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中国最大贸易口岸首发中欧班列

启动仪式现场的“上海号”列车。新华社记者 丁汀 摄

 北欧绿色邮报网援引新华社报道 :9月28日上午10时许,随着一声响亮的鸣笛,首发“上海号”中欧班列缓缓驶离上海铁路闵行货运站,奔向德国汉堡。

披挂着“新时代,共享未来”“服务‘一带一路’建设”的醒目标语,红白相间的车头拉着装有服装鞋帽、汽车配件等商品的50个集装箱,这列“上海号”将行驶1.1万多公里,预计两周后抵达目的地。

这是上海首次开行中欧班列。每周定期开行,并逐步增加开行频次和线路,“上海号”班列将为中外企业提供新的物流选择,成为中欧贸易的陆路运输新通道。

9月28日,“上海号”中欧班列从上海开行。新华社记者 丁汀 摄

首发“上海号”班列装载着50个40英尺集装箱,箱内是服装、汽车配件、太阳能板、家具、日用品等不同品类的货物。它将从新疆阿拉山口出境,经哈萨克斯坦、俄罗斯、白俄罗斯和波兰,最终抵达德国汉堡。

“‘上海号’的开通,将为德中、欧中乃至沿线相关国家的经贸交流与合作带来非常大的便利。”汉堡驻中国联络处首席代表潘桦说。

长期以来,欧盟是上海最大贸易伙伴。据统计,今年前8个月,上海对欧盟的双边贸易额达5210.4亿元人民币,对欧贸易占上海进出口总值的20.3%。相较于海上航线,“上海号”中欧班列运价更低、运输时间更短,从而成为中欧贸易的运输新选择,将把更多“中国制造”带往欧洲。

同时,它也将成为德国乃至欧洲商品前往中国的新渠道。产自欧洲的仪器设备、食品、奢侈品等,今后都有机会通过“上海号”运入中国市场。据悉,此次从汉堡回程的“上海号”,或将装载一批德国企业参展第四届中国国际进口博览会的展品。

“我们现在已经接到了很多询盘,不仅有从中国出发前往欧洲的,也有从欧洲前往中国的。”此次中欧班列合作方之一的德铁货运中国总经理弗兰克·舒尔策说,“我认为,未来我们将看到大量货物通过中欧班列从上海到德国、从德国到上海。”

来自中国铁路上海局集团有限公司的数据显示,近10年来,中欧班列由线到网迅速发展,数量质量持续提升,累计开行突破4万列,已成为全球开放合作共赢的一张靓丽名片。

“上海作为中国经济中心城市和海陆空交通枢纽,将通过中欧班列,加快对外开放,助推长三角与欧洲各国的贸易往来,助力‘国内国际双循环’。”上海市商务委员会一位官员表示。

这位官员透露,中欧班列将采用市场化的运行方式,未来还将开辟直达斯洛伐克、俄罗斯等国的新班列。
(主编陈雪霏 责任编辑查正富)

瑞典一周简明新闻

北欧绿色邮报网报道:

●瑞典酒店行业复苏乏力
《瑞典日报》9月18日报道,瑞典酒店行业复苏放缓,8月份总收入为15.22亿瑞典克朗,比2019年同期降低了28%。斯德哥尔摩地区的酒店因外国游客和商务旅行减少而受损最大,8月营收总额为4.17亿瑞典克朗,比2019年同期下降了55%。斯德哥尔摩商会首席经济学家Stefan Westerberg表示,斯德哥尔摩是瑞典国际形象最为鲜明的地区,全球旅行受挫显然对斯德哥尔摩产生的影响最大。

●瑞典面临电力短缺
瑞典《今日工业报》9月18日报道,大型备用发电厂Karlshamn已连续几周投入电力生产,以应对电力短缺的燃眉之急。Karlshamn石油发电厂是瑞典电力系统的生命线和保障线,一般只在电力系统遭受危机时才运行,通常每年最多运行几个小时。Karlshamn经理Henrik Svensson表示,瑞典南部电力供应十分紧张,数座核反应堆提前退役,加之电网设施的瓶颈限制了北部电力向南传输,极大增加了冬季出现电力危机的风险。

●研究显示无化石钢材实际并不环保
《瑞典日报》9月21报道,来自延雪平国际商学院、商业研究所IFN和Ratio的研究人员在《经济辩论》杂志上发表研究成果,批评所谓的无化石钢材实际并不环保。他们指出,生产无化石钢材需要大量氢气,而生产氢气又需要大量电力。仅钢铁公司Hybrit一家每年使用的电力就超过了排放1500万吨二氧化碳产生的煤电,而以其他方式使用这些电能可以节省10-12倍的二氧化碳。他们建议对二氧化碳排放设定较高的价格,从而激励钢铁行业使用更多的回收钢材。

●瑞典媒体报道美国银行下调中国经济增长预期
瑞典《今日工业报》9月21日报道,美国银行(Bank of America)下调了中国经济增长预期,预测2021、2022和2023年的经济增长率分别为8%、5.3%和5.8%,低于此前8.3%、6.2%和6.0%的预测值。美国银行分析称,这主要因为Delta病毒传播以及中国政府对房地产、基础设施行业的持续收紧。

●汽车零部件的短缺对汽车制造业影响巨大
瑞典电台9月22日报道,卡车制造商Traton和Scania警告说,由于零部件短缺,很可能会带来利润上的损失。Traton 在一份新闻稿中表示,他们所有的业务都受到影响,包括最近收购的美国 Navistar公司,第三季度的销售额大大低于之前的预期,第四季度的销售也将受到影响。

●瑞典最佳营商城市名单出炉
瑞典电台9月22日报道,瑞典企业联合会发起的最佳营商环境城市的调查结果显示,今年,Vårgårda依然名列前茅, 从去年的第二名跃居第一名。紧随其后的是Härryda。而Solna 位居第三。Pajala市排名末位。一般来说,通勤距离相对远程的较大城市占主导地位。但 15 个最大的城市中没有一个进入前 50 名。在今年的排名中,位于西博滕省的 Malå 一鸣惊人上升了 112 位,从 290 名提前至第 115 位。下降最明显的是斯科纳省的 Örkelljunga市,下降了 141 位至 210 位。据悉,该调查有6万多家公司参与。

●瑞典政府将成立委员会审查短期工作援助
瑞典《每日新闻》9月23日报道,瑞典工商大臣Ibrahim Baylan宣布政府将新成立一个委员会,审查疫情以来政府对企业的短期工作援助。审查内容主要是短期工作援助对就业、企业和经济产生的实际影响,同时将修改企业申请援助的对账规则。Ibrahim Baylan表示,目前为止瑞典经济增长署已支付400多亿瑞典克朗用于支持短期工作,尽管失业率上升,但破产企业数量少于金融危机时期。

●瑞典公共交通亏损严重
瑞典电台9月23日报道,瑞典政府在 2021 年上半年额外增加了30 亿瑞典克朗用于扶持受疫情影响的行业。但根据瑞典公共交通部门的数据,在年初时,瑞典公共交通的总赤字为 47 亿瑞典克朗。行业负责人Kristoffer Tamson表示,国家的补贴严重不足。据 Tamson 称,赤字仅在今年上半年就相当于 1.35 亿次出行,地区公共交通部门尚未为此支付费用。在 2020 年至 2022 年期间,公共交通票务收入预计损失约 230 亿瑞典克朗。该行业希望政府支付由于疫情直接导致的票务收入损失。即使所有关于感染传播的防控建议将在 9 月 29 日全部取消,明年该行业也将损失 60 亿瑞典克朗的收入。Tamson说:“复苏不会一天就到来,我们必须做好准备应对这一事实。”

●瑞典Skanska建筑公司在美国赢得6.9亿克朗合同
瑞典电台9月23日报道,建筑巨头Skanska公司签署了一项协议,将在美国佛罗里达州希尔斯伯勒县建造一个新的交通站点。 这份价值 8200 万美元(约合 6.9 亿克朗)的合同涉及高速公路坡道配置以及六个车道的升级。这项工作于2021年8月开始,将于2024年秋季完成。

●瑞典家庭债务创新高
《瑞典日报》9月23日报道,根据瑞典统计局的数据,截至6月底,瑞典家庭债务总额首次超过5000亿瑞典克朗,二季度家庭贷款净增加额(新贷款减去还款额)达到940亿瑞典克朗,为近25年来最大的单季度数据。家庭债务占家庭可支配收入比重达196%,高于疫情开始前的188%。自2008年全球金融危机以来,瑞典家庭贷款增长了一倍多。

●Northvolt希望扩大电池回收
瑞典西博滕P4电台9月24日报道,电​​池制造商 Northvolt 希望扩大电池回收工厂的产能,该工厂位于 Skellefteå 的电池工厂旁边。据悉,公司正在申请许可证,在该地区再建两座工厂,并将每年的电池回收量从 2.5万吨增加到 12.5万吨。Northvolt 的环境经理 Emma Nehrenheim 告诉 P4,它将成为瑞典最大的回收工厂和欧洲最大的电池回收精炼厂。Emma Nehrenheim 表示,Skellefteå 会确保我们把电池材料留在欧洲,并为锂电池生产创建一个完全循环的商业模式。

●瑞典生产价格上涨
瑞典统计局9月24日报道,8 月份瑞生产价格上涨,环比上涨2.0%。在出口市场,价格上涨了 2.2%。瑞典统计局指出,在计算生产者价格指数的 30 年中,出口市场和国内市场的连年收利率并没有更高。在国内,上涨领域主要与电力市场有关,其次是木材和木制品。除此以外,钢铁、金属制品和其他机械的价格也有所上升。

(主编 陈雪霏,责任编辑 查正富)

中国驻瑞典大使桂从友离任回国给华人华侨的一封信

北欧绿色邮报网北欧中华网联合报道(记者陈雪霏)– 9月24日中国驻瑞典大使桂从友阁下和夫人宋景丽女士任期届满回国。由于疫情原因,不能与大家见面话别因此留下书信一封与旅瑞同胞告别。信的内容全文如下:

桂从友大使致全体旅瑞同胞的辞别信2021/09/25 

  尊敬的旅瑞各位侨领,

  各位亲爱的同胞:

  大家好!

  我即将奉命离任。由于疫情,我难以同大家当面话别。谨以此信向大家致以亲切的问候,道声珍重。

  我持节出使瑞典,和广大旅瑞同胞共同度过了四年美好时光,留下了难忘的记忆。

  难忘和大家一起在宏大饭店举办的春节招待会和国庆招待会,难忘参加侨胞们举办的乒乓球赛、羽毛球赛、篮球赛等体育赛事,难忘我们共同参加欢乐春节、风筝节、端午诗会,难忘我们共同欣赏斯京春晚、儿童春晚、文艺联欢,难忘见证中文学校师生们教、学汉语、传承中华文化。更难忘每次参加侨界活动,同胞们所展现出的心系乡梓、赤诚爱祖(籍)国的拳拳之心。

  广大旅瑞侨领和同胞们对我们使馆致力推进中瑞友好合作努力一直给予全力支持,我要特别向大家表示由衷的感谢!

  今年,我们隆重庆祝中国共产党成立100周年。在以习近平同志为核心的党中央坚强领导下,中国成功实现了全面建成小康社会的第一个百年奋斗目标,正朝着全面建成社会主义现代化强国的第二个百年奋斗目标迈进。我们比历史上任何时期都更接近中华民族伟大复兴的目标,比历史上任何时期都更有信心、更有能力实现这个目标。这也是包括所有旅瑞同胞在内的广大海内外中华儿女共同的梦想、共同的荣光。

  我在辞行拜会瑞典外交部国务秘书里德贝里时,里德贝里先生代表瑞典政府向我表示,瑞方重视发展对华关系,希望与中方保持良好关系,加强对话交流合作。希望大家继续发挥融贯中瑞的特长,做扩大中瑞友好交流的民间使者,讲好中国故事,讲好中瑞友好合作的故事,让两国人民都成为美人之美、美美与共的人类命运共同体的践行者和受益者。

  使馆永远是同胞们的家,同胞们安好是祖国和祖国人民最大的牵挂。当前全球疫情形势依然严峻,大家克服重重困难在异国他乡打拼的同时,一定要继续注重防护。

  临别之际,衷心祝愿同胞们健康平安、阖家幸福,更好地融入当地社会!

  中华人民共和国驻瑞典特命全权大使       

  桂从友                         

  2021年9月24日      

看到信件以后,瑞典侨领纷纷为桂大使送行。

瑞典华人总会执行会长叶沛群留言说,尊敬的桂从友大使,您今日圆满完成驻瑞典大使的神圣使命离任回国,我们万分不舍。不舍您四年来的不卑不亢,不舍您四年来的睿智果敢,更不舍您四年来的亲民笑容。作为中瑞友好关系的使者,您维护祖国利益,为中瑞关系发展竭尽全力,您支持侨团侨社活动,凝聚在瑞侨胞积极生活工作,您关心华文教育,为我们华裔后代学习中华文化提供坚实后盾。今日惜别之情溢于言表,祝您在新的岗位工作顺利,生活愉快,感谢您,我们真诚拥戴的桂大使。

瑞典斯德哥尔摩华助中心主任王建荣表示,在过去四年中,桂从友大使为中瑞两国关系的发展鞠躬尽瘁。在传播和拓展中国文化,促进两国人民的友谊和交流方面做出重大贡献。对瑞典华侨华人的关爱和支持有目共睹,铭记在瑞典华人侨胞心中,真是感觉难舍难分。千言万语汇成一句话,祝愿桂大使和夫人宋老师回国履新更上一层楼,一帆风顺,身体健康。

瑞京中文学校校长王海琳表示,桂从友大使和夫人宋景丽女士驻瑞四年,始终关注当地汉语教育,曾多次参加瑞京华人协会和瑞京中文学校举办的活动,与当地华人华侨学生和家长互动,了解瑞典汉语教育界的情况和需求,对我们的工作给予了极大的支持!感谢桂大使和宋女士,祝大使及夫人一路顺利,身体健康!

瑞典华商会会长王永安表示,受到桂大使奉命回国的消息,我们大家心里依依不舍,桂大使为两国人民做了很多贡献,给瑞典各界留下很多难忘的回忆,是最实干的一位好大使,以他为骄傲。不能为桂大使送行实在遗憾。祝桂大使和宋老师身体健康,万事如意。

瑞典华人艺术家协会会长朱瀛盈表示:

四年时光,转瞬流逝,心中犹记。
桂大使履新,热烈相迎。
瑞典侨胞,无不欢欣。
昂首挺胸,扬眉吐气。欲与母国共前进。
曾几时,春节国庆招待会,欢声笑语。
篮球羽毛球乒乓球,引无数英雄竞低头。
忆往昔春晚,大使歌声。疫情险峻,大使鼓励。
今日离别,秋雨霏霏,峥嵘声渐远瑞门。
衷心愿,桂大使与夫人,岁岁平安。

瑞典青田同乡会会长叶克雄表示:尊敬的桂从友大使:
还记得您刚到瑞典第一次参加的华人社团举办的活动就是我们的青田杯乒乓球赛。您对华人华侨的亲和清,点点滴滴,都给我们留下深刻印象。尤其在新冠疫情爆发之后,使馆想尽办法把抗疫物资分发到旅瑞侨胞的手中。作为中瑞友好关系的使者,您维护祖国利益,有理.有节的发表心声.为中瑞关系的发展竭尽全力;您支持侨团侨社活动,尤其是关心华文教育,为我们华裔后代学习中华文化提供坚实后盾,这是利在当代,功在千秋的事业。感谢您为瑞典华人所做的一切!我代表瑞典青田同乡会坚决拥戴桂大使!
瑞典青田同乡会 叶克雄

太多太多的话,都还没有说。但有一句话值得一说,桂大使,是一位尽职尽责的好大使,他兢兢业业,勤勤恳恳,为中瑞关系的发展付出了巨大努力。

Geely Officially Joins Global Automotive Quality Standards Organization IATF

Stockholm, April 13, (Greenpost) –Geely Officially Joined Global Automotive Quality Standards Organization IATF according to a press release from the company.

  • Geely Auto Group becomes member of global automotive standards organization, IATF
  • New milestone in IATF history with admission of first Asian member
  • Geely Auto Group to participate in setting future global standards for the automotive industry

2021 April 08, Hangzhou, China. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a global organization setting automotive quality standards have announced that Geely Auto Group (Geely) has become the newest OEM voting member of the organization. The appointment of Geely to the organization as the first Asian member marks a historic milestone in the development of the IATF. Geely will participate in the formation and improvement of international quality standards with other global automotive groups and automobile associations to promote the sustainable development of the world’s automotive industry. Geely has nominated Dr Howard Xu, Senior Quality Director at Geely Auto Group to be its voting representative in the IATF.

The admission of Geely into the IATF is recognition of the Group and its subsidiary brands’ commitment to quality management. As the leading Chinese automaker in the world, Geely will work with European and American automakers to improve and revise IATF quality standards, propose future standards, and add an Asian voice to international organization.

As an authoritative organization setting standards for the global automotive industry, IATF is committed to optimizing the standardization process, improving production efficiency in the automotive supply chain, and establishing a globally unified automotive industry quality standards management system and quality control tools. Its members include the national automobile associations from the US (AIAG), Italy (ANFIA), France (FIEV), UK (SMMT) and Germany (VDA) as well as major global automotive groups such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Renault, Stellantis, and Volkswagen.

The IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management Standards for Automobile Production and Related Parts is a globally recognized automotive industry standard. Meeting the IATF 16949:2016 standard is the most basic requirement for a global automaker and parts supplier. Currently, more than 80,000 global automakers and parts manufacturers have passed the certification. Geely requires all suppliers to pass the IATF 16949:2016 certification.

In China, Geely Auto Group is also member of 18 sub-committees in the National Technical Committee of Auto Standardization (NTCAS) and has taken lead in the formulation of 183 national industry standards. Now as a new member of the IATF, Geely will also be involved in the formulation of international quality standards which support the high-quality development of the automotive industry through technological innovation and sustainable development.

Editor Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Hong Kong ekonom tycker att gula ekonomi cirkel inte kan leva längre

Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Mar. 5 (Greenpost) — Några dagar sedan kom en grupp av Hong Kong Demonstrationer till Stockholm och frågade svenska stöda gula ekonomi cirkel och straffa andra som inte komma överens med dem.

Enligt en report från Kina Nyheter Service, CNS, Hong Kongs ekonomer tycker att gula ekonomi cirkel idea inte kan leva längre. Varför?

Ekonom Guan Zhuozhao sa att ekonomi har ekonomiska norm, inte samma som politiker. Ekonomi beror på hur mycket kapital du har och hur mycket kunder du har, det är svårt att samarbeta med stora kompaniet i Hong Kong.

Han sa att Gula Ekonomi cirkel som baserades av politiska ide kan skapa division mellan olika grupper.

Ekonom Mai Cuicai sa att ekonomi eller affairs har relation med gender, ålder och inkomster, men sällen med politiska ide. Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel är inte normala ide och kan inte accepterades av alla.

Ekonom Cai Zongjian sa att Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel ida inte kan leva längre i Hong Kong för att flesta inte vill ha division. När situationen blir fridfull, blir livet normalt. Basera av politiska ide kan Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel inte gå längre.

This is how belt and road initiativ works-Salmon to China by rail plan moves ahead

A SCANDINAVIAN consortium is pressing ahead this week with a bold new plan to send Norwegian salmon across Russia to China by rail.

The first container shipments are expected to be on their way within the next two months.

The plan is going ahead despite a recent unexplained decision by Russia to send back two airfreight consignments of Norwegian salmon.

The new mode of transport has been made possible because in the past month Russia has lifted a ban on the transit traffic of a whole range of perishable products, including fish that were previously sanctioned.

Russia has opened a special department to oversee transit traffic, meaning that interested parties will have to receive an approval in order to dispatch their shipments.

Russia imposed a ban on various food and agricultural products five years ago, after the EU and US placed sanctions on the country following hostilities with Ukraine. Although not a member of the EU, Norway was included in the ban.

The planned rail route will begin at the Norwegian Port of Narvik, where refrigerated containers will be loaded with salmon bred in fish farms in northern Norway.

The containers will pass through the Swedish-Finnish border crossing to a railhead in the Finnish town of Kouvola for onward shipment across Russia to Xi’an in China. The entire journey is expected to take around 12 days.

Behind the Norway-China rail freight corridor project is businessman and rail consultant Micael Blomster and Railgate Finland.

Blomster described the plan as a huge breakthrough.

‘We believe this will reduce transport costs by about 80 per cent over air transport. The decision by Russia to lift the ban will open up major new opportunities for transporting salmon between Narvik in Norway to China.’

Currently, all Norwegian salmon is sent to China by air and volumes are increasing rapidly. But this growth has come under fire from environmental groups in Norway and elsewhere because of the huge carbon footprint involved.

The new initiative is being watched closely by many of Norway’s fish farming companies, anxious to display their green credentials.

From this news we can see Russia has set up a good example for the smooth transportation for the large business to be done. China’s Belt and Road Initiativ is just like this. The train will go through Khorgos port in Xinjiang and then to Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province, hometown of Terra Cotta Army.

Photos: Xinjiang Urumqi Golden Beach Holiday In

During October National Day Holiday, your reporter went to Urumqi to have an experience of life there and lived in Golden Beach Hotel. This is a place near Dawan and near Uygors majority residential areas. Amazingly the Golden Beach Holiday In attracted many people, mostly young people.

This was a medical treatment pool. People can buy a daily ticket of 118 yuan or just 99 yuan if you live in the hotel and stay there for the whole day and eat lunch and dinner buffet.

The service is excellent and you can enjoy the swimming or just the spa. It looks like a tropical area. A lot of children were there to play. A lot of young people went there to play. If you are tired, you can also rest in the sofa.

A 9 year old girl asked me whether I am alone or with someone, I said I was alone, she asked are you not lonely? How sad it is to be alone? Indeed, but at that time, I enjoyed the solitude and the loneliness.

The hotel price was 299 yuan per night. If you pay 399 yuan, all these swimming pool program and all the food will be included.

广告:想吃大餐去哪里?佛汉铁板烧–北欧最大最豪华最温馨的中餐厅

你知道哪里有最大最豪华的中餐厅吗?你想请亲朋好友,或者是和家人团聚吗?对了,如果你想吃最好的中餐,享受最好的就餐环境,或者说是请女友去吃一顿大餐,斯堪的纳维亚购物中心(Scandinavia Mall)的佛汉铁板烧绝对是个好去处。这是一家值得信赖的北欧最大最豪华最温馨的华人餐厅,可以品尝各种美味,体验它的高大上,同时,价格合理,种类齐全,服务周到。它就是佛汉铁板烧(BUDDA KHAN TEPPANYAKI),非常值得一去。

这里的人流总是络绎不绝。

上午11点多,自助餐菜就上齐了。除了鸡鸭鱼肉,还有蔬菜,水果和甜点,真是应有尽有。

精美的搪瓷火锅非常漂亮,同时底料和汤也非常可口。

这里的火锅更具特色。它的底料和汤都是非常独特的,很香。据介绍是老母鸡炖出来的鸡汤。顾客反映这里的蔬菜种类繁多,非常受素食主义者青睐。价格合理,性价比高。

白菜豆腐,粉丝豆腐,各种肉类,可以火锅,也可以烧烤。

12点多开始上人。到两点钟,这里已经排了长长的队伍。

佛汉铁板烧,顾名思义就是有菩萨心肠的中国人开的烧烤为主的餐厅。这里的食材都是自家超市买来的,非常新鲜,保证质量。而这个超市就是市中心的有名的大中华超市。

一进门就有日本料理,自动化生产线,你只要动动手,动动口就好了。

佛汉铁板烧的环境非常温馨、高档。川菜、湘菜名师谭志国先生做的川菜和湘菜非常有特色,保证你吃一次,下次还想再来。他的回头客非常多。

这是铁板烧
北京烤鸭让人垂涎欲滴。
玉石餐桌给人感觉不仅是高档,大气,豪华,更主要的是让人感觉温馨,让人心情可以平静下来,真正感到一种温馨的感觉。这里的灯光也非常柔和。
自助餐
寿司部分
烧烤部分
可以转动的餐桌
不同颜色的寿司
芝麻球

这就是佛汉铁板烧,在北欧最大的购物中心Scandinavia Mall里边的最大最豪华最高档最温馨的中餐厅。想吃大餐去哪里?佛汉铁板烧。

Opinion: This is a good example of Belt and Road Initiativ

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

When I read the following news, I can’t help crying out This is just a good example of Belt and Road Initiativ.

The first salmon train from Arctic Norway to China will soon be ready for departure

A new technology will keep the fish fresh during the 10-day journey from Narvik to Xi’an.By Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer -December 19, 2019130Share on FacebookTweet on Twitter

Norway’s northernmost railway cargo station is Narvik with a line crossing over the mountain to Sweden. (Thomas Nilsen / The Independent Barents Observer)

The first cargo train loaded with Norwegian salmon is expected to depart Narvik for China early next year, Jernbanemagasinet reports.

Thanks to new transport technology, the salmon will still be fresh when it arrives in Xi’an about 10 days after leaving Narvik.

Narvik is the northernmost cargo railway station on the coast to the Norwegian Sea, with a line originally built for iron-ore transport from Kiruna in northernmost Sweden.

In Haparanda, on Sweden’s border to Finland, the containers will be transferred over to Finnish wagons, because the two countries have different track width. From Finland the salmon cargo will cross into Russia from Kouvola and then follow the established rail cargo route via St. Petersburg and Moscow into Kazakhstan and eastbound to China, the portal iLaks informs.

The San Francisco-based company BluWrap has developed new transport means to keep the salmon fresh for longer periods than under normal transport where the fish is stored on ice.

The company uses fuel cells to reduce and monitor oxygen during transport. “It’s made from cardboard and use no ice or Styrofoam,” said Ola Strand, CEO of BluWrap interviewed by SalmonBusiness.

BlueWrap says it is by controlling oxygen and temperature salmon are kept fresh over longer periods.

Norway has a strong focus on developing the so-called blue economy, including giving a boost to aquaculture. By 2030, the goal is to increase seafood export to five times the amount today. The new salmon cargo train from Narvik to China opens a new export corridor to reach that goal.

This story is just a good example of Belt and Road Initiative. That is to use new technology or tools to make us connected. The train uses fuel cells to reduce and monitor oxygen during the transport. This is good. This is also climate friendly.

This is just the same idea of Belt and Road Initiativ.

第15届世界华商大会成果瞩目

  北欧绿色邮报网报道:第15届世界华商大会答谢晚会9日晚在伦敦史宾莎宅邸举行。会上发布,本届世界华商大会取得了令人瞩目的成果。

  第15届世界华商大会于10月23日在伦敦落下帷幕。大会以“世界新格局,华商新机遇”为主题,由英国中华总商会主办,是世界华商大会举办28年来,首次走入欧洲,从中华文化圈走入西方文明核心地带。

  本届世界华商大会签约成果瞩目,项目投资地包括中英两国及关联地区,涉及项目总金额超过3亿英镑。这些合作项目涵盖了教育、文化、区域经贸投资合作、创新孵化等领域。

  本次世界华商大会上,来自51个国家和地区的近2500名华商齐聚伦敦,创世华会历史上国别数新高。前来参会的华商覆盖100多个行业,包括制造、商贸、餐饮、酒店、地产等传统华商优势产业,还有人工智能、互联网、高科技、环保、新农业、医疗等新兴产业。

  本届世界华商大会共有来自中国全部34个省、市、自治区、特别行政区代表参加,共计726名地方企业家从中国各地来英国参加大会,展示了众多具有地方特性的产业形态、企业形式和升级战略。同时,来自英国各地区共计583名代表参加大会。另外,来自英联邦5个国家和地区的21名代表,专程前来伦敦参会。

以“世界新格局,华商新机遇”为主题的第十五届世界华商大会当地时间10月22日至23日在伦敦举行。这是世界华商大会首次走进欧洲,在英国举行。在10月23日的闭幕式上,大会宣布2021年第16届世界华商大会将由马来西亚中华总商会主办。图为10月23日,英国中华总商会和马来西亚中华总商会举行交旗仪式。<a target='_blank' href='http://www.chinanews.com/'>中新社</a>发 王渊欣 摄

资料图:第15届世界华商大会闭幕式上,宣布2021年第16届世界华商大会将由马来西亚中华总商会主办。图为英国中华总商会和马来西亚中华总商会举行交旗仪式。中新社发 王渊欣 摄

  本届世界华商大会组委会代表全体参会华商,向英国慈善机构QuintessentiallyFoundation捐款2万英镑,为大会举办地的儿童慈善事业出力。本届世华会还本着“少纸、绿色”的原则,借助移动互联技术,推出大会专属APP“世界华商”,大量减少了纸质材料的制作。

  中国驻英国大使刘晓明,第15届世华会联合主席、中部引擎董事长庄贝思爵士,第15届世华会组委会主席、英国中华总商会主席张进隆,第15届世华会筹备委员会执行主席杨腾波,英国白金汉大学校长安东尼·赛尔顿爵士等中英各界嘉宾约200人出席了当晚的答谢晚会。( 来源:中新网/ 记者陈斯睿 )

High-level BRIX Seminar : The New Africa Emerges along the Belt & Road

STOCKHOLM, December 8(Greenpost)–Top diplomats from the African Union joined the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden and the Belt and Road Institute’s (BRIX) members in a special seminar on December 5 in Stockholm to outline the great progress being achieved in realizing Africa’s development goals in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Moreover, the seminar’s more important aspect was to explore the massive potential imbedded in making Africa the greatest economic powerhouse on the planet in the coming decades and how Sweden, Europe and China can cooperate with the African nations to accelerate and benefit from this promising perspective.

The seminar was initiated by Stephen Brawer, Vice-President of BRIX and moderator of the event. He welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of how BRIX came into being, and about its two other very successful seminars in 2019. The BRIX, which is only one year old, emerged out of a high-level seminar on the strategic and economic impact of the BRI held in May 2018 and organized jointly by the Schiller Institute and the China-Sweden Business Council (CSBC). He emphasized that BRIX works to disseminate knowledge of BRI as a global development process, and to present facts and knowledge based on deeper reflections, and not on superficial opinion based on prejudice and geopolitical agendas. Thus, BRIX believes that in the future, disinformation and propaganda that are spread in Sweden against BRI should be addressed in a more clear and assertive way.

Egypt’s ambassador, Mr. Alaa Hegazy, gave the welcoming speech as representative of the African Union (AU), since Egypt is the current Chairman of the AU. He emphasized the importance of the Belt & Road Initiative for the implementation of Africa’s development plans that have been around for a long time and lacked only the construction starts. He presented the AU’s Agenda 2063 plan for a continental rail and road network, electrification and industrialization. Ambassador Hegazy explained that the AU has several cooperation mechanisms with the EU, UN, Japan, etc., but cooperation with the BRI has been the most dynamic and effective of these mechanisms.

The ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sweden, Mr. Gui Congyou gave, the keynote speech of the seminar in which he gave a detailed picture of the extensive cooperation that has been established between China and Africa in the context of the BRI. Ambassador Gui referenced the September 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing and the results of that summit. He said: “China-Africa joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative has accelerated, and 40 African countries and the AU Commission have signed cooperation documents with China on the “Belt and Road” initiative. We have formulated a country plan based on the actual needs of Africa. We will implement a total of more than 880 China-Africa cooperation projects in the next three years.”

Concerning Chinese-Swedish perspectives, the Ambassador stated: ”The Swedish government has many aid and cooperation projects for Africa, and many large Swedish companies such as Volvo, Scania, and ABB have extensive operations in Africa. China is willing to work with other countries in the world, including Sweden, to complement each other’s strengths and make positive contributions to peace, stability and development in Africa.”

Ethiopia’s Ambassador, Mr. Deriba Kuma showed the audience how Africa’s plans for modernization and industrialization are being implemented. Ethiopia is well on its way to realizing its plans to become a middle-income country by 2025, transitioning from an agricultural-based society to an industry-based one. “Ethiopia is a major beneficiary in the Belt and Road Initiative. Since the country has embarked on expanding its infrastructure network across the nation like roads, railways, telecom and airports; the technical as well as financial support from the Government of China side has helped a lot”, Ambassador Deriba said. He added that “Ethiopia, through its vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025, has launched an ambitious plan of constructing twelve industrial parks across the nation. Major Chinese companies have participated in the construction of these industrial parks and even some Chinese companies are constructing their own industrial parks in Ethiopia.” He emphasized that “Ethiopia has a plan to have 30 industrial parks by the year 2025. I hereby would like to call up on those competent companies to actively engage in this endeavor either through constructing the industrial parks or by leasing the sheds that could help them to participate in manufacturing of different products.”

Ambassador Kuma also reminded the audience that his country’s Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, will be receiving the Nobel Peace Price next week. This is an appropriate recognition of the path Ethiopia has taken towards social, political and economic reform.

South Africa’s Chargé d’Affaires, Duncan Sebefelo discussed his country’s economic visions and plans, and the challenges and opportunities that exist today. He referenced the major investments China has made in key projects in his country. After the turn of the year, South Africa become the chairman of the AU, outlining the philosophical principles that the AU has for the economic cooperation projects. Mr. Sebefelo explained how important the BRI is for the development goals of the African continent.

The board member of BRIX, Hussein Askary, made a thorough presentation on “retooling Africa’s rise”. With the help of charts, pictures and maps, he showed how BRI is helping in realizing Africa’s goals. He emphasized that BRIX does not exist to cheer on China or Africa, who can take care of themselves. BRIX’s goal is that Sweden should be part of this process of cooperation and not miss the train towards economic prosperity and stability in the world. In order to achieve that, Sweden’s and Europe’s attitude towards Africa has to change first. He contrasted this attitude to that of China. While Sweden and the Eu considered Africa “a problem”, China considers Africa “an opportunity”. Askary explained that a major part of this problem is the “aid” mentality. He argued that the Chinese way of “empowering rather than helping”, which is to supply Africa with the “tools” for development such as infrastructure, industrialization and technology transfer is the most suitable for Sweden and Europe to follow. Under the heading “SDG acrobatics” (Sustainable Development Goals), he talked about how Sweden and the EU are redefining the UN development agenda in 2030, so that the most important priority goals to be addressed (poverty, hunger, healthcare, electricity education, water, industrialization, etc.) are placed at the bottom of the priority list, while Climate Action, goal no. 13, is at the top. In conclusion, he explained that with the help of China and the BRI, Africa is well on the way to realizing its Agenda 2063. But he asked how faster can this agenda be realized if Sweden and the EU contribute to it?

The Norwegian former member of parliamentary, and co-founder of Ichi Foundation, Mr. Thore Vestby, talked about the Norwegian cooperation with Africa, which has been largely restricted to aid through NORAD. But a new focus on cooperation has been established in 2012 through the Norwegian African Business Association by leading Norwegian companies (norwegianafrican.no). Norway also needs to establish cooperation with BRI, Vestby emphasized, and a shift in the attitude in Norway towards China and the BRI is necessary. He congratulated the Swedish BRIX for its successful work and announced that a “BRIX Norway” will be started in the new year.

BRIX member and private consultant, Mr. Lars Aspling, explained in his presentation that now 16 of 28 EU countries have already signed agreements (MOU) with China to cooperate with the BRI. This shows that such an agreement, or even a mere positive opinion on BRI, as France and Finland have expressed, need not necessarily to divide the EU. Although the Swedish government, with its proposal for a new China strategy, adheres to EU policy, there are, thus, no legal issues that hinder Sweden from joining the BRI. But only a lack of political will stands in the way, he stated. Aspling gave a tour of the necessary investments that need to be made in northern Europe, Scandinavia and Sweden to be able to rise to the levels of productivity necessary in the new BRI era.

Aspling seized the opportunity to announce that a new report that BRIX has just published about what BRI on the importance of Sweden’s cooperation with the BRI can now be downloaded from the BRIX website. (Https://www.brixsweden.org/brix-publicerar-en-ny-belt-and-road-speciell-rapport/).

The seminar’s moderator, Stephen Brawer, led the closing panel debate where the speakers answered questions fielded by the audience.

BRIX chairman Ulf Sandmark commented on the question and discussion about corruption in Africa by pointing out that BRI has a focus on real investments that are not handed over as sums of money like the investments made by the West. The BRI investments are delivered as cement, steel, machinery and input products for the projects. “Cement is difficult to put into a bank account, which means that BRI has an intrinsic mechanism to prevent corruption,” he said.

In closing the seminar, moderator Stephen Brawer again emphasized the need to present fact-based information and knowledge about BRI, and made a point of thanking the effort that TV100 and Fredrik Vargas make through their important work in reporting the proceedings of this seminar.

Zimbabwen Ambassador Alice also attended the seminar.

19 diplomats from 15 countries (mostly from Africa) participated in the seminar which was attended by 60 guests.

挪威航空公司将停止从斯德哥尔摩起飞的长途直达航班

北欧绿色邮报网报道:11月28日报道,挪威航空公司将停止所有从斯德哥尔摩和哥本哈根飞往美国和泰国的长途航班。长途航班计划的调整是公司从增长转向盈利战略的一部分。挪威航空公司长途航班主管Matthew Wood表示,斯堪的纳维亚人口有限,旅客数量无法维持斯德哥尔摩、哥本哈根和奥斯陆出发的洲际航班。飞行专家Jan Ohlsson对挪威航空公司停止他们的直达长途航班感到不安,他指出,这一航线的取消将使SAS大大受益。同时,从斯堪的纳维亚半岛出发的长途航班的价格近期很可能会上涨。(来源: 瑞典《晚报》 )

Hunan Cultural and Tourism Promotion Conference held in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 29(Greenpost) — Hunan Cultural and Tourism Promotion conference was successfully held at Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm on Friday.

Yu Xinrong, Secretary of Party Committee of Department of Culture and Tourism of Hunan Province, Central China said Hunan enjoys very rich tourism resources and has many cultural relics such as Yueyanglou Pagoda, Mawangdui cemetery, Maozedong’s hometown. The famous Zhangjiajie tourism spot was the shooting site for animation Avanda, its beauty has attracted many people.

Yu said that Hunan also has China’s largest lake Dongting Lake which stretches over 400 kilometers. Hunan has many ethnic minorities thus has rich culture. Hunan’s cuisine is famous for its hotness. The pheonix city and Furong Town are famous for its history.

The ancestors of the Chinese nation, Emperor Yan and Emperor Shun were buried in Hunan, Zeng Guofan and Zuo Zongtang were born in Hunan and became famous for their achievements in Chinese history. Hunan also boasts many ethnic groups which all have their own culture and traditions.

Yu Xinrong welcomed Swedish friends to visit Hunan and enjoyed the diversity in Hunan.

Cecilia Rahmqvist, Director of Laplands tourism bureau in northern Sweden also introduced Kiruna’s Ice Hotel, Tree Hotel and Ice tourism resources. She said that they used solar energy to keep the ice even in summer. She welcomed Chinese tourists to visit them.

Liu Fang, President of Hunan and Hubei Town-fellow Association in Sweden expressed her welcome to the Hunan delegation. She said her association has been promoting Hunan and Hubei culture in Sweden by holding Duanwu festival every year.

During the promotion conference, audience also watched promotion video which showed all the beautiful tourism resources and infrastructure in Hunan and impressed the audience a lot.

Cao Diefeng, Counselor of Education department of Chinese Embassy in Sweden also attended the conference.

Other guests include Zhu Jinchuan, General Manager of Air China in Stockholm, Zhang Shouting, President of Nordic China Sustainable Development Association and Ulf from BRIX.

During the promotion conference, a dozen of pictures showing the beauty of Hunan were also displayed.

Photo and Text by Xuefei Chen Axelsson