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Eateries reassure customers after inspections

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:38

Several restaurants in Shanghai, including McDonald's and Taoyuan Village, said on Tuesday that their products are completely safe after a recent official spot check found 10 eateries selling substandard youtiao, fried dough sticks usually eaten for breakfast.

Officials from the Shanghai Consumer Council raided 29 popular eateries and reported those not changing the cooking oil frequently or producing food of which the amount of certain indicators exceeding the standards to the city's Food and Drug Administration.

Five were closed by the FDA for not having a business license, while another five were ordered to come up to code.

The five that were ordered to make a change and are still in business are two Xinya Dabao branches on Changyang Road and Xingguo Road as well as eateries at No 456 Xiaomuqiao Road, No 500 Anlong Road and No 777 Siping Road.

Youtiao sold in two McDonald's outlets in Yangpu district and a diner in Changning district were found to contain residues of plasticizer, but none exceeded the national upper limit of 1.5 milligrams per kilogram.

"We have verified that no plasticizer is added during the production of the fried dough sticks and their packaging sold at all McDonald's restaurants, and consumers can rest assured," McDonald's China said in a statement.

"The origin of the plasticizer is being thoroughly investigated," the statement continued.

Residual amounts of aluminum of 9.73 milligrams per kg were found in products in a Taoyuan Village outlet in Jing'an district. The restaurant said there was no alum added to its youtiao.

The national standard sets an upper limit of 100 milligrams of aluminum per kg in food products. Excessive intake of the substance can impair the nervous and reproductive systems.

"The residue may come from the natural aluminum content of water or flour. We will provide the public with accurate information about the source of the substance in the food after a thorough investigation," the restaurant said in a statement.

One store in Pudong New Area was selling products containing nearly 10 times the allowed level of aluminum residue.

Tests also showed youtiao from a KFC outlet in Yangpu district contained the highest levels of saturated fatty acid - the excessive intake of which can lead to cardiovascular disease and obesity. The average amount of saturated fatty acid contained in samples taken from the 29 restaurants was 3.5 grams, but the KFC product contained 6.8 grams.

In addition, branches of Yonghe King were inspected.

BFU determined to create a clean, beautiful world

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:38

Beijing Forestry University, a national key institution, featured in forestry, landscape architecture, forestry engineering and agro-forestry economics in China, has enhanced cooperation with higher institutions all over the world to promote global green development.

Environmental protection and climate change have become the major challenges facing mankind. To construct a clean and beautiful world and leave to future generations of a planet, where people could survive and thrive, was its responsibility, the university said.

It is working on solutions to fulfill its responsibilities by cooperating with more than 180 universities, research institutes and NGOs across 30 countries and regions in the areas of education, scientific research and technologies.

Canada is an important partner for China in terms of timber trade, and is one of the top four importing countries of wooden materials.

In 2012, BFU launched a double degree educational program, approved by the Ministry of Education, with the University of British Columbia, one of the world's top 40 universities, to educate undergraduates majoring in forest sciences and wood science with dual-language competence and professional skills, as well as international perspective.

The cooperation intends to make a positive contribution to Sino-Canadian relations, the university said.

As one of the Chinese universities with the most international students majoring in forestry, the university has attracted students from 53 countries and regions, who are provided with English-language courses and diversified scholarships.

BFU has also organized training projects for developing countries every year, as commissioned by the Ministry of Commerce. Since 2005, about 400 officials and technicians in forestry and ecological protection fields from 95 developing countries have participated, it said.

Within the direct administration of the Ministry of Education, BFU has cultivated more than 100,000 students from home and abroad since it was founded in 1952.

Fourteen graduates have become academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, making contributions to the forestry, economic and social development of China.

BFU said it had participated in editing the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. It also joined many international projects related to land desertification and control, together with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Development Programme, as part of the global effort to improve environmental protection and sustainable development.

Since 1990, students from the Landscape Architecture School of BFU have won the championship of the World Congress International Student Competition held by International Federation of Landscape Architects nine times consecutively, representing one third of the award winners.

BFU is making efforts to promote forestry education and make a contribution to sustainable development. It said it is also working closely with major forestry colleges and universities in the Asia-Pacific region and has initiated the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism. In November 2016, BFU, as one of the initial members, joined the Silkroad Agricultural Education and Research Innovation Alliance.

On the way to becoming an international, competitive, research-oriented university with distinctive academic features, BFU will continue to maintain close relationships with governments, research institutes, enterprises and universities around the world, it said.

"We expect to design majors that create beauty as well as a university that can create beauty," said Song Weiming, president of BFU.


BFU students show their paper-cuttings at the New Year's party held in the university.Photos Provided To China Daily

(China Daily 12/06/2017 page4)

City offers free skiing for youths

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:38

Youngsters from Zhangjiakou, co-host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, can ski for free at major resorts in Chongli district during the 2017-18 season, a move to inspire more young people to participate in winter sports.

Seven ski resorts - Genting, Wanlong, Taiwu, Fulong, Dolomiti, Changchengling and Cuiyunshan - will provide runs and cable car services for skiers under 16 until the end of the ski season, according to the city's sports bureau.

The aim is to create a strong atmosphere for winter sports and provide an opportunity for children to get involved in it, said Zhang Dianzhong, an official at Zhangjiakou education commission, one of the initiators of the program.

"China aims to have 300 million people participating in winter sports by 2022 when Beijing and Zhangjiakou will host the Winter Olympics," Zhang said, adding that the program is just one of many efforts to reach that goal.

Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, is where most of the skiing events of the Games will be held. The city has started the work of popularizing winter sports among the public, especially teenagers, since Beijing and Zhangjiakou won their joint bid in 2015.

The education commission also launched another program last month to organize a training program for 10,000 students to learn how to ski at Genting Ski Resort in 20 days, another effort to encourage youngsters to be involved in winter sports.

Zhang Qian, a teacher from Jingkai district's No 1 Primary School, said there are good opportunities for children to build their physique and become interested in skiing.

"For many of my students, this is the first experience of skiing and many showed their eagerness to learn more about skiing in the future," Zhang said.

According to the education commission, Zhangjiakou has developed 32 schools for nurturing winter sports talent and more than 400,000 students have participated in winter sports so far, 300 of whom are professional skiers.

By 2022, the city will have 80 special schools for developing winter sports talent, while the whole of Hebei is expected to have more than 30 million people involved in winter sports.

(China Daily 12/06/2017 page4)

Agency ensuring natural gas supply

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

China's top economic planning agency has coordinated with major natural gas suppliers to secure adequate supplies and stabilize prices to cope with rising demand in northern China.

Companies should keep natural gas prices stable and ensure adequate supplies, the National Development and Reform Commission said. Demand surged in northern China as gas replaced coal for heating to fight pollution.

High demand has caused sharp growth in liquefied natural gas consumption, reaching 167.6 billion cubic meters from January to September, up 16.6 percent year-on-year, the NDRC said. Consumption is expected to reach 230 billion cubic meters this year with 20 billion cubic meters coming from the transition, said Xu Bo, a senior analyst with China National Petroleum Corp's Economics and Technology Research Institute.

The growing appetite for gas pushed domestic liquefied natural gas prices to a record high of 9,000 yuan ($1,361) a metric ton on Dec 1 in some regions, an industry report said.

State-owned oil firms are maximizing production at domestic gas fields. The NDRC has urged discipline in pricing.

At the end of last month, Hebei issued an orange alert for natural gas supplies, suggesting a supply gap of 10 to 20 percent.

Some schools in Quyang county in Hebei failed to finish the transformation on time and the heating was not working in some schools, China Youth Daily reported. On Tuesday, Quyang county said all 11 schools that had a delay have started heating temporarily with "clean coal". The transformation will be finished on Wednesday.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

Pudong sets the pace for high-tech growth

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

The saying goes among retirees in the Caoyang neighborhood of Shanghai's Putuo district that the highest yield per unit of land in Pudong is always the next plot of wasteland to be constructed, because you would never know the limit of human wisdom.

Caoyang, constructed in 1951, was China's first "new village for workers" - a residential community of matchbox apartment buildings designed by architects from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Only those awarded honorary titles, such as "model laborer" and "advanced worker", were allowed to live in the apartments, in which two homes shared one toilet while most locals used closestools.

Pudong, or east of the Huangpu River, had been a synonym of countryside for these senior locals since Puxi, or west of the river - which divided Shanghai into two parts - was occupied by Western colonialists in the mid-19th century, becoming a forest of foreign settlements.

China started developing Pudong in 1993. It now contributes one-third of Shanghai's GDP but houses onefifth of its population. The skyline marked by the high-rises has become a source of pride for the city.

Though constantly renovated, Caoyang, once a high-end community, is now dwarfed by skyscrapers clad in flashy glass curtains in Pudong.

The old workers in Puxi were expert in traditional manufacturing and the workers in Pudong manufacture satellites, airplanes and engines, said Pei Lei, a self-employed thirty-something electronic engineer in Pudong from Ma'anshan, Anhui province.

"The Huangpu River seems like a boundary marking the old days and the future of Shanghai's industrial development," Pei said.

Pei is one of the young people striving for his dreams in Pudong, which attracts young skilled workers through a series of favorable policies, provided housing, tax cuts and cash subsidies. The aging rate in Caoyang is nearly 35 percent, double that of Pudong.

"I am proud to work in the first matrix of China's largest and the world's third-largest synchrotron radiation light source," said He You, a researcher in Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, a State high-tech project in Pudong.

The luminance of the light source is 1,000 times that of common X-rays, making it possible to discern the structure of even a virus and a microstructure of some materials, He said, explaining the facility as simply as he could.

"It is like a super microscope, making some difficult problems easy. Scientists from across the country have made more than 15,000 trips to do experiments with the equipment. I am glad my work helps them," He said.

"The average age of our researchers is 31. We have made 25 microsatellites since the center was established 14 years ago, and all of them have successfully been sent to space, and worked well," said Yu Yingjie, director of Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites.

The center is working on 30 microsatellites in the fields of dark matter research, global positioning, atmospheric pollution and climate change research, and quantum communication.

"All of our satellites are groundbreaking in their respective fields. Our aim is to seek all-around innovations in materials, devices and assembly units, so as to promote the upgrading of the whole industrial chain related to the satellite engineering," Yu added.

Also in the industrial zone is Shanghai PartnerX Robot Co, the world first educational robot research and development enterprise. Xu Jiping, 23, an employee of the company, said: "I dream of making a robot that can help the people, and the company provides me with a platform to realize my dream. The company can make all the parts and devices needed for my dream, from electrical machinery to steering engine and controller."

Half a year after graduating from college, Xu has had his own team, and he believes artificial intelligence represents the future of robots.

Shanghai, with its open and healthy business environment, high-quality public services and solid industrial foundation, attracts young talent like magnets, said Zhang Weiwei, director of the China Institute of Fudan University in Shanghai.

"The emerging strategic industries account for 26.7 percent of the total industrial output in the city. The inflow of young talent, one of the most valuable assets, lays a solid foundation for Shanghai to boost further development of these industries."


Cybersecurity threat could cause damage 'beyond imagination'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

Cybersecurity remains a major problem for China as electronic attacks are frequent worldwide and with no end in sight, according to a leading specialist on internet security.

From January to October, China was hit by about 17.5 million cyberattacks, most of them from overseas, according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team and Coordination Center, the country's top security risk-monitoring authority.

Most online attacks were Trojan viruses and bots, which accounted for more than 17.23 million attacks. Most were from the United States, the authority said.

There were more than 17 million cyberattacks in both 2015 and 2016, and "it can be clearly seen that our security situation is still weak," said Li Jia, deputy director of the authority's operations department, the leading office for monitoring. He added that attacks on China's critical infrastructure and key data have never stopped.

He made the remarks during an interview with China Daily last week.

If the intrusions are successful, he said, "the damage to us and our State security will be huge - beyond our imagination".

National security and business hacks are only part of the problem, he said. Targets include intelligent devices in peoples' homes, including internet routers and smart televisions.

To alleviate such security problems, the authority shares information about security risks on its official social media platforms and website in a timely manner, Li said.

"We'll report security vulnerabilities that may threaten the nation's network to our superiors, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. If we find that government departments have been attacked, we'll alert them and help fix them," he said.

International cooperation also is needed. The authority has relationships with 185 organizations from 69 countries and regions. "Of those, 26 have signed cybersecurity memorandums with us," he added.

Li Yuxiao, secretary-general of the Cybersecurity Association of China, said cooperation between governments and enterprises should be increased.

"As cybersecurity becomes a national-level strategy, our ability and skills against cyberthreats will be effectively boosted, and related campaigns will be easier to develop," he said.

Zuo Xiaodong, vice-president of the China Information Security Research Institute, said cooperation between countries is sometimes hard to accomplish because of different understandings of cybersecurity and varying levels of interest.

"It's good to see that some nations realize the seriousness of cyberattacks and are willing to talk with us," he said. "But talking and reaching consensus will take time."

Liu heralds UK partnership in education and research

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

Visiting Vice-Premier Liu Yandong received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday, the second day of her four-day official visit to the United Kingdom.

Speaking at the ceremony after accepting the honor awarded in recognition of her contribution to the deepening of Sino-UK ties, Liu stressed that "China has entered a new era, and China-UK relations have entered a golden age".

She said universities play an important role in the future of China and UK cooperation.

"We hope that universities in both countries can be engaged in more practical cooperation and cultivate more talent with global vision and open minds, so they can keep generating more strategic and innovative products in order to contribute more to China-UK relations, and together solve many global challenges that we face today," Liu said.

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of welcoming students from China and was the alma mater of the first Chinese students ever to graduate from a European university. Timothy O'Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh, said it also has a proud tradition of promoting the teaching of the Chinese language and culture.

"This visit by Vice-Premier Madame Liu Yandong to Scotland and the university is another manifestation of our long-standing partnership and common aspiration in promoting global education and nurturing new generations of global citizens," he said.

Jonathan Seckl, vice-principal of the university, said, "It is a great honor and privilege to present Madame Liu Yandong with the doctorate of the university. In doing so, we recognize her leading role in promoting and nurturing our teaching and research capacity in Chinese language and culture, as well as the university's profile and reputation in China."

He said the university acknowledges Liu's contribution to promoting the understanding of China and its culture globally, and promoting friendship and understanding between nations.

The university houses a Confucius Institute, established 10 years ago, to promote the teaching of the Chinese language and culture.

The university has 2,839 students from the Chinese mainland, its largest international student group.

Liu also chaired the Shaping Cultural Landscapes event on Tuesday, which aims to intensify cooperation and explore complementary strengths between Chinese and British creative industries like art, film and TV production.

During her visit, she will co-chair the fifth annual UK-China High-Level People-to-People Dialogue together with Jeremy Hunt, Britain's secretary of state for health. It will be the highest-level Sino-UK dialogue in the UK this year. She is scheduled to meet with a number of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and Princess Anne and Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace.

"The UK-China relationship is strong and continues to deliver benefits for both countries, so I am delighted to welcome Madame Liu to the UK for the people-to-people dialogue," Johnson said.

Hunt said: "I am delighted to once again co-chair the people-to-people dialogue, which will reaffirm the strong ties between the UK and China and underline our commitment to working together to solve some of the biggest issues facing the world today."


VicePremier Liu Yandong receives an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on Tuesday.Du Xiaoying/ China Daily

(China Daily 12/06/2017 page3)

Agency ensuring natural gas supply

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

China's top economic planning agency has coordinated with major natural gas suppliers to secure adequate supplies and stabilize prices to cope with rising demand in northern China.

Companies should keep natural gas prices stable and ensure adequate supplies, the National Development and Reform Commission said. Demand surged in northern China as gas replaced coal for heating to fight pollution.

High demand has caused sharp growth in liquefied natural gas consumption, reaching 167.6 billion cubic meters from January to September, up 16.6 percent year-on-year, the NDRC said. Consumption is expected to reach 230 billion cubic meters this year with 20 billion cubic meters coming from the transition, said Xu Bo, a senior analyst with China National Petroleum Corp's Economics and Technology Research Institute.

The growing appetite for gas pushed domestic liquefied natural gas prices to a record high of 9,000 yuan ($1,361) a metric ton on Dec 1 in some regions, an industry report said.

State-owned oil firms are maximizing production at domestic gas fields. The NDRC has urged discipline in pricing.

At the end of last month, Hebei issued an orange alert for natural gas supplies, suggesting a supply gap of 10 to 20 percent.

Some schools in Quyang county in Hebei failed to finish the transformation on time and the heating was not working in some schools, China Youth Daily reported. On Tuesday, Quyang county said all 11 schools that had a delay have started heating temporarily with "clean coal". The transformation will be finished on Wednesday.

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Xinhua contributed to this story.

China-Japan meet seeks cooperation

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:37

Business leaders, ex-officials see partnerships based on Belt, Road

Chinese and Japanese business leaders and former high-ranking government officials met in Tokyo on Tuesday and called for deepening industrial cooperation and exploring third-party markets.

The participants - 32 from China and 52 from Japan - wound up the third round of their annual dialogue on Tuesday after brainstorming for two days on new approaches to advancing economic and trade cooperation.

Japanese business leaders said they will be actively involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative, in which they seek to occupy a niche. They will join with their Chinese counterparts to expand cooperation in sectors like trade, investment and manufacturing while keeping bilateral economic and trade ties healthy and moving forward.

Business leaders in the two nations hope the initiative will be a way to cooperate in third-party markets, focusing on infrastructure, manufacturing and fields like artificial intelligence, elder care and tourism.

Former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda said the dialogue is of importance to world economic development. "I fully agree to China's strategy of development, its cooperation with the international community in particular, embodied in the report delivered by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October," he said.

Fukuda said he understands China's development strategy. He described it like this: In the interest of a peaceful international environment and stable international order, China will strive for building new patterns of international relations with the rest of the world. They will respect one another, treat one another on an equal footing and develop mutually beneficial cooperation.

He said now is the opportune moment, appealing to the two countries to expand exchanges on all fronts.

When Xi met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month, they demonstrated the aspiration to improve bilateral ties, said former vice-premier Zeng Peiyan. Zeng, who is chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, an NGO, said he expected China-Japan relations will keep improving.

Premier Li Keqiang met with a delegation of 250 Japanese business leaders who visited China in October. The meeting, which lasted nearly an hour - much longer than scheduled - was of great significance for bilateral relations, said Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the Japan Business Federation.

Sakakibara said he was impressed with Li's talk about China's development plans and the importance the premier placed on additional exchanges between the economic and business circles of the two countries.

"Japan and China are irreplaceable partners separated by only a strip of water," Sakakibara said. "We have built a close, mutually beneficial relationship after decades of exchange."

Over 23,000 Japanese companies have invested a total of 720 billion yuan ($108.8 billion) in China, Sakakibara said. "In so doing, Japanese companies have contributed to China's economic development," he said. "I hope that they will continue to deepen economic and trade cooperation between the two countries."

The participants agreed to have the dialogue's fourth round in Beijing next year.

(China Daily 12/06/2017 page3)

Worldwide manhunt nets 50th fugitive

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:32

Suspect accused of contract fraud; global campaign reaches midpoint

A global campaign to catch China's most-wanted fugitives saw the return of its 50th corruption suspect, the top anti-graft watchdog said on Tuesday.

The milestone was achieved with the detention of Zhou Jiyang, 47, who has been on the run in Hong Kong for nine years, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. He was among 100 Chinese fugitives for whom Interpol issued red notices-international arrest warrants-in April 2015.

Zhou is accused of committing contract fraud while working for the Party history research department of the Zhejiang provincial committee of the Communist Party of China. The CCDI said he fled to Hong Kong after being placed under investigation in 2008.

He was detained by Zhejiang police on Friday and his ill-gotten assets will be confiscated according to the law. The case is still under investigation, the CCDI said in a statement on Tuesday.

Since April 2015, half of the 100 corrupt fugitives have been brought back from more than 16 countries and regions to stand trial, which fully reflects "China's firm determination and resolute confidence to pursue the fugitives to the end", the CCDI said.

In recent years, a number of Chinese corrupt officials and directors from State-owned companies have fled to the Hong Kong or Macao special administrative regions or overseas destinations to take advantage of the difference in laws or complicated repatriation procedures.

Moreover, they have sent millions of yuan in illegal assets to foreign accounts through money laundering or underground banks.

To tackle this, in 2014, the Central Anti-corruption Coordination Group, led by the CCDI, launched the Skynet program to capture economic fugitives abroad and confiscate their illicit assets.

By the end of August, more than 2,600 fugitives suspected of economic crimes had returned to China from over 90 countries and regions to face charges, including the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Illicit assets totaling 9.36 billion yuan ($1.42 billion) had been recovered.

"We will continue our actions and leave no 'safe heaven' for the fugitives," the CCDI said in a statement. "No matter where they are hiding, we will make every effort to bring them back to face justice."

Comments on Xi's letter to Fortune forum

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:34

Editor's note: Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2017 Fortune Global Forum, which opened in the city of Guangzhou Wednesday. The following are some of those responses.

Dr Frank-Jurgen Richter, founder and chairman of Horasis, poses for a photo at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, Dec 6, 2017. [Photo by Wang Yanfei/ ]

We heard this morning that President Xi Jinping said China will be an open economy. We see protectionism rising all around the world, but China is defending globalization and a part of the phenomenon.

And I believe China will lead global innovation as more and more Chinese companies are coming to the forefront of technology. We should all try to get involved and work with China.

My own company is organizing a summit focusing on entrepreneurs in China, helping them make globalization happen. We want to continue this cooperation, helping Chinese companies build global brands that originate in China.


Jon Stanton, CEO of The Weir Group PLC, poses for a photo at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, Dec 6, 2017. [Photo by Lu Haoting/]


I think it is a very exciting opportunity for companies to expand and grow in China and work more closely together. My company is relatively small in China. But the new policies, including the Belt and Road Initiative, and the continuous transformation of the Chinese economy present great opportunities for companies like us to participate in the growth, and the opportunities will be great in the future.

China is hugely important to the global economy, in terms of domestic growth and also the way China wants to participate more internationally and share its growth with other countries around the world. Both domestically and around the world, I think the future is very exciting. It is great to be part of it.

Sun Pishu, CEO of Inspur Group, a major server maker in China. [Photo provided to]

A key takeaway of President Xi's congratulatory letter is that he highlighted once again the importance of keeping China's door open to the outside world to push globalization forward.

The achievements we have made in past decades prove that opening-up is the "golden key" to promoting growth.

Globalization is an irreversible trend, especially in the digital era. Guangzhou, as the starting point of the maritime Silk Road, has blossomed into an international metropolis and business hub. Its transformation has underlined how China contributed to global development.

We will respond to Xi's call for more efforts to deepen international cooperation. We will learn about the latest ideas and technology from other countries and also export China-made products and solutions to foreign economies.

Börje Ekholm, president and CEO and of Ericsson. [Photo provided to]

We are happy to see the ambition of China to strengthen global partnership through further opening-up and innovation. Ericsson has never been more relevant than today to improve globalization with what we do best – providing the world with connectivity.

As a world leader in communications technology and services, Ericsson believes in the power of mobility. Today we have some 7.8 billion mobile subscriptions in the world, and we forecast that there will be 1 billion 5G subscribers already in 2023.

This year at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, we hope to discuss with the Chinese government and business leaders on how mobility, newly empowered by 5G and the internet of things, can enable everyone, every business and every industry to not just reach farther than before, but to achieve the once unimaginable. I have no doubt that we as human beings have the ability to make the best of what technology advancement can offer.


Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer Inc, a US-based cross-border payment company. [Photo provided to]


President Xi's opening message to the Fortune Global Forum reinforced vital themes about the interconnected global digital community and the opportunity and responsibility we all share with digitalization and globalization. At Payoneer we share President Xi's view and are big believers in his message - that digitalization and globalization are changing our world and that through innovation and openness and cooperation - key themes for this Fortune Global Forum - we can create an inclusive approach to economic development that creates opportunity for all people in the world.

I am very excited to see that the Chinese government will promote a new level of opening up, which will create more opportunities for global business development. Notably, the Belt and Road Initiative, representing a new model of international economic cooperation, is poised to create more mutually beneficial cooperation and to build new growth momentum.

Globalization and digitalization is fundamental to Payoneer's long-term strategy, which is to build a digital eco-system to foster global business growth for Chinese businesses. Our global mission is to empower digital commerce by connecting businesses of all sizes from all over the world together on our innovative cross-border payments platform, making global trade as easy as local trade.


Wang Xiaofeng, co-founder and CEO of Mobike Technology. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/ ]


President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter to the 2017 Fortune Global Forum said it was necessary to develop a higher level of open economy to further promote the Belt and Road Initiative and economic globalization in a more open, inclusive, balanced and win-win direction.

Guided by President Xi's spirit, Mobike will adhere to the innovation-driven strategy and seek higher-quality, more efficient and more sustainable development.

Deploying an international strategy, Mobike is a good example of Chinese innovation expanding globally. The company pioneered the application of dockless shared bikes and also made full use of cutting-edge technologies - such as artificial intelligence, big data and the internet of things - to upgrade and refine its products, operations and maintenance. Mobike actually contributes China's wisdom and solutions to solving global problems, including traffic congestion, environmental pollution, energy conservation and emission reduction.


Xu Niansha, chairman of China Poly Group Corp. [Photo by Zheng Xin/]


President Xi Jinping has high hopes for the forum and Guangzhou's development. He stressed the importance of innovation-driven development and that the country will address the principal contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development, and people's ever-growing needs for a better life. We need to pay more attention to the customer's role in the market and cater to their needs.

Xi also said China will further open itself to outside investment. This shows that China will be an open economy and has more confidence in foreign capital. We are willing to have more extensive cooperation with our foreign partners – including Hyatt Hotels, a leading global hospitality company mainly engaged in high-end hotels – that are interested in tapping into more markets and opening more vacation hotels in China, a country with a large tourism market.

Poly will also work with local governments to better meet people's demands and help them to achieve balanced development.


Ai Zhouping, president of Heraeus Greater China Regional Headquarters. [Photo provided to]


I was inspired and impressed by the speeches at the opening on the first day of the Fortune Global Forum. To sum up, there are "three surprises" to me personally. First, it is a surprise to see such a large number of business leaders gathering in Guangzhou to hear "China's voice". Second, it is a surprise to see Chinese top political leaders, including four ministers, come to explain the latest results of the 19th CPC Congress, which helps us better understand the megatrends in China and even strengthens our confidence in the long-term success in the China market. Third, it is a surprise to see that the idea of China as a driver in globalization is gaining more and more recognition and common understanding worldwide.

As one of the Fortune 500 companies, Heraeus entered China in 1974 and employs more than 2,500 people with 20 companies in the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. China is now one of the top three markets for the company. Though we have met a few common challenges such as rising costs and intense competition from domestic companies, we have seen more opportunities in this huge market for higher-quality products.

We will be able to support China's future development, especially the program "Made in China 2025", in which our products and solutions as well as our high-quality standards can play a key role and help our customers increase their competitiveness. Under the Belt and Road initiative, more Chinese companies are expanding overseas. Thus they need trusted partners to follow and support them.


Andrew Robb,former Australian trade minister.[Photo by Zheng Caixiong/]


President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter to the 2017 Fortune Global Forum indicates China will adhere to its reform and opening up policies to promote globalization in the years to come.

China's opening up drive, plus strong central government leadership, will ensure China's economy will continue to enjoy sustainable growth in the following years.


Rogier Janssens, managing director and general manager of Biopharma, Merck China. [Photo provided to]


We were inspired and encouraged by President Xi's comments today. The Chinese government's resolve to promote openness and innovation will bring significant and positive impact to the world economy. 

In China, we see great opportunity and a dynamic environment driven by the local excellence in execution as China becomes an increasingly global player, along with the rising middle class, rapid urbanization and expanding digital technologies. We are committed to China and focused on supporting Healthy China 2030 and the government’s work to address critical health care priorities. 

Deborah Lehr is CEO and founding partner of Basilinna, a US-based strategic business consulting firm, and vice chairwoman of The Paulson Institute. [Photo provided to]

In his letter, President Xi stated that China will not close the door but open it wider to international firms seeking access and growth in China’s markets.

The message should be encouraging to international firms about their future opportunities in China. He also highlighted the Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious effort to promote global economic growth and international cooperation.

It is important that countries work together to keep the doors of international trade and investment open and press ahead with mutually beneficial trade and cooperation.

'Cooperation is complementary'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:07

President Xi Jinpingmeets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on Tuesday in Beijing. Xi said he will support investment in Canada and invited the North American nation to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA

Xi tells Trudeau that gains outweigh political differences

China and Canada should enhance practical cooperation in areas such as energy, resources, technological innovation and aviation, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

China will continue to support domestic companies investing in Canada, and it also welcomes Canadian companies to collaborate on the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi said in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

"In general, we both have our own advantages, and our cooperation is complementary," Xi told Trudeau.

The president called for more cooperation in finance, modern agriculture and the clean technology sectors. The two countries should enhance people-to-people exchanges in areas including education, culture, tourism and sports, he said.

Trudeau's official visit to China began on Sunday and concludes Thursday, during which he attended the second meeting of the Annual Dialogue Between the Chinese Premier and the Canadian Prime Minister.

"Such close contact between Chinese and Canadian leaders is of great importance to the development of China-Canada relations," Xi said, adding that Trudeau's schedule is "busy and productive".

Xi highlighted the importance of boosting mutual political trust, saying that it is the premise for the stable development of diplomatic relations. A country's development path can only be decided by the people of the country, he said.

Although China and Canada have different political systems, Xi said, the two sides can respect each other, seek common ground while setting aside disagreements, enhance cooperation and enlarge exchanges, thus creating more benefits to the people of both sides.

The two countries should make joint efforts to prepare for the 2018 China-Canada Tourism Year, Xi said. As it prepares to hostthe 2022 Winter Olympics, China would like to learn from Canada's experiences, he added.

Xi also proposed more cooperation in such important areas as climate change and more coordination under a multilateral framework.

Trudeau said Canada is dedicated to developing relations with China on the basis of mutual respect and trust. The two countries should increase their cooperation in economy, trade and people-to-people exchanges and enhance communication on major global and regional issues, he said.

China-Canada cooperation has grown with a strong momentum in recent years, Trudeau said. This has not only brought real benefits to both sides, but also sent positive signals to the international community, he said.

On Monday, Trudeau and Premier Li Keqiang had their second annual dialogue. They agreed to discuss the feasibility of a China-Canada free trade agreement.

The two countries issued a joint statement on climate change and clean growth and signed three cooperative documents on education, food safety and energy.


UN envoy's trip to DPRK praised by Beijing

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:07

China is pleased the United Nations is playing a constructive role in trying to push forward a resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday.

He made the remark as Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, started a four-day visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea after meeting with Vice-Foreign Minister Li Baodong in Beijing.

Geng said that Li and Feltman exchanged views regarding UN affairs and other issues of common concern.

Feltman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday afternoon and will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern with DPRK officials, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. He also will meet with the UN in-country team and members of the diplomatic corps, as well as visit UN project sites.

The trip is the first by a high-ranking UN official to the DPRK since former UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos traveled there in October 2011 — Feltman's predecessor, B. Lynn Pascoe, visited the DPRK in February 2010.

Chinese experts said Feltman's visit is "necessary and constructive" to ease heightening tensions on the peninsula, and it will help magnify the UN's role in resolving the peninsula's nuclear issue as an international organization.

A week ago, Pyongyang successfully test-fired a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, which it claimed is capable of striking the entire United States mainland.

Yu Shaohua, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said any party with the will to solve the issue instead of seeking to achieve its own purpose should take advantage of the visit and make practical efforts.

"Having direct contact with the UN official will enable Pyongyang to express its concerns in a more comprehensive way," she said.

Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, said it takes time for the UN's mediation work to take effect. He said any unnecessary measures, a reference to ongoing military drills between the Republic of Korea and the US, should be halted.

"Diplomatic efforts should not be given up only because of the difficulties, and this requires sincerity from all directly involved parties," he said.

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UN's top environmental honors go to three in China

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:10

Saihanba Afforestation Community is awarded UN's highest environmental honor. [Photo by Pan Zhongming/]

The United Nation's on Tuesday awarded three of its highest environmental honors to an environmental project in China, to Shanghai-based Mobike, the world's largest bike-sharing company, and to the chairman of China's largest private green industries enterprise, during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

The three are among the six winners of this year's award of the Champions of the Earth. The other three are from Chile and the United States.

"As we face unprecedented threats to our environment, strong leadership at all levels is more important than ever," said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. "This year's Champions embody the commitment, vision and energy we so desperately need."

Saihanba Afforestation Community from China was awarded the honor in the category of Inspiration and Action due to its efforts to transform degraded land into a lush paradise.

Saihanba, which covers 92,000 hectares, had by the 1950s become barren due to excessive logging, allowing sand to blow into Beijing from the northern deserts.

In 1962, hundreds of foresters began planting trees in the area. Three generations of these foresters have increased forest cover from 11 percent to 80 percent. The forest now supplies 137 million cubic meters of clean water to the Beijing and Tianjin areas each year, while discharging 550,000 metric tons of oxygen. It has spurred economic growth with green sectors, generating $15.1 million in 2016 alone, according to the release from the UN Environment.

"In the 55 years the farm has existed, people have been growing trees and protecting the forest like their own children," said Liu Haiying, director of Saihanba Forest Farm. "I believe that, as long as we continue to promote ecological civilization, generation after generation, China can create more green miracles like Saihanba and achieve harmony between humans and nature."

Mobike was awarded the honor in the category of Entrepreneurial Vision for exploring market-driven solutions to air pollution and climate change.

Wang Wenbiao, chairman of Elion Resources Group, was awarded the honor in the category of Lifetime Achievement for his lifetime of leadership in the green industry. Better known in China as the "Son of the Desert", Wang, 61, is the chairman of China's largest private green industries enterprise, Elion Resources Group

Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, was awarded the Policy Leadership honor for outstanding leadership in creating marine protected areas and boosting renewable energy. The Science and Innovation honor was given to Dr Paul A. Newman and his team at NASA's Goddard Space Center for outstanding contributions to the Montreal Protocol, which has phased out 99 percent of ozone-depleting substances and led to the healing of the ozone layer. The Inspiration and Action honor was given to Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, for his work on spreading powerful environmental messages to a global audience Orlowski is the founder of Exposure Labs, which uses the power of storytelling to create impact.

The annual Champions of the Earth prize, is awarded to outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment. Since being founded 13 years ago, the awards have recognized 84 laureates – ranging from leaders of nations to grassroots activists – in the categories of policy, science, business and civil society.

View of Saihanba [Photo by Chen Jie/provided to]

C919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total oders to 785

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:15

China's homegrown large passenger plane C919 takes off from Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, East China, Nov 10, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

The C919, China's first home-developed large passenger plane, gained another 55 orders on Tuesday from ICBC Leasing Co Ltd, China's largest aircraft leasing company by assets, lifting its total orders to 785.

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd, the manufacturer of the C919, signed an agreement with ICBC Leasing in Beijing. So far, C919 has netted orders from 27 Chinese and overseas customers.

Back in 2011, ICBC Leasing, a subsidiary of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ordered 45 C919 aircraft. The latest deal makes the leasing company the single largest C919 customer with an order of 100 planes.

As of October, ICBC Leasing managed total capital worth 300 billion yuan ($45 billion) and 555 aircraft, in addition to a large number of shipping assets and large-scale equipment.

In November, the C919 passenger jet completed its first long-haul flight from Shanghai to Xi'an, Shaanxi province, and it will now start a series of test flights at the testing base in Yanliang, Shaanxi province.

Last week, the second C919 test aircraft completed its first taxiing test at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and it is expected to conduct its debut flight by the end of the year.

Lin Zhijie, an aviation industry analyst and columnist at, one of China's largest civil aviation web portals, said the C919's entry to the market won't occur very soon. It is expected to go into operation between 2020 and 2022.

Senior citizen picks through garbage piles to support family

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:51

Civil affairs authorities in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province, have pledged to help an elderly woman who supports her family by selling useful material she collects from garbage piles.

The simple home of Jiang Guiying in Jinniu district, Chengdu, has been frequented by strangers since late November.

They bring food and cash to the 81-year-old, who has managed to support a family of four by collecting useful materials from dustbins in the city for 19 years.

Visitors are moved by her advanced age and strong will to live longer than her loved ones in her family in need of her support.

Jiang has to support herself, her 88-year-old husband Zheng Mingzhi, who suffers from a severe case of tuberculosis; her 58-year-old daughter, Zheng Sulan, who cannot take care of herself in the aftermath of meningitis at the age of six, and her jobless 18-year-old grandson, Tang Zheng.

Jiang also has three sons and a daughter besides Zheng Sulan. They are also living in financially strained circumstances.

The civil affairs bureau in Jinniu district said it would give a certain amount of financial support to Jiang. Meanwhile, it will consult Jiang's other children to increase their support of Jiang and her ill daughter.

It also promised to help Tang Zheng to find a job as soon as possible.

When Jiang was 62, she came to Chengdu with her husband because they could no longer do heavy farm work in their home village of Ziyang, a city in Sichuan.

She first did odds and ends in a restaurant for about a month. After the restaurant owner discovered her age through her identification card, he did not dare to employ her.

"He said I was over 60 and women of my age had retired. If I fell down in the restaurant and injured myself, he was to blame, pay for my treatment and compensate my losses," Jiang said.

Leaving the restaurant, she failed in attempts to find a job because of her age. To feed and clothe herself and her husband, Jiang picked up useful materials from dustbins in the street.

"At first, I was afraid of meeting people from Ziyang because only beggars searched dustbins for useful materials," Jiang said.

Soon afterwards, her daughter, Zheng Shulan, was pregnant in Ziyang. Before giving birth, her husband, Tang Zhongxiu, had no money. Jiang returned home using the money she had earned by selling useful materials from dustbins to send her daughter to a hospital.

After her grandson, Tang Zheng, was 1 month old, Jiang took him to Chengdu. As she could not afford to buy milk power, she cooked rice and sweet potatoes together and fed the baby their liquid.

When Tang Zheng was one and a half years old, his father died of stomach cancer in Ziyang. Jiang had to take his mom, Zheng Shulan, to Chengdu.

When Jiang looked for useful materials, she carried her grandson with her. The boy is 18 years old and is unemployed and dropped out of a vocational school.

Jiang has to dress her daughter, Zheng Shulan, and feed her three meals each day.

"But I am afraid of dying before my husband and daughter. I have to live longer," she said.

After the media reported Jiang's story in late November, many kind-hearted people visited her less than 10-square-meter home with food and cash. The Jinniu district bureau of civil affairs in Chengdu has pledged to help her grandson find a job.

Safety inspectors to go undercover at Chinese factories

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:30

Work safety inspectors are to be sent undercover at production bases nationwide this month as part of strict measures to expose hazards.

Sun Huashan, deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said on Tuesday that authorities at all levels will strengthen supervision to prevent workplace accidents as 2017 draws to a close.

The main focus will be coal mines, chemical plants and firework factories, he said.

"Strong supervision can push enterprises to take responsibility in guaranteeing safe production," Sun said. "We will carry out more and stricter undercover investigations."

Accidents, such as fires and chemical leaks, often happen toward the end of the year due to the cold, dry weather, he said, explaining that low temperatures can open cracks in pipelines.

Safety authorities will also improve emergency response and rescue capabilities, Sun said. "In the long run," he added, "in some high risk industries we will replace people with machines to insure safe production."

According to the State Council's Commission for Safe Production, 31,000 enterprises that failed to meet safety standards were closed in the most recent round of national inspections, which lasted from July to October.

Over 3,500 people were investigated on suspicion of criminal behavior, with fines totaling 2.8 billion yuan ($423 million), the commission said.

Ex-addict in Chengdu says HIV mix up ruined his life

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:24

A former heroin addict has accused the center for disease control in Chengdu, Sichuan province, of wrongly diagnosing him as HIV positive, has reported.

Zhong Xiaowei, 54, said he tested positive after a premarital checkup in late 2008, which destroyed his relationship and left his life in tatters.

He decided to stop taking his medication in 2009, but when his condition did not worsen, he underwent another test at Sichuan University's West China Hospital on Dec 25, 2015.

The result came back negative, as did a second test a month later handled by the CDC in the city's Jinniu district, according to the report.

Chengdu CDC told that in 2008 it was only qualified to give a preliminary result, and that confirmation was made by the provincial CDC, which said it has retested the original sample and received the same positive result.

The authorities said they suspect the blood sample may not belong to Zhong, as a mix up may have occurred due to the fact most HIV/AIDS patients at the time did not register with their real ID.

Zhong is reportedly planning to sue the Chengdu and Sichuan CDCs for compensation.

Winter swims offer chance for frozen fun in Harbin

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:24

The temperature dropped as low as -20 C recently in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province. However, the extreme cold and strong wind on the frozen Songhua River couldn't stop the enthusiasm of a group of winter swimming enthusiasts.

In Jinhewan Wetland Park, a certain swimming area attracts many winter swimming enthusiasts.

One by one they jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd.

The extreme cold and strong winds on the frozen Songhua River couldn't stop the enthusiasm of a group of winter swimming enthusiasts. In Jinhewan Wetland Park, a woman prepares to dive into a swimming area from a 4-meter-high diving platform. [Photo by Zhou Huiying and Wang Tienan for]

In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]

In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]


In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]

In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]



In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]

In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts jumped into the Songhua River from a 4-meter-high diving platform, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]

In Jinhewan Wetland Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, a group of winter swimming enthusiasts swim in the Songhua River, drawing a rousing ovation from the crowd. [Photo by Wang Tienan for]



Underwater robots to monitor Sanya marine ranching

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:02

A diver checks coral growing on an artificial reef at Wuzhizhou Island. [Photo provided to]

Underwater robots will be used to monitor and safeguard marine ranching around Wuzhizhou Island, a 5A tourist resort in Sanya, said Yang Xiaohai, general manager of the tourism company on Tuesday at an international meeting on local government partnerships in environmental management for the seas of East Asia held in Sanya.

An extra three million yuan ($453,610) investment will be made to buy underwater robots and other monitoring equipment this year to support marine ranching construction around Wuzhizhou Island, one of the popular tourist attractions in the coastal resort city of Sanya, in South China's Hainan province, according to Yang.

Construction of marine ranches around Wuzhizhou Island started in 2011, and the total area was expanded to about 666 hectares in 2016 after two other parties, the Sanya Marine and Fishery Bureau and Hainan University, joined the project.

With projected investment of 300 million yuan ($45.3 million), marine ranching will evolve into a national marine ecological park - with undersea gardens, a museum, a sculpture zone, a fishing zone, a demonstration zone of traditional Hainan residential houses and a corridor of figures dipicting Chinese fairy tales - for both conservation purposes and as an undersea tourist attraction, by 2021.

"It will be the first of its kind in China, that a marine ecological park will be built on artificial reefs. We are building houses for fish and other sea species," Yang said.

About 38.3 million yuan has been spent to build 1,418 artificial cement reef bases. Twenty-one steel ships, which function as reef bases, had been installed in the waters by June, according to Yang.

"Years of efforts have already begun to pay off," he added.

"The coral reef in the area has increased and the fishery resources have been enriched."

Sanya, a well known tropical tourist city at the southern tip of Hainan island, has since 2015 launched a series of actions to restore its ecological environment in both land and water areas. The efforts will offer a better living environment for residents and a better resort for visitors.

So far, about 237,000 square meters of hills and mountains had been regreened, a total of 2.6 km of coastline has been restored, 1.5 km of sand vegetation has been protected and ecological restoration has been completed. Also, a mangrove ecological park that occupied about 8 hectares has been built downtown, according to Sanya government official.

"We will further enhance our efforts in marine ecological environmental protection to build Sanya into a world-class coastal tourist resort," said Wu Yanjun, mayor of Sanya, at the meeting on Tuesday.