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oss the period, be they old masters’ paintings, impressionist, or modern and contemporary, he said.
The second trend is that Chinese and Asian markets continue to grow and flourish
despite short-term macroeconomic challenges the world is facing, Belin said.
“We continue to see strong appetite for collecting and strong growth.
We continue to see a very strong demand and we do see (in Asian Art Week here) very stro
ng buying appetite from our clients; a depth of biding that even surprised ourselves,” he said.
The third key trend in Asia is growing number of young collectors, Belin said.
“There are more young billionaires in Asia than we have in Europe and in the U.S., and that’s also reflected in collec
ting, which is very exciting for Christie’s, because we can bring our clients much earlier on the collecting journ
ey with the best art across the world. And we can accompany them for even longer time in their journey.”
The flourishing Chinese culture market represents “fantastic opportunities” for Christie’
s and the auction house always attaches greater importance to the Chinese market, said the senior industry leader.
Being the first international fine art auction house to be gran
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led major
financial companies in London to move assets and staff to continental Europe, mea
ning the post-Brexit landscape is likely to be far more “polycentric” than it is today
and far less centered on one location.
According to a recent report by think tank The New Financial, more than 40 companies have shifted staff or oper
ations to more than one financial center within the EU, with 100 choosing the
Irish capital as a post-Brexit location, whi
ch was the most popular choice ahead of Luxembourg, with 60, Paris with 41, Frankfurt with 40, and Amsterdam with 32.
William Wright, principal author of the
New Financial Brexitometer report, said: “One of the most strikin
g findings of our analysis is the extent to which Europe will become a much more
‘multipolar’ world as a result of Brexit.”
Companies are migrating to, or expanding in, multiple financial centers, with man
y either establishing a dedicated division for EU business or spreading their staff
more evenly throughout the EU.
ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.
“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor
e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary
of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.
“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen
said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou
ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”
The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb
er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.
“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the
re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.
As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor
mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.
d visits to the city with his wife.
He said he decided to relocate 2,100 kilometers from the capital due to heavy smog, which ha
d caused him serious discomfort. But more important, he wanted to change his way of life.
The 45-year-old worked for a State-owned company in Beijing before moving. Since 2001, he had
been sent abroad by his company to work in countries such as Sudan, Ecuador, Iran, Syria and Iraq as chief manager for busi
ness development. However, he faced great pressure, both from work and security problems.
Mu said he had several narrow escapes from bomb attacks near his office in Iraq, where he worked for seven years.
When he returned to work at the company’s Beijing headquarters in 2015, he found he could n
ot adapt to life in the city. He had to travel for a total of three hours each day on the subway between home and work.
what life meant to him, Mu said.”I felt I needed a change, so I talked with my wife. She agr
eed with me that we should sell our house in Beijing and move to somewhere we liked,” he said.
The couple searched online and drew up plans to move, finally deciding on Dali, where they bought a villa on an estate at the foot of Mount Cangshan.
In May 2017, Mu left his job and traveled with his wife and son to their new home.
He said he is happy with his new life. “The lifestyle in Dali is slow, easygoing and totally relaxed. The
re are no business phone calls, as there always were in Beijing. This is 100 percent the life I dreamed of,” he said.
Mu is trying to find something he enjoys to begin a new career. “I don’t intend to take up a job to make money – I want to find so
mething I truly love doing to enrich my life,” he said. “Since I decided to move to Dali, making money is no longer a priority.”
ation in fields such as environment and sustainable energy, agriculture, sustainable urbani
zation, health, aviation, space technology, infrastructure and transportation, according to the communique.
The two sides also expres
Visiting President Xi Jinping met with Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti
Casellati here Friday on expanding exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions.
China and Italy have enjoyed a traditional friendship, with the ancient Silk Road closely linking the two peoples, Xi said.
Since they established diplomatic relations nearly 50 years ago, the China-Italy ties have seen heal
thy and stable development, and the two countries have become important partners who trust each other and work together, Xi said.
sed willingness to strengthen cultural cooperation that includes heritage protection and figh
t against relic trafficking, education cooperation that highlights language studies, judicial coope
ration that involves extradition and anti-graft experience sharing, and law enforcement cooperation.
During Xi’s visit, the two sides signed 19 intergovernmental bilateral cooperation documents, the communique said.