PARIS Cheap Jahlil Okafor Jersey , March 15 (Xinhua) -- Skipper Guo Chuan, the world solo circumnavigation record holder of Class 40 monohull from China, received the world famous IDEC maxi trimaran at the Mecca of offshore sailing in West France's La Trinite sur Mer on Sunday.

In a simple ceremony Cheap Timothe Luwawu Jersey , Chairman of IDEC Group Patrice Lafargue and the maxi trimaran's former skipper Francis Joyon handed it over to Guo Chuan. The boat will be renamed later this month as Qingdao, after the Chinese eastern coastal city in Shandong Province where the new boat owner is based.

Guo set up a new world record in April 2013 by completing a 21,600nm solo non-stop circumnavigation in a Class 40 boat over 138 days. Receiving the IDEC maxi trimaran from his French counterpart marks the first milestone of his new adventures in preparation.

The 50-year-old Chinese has been planning to conquer a new routine of the Maritime Silk Road later this year Cheap Amir Johnson Jersey , following Zheng He's footprints 610 years ago in commanding expeditionary voyages after navigating across the Arctic Ocean for new record.

"I am proud to receive this legendary boat," he said. "While changing my boat from a small one to this jumbo, I Cheap Justin Anderson Jersey , myself, have grown from a solo skipper to the skipper of a trimaran. Our next target needs also to be more ambitious and exciting."

The IDEC Maxi Trimaran is famous not only for its simplicity, efficiency and solidness Cheap Jerryd Bayless Jersey , but for one of the most prestigious world records created by Captain Joyon, who piloted it to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation voyage in just 57 days 13 hours 34 minutes and 6 seconds in 2008.

Before the handover ceremony, Guo has already spent a few days of training on the trimaran in La Trinite sur Mer Cheap Darryl Dawkins Jersey , where he used to train for his solo world challenge since 2007.

He fondly recalled his earlier acquaintance with the super trimaran eight years ago and said: "I often came to enjoy the moment of looking at this trimaran and had no idea one day I would become her skipper. I believe la Trinite sur Mer is my lucky place; and today I have my lucky boat."

Guo Chuan will continue training in the coming weeks with Joyon, who's positive about Guo Chuan's new adventure.

"I have been sailing with Guo in the last couple of days. He is a good learner as well as a good sailor. I am sure this trimaran will be in his safe hands. And I wish him fair winds for his new challenge," said the Frenchman.


BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's industrial output expanded 6 percent in the first ten months of 2016, thanks largely to strong performance in the high-tech and equipment manufacturing sectors, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed Monday.

The growth rate was unchanged from that posted for the first half of the year, the NBS announced.

Industrial output, officially called industrial value added, is used to measure the activity of designated large enterprises with annual turnover of at least 20 million yuan (2.93 million U.S. dollars).

In October, industrial output rose 6.1 percent year on year, unchanged from September, and up from 5.6 percent in October last year.

The increase in industrial output was largely buoyed by the fast-developing high-tech and equipment manufacturing sectors.

Industrial output for the two sectors jumped 10.5 percent and 10.1 percent in October, respectively, much faster than overall growth.

Profits of large enterprises rose 8.4 percent year on year to 4.64 trillion yuan during the first three quarters, unchanged from the growth rate posted for the first eight months, the data also showed.

After more than a decade of double-digit growth, the country's annual industrial growth slowed to 8.3 percent in 2014, and 6.1 percent in 2015, due to mounting downward economic pressure.

China's gross domestic product grew by 6.7 percent in the third quarter, the same as the second quarter.

WELLINGTON Cheap Clarence Weatherspoon Jersey , Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government on Monday called for proposals and announced funding for three New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centers to boost bilateral science cooperation.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce said a total of 3.75 million NZ dollars (2.47 million U.S. dollars) was available for the three multi-institution centers over five years.

"This initiative will strengthen research collaboration with China in three priority areas -- water research, food safety and security, and non-communicable diseases Cheap Charles Barkley Jersey ," Joyce said in a statement.

China was a priority collaboration partner for New Zealand and the centers would deliver on a key action identified at the New ZealandChina Joint Commission Meeting on science and technology in April last year.

The centers would coordinate New Zealand's engagement with China in these mutually important areas of research and build on the existing bilateral programs leading to more enduring and more impactful collaborations, he said.

The government announced three new China-New Zealand joint research projects after the meeting in Wellington in April last year.

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-- Investigating nutrient cycling and grassland legumes in alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau and in New Zealand high country to improve the economic sustainability of farms, to be led by Lincoln University and Qinghai University.

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