The United States was ranked the most innovative country among business leaders, but it has continued to trend downward since 2014, the report said.
"Thirty years ago, it took a full day to reach Haikou from Sanya, which lies at the southern tip of the island, but now it takes less than two hours by high speed train, and there are other choices," said Hua Zetian, a rice-breeding expert who has worked in Hainan for 30 years.
China's reform and opening-up have brought life and prosperity to Hainan province and transformed it from a backward, remote island into one of the country's most open and dynamic regions over the 30 years since it became a province.
Such a "three in one" leadership arrangement, which ensures the authority and unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core, guarantees that the unique advantages and benefits of China's political system and socialism with Chinese characteristics are fully brought into play for the benefit of the country and the Chinese people.
Japan's attitude toward its heinous World War II history has long caused tension with its two main neighbors, China and the Republic of Korea. And there has been no sign that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to ease the tension in 2014; instead it looks like he intends to inflame it further.
Globalization, the historic process which has brought different countries and peoples closer over the past two centuries, is now under attack and regarded with growing doubts. Isolationism is rising, along with trade protectionism and economic chauvinism.