Many opportunities have come Boao's way through the years as Hainan has worked to develop tourism as a pillar industry. The province rose to become an international tourism destination and in 2016 became the nation's first pilot zone for integrated tour planning across the whole province, a kind of supply-side reform in the tourism sector.
"On domestic issues, he has spoken extensively of improving the people's livelihoods, and on international issues, his people-centered philosophy is key to improving global governance," he said.
"Lush mountains and clear water, blue sea and blue skies are the biggest capital in building an international resort island," Xi said in 2013.
Liu said she and her colleagues spent seven years going through archives in the US to collect scattered wartime files left by Japanese forces.
"The words President Xi used on this subject were particularly strong and serious, and he stressed that any behavior intended to divide the country is doomed to fail," he said.