Gansu, Harmony In Diversity

China is a study of how harmony works through diversity. The country has reflected this characteristics through Gansu Province. Gansu has shown that much good can be achieved through diversity to include economic growth and harmony. BUKOLA OGUNSINA writes… Gansu is beautiful in its diversity. The county of Subei is home to Mongolians, who make a living on the idyllic grasslands. Over thousands of years they lived as nomads. The prairies in Subei and the Mongolian Yurts are attractive to tourists. Equally the Kazak living in the Kazak Autonomous County of Askai are recognised for their expert horsemanship. A place where tourists can relax listening to Kazak songs, live in white tents near the Sugan lakes, join in dances and enjoy delicious local cuisines. Little wonder it was chosen to support the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through events that hosted delegations from across the world. Gansu’s Jiuquan is vital to...
According to Rhee Cheol-hee, lawmaker in South Korea, the hacked documents compromised include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders. The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation. Plans for the South's special forces were reportedly accessed, along with information on significant power plants and military facilities in the South. According to BBC news, Mr Rhee said some 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified. The hack took place in September last year. In May, South Korea said a large amount of data had been stolen and that North Korea may have instigated the cyber attack - but gave no details of what was taken. North Korea denied the claim.
The 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will run from November 1-11 at Expo Centre Sharjah. More than 1.5 million titles will be on display throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture. The theme of this year’s edition of the world third largest book fair will be ‘A World Inside My Book,’ and it will host 1,650 exhibitors from 60 countries, spread across 14,625 square metres and feature 393 guests from 48 countries who will take part in more than 2,600 events. Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the organisers of the annual event, made the disclosure during a press conference held on Wednesday at Sharjah Public Library. The conference was attended by HE Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA; HE Mohammed Khalaf, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation (SIBF’s official media partner) and HE Mohammed Al Omaimi, acting General Manager of Etisalat Northern Emirates (official sponsor), and Hannah Henderson, Head...
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is facing one of the biggest threats in his 35 years in power as a separatist movement in the country’s English speaking regions gains ground. Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded others in the two English-speaking regions recently, the anniversary of Anglophone Cameroon’s independence from Britain The strife began in November when English-speaking teachers and lawyers in the Northwest and Southwest regions, frustrated with having to work in French, took to the streets calling for reforms and greater autonomy. The thousands who protested around the country were no longer calling for reform, but for a separate state for Cameroon’s nearly five million English speakers. Biya openly criticised the protests in a statement on Twitter following Sunday’s violence. Human rights groups have raised concerns about increasing repression under President Biya, while the true size and influence of the independence movement remains hard to gauge.
As Nigeria moves towards industrialisation targeting agriculture and manufacture sectors, the Emir of Kano visits China to seek investments for the country. At the Nigerian Embassy he urges the government to seek investments that would support its shift from primary production to major manufacturing. BUKOLA OGUNSINA writes… Africa has been a beneficiary of funds from China to include the 60 billion US dollars made available after the Johannesburg Forum On China Africa Cooperation. China offered about $4 billion concessionary loans in total to Nigeria to finance key projects such as Abuja-Kaduna Railway, Abuja Light Rail, and Lagos Rail Mass Transit System among others. Nigeria requires more investments across states in each region of the country, which will in turn drive development of the others around it eradicating poverty and insecurity. The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II believes that Nigeria should seek active investments to this end, to which China can...
China’s Ningxia Province in its diversity faces a number of challenges, ranging from desert encroachment to alleviating poverty. As the Province combats these challenges, the locals become resourceful in a bid to drive tourism. BUKOLA OGUNSINA writes… In Ningxia Province, deserts encroach and are being fought back on the edges of Maowsu Desert, Min’ning County in the South of Yinchuan City is now home to 44,000 villagers as the government seeks to give them a better life, and plants are grown to drive tourism. According to government reports, the Province has 11 special poverty stricken areas. In spite of these, Ningxia is relentless in its stride towards development. One of five minority autonomous regions, Ningxia is a province with moderately deteriorating economy in its central and southern areas. And with development as keyword, in the south of Yinchuan, the Chinese government works to relocate villagers to a better accommodation and a...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Beijing, China The Vice President of China Exim Bank, Yuan Xingyong has said that China and Africa relations should focus on real results that would be felt by the people. As such, both sides should focus on helping African countries and its people to solve the problem of its development, especially on projects quick on economic returns that can be sustainable. This the Vice President said recently in a key note speech addressing the 27 African journalists of the 2017 China Africa Press Centre programme, at its headquarters in Beijing. While addressing the journalists from various African countries, Yuan said, “Africa has always been one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Considering the economic growth over the past years. Even if the economic growth of Africa is relatively slowed down by the influence of other factors after 201, it can still bounce back in 2017, in...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Gansu Province, China China's largest media organisation, Peoples Daily just recently hosted Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been referred to by the Vice Chairman, Standing Committee, 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), Mr Zhang Ping, as the blue print for China's opening up to the world. Just as interesting is the fact that this year's BRI theme is, 'New Cooperation prospects towards a shared community future.’ At the opening remarks, Vice Chairman, Zhang,  stated that the Belt and Road initiative is relevant to development, momentum and trends of time which is based on reality embracing the keywords, ‘Peace, Cooperation and Openness,’ among others. He stressed that the BRI was established to benefit and promote exchanges between countries and has gained several fruits and foreign attention. “We are willing to share our ideas and learn...
BY BUKOLA OGUNSINA, CHINA China and Nigeria presently share amiable relations that has been further strengthened through China’s infrastructural projects in Nigeria, funding, high level visits, and media exchanges among others. Nigeria’s new Ambassador to China, H.E Baba Ahmad Jidda, in this interview with BUKOLA OGUNSINA, gives more insight on the bilateral cooperation both countries enjoy. What is your mandate as the new Nigerian Ambassador to China? As Nigerian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), I have what we call a station charter given to me by Mr President. A kind of schedule of duty that I am expected to accomplish while serving as Ambassador in the PRC. I am expected to take effective measures to defend and promote Nigeria’s national interest in China and to promote and project a positive image of Nigeria consistent with its size, rich cultural heritage, international status and strategic geopolitical importance in Africa. As...
Britain’s parliament backed a second reading of legislation to sever ties with the European Union early yesterday, a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May who now faces demands by lawmakers for concessions before it becomes law. After more than 13 hours of speeches for and against the legislation, which May says is essential for Brexit but critics describe as a Conservative government power grab, lawmakers voted 326 to 290 in favor of moving the EU withdrawal bill, or repeal bill, to the next stage of a lengthy lawmaking process. Many fell in step with the government which said a vote against the legislation would force Britain into a chaotic exit from the EU, rather than a smooth departure, as the country would lack laws and a regulatory framework to steer the process. May, weakened by the loss of her majority in a June election, now faces a battle against politicians who want...