According to Gartner, in 2013, the worldwide video game market was worth $93 billion. It’s expected to grow to $111 billion by 2015. In 2014 to date, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon combined made acquisitions over $5 billion.
The young population and gamers are the customers driving these acquisitions—whether in virtual reality, live video streaming, or gaming. So, through mobile devices, forums, communities, channels, and networks, popular games offer an opportunity for advertising and subscription revenues. Intra-Industry Analysis Game theory Competitor Analysis Segmentation Strategic Groups OUTLINE. SEGMENT Low price bicycles sold primarily through department and discount stores, mainly under the retailers own brand (e.g.
Strategic Group Analysis A strategic group is a group of firms in an industry following the same or similar strategy. Further Topics in Industry and Competitive Analysis ? Extending 5-forces analysis oDoes industry matter?
Session 3 Objectives Consider how business environments and external forces affect business strategy Explore how industry structure and position create. Industry Analysis Agenda – Industry Analysis – RA – 6 (go through the worksheets – they really will help) – Feedback to other groups – part of your participation. Group 3: Taylor Mullings, Yetunde Oyinwola, Eric Carstens, Alex Kollaritsch, Laura Padilla.
1 Objectives - Analysis of Environment General environment future –Focused on the future Industry environment industry-specific –Focused on industry-specific. INDUSTRY ANALYSIS Jacqueline Torres Gabriela Cabello Gabriel Flores Carly Pyle Olivia Garcia.
When he arrived on April 11, he says he discovered his fellow guests at the hotel were almost entirely Chinese. The next day, he rose at 6 am and took a shuttle bus to the 60,000-seat Kim Il-sung Stadium to join more than 500 international runners at the starting line.
This year, the marathon started in Rungrado May Day Stadium, the largest arena in the world with a capacity of 150,000, and reportedly attracted at least 1,000 runners from outside the DPRK.
The route through downtown Pyongyang passes some major landmarks, including Kim Il-sung University and the city's Arch of Triumph. He says there were no security checks at the starting line or portable toilets, and that the rules for runners' attire were unusual. In the end, Hu finished outside 3 hours 52 minutes, almost 16 minutes slower than his personal best but eight ahead of the event's closing mark, a relatively tough task for many amateur runners. Hu, who works for a media company in Beijing, says his lasting impression is of the local spectators. Hu Jinnan travels around the world to take part in various competitions, such as the marathon in Pyongyang in April.
The Chengdu plant of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile - DPCA, a joint venture with French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen and Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation, is scheduled to go into trial production in May. Located in the State-level Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone, also known as the CEDZ in the eastern part of Chengdu, it is DPCA's fourth manufacturing plant in China. The Chengdu plant will mainly produce vehicles for both the Peugeot and Citroen brands as well as Dongfeng's Fengshen brand, with a focus on high-end sport utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles. In December 2015, the plant's first all-new SUV ran off the assembly line, just 14 months after its foundation was laid in October, 2014. The new model, whose internal code name is the P84, was developed in partnership with European plants and will launch simultaneously in the Chinese and European markets.
Louis Gallois, chairman of the supervisory board of PSA Peugeot Citroen, called the construction speed of the Chengdu plant a "miracle", as it generally takes about two and a half years to build such a plant. Wu Zheng, a senior manager of the Chengdu plant, said the plant uses world-leading technology, making it both highly efficient and environmentally friendly. The Chengdu plant has attracted some 30 companies engaged in related industries, such as France-based Faurecia, Dongfeng Motor Die and Mould, Fengshen Logistics and Wuhan Dongfeng Hongtai Holdings Group. According to Wu, the number of companies engaged in related industries at the plant is expected to reach 80, supplying more than 70 percent of the auto parts needed by DPCA's Chengdu plant. The plant is expected to go into commercial operation in October, and the production target for this year is 10,000 cars. The construction of DPCA's Chengdu plant got strong, targeted support from the local government.
Lu Congguo, director of the plant, said that although he had initial concerns about dealing with government departments, his fears were unfounded. The plant was listed as one of 56 major industrial projects by the Sichuan provincial government. The local government also focused on the construction of the infrastructural facilities in the Sino-French Ecological Park. Longquanyi district, home to the CEDZ, has invested more than 1 billion yuan in the construction of the infrastructure. Zhou Ling, director of the Sino-French Ecological Park's coordination office, said park officials are negotiating with leading French companies, including PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault and Bollore, to establish cooperation in the fields of new-energy vehicles and smart cars. The park is also seeking in-depth cooperation with French and European Union companies in the fields of ecological construction, energy saving and environmental protection. Chengdu's auto industry has seen rapid development in recent years, growing into a pillar of the city's economy.
Longquanyi is one of China's leading auto bases, with investors including Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen, FAW-Volkswagen, FAW-Toyota, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Volvo, as well as many car component suppliers. Last year, Longquanyi district produced 920,000 units of vehicles and its auto industry generated output value of 141.2 billion yuan.
Since last year, Volvo's new luxury sedan, the S60 Inscription, has been produced at the company's Chengdu plant and exported to the United States. With DPCA's Chengdu plant set to go into commercial operation, auto production in Longquanyi is expected to exceed 1 million cars this year, local officials said.
According to the city's industrial development strategy, Chengdu will have the capacity to produce 2 million cars annually by 2017.
The latest planning shows that the city is expected to have an annual output capacity of 3 million cars by 2025. The city will also take advantage of its location with regard to the Belt and Road Initiative and the Chengdu-Europe express rail route to create an improved logistics service for carmakers and car component suppliers, the official said. An important social movement in China took place early in the 20th century when scholar Liang Shuming called on intellectuals to boost the reform of rural areas stricken by extreme poverty after years of war. As part of efforts to improve the quality of life in these areas, scholars set up schools and came up with measures to upgrade agricultural technology.
Zhu Shengxuan leased an abandoned farm from the Deqing local government in Zhejiang province and is going all out to find new ways to repurpose China's villages and entice more people to come back and live in the countryside.
A century has since passed, and some young intellectuals still hold onto a similar dream, although the movement has now taken on a new meaning - to preserve culture and heritage. Although he has lived in Shanghai for more than 10 years, Zhu says he still has a strong emotional connection to his village in Baoshan, Yunnan province. Many people in the affected areas who had relied primarily on farming to make a living now had no means to earn an income. Nearby, he grew corn, sweet potatoes and a variety of other vegetables without the use of pesticide.
Before creating the blueprint for his new village reform project in Kunshan city in Jiangsu province, Zhu talked to most of the 142 families in the area to find out what were the things they hoped to retain.
Together with the local authorities in Kunshan, Zhu will also be setting up a gallery comprising items from many of the old farmers, such as a 100-year-old millstone and brick sculptures of tigers. Phoenix Peninsula is 21 square kilometers in size and stretches out over 54 km of coastline that includes the 3.5-km Golden Beach, a national-level 4A scenic spot. The Qingdao government has been cautious about the exploration of Phoenix Peninsula in a bid to preserve its resources and land. In recent years, tourism products in the zone have diversified, including a selection of high-end hotels, such as Wyndam, The Lalu and the Hilton, entertainment parks, yacht and cruise ship ports, sports centers and museums.
From last summer, Phoenix Peninsula has been the venue for the Qingdao International Beer Festival, and has China's largest coastal beer plaza. Wang said the new development strategy for China's tourism industry recommended from the central government is comprehensive planning for an entire area instead of building a few tourist attractions, which is in line with Phoenix Peninsula's strategy to build a "tourism and resorts zone".
It also hosts a plum festival in March and April that includes numerous activities such as a photography competition, a calligraphy and Chinese painting exhibition, a bonsai exhibition, interactive games and a traditional drama and dance.
There is also a separate park with 15 varieties of bamboo spread across 10,000 square meters. Bijiashangliu, a village in Licang, has been recognized as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in China" in 2013 and 2014. The district has also six so-called mountain parks, including Hushan, Loushan, Yandunshan, Niumaoshan, that are covered in forests. The venue for the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Expo is consistently preserved and maintained and is recognized as a national 4-A level tourist attraction. In March, the district hosted the Kite Festival at the Horticulture Exhibition Park in partnership with Weifang, another city in Shandong province and where the original kite festival in China was held. The projects, spread over a combined area of 3.5 million square meters, cover finance, information services, industrial design, the culture and creative industry, research and development, smart hardware, new energy, new materials and marine biomedicine.
The projects will be located in the area around Zhuzhou road, an industrial base with 168 high-tech companies. Last year, companies in this area applied for 5,075 patents, up 27.5 percent from 2014, and 1,241 patents were approved, a 70 percent increase from 2014. The area is home to Haier Industrial Park, the eastern part of which will soon expand with a 40-hectare urban complex complete with financial services, e-commerce service providers, startup incubators, shopping centers and entertainment facilities. The Aucma Smart Industrial Park project, behind a 4 billion yuan investment, will serve as a R&D center and startup incubator for more than 200 small and medium-sized companies. Jiang Duntao, head of the Laoshan district government, said the district has set up a 1 billion yuan industrial investment fund for emerging industries and has built up various startup incubators to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams by partnering with China's top venture fund managers and tech investors.
Farmers harvest grapes in Pingdu, Qingao, where the Qingdao Dazeshan Mountain Hiking Festival kicks off from Saturday.
The Qingdao Dazeshan Mountain Hiking Festival kicked of from Saturday in Pingdu, the largest county-level city in the province. The town of Dazeshan has hosted the China Qingdao Dazeshan Grape Festival for 29 years and its grapes are reputed to be on a par with those from Xinjiang, which is believed to produce the best grapes in China. Since 1987, the price of local grapes has increased 50 times to more than 10 yuan ($1.54) per kilogram. Dazeshan boasts more than 200 varieties of grapes, including Muscat Hamburg, Zeshan No 1 and Golden Finger, and the town's local vineyards cover more than 2,300 hectares. Dazeshan's vineyards are also benefiting from the growth of the wine and tourist industries. The regional government has, in recent years, taken steps to preserve the natural environment, including closing a number of quarries and stone processing plants, despite their significant tax contributions.
Under current plans, the park will be located in the Qingdao Bonded Port Jiaozhou Function Area, which boasts capabilities to support multimodal transport logistics, facilitating smooth transportation, e-commerce and high-end manufacturing, as well as research and development facilities. It is hoped that the park will increase bilateral investment and trade cooperation among countries in Asia and Europe by mobilizing resources domestically and overseas, said Wang Shoupeng, head of Jiaozhou commerce department. Today it boasts a well-developed freight transport system with seamless sea and rail links. Shipping company CRIntermodal has set up one of its 18 logistics terminals in Jiaozhou, which connects with nearly 600 container transaction stations across the country. Jiaozhou's rail links connect Qingdao with China's western frontier city of Khorgos in Xinjiang, and also reach as far as Amsterdam through the Eurasia Continental Bridge. To make things easier for logistics operators, the Qingdao Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau opened a sub-office in Jiaozhou in October 2013.
Ratanina Masha (right) from Russia, who studies Chinese at the Ocean University of China, proudly displays her calligraphy skills on Neighbor Day on April 20 in Shinan District, Qingdao. Dozens of foreigners gathered in a small neighborhood in Qingdao's Shinan district on the afternoon of April 20.
They came to make friends among the locals in honor of Neighbor Day, an 18-day event celebrated across Qingdao, including the county-level cities on its outskirts, such as Jiaozhou.
The festival started 12 years ago after a 10-year-old girl called Sun Ruihan was rebufed after paying a New Year's visit to her neighbor.
The concept was embraced by the municipal government and promoted as a city-level event in a bid to boost friendliness and civility in the city.
As the birthplace of the festival, Shibei district hosted the opening ceremony of this year's Neighbor Day on April 19.
In Jiaozhou, a county-level city of Qingdao, organizers hosted a number of activities to bring neighbors together, including the sharing of family stories and a mobile neighbors' library to share books.
As the central area of downtown Qingdao, Shinan district attracts many foreigners into its communities, thus there is also international representation at their Neighbor Day activities.
Sarah Sobas from the United States said she had a great time with her neighbors as she experienced the art of Chinese paper cutting for the first time.
Ratanina Masha from Russia, who is studying Chinese at the Ocean University of China, described the event as a great opportunity to make friends with her Chinese neighbors and learn about the local culture with them. As China prepares to host its first G20 Summit, the importance of this grouping of major world economies is becoming more apparent, according to experts. The event, slated for September 4-5 in East China's Hangzhou city, comes at a time when increasing deflationary risks loom over the global economy's recovery. Boosting growth among developing countries is highlighted on the summit's agenda, as has making more progress in areas such as addressing global climate change. Since December, around 30 preparatory meetings have been held at the ministerial or working-group level, including a gathering of personal representatives of heads of state, known as sherpas, as well as finance, trade and foreign ministers.
More than 30 additional meetings are scheduled later this year to ensure the summit's success, according to the latest calendar of events published on the G20's official website. On April 8, a presidency statement was released following the Second G20 Sherpa Meeting in Guangzhou, stating that the assembled representatives would work toward promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December. Huang Wei, a researcher on global economic governance at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted that "the G20 now represents the best efficiency in the aspect of global economic governance", while other mechanisms - such as the UN and G7 - are faced with higher cost or lack of influence. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and China's G20 Sherpa Li Baodong has described the Hangzhou summit as "the first time that the G20 will formulate an action plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". This ambitious agenda, adopted in September, is designed to serve as the launchpad for action to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years. Upon China's initiative, the G20 is examining ways to support industrialization in Africa and what are known as least development countries, Li added. Zhu Jiejin, an associate professor on global governance studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said if the G20 takes the 2030 Agenda as one of its policy goals, the gathering itself will win more recognition for its role as a "leading international economic cooperation platform". This will "offer political impetus" for implementing the agenda, make the work of international organs such as the UN easier and encourage more countries to join in, Zhu said. Gao Hucheng, minister of commerce, has said China will work alongside various parties to push for establishing the G20 trade and investment cooperation mechanism to "regularize" the G20 trade ministers' meeting. Huang Wei noted that although the G20 has built mechanisms for regularized meetings of finance, labor ministers and governors of central banks, many other ministerial-level meetings are not regularized yet. Since registration opened in December, more than 100,000 volunteers have signed up to help with the high-level international forum for governments and central bank governors. Around 26,000 of these volunteers are university professors and their students, who will be whittled down to a short list of 3,000 through a strict selection and training process.
These will be the on-site volunteers, who are required to have a relatively high-level of language ability and work at the summit itself, whereas city volunteers will help out with public security patrols, environment management and culture publicity in Hangzhou.
Wang Lingwei, a graduate student from Zhejiang Gongshang University, said it would be an honor to be selected as an on-site volunteer.
Wang Yuejun, director of Hangzhou Volunteering Work Guide Center, said there was more than two decades' worth of community service experience in the city, which has more than a million registered volunteers and 13,750 volunteer organizations, with volunteering service stations in 97 percent of communities. In addition to the local recruitment drive, an international volunteer team has also been set up in the city featuring more than 20 students and teachers from the United States, Russia, Italy, South Korea, Ukraine, Indonesia and Congo, among other countries. According to the local authorities, all volunteers will be managed in real-time through an online platform, with their contributions to the summit recorded in the form of points and rankings to add incentives for good service.
More than 5,500 volunteer service activities have already been carried out in Hangzhou in preparation for the summit, with a total of 360,000 volunteer man-hours recorded. Members of an international volunteer team attend a public event in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The governor reiterated that the central bank will maintain a "prudent" monetary policy, but be "flexible" and "appropriate" in its implementation. The upward track has lessened the need for further monetary easing, which is why Zhou didn't mention the "bias toward easing" this time, analysts said. While optimistic about China's short-term growth outlook, global banks see medium to long-term risk rising, as the first-quarter's rebound remained credit-fuelled.
Even Zhou acknowledged there is a serious problem with China's debt, and has raised the issue several times in recent months.
China's corporate debt is the highest among major economies, amounting to 166.3 percent of GDP by the end of the third quarter, according to the Bank for International Settlement. English learning activities have been organized across the city as part of efforts to better serve the summit, which is scheduled to open in early September. In March, the team behind local mobile app Xiangfu Community, based in the city's Gongshu district, started a campaign to get residents speaking more English by providing free language learning content and encouraging users to learn a new sentence each day. Once a week, a lesson with a senior English language teacher is organized through the app, and English-themed discussion activities are held once a month.
Elsewhere, residents are being encouraged to share their learning experiences via a discussion group on the social media WeChat, and traffic police in the city's West Lake area have also been learning English to better communicate with international visitors during the summit. West Lake attracts a large number of foreign tourists each year due to its renowned natural beauty, yet visitors often commit traffic violations. Improving conversational English has been a key component of the West Lake police team's training over the past year.
All officers are given a book titled Summit English to facilitate police self-learning and practice, while common phrases are sent through a WeChat group called "Everyday English".
An English Service Team has also been established and is providing English service to visitors. ZF's Advanced Urban Vehicle concept car is fully electronically driven and its functions and features offer a completely autonomous driving experience. ZF Friedrichshafen AG, the German automotive chassis and driveline technology company, is strengthening its capabilities to serve e-mobility. ZF recently added an e-mobility division to its corporate structure to ensure it is better able to meet the needs of its customers. The new division is a complement to five existing divisions that produce car powertrain technology, car chassis technology, commercial vehicle technology, industrial technology, and active and passive safety technology. He said that ZF's immediate goal is not pure e-mobility but promoting electrification to reduce the combustion engine's workload and optimize fuel consumption. The core of the new e-mobility division is ZF's existing electronic systems and electric traction drive technology business units.
Grotendorst said that the new division will focus primarily on three areas of activity: low-voltage technology, plug-in hybrid drivelines and electric axle drives. While many industrial giants are exploring opportunities in the e-mobility sector, what makes ZF different, Grotendorst said, is that its customers will benefit from the group's overall expertise and in-depth knowledge of electric drivelines, chassis and related components enabling customers to get solutions from a single source.
According to ZF, its e-mobility product portfolio ranges from integrated 48-volts solutions outputting 15 kilowatts which can be used in mild hybrid systems to powerful electric motors producing up to 120 kilowatts for plug-in hybrid transmissions. ZF considers China one of the most important markets for e-mobility because of the government's focus on the environment and support for new-energy vehicles.
China's central government plans to have five million NEVs on the nation's roads by 2020, and it has implemented a series of policies to support the realization of that target.
At the end of 2015, the central government issued a draft plan that will reward provinces and cities that meet the minimum requirement of selling more than 30,000 NEVS this year with 90 million yuan ($13.88 million). There will be a special bonus of 7.5 million yuan for every 2,500 units of increased sales.
The government also requires all new residential complexes to have charging posts or to assign space for them, while at least 10 percent of the spaces in public parking lots should have charging facilities. ZF has established both a research and development team and a sales team which focus on e-mobility in Shanghai to meet demand from the Chinese market. He said it is necessary to form such research and development teams in local markets because they will have better knowledge about local market, which will be beneficial to customers.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG expects overall revenue growth of 7 percent over the medium term, which would be above-average for the market as a whole.
According to the company, its sales revenue will be between 35 billion euros ($39.45 billion) and 36 billion euros in 2016.
The adjusted earnings before interest and taxes margin for 2016 is expected to be between 5 and 6 percent. ZF said that the markets for passenger cars as well as for light and heavy commercial vehicles will show solid overall development this year.
At the same time, ZF expects its Industrial Technology Division to see substantial sales growth in 2016.
The acquisition of TRW, one of the leading auto safety parts suppliers, was completed on May 15 last year. Sommer said ZF TRW already presented initial successes from the comprehensive, multiyear integration process. Chenming, a paper-making company, increased its annual production capacity from 180,000 metric tons to 300,000 tons after moving to the new industrial zone.
The government invited city -planning experts from the United States to design the new Hadawan, and professional ecology restoration companies to treat the soil in Hadawan, as the former factories had contaminated the land with their waste.
Only after the soil was restored did the government start introducing cultural and tourism projects and real estate industries. To control the noise generated by the Changchun-Jilin high-speed railway, which runs through Hadawan, the city government built soil slopes covered with thick wood and noise barriers on either side of the lines. New high-rise modern apartment buildings are scheduled to be finished soon to accommodate previous residents as well as newcomers. Zou said Hadawan's transformation project pays special attention to making use of what it had and turning unfavorable factors, such as the high-speed railway cutting through the area, into integral parts of the city.
All garbage is sorted in the new Hadawan and refuse that cannot be recycled is burned in a local power plant to generate energy. China National Petroleum Corp's petrochemicals branch in Jilin makes a profit in the first three months of this year, thanks to breakthroughs in production technology. China National Petroleum Corp's petrochemicals branch in Jilin was known as the Jilin Chemical Industry Co before it was merged with its current parent firm in 1998. The Jilin Chemical Industry Co was built in 1954 as China's first large-scale chemical industry base, produced dyes, chemical fertilizers and calcium carbide.
Overcapacity in the industry, the economic slowdown and weakening market demand in the past three years have aggravated uncertainties and risks to the company's operation. To overcome these difficulties, the company has raised its employees' awareness of possible crises, improved its management and boosted innovation.
Last year, the company processed 8 million metric tons of crude oil and 670,000 tons of ethylene. In the first quarter of this year, the company grabbed opportunities in the market's recovery to expand production. General Manager Sun Shuzhen said: "State-owned companies should change their image of always incurring losses.
The company ended its losses this year, after producing new products, such as Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyethylene pipe material and aviation kerosene. The R&D team in the high alcohols factory found new ways to remove impurities and nitride oxides in the processing of crude oil. Qiu Ke, Party chief of the company, said: "The innovation concept is ingrained in people's hearts in this venture.
Qiu said the company will upgrade its utility boilers to make them more environmentally friendly, make the gas they produce cleaner and replace ethylene glycol with ethylene oxide. The industry park has its own brands, whole-industry-chain services and strong research and development capabilities. Sun Xiaotian, who returned from Japan in 2002, set up his own business in the industry park.
In the early development stage, many factories in the park operated as original equipment manufacturers.
The industrial park administrative committee then set up a research and development center, providing new designs and updated market information to companies. Wang Mingna, director of the R&D center, said her team is making socks with new nanomaterials. The center is looking for all possible materials that can be used in the production of socks. With the help of e-commerce, for domestic orders of fewer than 100,000 pairs of sock, the companies ensure that their customers receive their products within seven days of receiving the orders. The central government earmarked Liaoyuan as one of the first batch of resource-depletion cities that must transform their economies in 2005, when the sock industry started taking off in the city. Tian said a large number of related enterprises on the sock industry chain concentrate on the e-commerce platform. The third "Talk About Jilin" activity was launched in Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin province, on April 20. The government-organized activity asked expatriates in Jilin to share their views on the province in order to deepen mutual understanding between foreigners and locals and to help the government improve its governance. Students from Mozambique, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States shared their views with Chinese students at the activity, which was attended by provincial government officials. Hong Seung Woo, a student from the ROK, said he has been studying in Jilin for the past eight years.
Damission Celsio Emilio, a student from Mozambique, and Mac Anh Dung, a student from Vietnam, praised Jilin's picturesque natural views, its cuisine, people and standard of living. Environmental education has become an essential part in young students' growth and it is important for them to have a global environmental view, said Jiang Nanqing, national officer at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
She said she hopes young students understand the relationship between the environment and their life and consider the environmental impact of future development.
Tan Xiaoqing, vice-principal of Beijing No 4 High School, said the school makes full use of high-quality, educational resources, both in and out of the classroom, to ensure students get the best possible environmental education.
Tan said the school's students also took part in many related activities, with some producing a report in 2013 examining how air pollution in Beijing can be tackled. The report, which had the support of more than 200 students, showcased students' sense of responsibility, Tan said. Wang Tao, vice-principal of Beijing 101 Middle School, said the school focused on students' main roles in the cause of environmental protection and that many of the school's environmental activities were planned and organized by students. The school also encouraged students to participate in field studies, with some students visiting and carrying out research at the once-desertified Engebei ecological demonstration area in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region in July 2013. In March 2015, more than 20 students from the school went to Fragrant Hills to help pick up litter. Feng Hong, vice-principal at Beijing No 2 Experimental Primary School, said it is the responsibility of educators to help foster students' awareness of environmental protection and encourage them to lead environmentally friendly lifestyles. An event about garbage classification was held at the school in December 2014 and some students performed a play about environmental protection that was conceived by the students themselves.
The students also showcased the school's achievements in environmental education, including garbage sorting and resource recycling. UNEP and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education were two of the organizers of the International Principal Forum on Environmental Education. The commission has asked schools to use interesting teaching methods to encourage students to engage with environmental issues and encourage them to think independently.
According to Wang, Beijing launched a scientific suggestion award for primary and middle school students in 2009 because of a student named Zhu Xiaoxuan. Zhu wrote a letter arguing that motor vehicle engines should cut out at red traffic lights and reignite when the lights turn green. The letter was sent to former Premier Wen Jiabao during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and at this time, Zhu was still at Beijing No 2 Experimental Primary School.
He said the commission plans to improve the environmental education system in Beijing and better inform people about environmental issues. UNEP's Jiang said the organization has held youth summer camps in the Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia with the aim of showing students the effects of environmental changes. To Jiang's pleasure, several camp participants told her how the summer camp had changed their attitude toward the environment. We try to help students become more aware of environmental protection through organized activities. I hope youths can cultivate responsibility and enthusiasm in their environmental protection participation.
All parts of society need to enhance teenagers' awareness of the environmental issues and education must play a vital role.
Environmental education has gone far beyond school classes into an indispensable part of students' lives.


Over 20 students from 16 primary, middle and high schools from the Chinese capital, five provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions delivered speeches on topics covering sustainable lifestyle habits, innovative ideas and environmental protection campaigns.
Zheng Bozhong, one of the speakers and a junior from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China in Beijing, talked about how air pollution has hindered his running.
Zheng said teenagers could make major contributions to environmental protection, citing Boyan Slat as an example. In 2013, Slat, at the time 19 years old, unveiled a project to create an ocean cleanup array that could remove 7.25 million metric tons of plastic waste from the world's oceans. After Boyan quit college in 2013, he set up The Ocean Cleanup, which attracted 100 employees across the world, including 70 scientists, experts and engineers.
With a yearlong effort, the group issued a 528-page-long report to prove the project's feasibility.
Wu Haiyi, a sixth-grader from Wan Quan Primary School in Beijing, said using renewable energies is "a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels that can help us make a better world, because they have no negative impact on the environment". Wu said the commission on sustainable development could work with the United Nations Environment Program to provide suggestions to countries, set up investigation groups and establish a partnership mechanism to reach balance between developed and developing countries. In their speech, Zeng Shulan, 14, Feng Kehao, 14, and Huang Yueliang, 13, from the Liuzhou No 12 Middle School, compared Liuzhou's current conditions to 20 years ago to highlight the importance of environmental protection. Liuzhou is famed for its natural beauty in China, but the city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has had a high incidence of acid rain for more than a decade. Led by the United Nations Environment Program and the All-China Environment Federation, the project, which started in 2014 and ends this month, strives to construct green and comfortable communities in China and guide consumers to choose environmentally friendly products and services in their daily lives.
Taking communities as basic units of sustainable consumption, the project conducts surveys on residents' ideas and practices in the city's Shijingshan Bajiaobeili and Wangjing communities, sets up systematic criteria for evaluation and analysis, and gives suggestions on the country's future strategies and development model. The surveys found that 51 percent of respondents have heard of sustainable consumption, but only 3 percent of them know about the concept.
Soon she was completing marathons, and before too long she was flying around the globe to participate in the some of the world's best-known sporting events. This year, 150 Chinese - 106 men and 44 women - registered for the April 24 London Marathon, a race that attracts 38,000 runners annually and is one of the six top marathons in the world. That's a 417 percent increase from the 29 Chinese entrants - 22 men and seven women - last year, organizers say. His company, which specializes in organizing training camps and tours, is among a number of enterprises serving the growing legion of Chinese runners. Last year, just three Chinese people took part in the Jerusalem Marathon, including two who were local residents, according to Du. More than 700 Chinese also entered the Berlin Marathon, one of the top international events, in September, he adds. The Chinese presence at international marathons also is a point of pride as an emerging China makes its mark in many global spheres.
That presence also means people from other nations have greater exposure to, and camaraderie with, sophisticated and health-conscious Chinese people.
As for first impressions, "running is much better than (going abroad to) have a baby or purchase goods", says Wang Xiaogang, 40, a Beijing running coach and freelance journalist, who has frequently taken part in overseas marathons. Xie says she had one such positive experience after crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon on a cold, rainy day in April last year. One of the most compelling stories at the April 18 Boston Marathon this year was that of Lauren Woods, the 34-year-old Boston police officer who was running the marathon in memory of Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Chinese student who was one of three people killed in the 2013 bombings at the marathon finish line. Woods was one of those who tended to Lu, a marathon fan and spectator at the event, as she lay dying. The new Chinese marathoners who can afford to go globe-trotting are mostly within the social status and age groups that have led China's modernization and economic rise in recent decades. Chinese runners at this year's London Marathon included 30 from the mainland led by Tian Tongsheng, 63, one of the founders of Runnar, a company that organizes trips and assists marathoners. Tian certainly breaks the traditional mold of aging in China, where the retirement age for men is 60. The first group, which may have advanced academic degrees, comprises some 65 to 70 percent of runners registered with his company.
The second group, which makes up 30 to 35 percent, is also well-off, but many of them did not go to college, he says. Ninety percent of those who run outside China were born in the 1960s and '70s, putting them between the ages of 37 and 56, he adds. Oliver Wang, who is also CEO of Beijing-based Palace Travel and its US branch, which has runners as clients, too, describes the situation as part of a trend that started earlier in the West, in which the wealthy middle-aged started spending lots of money on fancy bicycles, for example, instead of on sports cars. Du says one of the reasons for the explosion in travel is that people who have run the relatively new marathons in China are looking for a taste of better-run races abroad, as well as higher athletic levels.
But in addition to that, what could be cooler than posting a selfie as you cross the finish line in Paris, Boston or Berlin, or wrapped yourself in the national flag like an Olympian?
Li Xibei, 30, an information technology worker from Central China who lives in New York City, raised funds to provide cleaner air for families in his homeland by running the North Pole Marathon this month.
Using Crowdrise, a crowdfunding website, he raised $6,030 - 18 percent more than his target sum - for the Blue Sky Lab campaign run by Friends of Nature, one of the oldest environmental NGOs in China. Li and a female compatriot, Fan Beibei, were among about 50 runners from 20 countries who braved temperatures as low as -40 C to complete the 42-km event, which was postponed several times due to cracks in the ice.
Li is also one of a small but growing group of Chinese who have completed marathons on every continent, including Antarctica.
Yet despite the current enthusiasm, the Chinese have shown themselves to be somewhat fickle in terms of their motivation for traveling abroad. First, China's rising prosperity and its people's concern for health and fitness are unlikely to fade. Third, and perhaps most important, are the young runners who aspire to take on international marathons. The running bug bit Zhang Yiming, 20, a junior at Renmin University of China's School of International Relations in Beijing, in December 2014.
She runs 8 kilometers two to three times a week, which she says helps her deal with stress and keep calm. Zhang says she plans to run two international marathons a year, with New York, Boston and Munich at the top of her wish list. Now, Ji Xiaoxiang and Yang Mohan, both 33 and graduates of Tongji University's Urban Planning School in Shanghai, have made that journey to the village. The boutique hostel Da Le Zhi Ye, which is minimalist and comfortable, is located in Deqing county in Zhejiang province. After spending several years designing urban developments, they say they were left disenchanted, as many projects did not become a reality. They eventually ended up in Biwu, a village in Deqing county in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The men rented the old house and spent their savings transforming it into a boutique hostel, Da Le Zhi Ye, the name of which comes from an ancient book, The Classic of Mountains and Rivers. Ji had never lived in the countryside before but now prides himself on successfully integrating with the local community. The hostel features huge windows, which let in copious amounts of natural light, and a small cafe that serves a decent Americano. There is a serenity that permeates the place that can't be found in a metropolis, and when night falls only the sounds of a nearby stream can be heard. Yang and Ji are among a small group of urban elites who have done the opposite of young people from the villages, who still think the only measure of success is to own an apartment and have a decent job in cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Ask any of the 274 million migrant workers in China about his or her reason for seeking work in the big cities and the most likely reason will be that farming, with its harsh conditions and meager income, is simply not worth it. In recent years, however, some people - mostly young and well-educated - have been going against the grain, heading from major cities to relatively remote regions, such as Deqing, to pursue their dreams.
Statistics from the Deqing government show the county has generated thousands of job opportunities in the transportation and retail sectors since it opened to tourism about eight years ago.
Yu Wei, a Shanghai interior designer, and his wife decided to build their dream home in Deqing's Moganshan Mountains. Wang Zehao quit his job as a software engineer in Ningbo on the east coast and returned to his hometown in Deqing about four years ago.
Marathon running, which in China includes many health-conscious, well-educated participants, is an important source of sportswear sales.
Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning - among the companies reinvigorated by China's passion for running and other sports - snapped three years of annual losses to swing back into profit in 2015, according to a recent Channel NewsAsia report. Nike's China earnings rose 43 percent in the quarter ending in February, with footwear growing fastest at 33 percent, the company reported.
German sportswear maker Adidas Group was No 2 with a 16 percent share in 2015, up from 15 percent in 2014. Chinese brand Anta China Co Ltd also recorded strong growth to 9.9 percent, up from 9 percent in 2014, making it the third-largest player in the nation's sportswear industry. Performance footwear, perhaps the most important equipment in marathons, is predicted to continue as sales leader, Euromonitor says. The study found that 70 percent of those surveyed said they are more likely to buy the products of companies that sponsor races. When he arrived, on April 11, he says he discovered his fellow guests at the hotel were almost entirely Chinese. When political scientist Fang Ning decided to compete in a marathon during a sabbatical six years ago, most Chinese still considered the sport a novel concept, with its challenges of endurance and mental stamina.
But the director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Political Science - the country's leading think tank - isn't taking part only to sharpen his perseverance and experience, but also for the joy of reaching milestones.
He says he sees something more in the large numbers of Chinese participating both in the races staged by many cities in China and those who travel to Boston, London and other global cities to run. Fang was among a group of Chinese scholars in London to introduce English-language versions of their books about understanding China, covering topics such as political and economic systems, social welfare, energy and the environment.
Fang says the people's increasing passion to challenge their limits is just part of the process, which he predicts will speed up when China reaches its goal of doubling its per capita income to about $12,000 by 2020. Fang says the growth of what he calls "individual choices" to satisfy the demands of the people will serve to maintain social stability. When the 42-year-old set a goal of running marathons on all seven continents in two years, he started out with one of the most challenging around. The founder and chairman of Hudongbaike, one of China's largest internet companies, took on the Antarctic Ice Marathon last year. Pan, one of a limited number of Chinese to run a marathon in Antarctica, says the race - and long-distance running in general - holds many analogies and lessons pertinent to life.
To become one of the 55 people from 22 countries who participated in the 11th Antarctic Ice Marathon in November, Pan had to make a 43-hour trip of nearly 25,000 kilometers from Beijing to Dallas, then to Santiago and Punta Arenas in Chile, and then to Union Glacier on the 80th parallel south, a common jumping-off point for polar trips. Pan says he recalls Ngan warning them that, with temperatures reaching as low as -30 C, they had to guard against heat loss.
Still, everyone completed their race, which included 47 runners in the full 42.195 km marathon and eight in the half-marathon. Pan says it even helps him in his business, which was launched in 2005 and includes the world's largest Chinese encyclopedia.
He says another benefit to running marathons is the people he meets, all of whom are driven.
He says it's true that Chinese participation in international marathons is evidence of the country's economic progress, with the number of wealthy and middle-class Chinese rising quickly. However, Pan says he sees running as a personal journey, pure and simple, that has helped him comprehend things he had not understood before. With the running craze growing among health-conscious urban Chinese, fitness experts and trainers are warning amateurs to prepare before they strap on their running shoes to avoid health problems. Runners hit by sudden illness, and even death, during long-distance events continue to make the news periodically, raising concerns over participants skipping necessary training and health examinations. Despite growth of the sport, awareness of many Chinese amateurs lags about the imperative of using healthy running techniques while building up gradually to longer distances.
Wang says any runner who plans to participate in a full marathon, which is just over 42 kilometers, needs to build up endurance and stamina on a weekly basis, following strict exercise and diet routines to improve distance and pace gradually. Huang Tao, a sports therapist from Peking University Third Hospital, says unprepared runners are more likely to be hit by problems resulting from cardiovascular disease and joint injuries when they increase their pace and intensity.
Meanwhile, competitive running requires proper training in good technique, including how to land with each step, how to bend the knees and how to keep your body straight, which runners should learn from professional trainers, says Sun Yingjie, a retired world champion long-distance runner. China and Russia sent strong signals to the United States on Friday, urging it not to deploy a new anti-missile system in the Republic of Korea. The US and ROK began talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. However, China firmly opposes the move, with analysts saying the system could be used to monitor Beijing's missile launches as far inland as Xi'an in the northwest of the country. Lavrov said countries involved "shouldn't use Pyongyang's acts as a pretext to increase their military presence on the Korean Peninsula. Wang said the possible deployment only "adds fuel to the fire of an already tense situation and even possibly wrecks the regional strategic balance". Last week, Sung Kim, the US special representative for DPRK policy, said China and Russia do not need to be concerned about THAAD. He made the comments after "productive discussions" in Beijing with Wu Dawei, China's special representative on Korean peninsula affairs. Zuo Xiying, an international studies specialist at Renmin University of China's National Academy of Development and Strategy, denounced Kim's comments. Zuo said THAAD is called a "defense system" but its capacity passes way beyond the need to safeguard against missile threats from Pyongyang and its radar could be used to collect surveillance data far inland in both China and Russia. Lavrov also said on Friday that one of his most important tasks is to prepare for Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing in June. ForeignMinisterWang Yi (right) points the way to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Friday. Three years ago, when Liu Jingjing posted on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, a white cartoon image of a chubby figure with a tuft of grass on its head, it is unlikely she imagined just how popular it would become. Liu, 21, a second-year student at an art college in Shanxi province, works for a Beijing company, 12 Buildings, as a part-time cartoonist. WeChat users have used Liu's previous series of emoticons of the same cartoon image with different facial expressions and body gestures more than 5 billion times in four months.
Most of the cartoonists who design emoji are not paid for their use, but many hope that the financial rewards will begin to flow after their works gain exposure and they can start selling them to individual users in other forms such as books and to companies that use their cartoon images for marketing.
Those who are passionate about emoji range from professional artists to part-time designers to amateur doodlers, all riding a wave of popularity that has washed over China's social networks and instant messaging platforms for several years. WeChat's department responsible for emoji says it has the works of 3,000 artists on file, and emoticons are now so commonly used that even the less popular ones can become widely known very quickly.
The way in which 12 Buildings' cartoonists work is similar to that practiced in Japan's cartoon industry. He created a human-like white cat that behaves in a mean but comic way and after turning it into an emoji, it has received wide recognition. To express crying there is a while cat that can laugh even as it sheds tears, cries as it lies in a pool of tears, cries while clapping its hands and cries as it covers its face with its paws.
The emoji of his white cat has attracted many instant messaging app users in less than a year. Each of his series of white cat emojis has been targeted at different users, he says, for the romantically inclined, for those on diets and for those wanting to extend thanks to anyone giving them money in digital red envelopes. Those who use his emoticons predominantly range from those in their teens to the middle-aged. Shi Donglin, originator of Freezing Gal, a cartoon image she created in college, says using emojis helps bring light relief at embarrassing moments during communication.
Her cartoon figure, with dark skin and a ponytail, is based on her experience in college, she says, and is popular among college students. Unlike traditional cartoonists who generally have to create an image first, then sell comic stories to magazines or publishing houses and finally go online to win wider acceptance, Shi went straight to Weibo and was surprised at how much attention it gained in such a short time that she turned it into an emoji for messaging apps such as QQ and WeChat, thus giving it much wider currency. Apart from continuing to produce more emojis based on Freezing Gal, she has started to draw picture books to build on the character's image. Three million copies of Xu's picture books featuring Ali, which he created in high school, have been sold since 2009. His emoji of the red fox was one of the first cartoon images launched on QQ in 2012 and WeChat in 2015.
Wang of 12 Buildings says that although it is hard in an era of short attention spans to give longevity to cartoon characters, Internet exposure creates chances for young cartoonists to work with big brands that earlier would never have employed domestic cartoonists to design images for them.
The chubby white creature with a tuft of grass on its head has been drafted to work with the US multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble, and Freezing Gal is now being used in advertising the Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, popular with students. The United States is not qualified to make "carping comments on China" as it has not signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
The comment came as top diplomats from China and Russia urged countries outside the South China Sea region not to stir up tension there. On Thursday, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a House of Representatives hearing that China "can't have it both ways," by being a party to the convention but rejecting its provisions, including "the binding nature of any arbitration decision", Reuters reported. Blinken was challenging China's rejection of arbitration by a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which was set up in 2014 following a unilateral request by the Philippines. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news conference on Friday that the US has not signed on to the convention. Instead, Washington had introduced its so-called Freedom of Navigation Program in 1979 ahead of the convention's introduction in 1982, Hua said. Hua also said that it is "a secret known to all" that the US subscribes to international law when it is favorable, and ignores the law when it is not. She said more than 30 countries, in addition to China, have filed declarations in accordance with the convention to exclude disputes about maritime delimitation from compulsory arbitration and other compulsory dispute settlement procedures. Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said that behind the current maritime tension lies the "zero-sum thinking" and US alignment with allies that seek greater engagement in the South China Sea issue. Meanwhile, China and Russia have "achieved important consensus on the South China Sea issue", according to a release by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday. They agreed that the disputes in the South China Sea "should be peacefully resolved on the basis of historical facts and international law, and through consultation and negotiation by countries directly concerned", the release said.
The novel, based on the county annals of Chen's hometown White Deer Plain in Shaanxi, tells of historical changes to the land over 50 years from the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Since it was first published, it has set a record as a contemporary literary work, with about 2 million copies sold in China, according to People's Literature Publishing House.
In 2010, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name directed by Wang Quan'an and starring Zhang Fengyi, Zhang Yuqi and Duan Yihong. The book was also listed in a must-read selection by the Ministry of Education for university students.
In 1979, Chen became a member of the Chinese Writers Association and served as the association's vice-chairman between 2001 and 2006. Feng Jicai, another highly accomplished writer, said in a message of condolence: "Chen scaled the highest peak of Chinese contemporary literature.
Chen Xiaoming, professor of Chinese language and literature at Peking University, describes White Deer Plain as "integrated, broad, simple, solid and vigorous", regarding it as "a masterpiece that closely combines Chinese cultural tradition and the features of regional culture in northeastern China". Chang Zhenjia, 72, an editor at People's Literature Publishing House for more than 30 years, read the first edition of White Deer Plain and published the first review of the novel.
Xu Han has published three picture books since 2009 about Ali, a little red fox wearing shorts.
The red fox has millions of fans in China, mostly female, apparently drawn by the warm, fairytale-like stories of Ali and his animal friends. Xu's fourth book, Carrousel Garden, was published in March, and he says a full-feature movie starring Ali will be released next year.
The path to fame of Xu with his red fox is one typical for a successful cartoonist in China: from picture book to short film to emoticons and emoji online or via instant messaging apps to a Taobao shop and physical shops across the country that sell Ali-the-fox merchandise, and finally to the big screen. It is common for cartoonists to produce characters that become widely known quickly online, but many fizzle out within a year or two.
In 2009, Xu set up Beijing Dream Castle Culture Company with a partner and published the picture book Ali's Dream Castle. It was not until Ali became the first emoji of cartoon images on WeChat last year that his popularity began to cover all age groups, Xu says. During the Spring Festival in February, downloads of emoticons of the red fox celebrating the traditional festival topped the list of emojis sent by users to wish their friends or relatives a happy New Year.
In making a film, telling a good story is the big challenge, he says, which takes Xu to a story of his own: how his red fox came about. In the picture book that came out in March he recounts tales of Ali confronting characters from Western fairy tales such as the Little Prince, Pinocchio and the Ugly Duckling. China has never had an established cartoonist or cartoon image that has been recognised outside the country, and Xu says he hopes Ali will go some way to rectifying that. But the animation and cartoon industry in China lags behind its counterparts in the West and in Japan, which has produced many comic books that have influenced countless Chinese cartoonists and aficionados of comics, he says. Even if many Chinese cartoonists can gain exposure for their works through the internet and the mobile web, he says, building up an image for a cartoon character is difficult.
Carlson Hotels has 1,400 properties under operation and development in 115 countries and territories. Company officials declined to provide terms of the deal that was announced on Wednesday, but Bloomberg News, citing unnamed sources, reported it could be worth $2 billion. The family-owned Carlson Hotel Group said HNA's tourism and hospitality arm, HNA Tourism Group, is also acquiring its 51.3 percent majority stake in the Rezidor Hotel Group AB, Carlson's Brussels-based master licensee for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and may begin a takeover offer for all of Rezidor, the companies said. Carlson, founded by Curt Nelson in 1938, said it chose HNA Tourism over other suitors because the breadth of HNA's operations and its Asia ties made it the best fit.
Berg will remain as chief of the company, which will keep its headquarters in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka. HNA Hospitality Group chairman and CEO Bai Haibo said in a statement the acquisition aimed to "establish our presence in the US market and expand our footprint in hospitality internationally". In 2015, HNA acquired a 15 percent stake in the Red Lion Hotels Corp, an owner of mid-scale and full-service US hotels, for an undisclosed sum. Chinese tourists spent $215 billion outside of the Chinese mainland in 2015, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 53 percent increase over the $140 billion in 2014.
The HNA-Carlson deal comes weeks after Anbang Insurance Group Co bid $14 billion for US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, but it walked away from the deal, enabling Marriott International Inc to go ahead with a takeover. In February, HNA also was a bidder for London City Airport, but lost to a group led by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board. Pollsters GlobeScan questioned more than 20,000 people in 18 countries and found that for the first time in 15 years of tracking more than half (51 percent) see themselves more as citizens of the world than of their own country, with 43 percent identifying nationally. The trend is driven by strong rises in emerging economies over the past year, the survey found, including China (71 percent, up 14 points from 2015), India (67 percent up 13 points), Peru (70 percent, up 27 points) and Nigeria (73 percent, up 13 points). By contrast, the trend in the wealthier nations appears to have been heading the other way since the financial crash of 2008, dropping to below 40 percent on average in 2011 and climbing to 42 percent this year. In the US, 43 percent of respondents saw themselves more as a global citizen rather than a US citizen. Without defining a "global citizen", "we measured how far people consider themselves integrated into world society", Lionel Bellier, the associate director of Globescan who authored the report, told The Christian Science Monitor.
One of the challenges of polling attitudes on identity is that the very term "global citizenship" is a difficult concept to define, and the pollsters left it up to those taking part to interpret it for themselves. President Xi Jinping, speaking on the South China Sea issue on Thursday, said China upholds the peaceful resolution of disputes through friendly consultation and negotiation with the countries directly involved.
The president said that for some time developments in the South China Sea have attracted extensive attention. China "unswervingly safeguards its own sovereignty and relevant rights and interests in the South China Sea," the president said.
Xi made the remarks in Beijing as he addressed the fifth foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.
Observers said Xi's remarks come at a time when the US is worsening the situation in the South China Sea by boosting its military presence there, and after the US and the Philippines embarked on joint military drills recently. Su Xiaohui, a researcher of international strategies at the China Institute of International Studies, said Xi's remarks on the South China Sea illustrate two of China's key strategic goals - championing State sovereignty and safeguarding regional stability.
Xi is also sending a message that "China does not accept any attempt to ruin the big picture", and such attempts include the international arbitration sought unilaterally by the Philippines against China, Su said.
The "countries outside the region" mentioned by Xi include the US, which is partly responsible for tension in the South China Sea, Su added. Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said that the US has recently "grouped" with countries such as the Philippines to "muddy the waters" by staging joint military drills in the South China Sea.
In Singapore on Thursday, China and countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to "properly control and manage differences", according to a Foreign Ministry release. The consensus was made as Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin and Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Chee Wee Kiong co-chaired the 22nd China-ASEAN Senior Officials' Consultation.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. All parties agreed that China and ASEAN countries should use the anniversary as an opportunity to "strengthen strategic communication, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and properly control and manage differences", the release said.
China will never allow the Korean Peninsula to have war or chaos, because it will be no good for anyone. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China implements the relevant council resolutions in an all-out and integral manner. China proactively participates in the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, supports the country's peaceful reconstruction, and supports the inclusive political resolution process under the guideline of "led by Afghan people, owned by Afghan people".
China stands for and will continue to help promote a peaceful settlement of the Syrian issue and the Palestine-Israel issue through political negotiation.
China has played a constructive role in reaching the comprehensive agreement on the Iran nuclear issue and will continue to press ahead with the implementation through joint efforts with all sides. President Xi Jinping greets delegates at the opening ceremony of the fifth meeting of foreign ministers of the Conference on Interaction and ConfidenceBuilding Measures in Asia at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday. The 54-point law, passed at the bimonthly session of the top legislature, clarifies the registration process, operational rules and liabilities of overseas NGOs, as well as measures for their operations in China. The law, which takes effect on Jan 1, requires all overseas NGOs operating in China to be registered and regulated by central or provincial-level police authorities, a stipulation that has caused concern among some NGOs over whether their operations and activities will face restrictions.
The law also removes the restriction limiting each NGO to a single office on the mainland, but the number and locations must be approved by regulatory authorities.
Guo Linmao, a member of the commission, said the rights of NGOs will be fully protected, but those that break China's laws will be punished accordingly.
Behavior that damages China's territorial integrity, regime and people's interests is defined as harming state interests, he said. The new law gives police the authority to talk with representatives of overseas NGOs and ask them not to conduct such activities, or even blacklist or deport them. A 12-person delegation from Suning Commerce Group, one of China's largest privately owned retailers, visited Inter Milan last Friday and Saturday.
AC Milan said it had received several expressions of interest in acquiring a stake, including some from Chinese groups. However, China's richest man, Jack Ma, the Alibaba founder, dismissed reports that he is to buy AC Milan.
Faulkner said the purpose of Suning's visit was to discuss a potential strategic partnership between the club and Suning Commerce Group. The Chinese group owns Jiangsu Suning soccer club, and Faulkner said it is also interested in Inter Milan's academy structure and training center. Faulkner said Inter has been in talks with three or four potential investors, but "the discussions with Suning are probably at the most advanced stage, as they came to visit us in Milan". Simon Chadwick, a professor of sports enterprise at Salford Business School in Manchester, UK, said, "As China pursues its sports industry vision and its football goals, it is highly likely that we will see more European club acquisitions. Strong Chinese interest in European soccer stems in part from the ambition heralded by President Xi Jinping to raise the quality of the sport in China.
The most prominent acquisitions to date are the purchase of a 13 percent stake in the company that owns Manchester City, worth $400 million, by China Media Capital and CITIC Capital, and 20 percent of the shares in Spanish club Atletico Madrid bought by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin's Dalian Wanda. In the age of podcasts and streaming services, you might think pirate radio is low on the list of concerns of US federal lawmakers and broadcasters. They are increasingly worried about its presence in some cities, as unlicensed broadcasters commandeer frequencies to play anything from Trinidadian dance music to Haitian call-in shows. They also complain that the Federal Communications Commission can't keep up with the pirates, who can block listeners from favorite programs or emergency alerts for missing children and severe weather. Last year, nearly three dozen congressional members from the New York City area urged the commission to do more about what they called the "unprecedented growth of pirate radio operations". The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters made a similar appeal, saying that pirates undermine licensed minority stations while ignoring consumer protection laws that guard against indecency and false advertising.
The New York State Broadcasters Association estimates that 100 pirates operate in the New York City area alone, carrying programs in languages from Hebrew to Gaelic to Spanish. Commission chairman Tom Wheeler cited a stagnant budget and the smallest staff in 30 years. Around this time next month I can imagine myself at Silversands beach in my adopted island of Jamaica, sinking a few cold Red Stripe beers, nibbling on jerk chicken and pork and watching my boys pretend they can swim. Then, after reassuring myself the likelihood of them drowning is down to low, single figures percentage-wise, I will look back on my time in China and wonder was that really seven years, and how did I survive with a Chinese vocabulary of about nine words?


Being the archetypal creature of habit, I narrowed its parameters to fit my comfort zone, which basically meant the only places I went to outside a two kilometer radius of my apartment were Lido (an extremely easy word to tell a cabbie) and Sanlitun (the place every taxi driver assumes a foreigner is going anyway). Of course, I went to the Great Wall which was, well, a very long wall, Tian'anmen Square, the Summer Palace, the Winter Palace and the Not-Quite-Summer-Not-Quite-Winter Palace but, basically, I'm not really into touristy things. When no Chinese language meets limited English it becomes a Marcel Marceau mime show for the ages, but it's fun and the point gets across - more often than not. I have made Chinese friends, new expat pals and hope to keep in touch with them even if I am literally on the other side of the world.
I won't miss the smog, the brutally cold winters, standing behind women at ATMs for hours, the ridiculous amount of paperwork at banks nor men walking around in summer with their shirts rolled up over their bellies. The president made the remarks in a speech at the opening ceremony of the fifth meeting of foreign ministers of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, which was held in Beijing.
The CICA, established in 1992, describes itself as "a multinational forum for enhancing cooperation toward promoting peace, security and stability in Asia". During the fourth summit of the CICA held in Shanghai in 2014, Xi proposed the Asian security concept, which calls for equal participation among countries on regional security affairs and equal responsibility for upholding security. While pursuing national interests and development and safeguarding national security, the countries involved should consider other countries' concerns, promote joint development and respect others' security needs, Xi said. The president also encouraged the building of what he has called an Asian community of common destiny, boosting communication among different cultures, resolving disputes peacefully through dialogue and negotiation, and seeking to establish a security framework with regional characteristics. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that in the next two years, China, as CICA chairmanship country, will work with forum members to boost mutual trust, implement practical cooperation, promote capacity building and uphold inclusiveness and tolerance. The security of Asia should be jointly maintained by the member countries, and the development of Asia should also be jointly promoted by the members, he said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Asia is facing many security threats, including activities of the Islamic State group in Syria and Afghanistan, and he called for establishing an anti-terrorism alliance to safeguard security. According to China's Foreign Ministry, more than 40 delegations from CICA member countries, observer countries and international organizations attended the meeting. The 12th Beijing-Tokyo Forum will be held in the Japanese capital in late September, the China International Publishing Group has announced. Twelve members of the forum's executive committee, including Zhao Qizheng, former chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Yasushi Akashi, former UN undersecretary-general, met in Beijing on Thursday and exchanged views on topics for discussion. Since its founding in 2005, the forum, jointly organized by China International Publishing Group and Japanese non-profit think tank The Genron NPO, has become a nongovernmental platform for high-level dialogue between China and Japan. It was decided that more young intellectuals should be invited to offer their opinions at the forum, and efforts should be increased to offer advice and suggestions for bilateral cooperation, especially regarding the two economies. Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Kazakhstan fully understands and respects China's stance on the South China Sea and believes that related disputes should be resolved through negotiations by countries directly concerned.
On its path to success, Sony strategically acquired game studios, gave them new titles, and launched them exclusively for the PlayStation.
As the above chart shows, the video game industry is the fastest-growing entertainment industry. Though the three acquisitions aren’t exactly in the same space, they all relate to the virtual, gaming, and online world.
According to Digi-Capital, mobile games consume 43% of mobile app usage across Google (GOOGL) Android and Apple (AAPL) iOS tablets and smartphones. They account for ~67% of all tablet use.
Amazon’s (AMZN) acquisition of Twitch and Microsoft’s (MSFT) acquisition of Minecraft seem to target this opportunity.
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For example, entrants were told beforehand not to use compression wear under their suits because "it is adverse to the tastes of the Korean people", although he says that the dress code was not strictly enforced. He says they were much more active and enthusiastic than he expected, in particular the women and children inside the stadium and along the marathon route. It is the first project in the northern part of the CEDZ, and the major part of the national-level Sino-French Ecological Park. The two teams held regular weekly meetings to discuss any difficulties and devise solutions.
The movement continued for seven years until the start of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45). Formerly a landscape design consultant for the Shanghai Expo, he decided to leave the industry after receiving cancer treatment in 2010, which spurred him to rethink his life and career. After recovering from an operation to treat his cancer, he returned to the countryside to lead a healthier lifestyle. There, he discovered that because the area's water source was designated as a protected zone by the authorities, all conventional livestock and farming practices in the vicinity were outlawed to minimize pollution. In 2012, he decided to use his money to lease an abandoned farm from the local government for 20 years.
He knew almost all the traditional industries in Moganshan, including harvesting bamboo as a raw construction material, were not going to develop anymore.
This is because he believes it is imperative that, regardless of how beautiful new architecture is, traditions have to be kept alive.
After all, the Chinese government has in recent times emphasized the need to fully utilize empty houses and vacant land to develop traditional handicrafts, agriculture and tourism. One of the goals is to draw more visitors from the cities to learn about the local culture and way of life.
The peninsula also incorporates Zhuchadao, a small island known for its fertile fishing ground that is 8.5 km off the coast, and Tangdao Bay, which is often compared to the "West Lake of the Sea" for its tranquility.
The event is expected to integrate kite culture, tourism, investment promotion and international communications. It is hoping to attract more than 800 technology companies and 20,000 high-end workers to generate 40 billion yuan in revenue. The R&D center will focus on smart home appliances, ultralow temperature cooling technologies, cold chain logistics and vending machines. It has thus far attracted 26 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The month-long event will help further enhance the region's reputation for grapes, which are a local specialty. Once the owner of a stone-processing plant, he was forced to consider a new direction when the plant was shut down. The town's more than 70 hotels and restaurants welcome more than 600,000 visitors annually and they come to taste the grapes and wine on offer.
The bridge has cut transportation time from 45 days to 15 days compared with the sea route. They also learnt the arts of Chinese calligraphy, dumpling making, paper cutting, and discovered the culture of Chinese family trees. Upset by the incident, she wrote to the Shibei district government of Qingdao, suggesting that they introduce a "Neighbor Day" to encourage greater community spirit.
With the theme of "neighbors as family", selected role models and citizen representatives from across the city gathered to share their homemade food and discuss the family stories behind those delicacies. For example, I was provided with a detailed introduction to the G20 and its background," said Wang. Cascading fears about a hard economic landing for China had receded, replaced with improved growth momentum. This is a nuanced shift from 50 days ago, when he pledged a "prudent" monetary policy with "a bias toward easing". In fact, the International Monetary Fund and several global banks have raised their outlook for China's GDP growth rate this year, after the first quarter. Nomura noticed that the incremental credit-output ratio -or how much new credit is needed to generate one unit of real GDP growth - jumped to a record-high of five in the first quarter because of the diminishing effect of credit. In particular, the acceleration in credit growth in recent quarters suggested that the debt in the economy, especially corporate debt, will continue to move up," said Zhu Haibin, J.P. He warned corporate lending as a ratio to GDP had become too high and the country must develop more robust capital markets to mitigate that risk. However, Zhou noted that compared with countries without high saving rates, the ratio is not that high.
Having traffic police who can speak fluent English helps maintain order and ensure the safety of tourists, according to officials.
They have made a specialized implementation plan, which assigns forms of English language training based on the officer's age and learning stage. The new division, which was established earlier this year, has brought all e-mobility related ZF technologies, which were distributed across multiple organizational units in previous years, into one division with over 5,000 employees. One of these mega trends is, of course, efficiency," said Joerg Grotendorst, who is the head of the e-mobility division of ZF.
Additionally, there will be an E-Mobility System House, which will incorporate various e-mobility projects from the entire company. However, the perception of ZF is that most of their projects have historically been linked to transmissions. But if you want to put these together, we are the only company in the world who have everything under one roof," he said. The policy requiring public parking lots to have charging facilities in at least 10 percent of the parking spaces by 2020 is something where the development of e-mobility in China is in a much better position than in Germany," Grotendorst said. The anticipated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization margin will be over 10 percent. TRW was integrated into ZF as the newly established Active and Passive Safety Technology Division. With our new structure we are perfectly placed to become a truly global integrated systems supplier," said Sommer. A job in Hadawan equates to a decent and enviable life in the city," Zhao said of the old days with his fellow workers. The large amount of unemployed workers, out-of-date industrial and life infrastructures and the deteriorating environment in Hadawan made it a quasi-shantytown in the north of the city. Hadawan's closeness to the river and mountains makes it an ideal option to develop into a new urban area, suitable for emerging industries and housing.
All existing factories were relocated in the Jinzhu industrial zone, 30 kilometers from Hadawan, making way for environmentally friendly emerging industries. With better infrastructure and ample space, the company imported advanced equipment to produce paper and minimize its environmental influence. The new road has become a commercial zone, and the riverside has more space, which now forms a public park, giving Hadawan a picturesque view of the second-largest river in Northeast China. Not far from these residential communities are schools, hospitals, a city complex, an industrial heritage park that was built in the workshops of a cement factory, and office buildings. By the end of March, it had processed 2.24 million tons of crude oil, and 190,000 tons of ethylene. However, in the first three months of this year, the branch's profit from its refining and chemical businesses was 770 million yuan. Its research and development team for ABS made key breakthroughs in production technology after more than 1,300 experiments last year.
Because of those findings, the company can produce aviation kerosene with higher added value. He said the company will focus on the research and development of new technologies and products, and the upgrading of production facilities.
About 7 million pairs of cotton socks are transported to every corner of the world from the park each day. His company is committed to producing customized socks, such as red socks folded in rose patterns to be used in traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies, and socks packaged as Christmas and birthday gifts. The researchers often go to the United States and Japan to keep abreast with the latest market developments to understand the new trends. The whole process includes purchasing cotton, spinning, dyeing, weaving, packaging and transportation.
More than 1,000 of these expats have shown their support or have directly participated in the "Talk about Jilin" activities. Jiang was speaking at the first International Principal Forum on Environmental Education, which was held in Beijing on Saturday.
The report was presented to the city's environmental protection bureau, transport commission and political advisory body. Wang Jun, an official at the commission, said environmental education focuses on the relationship between people and the environment and aims to help solve environmental problems and realize sustainable development. It will also encourage and support schools to better use the resources of Beijing's universities and scientific institutions so that teachers can attend related training sessions and meetings. According to Jiang, UNEP needs to learn from schools about how best to approach environmental education and she hopes schools and parents will continue to support activities held by the organization.
We can repair the environment with advanced technologies, and on the other hand, primitive nature should be protected against damage. And that is exactly why climate action is listed as a sustainable development goal by the United Nations," said the 15-year-old. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. Zheng said Boyan's project will not only protect the ocean's animals, but also "protect the last consciousness of environmental protection in out heart". There were also nearly 50 drainage channels extending into Liujiang River and discharging industrial sewage," they said.
Huang, who is from the Dong ethnic group, said environmental protection is also crucial to protecting the traditional Dong culture, such as their iconic costumes that are dyed by using a natural plant to extract indigo. The embroidered ball, a symbol of love in the Zhuang ethnic group, is an example of their dyeing methods. As teenagers, our actions may have a negligible impact, but if they can influence the people around us, that would result in a great change to our world," the group said.
The former real estate company owner from Shanghai hiked, climbed mountains and played badminton, and her friends did, too. The young graduate student in mathematics and statistics was to have received her degree from Boston University last year.
He was one of the over-60s runners to finish the World Marathon Majors - Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. They include entrepreneurs and those from smaller cities who have worked hard to pull themselves up by their bootstraps but are now concerned about their health. In 2014, the Chinese Athletics Association registered 51 marathon events and 900,000 runners nationwide. The program purchases materials and teaches students from low-income families in Beijing to assemble do-it-yourself air filters.
Armed guards stood watch during the race to protect runners from the threat of polar bears.
Determined to find a new challenge, they traveled extensively in search of something that aligned with their skills.
Minimalist but comfortable, it also has a terrace where guests can relax and admire the starry skies. The income gap is the predominant factor that influences millions of farmers, especially young people, to abandon their hoes and head to greener pastures in the cities, with many of them ending up on construction sites and assembly lines. He believes the slow village life can be made more colorful and energetic to attract a greater number of visitors from the city, which would in turn provide business for villagers. With a retail value share of 21 percent in 2015, Nike (China) Inc retains the leading position in sportswear. Adidas recorded 18 percent growth in sales in China last year, driven by the "performance and style" products, its annual report says. Survey data shows that core runners spend an average of 4,594 yuan, far more than 2,333 yuan of potential runners.
The package cost about 5,000 yuan ($770; 680 euros) and included a roundtrip to Pyongyang on Air Koryo, hotel accommodation and entry to the marathon.
It has helped him better understand China's dramatic social changes, which have been propelled by rising economic clout over the past few decades. The scholar wears sports shoes and a casual jacket as he prepares to take a long walk along the River Thames after speaking with China Daily in central London.
In his case, he says running has made him sleep better, so he doesn't have to stay in bed as long. As the Chinese people become better off, according to Fang, more and more people will participate in cultural activities and performances, which China's leadership has said should receive more attention. China's political, economic and social systems are helping empower people with such "freedom of choice". The race is billed as the only event held inside the Antarctic Circle on the continent's mainland. During the trip, Patrick Ngan, a runner from Hong Kong who had been in the North Pole Marathon, briefed them on the conditions they may encounter. Among the worst-case scenarios, they could end up with frostbitten toes or even get lost and lose consciousness. Flags were placed every few meters to keep them on track, crews that included doctors patrolled the racecourse, and radar was used to detect cracks in the ice. He couldn't find his way in all the bright whiteness around, and I was quite worried when we ran out of each other's sight," Pan says.
But running longer distances in races like marathons isn't for everyone," says Wang, who is also a freelance writer for multiple running and health magazines.
During the Yangling International Marathon in Shaanxi province on April 10, an amateur runner surnamed Lu fell to the ground suddenly while approaching the finish line and died at a hospital of a heart attack. They have to do health checks before taking part in races, while monitoring their body's reactions throughout the course using tech gadgets or consulting medical support crews," Huang says. It's time for everybody to learn how to run the right way," says Sun, who operates her own running club.
It is "a complete defense system" to protect the US and ROK "against missile threats from Pyongyang". Lavrov discussed the visit with President Xi Jinping and Wang during their meeting on Thursday and Xi told him that China hopes for new agreements with Russia during the visit.
So popular in fact that millions of people use it each day, making it one of the most popular emojis on China's instant messaging services. A recent series of 16 emoticons Liu has designed for the social instant messaging app WeChat, based on that chubby character with grass on its head, was unveiled on March 12 and was downloaded by 4 million users that day. It means that almost half the Chinese population are using Liu's emoticons while messaging their friends. It seems that designing emoji of cartoon images has become a must-do for some cartoonists who want to gain wide public recognition in China.
All were born in the Internet era, so, Wang says, "they're very sensitive to new things online.
The cartoonist designs the image and others help manage it, so they can update stories or bring new series of emojis online very quickly. Zhong Wei, 32, a full-time cartoonist in Shenyang, Liaoning province, draws cartoon images and since 2014 has published two picture books.
Before the cat was created, he drew cartoon images of a human-like bear, a man with a chicken head and a little boy for a children's book. Three series of the cat emojis have been downloaded a total of about 200 million times since they were launched in August, and Zhong now has about 500,000 followers on Weibo. The obsession of Chinese with emoji has its roots in the kawaii (cute) and otaku (those who are social outcasts because of their obsession with something, often comics) cultures of Japan, he says. The problem Xu talks of worries many other cartoonists, especially those who are looking to make a name for themselves by creating cartoon emojis. He was 73 and his masterpieces included White Deer Plain, which won him China's top literature prize. He started writing prose in 1965 and completed White Deer Plain in 1992, for which he won the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 1997, one of the most prestigious literature prizes in China. Three million copies have been sold, and in many online bookshops the books are the bestseller in its category. From then on, he kept drawing short stories that he passed on to adults who appreciated fairy tales. It operates seven brands of hotels across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, ranging from middle market to upper mid-scale and luxury.
As hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists come to the Americas and Europe, we think there's an opportunity that they can help in securing reservations for those folks, arranging flights on their airline, providing tours and staying in the Carlson-branded hotels," Carlson Hospitality Group CEO David Berg said in an interview with the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis. The number of Chinese tourists traveling internationally has more than doubled to 120 million people over the last five years, according to data from the China National Tourist Office and the tourism council.
In that same month, HNA bought airport luggage handler Swissport International Ltd for $2.81 billion. We are, after all, witnessing the biggest movements of people since the World War II, the report said. It is also because the world as a whole is becoming more prosperous, and air travel is becoming more affordable to the rising middle classes. China hopes all the parties involved exercise restraint, avoid provocation and put the nuclear issue back on a track of dialogue and negotiations at an early date. Chinese media have estimated there are more than 6,000, and most are engaged in environmental protection, education and poverty relief efforts.
For example, the earlier draft required exchanges between Chinese and foreign colleges, hospitals, and science and engineering research institutes, but the adopted version exempts this.
If they are found to have broken China's Criminal Law, they are also subject to criminal punishment.
The club's chief spokesman Robert Faulkner said the delegation was headed by Suning Chairman Zhang Jindong. This includes potential capital investment from the retail group and opportunities for the club in China. Most broadcast to immigrant communities that pirate radio defenders say are underserved by licensed stations.
He said fines and seizures are not enough, because pirates often refuse to pay and quickly replace transmitters and inexpensive antennas.
I've lived the expat journo life for about a quarter of a century now but have never stayed in a city as massively large as the nation's capital. It has 26 member countries, including China, Russia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey and Thailand and 12 observer countries, including the United States and Japan. Parallel sessions will be held to discuss diplomacy, trade and the two countries' economies, security and media. Through these acquisitions, apart from these brands themselves, these companies will now have direct and extensive access to the brands’ current and future target consumer base.
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To ensure the village remained relevant in the modern era, he renovated an abandoned silkworm farm at the foot of the mountain, turning it into a creative arts space featuring traditional handicrafts, such as cotton shoes, as well as a cafe, tea house, bicycle club, bookstore, theater and design studio. Rural reform needs government policy support, but it also needs contributions from individuals," says Zhu, who is also involved in other village reform projects and has set up the Shanghai Urban and Countryside Interactive Development Center. It is home to 13 national post-doctoral science and technology research workstations, as well as 27 mobile workstations, with more than 1,200 employees involved.
Gao invested in grape planting and he now owns an estate, which includes a hotel, and offers grape tasting, sightseeing and wine making activities. There was also a 'knock-on-the-door' activity to help neighbors network with each other and enhance communication among them. Pressure on deflation and capital outflow had eased; commodity prices, which had plunged in the previous six months, staged a rebound.
That statement was widely reported and interpreted as the central bank's readiness to scale up liquidity injection if required.
New loans extended by banks jumped to 4.61 trillion yuan, nearly 1 trillion yuan more than the same period last year. Grotendorst said the company plans to "focus on full electrification of vehicle drive trends". The combined company has a global workforce of around 138,300 at about 230 locations in some 40 countries. During the First Five-Year Plan (1953-57) and the Second Five-Year Plan (1958-62), Hadawan developed into an industrial base of national importance. The four main industries in Hadawan are producing charcoal ink, ferroalloys, cement and paper. Di Hong, director of the factory, said: "The price of our aviation kerosene is 500 yuan more than that of 1 ton of diesel. According to Qiu, the company's target this year is to process 9.1 million tons of crude oil and 800,000 tons of ethylene.
The first China Youth Environmental Forum and a middle school student concert on environmental protection were also held along with the principal forum on Saturday. At the same time, expanding prosperity has meant Chinese runners have gone from being rare at international marathons to having a noticeable presence.
People from different countries did the same, and we stood close to each other to keep warm. Prior to this year's London event, he had completed 73 marathons, including 16 last year, half of which were international races. That mushroomed to 134 marathons and 1.5 million runners last year, according to Wang Dawei, vice-president of the CAA, which now has a marathon department. She ran her first half-marathon in April 2015 and has been participating in races around China since then.
However, this sometimes causes problems, like people not respecting contractual agreements," he says. Runners wore special suits, with layers to keep them warm but not too sweaty, eye protection and nonskid boots. Eight similar deaths during long-distance running events have been reported in China over the past two years. For example, one story tells of Ali's father bidding him farewell as he embarks on a journey.
In 2012, HNA purchased the 165-room Cassa Hotel in midtown Manhattan from Assa Properties for $130 million. Buying a club contributes to a diversified business portfolio, something that aligns with the conglomeration of some Chinese entertainment businesses," he said. Heck, you could put Jamaica, the third-largest island in the Caribbean, inside Beijing and it would still rattle around and not touch the sides. I will miss lazy walks through parks and watching people doing tai chi, cracking whips or merely playing with their kids or grandkids. Since the company launched its PlayStation hardware, it has been synonymous with power, quality, and functionality.
From April 22 to 24, it hosted the "China Good Tech-Overseas Talent Innovation and Startup Competition", with 29 high-end candidate projects in healthcare, smart hardware, energy conservation and exploration and marine technology participating.
Bloomberg Intelligence Economics' China Monetary Conditions Index rose in March, hitting its highest level since September 2011, thanks to PBOC's strong pro-growth real interest rate stance, outstanding loans and real effective exchange rate. Its main business revenue is expected to reach 60 billion yuan, with a net profit of more than 1.5 billion yuan and 13 billion yuan in tax paid. The region improved the industrial layout, closed down heavy polluted industries and aided local companies in preventing and treating pollution. It's why we get together," says the entrepreneur, who quit running a real estate company to start Save U Sports Development Co, which helps clients with equipment and advice.
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