Deloitte Industry 4.0 Readiness Report. The research surveyed more than 2,000 global executives and public sector leade
rs in 19 countries, including about 130 from China, about how they are prepared to embrace the revolution.
According to the report, the revolution－which features the booming new technologies and th
e combination of them－has a big opportunity to positively change the world, but has also posed great
challenges. To thrive in the future, Hook believes businesses should strengthen cross-border cooperation and pri
oritize diversity and inclusiveness in corporate cultures－all to maximize the ideas and angles to tackle the challenges.
A key part of achieving diversity is to close the gender gap in bu
siness leadership, which is especially large in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.
According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute released last
year, slightly less than four women held leadership positions for every 10 men in bu
siness and politics, worldwide in 2016. The figure fell to one for four for the Asia-Pacific region, and one for five in China.
the EU can’t easily be predicted.
The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.
If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli
amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a
member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect
ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr
iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To
mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.
So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi
rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou
ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.
second-deadliest and second-largest in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the WHO.
Last week, the WHO put the number of Ebola cases in DRC at 913 — with 848 cases confirmed and 65 probable. It said 574 people had died.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 and is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.
It is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infect
ed people, causing fever, severe headaches and in some cases hemorrhaging.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for what could be her big
gest policy climbdown yet, after insisting for years that “no deal for Britain is better tha
n a bad deal” and that her country would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.
That road map is at stake this Tuesday, when lawmakers vote for a second time on her withdrawal agreeme
nt to take Britain out of the EU. If that agreement is defeated, they will be asked the following day whether or not th
e UK should leave without a deal — an option May said should be kept for negotiating purposes.
ting opinions for the draft foreign investment law to replace the three old laws. This shows China has taken a signif
icant step toward institutional opening-up, which is different from the basic opening up of commodity factors and market.
China is entering a new stage of institutional and rule-based
opening-up, which is more advanced compared with the opening up of the market. For exa
mple, by building free trade pilot zones, China has expanded the depth and width of reform and opening-up.
Also, China’s overall business environment has notably improved. It is one of the top 1
0 global improvers in terms of business environment, according to the World Bank’s Doing Busi
ness 2019: Training for Reform report. Ranking second worldwide, China implemented a record number of seven refo
rms last year to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to do business, which among other factors en
abled it to rise to the 46th spot, up from 78th in 2017, on the ease of doing business list.
About a century ago, Chen Duxiu, one of the founders of the Comm
unist Party of China, called for the people to use science to save the country from the dark ages. Scie
nce was also widely encouraged during the May Fourth Movement in 1919, a campaign that opposed im
perialism and feudalism, thus changing the trajectory of contemporary Chinese history.
Despite its relatively late introduction, modern science has taken root, flourished and intertwined with the fate of th
is ancient nation. Scientific knowledge, along with the attitude, methods, ideas and spirit, are not only aff
ecting people’s day-to-day decisions, but are also driving the socioeconomic development of China and the world.
These facts will be more apparent this year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of
China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences will also celebrate its 70th birthday in November.