thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen
t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.
“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr
ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.
According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye
ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma
nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.
Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact
uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer
both sides have the sincerity to solve the existing problems.
“The purpose decides everything,” Liu said, in English. “China wants a very equal and dignif
ied deal, and under this premise, a good, cooperative deal,” he said. “I hope our US colleagues would understand this.”
Liu said he believed both sides have a strong desire to reach a deal. “We need to work hard tog
ether to surpass the temporary difficult period of time, and then we’ll have a bright future,” he said.
Asked by China Daily how China and the US could help world economic growth, whose p
rospects have been already compromised by the escalation of trade tensions between the two countries, Liu said co
operation serves the interests of the two sides and the whole world, while conflict hurts both.
“We have tremendous common interests and many commo
n foes, only through cooperation could we solve these problems,” Liu said.
rding to her, the average age of various professionals in gardens and sce
nic spots is 45 and positions like groundskeepers and display workers are often left open.
Also, the demand for horticulture professionals is growing as the market has boomed in the past 10 years.
So, as plant growers reach retirement age, there are too few gardeners ar
riving to replace them, says Zhao Shiwei, the chief engineer of the Beijing Institute of La
ndscape Architecture, the only municipal public welfare landscape research institute in Beijing.
“There’s an obvious gap in plant cultivation and maintenance talent in recent years, especially those who have an ove
rall understanding of horticulture landscape designs and garden flower cultivation,” he says.
Zhao also says that horticulture involves a wide range of fields, and a long period is needed to train professionals.
“More importantly, the work is relatively tedious for young professionals. Nowadays fewer young people are keen on th
e horticulture industry, and we are concerned that the industry is facing difficulty to attract and retain talent,” he adds.
As for front-line gardeners, many of them are known as “city farmers” as they need to weed and mulch for the plants.