China Restricts TV Shows Based on Foreign Formats
Jun 20, 2016
- China is restricting TV shows that use formats from abroad such as “The Voice of China,” which is based on a Dutch talent show, in a move it says is intended to lead to more innovation and original programming among Chinese TV channels. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has issued similar orders in the past to satellite TV channels, limiting variety shows, reality programs and, most recently, programs that employ celebrities’ children.
Foreign activists’ bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters’ bite
June 17, 2016
- International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin: but the protests may have backfired, residents say, spurring more people to eat man’s best friend. “My store’s dog-meat sales are much higher than before, last year was up more than 50 per cent,” the owner of Yulin Number One Crackling Dog Meat Shop says. The city, deep in the poverty-stricken southern Chinese region of Guangxi, has drawn international fury for the beating and boiling alive of animals in the belief that the more frightened the dogs, the tastier the meat, activists say.
Nationalist Chinese Netizens Are Already Turning on Disney Shanghai
June 16, 2016
- To them, the just-opened theme park is yet another example of cultural imperialism. Wang’s salvo has played well among China’s nationalist web users. Amid rising Chinese nationalism, some in China have come to see purchasing local brands instead of foreign ones as an act of patriotism. Theme parks may be the next battlefield. “No matter what, with regard to Disney, I absolutely support Wang Jianlin,” wrote a user in a popular comment on microblogging platform Weibo. “I do not plan to go to Disney.”
China’s environmental conservation efforts are making a positive impact, Stanford scientists say
June 16, 2016
- China gets a bad rap on its environmental stewardship, in large part due to the environmental damage and atmospheric pollution that result from the country’s rapid economic and infrastructure growth. But a new decade-long report, involving the work of 3,000 scientists, reveals that China’s environmental policies are making clear positive impacts. “China has gone further than any other country, as strange as that sounds given all the devastation that we read about on the environment front there,” said Gretchen Daily, the Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford and senior author on the study. “In the face of deepening environmental crisis, China has become very ambitious and innovative in its new conservation science and policies and has implemented them on a breathtaking scale.”
More overseas Chinese scientists deciding to return home
June 13, 2016
- China’s increased investment in science and technology is having a global impact on the field. Higher wages and improved facilities are drawing some of the country’s top scientific minds back to China. The effort is also increasing collaboration with overseas institutions. Inside the University of Sydney’s state of the art Nanoscience Hub. Chunle Xiong is carrying out work on an unimaginable scale. After moving to Australia to join the university 8 years ago – Xiong has gained a reputation for being a pioneer in photonics – controlling photons or particles of light in a way that scientists say will transform the world around us.
Japan lags as Chinese clubs win Asian soccer glory
June 11, 2016
- KUALA LUMPUR — For years Chinese soccer fans had to watch as teams from South Korea and Japan won the annual Asian Champions League, the continent’s biggest club competition. That changed in 2013, when big-spending Guangzhou Evergrande lifted the trophy, following up with another win two years later.
Shanghai Disneyland set to open next week featuring Chinese culture
Jun 10, 2016
- Shanghai Disneyland, the biggest and the most expensive international resort, will be opening in China on June 16 which has a distinct Chinese feel. The nearly 1,000-acre, $5.5-billion development in Shanghai features two hotels, 100-acre lake and even an interactive Storybook Castle. Unlike Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, which are very similar to the U.S. theme park, the Disneyland in China mixed Disney features as well as some Chinese architecture and customs.
Number of rare dolphins on the rise in China
- GUANGZHOU– There are now 2,060 endangered Chinese white dolphins living near an estuary of the Pearl River, marine authorities said Wednesday. A Chinese white dolphin monitoring expedition in 2015 found that the population had increased from the 1,500 recorded in 2011, said He Shaoqing, deputy chief of Guangdong provincial maritime and fishery bureau.
Children at five are 8-cm taller than 40 years ago
June 9, 2016
- Chinese children are much taller and stronger than four decades ago, with the height gap standing at 8 centimeters (cm), a government survey showed Wednesday. The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) surveyed 161,774 healthy children under seven years old from nine cities and their suburbs in 2015. Health authorities have conducted the survey once every 10 years since 1975. Taking children aged 5 to 5.5 for example, the boys on average measure 113.6 cm, 8 cm taller than boys in 1975 and 1.7 cm taller than boys in 2005, while girls have an average height of 112.5 cm, 8.2 cm more than four decades ago and 1.8 cm more than ten years ago, according to the 2015 survey results.
The Chinese Government is Setting Up Its Own Major Science Fiction Award
- This is pretty interesting: during the latest national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology, chairman Han Qide announced that the country would be setting up a program to promote science fiction and fantasy, including the creation of a new major award. In the last couple of decades, China has enjoyed an unprecedented boom when it comes to science fiction. Since the 1990s, dozens of authors have broken out and written a number of high profile books, creating a viable community. Every year, Chinese science fiction magazine Science Fiction World issues its own major award, the Galaxy. This is particularly exciting news, given the increases that we’ve seen in science fiction coming from China. Authors such as Liu Cixin, Chen Quifan, Xia Jia, and others have had their works translated into English frequently, while Liu Cixin’s novel The Three Body Problem earned the Hugo Award for Best Novel last year.
China moves to improve children rights protection
June 1, 2016
- China promised a better basic life and improved health care and education for children in poverty, suffering disabilities or without proper care on Wednesday, International Children’s Day. The government will improve the basic living of children in impoverished families and ensure that all those with no capable guardians are brought up in charity houses, said a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council.
Chinese students ‘brainwashed by western theories’, say scholars
June 1, 2016
- China must stop its university students from being “brainwashed by western theories”, according to a group of Chinese scholars who have urged Beijing to reinstate more Marxism in economics courses. The rise of western thinking in degree courses, alongside the waning of Marxist content, has “severely deviated college economics education from the socialist direction”, the professors wrote in a letter to the ministry of education. The scholars’ intervention comes amid a broader backlash against western influence in Chinese studies after the education minister last year said textbooks promoting western values had no place in China’s classrooms.
Chinese overseas students no longer popular back home
- With graduation season approaching, a recent report pointed out that the employment situation for this year’s Chinese overseas grads is worsening, as overseas students are no longer considered more valuable than their domestic counterparts. Considering the fact that most overseas students have invested hundreds of thousands of yuan in their education, which is far more than what local students pay, many feel underwhelmed by their low starting salary back home and wonder what the point of their elite education was.
China’s top nuclear researcher dies
- Chinese physicist Chen Nengkuan, who made great contributions to the country’s nuclear weapons research, has passed away at the age of 94. Chen had long been engaged in research on metal physics and material science. His research made significant contributions to the study and manufacture of China’s atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs. In 1999, he obtained the “Two-bombs and One-star Achievement Medal.” It’s China’s top award for its nuclear weapons scientists.
China’s Domestic Organizations Feel Side Effects of Strict NGO Law
May 28, 2016
- According to Chinese media outlet the Global Times, some local NGOs are already complaining of the side effects of the controversial new law, particularly in terms of financial support from their foreign backers. Based on November’s China Foundation Rankings 2015, local organizations confirmed a drop in foreign funding by as much as 40 percent compared to the previous year’s records.
For many Chinese migrants, the lure of the city is fading
May 30, 2016
- After two decades trying to make a life in China’s entrepreneurial city of Wenzhou, Ji Shouquan and his brother Shoufang are ready to head home. They say they have no hope of stepping onto the city’s housing ladder and it is getting more difficult to earn a decent wage. China is relying on millions of internal migrants taking up jobs in cities to boost the urban population and consumption. It hopes this will fuel more sustainable long-term economic growth and reduce the country’s reliance on big industry and exports that powered the country’s rise in the last three decades.
Xi Underscores Care for China’s Aging Population
- President Xi Jinping has called for better care for China’s aging population. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee made the remarks on Friday afternoon at a group study attended by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on the state and future of a graying society. He emphasized the importance of meeting the needs of the vast number of the elderly and solving social problems.
‘Era of blindly following’ Mickey Mouse is over, says Chinese billionaire battling Disney
May 25 2016
- If Walt Disney Co. executives thought they were going to open a theme park in mainland China without major opposition, they were wrong. Only weeks before the launch of the $5.5-billion Shanghai Disney Resort, a Chinese rival has vowed to outperform Disney with local theme parks that offer lower prices and more innovative rides and characters.
Tibetans benefit from higher welfare
May 23, 2016
- Farmers and herdsmen in Maizhokunggar County in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region have seen improving welfare over the past year. County officials say in 2015 the county government invested some 290 million yuan, or about 44 million U.S. dollars to livelihood projects, such as education, medicare and old-age care. So far, about 48,000 local farmers and herdsmen have benefited from the projects.
You won’t lose your identity: Zhang Dejiang assures Hong Kong it will not be absorbed by mainland China
18 May, 2016
- Beijing’s third-highest official has assured Hong Kong that it will not lose its identity or autonomy to become just another city in China, but warned against independence moves . In an unexpectedly forthcoming and wide-ranging speech during a banquet in his honour on Wednesday night, visiting state leader Zhang Dejiang tried to ease fears about the erosion of the “one country, two systems” policy governing Hong Kong.
China To Have More Than 500 Airports By 2020
May 18, 2016
- China plans to build more than 500 airports by 2020 to create a market worth over USD 153 billion for its general aviation industry. According to a guideline issued by China’s central cabinet, the country will have more than 500 general aviation airports in a number of places, including major agricultural and forest regions and over 50 per cent of five scenic tourist spots by 2020.
One-third of Chinese college grads to enter Internet industries this year
- Nearly one-third of this year’s college graduates will enter the Internet and related industries, which boast the highest average monthly salary in China, a survey by recruitment website Zhaopin has found. The starting salary for this year’s college graduates is 4,765 yuan ($730), short of their expected 4,985 yuan and also slightly down from last year’s level, according to the report released by Zhaopin on Tuesday.
Chinese Mobile Internet Population Hits 780 Mln: Report
- The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), together with Internet Society of China, has jointly issued the 2016 Statistical Report on Internet Development in China. The report shows that China’s online population had reached 780 million, which accounts for 56.9 percent of the country’s population in 2015.
China environment ministry given powers to inspect provinces: paper
May 12, 2016
- China’s environment ministry has been given powers to send inspection teams to provinces and regions across the country as part of its efforts to root out local polluters, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Friday. The paper said the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) would become only the second national authority, after the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s corruption watchdog, to have the power to send inspection teams and hold discussions with provincial leaders.
China tech workers asleep on the job – with the boss’s blessing
May 11, 2016
- Dai Xiang has slept his way to the top. The 40-year-old Beijinger got his start as an engineer, pulling 72-hour shifts at a machinery company while catching naps on the floor. After a switch to the tech industry and around 15 years of catching naps on desks and other flat surfaces, Dai co-founded his own cloud computing firm, BaishanCloud, last year.
Tibet also needs China’s help for economic growth: Dalai Lama
9 May 2016
- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday said that since countries cannot survive in isolation in this era of interdependence, Tibet too needs China’s help to develop economically. “As for Tibet, we have a huge land and a rich culture but we need China’s help to develop economically,” he told reporters in Osaka in Japan.
Researchers discover China’s longest cave is longer than they thought
May 3, 2016
- A team of Chinese and French speleologists, or cave experts, have determined that China’s longest cave is about 186 kilometers (about 115 miles) long, 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) longer than a measurement from 2014. The researchers conducted a joint expedition April 16-28 at Shuanghe cave in Wenquan township, Suiyang County, in southwest China’s Guizhou province.
China Taps Its Citizens to Help Eradicate Water Pollution
May 03, 2016
- China will engage its citizens to help ease the country of its lingering dilemma on water pollution through a new and unprecedented campaign called “hei chou he,” which literally means “black and stinky rivers.” According to Market Place, the new campaign seeks to make people feel the responsibility of caring for the irreplaceable resource by reporting rivers and other bodies of water that have been polluted.
The story of China’s ‘snooker king’ Ding Junhui
2 May 2016
- Millions across China will be watching as Ding Junhui, tipped for stardom since he was a teenager, takes to the table for the closing session of the World Snooker Championship final. Facing off against the UK’s Mark Selby at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Monday, it will be the closest to world domination the 29-year-old has come after years on the international circuit. He is already the first Asian to make it this far. The story of his rise begins with a fortuitous toilet break.
Central, western areas to get elite universities
- Elite universities are to be established by the Ministry of Education in 14 central and western provinces that have never had a university directly under the ministry before, as part of the central government’s pledge to bridge the widening education gap. The 14 provinces include the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. Chen Shun, assistant education minister, announced the decision at a news briefing on Friday.
China’s President Xi Jinping warns Communist Party schools against ‘Western capitalist’ values
01 May, 2016
- President Xi Jinping recently warned teachers at the Communist Party’s training institutes against spreading “Western capitalist values” and bad-mouthing state policies, the party’s flagship magazine has revealed. “I have heard reports that some people disseminated Western capitalism values when lecturing at party schools, some talked out of turn and made reckless comments on party and state policies,” Xi told a high-level meeting aimed at improving the institutes’ work. “Some people purposely [focused on] finding faults, grumbling and making cynical remarks, and some took part in improper social events at will under the golden reputation of the party school,” Xi continued.
China begins construction of Tibet’s biggest dam
Apr 30, 2016
- China has started construction of its biggest hydropower project in Tibet costing over US$ 3 billion, which will supply electricity to the economically well-off regions in the country’s eastern region. The Suwalong hydropower project at the junction of Mangkam county in Tibet and Batang county in Sichuan province has a design capacity of 1.2 gigawatts and will be able to generate about 5,400 gigawatt hours of electricity a year when completed in 2021, official media reported.
China passes tough law to bring foreign NGOs under security supervision
April 28 2016
- Chinese lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation to bring foreign nongovernmental organizations under the direct supervision of the security apparatus, a move that has raised alarm among civic groups, Western governments and business lobbying groups. The long-delayed law on regulating foreign NGOs was the subject of much debate within the Communist Party and intense lobbying from abroad, but officials said a third draft was finally passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
China to turn Chengdu city into global hub with second international airport
27 April 2016
- China is spending $11bn (72bn yuan) on a second airport in the southwestern city of Chengdu to meet growing passenger demand. Designed with the help of French architects, it will be the biggest in western China and the fourth biggest in the entire country. Located near Jianyang city about 50km southwest of Chengdu city centre, the new Tianfu International Airport will have three runways in the first phase scheduled for opening in 2020.
China Tops In A Save The Children Survey Of 18 Countries
Apr 27, 2016
- China ranked at the top in a Save the Children survey of 18 countries in reducing discrimination against and neglect of children, with more than 70 percent of Chinese saying they had seen an improvement. The survey results, released on Tuesday, showed that 74 percent of Chinese thought things were getting better－the highest proportion out of all countries surveyed.
Stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, Beijing warns European Union
26 April, 2016
- Beijing “strongly opposes” the European Union making irresponsible accusations about Hong Kong affairs and warned foreign governments not to interfere in the city’s affairs. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made the remarks at a press conference on Tuesday, a day after the European Union released a highly critical annual report on Hong Kong. “We call on the European Union to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs,” she said.
China’s Xi warns against religious infiltration from abroad
Apr. 24, 2016
- Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad. His comments over the weekend follow a tightening of religious space that has seen bans on the wearing of veils and beards in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang and the removal of church crosses in eastern China.
Taiwan, China experts collaborate to publish dictionary of Chinese lexicons
April 24, 2016
- A comprehensive dictionary of Chinese words used on both sides of the Taiwan Strait was published, much to the delight of President Ma Ying-jeou. The publication of such a dictionary was one of Ma’s campaign promises in 2007, before his first election as president in May 2008.
China’s recovery of Nansha Islands part of post-war int’l order
- China’s recovery of the Nansha Islands from Japanese occupation at the conclusion of World War II is part of the post-war international order. During World War II, Japan invaded and illegally occupied a group of Chinese islands in the South China Sea, including the Dongsha Islands, the Xisha Islands and the Nansha Islands. The Chinese people courageously rose in resistance against the Japanese aggression and hence safeguarded China and its territory, an indelible contribution to the triumph of the world anti-Fascist war.
China to toughen vehicle emissions standards
April 24, 2016
- China will introduce stricter environmental standards for automobiles in a bid to cut pollutants in vehicle exhaust by an average of 50% a year. Chinese and foreign automakers will need to introduce the latest clean-driving technologies and take other steps to meet the new standards. China’s auto market, already the world’s biggest, is still growing.
More than 55 percent of Chinese now live in urban areas
Apr. 21, 2016
- China is increasingly becoming a nation of town and city dwellers, with more than 55 percent now living in urban areas, the government said Thursday. China’s transformation to a predominantly urban society is key to realizing the government’s goals of boosting consumption and raising living standards amid slowing economic growth.
China official spending on perks well under budget last year
April 20, 2016
- Amid an ongoing austerity drive, China’s Finance Ministry says official spending on overseas travel, vehicles and entertainment was almost 15 percent less than budgeted last year. A report on the ministry’s website Wednesday said just 5.37 billion yuan ($826 million) was spent last year out of a budget of 6.31 billion ($970).
China could become innovation hub for elderly care
- The silver economy created by China’s rapidly ageing population will be more about offering affordable technology, rather than luxury nursing homes, to help the country’s seniors stay at home as long they can. With 15 percent of the population already over 60 years and that portion expected to double by 2050, China is facing the same demographic pressures as much richer European countries and Japan.
Zhou Qi Earns Support from Chinese Fans in NBA Draft
- Chinese up-and-coming basketball star Zhou Qi earned huge support from home fans for his NBA draft in June while his club team Xinjiang seemed reluctant to let him go. The towering center announced on Friday that he is to enter the 2016 NBA draft. In a recent mock draft by website DraftExpress, Zhou was selected as the 27th pick in the first round by the Toronto Raptors.
China Wins Two Awards in London Book Fair
Apr 14, 2016
- China’s efforts in strengthening its presence in the global publishing scene was recognized as the country won two awards in the recently concluded London Book Fair award ceremony, according to an article by China Daily. The Market Focus Achievement Award was given as a means to recognize China’s efforts in 2012, when the country did its best to showcase the local publishing industry. During that year, China adopted a new approach to increase its exchanges with the global publishing industry, said Lin Liying, vice president of the China National Publication Import and Export Corp. (CPIEC).
How China’s fishermen are fighting a covert war in the South China Sea
April 12 2016
- “The Chinese authorities consider fishermen and fishing vessels important tools in expanding China’s presence and the country’s claims in the disputed waters,” said Zhang Hongzhou, an expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. “Fishermen are increasingly at the front line of the South China Sea disputes,” Zhang said, “and fishing incidents could trigger even bigger diplomatic and security tensions between China and regional countries.” Fishermen said the government often organizes trips to the Spratlys, with coast guard vessels in attendance, especially when tensions are high. “When our country needs us, we will go without a second thought to defend our rights,” Chen said.
China says tech firms pledge to counter online terror activities
Apr 12, 2016
- Twenty-five Chinese technology companies have signed a pledge to counter images and information online that promote terrorism, the internet regulator said on Tuesday, months after China passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law. The Cyberspace Administration of China said the companies had promised to “handle in a timely way terror-related harmful, illegal information, create a clear internet space and maintain social stability”.
Chinese Ancestral Temples Remain Significant in China by Reuniting Families
Apr 04, 2016
- Aside from being iconic attractions, ancestral temples spread across modern day China remain relevant by bringing families together, China Daily reported. It’s not only immediate family members such structures bring together, but distant relatives as well.
Yao Ming, the ’emperor’ of Houston and Chinese basketball
Apr 4, 2016
- Inside the Chinese Community Center, located on the outskirts of Chinatown in one of America’s largest cities, there’s a subtle reminder of the impact of one man to this town — and maybe even this country. On a side wall behind a pair of teenage girls selling Girl Scout cookies is a sign of a financial commitment from donors for a building campaign. The names read like a who’s who of Houston, from Texans owner Bob McNair and his wife Janice to major banks such as JP Morgan Chase and Washington Mutual. And one athlete. In fact, only one basketball player: Yao Ming. The pledges range from $10,000 to $49,000. Yao, who was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, is so much more than stats on a basketball court.
The making of a genius, China-style
- Passion, sacrifice and dedication. These have been the tenets of Yundi Li’s life. Ciara Dwyer met the Chinese pianist in London who told her how he became a classical superstar The 33-year-old Chinese pianist utters this is in a very matter-of-fact fashion; such was his norm. From a Western perspective it’s easy to forget these strictures, which began in 1979 and only ended last year. You wonder how much his being an only child played a part in him becoming the classical superstar he is today. His parents spotted that their son had a talent. And so, they did everything within their means – and way beyond them – to help him achieve his potential. All the while, they didn’t want to put undue pressure on him. It was a tricky balancing act.
Why China is on the Way to Being a Global Innovator
Apr 1, 2016
- As part of the transformation of the Chinese economy, attested by many elements of the recent news, China is fast transitioning from low-cost manufacturing to a higher value innovation-led economy. Anticipating the next few years is fraught with difficulties. China is a huge and diverse country going through major transitions. After extensive field work and time spent in China for the new book Created in China, it is clear that China is on its way to become a major, global power for innovation. This is mainly due to private firms, essential engines of the wealth-creation process. These, however, operate in a unique environment, in which the public sector is extremely powerful.
South Korean beauty surpasses Western brands for Chinese market share
March 30, 2016
- South Korean beauty products in particular have seen a rise in popularity, at the expense of Western brands who entered the Chinese market when the playing field was more fruitful. According to L2’s “The Beauty China: The Rise of Korean Brands” Insight Report, Western skincare and color cosmetics have seen share erosion while interest in South Korean beauty is skyrocketing, now accounting for nearly a quarter of cosmetic imports to China.
Entrepreneur envisions mutton for the masses
- Idea merges modern fast-food chain and a traditional Uygur delicacy Almas Pulat’s restaurant in Urumqi offers a rare combination: it is a modern, stylized fast-food outlet that features a traditional Uygur delicacy, a mutton pilaf known as zhuafan. Within a year of opening the restaurant, called Wemily, Almas added a second eatery. And that’s just the beginning. The 29-year-old, US-educated entrepreneur intends to develop the brand into a modernized fast-food chain, a McDonald’s of traditional Uygur delicacy. In Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, zhuafan is a staple dish that blends steamed rice, mutton, carrots, onions and, sometimes, dried fruits. It is popular among local ethnic groups, and increasingly, among others.
More female students who study abroad are returning to China
- More Chinese students are returning home after studying overseas, largely because of the difficulty in finding a suitable partner, the Yangcheng Evening News reported on Sunday. Of those who return, nearly 60 percent are women. China’s Ministry of Education released a report saying that 79.87 percent of Chinese students studying abroad chose to return to China to continue their careers in 2014. Statistics show that 59.16 percent of female overseas returnees come home after finishing their studies, surpassing the number of their male counterparts. The reason is mainly because it is relatively difficult to find a marriage partner in a foreign country.
Over 4 mln Chinese students study abroad since 1978: report
- A report published on Friday said as of the end of 2015, 4.04 million Chinese students had studied or were studying overseas since the country opened to the world in 1978. Published by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the report, which is about employment of students who have returned home, said a total of 2.22 million students had come back. In 2015, over 520,000 Chinese students went abroad for study, and 409,100 came back.
Chinese aircraft manufacturer uses big data to build safer planes
- With a global focus on how to reduce safety risks caused by anomalous human behavior and how to fully recover data crucial for analyzing an air crash, a Chinese aircraft manufacturer is using big data and cloud technology to build safer airplanes. “The time for revolution in aviation safety has come,” Wei Ye, executive director and president of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) America Corporation told Xinhua on Friday. The Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety of France (BEA) recently confirmed that the crash of a plane of German budget airline Germanwings a year ago was caused deliberately by its co-pilot, who had been suffering from depression.
China to provide adult education for 1.5 mln migrant workers
- The Chinese government will provide free adult education for 1.5 million migrant workers in the next five years to improve literacy and work skills, the Ministry of Education said Thursday. Starting in 2016, the government will help 300,000 migrant workers receive post-secondary education at universities or community colleges each year, according to the ministry.
China develops face-scanning police cars
- A Chinese university has developed a police car capable of face scanning during patrols. The intelligent vehicles, developed by University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Sichuan Province, will be first tested in east Zhejiang Province in June, according to the university. China’s police cars are mostly refitted from commercial car models according to the needs of local authorities. The new cars will address many problems resulting from this poor standardization, said Yin Guangqiang, director of the police-use advanced technology institute at the university.
Over 400,000 graduates return to China in 2015
- A total of 409,100 Chinese students returned from overseas after graduating in 2015, said an official on Wednesday. The returnees brings the total of returned Chinese students to over 2.21 million by the end of 2015, said Tang Tao, vice minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, at a multi-ministerial meeting on services for returned overseas students.
88 Chinese universities included in QS World University Rankings by Subject
- Some 88 Chinese universities are included in the Global 400 subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, which was released Tuesday by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education research firm. This makes China the country with the second most number of universities included in the Global 400 Subjects, according to the QS rankings. This is only after the United States, which has 164 universities included in the Global 400 subjects. The UK comes third at 78 universities.
China to ban “bizarre” foreign names for residential compounds
- Residential compounds and communities in China are known for their less than Chinese names. Take a trip around Beijing’s communities and you’ll see the likes of Palm Springs, Park Avenue and even Beijing Yosemite. That however, may soon be a thing of the past after it was announced that China was taking steps to ban names that sound too foreign or “bizarre”, Reuters reported. China’s Minister of Civil Affairs said the country will “stem irregularities in naming the country’s roads, bridges, buildings, and uses of foreign and bizarre names”.
China’s Wudalianchi Natural Reserve Wins UNESCO Award
Mar 20, 2016
- The Wudalianchi Natural Reserve in north east China’s Heilongjiang province on Friday, March 19 received the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) prestigious Michel Batisse Award at the fourth World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru. According to People’s Daily, at the award ceremony a documentary was shown highlighting the rich plant diversity, ample ecosystem and scenic landscape of the Wudalianchi Reserve. China’s tireless efforts to develop innovative and ground-breaking solutions to the ecological, environmental sustainability and conservation problems were also highlighted.
China’s forest recovery shows hope for mitigating global climate change
March 18, 2016
- China’s sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working. The vast destruction of China’s forests, leveled after decades of logging, floods and conversion to farmland, has become a story of recovery, according to the first independent verification published in today’s Science Advances by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers.
China says opens South China Sea tsunami alert center
Mar 15, 2016
- China has set up a tsunami alert center in the South China Sea, the head of the country’s maritime regulator said on Wednesday, in Beijing’s latest effort to bolster its jurisdiction in the disputed waters. The tsunami alert center is under construction but has already begun initial operations, Wang Hong, the chief of the State Oceanic Administration told reporters on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament. “We have already begun issuing tsunami alerts to the international community, including countries on the periphery of the South China Sea,” Wang said.
China prioritizes water conservation projects in poor areas
- BEIJING — China will give more financial and policy support to improving water conservation infrastructure in impoverished regions, the country’s top economic planner has pledged. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), around 40 percent of the central budget for rural water conservation infrastructure should be invested in poverty-stricken regions, according to a guideline released Tuesday by the National Development and Reform Commission.
Alibaba to train a million teenagers in rural China -report
15 March 2016
- HONG KONG (Reuters) – Alibaba plans to train a million teenagers in rural China to help start their own online businesses, taking e-commerce to the country’s vast rural areas, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. China’s biggest e-commerce company reached an agreement with the China Communist Youth League to support the youngsters through funding, training and partnership, Xinhua said.
China pledges new push against ‘hostile forces,’ separatists
Mar. 13, 2016
- China’s chief prosecutor said Sunday that battling “infiltration, subversion and sabotage by hostile forces” is a key priority this year, with terrorists, ethnic separatists and religious extremists all in his crosshairs. In a speech to the annual session of China’s national legislature, Cao Jianmin also listed combatting cybercrime and ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace as items topping the list of 2016 priorities. Prosecutors will also continue to follow up on cases brought to as part of an almost three-year-old nationwide anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by the ruling Communist Party’s watchdog agency, Cao said. Although he identified no specific groups or individuals as threats, Beijing has in the past cited a long list of “hostile forces” it accuses of seeking to end communist rule and plunge China into chaos, division and economic ruin.
Time to allow overseas Chinese dual nationality to encourage return of talent, delegate proposes
11 March, 2016
- China should allow dual citizenship for its ever-growing Chinese diaspora in a move to further extend the country’s reach, a Chinese political adviser has suggested. Li Wei, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee, said his proposal could also offer a solution to the country’s ageing population. Under the Nationality Law, Chinese citizens who gain foreign nationality automatically have their Chinese citizenship revoked.
Why overseas Chinese students return
- Why are overseas Chinese students increasingly returning to China after studying? Two decades ago, the answer to the question was, “My motherland needs me.” Now, the words are in reverse, “I need my motherland.” So, why come back now? “The official reason is I am an only child, and my parents want me to stay close,” said my friend Lucy, 30, who got her master’s degree in the UK. “The unofficial/lame reason is I can’t get a job, so I have to get out.” Unlike the last generation of students, Lucy has no problem fitting in abroad. She speaks perfect English, has a lot of foreign friends and likes the European lifestyle, but she said she still constantly felt socially isolated and rejected. “I can’t say people are racists,” Lucy said. “But at the end of a day, don’t we all want to work with someone who is closer to us rather than a foreigner?”
China to reform university programs to emphasize skills
Mar. 10, 2016
- China’s education minister said Thursday that the country’s second-tier universities should gradually reform their curricula to produce graduates with technical skills that better match the needs of the labor market. Yuan Guiren said at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual national congress that most of the more than 2,500 Chinese universities and colleges focus on theory and scholarship while few teach applied skills.
China says takes ‘distinctly Chinese approach’ to national security
Mar 9, 2016
- China is taking a “distinctly Chinese approach” to national security with a raft of new laws, including one on counterterrorism, the third-ranked leader said on Wednesday, offering a strong rebuttal to Western criticism. The U.S., Canadian, German and Japanese ambassadors signed a letter dated Jan. 27, voicing unease about the counterterrorism law, the draft cyber security law and a draft law on management of foreign non-governmental organizations.
China’s First Supermodel on Changing Standards of Beauty
March 1, 2016
- Out of the 1.3 billion people in China, Liu Wen is the first supermodel. She got her start by submitting photos to an online model-casting call in hopes of winning a computer, the grand prize. But she wound up with a lot more than a computer: She became the first model of Asian descent to walk in a Victoria’s Secret show, and has graced international beauty ads as the first Asian global spokesmodel for Estée Lauder. In town to promote the brand’s new Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, she talked to the Cut about how she’s not perceived as traditionally beautiful in China, how she’s seen the perception of Asian beauty change, and how her skin-care routine is “not easy at all.”
9 Hong Kong restaurants rank among top 50 in Asia, with French restaurant Amber crowned best in China
01 March, 2016
- Nine restaurants in Hong Kong have made it onto a list of the top 50 in Asia this year, with a total of 13 hailing from China, making the country the No 1 destination for top nosh. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, an annual list of fine-dining favourites voted for by 300 expert foodies across the continent, saw eateries in Chinaclaim the highest number of mentions, with Japan and Singapore trailing close behind with 10 prize-winning outlets each. Among the winning entries was old Hong Kong favourite Amber, a French restaurant in the city, which climbed two places on the previous year’s rankings and replaced a Shanghai-based restaurant as the best in China.
Make the Zhongshan suit China’s national dress, delegate proposes to advisory body meeting
29 February, 2016
- The Zhongshan suit made famous by the early revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong and generations of senior leaders ever since has been proposed as the official national dress, The Beijing News reports. Xiu added that to adopt the Zhongshan suit (often simply referred to as the Mao suit in the West) as national attire was not only a matter of fashion but national identity.
Winter sports in China gain popularity as Beijing gears up for Olympics
22 Feb 2016
- Winter may be ending in Beijing, but seven-year-old Zhao Qixiang is still training hard on the ski slopes north of the city. “I think that skiing is very fun, and part of the reason is because there are skiing events during the Winter Olympic Games,” he said. Qixiang’s parents first sent him for ski classes after he showed interest in the sport. A two-hour session at the Beijing Nanshan Ski Village costs US$27, not including admission fees to the ski village and equipment rental.
China requires approval for foreign firms to publish online
Feb. 19, 2016
- A new Chinese regulation announced this week will require foreign companies and foreign-Chinese joint ventures to acquire approval before publishing content online, in the government’s latest move to tighten control of the digital realm. Under the new regulations going into effect March 10, firms with at least part-foreign ownership will be banned from publishing on the mainland text, pictures, maps, games, animation and sound “of informational or thoughtful nature” without approval from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
China to improve support for people with extreme difficulties
- China will improve its support system for people with extreme difficulties, according to a guideline on the issue released by the State Council on Wednesday. The guideline covers people who are either incapable of supporting themselves or whose caregivers are not capable, including senior citizens, physically challenged people and minors under the age of 16 whose caregivers are not capable.
China Vows to Better Protect “Left-Behind” Children
February 16, 2016
- China’s State Council has unveiled a series of proposals aiming to protect the estimated 61 million “left-behind” children who remain in the countryside as their parents seek better livelihood in bustling coastal manufacturing centers. The South China Morning Post’s Mimi Lau reports on the proposals:
Smart Home Appeal in Asia: China Leads Over South Korea and Japan
Feb 15, 2016
- Study reveals key differences in the expected impact and appeal of smart home technology Recent GfK research shows that the majority of consumers in China believe smart home technology will make an impact on their lives in the near future – coming almost equal with mobile payment and well ahead of wearable technology. But in Japan, only one in five think smart home tech will impact them, and mobile payment wins notably higher votes – and in South Korea opinion is divided at around half.
China Says Its Students, Even Those Abroad, Need More ‘Patriotic Education’
FEB. 10, 2016
- BEIJING — Chinese students, already immersed in classes and textbooks that promote nationalist loyalty to the Communist Party as a bedrock value, must be made even more patriotic and devoted to the party, even when they are studying in universities abroad, according to a new directive sent to education officials. The directive, issued by the Communist Party organization of the Ministry of Education, calls for “patriotic education” to suffuse each stage and aspect of schooling, through textbooks, student assessments, museum visits and the Internet, which is the chief source of information for many young Chinese.
China offers rewards for online “terrorist” tip-offs-Xinhua
Feb 8, 2016
- Feb 8 China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan ($15,200) for each tip off, after giving out 2 million yuan worth of rewards last year, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. “The Internet has become a channel for terrorists to spread extremist religious ideas, provoke ethnic conflicts and advocate separatism,” Xinhua quoted an unnamed source from the Cyberspace Administration of China’s (CAC) reporting centre as saying.
Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men
FEB. 6, 2016
- Worried that a shortage of male teachers has produced a generation of timid, self-centered and effeminate boys, Chinese educators are working to reinforce traditional gender roles and values in the classroom. In Zhengzhou, a city on the Yellow River, schools have asked boys to sign pledges to act like “real men.” In Shanghai, principals are trying boys-only classes with courses like martial arts, computer repair and physics. In Hangzhou, in eastern China, educators have started a summer camp called West Point Boys, complete with taekwondo classes and the motto, “We bring out the men in boys.” Education officials across China are aggressively recruiting male teachers, as the Chinese news media warns of a need to “salvage masculinity in schools.” The call for more male-oriented education has prompted a broader debate about gender equality and social identity at a time when the country’s leaders are seeking to make the labor market more meritocratic.
Number of Chinese permanent residents in Canada’s BC on decline
Feb 4, 2016
- According to the Canada’s immigration authority, the number of Chinese permanent residents living in British Columbia fell by 50 per cent in the last decade. There were just over 6,000 permanent residents moving to B.C from China in 2014 which fell from 13,600 in 2005. One theory is that more young, educated Chinese people are returning to China to work after completing their schooling in Canada…
Chinese Sci-fi Novel International Bestseller
- The English edition of “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin has sold more than 110 thousand copies worldwide since its debut over a year ago. The figure was released by the book’s English copyright holder today. The first part of the Three-Body trilogy, translated into English by Chinese-American writer Ken Liu, won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and has made more than 2 million U.S. dollars. The other two books are “The Dark Forest” and “Death’s End.”
China’s 1.4 Billion Mouths Behind ChemChina’s Syngenta Pursuit
February 3, 2016
- The logic behind what would be the biggest acquisition by a Chinese firm comes down to the growing gap between two numbers — population and available agricultural land. China has 21 percent of the world’s population with just 9 percent of its arable land, according to Jefferies Group LLC. That’s where China National Chemical Corp.’s purchase of Syngenta AG comes in. The Basel, Switzerland-based company’s position as the world’s largest pesticide maker and its yield-boosting genetically modified crops will help increase the amount of food China produces per acre and give it muscle to take on rivals including Monsanto Co.
Chinese People Are Extremely Optimistic When it Comes to The World’s Future
January 19, 2016
- China is the most optimistic country in the world when it comes to the future of the planet, according to a new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 18,235 people from 17 different countries to assess the world’s future for their online poll. Almost twice as many Chinese respondents said the world is generally getting better (41 percent) than those in the next most optimistic country, Indonesia (23 percent). China was four times as likely as the global average (10 percent) to express optimism in the poll.
Billionaire Li Ka-shing: Always A Chinese Patriot
Jan 24, 2016
- Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠）might be the first Hong Kong tycoon to be accused of abandoning the motherland at a time of sharp economic downturn. He is not the last. This month, the Cheng family of New World Development had to give a rare press conference just to deny it is withdrawing from the mainland. Ms. Chau quoted Mr. Li as saying: “Let me instruct you about my foundation; more than 80% of its projects must be allocated to the greater China region. Nobody can change my decision. Even if something happens to me, even if you feel some people have wronged me, nobody can overturn this decision.”
Ning Zetao, Liu Hong named China’s athletes of the year
- BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) — Swimmer Ning Zetao and race walker Liu Hong won the Award for Best Male and Female Athlete of the Year respectively at China’s Central Television (CCTV) Sports Awards here on Sunday. The 23-year-old Ning, also the 2014 award winner, won the world 100-meter freestyle title in 47.84 seconds in Kazan, Russia, on August 6, 2015, becoming the first man from Asia to win a medal of any color in the blue-ribbon event at the world championships since 1973.
China’s cyber law squeezes foreign tech companies
January 23, 2016
- On January 1, a law took effect that requires telecommunications and Internet companies operating in China to provide law enforcement with technical assistance, including decryption of sensitive user data, in any probe meant “to avert and investigate terrorist activities.” The version approved by the legislature’s standing committee at the end of December dropped draft provisions that had drawn objections from the White House. Companies won’t have to keep local user data at facilities inside China, and they won’t need to give the Chinese government back doors into their systems. But US and European trade groups still aren’t happy. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China says the law’s vague wording on when and how to help law enforcement decrypt data “leaves concern about how companies will be expected to carry this out”.
China’s online population nears 700 million: Govt
22 Jan 2016
- BEIJING: China’s Internet users – already by far the world’s most numerous – rose to nearly 700 million last year, authorities said Friday (Jan 22), more than twice the population of the United States. Beijing imposes strict controls on online content, while e-commerce is a vital part of its efforts to transform the economy into one driven more by consumer demand.
Alibaba Teams With Nvidia in $1 Billion Bet on Cloud Computing
January 20, 2016
- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will work with Nvidia Corp. on cloud computing and artificial intelligence, and plans to enlist about 1,000 developers to work on its big-data platform during the next three years. The arm of China’s biggest e-commerce operator, known as AliCloud, will boost investment in data analysis and machine learning, it said in a statement Wednesday. AliCloud is staking $1 billion on the belief that demand for processing and storage from governments and companies will boost growth during the next decade as its tries to compete with Amazon.com Inc. in computing services.
China rolling out initiatives to make it easier for foreigners to get green cards for residency
Jan 12, 2016
- Seeking more foreign talent, China is rolling out new initiatives from March 1 that will make it easier for foreigners, especially ethnic Chinese, to obtain the elusive green card that will do away with work visas and provide access to public services. Ethnic Chinese possessing a doctorate degree or having worked four years in Zhongguancun high-tech park, dubbed China’s “Silicon Valley”, and stay over six months in a calendar year, can apply for the green card, which is akin to permanent residency. A pilot scheme implemented in Shanghai last July – allowing foreigners earning 600,000 yuan (S$131, 150) annually and paying 120,000 yuan of taxes for four consecutive years to get permanent residency – will also be expanded to Beijing.
Bai fu mei: China’s obsession with white skin and ‘trophy’ partners may stem from genetic mutation 15,000 years ago, scientists say
12 January, 2016
- New international study led by Chinese team finds the diverging complexions of Han Chinese and native Africans and Southeast Asians was caused by a mutation of the OCA2 gene 15,224 years ago
China Starts Construction of World’s First 1,100kv DC Line
Jan 11, 2016
- China started to build world’s first 1,100 kilovolt direct current electricity transmission line on Monday. This is a power line with the highest voltage, biggest transmission capacity, longest distance and the latest technology in the world. It will start from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, connecting Gansu Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Shaanxi Province, Henan Province and Anhui Province. The whole length will be 3,324 kilometers. When finished in 2018, its transmission capacity will be 12 million kilowatt.
Google is going on a hiring spree in China
7 Jan 2016
- Google is looking to hire more than 50 people in China from software engineers to communications managers as it looks to jump back in to the world’s second-largest economy. A number of jobs have been posted on professional network LinkedIn dating back to December 7. Among these are a lead software engineers, advertising specialists, a public relations manager and even a business development manager for Google Play apps and games.
China goes underground to expand its strategic oil reserves
Jan 6, 2016
- China is building underground caverns capable of holding up to a quarter of its expanded strategic oil reserves by 2020, as it looks for new storage methods away from expensive and exposed above-ground tanks in crowded coastal regions. In a move to improve its energy security and take advantage of cheap oil, China is spending billions of dollars to build up strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) to meet up to 90 day’s worth of net import demand in case of a disruption.
Year-ender: China’s global contributions in 2015
- Looking back to 2015, China faced with the structural transformation and upgrading of its economy, entering a new normal development stage. As the largest developing country, China has played more significant roles to enhance global peace, stability and progress. Beijing also promoted the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), continued with Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) negotiations, and signed free trade agreements with South Korea and Australia. China’s economic growth has largely profited from an open trade environment.
China’s Growing Sports Empire
January 05, 2016
- Wanda has already purchased the Ironman Triathlon for $650 million and plans to bring the event back to China. Before triathletes rejoice, they should bear in mind that the reason the Ironman has been discontinued in China for the past five years is because China failed to meet the brand’s quality standards. Hopefully its return signals more than a change in the owner’s nationality. Wanda has also acquired a 20 percent stake in the Spanish football club Atlético de Madrid, which Forbes lists as the 16th most valuable football club in the world (at $436 million). It has announced the construction of a billion-dollar sports facility in Guangzhou. It recently bought InFront Sports and Media, which televises the FIFA World Cup and represents all seven Olympic winter sport federations. And there are rumors that it plans to purchase the three big tours of cycling — the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France.
China says no tolerance for defending terrorism as French journalist leaves
- BEIJING – China said on Friday it will not tolerate those who defend terrorism as French journalist Ursula Gauthier leaves China. China will ensure the legal rights of foreign media organizations and journalists to cover China, but the Chinese government and people will not tolerate defense of terrorism in the name of freedom, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
China says extremism losing grip in restless Xinjiang
Jan 1, 2016
- The religious atmosphere in China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang became markedly less radical last year and the government was broadly successful in maintaining stability, the top official there was quoted as saying on Friday. Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few years in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence between the Muslim Uighur people who call the region home and ethnic majority Han Chinese.
Sino-US Relations: 78% Chinese Believe West Intends to Contain China
30 December 2015
- A new poll shows that some 78 percent of Chinese believe Western countries intend to contain China. Some 36.5 percent said the West intends to and have already moved to contain China. Some 41.7 percent say Western countries have such intentions but there exists no obvious action, according to a survey released by the Global Times’ Poll Center Tuesday.
China unveils two-child policy
December 27, 2015
- (CNN)It’s official. From January 1, 2016 China will allow two children for every couple. Chinese lawmakers rubber-stamped the new legislation Sunday during a session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which governs the country’s laws, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. “The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two children,” according to the newly revised Law on Population and Family Planning.
China passes controversial counter-terrorism law
Dec 27, 2015
- China’s parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations. Chinese officials say their country faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in its unruly Western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in the past few years.
China conducts test-flight of Snow Eagle 601
Dec 26, 2015
- China has conducted the first test flight of its new aircraft for polar explorations on the southern continent of Antarctica. Scientists tested the flight characteristics of the fixed-wing aircraft — Snow Eagle 601 — under Antarctica’s climatic conditions. The Snow Eagle 601 is a US-made BT-67 model that can fly at temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius.
2015 in Review: China Ascendant, Growing Comfortably Into Superpower Role
- According to the Chinese calendar, 2015 has been the year of the goat – whose characteristics include auspiciousness, heralding promise and prosperity. And, despite a few setbacks, the calendar has been true to its word. Sputnik looks back at some of the important events which have helped to secure China’s place as an emerging superpower. 2015 has been a propitious year for China, the country making simultaneous advances on all fronts – from consolidating its position in international financial institutions, to major geopolitical moves, to dabbling in efforts to defend historical memory and to offer a new concept of a world order based on ‘mutual respect and win-win cooperation’. From economics and politics to geopolitics and philosophy, 2015 has, with a few hiccups, been an important year.
China Curbs Elite Education Programs
Dec. 20, 2015
- BEIJING—China is tightening the reins on popular programs that prepare students to study in the U.S. and elsewhere, in the latest sign that Beijing is worried about the spread of Western values in its education system.
China Mobile builds world’s largest 4G network
Dec 22, 2015
- BEIJING: China Mobile has built the world’s largest 4G network, according to a media report. By the end of November 2015, China Mobile’s 4G network had 1.07 million base stations, covering a population of over 1.3 billion, the People’s Daily reported. According to China Mobile chairman Shang Bing, by the end of this year, the number of 4G users will exceed 300 million.
Why talent will flock to China’s Silicon Delta
December 22, 2015
- China’s Pearl River Delta region sits in the south-east of China, surrounding the Pearl River estuary, adjacent to the bustling cities of Hong Kong and Macau. Not long ago, the region was dubbed the ‘factory floor’ of the world because of its collection of industrial powerhouses producing garments, toys, electronics and textiles. These days, however, it is more accurately dubbed the ‘Silicon Delta’: a high-technology and innovation hub for the world’s second-largest economy.
Viki launches Chinese service for global viewers
December 19, 2015
- SINGAPORE, Dec 19 — Online streaming service Viki is rolling out its Chinese-language content to viewers around the world. The Singapore-based platform, which has become a popular destination for fans of South Korean, Chinese, and East Asian films, who can not only watch films and TV shows but work together to help translate them into 160 languages. Korean and Taiwanese shows have proven especially popular worldwide, but Chinese shows like “Waking Love Up,” “Love Me If You Dare” and “My Best Ex-Boyfriend” have also been made available, among the 60-plus Chinese titles provided to Viki’s community of users.
Windows 10 tuned for Chinese government
December 18, 2015
- Microsoft is forming a joint-venture in China to tailor a version of its new Windows 10 computer operating system for use by the Chinese government. “We’re announcing a new joint venture that will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China’s government agencies and certain state owned enterprises and provide ongoing support and services for these customers,” Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi said in an online post late Wednesday. If the joint-venture succeeds, state-owned enterprises cleared to buy Windows 10 would include key infrastructure fields such as energy, telecommunications, and transportation, according to Mehdi.
Chinese universities “rising through the ranks” quickly: Oxford Vice-Chancellor
- Chinese universities are “rising through the ranks” quickly, as top universities in China continue to strive for standards of excellence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford Andrew Hamilton said recently in an interview with Xinhua. “Universities can never stand still. I think that universities must always be open to new ideas and foster innovation in the way they teach or carry out research,” he told Xinhua in the detailed written interview.
Do Years Studying in America Change Chinese Hearts and Minds?
December 7, 2015
- For 55 percent of respondents, their view of China improved after time in the United States; just 22 percent reported a more negative view of their home country.
China’s diaspora brings it home
11 November 2015
- After more than a decade of strong investment in research and higher education, China is becoming an important partner for the scientific powerhouses of North America and Europe, and a growing hub for international collaboration. Mapping the many Chinese international collaborations in the Nature Index (see ‘China’s global network’) demonstrates the extent to which Chinese scientists have become innovative contributors to, and leaders of, many international scientific communities. Like many nations, China’s biggest collaborator in the Nature Index is the United States, the biggest index contributor overall, with a collaboration score more than five times that of its next strongest collaborating country, Germany (See ‘China’s closest links’). For China a contributing factor is the large number of Chinese researchers who have spent time in the global science superpower. A large diaspora of Chinese-heritage scientists around the world, particularly in the United States, have forged bonds between researchers in China and elsewhere. Indeed, more than 25% of scientists in the United States are from abroad and many of them are Chinese, notes Caroline Wagner, an associate professor who studies science and technology policy at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University in Columbus.
470-ton gold mine found under waters of Bohai Sea
- China has discovered a colossal gold mine worth hundreds of billions of yuan in the water of Sanshan Island, east Shandong province’s Laizhou Island, which lies east of the Bohai Sea. It’s the first gold mine discovered under the ocean in China. The mine is estimated to bear 470.47 tons of the mineral. Mines containing over 20 tons of gold are considered “big.”
China offers free higher education to poor students
November 3, 2015
- China is set to provide free senior high school education to more poor students to further escalate school enrolments, the media reported on Tuesday. Vice president of the National Institute of Education Sciences Zeng Tianshan pointed out that China’s senior high school enrolment rate is still lower than that in developed countries, China.org reported.
Chinese life expectancy jumps
- Life expectancy in China has lengthened on average by 8.5 years since 1990, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet, with reductions in infectious diseases, diarrhoea and infant mortality prolonging lives in the country. Focused on mortality rates from 1990 to 2013, the study said urban dwellers had the highest life expectancy in China in 2013, with Shanghai’s life expectancy of 80.2 years for men and 85.2 years for women on a par with Japan and France.
China to end decades-old 1-child policy, allow 2 children
October 29 2015
- BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and unpopular “one-child” policy that has been blamed for skewing the gender balance, forcing women into unwanted abortions and bringing about a rapidly aging workforce.
Roots of Chinese culture returning to nation’s textbooks
- Dressed in the style of the Han Dynasty that ruled China 1,800 years ago, six-year-old Chen Quanjin is chanting ancient Chinese classics with several other children about the same age as their heads sway from side to side. Instead of taking piano lessons or attending English learning courses, Chen spent his weekend doing traditional Chinese studies at the Chengxian Guoxue Institute in Guozijian, China’s highest education institute from the 13th to 19th centuries. Chen has mastered the Dizigui, a Chinese book dating back more than 300 years that lays out standards for being a good child and student. He says the three-character verses are understandable and trip off the tongue.
Chinese Students Revive Traditional Chinese Culture
Oct 09, 2015
- An emerging trend among young Chinese students, with some as young as four, is studying traditional Chinese culture, including Confucianism and Chinese calligraphy, instead of learning more Western activities. The Chengxian Guoxue Institute in Guozijian, China’s highest education institute from the 13th to 19th centuries, is one such place where the youth of the country have been going to learn more about their cultural roots.
Asia’s richest man Li voices support for China’s leadership
Sep 29, 2015
- Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing voiced support for Chinese president Xi Jinping on Tuesday and rejected claims he was divesting assets from China after a barrage of media articles accused him of turning his back on the mainland. In January this year, Hong Kong-based Li overhauled his business empire to create two listed companies – one focused on property and the other on telecoms. This saw a shift in the incorporated base of his two main firms to the Cayman Islands from Hong Kong, fuelling speculation the tycoon was pulling out of China.
Local attraction: young Chinese no longer staying overseas after graduating from foreign universities
22 September, 2015
- The chance to work at a Silicon Valley start-up and snag a work visa used to be the ideal dream for Chinese citizens who graduated from universities overseas. But an increasing number now opt for a different path – a better start back home. As Beijing pours more money into spurring innovation, the number of Chinese students returning to the mainland to work after studying abroad has steadily increased, with many citing more attractive jobs offers and an improved environment for entrepreneurship as the main reasons for their ticket back to China. “I feel like there are many more opportunities in China because the internet is still booming and there are many open areas that need to be worked on,” said Orion Zhao Oulun, a 24-year-old returnee. “The market in the US is much more saturated.”
Why China Is Turning Back to Confucius
Sept. 20, 2015
- For two hours, Prof. Wang says, he reeled off quotes from Confucius and other Chinese sages—whom the party long denounced as feudal relics—and urged his audience to incorporate traditional concepts of filial piety and moral rectitude into their personal and professional lives. The goal isn’t just to encourage “national self-confidence” but to aid “personality development,” encourage altruism and instill “Chinese national moral thinking,” the ministry says in an emailed response to questions. Mr. Xi is taking a different tack, explicitly endorsing the cultural revival and formalizing it in schools and Party training—cherry-picking elements that suit his needs. In September 2014, he became the first Communist leader to attend celebrations marking Confucius’ birthday. He has complained that textbooks lack enough Chinese classical literature.
China is stockpiling its own Strategic Petroleum Reserve
September 18, 2015
- Even after China’s slowing economy dragged crude to a six-year low, oil’s second-biggest consumer remains the main safeguard against a further price meltdown. While China’s surprise currency devaluation helped trigger Brent crude’s slump to about $42 a barrel last month, the nation’s stockpiling of oil can staunch further losses.
China Focus: Beijing holds air raid drill to raise national defense awareness
- BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Air raid sirens sounded in 10 suburban districts and counties of Beijing on Saturday, the 15th national defense education day, to improve people’s awareness of national defense, according to the municipal authorities. With sirens ringing in the air, residents and college students in some districts participated in the drill which included evacuation, taking shelters and protecting important facilities. There was no panic among residents when the sirens rang, authorities added. Notice about the drill had been issued several days in advance.
China’s world advanced deepwater multifunctional ship delivered
- WUHAN, Sept.18 (Xinhua) — A multifunctional deepwater ship built for a 3,000-meter deepwater jumbo oil drilling platform was delivered Friday in east China’s Jiangsu Province. The “Offshore Oil 691” ship, designed by Rolls-Royce Marine and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, was backed by investment of more than 800 million yuan (about 126 million U.S.dollars). The highlight of the ship is that it has a 366 ton towing capacity, allowing it to tow any oil drilling platform in the world, said Yang Zhigang, chairman of the board of the shipbuilding company.
China Reveals Plans to Increase Police Helicopter Fleets to Double Its Size Within Five Years
Sep 10, 2015
- Mainland China aims to increase police helicopter fleets to twice its number in a period of five years, according to a police aviation officer. Liu Daolin, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s police aviation administration office, stated that the Chinese mainland has a total of 47 choppers, with 28 police chopper squads located in 18 provincial-level regions.
China issues plan to promote ‘three-network convergence’
- BEIJING – China’s State Council released a plan on Friday promoting a nationwide project to deliver telecom, radio, television and Internet services over a single broadband connection. The “three-network convergence” project is aimed at integrating data transmission infrastructure and facilitating information sharing, according to the plan. “The project can help upgrade consumption, overhaul industrial structure and improve people’s livelihood,” said the document.
Interview: Hollywood documentary director tells a true Tibet
- “The Western media is biased and does not tell the truth about the historic past or present of Tibet,” he said. The 60-minute documentary debuted in the U.S. in 2013 and showed the audience a true Tibet in the past and present by using sufficient and convincible history materials. “It took me about a year to create the film. It has been based on me actually filming in Tibet, as well as extensive research”, Nebe said, “I was also able to locate in Washington D.C. archives authentic footage filmed by the CIA that showed that the U.S. trained Tibetans in a camp in Colorado as terrorist, which were then in 1958/1959 infiltrated into Tibet and instigated the 1959 revolt.”
China summons Western tech firms, revives bank cyber rules
Aug 19, 2015
- China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China’s president, people with knowledge of the matter said. At a meeting last week in Beijing, officials from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) told representatives from several Western technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM and Cisco Systems, they would seek opinions over the next month on a new version of the bank procurement rules, one of those present at the meeting said.
‘Made by China’ is what Chinese consumers want now
Aug. 7, 2015
- Jaguar Land Rover’s Ralf Speth has railed at the rise of China’s “copy-and-paste” car industry. But complaining is all the chief executive and his peers can do as China continues churning out ever more clones of cars, electronics, appliances, and clothes originally designed in other countries. What these chiefs did not anticipate is mainland consumers’ penchant for labels saying “Made by China” (if not “Made in China”). As analyst Thomas Gatley of GaveKal Dragonomics argues in a new report, multinationals may already be losing Chinese consumers they thought were theirs for the taking. “There are now signs that local Chinese companies are capturing much of the gains from this new stage of consumer spending — a worrying development for multinationals counting on China growth,” Gatley finds.
American fast food loses its flavor in China
August 06, 2015
- McDonald’s and Yum Brands’ KFC are betting on an economic recovery in China that will bring customers back into their restaurants. But Chinese consumers are changing and so their taste for fast food.
China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms
Aug 5, 2015
- China already has some of the most stringent Internet restrictions in the world, but censorship is poised to become even more extreme. Sites and social networks will no longer just be surveilled by keyword filters and human monitors working remotely. China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced that police will be placed into the offices of major Internet companies. In a statement, the ministry claimed that its new initiative will strengthen China’s national security by guarding against cyberhacking, communication by terrorist groups, and fraud. The long list of activities it plans to prevent also include pornography, however, which is used as a catch-all offense by the Chinese government. By keeping the definition of pornography vague, it has served as an excuse to shut down the sites and social media accounts of political activists.
Hidden Ocean Found Underneath China’s Largest Basin Is Larger Than Five Great Lakes Combined
July 30 2015
- Chinese scientists have discovered what could potentially be a massive hidden ocean underneath the Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang, China, the South China Morning Post reported. The basin is one of the driest places on Earth, but the amount of salt water hidden underneath could equal 10 times the amount of water found in all five of the Great Lakes located in the U.S. Scientists have suspected that the water is a result from high, nearby mountains, and that melt water from those mountains had slipped beneath the basin. “This is a terrifying amount of water,” said professor Li Yan, who led the study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital, the South China Morning Post reported. “Never before have people dared to imagine so much water under the sand. Our definition of desert may have to change.”
China eyes new cruise link to disputed South China Sea islands
Jul 27, 2015
- Chinese authorities plan to start a second cruise ship link to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday, in a move that may irk Vietnam, which also claims the islets. China began cruises on the Coconut Princess on a trial basis from the southern island province of Hainan in 2013. More than 10,000 tourists have taken the trip so far, the official China Daily reported.
Overwhelming majority of Chinese remain optimistic about economy amid gloomy world: Pew
- WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) — A survey shows the Chinese feel better about their economy than people in other parts of the world. Pew Research Center found in the survey that 90 percent of the Chinese say that economic conditions are good and 88 percent of the Chinese are optimistic about financial prospects of the next generation. More than 45,000 adults of 40 countries were polled in the Pew’ s survey, which was focused on people’s perception of current economic situation in their respective country.
Nearly half of China’s population now online
July 23, 2015
- China has 668 million Internet users, accounting for 48.8 percent of the country’s total population, as e-commerce boomed in the world’s second-largest economy, authorities said. A total of 18.94 million new users—more than the population of Chile—were added in the first six months of this year, the semi-official China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said in its biannual report.
Yanjiao: Ambitious supercity of 130 million people developing around Beijing
20 Jul, 2015
- For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times larger than New York’s, is meant to revamp northern China’s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth. Jing-Jin-Ji, as the region is called (“Jing” for Beijing, “Jin” for Tianjin, and “Ji,” the traditional name for Hebei province), is meant to help the area catch up to China’s more prosperous economic belts: the Yangtze River Delta around Shanghai and Nanjing in central China, and the Pearl River Delta around Guangzhou and Shenzhen in southern China.
China among “success stories” in global HIV/AIDS fight: UNAIDS chief
- ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Xinhua) — In just 15 years, the world has gained an upper hand in its fight against the once seemingly unbeatable epidemic of HIV/AIDS, reversing the spread and now aiming to put the virus, which has killed 25 million people since 2000, to its grave by 2030. Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS which leads the global fight, hailed the worldwide collaboration a true story as his agency published a flagship report detailed the process and experiences learnt from the past 15 years since the UN set reversing the spread of HIV/ AIDS a target of the Millennium Development Goal.
China on track to eradicate malaria by 2020: report
- The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership recently released its new strategies to guide global efforts toward malaria elimination targets, an ambition aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are set to be implemented at the end of this year, saying China is on track to eradicate malaria by 2020. This comes amid promising public health statistics which indicate that there has been a 58% reduction of malaria mortality and over 6.2 million deaths averted since 2001.
Chinese Movie Stars’ Earnings Skyrocket
Jul 04, 2015
- The success of mainland box office has proven to be beneficial to not just the movie industry but also to the income of actors and actresses in China. Martial arts star Wu Jing, from the series “A Time for Consequences,” said that he has seen his earning increase by 10 times in the past years, reported Hong Kong-based media Southern Urban Daily. “A Time for Consequences” generated 500 million yuan (about $80 million) in ticket sales, which prompted the producers to raise Wu’s pay from 1 million yuan ($160,000) to 10 million yuan ($1,600,000) for every movie made, putting him in the billion-yuan category.
Argentina and China lead shale development outside North America in first-half 2015
June 26, 2015
- As recently as last year, only four countries in the world were producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil): the United States and Canada, and more recently, Argentina and China. Beyond these four countries, other countries have started exploring hydrocarbons from shale and other tight resources, but they are still short of reaching commercial production. The 2013 World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment, produced by EIA and Advanced Resources International (ARI), noted large shale deposits in China and Argentina. Exploration and drilling is already underway in these countries. For the last two years, China has drilled more than 200 wells, and Argentina has drilled more than 275 wells. Each country has the potential to significantly increase production of shale gas and tight oil.
Chinese workers chill as Japan’s workers stress: Report
17 Jun 2015
- China has the most chilled employees, a new report has found, while Japan’s famously stressed-out staffers are, well, stressed. Randstad’s latest Workmonitor report found that 44 percent of employees in Japan found it hard to let go of work even while on holiday, followed by Malaysians at 36 percent and Singaporeans at 32 percent.
China to upgrade granaries as stocks hit record high
15 Jun, 2015
- BEIJING: China will upgrade its grain silos countrywide in a bid to ensure safety and security of grain supplies in the world’s most populous country, the government said on Monday. A policy to achieve self-sufficiency in grains has resulted in years of bumper harvests and record high stockpiles, but a lack of storage space threatens grain quality. “Safety of the country’s grain supply faces severe challenges,” according to a granaries construction plan for 2015-2020 published by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Finance Ministry.
China’s CNPC makes first tight oil find over 100 million tonnes
May 26, 2015
- Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has discovered more than 100 million tonnes of tight oil geological reserves in its Changqing field, a company-run newspaper said on Tuesday. The discovery, located in the western province of Shaanxi, is the first Chinese tight oil find to surpass 100 million tonnes, the China Petroleum Daily said.
Enticing home China’s best talent
21 May, 2015
- More than 3.5 million students have gone abroad since 1978, when the government sent the first batch of 860 overseas. Late leader Deng Xiaoping pushed the strategy for the sake of China’s strength and development, encouraging graduates to return with their new-found skills. But he did not demand all should come back, instead saying it was a matter of personal freedom. An improved living and work environment was seen as the best enticement.
Alibaba’s Jack Ma is China’s biggest philanthropist
April 22, 2015
- Alibaba’s Jack Ma topped a list of China’s biggest philanthropists over the past year after share options he donated to his charitable trust amounted to $2.4 billion. The rankings were released today by the Hurun Report. Last year Ma announced he was setting up the philanthropic trust that would include much of his personal wealth. He said it will endow causes related to health care, education and the environment in China, issues the Alibaba co-founder has spoken out about in China. Ma’s trust is notable because of its size—it was funded with share options for about 2% of Alibaba’s equity— and because of the fact that there are few other large Chinese philanthropists. After Bill Gates and Warren Buffett announced their Giving Pledge in 2010 and famously hosted a Beijing dinner for billionaires, no Chinese appeared on the list. It’s not for lack of supply. (China has 430 billionaires compared to 537 in the U.S., according to Hurun’s latest list.)
China to Provide Platform for Local and Overseas Talents
Apr 21, 2015
- As China becomes closer to reaching its dream of becoming one of the most influential countries in the world, Chinese officials announced at a two-day conference of the International Exchange of Professionals in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, that the country is advocating a platform for its local and overseas talents. The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) stated on Saturday that local Chinese talents, especially the state-owned enterprises facing further global expansion challenges, are being trained as a new partnership with American nonprofit group Project Management Institute is underway for the project, program and portfolio management profession.
Poll: Americans prefer China to Japan on economic ties
- More Americans now see economic ties with China as more important than those with the traditional U.S. ally in the region, Japan. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, 43 percent of Americans believe economic ties with China are more important than those with Japan, while only 36 percent believe those with Japan are more important than those with the Middle Kingdom. The result is especially pronounced among millennials — 61 percent of those ages 18 to 29 prefer ties with China versus 23 percent for Japan. Among Democrats, too, there was a wide disparity in favor of China — 50 percent to 33 percent. Republicans and seniors were the most likely to hold the opposite view — that the importance of economic ties with Japan outweigh those with China.
Richest women in China often marry younger men
- Zhou Qunfei, the former factory girl who became the boss of Apple’s glass supplier Lens Technology, became the richest woman in China on March 30, 12 days after her company went public. The market price at close reached 78.07 yuan (US$12.6) per share and placed her ahead of real estate tycoon Chan Laiwa with 592 million shares held with a value of around 42 billion yuan (US$6.8 billion). The two female billionaires had different starting points to their careers but have one thing in common — they are married to younger men, reports yicai.com, the website of Shanghai’s China Business News. Zhou, now 45, married the owner of her previous workplace in 1994 but the couple are understood to have divorced around 2000. In 2008, she married her current husband Zheng Junlong, ith whom she started the business and who is a year younger than her. Zheng owns 8.5 million shares in Lens Technology and serves as the vice chair and vice general
2000 airports to be built in Chinese counties by 2030
- The head of China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) said recently that he would like to see a general-purpose aviation airport in each of China’s 2,800 counties as this would improve their infrastructure and economies. The remark by Li Jiaxiang at an event held by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China on March 11 raised questions about the source of funding for airport expansion and whether the proposed plan would attract private investment.
Large gold deposit found in north China
- A large gold deposit with estimated reserves of more than 100 tons has been discovered in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the local land and resource authority announced on Wednesday. The deposit, which covers an area of 20 square kilometers, is located in the Araxan Left Banner, according to the banner (county) land and resource bureau. The deposit could be exploited for 30 years with an annual exploitation capacity of 3 tons, according to the bureau.
China’s upper middle class women are driving ecommerce and social media in China
Mar. 16, 2015
- The average Chinese ‘wired woman’, according to research presented by Evelina Lye, SapientNitro’s head of marketing for Asia Pacific told SXSW on Sunday, typically own as many as five devices each. This group of around 115 million women are aged 25-35, half if them are mothers, 75% are college graduates and 87% are in employment. The Chinese tech ecosystem looks very different to the rest of the world, with a domestic market that has become very powerful in the past three years; WeChat is ubiquitous, used for everything from taxi cab fares to messaging friends, but for every household name in western technology there are ten viable Chinese services.
China has world’s 36 per cent high plateau airports
Mar 14, 2015
- BEIJING: China possesses 15 high plateau airports, comprising about 36 per cent of the total in the world, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The high plateau airports handled 5.8 million passengers, up 18.7 per cent year on year, and 59,000 flights, up 19.1 per cent year on year last year.
5 Chinese universities on world’s best 100
March 13, 2015
- Five Chinese universities feature in a list of the 100 world’s most prestigious compiled by Times Higher Education. They include Tsinghua, which moved to 26th place from 36th last year, and Peking, which rose nine places to 32nd in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015. The University of Hong Kong slipped from 43rd into to the 51-60 band, while National Taiwan University dropped to the 61-70 band, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology also slipped a band to 71-80.
Breakthrough in shale gas extraction in Inner Mongolia
- A six-meter-high industrial gas flow was discovered at a shale gas well in Inner Mongolia autonomous region, marking a breakthrough in shale gas development in north China, local authorities said Sunday. The well, based in coal-rich Ordos, is 3,568 meters deep. The maximum daily gas flow of the well is 50,000 cubic meters and has a daily production capacity of 19,500 cubic meters, according to the regional land and resources department. More than 87% of the shale gas discovered at the well is methane, making it a potentially high-yield well, according to the department.
China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity
28 January 2015
- China’s Pearl River Delta has overtaken Tokyo to become the world’s largest urban area in both size and population, according to a report from the World Bank. The megacity – which covers a significant part of China’s manufacturing heartland and includes the cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan – is now home to more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. Urbanisation which took place over a period of several decades in Europe and North America is happening in just a few years in East Asia, which already contains eight megacities (with populations above 10 million) and 123 cities with between one and 10 million people.
Why China Is Raiding Foreign Companies At Dawn
Jan. 16, 2015
- China’s anti-corruption forces have been aggressively hunting down officials hiding in the West, and it turns out they’re also trying to root out supposed corruption at foreign companies doing business in China. Multinational corporations with Chinese outposts have become increasingly aware that the Chinese government will investigate them for corruption — sometimes during unnanounced early-morning raids. It’s possible China’s president, Xi Jinping, is cracking down on foreign firms intentionally to favor domestic competitors, as David Blumenthal has written in Foreign Policy. The theory goes that China can increase the odds that its own businesses will succeed in the global market if it can centralize political and economic power and make it more difficult for foreign businessmen to compete.
More Chinese overseas students eye work opportunities back home
- A total of 353,500 overseas graduates returned home in 2013, while nearly 410,000 went abroad to study, said director of the ministry’s service center for overseas study Sun Jianming. Since oversees study was opened up in 1978, 3.05 million Chinese citizens have taken advantage of the initiative. By the end of 2013, 1.44 million had brought their skills back to China.
Chinese are the world’s largest foreign student group
- The number of students who return to China after finishing their studies abroad is also on the rise. A total of 350,000 students came back to China last year, roughly 30 times the number that returned in the early 2000s. The latest survey shows that more than 70 percent of overseas-educated Chinese students return to China after graduating.
The Few, the Rich: Chinese Who Like Uncle Sam They still see the U.S. as a beacon for democracy, while young urbanites prefer to channel Beijing’s anger
November 26, 2014
- JINGZHOU, China — Ongoing probes against Rui Chenggang, a former anchor for China Central Television (CCTV), China’s state-owned broadcaster, continue to net related suspects in a wide sweep; the latest to fall, a public relationships professional reportedly implicated in connection with Rui, was just announced on Nov. 17. The July fall of the nationalist but cosmopolitan Rui — and the ascent of a new and much more cloistered standard-bearer for Chinese patriotism, Zhou Xiaoping — points to a deep divide in Chinese society between those who reflexively dislike the United States, and those who support it and the democratic aspirations they believe it espouses. In both cases, how these groups view the United States acts as a Rorschach test for how they feel about their own country.
70% of Chinese overseas willing to return for work
- In a survey conducted on Chinese living in North America by CareerBuilder, a recruiting company, 70 percent of participants expressed willingness to work in China or start a new business in China. Of these, 24.69 percent were highly willing to and 45.68 percent were willing to return but needed more time to think about it. For those willing to return to work in China, 32.5 percent made the decision to take care of and support parents, 27.9 percent felt a stronger sense of belonging in China and 16.1 percent were attracted to China’s fast economic development.
China approves security law emphasizing counterespionage
November 4, 2014
- BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China has signed a new Counterespionage Law, replacing the 1993 National Security Law with an updated set of rules that will more closely target foreign spies and Chinese individuals and organizations who collaborate with them. The new law, which was signed by Xi on Saturday, “comprehensively revises the National Security Law to emphasize anti-espionage work,” Xinhua, the state-run news agency said. In previous weeks, Xinhua said that the law was better suited to “a new situation, and new tasks, facing the country’s security needs.”
China witnesses remarkable drop in undernourishment rate over past 20 years: UN official
- BANGKOK, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) — China has seen a remarkable drop in its rate of undernourishment over the past 20 years, which has contributed to the sharp decline in the rate of East Asia and Asia as a whole, a United Nations official told Xinhua here on Wednesday. “We highly appreciate China’s contribution to the overall improvement in nutrition, both globally and regionally,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assistant director-general and regional representative for Asia and the Pacific.
China’s JD.com Grooms Overseas-Educated Executives
Oct 27, 2014
- While efforts to hire overseas graduates are common in China, a program specifically designed to turn them into executives is still rare. The program isn’t limited to Chinese students who study abroad; non-Chinese are eligible. But because the company is based in Beijing and its internal communication is mostly in Chinese, most candidates for the program have so far been Chinese or Chinese-Americans. This year, JD’s program has attracted about 10 M.B.A. graduates from top schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; Wharton; and London Business School. Many of them have at least a few years of working experience at Western companies such as Amazon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jefferies Group and Verizon Communications, the company said.
Workplace gender equality in Asia: Is China ahead?
30 Oct 2014
- In terms of female representation in the workforce, China topped the charts at the junior and senior levels, but lost out marginally to Malaysia in the middle levels and total workforce rankings. Female workforce participation rose across the board in the mainland; the number of women holding senior positions jumped the most – to 35.6 percent from 20.7 percent in 2011 when the study was last conducted. The findings tally with a World Economic Forum report released this week that said China improved in gender equality and has the second highest percentage of firms with female participation in ownership across Asia.
Overseas Chinese talent is starting to look homeward
- Many overseas Chinese should probably start to consider China the right place to pursue their dreams, as China is now encouraging innovation-driven development and economic growth. Top leaders in China repeatedly vow to create an ecosystem more favorable for overseas talents who want to return to, work and live in China. China began sending students and scholars to study abroad about 100 years ago and, since 1978, has been quickening the pace. By the end of 2012, 2.64 million Chinese had been sent abroad for schooling and only 1.09 million have returned, according to the Ministry of Education.
Chinese Social Media Censorship May Be More Selective Than Previously Thought
Aug. 21, 2014
- The Chinese government may be much more selective about what it censors than previously thought, according to a new study, by Harvard government professor Gary King, Harvard grad student Jen Pan and Harvard Ph.D candidate Molly Roberts, published today by Sciencemag.org. It’s undisputed — both inside the country and around the world — that the Chinese government censors free speech, on the Internet and elsewhere. Until now though, most have accepted the theory that Chinese leaders actively prune the Internet of anti-government or critical commentary and posts. However, after analyzing tens of millions of Chinese social media posts and even launching their own Chinese social media platform, the study’s authors aren’t convinced that Chinese censorship is that simple. “The [current] theory was that the next person would come to the web and would only see more positive things than what the reality represents,” King said. “But think about if you’re in a country where you know there’s censorship and you only see positive things about the government…would that make you think more positive things or negative things?”
East Asian pupils’ PISA success not just about schools, says research
- The OECD, which produces the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) rankings, has also encouraged the world to learn from schools in Asia. But John Jerrim, author of the new research, said: “Western policymakers should not expect there to be an easy way to replicate East Asian students’ extraordinary educational success. Test scores from the pupils, mostly with Chinese backgrounds, showed that on average they were two-and-a-half years ahead of teenagers with two Australian parents and more than two years ahead of children of immigrants from the UK. A combination of out-of-school factors and personal characteristics accounted for another 25 per cent of the Pisa score gap. The East Asian pupils spent a lot more time studying after school – 15 hours a week compared to nine hours for “native Australian” teenagers. They were also more likely to believe that hard work would lead to success – although there was no evidence that they had put more effort into the Pisa test – and they had higher aspirations. “I found that, on average, East Asian families send their children to ‘better’ schools than native Australians do,” Dr Jerrim said. “A range of school effects (including the positive influence of fellow pupils as well as the quality of the school) form a key part of the reason that East Asian children in Australia are doing so well.”
China now the world’s third most-popular study destination
11 Jun 2014
- It happened without a great deal of fanfare, but sometime over the last couple of years China surpassed other leading countries, such as France, Germany, and Australia, to take up the number three spot among the world’s most-popular study destinations for higher education studies. A report from the US-based Institute of International Education’s Project Atlas notes that China hosted nearly 330,000 foreign students in 2012, with only the UK and the US home to larger international student populations in higher ed.
600-ton jade discovered to challenge “King of Jade”
- A 600-ton monomer jade was discovered in Northwest China to challenge the world’s biggest jade record, chinanews.com reported on Thursday. The jade is a monomer tremolite jade, measuring 8 meters in diameter, 4 meters in height and 3 meters in width. Its volume is 96 cubic meters and it weighs an estimated 600 tons. It was discovered in Kuandian Manchu autonomous county of Dandong, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. The local authority said that it will apply for the stone to be recognized as the new world record holder. http://i.imgur.com/YQM6y99.jpg
More returning to China after study overseas, Education Ministry says
23 September, 2014
- A survey by the ministry found that more than 60 per cent held master’s degrees, while 30 per cent had only a bachelor’s degree. Six per cent had obtained a doctorate. Countries they were leaving included the United States, Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. The centre issued a report on China returnees last year and it showed 70 per cent of Chinese studying overseas planned to come back, most of them born in the 1980s, into single-child families and wanting to be near their parents.
China nods pilot economic zone for overseas Chinese in Shantou
- The Chinese government has approved a pilot zone for economic and cultural cooperation with overseas Chinese in Shantou in south China’s Guangdong province. The pilot zone will take advantage of investment from overseas Chinese and explore new reform ideas and ways of opening up. The pilot zone will innovate cross-border investment and trade mechanisms which conform to international rules, and create a fair, unified and efficient business environment.
China is awash in grain crops
August 27, 2014
- Estimates from state media say the government will be sitting on 150 million tons of grains that include three of the most important crops for China: rice, wheat and corn. That is double the 75 million tons last year and adds to an oversupply of these agricultural commodities that is pressuring prices lower. “The stockpiles are absolutely ginormous, way out of line with anything that you could justify holding onto on any sort of commercial basis,” said Thomas Pugh, an economist at Capital Economics in London. “These are perishable goods, so they will start to deteriorate.” He estimates China holds about 40% of the world’s corn stocks. China plans to build storage facilities to hold 50 million metric tons more of grain by 2015 to cope with the excess, according to state media. About 70% of China’s corn consumption goes to feed for livestock as the country’s appetite for meat rapidly rises, and the rest is processed into syrups or starches.
Beijing to tighten foreign hiring requirements
- Beijing municipal authorities issued a decree on Sunday to further tighten foreign hiring requirements in the capital city, The Beijing News reported Monday. The decree jointly released by Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Foreign affairs office of Beijing and Beijing Municipal Commission of Education aims to improve the threshold for foreign workers. Foreign employees in Beijing should be aged between 18 and 60, with a bachelor’s or higher degree and at least two years of related work experience, the decree said. If with no diplomas, foreign employees working for key, high-end technology research must have foreign technical qualifications.
China Eastern becomes first Chinese airline to offer Wi-Fi
25 Jul 2014
- China Eastern Airlines has started rolling out Wi-Fi onboard it aircraft. In a first for the Chinese aviation industry, the Shanghai-based carrier has teamed up with China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics to offer connectivity services for flights over the Chinese mainland. Using Panasonic’s eXConnect system, the first of 27 China Eastern aircraft has now been equipped with Wi-Fi. Passengers onboard the Airbus A330 were recently invited to trial the service on a flight from Shanghai to Beijing.
China’s Expat Makeup: It’s Evolving, Not Shrinking
June 25, 2014
- At China Briefing, however, we have a significant and measurable number of subscribers, who sign-up to receive and access our complimentary monthly magazines, receive book discounts, and take advantage of first-come first-served status at events and so on. Changes to these subscriber profiles are indicative of movement within China’s expatriate population, and we have seen no unusual movement in this regard. Recently,while some executives have privately voiced concerns about the environment, especially as affecting their children, most have seen their positions localized—by returning Chinese nationals armed with foreign university degrees, a good command of the required language skills, and two-three years’ experience under their belt at their respective employer’s head office. This doesn’t indicate a large trend of expatriate departures, but is the result of a long-term, corporate career strategy that has targeted talented Chinese managers and groomed them in their respective corporate cultures. Such executives are preferable to expats, and this development makes up for most of the movement we have seen in expatriate demographics over the past two years. The overall implication is that the Chinese management labor force in MNC’s in China is maturing.
Demand falls for expat talent
June 4 2014
- “Local talent within the China market is developing rapidly, and they are catching up with the international standard,” says Ms Wong. “They are becoming more competitive, especially when leveraged with the expensive expat package.” “Native-born Chinese are now the main supply for middle-level management positions, so it is only a matter of time for them to accumulate enough experience to take up more senior positions,” adds Ms Wong.
China to develop high-standard farmland to ensure output
June 28, 2014
- BEIJING, June 28 — China is to develop 800 million mu (53.3 million hectares) of drought and flood resistant farmland by 2020 in an effort to ensure output, agriculture minister Han Changfu has disclosed. Restrained by land and water resources, China should rely on technology and new varieties of seed to extract maximum yields, Han emphasized at a training session on grain output.
China to boost vocational education system
- China’s cabinet, the State Council, has released its guidelines on the development of the vocational education program, aiming at improving the quality of the country’s vast labor force and increasing employment. “Firstly, though the employment rate of the vocational schools graduates is very high, we have a problem in attracting enough applicants as vocational schools are traditionally considered an option for students with poor academic performance. Secondly, the enterprises have not participated enough in the development of vocational education, though their need for skilled workers remains high. Also, vocational schools have seen an increase in investment in the past years, but a government guideline was lacking,” said Ge Daokai, head of vocational education div., Ministry of Education.
China’s returned overseas students top 354,000 in 2013
May 28, 2014
- About 354,000 Chinese overseas students returned to China after graduation in 2013, up 29.5 percent year on year, according to statistics released on Wednesday. The total number of Chinese overseas students reached 1.44 million by the end of 2013, said the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) in a report.
Is China the Fastest-Rising Power in History?
MAY 16, 2014
- China is rising; but how far, and how fast? After the release of projections based on new World Bank data showing that China will soon overtake the United States as the world’s largest national economy, a debate has quickly ensued, with some China-watchers dismissing the new figures as an “accounting exercise” and others calling the revised data a “wake-up call.” But the hue and cry obscures a more fundamental question: whether the scale and speed of China’s ascendance is truly unique, or whether it resembles the emergence of earlier powers. China, it turns out, scores moderately on the first metric, and very highly on the second. http://imgur.com/a/FL6bs
Overseas Chinese bring skills back home
- “The qualities of our engineers has improved, and our nation’s infrastructure has significantly improved compared with ten years ago. The government has given a lot of support in the market and business environment, and has issued many preferential policies, to promote the development of enterprise.” said Li Chaoyang, CEO, Solorein Technology. Many returned overseas Chinese experts like Li Chaoyang bring with them technical expertise that has allowed them to start businesses in pioneering fields such as bio-medicine, information technology, new materials and new energy. But these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the industries that China is looking to set up. Over 1.09 million people came back to China in 2012 to seek work opportunities. Many set up their own businesses. As China’s business environment continues to improve, it’s expected that more will come and bring their talents with them.
Energy-Hungry China Plans to Accelerate Approvals for New Nuclear Reactors
April 21, 2014
- China slowed down the approval process for new nuclear power plants in the wake of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster. Now it intends to speed things up again. On Friday, China’s State Energy Commission met in Beijing to review energy forecasts and discuss safety considerations regarding nuclear power. According to a statement released on the commission’s website on Sunday, it now intends to expedite the approval process for new reactors in China. In 2013, China approved the construction of just two new nuclear reactors, with a combined generating capacity of 2.1 gigawatts. This year, it intends to green-light another 8.6 GW of nuclear energy, according to an article in Monday’s state-run China Daily newspaper.
China’s ‘Mass Affluent’ Population Set To Reach 14 Million By End Of Year
April 21, 2014
- From the research conducted for the report released yesterday, which is titled the “White Paper on Chinese Mass Affluent Wealth for 2014,” (2014中国大众富裕阶层财富白皮书) China’s “mass affluent” are categorized as individuals with investable assets in the range of RMB600,000 to 6 million (US$96,000 to $960,000). With an estimated population of 11.97 million, their numbers are expected to skyrocket by more than 2 million—a number that is double that of the total number of millionaires—to an estimated 14.01 million people by the end of the year.
Grads Remake China Workforce as High-End Threat to U.S.
Apr 15, 2014
- Some of those choices may shake the global economy. Close to 7 million Chinese this year will graduate college, up from 1.1 million in 2001. By 2020, China’s college-educated talent pool is expected to number 195 million people — more than the entire U.S. labor force that year. As Chinese companies grow more capable – – what economists call “moving up the value chain” — they will encroach on markets now dominated by advanced economies. That change is already happening. More than half of China’s $4.2 trillion in trade last year involved significant value added by Chinese workers, while lower-value processing trade fell below one-third of the total, down from almost 39 percent in 2010, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
China’s new megalopolis would be bigger than Uruguay and more populous than Germany
April 12, 2014
- China might not be willing to relocate its capital city, but it can make it bigger. The country’s top economic planner has reportedly drawn up a plan for a Beijing-centered “economic circle” (link in Chinese) that combines the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and parts of Hebei province into one huge megalopolis.
China aims to draw more overseas talents: official
- BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) — China seeks to attract more foreign experts to work in China as part of the country’s development drive, an official said in Beijing on Wednesday. Zhang Jianguo, director of the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, said China plans to invite some two million talents from overseas to work on the Chinese mainland in the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. The country also plans to attract some 500 to 1,000 “top-level” foreign experts in the next five to ten years in a recruitment program dubbed the “1000 plan” targeting overseas talents, Zhang said.
China invests 3 trillion yuan in healthcare
- BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) — The Chinese government has pumped around three trillion yuan (about 488 billion U.S. dollars) into its medical care reform in the past five years, the nation’s health authorities said on Tuesday. The investment was made both by the central government and local authorities, Mao Qun’an, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said at a press conference. After years of effort, China’s public hospital reform has reached more than 1,000 counties across the country, covering a population of 500 million, said Mao. “To put it simply, the framework for a national basic medical insurance system has been comprehensively established,” he said.
China Is #1 In Renewable Energy Investment, US #2, Japan #3 (CHART)
- For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. investment of $36.7 billion. “No other clean energy market in the world is operating at that scale,” Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s clean energy program, said during a teleconference Thursday, referring to China.
For China’s Jobseekers, Multinational Companies Lose Their Magic
Apr 3, 2014
- A study released Thursday by employer-branding consultancy Universum suggests students like Mr. Guo are increasing. This year, just 21% of Chinese university students polled said they wanted to work for an international organization on graduation, down from 38% in 2013. “In previous years, Chinese private and state-owned companies offered lower salaries than foreign companies. But this year some Chinese companies have increased their starting salaries,” said Mr. Guo, adding that he believed working for a Chinese company might eventually offer him better prospects.
Chinese return from overseas study hungry for work
- A new report on Chinese overseas returnees in 2013 showed that graduates with a master’s degree represent the largest group among those who returned to China from overseas study, while those with a doctoral degree comprise the smallest. The Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, under China’s Ministry of Education, released a report on Saturday about the study and the employment situation of overseas-returned Chinese students. The report was based on the study and a survey of the 189,000 overseas returnees that the center provided service for in 2013. Those who returned to China with a master’s degree make up 63 percent of the total, while those with a doctoral degree and above represent only 6 percent. More than 91 percent of the returnees are between 23 and 30 years old.
Career women in China more than global average
- women in China hold more than a third of the country’s company management positionsThe percentage of female senior managers in China is higher than the global average. Women hold 38 percent of corporate senior management positions in China, compared with an average of 24 percent globally.women occupy 21 percent of positions on company boards in China, beating the global average of 17 percent, which ranked China ninth among 44 polled countriesThe survey polled 6,700 companies worldwide, including 200 from the Chinese mainland.
China’s New Wager: Pulling Energy From the Ocean
March 31, 2014
- China is seen by many experts as an ideal location to pioneer and commercialize ocean-energy technologies. China is stepping up spending in the sector, and foreign companies including U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. are testing equipment and entering joint ventures in the country. Among the projects under study with Chinese backing: the dynamic tidal-power wall, with turbines using curved blades that are designed to allow eels and fish to pass through safely. If approved, the wall could supply as much electricity as 2½ large nuclear reactors—and cost as much as $30 billion. Investors include the Netherlands government and a consortium of eight Dutch companies, including engineering firms Arcadis NV and Strukton Groep NV. “China is at the cutting edge” in sea-energy technology development, says Mr. de Boer, who is based in Beijing.
China’s high-speed rail is so popular, it’s hurting the domestic airline industry
March 31, 2014
- The high-speed rail system, on the other hand, has quickly grown to over 6,000 miles (9,700 km) in five years, and will expand to 19,000 kilometers (11,800 miles) by 2015. It is already transporting some 2 million passengers a day on trains that are rarely delayed, and which go nearly 200 miles an hour, twice as many passengers as domestic airlines. China Eastern’s chief executive complained about the subsidies the railways get in an interview last year, saying “In China, the government has also invested heavily in high-speed rail—far more than in the airlines in fact—so it’s not a case of nationalized carriers being better off, because they also have many challenges to face.”
Brain drain in reverse: China now world’s No. 3 education hub
Feb 23, 2014
- China has now become the third most favoured nation of international students after the US and UK. According to data put together by the Institute of International Education on international student mobility in 2012, there are many more foreign students in China (3.28 lakh) than in Australia or Germany. When this decade opened, China was not on most students’ radar; now, having made rapid strides in the unlikely field of higher education, it is attracting several thousand foreign students every year. With China pushing France to number four (see table), the top three nations have now captured 35% of the international student market, which is growing at a feverish pace.
1st subway across Yangtze River starts test run
December 28, 2012
- China’s first subway line to cross the Yangtze River, the country’s longest waterway, starts test run on Dec 28 in the central city of Wuhan, Xinhua reported Thursday. Subway trains have run through the 27.73-km tunnel for Wuhan Line 2, which links Wuchang and Hankou – two major areas of the city – over the past three months. But passengers are only allowed to board the trains on Dec 28 when the test run starts.
China to open Xisha Islands to tourism this year
- China plans to let tourists visit the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea this year, the vice governor of Hainan province said Tuesday.
China spends heavily in afforestation efforts
- The Chinese government allocated 46.2 billion yuan ($7.22 billion) from its central budget to the return-farmland-to-forests plan during 2008-11.
More than 20 new airports to be built in Hunan
- Central China’s Hunan province plans to build 21 general aviation airports from 2012 to 2030, according to the recently released draft of the Plan for the Development of the General Aviation Industry in Hunan.
Urban mass transit projects planned
- A fund with about 2 trillion yuan ($320.2 billion) has been allocated to urban transportation projects in 34 cities, Liu Heming, a senior official of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, said on Thursday. The next few years are expected to see a quick development of urban mass transit projects, Liu said, according to chinanews.com. Urban mass transit projects that have finished construction and have been put into operation represent more than 1,700 kilometers, with projects still under construction representing more than 2,000 kilometers.
China’s transportation network to hit 4.9m km
- The country’s transportation network is expected to hit 4.9 million kilometers in three years, with a focus on improving structural and connecting issues, according to the State Council. The government has vowed to build a national transportation network comprising regular roads connecting counties and villages, railways, highways and waterways, civil aviation projects and pipelines, according to the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) comprehensive transportation network outlook issued by the State Council recently. National express railways in operation are expected to reach more than 40,000 km, while national highways will reach 83,000 km. The civil aviation network will be further expanded and upgraded to the level where more than 80 percent of the population can use aviation services within a 100 km direct distance.
China’s 5-Year Natural Gas Plan Unveiled
15 May 2012
- China’s annual natural gas consumption will add up to 260 billion cubic meters by the end of 2015, representing 7% to 8% of total energy consumption, according to a five-year plan released by the National Energy Administration. The nation’s natural gas consumption expanded 20.6% to 129 billion cubic meters last year, or 4% of total energy consumption, the plan shows. By the end of 2015, China will have to produce 170 billion cubic meters of natural gas and import 90 billion cubic meters per year to meet domestic demand.
Beijing to invest $636b in water-related projects
- China’s Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei said the government is planning to invest $636 billion through 2020 in various projects to harness water and prevent related disasters. Chen said the investment will mainly be channeled from various levels of government, while some of the projects are open to foreign investors. “Investment will be scaled up in the coming decade and a water financing mechanism with a public budget and revenue as a major channel shall be set up,” Chen said at the Ministerial Conference of the World Water Forum, which began on Monday.