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With China witnessing consumption upgrade and industrial upgrade, foreign investment in high-tech industries rose 43 perc
ent year-on-year in the first half of this year, accounting for more than 29 percent of theyb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
total FDI. The high-tech services sector received 97.4 billion yuan in FDI, up more than 63 percent.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊Zhang Zhiqiang, managing director of ABB China, said the company expanded its production base in Xiamen, Fujian provin
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investing more in software applications, artificial intelligence, human r
esources and in building partnerships with both Chinese and global companies across the country, he said.
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d to figure out how we can keep up or get ahead in this competitive environment.”
Zhang said the Swiss company will deploy more resources and s
yb亚博体育APP千花坊oftware engineers in both industrial and service robot development and production in Chi
na as rapid industrial growth and frenetic urbanization have prompted labor-intensive industries to find new w
ays of coping with increased demand, especially in automotive and mining sectors.yb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
Eager to seize more share in China’s new energy vehicle market, California-b
ased Tesla Inc is expected to establish a $7.3 billion manufacturing facility in Shang
yb亚博体育APP千花坊hai, its first such plant outside the US. The Shanghai plant will start operations by the end of this year. It is als
o the first global automaker to benefit from China’s revised policy announced in April 201
8, allowing foreign carmakers to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in China.Another fyb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
actor boosting MNCs’ confidence in China is the establishment of more intellectual pro
perty rights courts at both central and provincial levels since the beginning of thi
s year. Experts have hailed this move as a notable step to protect IP rights.
As the museum expected, not all of the 2,000 who had made reservation
s turned up the previous evening. Among those who did were Wang Junhan, 9, his motheyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
r and some of his classmates at the Shanghai Fushan Zhengda Foreign Language Primary School.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊”During the day there’s always a long line of people at the gate, and in the evening it’s less crowded and quieter, so that’s a m
uch better time to come,” said Junhan’s mother, who did not want to be identified.
“I’ve been with my son to the Louvre in Paris and the British Myb亚博体育APP千花坊
useum in London,” said the mother, who works in the finance industry.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊”The exhibitions one sees in China’s museums are just as good as anything you see anywhere else, but it would be great if
they had games for children so they could have a bit of fun, whether with adventures or puzzle games.”
Huang Hui, a security officer in the exhibition hall, said those who visit the exhibitioyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
ns in the evening tend to be quieter and spend more time appreciating the exhibits.
Among the visitors on the evening of Aug 9 were Wangyb亚博体育APP千花坊
Xuan of Shanghai, in her 20s, and a friend. They had opted to visit the museum
that rainy evening because “during the day in summer it’s just too hot,” Wang Xuan said.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
She felt happy and refreshed, she said, a bonus being that “we don’t have to go to work tomorrow.”
yb亚博体育APP千花坊For all the balm that a relaxing night visit may deliver to visitors, extended hours also obviously place mor
e pressure on museum staff, among them those who take care of maintenance and security.
The Memorial for the Site of the First National Congress of the Commuyb亚博体育APP千花坊
nist Party of China in the Xintiandi district of Shanghai, opened as a trial on the
evenings of July 1 and 5, receiving an average of 5,000 visitors each day, and “it is a nyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
ew challenge to ensure the safety of the memorial and cultural relics”, a museum official said.
Opening in the evening requires more staff and other resources, said Qiu Zhengping, deputy director of the Shayb亚博体育APP千花坊
nghai History Museum, one of the 14 museums to extend into night hours every Friday since July.
“Each department needs to have someone staying on f
or the evening, involving security and property management staff.”yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
In addition, some exhibition items are ill-suited to long exposure to the light, a
nd some new media interactive devices were designed to operate eight hours a day.
?in Thailand said he received intelligence report regarding the Yala explosion, but declined to give further details to the local media.
The insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s restive South has claiyb亚博体育APP千花坊
med the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004 and peace talks have largely stalled.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所On Aug 2, six small bombs exploded at three locations in Bangkok, injuring four people and
rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a Southeast Asian foreign ministers’ meeting.
?Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed sympathy for victims of child syb亚博体育APP千花坊
exual abuse after Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against sex abuse convictions.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday morning upheld Pell’s conviction on five charges.
Speaking shortly after the verdict was delivered, Morrison
told reporters in Canberra that Pell will be stripped of his Order of Australiayb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
honor, which he was awarded in 2005 for “service to the Catholic church in Australia.”
“My sympathies are with the victims of child sexual abuse not just on this day, but on every single day,” Morrison said.
“I would urge Australians who find themselves reliving these expeyb亚博体育APP千花坊
riences to reach out to those around them, to reach out to services that are there for them.
“The courts have done their job, they have rendered their ver
dict. That’s the system of justice in this country and that must be respected.”yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Catherine King, the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Ballarat, the town where
Pell committed his offences in the 1990s, welcomed Wednesday’s decision on social media.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
“My thoughts today are with the so many survivors of abuse across Australia a
nd in my community of Ballarat. Justice has been served by your courage,” she wrote.
nmental conditions surrounding historical sites and relics have been put into op
eration, helping Chinese researchers in their cultural heritage protection endeavors.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Zhao Liangsheng from the Dunhuang Research Academy in northwest China’s Gansu province told Xinhua that the plat
yb亚博体育APP千花坊form is already in use with a number of preliminary experiments already carried out.
Dunhuang was a major city along the ancient Silk Road and boasts a number of cultural
and historical attractions, including the caves of the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage List site.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
The laboratories, which received 40 million yuan (5.6 million U.S. dollars) in investment, will contribute to under
standing the weathering of rocks in grottoes and the mechanism of salt damage on murals.
The facilities can simulate various environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, sunlight, rainfall, snowyb亚博体育APP千花坊
and soil salinity. They can help scientists understand the different types of strain, such as thermal and physical da
mage, which lead to the deterioration of relics in their natural environment; and advise conservation research.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
Conservation efforts in places like Dunhuang have been hindered by the u
npredictable effects of various natural and environmental factors on cultural relics.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Over the years, Chinese research institutions such as Dunhuang Research Aca
demy have conducted in-depth research on the mechanism of damage to grottoes and
urals, but efforts to protect against the influence of environmental factors were limited.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
With these laboratories now in service, heritage conservation c
an move from rescuing relics to actively preventing their deterioration.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所”The laboratory will not only serve in the field of cultural relics protection by the Dunhuang Researc
h Academy, but also conduct experiments needed for cultural relics protection across the country,” said Zhao.
rvingly opening to the outside world to increase its resilience to risks
and shoulder its responsibility as a major country,” said Wang Xiaosong, a researc?yb亚博体育APP千花坊
h fellow with the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.
?yb亚博体育APP千花坊Covestro, a global chemicals giant that has been in China for nearly 20 years, is plannin
g to upgrade its China headquarters in Shanghai to its Asia-Pacific headquarters.
Holly Lei, president of Covestro China, said after the move, the?yb亚博体育APP千花坊
company could better coordinate global resources to grow together with China.
?yb亚博体育APP千花坊China is Covestro’s biggest single market and Shanghai is hom
e to its largest plant while housing its Asia-Pacific innovation center, said Lei.
Covestro is not alone in terms of expanding its business ambitions in the world’s second-largest economy.?yb亚博体育APP千花坊
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to set up a regional procurement center in Sha
nghai. German chemicals giant BASF has increased investment to upgrade its innovation center in Shan
ghai after investing in a $10 billion production facility in Zhanjiang. The city is also home?yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
to Tesla’s gigafactory, which is under construction with an investment of over 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion).
Investments from the European Union, Singapore, Japan and countries included in t?yb亚博体育APP千花坊
he Belt and Road Initiative all grew at double-digit rates in the first half and the investm
ent structure is being optimized, said Hua Yuan, director of the municipal commission of commerce.
The high-tech service industry reported an actual use of foreign investment of $1.7 bil?yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
lion in the first six months, posting a hefty annual growth of 29.6 percent, said Hua.
A series of opening-up measures in multiple fields and industries and the impro
ving business environment has ramped up foreign investment interests in China.
al facilities will expand to a scale of 152.4 billion yuan ($22.18 billion) as
the garbage sorting and recycling campaign makes headway, providing related compayb亚博体育APP千花坊
nies with various business opportunities, according to the E20 Institute of Environment Industry.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所Aiming at a greater market presence and higher production efficiency, companies are rac
ing to maximize the use of intelligent and cutting-edge technologies in waste disposal.
A good example is the Chinese payment giant Alipay, which has rolled out a mini-program to hyb亚博体育APP千花坊
elp sort garbage by using artificial intelligence and augmented reality technologies.
By scanning waste items with their smartphones, users can learn in seconds how to sort their trash.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
In addition, the internet and big data technologies are also u
sed by companies to assess and analyze the demand for bins in different areas.
Industry body calls on authorities to implement government guidelines
yb亚博体育APP千花坊Officials at China’s leading auto industry association are calling for local authoriti
es to implement the central government’s guidelines for boosting car consumption in the wake of ve
hicle sales in the country having fallen for 13 months in a row as of the end of July.
Overall vehicle sales in the world’s biggest vehicle market stood at 1.8 million in July, falling 4.3 percent from tyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
he same month last year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Total sales in the first seven months of this year totaled 14.13 million, down 11.4 percent year-on-year.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
The association expects the fall to become less severe in coming m
onths because of a lower comparable base figure from the second half of last year ayb亚博体育APP千花坊
nd because of the measures implemented to help with car consumption.
It estimated that China’s vehicle sales would drop 5 percent this yearyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
from 2018 to 26.68 million vehicles. It has also trimmed its forecast for a rise in new ene
rgy vehicle sales to 1.5 million from a forecast of 1.6 million made at the start of the year.
City has ‘made great achievements’, aims to become R&D base, mayor says
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所Tianjin, a major northern port city, has witnessed positive outcomes in its efforts to pursue high-
quality development, and the city will continue working to boost productivity and seek new momentum to fost
er green and sustainable development, according to its city government.
“We’ve made great achievements in the field of smart technologies, buoyed by a group of leading tech firms and research instityb亚博体育APP千花坊
utes,” said Zhang Guoqing, mayor of Tianjin. “Next, we will ramp up efforts to build the city into a national advanced ma
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所nufacturing research and development base as well as a hub of strategic emerging industries.”
Zhang made the remarks on Monday at a State Council Information Office news conference held in Beijing.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
According to him, the city will make a big push to transform and upgrade tradition
al industries, thus creating new growth and bringing about innovation-driven development.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
More efforts are needed to foster the high-end industrial chain, introduce more innovative high-tech companies, creat
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所e a high-tech and high-end innovation platform and pursue the application of smart technologies, Zhang noted.
In the first half of this year, the city’s GDP surged 4.6 percent year-on-year to about 1.04 trillion yuan ($150 billion), official data showed.
During that period, value-added industrial output in Tianjin surpassed 417 billion yuan, up by 3.5 percent year-on-year.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Specifically, valued-added automobile manufacturing output and sp
yb亚博体育APP千花坊ecialized equipment manufacturing surged by 11.7 percent and 18.2 percent respectively.
Now, Tianjin is shaping up to become a high-tech hub, having rolled out a series of supportive policies to develop the blo
ssoming artificial intelligence sector as it aims to inject new impetus into the city’s economic growth.
Last December, Tianjin unveiled a three-year plan to boost the innovayb亚博体育APP千花坊
tive development of seven AI-related industrial chains, including the ind
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所ependent and controllable information system, smart security, big data, adv
anced communications, intelligent connected vehicles, industrial robots and intelligent terminals.
?is one of them. “If we want to build cultural confidence, and want to
make our voice heard by the world, we have got to change,” Liu said. Her opinions were thyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
ose of reformists. She might reflect her own experience of pervasive prejudice and hope to change the status quo. But on th
yb亚博体育APP千花坊e whole, most students showed great interest in and confidence over the future of traditional Chinese culture.
The students’ enthusiasm deeply impressed Professor Guo, the judge of the contest. “The coyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
ntest this year shows a big difference from previous ones. The contestants now are more interested in wor
ld affairs and the role China should play in the international community. They have broader perspectives and are more pa
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所ssionate in dealing with common challenges the whole universe is facing, and their views are more diversified,” Guo said.
Professor He, director of the College of Liberal Arts & Law, said that the competition was not just a test of studenyb亚博体育APP千花坊
ts’ English capability, but also an expression of students’ patriotism and global horizon. Keeping track of both wo
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所rld and Chinese affairs and maintaining an open mind without losing interest in traditional Chinese culture in th
e era of globalization are priorities in higher education, especially for liberal arts ?students.
The contestants’ passion for traditional Chinese culture is the epitome of all college students’ reflection on Chinese cultureyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
in China. They grew up in a prosperous and dynamic society with unlimited potential built by the older ge
yb亚博体育APP千花坊nerations. Soon or later, they will take over their causes and reshape this great country based on their perspectives and v
alues, and their speeches can be regarded as their declaration of building a better China in the future.
About the author:yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Guo Jiulin is professor at Dalian Minzu University and the dean of the Chinese Language and Literature Department.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊A visitor tours an exhibition showing the Chinese Ballad Singers Association’s ach
ievements in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China inyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
Beijing, July 10, 2019.?More than 2,000 pictures and 400?quyi?articles are on display at the exhibition
?line will help Sichuan province build itself into an inland transportation hub within China
as well as a bridge that connects the country with South Asian countries including Nepal and India, whyb亚博体育APP千花坊
ich will greatly boost the economy in southwestern China with convenient transportation.”
The Sichuan-Tibet railway will be the second rail line connectin
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所g Tibet with the rest of the country. The 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened in
Military aircraft in development will be able to carry out air, land, sea attacks
China’s development of the FC-31, the country’s second steal
th fighter jet, is proceeding smoothly and on schedule, according to its chief designer.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
Sun Cong, president of the Chinese Aeronautical Establishmen
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所t under Aviation Industry Corporation of China, said at a news conference on Thursday in Sh
enyang, Liaoning province, that people should be patient and wait for good news from the project.
“You will see its latest developments in due course, in the near future,” said Sun, whoyb亚博体育APP千花坊
is also the chief researcher at AVIC’s Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所Sun’s comments indicated that China has never wavered in its attempts to develop and build a second series of stealth com
bat aircraft after the J-20 entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in 2017.
His remarks are likely to reassure anyone concerned about the fate ofyb亚博体育APP千花坊
FC-31 because of its virtual disappearance from public view over the past two years.
The twin-engine, radar-evading fighter jet was unveiled in October 2012 when a prototyyb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
pe made its maiden flight, becoming China’s second 5th-generation fighter jet, following the J-20.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊The FC-31 has a high survivability rate, a low radar signature, advanced electronic countermeasures, strong information gat
hering and handling capacity, outstanding situational awareness and beyond-visual-range combat capability.
In addition to air combat, it can also carry out strikes against land and sea targets, according to its designers.yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
The aircraft has a large weapons bay and can carry multiple external missiles.
According to AVIC specifications, the FC-31 has a maximum takeoff we
ight of 25 metric tons, a combat range of 1,200 kilometers and a top speed of Mach 1.8, or 2,yb亚博体育APP千花坊女神会所
205 kilometers per hour. It can carry 8 tons of weapons and has a designed life span of up to 30 years.
anghai and Zhejiang, Bank of China will come up with more offshore FTZ businesses in the near future.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊Kong Qingwei, chairman of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co Ltd, said t
he Yangtze River Delta region is a key driver of the group’s annual income and inno
vative development. Of the insurer’s 126 million customers in China, 30 million live in the region, and account for 80
billion yuan, or 25 percent, of the insurer’s 320 billion yuan in total premiums.yb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
As Kong understands, there are plenty of opportunities for insurance companies in the integr
ated development of the Yangtze River Delta region, with transportation as a top priority.yb亚博体育APP千花坊
“Insurance capital can help the government to boost domestic consumption. A com
prehensive transportation network connecting railway, subway, ports and even airports ha
yb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信s been a longstanding goal of many cities in this area. This is where insurers can play a big role,” he said.
Elderly care is another sector where insurance companies can find big opportunities, said Ko
ng. In early June, CPIC opened an elderly care community in Hangzhou, and is about to launch a new one in Nanjing.
“The idea is to let the senior citizens in Shanghai enjoy quality elderly
care services in other parts of the Yangtze River Delta region. More room in Shayb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
nghai can thus be given to ambitious young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses,” he said.
The integration of risk prevention schemes for peasants in the Ya
ngtze River Delta region is one more area where insurers can focus on, said Kong.yb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信
Peasants’ income can be largely increased via products such
as cost insurance, yield insurance, income insurance or one-stop insurance service.
yb亚博体育APP千花坊品茶微信He Haifeng, director of the Institute of Financial Policy, which is a part of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the
integrated development of the delta region presents many latent challenges. So, more efforts should be made to ref
orm finance and tax areas, to reduce fees in various fields, and improve the overall business environment.
sabel Ge Mahe sharpens US tech giant’s focus on the Chinese market with new initiatives
Isabel Ge Mahe, vice-president and managing director of Apple in C
hina, started off her career on the technical management side but graduated to bu
siness administration, leveraging both her aptitude and educational qualifications.