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Clinton Warns China on Iran Sanctions

China/Japan | YP - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 05:00

The secretary of state told China on Friday that it would face diplomatic isolation if it did not fall in line.

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Consumer poll reveals products with lowest satisfaction scores

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Electronic devices, telecommunication services and personal care products are among the product categories with the lowest consumer satisfaction indexes in China, a recent finding has revealed.

Electronic device makers, including laptops and cellphone producers, had some of the lowest scores among all industries and sectors in China as they only scored an average of 72.47 out of a total 100 points, according to The China Consumer Satisfaction Index, which was announced on Saturday.

The evaluation, conducted by the China National Institute of Standardization and Tsinghua University, found that products by Xiaomi and Huawei and Apple were among the brands with the highest consumer satisfaction indexes, with each brand scoring above 75 points, while Samsung scored the lowest among all polled brands with a mere 67 points.

The evaluation also found that the country's telecommunication sector also failed to meet public expectations, as it scored only 71.08 in the index. That also was the lowest among all industries.

Meanwhile, personal care products, such as shower gel products, liquid shampoos and toothpaste, were among the categories that had the lowest consumer satisfaction index, with each product category scoring 71.69, 71.07 and 71.87 respectively.

The index was produced after the two institutes polled consumers ages 18 to 70 in 250 cities across China regarding their satisfaction with 32 industries and 420 brands. Each poll included at least 250 consumers.

"There is no preset brand during the whole research process. For instance, in the category of refrigerators, we polled consumers over whether they bought a refrigerator in the past three years and, if they did, whether the product met their expectations," said Ma Lincong, head of the China National Institute of Standardization, in a news conference on Saturday.

Zhao Ping, a professor with the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, said the survey is aimed at finding the number of customers, or percentage of total customers, whose reported experience with a firm, its products, or its services exceeds specified satisfaction goals.

Similar surveys are also conducted in the US, as in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which is widely seen as an economic indicator that measures the satisfaction of consumers across the US economy.

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China to evacuate citizens from Yemen

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015.[Photo/Agencies]

The Chinese government launched preparatory work for the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday at the Boao Forum for Asia in China's southern Hainan province, according to media report.

Wang said that there are 590 Chinese nationals in Yemen and the Chinese government launched the evacuation plan Thursday evening, when Saudi Arabia and its allies launched airstrikes in Yemen. The evacuation will help ensure Chinese nationals come back to China safely.

Violence has been spreading across the country on the Arabian Peninsula since last year, when Iranian-backed Houthi militia seized the capital, Sanaa. They effectively removed Yemeni President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who seeks to return from the southern port city of Aden.

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Trending: Nursing student records internship with comics

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

In today's installment of Trending News across China, we bring you a story of a nurse turned comic book artist, a farmer couple that discovered ancient coins, the possible coming of a female Chinese Allen Iverson and more.

He Xuan, a nursing student who recorded her internship in comics, shows off her internship report in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Nursing student records internship with comics

Writing boring internship reports is one way to go through an internship, but one nursing student in Chongqing has found a way to bring new life by recording her internship with her own way, local newspaper Chongqing Evening News reported.

Twenty-year-old He Xuan, a nursing student from Chongqing Medical University, started her internship in July of last year at a hospital in Chongqing's Jiangbei district. To record her time as a intern, she drew all her experiences at the hospital into a comic.

"The life of a nurse turns out to be one which I never imagined, so I wanted to record it," said He, "The strongest feeling is touching partings in the lives of people."

Twenty-year-old nursing student He Xuan recorded her time as a nurse in training in the form of a comic. [Photo/IC]

Physics teacher stuns students

A video showing a physics teacher playing Jay Chou's "Chrysanthemums Terrace" with only a steel wire and a magnet in a classroom went viral online, jxnews.com.cn reported.

Feng Yuner, a junior student of Physics at Communication and Electronic College of Jiangxi Normal University in East China's Jiangxi province, uploaded the performance and revealed the performer as her teacher, Hu Yinquan, an associate professor the college.

"I created this teaching method to show abstract physics by using the interesting form to make my students love the subject," Hu said.

Hu was surprised to hear the video of his experiment sparked heated discussion online. "It's a good thing if the video makes people more willing to learn and understand physics," Hu said.

A screenshot shows a physics teacher playing Jay Chou's "Chrysanthemums Terrace" with only a steel wire and a magnet. [Photo/jxnews.com.cn]

 

12-year-old hoopster dazzles Internet

A video showing a primary school girl playing basketball has become an Internet sensation, with many viewers claiming the girl may become a promising future star of Chinese women's basketball.

In the video, 12-year-old Fan Ruiya moved swiftly, controlled the ball firmly and dribbled it through her legs and behind her back to the net. Sometimes she even drove to the basket or scored a three-pointer. Her performance was captured and uploaded by her coach via China's twitter-like Sina Weibo, though she looked much shorter and smaller among the group of participating boys.

Standing at 1.38 meters tall, sixth grader Fan has already taken up basketball as a youth player playing for the second division team in a local club.

She was compared by some Weibo users to Allen Iverson, a retired NBA All-star player, who is one of most prolific scorers in NBA history with strong ability in dribbling, despite his small stature of 1.83 meters.

A pot of ancient coins unearthed. [Photos/hinews.cn]

Centuries-old coins excavated in farmer's field

Two full pots of antique coins, weighing more than 130 kilograms, were unearthed in a township in South China's Hainan province, local newspaper Nanguo Dushibao reported on March 28. A farmer surnamed Chen and his wife discovered and excavated the coins and their containers in their home yard.

All the coins are copper money that date back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The coins aren't worth much – at least not as much as the two jars they're contained in. However, according to local archeological official Wang Mingzhong, the antiques are still valuable in cultural and historical research.

Chen said he would like to hand over his finds to the authorities but desired compensation.

Antique coins were no stranger to Chen's family as they had excavated 170 kilos in 1987 in the same field, but back then, they had sold off the excavations as ordinary copper for 800 yuan ($128.7).

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Sandstorm shrouds Beijing

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Tourists visiting Jingshan Park in Beijing are treated to more than a sight; they are welcomed by a sandstorm, March 28, 2015. The Beijing Municipal Meteorological Observatory on Saturday issued a blue alert for the sandstorm on 10:20 am. China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue. [Photo/IC]

High buildings are picture through dust as a sandstorm invades Beijing on March 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

A man wearing a mask cleans the dust off his car during the sandstorm in Beijing, March 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

A girl plays with a mask in Beijing, March 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Tourists wearing masks take a selfie at Jingshan Park in Beijing, March 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

The Forbidden City is shrouded in dust in Beijing, March 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

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Two graft-involved Chinese fugitives taken back from Laos

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Pang Shunxi, back, a former tax official of Tianjin municipality, and An Huimin, former general manager of a trade company in Tianjin, are escorted back to Beijing, March 28, 2015, after three months of exile in Laos. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - A former official and a businessman, suspected of bribery, were taken back to China Saturday after about three months of exile in Laos, the Ministry of Public Security announced.

Pang Shunxi, a former tax official of Tianjin municipality, was suspected of accepting bribes while An Huimin, former general manager of a trade company in Tianjin, was suspected of bribing, said a ministry statement.

They fled to Laos after prosecutors started investigating them in December last year.

The two turned themselves in recently to the Chinese embassy in Laos, the statement said.

The ministry urged all fugitives abroad to follow suit and seek leniency through voluntary surrender.

On Thursday, China announced that it will launch an operation code named "Skynet" in April, pooling the resources from several government and Party departments to hunt corrupt officials who fled abroad.

Pang Shunxi, front center, a former tax official of Tianjin municipality, and An Huimin, back center, former general manager of a trade company in Tianjin, are escorted back to Beijing, March 28, 2015, after three months of exile in Laos. [Photo/Xinhua]

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BRICS countries consent to promote judicial cooperation

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Top courts in BRICS countries signed a statement Saturday to promote judicial cooperation, raising cooperation among the five member countries to a new level, the chief judge of China said.

"The statement will play a positive role to promote cooperation among the members of BRICS and even the larger global community," said Zhou Qiang, president and chief justice of the Supreme People's Court at the BRICS Justice Forum on judicial system development and environmental protection, held on Saturday in Sanya, Hainan province.

The Sanya Statement said BRICS, representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has realized the serious challenges from environmental resource issues and will emphasize the use of judicial means to protect them. The members call for pragmatic judicial cooperation among countries to improve the rule of law and pursue balancing development among the economy, society and environment.

Members also are committed to improving their judicial systems through judicial reforms and international exchanges. The exchanges will include programs for judges, such as organizing mutual visits, hosting training for visiting judges and jointly holding workshops to help improve their professional skills.

Sound cooperation in the judicial systems and the Sanya Statement will also inject new energy to fuel the relationship of the member countries, Zhou said.

The BRICS countries have served as a major platform for emerging markets and developing countries.

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Forced landing for Chengdu-bound flight

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

A photo shows the inside of Orient Thai flight OX682 which made a forced landing in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, on its way from Phuket Island to Chengdu, March 28, 2015. This photo was posted on Wechat by a person who claimed to be on board the plane.

Orient Thai airlines flight OX682 was forced to land in an airport in Kunming, Yunnan province on its way from Phuket Island to Chengdu, Sichuan province at 12:03 am on Saturday. The reason is unclear, Western China Metropolis Daily reported on Saturday.

The plane was scheduled to take off on 2:40 pm from Kunming to Chengdu on Saturday but was delayed. According to a staff member from the airport, the flight was supposed to fly from Phuket Island directly to Chengdu and the reason why it land in Kunming is still not clear.

According to the newspaper, a passenger on the plane said the forced landing is because one of the engines was broken. Many passengers on the plane suffered symptoms such as ear congestion, nose bleeding or fainting.

Many passengers transferred to another flight to continue the trip to Chengdu while doctors advised some to avoid more flying based on their medical conditions.

The airline has sent plane to carry on the incomplete journey to Chengdu. Compensation has not been discussed.

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Top court calls for more judicial efforts on environmental protection

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

China has made some progress in environmental judicial protection due to a series of measures, including tougher punishment on pollution violators and a lowered threshold for green NGOs, the top court said on Saturday.

Also, the top court will strengthen the exchanges on judicial practices regarding environmental protection and improve cooperation with other membercountries in BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - to help these judicial bodies more efficiently handle pollution cases.

In 2014, China made more effort to improve the judicial system for environmental protection, including setting up special courts to handle cases involving the environment and resources and to tighten efforts against pollution crimes.

In 2014, courts nationwide set up 382 green tribunals, Xi Xiaoming, vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court of China, said on Saturday.

Last year, 1,188 cases involving environmental pollution were filed last year, an increase of 690 percent year-on-year, playing a bigger role in deterring and punishing polluters, the vice-president said. Along with firm actions against pollution from the judicial system, non-governmental environmental protection organizations have embraced streamlined policies to sue polluting companies.

The top court in January 2015 released judicial explanation documents to allow more green NGOs to participate in environmental public interest litigation, to lower the threshold of green NGOs and reduce their financial burden in lawsuits.

Currently, more than 700 such organizations are qualified to file environmental public interest litigation, Xi said.

China has achieved some accomplishments in the judicial system for environmental protection, yet with challenges, such as the judges need to learn more about pollution, he said.

At every BRICS summit, environmental protection and sustainable development were placed at the top of the agenda and incorporated into the outcome documents, because BRICS countries are rapidly growing. There is a pressing need to balance their economic development and environmental protection, Xi said.

"We will take the opportunity of hosting the forum to enhance the exchanges with the courts in other member countries in trials related to the environment and resources," he said.

The Environmental Judicial Protection has been a major topic during the BRICS Justices Forum, held Saturday in Sanya, Hainan province, Top courts of the five member countries attended the event to share their practices on curbing pollution via the judicial system.

The BRICS countries' total population approached 3 billion in 2014, and they have grown into a powerful force in the emerging markets.

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Embracing green construction on a local level

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

BEIJING - Green construction has been widely recognized in China as an important step toward energy efficiency amid efforts to fight pollution, but the concept does not always translate to the Chinese market.

The concept of "green construction" was first introduced to China in 2000 as an efficient way to reserve resources, protect the environment and cut pollution.

Green construction incorporates design, building, and operation practices that use sustainable materials in construction, achieve energy efficiency, save water, and improve indoor air quality, among other measurable targets.

According to the guidelines on raw material industry transformation and development in 2015 published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the country will set up a green building material service platform, establish an industry development alliance, refine downstream industry as well as advance polymer materials' utilization in rail traffic and high-end equipment areas.

However, blind imitation of foreign techniques and real estate developers' unwillingness to promote green construction by sacrificing their profits have become major obstacles as the country to adopts the idea.

"The government has been promoting green construction by offering subsidies for real estate developers, but we worry that most developers do not use the subsidies in the right way," said Ye Qing, CEO of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co. Ltd.

"The subsidies should be used to hire professionals from the industry to publicize the green construction concept in those under developed areas," Ye added.

In April 2006, China became one of the few countries in the world to establish their own green construction standards. Ye suggests building another set of standards from the people's perspective to educate people about the standards using big data.

"The purpose of the second standard is to force real estate developers to promote green construction under the supervision of both the government and the general public," Ye said.

Using complicated and expensive high-tech materials to build green is another mistake that China is now making, according to Lin Wusheng, technology director of green technology research and application center of China Merchants Property Development Co. Ltd.

"The development of green construction should be based on our actual conditions, pure imitation of foreign developed countries' experiences might cost us more," said Lin. "Green construction means to control energy and resource consumption in the very details of the building rather than using expensive green technology and materials."

Offering an example, Lin introduced a window shade that was installed in every conference room at the headquarter building of China Merchants Property Development Co. Ltd.

"Without the window shade, only one third of rooms can be covered in sunlight. A low-cost window shade will make every corner of the room bright," Lin said. "This is a good example of how we should approach green construction in our own way."

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Farmer builds Soviet era tank by hand

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

In this installment of Trending News across China, we bring you a farmer with a love for Soviet era tanks, artistic manhole covers in a vocational school in Nanning, papier-mâché Apple Watches in Hong Kong, and more.

A young child sits atop a working model of a Soviet era tank. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Farmer builds Soviet era tank by hand

Zou Bingyu from Dalian, Liaoning province spent the last year building a working model of a Soviet T-34 tank, China News Service reported on Saturday.

The miniature tank was handmade with an angle grinder and welding and drilling machines. Zou said they were inspired by a miniature park in Shenzhen.

The tank. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Next up, manholes are turned into art canvas.

A manhole cover at a vocational school in Nanjing has turned from a plain metal cap to an art canvas with cartoon characters. [Photo/ecns.cn]

From manhole to art canvas

Manhole covers at the No.1 Vocational Technical School of Nanning have recently turned colorful with the help of the students, gxnews.com.cn reported on Friday.

Students majoring in the arts began drawing on the manhole covers in early March. The student’s teacher and instructor Deng Renzhi intends to have all the manhole covers painted. Deng said the manhole cover painting project is inspired by comic culture. He said in countries where comics are popular, almost every city has its representative cartoonist and the characters he or she creates will be drawn by the people on the manhole covers everywhere.

The students have a bigger dream. They want to have the manhole covers in the whole city painted with more ethnic and local characteristics.

In our next story, the deceased can have a go at the upcoming Apple Watch much earlier than the living.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco on March 9. [Photo/Agencies]

Apple Watch effigies for ancestors

The deceased can have a go at the upcoming Apple Watch much earlier than the living, South China Morning Post reported on Friday.

Despite the April 24 release date for the Apple Watch, stores in Hong Kong have put on papier-mâché Apple watches as sacrificial offerings for the upcoming Tomb Sweeping Day next Sunday.

Along with Apple Watch, papier-mâché iphones and battery chargers can also be found at the stores. A whole set is sold for HK$48 ($6).

Next up, a seven-year-old boy who likes to watch the news and discuss US-Russian relations was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS), an autism spectrum disease. 

An autistic child, accompanied by a volunteer, interacts with a dolphin at Qujiang Polar Ocean Park in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, on April 1, ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. [Photo/asianewsphoto]

7-year-old diagnosed with Aspergers fascinated by int'l news reports

Seven-year-old Huanhuan who likes to watch the news and discuss US-Russian relations was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS) in Yuyao city, East China's Zhejiang province, dahe.cn reports on Saturday.

After beginning kindergarten, the boy began showing differences from his peers – he didn't like watching cartoons and preferred news reports, especially those about US-Russian relations.

Huang Su, a pediatrician in Yuyao, noticed that Huanhuan becomes immersed in talking and reciting speeches about US-Russian relations, however his thought process is disordered.

AS is an autism spectrum disease that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported in those diagnosed.

That's all for today's trending, do check back tomorrow for more stories from around China!

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Food poisoning sickens 103 in SW China

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

KUNMING - A total of 103 people at a village in southwest China's Yunnan Province got sick due to food poisoning after attending a wedding feast, local authorities said Saturday.

The patients suffered from stomach pains, diarrhea and nausea after attending a wedding feast on Thursday at Tanghai Village, Lufeng County, according to the information office of Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, which administers Lufeng.

As of Friday night, 103 people went to hospitals for treatment and 20 of them were hospitalized.

Initial investigations suggest they have contracted a bacterial food poisoning.

All affected people are in stable condition, according to the office.

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Grassland city looks to cloud computing

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Hohhot says it has the right stuff to become a massive data hub, Yuan Hui and Fu Chao report.

Relying on its geographic advantages and charming scenery, Hohhot is a pleasant city and looking to become a national-level industrial hub for database and cloud computing. Photo provided to CHINA DAILY

Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, is looking to the cloud computing industry as a key in the city's economic restructuring.

The city renowned for its grasslands is west of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city cluster and serves as a major node connecting West and East China. It is also along the route to Mongolia, Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe.

The city has an annual average temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, favorable for the natural cooling of large equipment.

For seven to eight months of the year, there is no need for air conditioning systems in the city, which helps cut operation costs in the cloud computing industry.

As well, most of Hohhot is far from seismic belts and boasts a stable geology providing a safe and stable operational environment.

One of China's three power grids, the western Inner Mongolia grid, is based in Hohhot and guarantees a stable and economic power supply.

Today the city has an installed power capacity of 843 kilowatts. The standard charge of electricity of the region is only 0.38 yuan per kilowatt hour.

For cloud computing project investors, the city offers a competitive price to help them cut production costs.

A tech booth at a cloud computing expo in Hohhot. WANG HUI/ FOR CHINA DAILY

Hohhot is also an important intersection for the optical cable arteries of China's three telecommunication operators. It is also a pivot on Inner Mongolia's optical cable trunk lines.

Cloud computing has been a hot topic for a long time.

The world's major IT players, including Microsoft and Google, have focused development strategies on cloud platforms, seeing it as an important way to maintain their competitive edge.

Chinese companies started exploring the potential offered by cloud computing in 2008.

China's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), released in March 2011 introduced a clear-cut policy to support the nation's IT and other emerging industries.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, China will build self-developed cloud-computing technology by the end of 2015.

Provinces and autonomous regions in the country started to release cloud-computing industry development plans following the mandate. "The objective of the city's cloud computing development is to build a national-level industrial hub and a disaster data recovery center that offers services to the whole nation," said Qin Yi, mayor of Hohhot. "With a stable geologic structure and competitive advantages in climate, educational and energy resources, Hohhot has geographical advantages to develop the cloud computing industry."

To reach that goal, the municipal government has unveiled a range of policy measures in financing, infrastructure, project development, innovation, tax, talent recruiting and many others. "A pivotal cloud computing industry base", as outlined in the plan, is under construction. It has attracted several companies including the three major telecom operators in the country, and renowned IT giants such as Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent and Inspur. The total investment from the companies is expected to reach 70 billion yuan ($11 billion). The actual investment now is some 5 billion yuan. The nation's three telecom operators-China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom-have set up cloud computing data centers with businesses serving the country. Projects from the three giants are worth 50 billion yuan.

The municipal government is also working on integrating cloud computing with the big data industry. The output of the two sectors is expected to reach 20 billion yuan by 2020, according to the government.

The government will also set up investment funds for the industry to fuel local companies and offer larger backup for local R&D.

Hohhot aims to play a vital role in China's proposed Silk Road Economic Belt. CHINA DAILY

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Scenic Hohhot wants to be smart based on emerging industries

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Hohhot strives to be "smart" in meeting demands for public service and social management. WANG XING/CHINA DAILY

Hohhot is famous for its charming scenery of endless grasslands and blue skies.

But it is no longer satisfied with the label of beautiful. It also wants to be smart.

The capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region recently initiated a "smart city" project based on emerging technologies such as big data, mobile Internet, the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

The project is scheduled to be finished in 2017 with a total governmental investment of 2.4 billion yuan ($387.2 million).

It aims to make smart responses to various demands for public services, social management, industry operations and other activities, local officials say.

The project will focus on the construction of intelligent infrastructure for transportation, communities, medical health care, education, energy conservation and environmental protection.

With the financial support and preferential policies on tax, rent and human resources, the city government has gathered a group of software and new energy companies to participate in the forward-looking plan, including Future International, Qingdao New Energy Solutions and Taiji Computer.

They will provide integrated solutions to build a smart city using expertise in their industries. Inspur, a leading solution and service provider for cloud computing, set up a cooperative relationship with the city government in 2013.

According to the agreement, the company registered a wholly owned Hohhot subsidiary to invest a large mount of money over three to five years for the construction of a cloud computing center, a related R&D base and an exhibition center.

Wang Kaiyu, an expert at the AnHui Academy of Social Sciences, said the smart city project would have more development potential in second-and third-tier cities in China than in large cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. His opinion was supported by Inspur's decision to locate cloud computing centers in cities such as Hohhot, Jinan, Lanzhou, Hefei, Kunming and Mianyang. "Hohhot will provide excellent services as well as good investment and business environment to attract more IT companies to built an important cloud computing industrial base nationwide," said Nasanmunkh, Party chief of the city. In addition, the e-commerce industry is also taking off in the city.

Last year, Hohhot was listed as a national e-commerce demonstration city, said Guo Chenggang, director of the municipal bureau of commerce.

The city is now focusing the development of larger local e-commerce companies.

Official statistics show that Hohhot has 1,381 e-commerce companies, 109 of them engaging in services. Sales revenue in the industry amounted totaled 32 billion yuan, accounting for 13 percent of the city's GDP.

Guo said the city government will also upgrade the industrial chain to integrate technology, logistics, payment, verification and data services.

Also, it will continue to promote the integration of existing industries such as dairy production, modern agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism, he said.

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A migrant worker's music dream

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Meng Xuanyou listens to music in Nongding village of Bansheng township, south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Feb 14, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The 21-year-old migrant worker Meng Xuanyou, who has a dream of becoming a singer, organized a Spring Festival gala in Nongding village of Bansheng township, south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region this year.

Two years ago, Meng came to the neighboring Guangdong Province and worked for a suitcase manufacturer.

In his spare time, he liked singing. To fulfill his music dream, Meng spent one month's salary on a guitar and some other musical instruments, and gave himself a stage name.

The gala encouraged Meng and provided him the first opportunity to perform on the stage.

In neighboring villages of Nongding, some young people working in Guangdong chose singing as their profession. Some of them succeeded and became professional singers.

Meng Xuanyou looks forward to joining them. He yearns for a happy life in modern cities.

Meng Xuanyou walks on the road in Nongding on Feb 14, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou practises singing for the Spring Festival gala in Nongding on Feb 14, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Feb 14, 2015 shows a Spring Festival gala program list written by Meng Xuanyou. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou (C) watches performance organized by university students in Bansheng township on Feb 15, 2015. He misses the rehearsal and lost the performing opportunity. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou practises singing for the Spring Festival gala in Nongding on Feb 16, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou makes preparation for the Spring Festival gala in Nongding on Feb 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou practises the performance beside the stage of a Spring Festival gala in Nongding on Feb 19, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou performs during a spring festival celebration gala in Nongding on Feb 19, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

A boy holds a board with Meng Xuanyou's stage name during the Spring Festival gala on Feb 19, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou helps his uncle to build a house in Nongding on March 2, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou (L) and his wife Meng Dongmei (R) pose for a photo with Meng's grandmother at their home in Nongding on March 3, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou (L) works in the field with his uncle in Nongding on March 7, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou (R) and his wife Meng Dongmei go to plant corns in Nongding on March 7, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

Meng Xuanyou (C) and his wife Meng Dongmei (L) leave home by motorcycle in Nongding on March 11, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

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China aims to be leader in innovation

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Chinese policymakers are laying the foundation for a transformation of the country by 2020 from its primary role as a manufacturer to that of a leading innovator.

Over the past three decades, China has emerged as a major manufacturing base for the world, but the country's competitiveness in advanced manufacturing remains relatively weak, partly because of domestic companies' low investment in research and development.

Only 14 percent of Chinese enterprises with primary operating revenue of more than 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) annually have any R&D activity. Spending on R&D accounts for only about 0.8 percent of their total revenue, while their counterparts in developed countries, such as the United States, spend around 3 percent of sales revenue on R&D.

To promote innovation by Chinese companies, the country's top economic planning body jointly drafted a document with more than 20 government bodies. The document was released on Friday.

China will level the playing field, continue to enhance its opening-up and actively make use of global resources and markets, officials said.

Qi Chengyuan, director-general of the high-tech industry department of the NDRC, said: "China welcomes the building of R&D centers in China by prestigious international scientific institutions and encourages foreign institutions to participate in China's technical programs, including both basic and applied research," Qi said.

In addition, the country will establish a market-oriented mechanism for innovation, increase the supportive role of policies and increase the voice of businesses in State innovation decisions.

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Piraeus port deal still alive, Greek deputy PM says

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

The process of privatizing Greece's Piraeus port, halted for months, will resume this month or no later than next month, Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis told China Daily on Friday, after witnessing the launch of the China-Greece Maritime Cooperation Year with Vice-Premier Ma Kai.

"During this month, or the next one, the bidding offers will be completed," said Dragasakis, the newly elected Greek government's only deputy prime minister, who is in charge of all economic affairs. "The project is going on. It is in its final stage. The whole project is to be completed this year."

He added that he believes the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co will be able to make a competitive offer in the bidding.

The fledgling Greek government, beset by domestic economic problems, was criticized in January for frustrating foreign investors over the port. It announced that it would halt the sale of a stake in the port to China's shipping conglomerate COSCO Group and four other suitors.

COSCO has a 35-year management lease for Piers II and III at Piraeus port that took effect in 2008.

Dragasakis dismissed the notion that the privatization of the port had been terminated.

"There was a slight delay," he said, mainly because of the change of the board of directors in the public entity that owns all the shares in the port, "but the privatization is going on."

"This government, in general, supports whatever has been achieved, and supports the further enhancement of activities in the development of the Port of Piraeus," Dragasakis said.

He said the Greek government supports China's Belt and Road initiatives promoted by President Xi Jinping.

"I could not hide from you that I have a special interest in the Silk Road project. This road does not only go through Greece, but also to other parts of Europe. We can build new projects along the road," he said.

"So we have the ports, then logistics, then the railway to Serbia and Hungary," he said.

Dragasakis confirmed a recent report by Reuters that the Greek government may run out of money after April 20 if it gets no further international help.

"Any country, even a strong country, can have short-term liquidity problems," he said. "For Greece, we are part of the euro system. The problems of Greece depend very much on the quality of cooperation among all the parts of the euro system. We hope that through this cooperation, Greece is not going to have any problem of this kind."

He said one reason his government wants to change policies is to discuss matters like "how to create money", "how to develop the economy" and "how to have less unemployment" instead of "when to run out of money".

Greece will not leave the eurozone, he said, although some international observers, including billionaire George Soros, have made opposite guesses.

Categories: Chinaganda

Steps needed to eliminate smog

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

A discussion on smog and health was held in Boao on Friday. HUANG YIMING/CHINA DAILY

China's efforts to combat pollution and smog will last for more than a decade as coal and other fossil energy sources will continue to power the world's second-largest economy, experts said on Friday.

Adopting more clean energy sources to at least partially replace the fossil-dominated energy structure of the country over the next decades will be the key to eliminate the smog choking large parts of the country, said Qin Dahe, an academic with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former director of the Chinese National Meteorological Administration.

"China burned 4.1 billion metric tons of coal last year, more than other leading economies such as the United States. The extremely large amount of chemicals emitted from coal burning and other meteorological factors have triggered the haze," Qin said.

"Improving air quality is not only the responsibility of the government. All the stakeholders must work together to curb excess emissions and stop the smog," Qin said, calling for closer cooperation among the government, enterprises and the public.

China stepped up its efforts to bring down carbon emissions four years ago after haze enveloped many cities such as Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Last year, the government said the country's carbon dioxide emissions will reach its peak by 2030 and then will decline as more clean energies such as solar, wind and nuclear power will replace coal and oil.

The government is also trying to increase electric car sales in a bid to cut vehicle emissions.

Wan Bentai, chief engineer at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said fighting air pollution is a "long-term struggle" for China because the immense amount of energy consumption makes it difficult for the country to adopt new energy sources.

Direct emissions, as well as physical and chemical reactions of the emissions in the air together, have triggered the smog. Emissions from the manufacturing sector and coal-burning processes contributed half of the direct emissions, Wan said.

Categories: Chinaganda

Tiger kills zoo employee in E China

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

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(ECNS) -- A tiger mauled a cleaner to death in Yichun city, East China's Jiangxi province on Friday.

The animal's cage in Chuntai Park was not locked, a netizen disclosed via the Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

"The tiger was out of control and killed one worker," according to local police.

Chuntai Park is an important historical and cultural site in the city. It covers an area of 3.6 hectares and has a peak 130 meters high.

Local police are still investigating the incident.

An employee at a zoo in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, said that the standard procedure to clean a tiger's cage requires the animal to be moved to a secure enclosure first and usually involves two people in case of any problems.

People watch outside the Chuntai Park in Yichuan city, East China's Jiangxi province, March 27, 2015. [Photo/IC]

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Buildings covered by fog in China's Qingdao

China Daily - 9 hours 1 min ago

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Fog hangs over Rizhao City, east China's Shandong Province, March 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on March 27, 2015 shows buildings covered by fog in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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