The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said. In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services. Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year. She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology. “Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da ta, and artificial intelligence technologiesRead More →

cted by the China Consumer Association from December to March, which included mor e than 1,700 students from elementary, junior high and senior high school. According to the report, most elementary school students were first exposed t o the internet in third grade, and these 9-year-old students accounted for 32.2 percent of th e total. For junior high school students, most had their first online experience at the age of 12 years in grade six, a nd these students comprised 21.7 percent. Among high school students, the peak period to access the internet fell duri ng their first year in junior high school, with theseRead More →

detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said. The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen. Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict s and trade friction between China and the US that drawRead More →

ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants. Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Silk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage. “As a result, it is paramount to use new technologies and international cooperation to jointly tackle these nat ural disaster risks, protect ecological security and achieve sustainable development,” Bai said. The academy will continue to collaborate with foreign partners to create new platfor ms and mechanisms to improve disaster management and ecological protection, heRead More →

le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing. Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic environment are also rising and there remai n downward pressures on the domestic economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs. Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thro ugh deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said. He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business environm ent and invigorating theRead More →

sian Airlines, was bound from Moscow for Murmansk in Russia’s far north. It made an emergency landing at the airport shortly after takeoff with 73 passengers and five crew members aboard. The aircraft circled before making a hard landing back at the airport after the crew issued a mayday alert. As seen in CCTV footage, the plane touched down hard and skidded along the runway, spewing out plumes of black smok e and nearly completely afire. The plane’s undercarriage collapsed as it slowed to a halt on the tarmac. Yelena Markovskaya, spokeswoman for the Moscow interregional tr ansport investigation department of the Investigative Committee ofRead More →

 tertiary sector, which is mainly services, grew from 56.7 to 57.3 percent of GDP from the same period last year. The Index of Services Production increased 7.4 percent year-on-year, higher than the growth rate of overall GDP. Overall retail sales of consumer goods also grew at 8.3 percent. Sales of upgraded consumer goods witnessed fast gro wth, with the highest rates concentrated in upgraded products such as cosmetics, phones and computers. And, high-tech services grew at an astonishing rate of 21.2 percent. In prepa ring for consumer 5G telecoms next year, the output of mobile communications base stations grew 153.7 percent. The data also showRead More →

tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday. China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference. Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of $40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.Read More →

 interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul tivated many of these interests back in middle school and they have stayed with him ever since. His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote. The Niles North students also inquired whether Xi likes the US. Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made a lot of friends, including some young people. He said theRead More →

by the smugglers, Sun said. Busts were made in several locations, which were not disclosed. The case is still under investigation. Since early this year, 182 smuggling cases involving endangered species have been investigated, the administration said on Monday. More than 500 tons of endangered animals and animal products were seized, 8.48 t ons of which was ivory tusks or products made of ivory. In those cases, 171 suspects were detained. The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivor y products in 2015 and ended commercial processing and sale of ivory at the end of 2017. The ban has had significant positive effects,Read More →