This year the theme of the forum is “An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity”, a pertinent and timely one. Asia is becoming a region of more integrated countries forging partnerships in diverse fields, including the economy, environment, trade, technology, education, energy and ecology. In these circumstances “Openness and Innovation” are even more relevant. BFA is a platform, where leaders, thinkers and experts from all walks of life are under one roof. One can expect many solutions and opportunities for Asian countries from this forum. It is expected more than 2,000 delegates will attend.
A nurse at Sijiqing Nursing Home combs the hair of an elder resident at the Beijing facility. President Xi Jinping visited there in December 2013 and residents said they were energized by his presence. [Photo/Xinhua]
This enabled those in Beijing and surrounding areas to enjoy many clear, blue-sky days this past winter, in sharp contrast with the heavy air pollution seen just a year ago.
China achieved steady growth, advanced reforms, made structural adjustments, improved living standards and guarded against risks in 2017, said top Chinese official on Tuesday in Beijing.
"Youth are no longer merely onlookers when it comes to environmental action, nor should they be. I will spare no effort to do everything I can to take care of our earth, and I invite everyone to join me in generating a wave of positive action," he added. The 18-year old performer has amassed more than 40 million followers on Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like platform. Both in China and the rest of Southeast Asia, Wang has been one of key voices in the online conversation on the environment.
Chinese singer and actor Wang Junkai was designated a UN Environment National Goodwill Ambassador in Beijing on Wednesday.