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capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
round. Tourists can explore the old town, hike amid the clouds, cycle around the lake and enjoy bustling street festivals.
Before he settled in Dali, Yang worked for a bank in Chongqing, his
hometown. After moving, he started a business selling hand-made traditional costumes of the loc
al Bai people, one of the ethnic groups in China. Many people from the group live in communities in Dali.
A year after he arrived, Yang opened his small restaurant, which
serves spicy Chongqing cuisine. He has developed a close relationship with his customers.
“I cook the food on my own for my customers, most of whom
are tourists. When I serve them, I often sit and chat with them and listen to their stories,” he said.
“In my spare time, I go with friends to climb Mount Cangshan, or cycle around Erhai Lak
e alone. This is exactly the life that I want to live – having no pressure, but inner peace and freedom.”
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.”
play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin
g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr
ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.
The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe
en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.
China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co
operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec
hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.