Interview with Greenpost.se Xuefei Chen Axelsson interviews Zhai Yuhu after Hebei promotion event.
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Interview with Greenpost.se Xuefei Chen Axelsson interviews Zhai Yuhu after Hebei promotion event.
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The Tourism Development Committee of Hebei Province in association with the Chinese embassy in Helsinki and Visit Finland organised the tourism promotion conference.
The conference was held marking the year 2018 as the EU-China tourism year aimed at promoting the less-known tourist destinations in a proactive way.
Similar to Finland, Hebei Province also enjoys great sightseeing and snow sport activities in winter. The province is an internationally renowned ice and snow sports and tourism resort in China. It has more than 80 skiing resorts, of which the largest one covers about 156 kilometres. In the 2017-2018 snow season the area received as many as 2.741 million visitors.
In an interview with Greenpost, Zhai Yuhu said that Finland has long been known as an experienced country in ice and snow activities and sports, Hebei Tourism Development Committee likes to learn from Finland. Besides, the province also aims at knowing more about winter sports equipment from Finnish companies to elevate itself to the international level in terms of manufacturing them.
Zhai Yu Hu said that Hebei has similar geographical features as Finland, having great forests and a large number of lakes. Embracing the capital city of Beijing and other neighbouring municipalities and facing the Bohai Sea with a 487km coastal line, Hebei Province enjoys great advantages in attracting tourists.
The province has a variety of top tourism attractions, from the famous Great Wall, world-recognised geological parks and national reserves to the thousand-year historical complex of imperial gardens, ancient palaces and graveyards and temples, it is really worthwhile to visit, said Zhai Yu Hu.
Apart from a tourism promotion framework, Hebei also has a trade facilitation policy that allows 144-hour visa-free transit for visitors from 53 countries and tax rebate on shopping departures for overseas tourists. A new international airport near Hebei province will open to operation next year to facilitate travel.
Guo Xiaoguang, Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Helsinki also spoke at the conference. He said China and Finland are really not far away from each other because there is only one country between the two countries, that is Russia.
Guo said that tourism is the best means to increase mutual understanding between the two countries. Therefore, the Chinese embassy to Finland also acts as a bridge between the agencies and companies of Finland and China in accelerating tourism cooperation.
To date, the Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has launched five direct flights from Helsinki to five different cities in China, thereby considerably increasing the number of Finnish tourists to China in recent years, while also adding a large number of Chinese visitors to Finland. Guo again and again introduced Hebei’s famous tourist destinations and warmly welcome Finnish tourists to visit Hebei.
The official tourism promotion board, Visit Finland representative Teemu Ahola, said currently Finnish officials are in China discussing further cooperation between China and Finland in snow sports in 2019 based on Xi jinping’s last year’s visit result. In December this year, Finland will go to Zhangjiakou to organise an opening event of the Winter Olympics 2022, which might become a good opportunity for promoting cooperation in sports and tourism between the two countries.
In an interview with Greenpost, Teemu Ahola said China is the fifth largest tourism market for Finnish tourism industry. They really like to tap the great potential of it and will organize promotion activities in China too.
During the promotion conference, the two sides also signed further agreements in deeper cooperation in the future.
About 100 people attended the event.
The Ministry of the Interior is carrying out a project which aims to improve referral to services and cooperation between authorities, NGOs and religious communities.
“Every public official or authority who receives a tip-off about a radicalised person should have the channel and networks through which the person can be referred to the right services. Nobody should think that “this is not my business” and ignore the matter. Cooperation, trust and partnerships must be built before any ‘crisis’ occur,” says Milla Perukangas.
The project for improving the referral of radicalised persons to services was launched following the terrorist attack in Turku. The authorities had been warned of the man who then later stabbed several people in Turku. However, no measures were taken against him at the time because it was assessed that he would pose only a minor threat and the police had neither means nor opportunities to intervene in his actions. He was not referred to other relevant services, and therefore, his radicalisation continued up until the point where he committed a terrorist act. The report issued in June 2018 by the investigation team looking into the Turku stabbings states that in order to prevent radicalisation we need long-term measures covering the whole country and clear procedures.
The multiprofessional early intervention model — Anchor model — focuses on young people who act out by means of criminal behaviour. The aim of Anchor activities is to break the cycle of their criminal behaviour. Since 2016, the Anchor model has also been used to prevent radicalisation as decided in the National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism. Through Anchor activities, there is a direct link to municipal services. A multiprofessional Anchor team is made up of a police officer, a social worker, a psychiatric nurse and, in some parts of Finland, even a youth worker.
“In addition to those involved in Anchor activities, NGOs and communities play a significant role in the preventive work. Customers often find it easier to trust NGOs and communities than authorities. Local communities can help to reach out to those in a vulnerable position and guide them to the right services before they get involved in violent activities, for example. Extremist movements often offer individuals a community where they can belong and give them a purpose which they can promote and thus feel included. Religious communities, for example, are a resource which should not be underestimated. They can reach people who are in the middle of a crisis, and they are prepared to support people and stand by them as well as provide psychosocial support. The authorities do not always have enough knowledge or understanding of different religions, which is often necessary in this work,” says Milla.
After the stabbings in Turku, the police have improved the processes within their own organisation. The aim is that all tip-offs received by the police will be dealt with in an appropriate manner. The prevention of violent radicalisation and extremism also calls for broader cooperation and a wider range of expertise.
The challenge is that different actors have no uniform practices or recommendations in place at the moment which would ensure referral to services. In addition, they are not necessarily able to identify the roles of other partners or recognise the added value of cooperation from the perspective of preventive work and their own activities. A lack of information is also a problem. It is possible that there are already procedures in place but not all key actors are aware of them. This may be due to the fact that all actors have not collaborated with each other before, and thus have not built up trust yet, or that they are not familiar with each other’s activities.
“As part of the project, I examine how referral to services has been arranged at the moment, how it works and what factors help or make it more difficult to refer people to the right services. I also interview actors involved (such as representatives of the police, municipalities and organisations providing services) in different cities, with the aim of identifying good practices which could also be utilised elsewhere.”
The report being prepared will examine the services provided by municipalities and cities. The key municipal services include health and social services, employment services and youth services. Violent radicalisation, social exclusion and acting out by means of criminal activities are all interlinked particularly when it comes to young people who are in a vulnerable position and/or at risk of becoming socially excluded. Young people are therefore an important target group because through successful preventive work it is possible to have a positive impact on their future.
A small group comprising representatives of the project’s steering group will make study visits abroad during summer 2018. The aim is to establish contacts and find out what we can learn from our international colleagues and what measures could possibly be implemented here in Finland, too.
“We will visit Denmark and the Netherlands, for example. Denmark has in place the Aarhus model, which is an excellent example of cooperation and mentoring between the police and municipalities. The model is already used throughout the country. Mentoring is also used within the framework of the Finnish Radinet (exit) network. Cooperation with religious communities is also important because there is so much prejudice associated with this theme. Such prejudices manifest themselves particularly in hate speech and make local communities more polarised. In Rotterdam, the Nerherlands, the group comprising representatives of the steering group will learn about the work with religious communities and organisations in particular, because our Dutch colleagues have a lot of experience in this field,” says Milla.
The aim is to draw up recommendations which can then be discussed with stakeholders in workshops to be arranged in the autumn. The report should be ready by the end of November.
“Hopefully we can make the necessary changes to the collaborative structures so that it would be easier to refer those at risk of becoming radicalised to the services they need. In the best case, this can prevent violent radicalisation and promote social inclusion. For the cooperation to be effective and for those in need to get the right services, I cannot emphasise enough how important trust is,” says Milla.
Milla currently works at the Ministry of the Interior on a fixed-term basis but she has a permanent position at Finn Church Aid (FCA), where she has worked with issues concerning the prevention of radicalisation, for example. She is very excited about her involvement in the project. After the project ends, the next step is to make sure that the recommendations will be used in practice.
“It is motivating to work at the Ministry of the Interior, which prepared the National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism in broad-based cooperation with NGOs and communities. What is most important about this work is working together,” stresses Milla.
The development of economic relations between the Nordic countries and India was the main theme in the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on Tuesday 17 April. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä also held a bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including negotiations on trade relations between Finland and India and on promoting investment and other cooperation.
“Finland’s exports to India have grown over the past few years. Prime Minister Modi and I noted that opportunities for cooperation between our two countries exist especially in sectors such as energy, satellites and education. We have agreed to deepen cooperation in these fields and will hold further negotiations on concrete projects at the level of public officials, Prime Minister Sipilä said.
“I first met Prime Minister Modi in 2016 in India in conjunction with the Team Finland trade mission to India. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it is important for Finland to continue fostering good economic relations with India. There are many opportunities for cooperation,” observed Sipilä.
In the meeting, Prime Minister Sipilä also raised the importance of free trade; indeed, negotiations on free trade and investment protection agreements are on-going between the EU and India. Sipilä also stressed the importance of international cooperation in regard to climate change and counter-terrorism.
India interested in Nordic solutions
The initiative for the India-Nordic Summit of the prime ministers of the Nordic countries and India was made by India. The premiers of all five Nordic countries attended in the summit.
In the summit, Prime Minister Sipilä held an introductory presentation on the impact of innovations, digitalisation and artificial intelligence on trade and commerce, jobs and economic growth worldwide.
During Prime Minister Modi‘s premiership, India’s infrastructure, economy and society have been modernised. Economic growth in India is forecast to continue to at a rate of over 7% both this and next year. Last year, the value of goods exports from Finland to India amounted to EUR 532 million and the value of imports was EUR 340 million. Finland’s main export products are machinery and equipment as well as paper and cardboard. In 2017, our services exports totalled EUR 747 million and services imports amounted to EUR 534 million.
Lakiklinikka.fi online service under the KIRA-digi Project offers legal advice to projects that promote digitalisation in the real estate and construction sector free of charge. Information is also collected on statutes that may complicate the digitalisation process. Lakiklinikka.fi service is provided by Lexia Attorneys Ltd.
Quite a unique experiment has been started in the Finnish central government as the Ministry of the Environment aims to develop legislation through a new kind of service concept. Lakiklinikka.fi collects feedback especially from those affected by the legislation.
What this means in practice is that those implementing the projects are asked whether they have encountered legal problems, what they were like, and how they were solved. The service offers legal advice as well.
“We wanted to try a new, more agile way of developing legislation, and got the idea of combining advisory service with legislative work. The advisory service attracts more users as it brings concrete benefits to those who ask questions. The more questions and legal problems we have in the advisory service, the better picture the Ministry will gain of the provisions that may complicate digitalisation. The model is now being tested for the first time, and feedback will be most welcome. We encourage everybody to use the service”, says Jaana Junnila, Senior Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of the Environment.
Open access to data – Lakiklinikka.fi summarises the state of playAll results of the advisory service and surveys are published on the Lakiklinikka.fi website. The questions to be published will be anonymous so that those who asked them cannot be identified. Everybody has access to open data – including various kinds of companies offering digital services.
Lakiklinikka.fi service for operators in real estate and construction business is constantly updated and supplement by data collected from the advisory service. Lakiklinikka.fi collects, classifies and analyses legal problems of the clients according to criteria such as topic and complexity.
“The task of a legal professional today is to serve as the client’s strategic partner. This is why the project is a unique opportunity for us to think about and analyse problems that come up and to promote the development of the real estate and construction business together with various stakeholders”, says Aleksi Lundén, Associate responsible for jurisprudence at Lexia Attorneys.
Lakiklinikka.fi also offers a platform for discussion and sharing information and expert views on legal matters. The project will continue until the end of 2018.
KIRA-digi support already to more than a hundred projectsThe Ministry of the Environment is preparing legislative amendments that will support digitalisation in the real estate and construction sectors as part of the Government’s key project. The KIRA-digi Project, which will continue until the end of 2018, looks for digital solutions to facilitate day-to-day operations in the real estate and construction sectors.
So far funding under the KIRA-digi Project has been granted to 104 experiments. A culture of experimentation is a key element in the Government’s key projects, which is also strongly reflected in the projects that have received KIRA-digi funding.
Experiences are collected from all experimental projects in order to construct a comprehensive picture of the most relevant legislative problems associated with digitalisation.
Indeed, this is a good way to make relevant legislation to the digitalisation problems.
STOCKHOLM, March 24(Greenpost)–Sunday 18 March will mark the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russian Federation. Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law.
“Finland’s support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty stands firm. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and continue the non-recognition policy of the annexation”, Foreign Minister Timo Soini notes.
Furthermore, Minister Soini expresses his concerns regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea.
“There are worrying reports that the human rights situation in Crimea is worsening. I urge Russia to investigate all violations, bring the perpetrators to justice and give international organisations unhindered access to the area.”
Minister Soini notes also the ongoing militarization of the peninsula with grave concern. The military build-up in Crimea will make the already difficult security situation even worse.
Finland fully aligns itself with the joint EU statement issued by High Representative Federica Mogherini on March 16.
Stockholm, 4 April 2017, (Greenpost)–At the invitation of President Sauli Niinistö, I have come to the Republic of Finland for a state visit, bringing with me the friendship of the Chinese people to the Finnish people. As this year marks the centenary of the independence of Finland, let me extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in my own name, warm congratulations and best wishes to the Finnish government and people.
Finland is known as the “land of a thousand lakes” and the “land of forests”. It is a land that has nurtured the “sisu” spirit with which the Finns have overcome the extremely challenging environment and all the difficulties, achieved national independence and prosperity and made admirable progress.
Despite the long distance between our two countries, the Chinese and Finnish people have a close bond. Finland is one of the first western countries to recognize and establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China and the first western country to sign an inter-governmental trade agreement with China. Over the past 67 years of diplomatic ties, the China-Finland relationship has enjoyed steady and sound growth despite the changing international landscape. It has set an example of friendship and win-win cooperation between countries that have different size, population, history, culture, social system and development level. In recent years, our cooperation in economy, trade, science and technology, environmental protection and people-to-people areas has been deepening, and our economic complementarity promises great space and potential for further economic cooperation and trade. Now as we are building and promoting a future-oriented new-type cooperative partnership, our relationship faces new development opportunities.
I look forward to meeting with President Sauli Niinistö, Speaker Maria Lohela and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, during which we will have in-depth exchange of views on China-Finland relations and other issues of shared interest and draw the blueprint for the growth of our relations. I’m confident that with the joint efforts of China and Finland, this visit will be a great success.
By Xuefei Chen Axelsson
STOCKHOLM, April. 5(Greenpost)– Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Helsinki on Tuesday evening for a state visit to Finland, accompanied by his spouse, Mrs Peng Liyuan.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Mrs Jenni Haukio, are hosting the visit. President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio will welcome their guests at an official ceremony in the Presidential Palace on Wednesday 5 April 2017.
The agenda for the state visit includes talks between the presidents and discussions between the delegations. Themes of the discussions will include political and economic relations between Finland and China and topical international affairs. A high-level delegation accompanies President Xi to Finland.
During his visit, President Xi will also meet with Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Maria Lohela and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö made an official visit to China in April 2013, during which he met with President Xi on Hainan Island. President Niinistö and President Xi last met bilaterally in The Hague, Netherlands, in March 2014. They also met in 2010, when Mr Xi visited Finland as Vice President of China and Mr Niinistö was the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament.
The first and only presidential visit made so far from China to Finland occurred in 1995, when President Jiang Zemin made a state visit to Finland.
Source, Office of Finnish President.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö participated in the Arctic Forum and a panel discussion, held in Arkhangelsk in Russia on 30 March 2017, with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia and Gudni Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland, according to office of the President of the Republic of Finland.
The discussion, held under the heading, “People and the Arctic,” highlighted the growing threat presented by climate change.
“Tackling this challenge is crucial if we want to ensure that the Arctic remains the place it is today. But the issue is of global significance: If we lose the Arctic, we lose the whole world.”
President Niinistö pointed out that, although the impacts are currently visible in the Arctic, they will ultimately affect each and every inhabitant of our planet. “There will be enormous consequences worldwide. As the ice melts, sea levels will rise. As the ice melts, solar radiation will not be reflected back – instead its energy will further warm the water and accelerate global warming.”
The President gave a separate mention to black carbon and its single largest source, gas flaring. Gas flaring accounts for a quarter of the rise in temperatures in the Arctic region. President Niinistö views this as being akin to burning money: “For a lay man that is almost impossible to understand. In 2015 flaring amounted to almost 150 billion cubic meters of wasted gas. To put this into a perspective: this is almost 40 times as much as Finland uses natural gas annually.”
President Niinistö stated that the effects of climate change are not limited to the environment, but represent a major security threat. “It is a threat multiplier that aggravates many issues behind conflicts: famine, water scarcity, flooding, forced displacement, and so forth.”
The ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty was a big step in the right direction, but further steps are needed. “But the most important part – effective implementation – lies still ahead of us. Secondly, we need intensified co-operation across the borders to combat the challenges and to strengthen the resilience of Arctic residents”, said President Niinistö.
In addition, President Niinistö said that the Arctic must remain an area of co-operation. To ensure this, full advantage should be taken of mechanisms like the Arctic Council. Finland will begin its Presidency of the Council in May. “Also, we believe it is time to take the Arctic cooperation to a new level. Finland proposes the convening of an Arctic Summit to discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to the region and beyond. This would provide an opportunity to ensure that the Arctic indeed remains a territory of dialogue. It is our common responsibility to see that this promise and tradition is upheld in the North,” said President Niinistö.
The President has mentioned only an Arctic Council Summit. The holding of an Arctic Summit depends on whether the various parties are ready to do so and whether tangible results can be achieved.
During the Arctic Forum, President Niinistö also held bilateral meetings with President Putin and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. In addition, President Putin hosted a joint lunch with President Niinistö and President of Iceland Jóhannesson.
Stockholm, Oct. 29(Greenpost)–A new study from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland shows that Finland’s policy of enforcing lower speed limits during the dark winter months reduces the number of traffic accidents.
Statistics indicate that some 36 accidents leading to personal injuries are avoided each year, as are eight deaths, according to a report by Alaska Dispatch News.
Most countries do not change their speed limits for the colder months. In Finland, however, the combination of snow, ice and very dark conditions forces a lower speed limit during the winter. As of Friday, motorway speed limits will drop to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour, while other major roads will see an 80 kilometer-per-hour (49 mile-per-hour) limit enforced. Both are 20 kilometer-per-hour (12 mile-per-hour) decreases from the summer limits.
In some 80 kilometer-per-hour areas with large amounts of heavy traffic and roadside dwellings, the speed limit will be lowered to 70 kilometers (43 miles) per hour.
Those motorway sections with a variable speed limit that allows them to adjust the limit to suit weather and road conditions have a maximum 100 kilometer-per-hour (62 mile-per-hour) speed limit from the start of November to the end of February. The speed limit reverts back to 120 kilometers (74 miles) an hour on these roads in early March, if the weather and road conditions cooperate.
According to Finnish law, vehicle owners must also fit winter tires to their vehicles by Dec. 1 and keep them in use until the end of February.
The new study from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland shows that Finland’s policy of enforcing lower speed limits during the dark winter months reduces the number of traffic accidents.
“A reduction in speed allows more time to react in unexpected situations and shortens the stopping distance when an elk appears on the road, for instance,” says Tuomas Österman, a traffic control expert at the Finnish Transport Agency.
Even so, in some situations, the reduced winter speed limits may not be enough. Österman advises motorists to adjust their driving speed according to weather conditions.
“During a snow storm, for example, visibility and driving conditions may deteriorate to the point that it becomes necessary to lower your driving speed to far below the appointed limit,” he says.
Lower winter speed rates also reduce the amount of fine particles released in the air from traffic and slow the wear on road surfaces, particularly when studded tires are in use. Depending on the weather, officials usually change the winter speed limits back to the higher summer limits sometime in late March-early April.