Migrating birds, AI robots, hydropower, LNG fighting carbon: China Quick Take

A Chinese AI giant is developing some very clever robots, the endangered sturgeon has received a huge boost to their survival and liquefied natural gas is helping the fight against carbon emissions. Six stories you might have missed from China this week.


Birds in spring migration fill skies over China's wetland reserves

Wetland reserves across China are alive with migratory birds nesting and preparing for their journeys northwards to their summer breeding grounds.

More than 100,000 birds have spent the winter in the Lashihai Wetland in Lijiang City in southwest China's Yunnan Province. 

Tianjin boasts four wetland nature reserves and five wetland nature parks, covering nearly 2,900 square kilometers, and thousands of waterbirds, such as geese, storks, herons and red-billed gulls, get ready for the big trip. 


Chinese AI giant highlights power of AI in physical world

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company Megvii Technology believes the value of AI lies in the physical world where it powers robots with astute algorithms. 

The company, based in Beijing, mainly applies AI in logistics automation under the warehouse scenario, where robots are programmed to perform tasks faster and more accurately aided by algorithm and sensors.

Using robots in logistics is nothing new, but to coordinate a range of equipment in limited space requires integrated solutions.

The eggs produced by Yangtze sturgeon. /CMG
The eggs produced by Yangtze sturgeon. /CMG

The eggs produced by Yangtze sturgeon. /CMG

Chinese breakthrough as Yangtze sturgeon reproduce in the wild

Chinese science is helping the protection of the Yangtze sturgeon, which is an endangered species, with tests showing that the rare fish have reproduced naturally in the wild for the first time in 23 years.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said the natural ovulation and fertilization of Yangtze sturgeon had been captured by underwater cameras during tests with the eggs hatching into seedlings.


Hydropower stations alleviate power shortages in Africa

The Chinese-built Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower Station in Zambia has finally opened with the switching on of its fifth generator. 

The power plant, 90 kilometers south of the Zambian capital of Lusaka, was built by China's hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro and funded by the Export-Import Bank of China. 

The commissioning of the plant, which began construction in 2015, adds an additional 750 megawatts of power to the national grid. 

The Chinese-built power station up and running after eight years of construction./ CGTN
The Chinese-built power station up and running after eight years of construction./ CGTN

The Chinese-built power station up and running after eight years of construction./ CGTN

Use of LNG helping the fight to reduce carbon emissions

Green energy development is an area that China is focusing on more and more as the green revolution gathers pace.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is at the core of this battle, being one of the clean fuel resources supporting this transition.

CGTN reporter Wang Tianyu visited an LNG terminal in Putian, Fujian Province, to see how clean energy is helping to slash carbon emissions; click the link above to watch his report.


International musical artists return to Beijing's big stage

Maestro Valery Gergiev has performed many times in the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and he's happy to be back again. 

The conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra said: "I feel privileged, happy and honored to see the partnership between Mariinsky and NCPA. I feel like in many ways, I come home after three and a half years."

The orchestra is among the first set of international musicians that the NCPA has presented since the pandemic. Nearly 1,000 overseas performances have been confirmed for the Chinese mainland in 2023.


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