and the 316 teachers provide 63 classes. Exc
uding the 47 educators from Jiangsu, the teachers are locals of both Han and Tibetan ethnicity.
The students, from juniors to seniors, said the Jiangsu teachers ar
e more patient and softer-tempered than those at their old schools and the classes are more interesting.
Jiangsu teacher with at least one local educator. The outsiders acted as mentors, providing guidance and support.
Qian, the Chinese teacher, has mentored five teachers. He attended their classes once a week, offering advice afterwards. He also set assignments,
such as reading magazines or two to three books each year, as well as writing a paper on teaching practice every semester.
“I think many local teachers need to constantly explore education theory and the art of teaching. They also
need to read more and strengthen their research abilities, because teaching without researching is lost labor,” he said.
Namgal, a Tibetan math teacher who came to the school after she graduated t
wo years ago, said she has learned valuable lessons from her two Jiangsu mentors.
When she started teaching, her class had the third-lowest average mat
h score in the school’s seventh grade. Her first mentor, Pan Lichao, attended her classes regul
arly, taking notes and suggesting methods she could adopt. Pan also met with her several times to help prepare lessons.
of subforums, such as the ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea subfo
rum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity between BRI count
ries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science
and technology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lan
cang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.
“Hainan will ensure that the Boao Forum for Asia continues to promote greater coope
ration in healthcare, tourism, education, technology, tropical agriculture and the seed industry,” Wang said.