ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.
As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen
t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser
vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.
They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro
ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.
Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h
ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.
“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp
arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.
Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine
se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.
The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i
t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.
Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit
h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau
tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.
Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan
province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num
erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe
ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.
More than 60 countries will send naval delegations to participate in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peo
ple’s Liberation Army Navy in late April, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
The celebration will showcase the progress of the PLA Navy and its growing capabili
ty in safeguarding China’s overseas interests as well as regional and world peace, an expert said.
The multinational naval event will take place in Qingdao, Shandong province, in late Ap
ril, said ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian. April 23 is the 70th anniversary of the PLA Navy’s founding.
The naval event will include high-level dialogues, an international fleet review, military band performances, cultural and sports e
xchanges as well as other activities, Wu said. Some nations will send military ships to participate in the fleet
review, though details are still in the works and will be announced at a later date, he added.