capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s
chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.
Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”
Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro
nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.
In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br
ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.
Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child
ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.
top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo
r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin
ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.
Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye
ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2
020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate
al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban
k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi
lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.
from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities
such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.
“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare
nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.
People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.
In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno
wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.
Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro
vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.