July 2019

US should adapt to North Korea’s change

North Korea lashed out at US and South Korean policies toward the North on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in Western media speculations that Pyongyang has shifted from the planned meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Trump’s comments on that have led to different media interpretations. Some believe that he reacted low key to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s tough stance to save their planned meeting, while others view it as a warning to Pyongyang: If their meeting falls through, North Korea will be decimated like Libya.

Trump also told the media that Kim changed his attitude after his latest visit to China, and that he may have been influenced by China. Consequently, some US and South Korean media have connected Pyongyang’s change in attitude to Beijing’s influence, and in extreme cases said Beijing intentionally incited Pyongyang to be uncooperative with Washington. The most incredible opinions say it involved the China-US trade friction.

The US and South Korea blamed China for North Korea’s change in attitude, but never reflect on their own policies. The Chinese are baffled by such simplistic logic from US and South Korean politicians and media.

When North Korea offered to make huge concessions only half a year ago, the US continued to push its demands and refused to immediately provide any reward. When North Korea announced a halt to nuclear tests and the abandonment of test sites, and released three US citizens, the US demanded more, like asking North Korea to promptly submit part of its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

China has always supported peninsular denuclearization and achieving permanent peace through phased efforts, because that’s the most realistic and operable means.

The US unilaterally demands prompt peninsular denuclearization before it provides compensation to Pyongyang. China will not oppose such a deal between the US and North Korea. However, can Washington achieve it? Pyongyang has just given an answer.

Maybe Americans think differently than Asians. However, South Koreans should seriously consider whether North Korea’s latest revolt is reasonable. It would be OK if Washington pressures Pyongyang to gain an edge in negotiations, but Washington should think twice about the possibility of pushing the Korean Peninsula back to fierce antagonism.

China’s approximation to the peninsula means China supports real denuclearization and supports North Korea to do so in exchange for US security protection and economic assistance. China supports the US and North Korea exploring more innovative approaches to realize peace. Peace and stability on the peninsula is in China’s paramount interest, and China’s sentiments need to be respected in the process. However, China will not risk destroying the positive direction of the peninsula situation just to highlight China’s position.

It is clear from China’s perspective that the US has overestimated its weight in forcing North Korea to accept its demands. The US has forgotten the awkward situation it was in last year when it could not stop North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and the difficulty of taking military action against North Korea.

The US has always believed it was duped by North Korea, which is, in fact, far from correct. The US was responsible for the aborted peninsula resolutions multiple times. How can North Korea, with such small power as it is, cheat the US? How can North Korea trust the US which doomed Gaddafi and aborted the Iran nuclear deal?

Without China’s participation, the UN’s North Korean framework won’t last until today. Without China as a liaison, North Korea will not build trust with the outside world. The US may be indifferent with the Trump-Kim meeting, but China only wishes it success.

Ethiopia, China hail joint efforts over 4 bln trees planting initiative

Ethiopian and Chinese officials on Saturday hailed joint efforts to achieve Ethiopia’s 4 billion trees planting project.

As part of these joint efforts, a tree planting program was done on Saturday in the premises of the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway main building in the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, which was attended by Chinese and Ethiopian officials.

In May, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kicked off a mission to plant 4 billion trees across the country, in a bid to stop rising deforestation and help Ethiopia’s green economy strategy.

Tilahun Sarka, Director General of the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway Share Company (EDRSC), said Ethiopia and China have worked together in various fields, with the cooperation on the tree planting initiative serving as the latest example of the expanding bilateral ties between the two nations.

Sarka is already the chief of the 756-km electrified rail project connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti, which officially started commercial operations in January 2018.

Contracted by two Chinese companies, the first 320-km of the rail project from Sebeta to Mieso was carried out by the China Rail Engineering Corporation (CREC), while the remaining 436-km from Mieso to Djibouti port section was built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

“Today we’re here to share the national vision of planting 4 billion trees in Ethiopia, the vision of our Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,” said Sarka. “EDR isn’t only Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway, but it’s also the friendship project of China, Ethiopia and Djibouti.”

“As you know this is a standard gauge electrified railway which is using renewable, environmentally friendly energy. So, we’re the best example of an environmentally friendly project,” said Sarka.

Zhang Zhenhai, General Manager of the CREC-CCECC Joint Venture, a management contractor of Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway, said his company is ready to help Ethiopia achieve its green economy strategy, including the 4 billion trees planting initiative.

“As a Chinese company in Ethiopia we thought we should contribute from our side for this nice country. We’re working together with Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway to achieve this tree planting program,” Zhang told Xinhua.

Zhang emphasized China has its own green economy strategy which encompasses tree planting initiatives and commended Ethiopia for starting its own tree planting initiative.

“China has similar kind of program, running from the country level up to the ordinary people level. China lets individual people as well as companies plant trees,” said Zhang.

Meanwhile, the 4 billion trees planting initiative has caught news headlines in Ethiopia for the general benefits it has for the country. Some are already envisioning the benefits of the initiative passing to future generations.

One such individual is Radia Souad, a Chief Human Resources Officer at Ethiopia Djibouti Railway Share Company, who brought her two daughters Hawa Abubbaker aged 10 years old and Zemzem Abubaker aged 9 years old to the tree planting program.

“I took my kids to plant trees with me because kids learn from us. They have to learn all the good things from their parents,” said Souad.

Souad’s long term vision is matched by the enthusiasm of her daughters, who can now find a safe, green and clean environment to play games.

“It’s my first time to plant a tree. Trees bring fresh air and happiness, and I want to play many kinds of games with my sisters and brothers under trees,” said a visibly excited Hawa Abubbaker.

China’s tariff response shows restrained rationality US bully unable to comprehend

China’s Ministry of Commerce announced new countermeasures in response to the additional tariffs on Chinese goods recently levied from Washington – targeting $60 billion worth of US imported products at four separate rates. The MOC’s announcement is a firm counterattack as the US continues to threaten another 25 percent in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

Based on the information released from the US, tariffs on the $200 billion will take effect on September 5 or later. The implementation date of China’s proposed tariffs will be determined based on US reaction, and the trade war will then reach new heights.

The tariffs that have been issued from both sides reflect the current Sino-US trade structure. According to the US Department of Commerce, the US imported $505.47 billion ($434.3 billion according to China’s statistics) worth of Chinese products in 2017, while China imported some $129.89 billion worth of US goods ($155.2 billion according to China’s statistics). The numbers show that the US is slapping tariffs on high-value products, which can be interpreted as a form of blackmail against China.

China’s countermeasures are rational, and the emphasis can be found in their quantitative and qualitative aspects. The notion of a trade war is not a game, and China will not rush to compete with US numbers. However, China’s countermeasures show that it will not yield to the US pressure and it will ultimately defeat such bullying tactics.

China’s recent counter-response is a restrained one, and the country is reserving the right and its ability to announce more against the US. China’s countermeasures aim to minimize the detrimental impact on domestic production and living standards. China is balancing short-term gain with long-term interests, risk versus opportunity, along with core and marginal interests.

The tax rate countermeasures were made after listening to public opinion and thoroughly evaluating potential impacts. Public welfare, domestic business stamina, maintenance of the global industrial chain, and other factors were considered when deciding each countermeasure.

China’s counterattack is powerful and effective. The carefully chosen tariffs on $60 billion in US goods will have a significant impact. If the US insists on fighting a trade war, China will fight back. Some companies and individuals in China and the US suffered losses during the beginning stages of the trade war.

As the trade war expands, complaints have surfaced from the US side, while indignation from the China side has revealed itself. For those caught in the middle, the real victims, they know Washington has been the provocateur since day one, and China has been fighting back.

The grievances that have surfaced in US society and the indignation from Chinese society are both manifestations of Washington’s efforts. The trade war started when the US first began harming others which in turn hurt itself, and has lost support domestically and internationally. The US won’t be able to hold on for too much longer.

The Chinese market has performed well this year. GDP is up 6.8 percent, and unemployment is at an all-time low. It is predicted the trade war will have a slight influence on the domestic market for the second half of the year, but nothing too significant. The country’s 1.4 billion population continues to provide enormous market potential, and China’s domestic foundation will always be able to rely on that to boost economic growth.

China does not want a trade war with the US, but it will fight to the end if Washington continues starting and resuming their tariff actions. If the US wants to return to the negotiating table, then a level of sincerity will need to reveal itself. For dialogue and negotiations to be effective, mutual respect that benefits both sides needs to be in place.

China has no intention of bullying foreign nations, but it will take necessary countermeasures to defend the country’s dignity and the interests of its people. Washington will get a taste of China’s firm determination if it does not stop acting recklessly.

Peru’s president calls for early general elections to end institutional crisis

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Sunday proposed early general elections as a way to overcome an impasse over reforms.

The proposal to advance the elections from 2021 to 2020 came after the opposition-controlled congress only agreed to pass a watered-down anti-corruption reform package.

The president has clashed with Congress repeatedly. Media reported that he had threatened to dissolve Congress and force new legislative elections in June so as to push through his reforms.

Following a string of scandals that have undermined the public’s trust in the government, Peruvians approved in a referendum last December Vizcarra’s reforms, which aim to curb rampant corruption in government.

The reforms consist of barring corrupt politicians from running for public office, more campaign finance controls, greater power for the judiciary to strip legislators of immunity from prosecution if suspected of graft, higher grassroots participation in political parties, and gender equality.

“Taking into account that the trust requested for the reforms has been approved only in words and denied in facts, I have decided, as a consequence, to once again put the interests of Peru above all,” Vizcarra said in a nationwide address marking the country’s Independence Day.

“I propose a way out of this institutional crisis. I present Congress a constitutional reform for the calling of early general elections, which implies cutting the congressional mandate to July 28, 2020,” he added.

Acknowledging that early general elections would also shorten his presidential mandate, Vizcarra said that “with this action, the foundations of our republic will be reinforced, even if it means we must all go.”

The initiative is to be put to a referendum so Peruvians can have a direct say in the matter, he said.

The president’s proposal to hold early general elections was met with objection form leaders of Congress who said that the legislature would defend the institutional framework of the five-year term.

Finland holds EU Presidency media conference

From left: Finnish Ambassador to China Jarno Syrj?l?, EU Ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis and Romanian Ambassador to China Basil Constantinescu Photo: Yin Yeping/GT
To mark the commencement of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Ambassador of Finland to China Jarno Syrj?l? and the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to China Nicolas Chapuis held a press conference at the Ambassador’s Residence of the Finnish Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, informing media of the priorities for the Finnish presidency and updated them on EU priorities for relations with China. During the event, Ambassador Syrj?l? said in his speech that securing the EU’s leadership in global climate action is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. “The slogan of Finland’s current EU Presidency is ‘Sustainable Europe, Sustainable Future,’ which demonstrates Finland’s confidence and goal in the social, economic and ecological sustainable development of the EU in the future,” Syrj?l? said. Ambassador Chapuis said that Nokia, Ericsson and other European companies are very willing to participate in the Chinese telecom market, and the EU attaches great importance to sharing these European companies in the Chinese market. He also noted that the negotiation process on a China-EU investment agreement is expected to reach an agreement by 2020 as scheduled.

Commissioner’s office of China’s foreign ministry in Hong Kong criticizes US congressman’s remarks on Hong Kong police

A spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of China’s Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Sunday deplored and firmly opposed the false remarks by a US congressman on Hong Kong police’s handling of recent protests.

Eliot L. Engel, chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has said that he was “deeply concerned by the reports of police brutality in response to peaceful protests in Hong Kong” and that “allegations of police violence over the past weeks have tarnished Hong Kong’s international reputation for good governance and the fair administration of justice.”

The spokesperson said in a statement that since the return of Hong Kong, China’s central government has been committed to the principles of “one country, two systems,” “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy in the HKSAR in strict accordance with the constitution and the Basic Law. As a result, Hong Kong has maintained prosperity and stability, and Hong Kong people enjoy unprecedentedly extensive rights and freedoms.

Hong Kong ranked the 16th for its rule of law performance in 2018, which was higher than that of the United States, while it ranked below 60th in 1996, said the spokesperson.

“These are undeniable facts. So what right do American politicians have to criticize human rights, freedoms and the rule of law of Hong Kong?” the spokesperson said, adding that the US politicians have never spoken out against the absence of human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong during the period when Hong Kong was under colonial rule, nor showed concern about the status and situation of Hong Kong people back then.

Now the US politicians are pointing fingers at Hong Kong that enjoys unprecedented rights and freedoms, and alleging that the Chinese government continues to chip away at its freedoms and rights.

“Isn’t this bare-faced lying and typical double standard?” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson stressed that the rule of law is a core value of Hong Kong society and a cornerstone of its success. It is widely recognized that the SAR government has been committed to law-based governance since the return of Hong Kong and that the rule of law here continues to improve.

By proposing to amend the two ordinances related to fugitive offenders in accordance with law, the SAR government aims to plug the loophole in the existing legal system and uphold social justice. The legislative procedure proceeded in accordance with law, and the amendments are in line with international law and common practices. It is, therefore, a just and reasonable effort that champions and helps improve the rule of law in Hong Kong, the spokesperson said.

When controversy arose, the SAR government announced suspending the legislative exercise so as to listen more extensively to various sectors of society and restore calm and reason to society, which reflects how much it respects public opinion and commits itself to law-based governance, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson pointed out that violence cannot be justified by any demands. Some radicals in Hong Kong have run amok, who flagrantly stormed and vandalized the Legislative Council (LegCo) building, assaulted and even brutally bit off a finger of a police officer, stormed an institution of the central government in Hong Kong, and defaced the national emblem. Such astonishing violent and illegal acts seriously trample upon the rule of law in Hong Kong, gravely undermine public order and security, and openly challenge the red line of “one country, two systems,” the spokesperson said.

Instead of admitting that some protesters are indeed radical, however, some US politicians and individual media insist that their protests were peaceful, accuse the Hong Kong police of brutality and call on the SAR government to uphold its commitment. “Isn’t this mudslinging against their own conscience?” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that anyone without bias would acknowledge that the Hong Kong police have exercised great restraint and showed admiring professionalism in dealing with violence and deliberate provocation by rioters. Over the past few days, some citizens in New York poured water on local police officers, which was condemned at all levels from the US president to the mayor and to the police as “completely unacceptable.”

“So why do some Americans once and again connive at the extreme violent and anti-law acts by radicals in Hong Kong to storm and vandalize the LegCo building, assault the police and bite off an officer’s finger, storm the central government institution and deface the national emblem?” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson emphasized that China’s central government firmly supports Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the SAR government in law-based governance, and the Hong Kong police in fulfilling their duties to protect public order and security in accordance with law. It firmly opposes any attempts by foreign governments, organizations or individuals to interfere with Hong Kong affairs and undermine the SAR’s prosperity and stability.

“We again urge some foreign politicians to immediately stop sending out wrong signals on violent illegal acts, immediately stop saying or doing anything that smears ‘one country, two systems’ and undermines Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s domestic affairs as a whole,” the spokesperson said.

Washington must pay a dear price for a trade war

The office of the US Trade Representative announced a proposed tariff list on 1,300 Chinese products worth about $50 billion on Tuesday. The wide-ranging list covers aerospace, information and communication technology, robotics and the machinery industries. The US has obviously targeted China’s high-tech sector, with an aim to restrain Chinese exports to the US and undermine China’s high-tech development.

China has responded immediately. The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Foreign Affairs both issued statements condemning the US practice. The Ministry of Commerce spokesperson said China will adopt an equal scale of countermeasures on US exports.

China imposed retaliatory tariffs on US products worth about $3 billion as a response to US tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, and it took effect on April 2. The latest list the US unveiled under the section 301 investigation, along with China’s statements to strike back, beat the drum for a trade war.

The US attempts to attack China’s “Made in China 2025” plan. However, China’s astronautics and aeronautics industries have a strong independent research and development ability. China has surpassed the US in key areas such as 5G communication technologies and its robotic technology is competitive. It’s unrealistic for the US to block these developments.

The actions of the US remind us that China cannot count on any help from the US to develop high-tech technology, and it has to develop an independent ability. The Chinese market should lean toward local high-tech companies. US communication products pose more threats to China’s national security than Chinese products do to the US. China mustn’t let down its guard.

Since the US has initiated the trade war, China’s countermeasures should deal a heavy blow, hitting what the US fears most.

We strongly recommend starting with US soybeans and corn products. If its agriculture industry feels the pain, it will cause an enormous spillover effect in the country with strong political impact. The ruling GOP will pay a huge price. US soybean farmers are already very nervous and have run ads on television to oppose Trump from launching a trade war. Their anxiety will put pressure on US policymakers.

US automobile industry should come next. Many US enterprises such as General Motors have factories in China. Beijing should substantially increase the import tariffs on US vehicles and their components, prompting US manufacturers to transfer more production to China. In that case, relevant manufacturing in the US will be further depressed. Since China has long been the world’s largest auto market, it has a dominant influence worldwide in this field.

Beijing should also cut orders from US aircraft maker Boeing and order from Airbus instead.

China has many cards to play. The branches of US companies in China produce and sell over $200 billion worth of products in China every year, yet Chinese local companies have the ability to replace most of them. US service trade with China has also been growing rapidly. Beijing has a lot of room to suppress the US in this regard.

Some US elites stubbornly believe that the Chinese economy’s dependence on the US market is much higher than the US economy’s dependence on the Chinese market. They are pushing Washington to change its trade policy with China based on their vague understanding. But the truth is that the total size of China’s consumer market has already surpassed the US. The logic that China is more dependent on the US is untenable.

The US is trying to strangle Chinese high-tech development while containing China’s rise through the trade war. Washington is afraid of China’s rising competitiveness in the field of high technologies. However, it adopts a measure of isolationism instead of motivating the US to compete.

China should make the US pay the same price, force the US to rethink the strength comparison between the two countries and reflect on how to get along with China in the future.

US insults the world with Pence, Pompeo lies about Xinjiang

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File Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 29, 2018. (Photo:Xinhua)

It seems hatredof China has blinded some US officials. US Vice President Mike Pence accused China of “oppressing religion” during the so-called Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Thursday. However, Pence also said “there were less than half a million Chinese Christians” when the Communist Party of China took power, but today there are “as many as 130 million Chinese Christians.” He was using his own evidence to attack his malicious accusation of China’s religious policy.

This meeting was held by the US State Department, and it was aimed at China. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked China’s governance in Xinjiang, calling China’s treatment of Uyghur people the “stain of the century.”

Making up stories about China’s governance in Xinjiang is the biggest lie of the West in the 21st century. It reflects deep-rooted Western prejudice, and the US government’s act has worsened the stain.

Some Western people don’t understand that Xinjiang was once haunted by terrorism and extremism. They also refuse to understand how Xinjiang has rebuilt peace and order. They only compared Xinjiang’s situation with Western governance and values, but forgot China’s governance of Xinjiang has restored peace and stability that best guarantee the rights of people.

Though ordinary Americans’ misunderstanding of Xinjiang is understandable, US officials, with this intelligence apparatus to gather information, were feigning ignorance and creating antagonism. They want to annihilate political diversity in the world.

The governments of 37 countries sent a joint letter to the UN in response to such Western accusations. Pence claimed China will eliminate Islam, but Islamic countries did not agree. More than 10 of the 37 countries are Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, the most influential country in the Islamic world.

Pompeo threatened countries which refused to attend the US religious event, saying that the US took note of their absence. The US used religion as a geopolitical tool, which is despised by the international community.

The core members of the current US administration are hostile to China. US ideological attacks on China reflect Washington’s new strategy of turning Beijing into a rival. The world knows that.

Chinese people enjoy freedom of religious beliefs. People can choose their religious belief, and their legitimate rights are protected. Every Chinese city has mosques and halal restaurants to respect Muslim beliefs and habits. The Chinese government only cracks down on heresy. Chinese Christians could not have increased a hundredfold if China cracked down on Christianity.

The US tries to use the religious issue to mess up China’s governance. But Washington elite never think that if the huge country is messed up, what risks would the 1.4 billion Chinese people face and the serious humanitarian disaster it would create.

China’s human rights cannot advance without peace and development. Pence and Pompeo are talking nonsense. The international society is much smarter than what they think.

Death toll in Brazil prison riot climbs to 57

The death toll from a prison riot in Brazil’s northern Para state Monday climbed to 57, authorities said.

The riot led to the deaths of 16 inmates, who were decapitated, and 41 who died of inhaling toxic smoke from burning mattresses, according to the state’s Superintendency of the Penitentiary System (Susipe).

The riot, sparked by clashes between two rival gangs, broke out at the Altamira Regional Recovery Center at breakfast time, after members of one gang attacked two prison guards to access the wing where the rival gang members were housed.

“It was a swift attack in a way, aimed at wiping out the rival members,” Para prison official Jarbas Vasconcelos said.

“They went in, started a fire, killed and ended the attack. It was a directed, localized attack,” Vasconcelos added.

According to Susipe, the prison was built to hold 163 inmates, but was housing 343, more than twice its capacity.

The Brazilian government announced an immediate transfer of 46 inmates who took part in the riot.

In recent years, riots between rival gangs have become commonplace in the Brazilian prison system.

In May, 55 inmates were killed in a wave of gang-related violence at four prisons in the neighboring state of Amazonas, also Brazil’s poorer northern region.

Greening efforts of Xiongan showcased at horticultural expo

Tourists visit the Hebei Garden at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019.(Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the night scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 1, 2017 shows people doing morning exercises at the Wenyuan Pavilion at the bank of the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 26, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 30, 2018 shows the scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2018 shows the night scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 25, 2019 shows the scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Tourists visit the Hebei Garden at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 11, 2018 shows the scenery of the Nanhu Park in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 1, 2018 shows boats sailing on the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province.(Photo: Xinhua)

Aerial photo taken on April 1, 2019 shows the Baiyangdian lake in Xiongan New Area, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo: Xinhua)