Shi's son also returned with a wife, and the couple opened the village's first hotel and restaurant in early 2015.
HAIKOU -- China has decided to support Hainan in developing the whole island into a pilot free trade zone, and gradually exploring and steadily promoting the establishment of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics.
Echoing Beck, president and CEO of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Mark Machin, who has been based in Asia for more than 20 years, said that with the center of gravity of the world economically shifting to Asia which has half of the world population and will continue to grow for many years, Canada, as an important country with a smaller population "has to engage with Asia, in particular China through trade and investment and many other aspects."
Significant results have been achieved in maintaining social stability in Xinjiang, which has always been the front line of China's battle against terrorism, Chen said earlier in the annual NPC session.
Since China's reform and opening-up began 40 years ago, the mining industry has developed, improving local infrastructure and living conditions. Shi eventually hung up his shoulder pole and became a mine worker until he retired.
"We have three cities among the top 20 in terms of cleanliness in the world, and we have a lot of opportunities to work with China on that everything from water use to air pollution to traffic control and that goes with the clean-tech side of things, so I think that represents a big win-win situation that both countries can work on," said Barton.
"In today's geopolitical climate, with the centre of global economic gravity clearly shifting to Asia, we are positioned to make substantial contributions to Canada-Asia business relations," said Beck, adding that ABLAC members convened the forum to catalyze dialogue and action between the two sides.
"Hainan is the only tropical island province in China. The era of sightseeing is past and the era of leisure and resort is coming," said Qian. The 540,000 square-meters Atlantis resort, with an investment of 11 billion yuan (about $1.75 billion), is expected to open by the end of this month in Sanya, the most famous resort city in Hainan.