Category Archives: Scientific Research

Huai Jinpeng presents how to serve 91 million scientific workers in IVA

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, June 26(Greenpost)– Vice Executive  President of China Association for Science and Technology, CAST, Professor Huai Jinping who is also academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences Wednesday made a presentation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences conference center in Stockholm.

He briefed the audience about how his association serve 91 million scientific workers in China.

He said that his association has the mission to popularize scientific knowledge and gave advice to the central or local government on scientific development policies.

He said his association also shoulders the task to help poverty eradication by 2020. They send a lot of doctors to the poor areas to help cure diseases because usually a poor family was a result of someone in the family has serious disease.  It was diseases that leads to poverty. Another way is to send scientific personnel to the countryside to teach farmers how to grow crops scientifically and use less pesticides to have a sustainable agriculture.

The third way for poverty eradication is to have partnership with industries.

Huai also said that the purpose of this visit was to establish a good relation with the Swedish counterparts for future cooperation.

He said China also took a lot of measures to attract young people to be interested in science.

Professor Tuula Teeri, President of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA said what Huai said in many ways similar to Swedish way in practice.

One experience from Sweden is to recruit young students from senior high school to be an intern in a science and engineering program for four months before they decide to go to universities.  After these four months, those who have had these experiences usually choose to stay with science and engineering and can continue to work in this field. That is an effective way to attract young people who have the potential to be engaged in scientific research or engineering.

Zhang Biao, Charge Daffair from the Chinese Embassy, Dai Gang, Counsular of Sci-tech department at the Chinese Embassy, Cao Yihai, professor at the Karolinska Institutet and about more than 30 scientific workers attended the presentation and asked questions.

 

 

2018 “Win-in-Suzhou” Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs held in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, May 27(NCO)–2018 “Win-in-Suzhou” Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs(European Life-Science Industry) was successfully held in Stockholm on Saturday.

Dai Gang, Counsellor of the Science and Technology Department of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden, said Sweden is the world No.1 in startup survival rate after three years of establishment. Thus it is a good choice for Suzhou to hold the venture contest in Sweden. Suzhou has good innovation environment and incentive for development. He hopes the contest entrepreneurs seize the chance to cooperate with Suzhou.

Zhou Wenrong, Deputy Director from Suzhou Municipal government said Suzhou is not only a paradise for silk, but also a paradise for innovation. In order to become a strong city with high level talented people, they have issued a series of incentives to attract them to Suzhou including as high as 50 million yuan or 6 million Euro project grant.

In order to encourage the presentation of the entrepreneurs, the organizing committee also arranged a one minute talk show which was quite impressive.

The contest was held in a modern conference room at the new Karolinska Hospital  building just opposite to Karolinska Institute where the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced every year.

Finally Cell replacement therapy for diabetes using encapsulated stem cell-derived functional islet tissues project won the first prize, Peptisystem-Transforming Reptide Manufacturing project won the second prize.

The other projects include Development of plant anti-anxiety products, DPP protein chip platform and Ocarcin for Alzheimer’s disease, Cell therapy for neural regeneration and spinal cord injury,Employing changes in DNA methylation for early detection of urinary tract tumors, next generation sequencing and cancer genomic DNA Detection and Libaros-Robotic surgery force feedback system based on optical remote sensing.

About 170 scholars and professors including Yang Weihong and Cao Yihai, Jack Yu Jiang and Peng Changgeng attended the contest.

Text/Photo Xuefei Chen Axelsson

CPPCC session concludes in Beijing

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Beijing, March 15(Greenpost)– Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference ended this morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The sky has become blue due to the cooler wind coming from last night. The Tiananmen Square is clean and clear.

Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Zhang Dejiang, Wang Yang participated in the conference.

The participants approved the work report presented by Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the 12th CPPCC session and the Charter revision draft of the CPPCC.

Wang Yang who is one of the members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China was elected as the Chairman of the 13th CPPCC session with a full votes of 2144 votes who were present.

Wang Yang said the main task for the CPPCC in the following five years is to strictly exert its role of political consultation focusing on prevention and alleviation of serious risks, eradicating poverty and protecting environment.

CPPCC will actively make unremitting efforts to provide good suggestions to the Chinese government.

24 members including Zhang Qingli, Wan Gang and others were elected as vice Chairmen of the CPPCC standing committee.

Xia Baolong was elected as Secretary of the CPPCC standing committee.

A total of 300 members were elected as the members of the Standing committee among the over 2000 committee members all over China om March 14th.

2040 committee members attended the closing ceremony.

 

 

北欧理事会部长出席《北欧地区状况》报告发布会

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 北欧理事会部长们2月8日在斯德哥尔摩斯堪森露天博物馆出席了《北欧状况》报告发布会。

瑞典外交大臣瓦尔斯特伦和她的北欧理事会同行一起出席了发布会。

瓦尔斯特伦首先致辞说,北欧地区在全球作为整体经济实力占12%是全球经济的一支重要力量。我们经常被当作很小的单位来看待。

北欧地区在教育,科研,数字化等领域都是全球领先。今后将继续加强协调合作。北欧状况报告里边藏金啊。经济增长速度比欧盟平均速度高,接受的难民最多,男女平等非常好。我们的长处在于创新和数字化。还有我们善于互相学习。我们像一个大家庭。所以,希望大家好好研究这个报告。这也是瑞典担任轮值主席之后的第一次会议。

报告评出最具动态增长力的城市是斯德哥尔摩。斯德哥尔摩大区郡长主持会议。

专家们表示,北欧状况报告显示,在过去两年里冰岛的增长速度是非常快了。相比之下,挪威慢了一些。他们认为冰岛可能是因为2008年经济危机出现严重倒退,现在恢复过来了,因此,显得速度非常快,而挪威相对慢的原因是因为石油价格下跌和石油产量减少造成的。但也有人认为挪威经济实际上也没有什么大的变化,依然还是不错的。

发布会上斯德哥尔摩郡长斯文诺纽斯认为,斯德哥尔摩之所以发展速度快是因为斯德哥尔摩有吸引力。注重长期改善投资环境,注意合作,而不是互相争斗。这是我们的长期成功。

Mayor Irene Svenonius from the Stockholm County Council will also attend the event.

Mayor Irene Svenonius from the Stockholm County Council 。

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten

State of the Nordic Region is a unique compilation of statistics and maps, giving a detailed view of the Nordic countries at both national and regional level.

The report compares the Nordic countries on key socioeconomic parameters. It also provides prognoses on the demography, economy and labour market of the 74 regions within the overall Nordic Region.

2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs Launched in Sweden

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 10(Greenpost)—2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs(European Life Science) was launched on Thursday(Feb.8) in Stockholm, capital of Sweden.

Dai Gang, Counselor of Science and Technology from the Chinese Embassy in Sweden attended the launching ceremony. He encouraged students, scholars both Chinese and Swedish to actively participate in the contest because Suzhou city is a good place to live and work. The living and working environment there is very good and the local government gave a lot of preferential policies in attracting talented people.

Lin Yingbo, Executive Director of Nordic Chinese Innovation and Startup Association said 2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs  will be organized by Suzhou City. This is the first time when a field specific event is included in the contest, which is one of the ten Venture Week  in Suzhou.

The contest including the Venture Cup and the Innovation Track, will be held on May 26 this year at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The contest focusing one the field of life-science including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices, health care IT, precision medicine, health care services, ageing as well as all other aspects related to healthcare.

This year’s prize is much bigger than the previous one. The first prize will be 50 thousand yuan or about 6000 Euro plus 200 thousand yuan or about 24 thousand Euro Angel Investment. Moreover, all the participants can get the chance to participate in Venture Week in Suzhou(July 10 to 12th). The organizers also encourage entrepreneurs in other fields than Life Science to join the competition for the 2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs (European region) held in May 27th 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

Luo Hui, Hu Zhiyu, Baojin, Zhang Shouting, Daigang, Lin Yingbo, Yinchang and other three staff in the association. 

All innovative entrepreneurs and projects are welcome to the contest. Additionally, we provide a parallel Innovation Track. This track is open to projects with clear commercial potential but still require further development or to companies looking to collaborate with domestic companies in the Chinese market. There will also be technical upgrade intentions raised by life-science companies in Suzhou published on the official website (www.LSciVentureCup.com) and call for technical solution proposals.

The contest is open for registration from February 1st to April 15th, 2018. Application forms are available on the official website (www.LSciVentureCup.com), you can either register online or email the forms to contact@LSciVentureCup.com or ncaie@hotmail.com . The ones submitting earlier can be reviewed earlier.

Contact: 0046700226288

For details, you can look at the following carefully.

  1. PROGRAM

 

  • Evaluation Period (Feb 1st to Apr 15th, 2018)

Applications will be reviewed continuously by the organizing committee. Projects selected will be offered the opportunity for mentorship and one-on-one counseling for the competition event.

  • Paired Challenge (Mar 1st to Apr 15th, 2018)

Projects selected and their mentors will be invited to participate in online company-company presentation challenge event.  Companies will be paired and take turns challenging each other’s business plans at this event. One company challenges the other, then the other way around. Company performance at this challenge event will form the basis for further selection.

  • Presentation and Award (May 26th, 2018)

The top 10 projects will be invited to participate the presentation and award event in Stockholm. A panel of external judges will evaluate plans and presentations with the prices awarded at the event.

 

  • Innovation Track

In the innovation track, participants are invited to submit project proposals no later than Apr 30th, 2018. Brief summaries of all project proposals will be distributed to relevant life science enterprises and research organizations in Suzhou by Suzhou Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (SHRSSB). ​​ There will also be technical upgrade intentions raised by life-science companies in Suzhou published on the official website and call for technical solution proposals. The Organizing Committee will assist with negotiations and provide the platform for both parties to establish cooperation.

 

  1. Awards and Policies

 

  • For all registered participants for both venture competition and innovation fair track.

All applicants will be registered by the Suzhou City in their Human Resources Bank.  Qualified projects will be invited to attend the Venture Week in Suzhou July 2018, when the participates will have an opportunity to visit different business incubators in Suzhou and be introduced to local venture capital investors. The government of Suzhou will provide accommodation free-of-charge together with a subsidy of USD 500 dollar towards travel expenses.

  • Winners of the Venture Cup

The European Life-Science Venture Cup competition will award 10 prizes together with certificates of participation to all presenting companies. One representative for each project will be invited to attend the final competition in Stockholm, Sweden. The organizers will provide a travel subsidy of EUR 200 for participants from the Nordic countries, and no more than EUR 300 euros for participants from other countries, food and accommodation will also be covered by the organizers.

  • First, second and the third prize winners

The European Life-Science Venture Cup Competition prizes are:

First prize: 50 000 CNY (awarded to one project)

Second prize: 30 000 CNY (awarded to two projects)

Third prize: 10 000 CNY (awarded to three projects)
First, second and third prize winners have an opportunity to apply for up to 10 million CNY of government-controlled venture capital investment; up to 5 million CNY of secured financing loans; and an allowance of 300,000 CNY for R&D. Winners who choose to reside in Suzhou will be granted residence permit. They and their family members will also receive the same privileges as citizens for medical care, housing and school enrollment for their children.
Winners of the first, second and the third prizes are qualified to attend the “Win in Suzhou” Venture Contest for International Elites Final (July 2018 in Suzhou during “Venture Week in Suzhou”) competition.

More information is available on the official website: www.LSciVentureCup.com

Again,

To register, click  www.LSciVenetureCup.com,  Or you can download the form, fill in and send to contact@LSciVentureCup.com  , or  ncaie@hotmail.com.

Telephone: 0046700226288.

 

Text/Photo by Xuefei Chen Axelsson

2018“赢在苏州”国际创客大赛(全欧生物医药专场)启动仪式在斯京举行

2018’s Sjöberg Prize awarded for unique treatment that cures a once fatal cancer

ByXuefei Chen Axelsson

Stockholm, Feb. 6 (Greenpost)–The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2018 to

Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China,Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur and Inserm, Paris, France andHugues de Thé, Collège de France, Paris, France“for the clarification of molecular mechanisms and the development of a revolutionary treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.”

The Sjöberg Prize 2018, worth one million US dollars, is awarded to cancer researchers Zhu ChenAnne Dejean and Hugues de Thé. They have succeeded in curing one of the deadliest forms of cancer using a unique treatment method that is based on arsenic and retinoic acid. This method shows how cancer treatment is becoming more targeted as we learn more about the mechanisms responsible for the disease.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2018 toZhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China,Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur and Inserm, Paris, France andHugues de Thé, Collège de France, Paris, France“for the clarification of molecular mechanisms and the development of a revolutionary treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.”

Using the treatments available in the 1980s, more than 75 per cent of patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia died within two years. With the current treatment, nine out of ten patients are cured. Illustration: Mattias Karlén, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Using the treatments available in the 1980s, more than 75 per cent of patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia died within two years. With the current treatment, nine out of ten patients are cured. Illustration: Mattias Karlén, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

This year’s Sjöberg Laureates have developed a new and targeted treatment for a specific form of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukaemia. It was once one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but it is now possible to cure nine out of ten patients who receive the new treatment.

The treatment is unique because it is the first standard treatment for acute leukaemia that does not include chemotherapy. Instead, a combination treatment is used, which consists of a form of vitamin A, “all-trans retinoic acid”, also called ATRA, along with arsenic trioxide.

The idea of using arsenic comes from traditional medicine, but this method has been scientifically tested and proven in this form. The Laureates have made this revolutionary development possible by methodically mapping the molecular mechanisms responsible for the disease. By identifying a specific genetic mutation and aiding the destruction of a faulty protein in specific cells, it was possible to stop the process that resulted in death for three out of four patients. This treatment means the cancer cells disappear because they lose the ability to renew themselves.

These discoveries have been made in stages since the 1980s, and the treatment’s effects have been confirmed in numerous scientific studies. In many countries, this treatment combination is now the first choice of treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.

The three Laureates remain very active in the field of cancer research. Anne Dejean now primarily dedicates her research to continuing her studies of liver cancer, and to investigating the significance of protein modification in how cancer develops. Hugues de Thé is interested in the potential for producing treatment methods for cancer that combine stimulating the cancer cells’ maturation and blocking their ability to renew themselves, while Zhu Chen is investigating genetic and molecular changes in other forms of leukaemia.

The hope is that the Sjöberg Prize, which mainly comprises research funding, will pave the way for further progress, leading to cures for more forms of cancer.

“It is really a great honour for me to share with Dr. de Thé and Dr. Dejean the prestigious 2018 Sjöberg Prize, which recognises important contributions to cancer research,” says Professor Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“This prize means not only the glory, but even more importantly a responsibility, a responsibility for me, my team and our collaborators to continue efforts in the understanding of disease mechanisms of other types of haematological malignancies and to develop innovative, effective therapeutic strategies against those diseases through collaboration with other partners,” Professor Zhu Chen concludes.

Anne Dejean, Professor at Institut Pasteur and Research Director at Inserm, comments on the Prize:

“I feel deeply honoured and, at the same time, very privileged to join the company of the prior recipients, whom I hold in great esteem.”

“This is a wonderful recognition of our contribution to the understanding of the molecular and cellular basis for a severe form of leukemia and its efficient cure, that will foster future development of highly effective oncogene-targeted therapies founded on similar approaches.”

Hugues de Thé, Professor at Collège de France:

“This is the recognition of thirty years of work that ends up in daily clinical practice, as well as more than twenty years of tight collaboration and friendship with the Chinese group.

“This prize also recognizes a certain vision of medicine, shared with Zhu Chen, that is based on curiosity and goes from clinical observations, uncompromising basic science and feedback, to patient care. Freedom to search is one of the founding values of Collège de France, my home institution.”

The Laureates

Zhu Chen, Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Ph.D. in 1989 from Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris Diderot University, France. Born in 1953 in Shanghai, China.
Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Anne Dejean, Professor at Institut Pasteur and Research Director at Inserm, Paris, France, Ph.D. in 1983 from Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Born in 1957 in  Cholet, France.
Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur

Hugues de Thé, Professor at Collège de France, Paris, France, Ph.D. in 1989 from Université Paris VI, France. Born in 1959 in Marseille, France.
Hugues de Thé, Collège de France

Further information about the prize

The prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and funded by the Sjöberg Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2016 by businessman Bengt Sjöberg, who donated two billion Swedish krona for the purpose of promoting scientific research that focuses on cancer, health and the environment.

 

China International Import Expo CIIE to be held in Shanghai on Nov. 5-10

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 30 (Greenpost) — China International Import Expo is to be held in Shanghai during November 5-10, 2018, said Wang Dongtang, Deputy Director General of Department of Foreign Trade of Ministry of Commerce.

He made the remark during a presentation in Stockholm about the November expo.

Wang said it was Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the expo during last year’s belt and road summit in Beijing. The purpose is to provide chances for foreign exporters to sell in China.

China will invite all the buyers home and abroad to attend the expo and buy the products and services in order to balance the Sino-foreign trade.

Wang said the expo will provide a good platform for the important exporters and importers to make a deal efficiently to balance the world trade.

Han Xiaodong, Chinese counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy in Sweden said it was for the first time that Swedish export to China to reach surplus in 2017.  This means Swedish products are welcomed in China.

Elizabeth Soderstrom, Secretary General of Sweden-China Trade Council also attended the presentation and express good luck to the expo.

Over a hundred entrepreneurs, CEOs and government attended the route presentation of China International Import Expo.

Photo&Text  Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Two legendary climate researchers receive this year’s Crafoord Prize

Syukuro Manabe and Susan Solomon have played dominant roles in climate research. They are being rewarded with Sweden’s Crafoord Prize in Geosciences 2018, worth six million kronor, for contributing decisive knowledge to aid in combatting of one of our time’s greatest global challenges.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will award the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences to:

Syukuro Manabe, Princeton University, USA

and

Susan Salomon, MIT, USA

for fundamental contributions to understanding the role of atmospheric trace gases in Earth’s climate system”.

Atmospheric physicist Syukoro Manabe created the first global climate model after his ground-breaking studies of atmospheric dynamics in the 1960s. In this model, he connected the processes that take place in the atmosphere and at ground level with the oceans’ movements and their thermal balance. This new way of using large-scale numerical modelling to predict how the Earth’s temperature is influenced by atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was a major breakthrough; researchers finally had the powerful tools they required to investigate the Earth’s complex climate systems. The basics of his work remain fundamental to contemporary climate models.

Syukoro Manabe has long been a world-leader in physically based numerical climate modelling and his development of the first global climate model is the foundation for all modern climate research.
Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon solved the 1980s’ puzzle of the Antarctic ozone hole’s appearance, using theoretical and chemical measurement-focused studies in the Antarctic atmosphere. She examined the ice crystals in the stratospheric clouds that form there every year due to the extreme cold. These ice crystals cause the initiation of chemical processes that differ from those that were previously assumed to occur. On this basis, Susan Solomon presented a theory that explained the link between manmade CFC emissions and the chemical processes taking place in the Antarctic stratosphere in the early spring, ones that led to the extensive depletion of its ozone layer. Her theory was verified by the results of the measurements conducted in the stratosphere. Later, Susan Solomon showed how the thickness of the ozone layer in the southern hemisphere affects atmospheric flows and temperatures all the way down to ground level.

For more than 30 years, Susan Solomon’s studies have been at the absolute frontline of research into the ozone layer and its role in the Earth’s climate systems. The chemical reactions proposed by Susan Solomon are now one of the cornerstones for all modelling of the stratosphere’s chemical composition.

The Laureates

Syukuro Manabe, senior meteorologist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program (AOS), Princeton University, NJ, USA. Born 1931.

https://aos.princeton.edu/people/syukuro-manabe

Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. Born 1956.

https://eapsweb.mit.edu/people/solos/bio

Long Yuxiang Meets SCEA President Zhang Qiaozhen in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 16(Greenpost)—Visiting CPPCC member and Executive Director of China International Cultural Communication Center Long Yuxiang has met Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in Stockholm on Jan. 13, 2018. They have exchanged ideas on promoting cooperation between China and Sweden in cultural, economic and sports sectors especially in ice hockey.

Zhang Qiaozhen has expressed warm welcome and deep gratitude  to Long Yuxiang’s visit. She said that SCEA is an information exchange platform for Swedish and Chinese entrepreneurs and was established on November  2015.  It mainly focuses on  environmental protection, energy saving technology, clean energy, biomedicine, life science, electronic information etc.

Zhang Qiaozhen said SCEA will try its best to provide a friendship bridge across the border and cultures between the two sides. It is a platform for scientific research, finance, trade and talented people. In the areas of  winter sports in particular ice hockey, China has made a great leap forward development in recent years and are looking forward to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Zhang said SCEA hopes to be able to join hands with China International Cultural Communication Center to do its best in ice hockey cooperation and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Long Yuxiang has thanked Zhang Qiaozhen for her contribution in pushing forward  exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. He said Sweden is an important country in Europe and the largest country in Nordic region. It has advanced economic and technological development. Its Swedish Model in social governance is well-known in the world.

Long said Sino-Swedish friendship has had a long history and Sweden is the first western country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with China.  In recent years, Sino-Swedish relations developed steadily and cooperation in various fields are deepened. As an important window for China to conduct cultural exchange with foreign countries, China International Cultural Communication Center has been engaged in making national cultural brand, holding the responsibility of attracting foreign culture towards the future, and established friendly relations with 130 countries in the world.

“President Xi Jinping has paid important attention to ice hockey development and made a series of directories for hosting 2022 winter Olympics. Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club was established on June 25, 2016 witnessed by both Chinese and Russian Presidents. It symbolizes the birth of the first Chinese World class Ice Hockey Club. Since its establishment, it has seriously implemented Xi Jinping’s important mandate in order to promote Chinese Ice Hockey team to achieve excellent achievements in Winter Olympics. It has made great progress in improving Chinese ice hockey teams’ overall level. It also takes “belt and road” initiative as its mission to promote sports and culture exchanges. ”

Long Yuxiang said his center is more than willing to exchange and cooperate with Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in promoting bilateral cultural , economic and sports especially ice hockey exchange and cooperation.

Yue Xinyu, founder of Beijing Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club, Zhang Shouting, Nordic Sustainable Development Association, Zhang Shaobin, President of Shenzhen Kong Wah Real Estate Group, Zhang Shenhua, President of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Rongtai Investment AB were also present at the meeting.

Photo/text Xuefei Chen Axelsson

SIPRI Expert on chances and challenges on cooperation of Ice Silk Road

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 11(Greenpost)– Chinese President Xi Jinping has put up forward a proposal about cooperation in Ice Silk Road along arctic routes as the ice in the arctic is melting faster and faster.

Greenpost has a chance to have a  written interview with Ekaterina Klimenko, Researcher and SIPRI expert on Arctic Security. The following is the Q & A.

1.     What are the chances and challenges in the cooperation of this ice Silk Road, or Northern Sea Route for China?

 Traditionally, Russia has been reluctant to allow non-Arctic states to play a strong role in Arctic region, including in economic projects. However, a number of factors have shifted Russia’s policies, among them significant shifts in the world energy markets and sanctions. This allowed for great China’s involvement, first of all, into oil and gas development in the Russia Arctic zone. Moscow and Beijing has significantly expended Chian’s investments in to the joint project on the Yamal peninsular, Yamal LNG.

 The Russian government officials and the President Putin personally have on a number of occasions encourages Asian partners, and China in particular, to look at the Northern Sea Route as a possible alternative shipping route. However, over the last couple years China, and other Asian states, is also seen as investors into the construction of the NSR infrastructure. E.g. in a Joint Statement signed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Medvedev in December 2015, it was highlighted that the two sides would cooperate in developing the NSR into a competitive commercial sea route in the future. On several occasions Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s State Commission for Arctic Development, has mentioned that Russia and China are discussing cooperation on the NSR.

 Among the major challenges at the moment remains the fact that the Russian Government has still not defined the future of many infrastructure projects along the NSR. It is therefore unclear whether any of the projects will actually be implemented. Thus, despite the evident enthusiasm of Russian officials for fostering Chinese participation in infrastructure projects, this type of cooperation remains ‘on paper’ and does not go further than official statements and signed MOUs.

2.     How will this affect the Arctic countries?

It is too early to say at the moment how Russia China cooperation on the Northern Sea Route would affect the other Arctic states, as there is not much progress with it. I think we will see much more in the next 5-10 years.

 3.     How will it affect the environment?

Expansion of any economic activity in the Arctic brings the risks for environment. Growing shipping along the NSR, especially shipping of hydrocarbons creates significant risks for oil spills.

 4.     How can China participate in projects along the route?

 We have already 2 examples of how China can participate in the projects: the construction of the Belkomur railway and the deep-water harbour in Arkhangelsk. In 2015 Chinese Poly Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to invest in the development of the Belkomur railway and in the future to be responsible for its operation. . The project is believed to have a cost frame of more than 200 billion roubles (€2.67 billion). Poly Technologies has reportedly also expressed an interest in participating in construction of the new deep-water harbour in Arkhangelsk.[1]

I think we will see more of this type of partnerships.

Thank you. 

 

Top story: China-Sweden 2017 The Belt and Road Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Chinese Medicine Forum held in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM,  Nov. 25 (Greenpost) —  China-Sweden 2017 The Belt and Road Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Chinese Medicine Forum was held in Stockholm on Saturday.  Over 100 Chinese medicine and Acupuncuture-Moxibustion experts and practitioners participated in the forum.

Gui Congyou, Chinese Ambassador to Sweden spoke at the opening ceremony.  Photo by Lyu Cheng.

Gui said Chinese President Xi Jinping has pointed out in his 19th CPC National Congress report that China should insist on paying attention to both Chinese and western medicine, carrying forward Chinese Medicine. Xi stressed that people should take Belt and Road Initiative as a key starting point to introduce western expertise to China  and go out to discuss further cooperation with the west, consolidating innovation capability and opening up for cooperation to form an all dimension opening up pattern  along both land and sea routes.

Gui said Chinese Medicine is one of the finest parts of Chinese culture and an important part of  exchanges between China and countries along Belt and Road Initiative routes.  It is conducive to communicating with the people of those countries.

Chinese medicine is an important part of Chinese health cause and can be a good reference for people’s health demand. There is a great potential for Chinese medicine to develop.  He hopes that this forum will push forward Sino-Swedish Traditional Chinese Medicine  cooperation into a new stage.

Liu Baoyan, Chairman of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies said the forum today is particularly important when China actively advocates strengthening China-Nordic cooperation and promoting the development plan of “the Belt and Road“.

Today over 180 countries are beginning to use TCM. In recent years, we have established 16 overseas TCM centers along “the Belt and Road”.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has also signed agreements about TCM with over 80 countries along “the Belt and Road”. More than 13,000 international students come to China each year to study TCM.

At present, there are over 200,000 acupuncturists working in the countries along “the Belt and Road”, and some of these them are local persons. Meanwhile, more than 30 countries now have hundreds of training institutes, centers, schools and so on.
Acupuncture-Moxibustion is the essence of core of TCM. In 2010, acupuncture-moxibustion was included in the list of representatives of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage and became the intangible cultural heritage of the world. Acupuncture-Moxibustion widely used in various countries, it can be said in more than 180 countries so-called TCM applications is mainly acupuncture-moxibustion. WFAS is an international joint organization for acupuncture-moxibustion in dozens of countries. Over 30 years ago, WFAS has include nearly 200 societies in more than 50 countries. There are already more than 90 societies that are along “the Belt and Road”.

“Last year, we held a conference in Sweden which is “the Belt and Road” promotion for Acupuncture-Moxibustion. We also made some exchanges and trainings on the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of TCM acupuncture–moxibustion. Now we will confirm that Young’s Acupuncture and TCM (Sweden) Research Institute, as the Swedish “the Belt and Road” TCM Acupuncture-Moxibustion Joint Education Base, works closely with Swedish medical research institutes such as Karolinska Institute. I believe they will make greater contribution at clinical practice, education and scientific research of acupuncture-moxibustion and TCM. The base will also research new medicine and develop new technology by combination of TCM and Western medicine. I believe the base will contribute powerful force for the Swedish people and the world people’s health, ” said Liu.
It is the common vision of all of us to inherit the venerable history and cultural traditions of TCM, to carry forward and improve TCM, and to make benefits to human health. Let us work together, to make greater contribution for the countries along “the Belt and Road” by acupuncture-moxibustion and TCM.

The Forum was presided over by Yang Chungui, Presient of Acupuncture Science Association Sweden .

Hanna Angerud, Chairwoman of Swedish Acupuncture Association talked about promotion of Acupuncture Legislation.

Professor Liao Fulong spoke at the opening ceremony. He marked that Chinese Nobel Winner in Medicine Tu Youyou is a good example of the combination between Chinese and western medicine.

Professor Liu Baoyan,  Yang Chungui, President of Acupuncture Science Association Sweden and Dean of Yangs Acupuncture and TCM Institute Sweden and Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou opens the Belt and Road Joint Education Base on Acupuncture-Moxibustion-Sweden.

Yang Chungui presented certificates to the experts of Yangs Acupuncture & TCM Institute Sweden.

Liu Baoyan present certificates to the experts of Joint Education Base in Sweden.

President Yang declared the establishment of the Assessment Board of International Acupuncture Doctor Test.

In the afternoon, Gustav Foghammar, Consultant Psychiatrist of Karolinska Hospital talked about etablising a new medical platform of integrated Western & Traditional Chinese Medicine for Treatment of Pain and Fatigue. Foghammar said he knew TCM many years ago when he was sent to participate in a TCM meeting and had access to Chinese Medicine. Since then he even use TCM in his psychiatrist field and he himself often experiences the acupuncture.

DoctorZhang Hongxia presented what she is studying about– the Application of Medical Information in Clinic Medicine and Research.

Wang Jingjing presented Acupuncture Treatment on Pain and Psychosomatic Disease.

Professor Liao Fulong presented his discovery in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Investigated from the Angle of Microcirculation and Biomechanopharmacology.

Professor Wu Hanqing presented TCM Triangular Needling Method for Soft Tissue and Bone Disorders.

Professor Wu Hanqing also did treatment for some patients while teaching some young doctors.

TCM Doctor Zhang Dongqing presented his clinic experience of Acupuncture agaisnt irritable Bowel Syndrome in Sweden.  TCM Doctor Yang Chungui presented his exploration and practice of Yangs Yi Gong Acupuncture in Chinese and Western Medicine.

Lin Defeng talked about Burning Acupuncture against pain and Li Jian presented his application of modern medicine and TCM on the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

About 100 TCM doctors, experts and practitioners from China, Sweden, US and other European countries participated in the world-level forum. Han Xiaodong, Counselor of Commerce and Pu Zhengdong, Counselor of Culture from the Chinese Embassy also attended the opening ceremony.

Text/Xuefei Chen Axelsson, Photo/ Li Yanan, Lyu Cheng.

 

 

First Sweden-China Entrepreneur Conference held in Shenzhen fruitful

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 20(Greenpost)—The first Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Match Making seminar held in Shen Zhen on Nov. 17 was very fruitful.

 

Many Swedish companies including Nordic Innovation Center,  Bayn Europe AB and Highlands Uptown AB and Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association have presented their companies, met their Chinese counterparts and signed agreements with them for future cooperation.

At the forum focusing on belt and road initiative, Gao Sinuo, Shenzhen Investment Promotion Agency said that Shenzhen is an innovative and open city and the bridge in connection to the outside world. Shenzhen is a cosmopolitan with greatest potential to invest.

Patrik Edström from Bayn Europe AB said his company is engaged in studying sugar reduction solutions at various chain. It was established in 2009 and was in public listing in Nasdaq in 2014.

Anders Berg, CEO of Highlander Uptown AB said they are going to build a financial IT platform and can help financial institutions to lower their cost by 90 percent and give good returns for private savings.

Agreements signed during the conference

Three agreements have been signed during the Swedan China Entrepreneur meeting.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Zhang Kao, Secretary of Huaya Center signed MOU, Patrik Edström of Bayn Europe AB signed agreement with Zhang Luping, General Manager of Kongwah Real Estate Group on studying of sugar reduction.

Leif Anders Berg signed agreement with Zhang Shenhua, President  of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund Management Co.ltd.

Zhang Qiaozhen thinks this signing of agreements between Swedish and Chinese enterprises is due to  a two year efforts. Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Bayn Europe AB signed agreement to cooperate in lowering sugar for good health. Karolinska Cancer research project and Finteck Financial management project have been a sign that the two projects have been in contact and cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.

Trade talks between the two sides

Ai Xuefeng, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen led his colleagues Qiu Xuan, Gao Lin, Sun Huaizhong, Wang Youming and Chen Guangwen from Shenzhen government came to talk with the Swedish companies led by Olle Zetterberg, Director of Business Sweden, Ulf Borbos of North European Innovation Center, Leif Anders from Highlander Uptown AB, Zhang Qiaozhen , President of  Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Kongwah Real Estate Group.

Ai Xuefeng made an introduction about Shenzhen’s economic development and its strategic role in belt and road initiative.

He welcome Swedish entrepreneurs to invest in Shenzhen.

Olle Zetterberg said he was very  glad to come to beautiful Shenzhen and willing to cooperate with China. Sweden has a lot of high tech which can have great potential in China. Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association gave us a good beginning in bringing Swedish technology into China.

Zhang Qiaozhen held that although Sweden is the first country that established diplomatic relations with China, due to historical and cultural differences, there is still lack of understanding between the two sides. That is why Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association came into being. Its headquarter is in Stockholm. Over the past two years, the association is engaged in projects in high-tech, environmental protection, energy saving, clean energy and electronics. So far it has helped 105 high-tech enterprises and provided incubation platform for dozens of companies.

Thanks to the Chinese government’s free booth of High-Tech fair, Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association help many enterprises to attend this exhibition. Her association will continue to  exert an important role in providing good bridge for the two sides.

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On Nov.18, Zetterberg and other Nordic Entrepreneurs were invited to visit the headquarters of the Kongwah Real Estate Group which covers a total of 30 thousand square meters in 16 storeys. The two sides discussed the establishment of Shenzhen Nordic Innovation Center and Incubator.

Zhang Luping also presented the company’s development plan and structure,hoping more European High-Tech enterprises can end up in Shenzhen.

Translated and edited by Xuefei Chen Axelsson.  Photo by Mao Zhiliang .

Chinese Special Series–Fast train can benefit the whole world

Stockholm, Nov. 12(Greenpost) — When China built fast train in 2008, I was astonished by Chinese accurate drivers and fantastic services in the Hexiehao or Harmony Train.

I used to take more than 8 hours from Beijing to Jinzhou by train. Now I fly back from Stockholm to Beijing by airplane through 8.5 hours. So sometimes I jokingly said that Stockholm is my backyard garden from my Beijing home.

This summer we went back to Beijing again.  Surprisingly it only takes half an hour from Beijing to Tianjin and only four and half hours from Tianjin to Shanghai. It used to take 12 hours.

We travelled around half of China from Tianjin to Shanghai, from Shanghai to Suzhou, just half an hour. From Suzhou to Beijing it just took four and half hours. From Shenyang to Dalian it only takes two hours. From Dalian to Jinzhou, it also jus took two hours.

There is wifi in the waiting room in Jinzhou Station and it was terribly clean and nice.  People can buy all kinds of snacks from all over China and people don’t have to be so crowded as before.

From the very beginning, I supported the idea of developing the fast train. It is absolutely great! People think it is expansive, but it is not expansive if people consider the overall benefit it brings to the society, to the business and to people’s health as well as wellbeing.

I strongly suggest Sweden build fast train. Maybe it is a better idea to join hands with Denmark and Norway to build fast train from north to south. Think of Chinese train from Harbin to Dalian, just five hours.  It is just perfect.

Think of people taking train just from Oslo to Denmark via Stockholm or surrounding Solna or Uppsala just by four hours or from Oslo to Stockholm just one hour! It will bring a lot of human flow and it will bring a lot of vitality to our economy and people’s spirit.

Sweden has been very proud of its Tunnelbana because it starts from 1940s and the train has been very good in capacity. But now it need improvement.

I suggest Sweden use Chinese fast train technology and workers.  We shall benefit from it in the long run!

Now I do think Chinese fast train is the best in the world!

Solvatten–An Innovative Tool to Achieve Climate and Development Goals 

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov.7(Greenpost)– Climate change is a reality and people from developing countries – specially women and children – are suffering the most. How can technology support governments to overcome these challenges?  Getting ready for the future. Credit: Solvatten. 

Here we have an interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidade and David Wadström focusing on an innovation called Solvatten.  The following is the details of Q and A.

Hej, David! Thanks for having me here! Can you tell me more about Solvatten?
Hej Analice! Sure! Solvatten – which means “Sun Water” in Swedish – is a jerry can that uses solar energy to purify contaminated water. After a few hours exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically UV-B, the water is free from the pathogens that cause diseases such as dysentery, salmonella and cholera. We created a durable design that stands intense heat and sunlight for many years and it has the capacity to process up to 40 liters of water per day, all we need is sunshine!

Sounds very promising! And how is Solvatten addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change?
Billions of people still use firewood to cook, heat and boil water in order to make it cleaner. There are numerous social and environmental consequences of this practice; for instance, burning firewood causes harmful indoor air pollution, releases greenhouse gas emissions, and impact the lives of many girls and women who need to walk dozens of miles every day to fetch water and firewood.
A typical household used to spend up to three hours a day to generate energy to water needs. Solvatten saves time and allow people to pursue more economically productive activities. Additionally, decreasing firewood burns is beneficial to both the household’s members as well as the trees in the local environment.

In which ways is Solvatten supporting governments and organizations to achieve their climate and development goals?
Solvatten is both a short and long-term solution. In the short term, Solvatten is a powerful relief tool for communities affected by natural disasters. Governments and International Organizations can use Solvatten in areas suffering from water contamination. In the long-term, Solvatten has been proven to be a change maker: it empowers women, increases girls’ attendance in schools, changes hygienic behaviors, and transforms its users into true climate heroes! Families have saved thousands of hectares of forest and a million trees by using Solvatten. That is real climate Action!
 

Solvatten works with governments but also green-minded companies, please tell me more about that? 
We work in partnership with governments, local organizations and corporations to provide Solvatten to millions of people living off-grid. Since 2007, we have initiated 45 projects reaching out over 300.000 people living in more than 20 developing countries. For instance, the Solvatten CSR and Climate Project provides companies and partners an opportunity to connect social and environmental impact with their business needs. An increased use of Solvatten can also improve the way a responsible company is doing business in East Africa and other emerging markets. It can really add value to their supply chains in agro-business. 

 

Can you give me an example of a successful partnership? 
Yes, good examples are the partnerships we have with sugar and coffee grower cooperatives. Solvatten plays a key role in improving the farmer’s lives at the same time it can be a practical way to offset the carbon emissions that the business contributes to. Solvatten is also being used by corporations like Axfood, International Organization such as the UN-Habitat, and environmental foundations like myclimate. 

 

It’s really inspiring! Now, to finalize, what is your biggest dream? 

My dream is to live in a world where everyone has access to safe and clean water, just as we do here in Sweden. I also hope that Solvatten shall inspire other entrepreneurs and innovators to raise their voice and come up with great solutions to address climate change! 

New antibiotic resistance genes found in research at Chalmers University of Technology

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 16(Greenpost) — Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics. The genes were found by searching large volumes of bacterial DNA and the results are published in the scientific journal Microbiome.

The increasing number of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a rapidly growing global problem. Disease-causing bacteria become resistant through mutations of their own DNA or by acquiring resistance genes from other, often harmless, bacteria.

By analysing large volumes of DNA data, the researchers found 76 new types of resistance genes. Several of these genes can provide bacteria with the ability to degrade carbapenems, our most powerful class of antibiotics used to treat multi-resistant bacteria.

“Our study shows that there are lots of unknown resistance genes. Knowledge about these genes makes it possible to more effectively find and hopefully tackle new forms of multi-resistant bacteria”, says Erik Kristiansson, Professor in biostatistics at Chalmers University of Technology and principal investigator of the study.

“The more we know about how bacteria can defend themselves against antibiotics, the better are our odds for developing effective, new drugs”, explains co-author Joakim Larsson, Professor in environmental pharmacology and Director of the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research at the University of Gothenburg.

The researchers identified the novel genes by analysing DNA sequences from bacteria collected from humans and various environments from all over the world.

“Resistance genes are often very rare, and a lot of DNA data needs to be examined before a new gene can be found”, Kristiansson says.

Identifying a resistance gene is also challenging if it has not previously been encountered. The research group solved this by developing new computational methods to find patterns in DNA that are associated with antibiotic resistance. By testing the genes they identified in the laboratory, they could then prove that their predictions were correct.

“Our methods are very efficient and can search for the specific patterns of novel resistance genes in large volumes of DNA sequence data,” says Fanny Berglund, a PhD student in the research group.

The next step for the research groups is to search for genes that provide resistance to other forms of antibiotics.

“The novel genes we discovered are only the tip of the iceberg. There are still many unidentified antibiotic resistance genes that could become major global health problems in the future,” Kristiansson says.