CBI member Philips provided the International Youth Culture Centre in Nanjing with an energy-efficient, dynamic, colour-changing, computer-controlled LED lighting system.
Transforming the city’s skyline with a 16 million colour palette, the façade of the 68-storey building, which houses a five-star hotel and offices, costs less than €114 a day to light. In this instance, the computer controlled LED lighting system saves an additional 60% in electricity used compared to normal LED colour lighting.
A total of 700,000 nodes of Philips iColour Flex MX LED lights accentuate the building’s fluidity and curves while Philips Vaya Linear LED lights create the striking vertical lines. The 300-metre high structure looks even taller due to Philips Vaya Flood LED lights, which project into the night sky.
The lighting system enables the building owners to change colours and create spectacular light shows with a click of a mouse button. The building was designed by leading architect Zaha Hadid.
On Monday, the Singaporean government announced that Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of the Southeast Asian metropolis, had died at the age of 91 after a bout with pneumonia. Serving as Singapore’s first Prime Minister from 1959 until 1990, Mr. Lee was the architect who guided the city-state’s extraordinary transformation from a new nation battling with poverty to a leading global business and transportation hub as well as one of the world’s most prosperous societies.
Following his passing, global leaders have paid tribute to the man widely regarded as one of Asia’s most pivotal and visionary leaders of the past half century.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the Cambridge-educated Mr. Lee for building Singapore into “one of the great success stories of our modern world”, noting that he “was always a friend to Britain, if sometimes a critical one, and many British Prime Ministers benefited from his wise advice, including me.” He went on to say that Mr. Lee’s “place in history is assured, as a leader and as one of the modern world’s foremost statesmen.”
The U.K. is home to one of the largest overseas communities for the former British colony, and Singapore’s High Commission in London has opened a condolence book for those wishing to pay their respects.
In addition, the Singapore UK Association and the UK Singapore Students’ Council are discussing how to get the UK’s Singaporean community to remember and pay tribute to Mr. Lee at an SG50 March for Charity, which will be held this Saturday in London’s Hyde Park.
In China, President Xi Jinping commended Mr. Lee as an “old friend of the Chinese people”, while Premier Li Keqiang stated that Mr. Lee “had worked together with the pioneering generation of Chinese leaders in opening the gate for the friendly cooperation between China and Singapore. His contributions to the China-Singapore relationship and China’s reform and opening up will surely be marked by history.”
Throughout his long tenure at Singapore’s helm, Mr. Lee enjoyed close relations with many of China’s leaders, who were impressed by the level of prosperity achieved under the Singaporean growth model. The Chinese media estimated that Mr. Lee had been to China more than 20 times.
During his last visit in 2011, Mr. Lee met with then Vice President Xi Jinping, who highlighted to the elder statesmen that tens of thousands of Chinese officials had been to Singapore for visiting and studying over the decades, emphasising the important role this had played in promoting strong bilateral relations as well as China’s modernisation.
Mr. Lee’s passing also triggered an outpouring of tributes from the local business community, including CBI members such as UBS and Standard Chartered, which hailed his remarkable legacy in Singapore and worldwide.
Current Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr. Lee’s son, has declared seven days of national mourning for the nation’s founding father, and the state funeral is scheduled for 29 March.
Kicking off the landmark Year of the Sheep for Sino-British relations, Prince William launched the first ever UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange, opened the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, and showcased the very “best of British” in sport, conservation, education, the creative industries, and much more.
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Prince William’s presentation of an official invitation, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, to President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to the UK later this year
Prince William’s visit to a Shanghai secondary school’s football training session, where he saw Premier Skills, the Premier League’s international development initiative, in action
Royal Mail Group’s launch of its shop front on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online retailing site
Ratification of a landmark UK-China film co-production treaty, negotiated for the UK by the BFI, with support from the UK government as well
Chinese premiere of Paddington at the Shanghai Film Museum as well as the presentation of the earliest film on record of Shanghai, taken from the BFI National Archive, to Chinese film leaders
BAFTA’s announcement of a new UK-China scholarship programme, which will offer options for financial aid to Chinese and British nationals looking to study film, television, or games as an international student in the UK or China
De Montfort University’s role as the sole education sponsor for the GREAT Festival, where it exhibited work from a number of its subject areas
Neil Carberry’s representation of the CBI on an education panel at the GREAT Festival and his later visit to the University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, the first Sino-foreign university to have opened in China
The British Council’s inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards in China, which honoured the achievements of Chinese alumni who had received their degrees in the UK
Prince William’s visit to an elephant sanctuary in Southwest China, where he called for greater international efforts on wildlife conservation
CBI member Baker & McKenzie released its report “Chinese Investment into Europe: Reaching New Heights”, which highlights how Chinese companies have expanded in the European market at a record pace in recent years.
In 2014, annual investment by Chinese companies in Europe reached an all-time high of US$18 billion. Over the past four years, annual inflows averaging US$10 billion indicate that Chinese investments is not a one-time event triggered by crisis buying, but a long-term trend that is here to stay.
Growth in the past year has been driven by new sectors such as real estate, food, and financials, as well as traditional areas of investment such as energy and automotive.
CBI member The University of Nottingham announced that a new research centre examining Chinese digital copyright was launched at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).
Combining British and Chinese expertise, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Digital Copyright and IP Research Centre in China will investigate the global copyright challenges and opportunities for creative and tech industries.
The Centre is supported by a £500,000 grant from the AHRC and Newton Fund over two years with match funding from the Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau. It will act as a key national research hub with links to related projects and research groups in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities.
Currently being recruited, a professor of digital copyright research will direct the Centre and develop a small team in Ningbo, including research fellows and postgraduate researchers.
CBI member Royal Mail Group announced that it is joining the Chinese e-commerce boom with the launch of its shop front on Alibaba’s Tmall Global e-marketplace, providing Chinese consumers with increased access to premium, authentic, and high-quality British products.
The solution will offer British retailers and exporters an accelerated opportunity to access the China market. It will remove challenges that many companies would otherwise face in getting their products into the hands of Chinese consumers, including promotion on Chinese e-commerce sites, local customer support service, customs duties, documentation, shipping, and logistics.
For China’s 302 million online shoppers, Royal Mail’s new shop front on Tmall Global will offer a selection of distinctive products for purchase by renowned British brands with delivery to the doorstep. The platform is expected to go live towards the end of March.
Royal Mail Chief Executive Officer Moya Greene announced the launch of Royal Mail’s Tmall Global shop front at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai.