ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
ion as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 percent held a junior colleg
e degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
Last year, there were 150 million people 60 years or above living with chronic diseases
in China. Of those, 44 million were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.
“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.
The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursing services for the e
lderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.
Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to provid
e beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.
ity in nursing services,” Jiao said. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disab
led elderly population, including psychological needs, so the services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.
Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to m
ake more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention edu
cation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.
“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho
spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.
dialogues based on harmony in diversity and inclusiveness. We need to undertake the cultural responsibility of inter
national communicators, and let exchanges of culture and among civilizations, as well as mutual learning, co
nstantly serve as bridges for people’s friendship, the impetus of international cooperation and bond of world peace.
Second, we should become builders of world peace and development. The wheel of humanities’ de
velopment is unstoppable. Peace, reconciliation and harmony are historical trends. Equality, mut
ual trust and win-win cooperation are historical necessities. Yet, as international conventions are attacked an
d multilateral mechanisms are challenged, the anti-globalization tendency rises, and unilateralism and tra
de protectionism are becoming increasingly fierce. We must adamantly safeguard the contemporary interna
President says gathering sets stage for more Belt and Road progress, cooperation
More than $64 billion in deals were signed during the Second Belt a
nd Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Xi Jinping told members of the me
dia from home and abroad in Beijing after the three-day event concluded on Saturday.
In addition, Xi said, during the preparation and holding of the fo
rum, parties reached 283 pragmatic outcomes, including intergovernmental cooperation agre
ements, cooperative projects and the launch of multilateral cooperation platforms.
The outcomes fully demonstrate that joint building of the Belt and Road conforms to the trend of the times, wi
nning the hearts of the people, improving livelihoods and benefiting the whole world, he said.