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10 years on, president hails


post-quake reconstruction
By HOU LIQIANG in Beijing On May 12, 2008, the mag- shared future for mankind.
and HUANG ZHILING nitude 8 quake hit Wen- When the Wenchuan
in Chengdu chuan, Sichuan province, earthquake struck, China
killing nearly 70,000 people only had 4,200 earthquake
China’s earthquake rescue and leaving nearly 18,000 rescuers with 27 official
capability has increased by people missing and millions teams across the country,
more than 200 percent in the more homeless. including a national team
past 10 years and an early “There is no end to the and 26 provincial teams.
earthquake warning system human understanding of By March, China estab-
now covers most of the popu- natural laws. Disaster pre- lished a four-level official
lation in areas prone to tem- vention and reduction, and rescue team system down to
blors, and President Xi disaster relief are the eternal the county level, which has
Jinping called on the nation topics for people’s survival more than 250,000 mem-
this weekend to enhance dis- and development,” Xi said in bers. There also are 11,000
aster-prevention capabilities the letter. civilian rescue teams with
to guarantee people’s safety “Scientifically understand- 694,000 volunteers, accord-
and property. ing the laws of disasters, ing to the Ministry of Emer-
Xi said that under the effectively reducing disaster gency Management.
strong leadership of the risks and achieving a harmo- Chinese International
Communist Party of China, nious coexistence between Search and Rescue Team,
the areas hit by the powerful humans and nature requires the national earthquake res-
quake had reached “remark- the joint efforts of the inter- cue team with 480 mem-
able achievements in resto- national community. bers, has won international
China’s first domestically designed aircraft carrier, which displaces 50,000 metric tons, leaves the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry’s ship- ration and reconstruction “China will adhere to the recognition and passed the
yard in Liaoning province on Sunday. LI GANG / FOR CHINA DAILY work, providing useful expe- people-centered development International Search and
rience and inspiration for philosophy and pay attention Rescue Advisory Group’s
the international communi- to disaster prevention and external classification.

First carrier designed


ty in post-disaster recon- relief work while treating pre- “The team is capable of
struction work”. vention as a major task.” conducting rescues in nine
His praise came in a letter He called on the delegates different locations with com-
to the International Confer- to actively participate in the plicated conditions simulta-
ence for the Decade Memory seminar, which is focused on neously,” the ministry said.
of the Wenchuan Earthquake the theme “Living with Seis- It also said China had

in China begins sea trial


and the fourth International mic Risk”, and to contribute established a world-leading
Conference on Continental to promoting international digital seismological obser-
Earthquakes, which opened cooperation to reduce the vation network that consists
in Chengdu, Sichuan prov- risk of natural disasters and
ince, on Saturday. build a community with a See Quake, page 5

Tests will focus on reliability, capability


of new vessel’s propulsion systems
Its construction began in
November 2013, and work in
the dry dock began in March
2015. The carrier was
zine, said the new carrier’s
sea trials will be like those of
the Liaoning, and the total
time needed for the trials
Further reform, opening-up
By ZHAO LEI
zhaolei@chinadaily.com.cn
building and chief of the new
carrier program, told China
launched — moved into
water — in April 2017. By now
its outfitting — during which
may be slightly shorter than
the Liaoning’s because Navy
personnel have had experi-
to better serve global growth
Central Television that the engineers installed and fine- ence obtained through the
China’s first domestically new vessel is one of the tuned all interior equipment Liaoning’s operations. Four decades after its cator of how China’s further licenses foreign investors to
designed aircraft carrier set advanced carriers in the world and weapons — has been The Liaoning was original- reform and opening-up, Chi- reform and opening-up has set up securities trading firms
out its maiden sea trial on and its construction has completed. ly a Soviet-era vessel and was na retains its allure as a vast, affected the economy. with holding status, has trig-
Sunday morning, indicating it strengthened the country’s Gao Zhuo, a military ana- extensively refitted at the growing market and an The investor confidence in gered swift market reactions.
might not be long before it is research and development lyst in Shanghai who follows Dalian shipbuilder. The ves- investment destination while China’s economic perform- J.P. Morgan Broking (Hong
delivered to the Chinese Navy. capability regarding aircraft China’s aircraft carrier pro- sel conducted 10 sea trials becoming a big source of ance was recently showcased Kong) Ltd has made such an
The colossal vessel, which carriers. grams, said that after the first starting in August 2011 investment. by the J.P. Morgan Chase’s application, planning to hold
displaces 50,000 metric tons, The new carrier’s name and sea trial, more trials will fol- before going into service in This is expected to enable Global China Summit held in 51 percent of the stakes.
left the Dalian Shipbuilding hull code remain unknown, as low to verify the carrier’s September 2012. the world’s second-largest Beijing on May 8 and 9 and Japan’s largest securities
Industry’s shipyard in Liaon- the PLA usually only makes maximum speed, resistance The new carrier has a con- economy to remain an engine attended by 2,200 investors trader Nomura has released a
ing province about 7 am amid public such information to different sea conditions, ventional propulsion system. of global growth as well as and corporate executives from plan to set up a holding firm
thick fog with the assistance of when a ship is commissioned. electronics and weapons sys- Like the Liaoning, it will use a contribute more to globaliza- 50 countries and regions. in China.
several tugboats before navi- According to the Navy, the tems as well as the compati- ramp to launch J-15 fighter tion and free trade by creat- “Investors from around the Considered a milestone in
gating into the sea under its commander of the new carrier bility of aircraft and aviation- jets, the spearhead of China’s ing new growth points and world are moving to add the internationalization of
own power. is Senior Captain Lai Yijun. support devices. carrier battle group. The ship business opportunities. investment here in prepara- China’s capital market, global
The People’s Liberation Lai is reported to have been He said the vessel will be also will carry several types of Such an outlook has found tion for opportunities to index provider MSCI will list
Army Navy said in a statement captain of CNS Lianyungang better than China’s other helicopters. support in China’s first-quar- emerge in the future,” said a number of China A-shares
the trial aims to demonstrate guided-missile frigate, com- aircraft carrier, the CNS The new carrier has more ter economic and trade data Jing Ulrich, managing direct- in its market indexes begin-
the reliability and capability of mander of a frigate flotilla and Liaoning, when it comes to than 12,000 pieces of equip- on top of steps taken this year or and vice-chair of the New ning June.
the ship’s propulsion systems, then executive officer of CNS deploying and supporting ment that were made by 532 to broaden market access as a York-based bank’s Asia Pacif- The measures provide new
adding its construction has Liaoning aircraft carrier. fighter jets in combat Chinese enterprises, includ- way to further open up in a ic region. channels for global investors
been proceeding well. The ship, the largest and thanks to designs by Chi- ing many private firms, shift toward a high-quality For example, an invest- to share in the big cake of Chi-
Hu Wenming, chairman of most sophisticated naval ves- nese engineers. according to officials from growth. ment facilitation policy na’s strong growth.
China Shipbuilding Industry sel in China, was designed and Cui Yiliang, editor-in- Increased investor confi- adopted in late April in Chi-
Corp, parent of Dalian Ship- built by the nation on its own. chief of Modern Ships maga- See Carrier, page 3 dence can be seen as an indi- na’s financial sector, which See Growth, page 5

Beijing to uphold Iran nuclear deal; Teheran still on board


By WANG QINGYUN has invested much effort in exchange for the lifting of
and ZHOU JIN reaching and implement- sanctions imposed by the
ing the deal. The Iran nuclear deal international community.
China said it will maintain Zarif praised China’s stance is a hard-won fruit of Trump, however, has been
communication and coordi- over the deal, and empha- expressing dissatisfaction
nation with parties including sized that Iran will continue multilateralism which and threatening to withdraw
Iran and continue its efforts its communication and coor- from the agreement since the
to uphold the Iran nuclear dination with parties sup-
helps safeguard the 2016 presidential campaign. INSIDE
deal in an objective, just and porting the deal. international Iranian President Hassan
responsible manner. Iran believes that it’s a
nonproliferation Rouhani said on Tuesday, “If Forests,
INSIDE
State Councilor and For- responsibility and duty the remaining five countries
eign Minister Wang Yi made shared by all parties to ensure regime as well as continue to abide by the seaside
Znshine and
the remark during his talks the deal’s lasting, comprehen- agreement, Iran will remain
with Iranian Foreign Minis- sive and effective implemen- peace and stability in the deal despite the will of
wetlands
Solar adds
ter Mohammad Javad Zarif tation, the Iranian foreign in the Middle East, America,” Reuters reported. IndiaJinzhou
make to its
on Sunday. minister said, adding that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Iranian He said that he had asked
China firmly upholds Iran will make its own efforts Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday. Wang said Wang said. the Iranian foreign minister growing
a hot getaway
multilateralism and is com- in this regard. China will uphold the Iran nuclear deal in an objective, just and to initiate negotiations with
mitted to maintaining inter- The two foreign ministers responsible manner. FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY the European partners as well pan- planet
Life, p22
national treaties, Wang said. also voiced the importance as China and Russia over footprint
The Iran nuclear deal is a they attach to bilateral ties and measures regarding the fate
hard-won fruit of multilat- their hope to cooperate under some European countries, Trump announced on Tues- Comprehensive Plan of of the deal. Business, p14
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eralism which helps safe- the Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Ministry spokesman day that his country will Action, was made between CN11-0091
guard the international China is the first stop for Geng Shuang said in a state- withdraw from the deal and Iran and six major countries Xinhua contributed to this 国际标准编号:
A member of the
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nonproliferation regime as Zarif’s trip to have talks with ment on Saturday. resume sanctions on Iran, — the US, Britain, France, story. Asia News
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well as peace and stability parties remaining in the Iran Zarif said he hopes the trip sparking concerns and Russia, China and Germany Network
in the Middle East, Wang nuclear deal, days after the will map out a clear future for opposition by the other par- — plus the European Union Contact the writers at ©2018 China Daily
said, adding that China, an United States withdrew. The the deal. ties to the deal. in 2015. It limits Iran’s wangqingyun@ All Rights Reserved
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Looking ahead
Candid camera: Dog days before summer
Events and stories coming up in the next few days

Foreign minister to begin gather on Monday and Tuesday in Houston,


Texas, for the US China Innovation and
nine days of diplomacy Investment Summit. The conference’s core
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang program, the InnoSTARS competition, is con-
Yi will attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ ducted year-round, with screenings of prom-
meeting in Argentina, and officially visit ising innovations. Winners are taken on road
France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina over trips in China to directly pitch their ideas to
nine days beginning on Wednesday, accord- potential investors. InnoSTARS has seen
ing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During cooperative projects emerge in healthcare,
the G20 meeting, Wang will detail China’s artificial intelligence and nanotech.
proposals on three topics: the role of the G20
mechanism, multilateralism and global gov-
ernance, as well as realizing fair and sustain-
China Import Expo shows
able development. Wang will also meet and strength of host city
exchange views on bilateral ties and major The China Import Expo will be held in Kun-
international issues with the foreign minis- shan, Jiangsu province, from Wednesday to
ters of the countries concerned. Friday. The expo, which will be held at Kun-
shan’s Huaqiao International Expo Center,
will showcase the city’s strength in the elec-
Innovation summit unfolds tronics industry and provide platforms for
this week in Houston, Texas global companies to seek out more business
About 500 investors, inventors, corporate opportunities. The event — one of China’s
executives and government officials from most important professional trade shows
China and the United States are expected to for imports — was launched in 2012.

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Photos: Take a look inside L’Oreal, with the help of experts from the
museum, to develop the lipsticks. The cur-
the world’s biggest aircraft rent crossover edition has sold out, but
L’Oreal claims that the brand is always open
to opportunities to extend collaboration
Seems like every day is Mother’s Day here
with the museum or other partners.
Perhaps it’s just another of trayed dads as bumbling idi- watching them. the room: Chinese fathers
Tech: Chinese scientists China’s inexplicable (to a for- ots, incapable of much more Whether trying their hand need to suck it up and take a
eigner) cultural quirks — like than paying bills or serving at fishing, riding camels much more active role in rais-
make fire-detecting wallpaper dressing up tiny dogs to look as chauffeurs. through the western deserts ing their kids.
Chinese scientists have developed a fire-re- like Elton John or snapping Sadly, that doesn’t seem far or selling vegetables to earn Granted, it’s easy to judge
sistant wallpaper that can not only with- selfies with plates of food. from the truth — which might bus fare home from the from the outside looking in,
stand flames but also detect fires and Still, from a Western per- also explain the ongoing popu- wilds of Yunnan province, but from a Western vantage
The Russian Antonov An-225 cargo plane is
trigger an alarm. The wallpaper was spective, the apparent lack of larity of Hunan Television’s the dads come across as … point it seems obvious that
the world’s biggest aircraft. The plane,
designed by researchers at the Chinese meaningful interaction reality series Where Are We well … incredibly dopey. most of the grunt work
which is 84 meters long, 89 meters wide
Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of between Chi- Going, Dad?, in which five In one episode, a father involved in raising Chinese
and 18 meters tall, can transport cargo
Ceramics. It can withstand temperatures as nese fathers celebrity fathers from urban was close to tears because he children is done by the
weighing up to 250 tons. The freight space
high as 1,000 C. It is made of an inorganic and their China accompany their young- didn’t know how to braid his mothers, while the main role
is equivalent to the entire fuselage of a Boe-
fire-resistant hydroxyapatite nanowire kids only sters on 72-hour treks to the daughter’s hair. In another, of the typical urban father is
ing 737. The aircraft was designed by the
paper and a graphene oxide temperature lends cre- countryside, competing as the dad had to survive three to skulk around the periph-
former Soviet Union’s Antonov Design
sensor. The sensor material is applied to the dence to the father-child duos in a series of days in the desert with his ery and earn enough money
Bureau. Visit our website to find out more
back of the wallpaper through a simple notion that contrived competitions against son, subsisting on instant to support the family.
about this amazing airplane.
drop-casting process using an ink contain- Murray this is a socie- other coupled contestants. noodles because he didn’t That ain’t good enough
ing graphene oxide. It is then connected to Greig ty in which The dads come from a know how to cook anything. anymore, dad.
Education: China continues the metal wire as an electrode. Zhu Yingjie, Second mothers have wide variety of backgrounds “I’ve only been taking care Put down your damn cell-
to dominate university ranking the team leader, said that although the wall- Thoughts to work twice and professions — entertain- of my son for three full days, phone once in a while and
China’s domination of the elite Times High- paper is still in the early research phase, the as hard to be ers, actors, former Olympic and I feel like breaking pick up a ball or a picture book
er Education Emerging Economies Rank- team is exploring low-cost mass production appreciated half as much. athletes — but they all share down,” actor Guo Tao said in … anything that can help you
ings continues, with the nation claiming technology. The point was hammered the belief that they haven’t a first-season episode. “I just connect with your kid(s).
one in every five positions of the 2018 table home in several TV commer- spent enough quality time can’t imagine how my wife Do it now.
released last week. The annual ranking Culture: Beijing Dance Festival cials leading up to Mother’s with their offspring. As part managed to do this for the Before you know it, the
includes more than 350 universities —
expanded from 300 last year — from 42
a sizzling treat in midsummer Day. Most of the spots high- of China’s burgeoning mid- past six years.” opportunity will be gone for-
lighted the indispensable dle class, they’ve supposedly Beyond the easy laughs, the ever.
countries and regions, across four conti- role that moms play in keep- faced more exposure to mod- true value of Where Are We
nents. With 94 Chinese institutions repre- ing the family running ern child-rearing techniques Going, Dad? is that it doesn’t Contact the writer at
sented, the country has the highest smoothly, but there were than their own fathers, but shy away from shedding real- murraygreig@
concentration of leading universities among also some that comically por- you’d never know it by world light on the elephant in chinadaily.com.cn
emerging economies globally. The perform-
ance indicators of the rankings are divided
into five areas: teaching (or learning envi-
ronment); research (volume, income and
This Day, That Year
reputation); citations (research influence);
international outlook (staff, students and badminton’s top team com- the 2012
For 10 years running, the Beijing Dance Fes-
research); and industry income (knowledge petitions, were held in Kun- London
tival has been one of the biggest summer years
transfer). shan, Jiangsu province. Olympics, it
celebrations of contemporary dance in the
Chinese capital. Every July, it brings more on China defended its 14th won five
Fashion: L’Oreal lipstick than 300 dance artists, more than 200 Uber Cup title with a 3-1 vic- gold medals.
inspired by Chinese beauties dance students and more than 5,000 spec- Editor’s Note: This year tory against South Korea in The phe-
In partnership with tators to Beijing. They come from cities marks the 40th anniversary the final match in Kunshan. nomenal
the National Muse- throughout Asia, as well of China’s reform and open- The men’s badminton achieve-
um of China, French as the US, Europe and ing-up policy. team is a perennial force to ments of
makeup brand Africa. The much-antici- be reckoned with. The nine- Chinese
L’Oreal has pated 2018 edition of the On May 14, 1984, China time champions were sur- players,
launched five limit- festival will raise its cur- won the Uber Cup badmin- prised by Japan, the eventual including two-time Olympic Cups will be held from May
ed-edition lipsticks tain on July 19 and run ton title on its first attempt, winner, in the Thomas Cup champion Lin Dan, have 20 to 27 in Bangkok, Thai-
based on the classic through July 31. The defeating England 5-0 in semifinals in New Dehli, helped fuel badminton’s pop- land.
elegance of five his- event will begin with a Scan it! Kuala Lumpur. The victory India, in 2014. Later, South ularity nationwide. Lin and the current Olym-
toric Chinese beau- dance education week Read was captured in a photo pub- Korea defeated China 3-1 in Nearly 20 provinces and pic champion, Chen Long,
ties: Zhao Feiyan, from July 20 to 26, fol- more on lished in China Daily. the quarterfinals of the 2016 regions field professional are included on the men’s
Wang Zhaojun, Yang Yuhuan, Xi Shi and Li lowed by a performance chinadaily. China’s badminton team Thomas Cup. badminton teams, and the singles list, and Li Xuerui,
Qingzhao. These figures were studied by week from July 26 to 31. com.cn has continued to shine with At the 2016 Rio Olympics, number of amateur clubs the 2012 gold medalist from
stellar results. In May 2016, Team China won four gold continues to grow. the London Olympics, is list-
the Thomas and Uber Cups, medals and two silvers. At The Thomas and Uber ed on the women’s team.

SOEs urged to reduce heavy debt


By XIN ZHIMING enterprises affiliated with high- strengthened to push debt levels ones with overcapacity,” said
and ZHONG NAN er-learning institutions and the of heavily indebted SOEs back Iris Pang, an economist with
pension system, and implemen- to reasonable levels as soon as banking group ING.
State-owned enterprises that tation of major reform measures possible, the meeting decided. “But the policymak-
are heavily indebted should set at the Communist Party of Central SOEs’ debt levels have ers would need to skillfully
bring their debt levels down to China’s 19th National Congress steadily dropped in recent years. manage liquidity so that the
“reasonable levels as soon as in October. Their total assets reached 54.5 case does not fuel a series of
possible”, urged a high-profile Participants agreed that trillion yuan ($8.6 trillion) in defaults, which would make
central meeting on Friday that strengthening control of the 2017. Their average asset-liability the market nervous. We expect
was presided over by President debt levels of State-owned ratio was 66.3 percent in 2017, the Chinese government will
Xi Jinping, also general secre- enterprises is an important down by 0.4 percentage point be able to manage the rising
tary of the Communist Party of move to implement the spirit of from the 2016 level. credit risks in China,” Pang
China Central Committee. the 19th National Congress and Regulators said they will added.
The Central Committee for promote the deleveraging and impose targeted regulation on Xi said at the meeting that
Deepening Overall Reform, prevention of debt risks of such different types of SOEs this year, China has made major head-
holding its second meeting this enterprises. Internal corporate depending on their debt levels. way in its reform of central
year, reviewed and adopted governance and external con- Analysts said China will grad- institutions.
rules and regulations cover- trol of risks should be combined, ually put its corporate debt risks
ing areas such as reform of and a mechanism for control- under control. Chen Jia contributed to this
local public institutions, debt ling the asset-liability ratio of “China is heavily engaged story.
control of State-owned enter- State-owned enterprises should in handling financial delever-
prises, regulation of State assets be established and improved, aging reform, which includes Contact the writers at
of Party and State agencies and they said. the reducing of corporate debt, xinzhiming@chinadaily.
public institutions, reform of Supervision should be especially for the State-owned com.cn
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TOP NEWS 3

Ethiopia ties enter ‘new stage’ China condemns


Myanmar violence,
Li tells leaders in
Addis Ababa of calls for restraint
hopes to expand China is working to peace and stability along
cooperation ensure the safety of lives and
property of people living
the China-Myanmar border
and any act deliberately
along the country’s border obstructing the Myanmar
ADDIS ABABA — China’s with Myanmar after fighting peace process.
top legislator, Li Zhanshu, broke out between the It called on all parties to
made an official visit to Ethio- armed forces and militia in enhance dialogue, promote
pia from Wednesday to Satur- northern Myanmar on Sat- mutual trust and move for-
day to promote bilateral ties urday. ward together to play a con-
between the two countries. A statement from the Chi- structive role in promoting
In Addis Ababa, the capital, nese embassy said some national reconciliation and
Li, chairman of the Standing Myanmar people in the bor- the Myanmar peace process.
Committee of the National der area had fled into Chi-
People’s Congress, met with nese territory and some
Ethiopian President Mulatu stray bullets had been fired
Teshome and Prime Minister into Chinese territory.
China is working
Abiy Ahmed on Friday. The Ruili city government to ensure the
During his meeting with in Yunnan province said it
Mulatu, Li conveyed President would activate emergency safety of lives and
Xi Jinping’s appreciation of plans on Saturday to help property of peo-
the Ethiopian president’s con- accommodate Myanmar
tribution to China-Ethiopia people. ple living along
friendship.
Ethiopia was the first stop of
China has no report of the country’s bor-
causalities, according to the
Li’s first overseas visit since he city government. It calls for der with Myan-
assumed office in March,
which, as Li said, showed the Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, meets with Thomas Kwesi Quartey, deputy chair-
the suspension of any social
activities near the border
mar after fighting
great importance that China person of the African Union Commission, during his visit to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday. LIU WEIBING / XINHUA region. People who need to broke out
attaches to the development of cross the border should
the ties between the two coun- Inside ble partner for Africa. an important guide and ref- person of the African Union strictly comply with related
between the
Inside
tries as well as China-Africa The top Chinese legislator erence for the development Commission at the AU head- laws and border security armed forces and
relations. He will later visit See morepage
Editorial, 11
> p10 voiced his expectation that Chi- of Ethiopia and African quarters in Addis Ababa. inspections.
militia in north-
Mozambique and Namibia. na and Ethiopia should contin- countries in general. During the meeting on Fri- The Chinese embassy in
“The relationship between ue strengthening cooperation During the talks with Mufer- day, Li said China and Africa Myanmar called on Saturday ern Myanmar.
China and Ethiopia has on China’s political system and within the Belt and Road Initi- iat Kamil, speaker of the Ethio- are a community of common for the parties to exercise
entered a new stage of com- path of development, and Li ative and the framework of the pian House of People’s destiny as they share deep- restraint and immediately
prehensive strategic partner- briefed Abiy on China’s govern- Forum on China-Africa Coop- Representatives, and Keria rooted friendship and the same cease fire and take concrete At least 19 people includ-
ship of cooperation, and the ance experience and practices eration. They should give full Ibrahim, speaker of the Ethio- pursuit of development and and effective measures to pre- ing a police officer, four mili-
forthcoming Beijing summit as well as the 18th Communist play to the role of the Addis pian House of Federation, Li prosperity. vent the situation from wor- tia personnel and 14
of the Forum on China-Africa Party of China National Con- Ababa-Djibouti railway as an briefed the two speakers on Li envisaged the huge poten- sening. civilians were killed and 27
Cooperation in September will gress and the CPC Central economic “main artery,” active- China’s political system, the tial for cooperation as China Condemning the violence others injured in attacks on
open up new space for cooper- Committee with Comrade Xi ly construct economic corri- National People’s Congress and works to achieve its “two cen- and saddened by the injuries Saturday morning by armed
ation between the two coun- Jinping at its core. dors along the railway’s route, its standing committee. tenary goals” while Africa is and deaths of innocent peo- groups in Muse township,
tries,” Li said. Li said that five years ago, boost cooperation in the crea- Muferiat and Keria said Ethi- also pushing for the realization ple, the embassy statement part of Myanmar's Shan
The top Chinese legislator President Xi put forward the tion of industrial zones and the opia values cooperation with of its Agenda 2063. urged the parties to ensure state, according to a release
said China is willing to work principle of sincerity, real development of oil and gas the NPC and that the African Quartey welcomed Li’s visit lives and property safety of from the office of the Com-
with Ethiopia to deepen mutu- results, affinity and good faith, resources, and develop new country is ready to learn from to the AU headquarters, whose residents of the border area. mander-in-Chief of the
al political trust, strengthen along with the notion of areas of cooperation. China’s development experi- office building, he said, is the It said the parties con- Defense Service of Myan-
practical cooperation and con- upholding justice while pursu- Li invited Ethiopia to partici- ence and work with China to embodiment of high-level cerned in Myanmar are pre- mar.
stantly elevate friendship and ing shared interests when pate in the first China Interna- step up trade cooperation as cooperation between Africa paring for the third meeting The attacks targeting
cooperation between the two advancing cooperation with tional Import Expo in well as people-to-people and China. of the 21st Century Panglong three areas were launched
nations. Africa. Shanghai in November. exchanges. Africa’s Agenda 2063 is high- Peace Conference and China by a combined force of the
Expressing Ethiopia’s grati- The president also said that Abiy said that the friendly In another development, the ly compatible with the Belt and has been providing assist- Kachin Independence Army
tude for China’s support, Mula- China should combine its own relations between Ethiopia top legislator called for closer Road Initiative, Quartey said, ance. and Ta’ang National Libera-
tu said the bilateral ties are development with supporting and China are as solid as a China-Africa cooperation calling for joint advancement. The statement voiced tion Army.
now in their best period yet. Africa’s development while rock. He said President Xi’s while meeting with Thomas firm opposition to any
Abiy and Li exchanged views being a sincere friend and relia- thoughts on governance are Kwesi Quartey, deputy chair- XINHUA attempt to undermine CHINA DAILY - XINHUA

TEST DRIVE
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier set out from a dock at Dalian Shipyard,
Liaoning province, for sea trials on Sunday morning. The trials will mainly test the
reliability and stability of the carrier's power system and other equipment.
The J-15
The island twin-engine fighter er jet was developed
Timetable for the new carrier is usually on the starboard side of by Shenyang Aircraft
craft Corp, a subsidiary of
the flight deck and houses the Aviation Industry Corp of China. It can be armed with anti-ship,
November 2013 March 2015 April 2017 May 13, 2018 air-traffic control and the bridge air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and precision-guided bombs.
Military experts say it has comprehensive capabilities, comparable
Construction begins Work begins in the dry dock The ship is launched Sea trial begins to those of Russia’s Su-33 and the US’ F/A-18 Hornet.

Landing section
Ski-jump ramp Takeoff section of flight deck is where the
carrier’s fixed-wing planes land
places the aircraft at a slight of the flight deck from
upward angle for takeoff which the carrier's
fixed-wing planes take off

Steel arresting Close-in weapon


wires system

HHQ-10 air-defense Z-9 search-and-rescue Z-18 early-warning Optical landing


Bulbous bow missile launcher Jet blast deflector helicopter helicopter system

Besides China, there are seven countries operating a total of 18 aircraft carriers:
United States Italy United Kingdom Russia France India Thailand

Sources: CHINA DAILY, Modern Ships LI XINLEI AND LI XIAOTIAN / CHINA DAILY

Carrier: Ship differs from predecessor in several ways, from size to mission
From page 1 country working on the ship shorter than that of the Liaon- new carrier will have mis- craft carrier is supposed to Institute, said the Chinese tries — the United States, Rus-
each day. ing; it has three aircraft sions that differ from those of do: run combat-ready patrols Navy needs at least three air- sia, Britain, France, Italy,
China Shipbuilding Industry According to sources from arresting wires (brakes) the Liaoning, which is mainly and safeguard the nation’s craft carriers. When it has Thailand and India — operate a
Corp. They said the vessel has the Navy, several aspects on instead of four on the Liaon- tasked with testing equip- maritime sovereignty and that many, one can be on total of 18 aircraft carriers. The
more than 3,600 cabins, not- the new carrier are different ing; and the landing section is ment and weapons and train- interests. duty, one can train personnel US is the largest operator, with
ing that during construction, from those on the Liaoning — longer than the Liaoning’s, ing personnel. The new Zhang Junshe, a research- and the third can take on 11 nuclear-powered carriers,
there would be at least 3,000 the new ship’s island (the tow- among other differences. vessel, by comparison, will er with the PLA Naval Mili- maintenance, he said. each having a full-load displace-
workers from across the ering section of the ship) is Experts have said that the focus on what a genuine air- tary Studies Research Besides China, seven coun- ment of about 100,000 tons.
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Suspects grilled by police after Masterful display

frozen meat is stolen from pit


By LI YINGQING the incident on Thursday, said disposal site have been disin-
in Jinping, Yunnan the problem is not a new one. fected, he said.
and HOU LIQIANG in Beijing Every time the anti-smuggling The police have been asked
office has buried smuggled to root out and strongly crack
Police are grilling seven sus- food in landfills in the past down on those responsible for
pects in connection with the couple of years, residents have smuggling frozen meat and
theft of hundreds of tons of dug it up. taking meat that has been
smuggled frozen meat that Xu, who also heads the seized.
authorities had buried under Honghe public security Honghe shares 848 kilome-
concrete. They say residents in bureau, said seven suspects ters of border with Vietnam,
Yunnan province dug up the were detained after authori- including 502 kilometers in
meat and took it away, proba- ties sought information on the Jinping county.
bly to sell it. whereabouts of the vehicles Xu said smugglers have
A total of 249 metric tons of that transported the meat. The been making full use of the
frozen meat, including beef, suspects allegedly sold sub- natural conditions, with no
tripe and chicken feet, was standard food. barriers in the border areas, to
buried 5 meters deep and “An emergency meeting was smuggle rice and frozen meat
sealed with concrete at a gar- held on Thursday night to dis- into China in recent years.
bage disposal plant in Jinping cuss what to do. A leading County head Wu vowed the
county after it was seized group headed by the county’s authorities would maintain a
between April 8 and 12. Party secretary was estab- tough stance with regard to
About 100 police officers lished,” said Wu Huahao, head meat smugglers. More meas-
guarded the site for more than of the Jinping government. ures will be taken to prevent
three days, until the concrete After a preliminary investi- such meat from crossing the
was fully set. After they left, gation, police have some leads border into China, including
however, the plant was over- on the whereabouts of some of additional patrols to seize ille-
whelmed by hundreds of resi- the stolen meat, he said. gal meat, he said.
dents, who broke through the He added that authorities Wu added that the county
concrete and took the meat, have been combing markets has plans to bring in factories
probably with the intent to sell for illegal sales of frozen meat that can safely dispose of ani- Yang Zhigang, a master of the Shajiamen Martial Arts House in Cangzhou, Hebei province, demonstrates a kung fu stance to foreign stu-
it, Xu Yang, deputy head of and have confiscated 3 tons of mal products. dents on Saturday. The students are members of a group that visits various clubs to learn about Chinese kung fu. FU XINCHUN / XINHUA
Honghe prefecture, which has meat found without proper
jurisdiction over Jinping, said paperwork. Contact the writers at
on Saturday. A total of 22,000 square houliqiang@

Didi driver’s body recovered


Yunnan TV, which exposed meters at the garbage plant’s chinadaily.com.cn

Bay Area cultural links promoted


By ZHOU MO in Shenzhen
sally@chinadailyhk.com
of the 14th China (Shenzhen)
International Cultural Indus-
tries Fair on Friday.
people’s concepts,” he said.
“In this sense, in the long
term, we need to deal with
after flight attendant killed
Cross-border cultural Lau Kong-wah, secretary the culture issue well to tack-
cooperation will open a big- for home affairs of the Hong le Hong Kong’s problem.”
ger market for Hong Kong
and Macao culture-related
Kong Special Administrative
Region, said this year marks a
He said the Bay Area will
open more opportunities to
Police say man leaped from bridge in er’s before their first pickup.
But some media reports
Before the service was sus-
pended, drivers and passen-
businesses and help ease dis-
harmony in Hong Kong, offi-
development milestone —
the opening of big cross-bor-
Hong Kong’s cultural indus-
tries. Hong Kong now has likely suicide; ride service under fire quoted the father as saying he
didn’t know he was registered
gers could post comments
about each other, such as
cials said on Friday. der infrastructure projects, more than 20 art centers, and as a driver. whether a driver or passenger
The report given in Octo- including the Hong Kong- there are more than 60 in the By LUO WANGSHU Using another person’s was good. However, com-
ber to the 19th National Con- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Bay Area. luowangshu@chinadaily.com.cn account is a violation of its ments have often featured vul-
gress of the Communist Party the Guangzhou-Shenzhen- Mok Ian Ian, director of the contract terms, the company gar descriptions of females.
of China by General Secretary Hong Kong express rail link. cultural affairs bureau of the The body of a Didi Chuxing said. However, it conceded Drivers can see passengers’
Xi Jinping and this year’s “The door has already Macao Special Administra- driver who was suspected of In this case, some that its “night safety system”, information before taking an
Government Work Report opened. It will surely bring tive Region, said cultural killing an airline flight attend- which requires users to log in order, and vice versa.
delivered in March by Pre- more exchanges to cultural cooperation between Macao ant was recovered from a river inappropriate using facial recognition, was A registered hitch service
mier Li Keqiang both said the industries and people on the and the mainland has entered in Zhengzhou, Henan prov- “defective”. driver in Beijing who declined
Chinese mainland, Hong two sides. This is a trend,” he a new phase thanks to a range ince, on Saturday, as critics
comments may Didi said it had received a to be named said on Sunday
Kong and Macao should
deepen exchanges and coop-
said.
Lau said the Hong Kong
of cooperative agreements.
Macao, a place where Chi-
accused the ride-hailing app’s
“social function” of putting
induce people to complaint of verbal sexual
harassment against the driver
that he preferred to pick up
“good-looking” women when
eration in various fields,
Xiang Zhaolun, vice-minister
government supports cross-
border cultural cooperation,
nese and Western cultures
converge, occupied a strate-
female passengers at risk. commit crimes.” registered with the account
before the killing, but its cus-
he takes orders. He sometimes
takes orders on his way to or
Police authorities in
of culture and tourism, noted. saying that the administra- gic position on the ancient Zhengzhou said the suspected Zhu Wei, researcher at China tomer services department from work.
Cultural industries in the tion has reserved funds over maritime Silk Road and is killer — identified only as Liu University of Political Science had been unable to reach him “I don’t take orders for mon-
three areas should take advan- five years for supporting also an important bridge — is believed to have commit- and Law by phone after trying five ey, but just to have some com-
tage of development opportu- activities by local arts groups between China and Portu- ted suicide by jumping off a times, so no action was taken. pany on the way,” he said. “As a
nities created by the new era in the Bay Area. guese-speaking countries, bridge. a police support officer, had It did not say how Liu came to man, I find it pleasing to chat
and use their strengths in Hong Kong lawmaker Ma she said. Liu picked up a woman sur- been detained for sharing be using an account in his with pretty girls.”
tourism, the arts and cultiva- Fung-kwok said the dishar- Macao is building a Chi- named Li through Didi’s photos online of the victim’s father’s name. The social function of online
tion of young artistic talent to mony in Hong Kong in recent nese-Portuguese cultural “hitch” service on May 5. The body taken at the crime scene. The killing sparked public businesses is a double-edged
contribute to the development years is rooted in culture. exchange center and organiz- service, one of 13 offered According to the police, 10 outrage, prompting Didi to sword, according to Zhu Wei,
of the Guangdong-Hong “The disputes have no ing high-level cultural meet- through Didi’s mobile app, minutes after picking up the suspend its hitch service deputy director of the Com-
Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area direct connection with eco- ings, forums and exhibitions. allows private drivers to pick woman Liu deleted the nationwide for a week on Fri- munication Law Research
and promote Chinese culture nomic development but are It also will establish a regular up passengers going in the account and drove immediate- day to complete a background Center at China University of
to the world, he said. the result of a deeper issue mechanism to promote cul- same direction. Drivers partic- ly to the site where her body review of its drivers. Political Science and Law.
Xiang made the remarks at that has something to do tural exchanges with the ipating in other Didi services was found. He stayed there for The platform’s social inter- “The advantage is obvious,
a forum held on the sidelines with cultural coexistence and mainland, Mok said. are subject to a more rigorous 26 minutes and then headed action function has been criti- including attracting custom-
vetting process. south for about 10 km before cized as a safety hazard for ers and providing customers
The 21-year-old flight stopping the car on a bridge. passengers. The hitch service with information about prod-
Mother attendant ordered the “hitch”
service at 11:53 pm, aiming to
Surveillance footage shows
someone jumping into the
is designed for budget travel-
ers and allows registered car
ucts,” he said. “However, in
this case, some inappropriate
love travel from a hotel near water near the city’s West owners to accept rides on comments may induce people
Zhengzhou Xinzheng Interna- Third Ring Road. Police recov- routes they regularly travel. to commit crimes.”
A daughter hugs her mother at tional Airport to the city’s train ered a body from the water on The company has encour- He suggested limiting the
an event honoring mothers in station. Liu instead took her to Saturday and said DNA test- aged the social function. In comment choices in some
Xingan, Jiangxi province, on a deserted area about 15 kilo- ing had confirmed it was Liu. earlier interviews, Didi Presi- apps to a grade and details
Sunday, which was Mother’s meters from the airport where According to Didi, Liu was dent Liu Qing has said the idea such as timeliness and cleanli-
Day in China. police say he killed her. using his father’s account on came from her time studying ness, but not a passenger’s
LI FUSUN / XINHUA Li’s body was found on May the night of the killing. His in the United States, when she gender.
8, a day after her father report- father had passed the full veri- could thumb for a lift and talk Given the safety issues, the
ed her missing. fication process and criminal to and laugh with strangers en sacrifice of some information
No details about how the background check, the compa- route to a destination. That is is worth it, he said.
victim died have been ny said. Also, the father’s facial not common in China, and the
released. On Sunday, authori- recognition information was hitch service was aimed at Ma Si contributed to this
ties said five people, including on file, as required for all driv- making it happen, she said. story.

Shanghai aims to increase its financial power 7.6


7.6
ed bonds issued in the Chinese
mainland market by an over-
seas entity — will be expanded.
credit rating services provided
by foreign financial compa-
nies will be relaxed.
The free trade account, Li Jun, deputy director of
By SHI JING in Shanghai next day, Yi Gang, governor of tions and nonbank payment investment funds and futures
trillion
trillion yuan
yuan which was launched within the Shanghai financial servi-
shijing@chinadaily.com.cn the central bank, announced institutions. companies will be allowed to Direct
Directfinancial
financialsettlements in
settlements the China (Shanghai) Pilot ces office, said the changes will
12 opening-up policies, five of Under the new guideline, establish operations in Shang- Shanghai last year
in Shanghai last year Free Trade Zone in 2014, will make Shanghai an important
Shanghai officials released a which will be implemented foreign banks will be allowed hai to provide brokerage and see its function and range of crossroads for domestic and
detailed guideline recently for over the next few months. to set up branches and subsid- consulting services. applications expanded to the foreign capital.
further opening-up in the finan- According to Shanghai’s iaries in Shanghai. Commer- Foreign insurance services further opened to overseas Yangtze River Delta region to Direct financial settlements
cial sector, responding to Presi- financial services office, efforts cial banks will be able to set up will be expanded to include investors. Innovative compa- facilitate the internationaliza- in Shanghai last year amount-
dent Xi Jinping’s speech at last will be made in fields includ- financial asset investment both insurance agencies and nies from overseas will be tion of the renminbi. The ed to 7.6 trillion yuan ($120 bil-
month’s Boao Forum for Asia. ing banking, securities, insur- companies and wealth man- assessment services. In addi- encouraged to issue Chinese financing and investment lion), more than 85 percent of
Xi said during his speech on ance, financial markets and agement companies with no tion, foreign-controlled life depositary receipts to trade in functions of free trade the national total. About 30
April 10 that China will carry free trade accounts, as well as foreign capital limit. insurance companies will be the Chinese A-share market. accounts will be further percent of the financial insti-
out a number of important pol- touching on entry policies for Meanwhile, foreign-con- allowed to operate in the city. The scale of Panda bonds — explored, the guideline said. tutions registered in Shanghai
icies to open up further. The bank-card clearing institu- trolled securities companies, Financial markets will be referring to yuan-denominat- In addition, restrictions on were foreign-backed.
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Quake: Growth: Imports will add Hainan


Early to world’s economy, Xi says invites
warnings From page 1 percent of global economic
growth, more than the contri-
global
now used Steps to open up further
30 percent bution made by the US, the
Eurozone countries and talent
Manufacturing is another of global economic growth Japan combined.
key sector to reduce restric- in the past five years was Xi voiced China’s staunch By MA ZHIPING in Haikou
From page 1 tions on foreign investment. contributed by China, the support for free and inclusive mazhiping@chinadaily.com.cn
Regarding trade, China World Bank says. trade at the Boao conference,
of more than 3,000 stations. called off import tariffs on saying globalization is in line Hainan province announced
And 13,000 shelters have anticancer drugs beginning with the common interests of a plan on Sunday to woo top-
been established across the this month and will signifi- estimated to reach 40.5 tril- all countries. tier talent to help the island
country. cantly lower tariffs on vehi- lion yuan ($6.4 trillion), “We will continue to safe- develop into a pilot interna-
China began developing cles and other goods. replacing the United States as guard international order tional free trade zone.
early earthquake warnings They are among the con- the world’s largest retail mar- and rules and support free From this year until 2025,
after the Wenchuan quake crete measures outlined by ket, said Wang Changlin, an trade and the liberalization Hainan will implement a
and became the third country President Xi Jinping at the economic expert with the and facilitation of trade and recruitment action plan that
with an early earthquake annual conference of the State Development and investment,” Xi said at the will invite a million talented
warning system after Japan Boao Forum for Asia in April Reform Commission. four-day meeting. individuals from home and
and Mexico. in Hainan province. Services accounted for 61.6 “The international com- abroad, Li Jun, deputy Party
Relying on cellphones, “We have a genuine desire percent of the first-quarter munity should abandon the secretary of Hainan, told a
TV, radio, government to increase imports and growth, consolidating a lead- Cold War mentality and news conference in Haikou,
micro blogs and special achieve greater balance of ing role that marks an eco- advocate working together to the provincial capital.
receiving terminals, the international payments nomic structural build a community with a The plan will offer preferen-
early warning network, under the current account,” transformation, the National shared future for mankind,” tial policies, including loans
installed by the Institute Xi said in the keynote speech. Bureau of Statistics said, he said. and free housing, to support
of Care-Life in Chengdu, At the site of Xuankou Middle School, people gather on Satur- The first China Interna- attributing this partly to To make globalization talented individuals coming to
covers 660 million people day for a memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the tional Import Expo sched- changes in China’s consump- more inclusive so that its ben- the tropical island province.
in areas prone to earth- Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan province that killed nearly uled for November in tion structure. efits can be shared more Master-level talent and out-
quakes, accounting for 90 70,000 people. ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY Shanghai is expected to help “Rapidly growing per capi- extensively, Beijing has standing professionals will be
percent of the population increase imports. ta disposable income and a launched the Belt and Road welcome in such fields as
in these areas, according fellow at the Institute of jing earthquake prediction In addition, Hainan island high employment rate will Initiative and is asking others space science and technology,
to Wang Tun, head of the Geophysics, China Earth- research center, said, “China will become a pilot free-trade sustain robust consump- to join it. deep-sea research, seed breed-
institute. quake Administration. is the only country in the zone and, eventually, a free- tion,” J.P. Morgan Chase’s Proposed by Xi in 2013, the ing and tropical agriculture.
Since 2011, the system has Before the first anniversa- world with official research trade port, Xi said during an Ulrich said. initiative aims to achieve pol- All recruits can choose to live
successfully sent early warn- ry of the magnitude 7.8 on earthquake prediction inspection tour there after Today, China is the major icy, infrastructure, trade, anywhere in Hainan and will
ings immediately after more earthquake in Nepal that and also the only one that attending Boao gathering. trading partner of over 120 financial and people-to-peo- enjoy the same policy treat-
than 40 destructive earth- killed 8,699 people in 2015, once successfully predicted The moves reaffirmed a countries and regions. In the ple connectivity along and ment as local residents when
quakes, including two magni- Wang’s institute also helped an earthquake.” strong political will and a first quarter, customs data beyond the ancient Silk Road buying a house.
tude 7 earthquakes in Nepal install the system, The country successfully road map to deepen China’s recorded a 21.8 percent drop trade routes, building a plat- The plan is one of the meas-
Sichuan, one in Lushan coun- making the country the predicted the magnitude 7.3 reform and opening-up that in China’s trade surplus, with form for international coop- ures announced by the provin-
ty in 2013 and one in Jiuz- fourth in the world with an earthquake in Haicheng, began at the 19th National imports rising 11.7 percent eration to create new growth cial government to implement
haigou county in 2017. earthquake early warning Liaoning province, in 1975 Congress of the Communist and exports 7.4 percent. drivers. central government directives
A real-time system pro- system. The system covers and dozens of other earth- Party of China in October. A country of net capital “China’s pledge to continue to provide a welcoming envi-
viding warnings seconds one-third of Nepal’s territo- quakes, he said. outflows since 2015, China in to deepen reform and open- ronment for talented individ-
after an earthquake occurs ry and half of its population. He said that while China Support from data the first quarter has main- ing-up by liberalizing market uals who can contribute to
can save lives because the On May 3, the Institute of has made some achieve- China reported year-on- tained for five months an access and reducing trade making Hainan an interna-
warnings are transmitted Care-Life announced that it ments in conducting medi- year GDP growth of 6.8 per- increase in its outward for- barriers sends a clear signal tional pilot free trade zone.
via radio, which move faster would provide early earth- um- and long-term cent in the first quarter, the eign direct investment, that it wishes to not only Last month, while celebrat-
than seismic waves. Radio quake warnings through tele- prediction for earthquake, it 11th quarter in a row with a reaching a total volume of improve itself, but to inclu- ing the 30th anniversary of
waves travel at 300,000 vision to an additional 5 has yet to be capable of pre- growth rate between 6.7 per- $25.5 billion in 140 countries sively share the benefits Hainan being made a prov-
kilometers per second, million people in 11 cities and dicting the exact time, loca- cent and 6.9 percent. and regions. derived from China’s devel- ince and a special economic
while seismic waves travel counties in Sichuan. The tion and magnitude of Consumption contributed opment model,” Jon R. Taylor, zone, the central government
at 3 to 6 km/s. move brought the number of earthquakes, which is a 77.8 percent, more than last Engine for global growth a US political science profes- unveiled plans to build it into
People who get warning people in the province cov- global difficulty. year’s average of 58.8 percent, According to the World sor at University of St. Thom- a pilot international free trade
messages may be able to ered by early earthquake continuing an uptrend that Bank, China has maintained as in Houston, told Xinhua in zone and gradually explore
escape before the seismic warnings via TV to 5.3 mil- Contact the writers at began five years ago. an annual growth rate of 7.1 April. the building of a free trade
waves arrive, according to lion. houliqiang@ In 2018, China’s total retail percent during the past five port with Chinese characteris-
Chen Huizhong, a research Wang Zhiguo, head of Bei- chinadaily.com.cn sales of consumer goods are years, contributing over 30 XINHUA tics.

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Disaster

The quake that shook China to its core


FIRST PERSON

We have
The deadly event definitely
forced the country
to improve the
made a lot
emergency rescue of progress
system, as
Hou Liqiang since 2008
reports from Liang Jian, 50, director of the
Beijing with neurosurgery department at
Wuhan Central Hospital, Hubei
Liu Kun in Wuhan. province.

T O
he 2008 Wenchuan n May 12, 2008, I
earthquake, one of was lying on my
the deadliest natural bed resting after a
disasters in China’s long morning of
history, marked a watershed surgery when the building
in the country’s approach to began to shake. It was an
emergency relief. In the 10 earthquake.
years since the temblor, which Soon after, I was called
claimed more than 69,000 and told to leave immediate-
lives and left nearly 18,000 ly for Wenchuan, Sichuan
people missing, there has province, with the Hubei
been a 200-fold rise in the provincial rescue team. The
number of State-backed and damage from the earth-
volunteer rescue groups. quake was widespread, and
Meanwhile, the equipment on the first day of our
used to find survivors and deployment the local airport
save lives has become increas- had been damaged so our
ingly sophisticated. plane was unable to land. It
Many of those who took part was quickly repaired,
in the Wenchuan relief effort though, so we arrived on the
spoke later of the heartbreak second day and started oper-
of seeing trapped people dying ations.
but being unable to help Though it’s been 10 years,
because of a lack of equipment Volunteers from the Blue Sky Rescue Team undertake a practice drill in Xingtai, Hebei province, on Friday. ZHU XUDONG / XINHUA the memories are fresh. We
allied to poor rescue skills. The were dispatched to Shifang
experience was the start of city, and the devastation could
China’s efforts to upgrade the worked together to search a be seen everywhere. For doz-
country’s disaster response collapsed building. “Only one ens of square kilometers, not
capabilities, especially in the or two in every 20 teams were one building remained intact.
establishment of volunteer equipped with that sort of In fact, most of them had col-
rescue teams. equipment,” he added. lapsed.
While even 10 years ago res- The demands on those who Though we brought as
cue work was mainly con-
If disaster want to join the team are many medical supplies as we
ducted with shovels and
ropes, today it is common to
strikes within high. In addition to being in
excellent physical condition,
could carry, we only had a
limited number of disposable
see volunteer teams using China, one of members must be fluent in items, so we had to disinfect
unmanned aerial vehicles, or English. “We conduct rescues the equipment frequently.
drones, and thermal-imaging our teams can with high-tech devices, many The lack of water and no pow-
equipment to pinpoint the of which we have imported er supply made our work
location of survivors trapped be at the scene from overseas. The members extremely difficult.
in rubble. need to know English to read We worked in a simple tent.
When the Blue Sky Rescue in about four the instruction manuals,” In the evening, when patients
Team, the country’s first regis- Xiang said. were sent to us, most of the
tered nonprofit volunteer out-
hours.” doctors had to stop work and
fit, took part in the Wenchuan Growing recognition hold flashlights so that one
Zhang Yong,
relief operation, its members In keeping with its long his- doctor would have enough
leader of the Blue Sky
were untrained outdoors tory, the Blue Sky Rescue Team light to assess and treat the
Rescue Team, China’s
enthusiasts. Team leader has been making efforts to win injured.
first registered nonprofit
Zhang Yong described the international recognition and The patients poured in con-
volunteer group
outfit as a scratch team with support. In May, Zhang invited tinuously, but we also provid-
huge enthusiasm but limited Members of the Clouded Leopard Rescue Team at work during the relief efforts after the Nepal two senior Swiss experts from ed treatment in the field. The
experience and almost no
equipment.
Recalling the rescue a dec-
earthquake in April 2015. TANG HUAMING / FOR CHINA DAILY
11,000 the International Search and
Rescue Advisory Group, or
Insarag, a network of more
situation was chaotic because
of a lack of equipment, and
there were few nurses to
Number of volunteer
ade later, he said the words years that followed, Zhang Nepal searching for survivors, number of employees had than 80 countries and organi- assist us. There were so many
rescue teams in China,
that sprung to mind were “sad” and his fellow leaders orga- restoring water supplies and rocketed to more than zations that operates under patients that we had no
with 694,000 members
and “powerless” because, lack- nized regular training ses- providing medical services to 250,000, and the earthquake the United Nations umbrella, option but to concentrate on
ing equipment and skills, the sions that focused on a variety more than 2,000 people. rescue system had evolved into to spend three days evaluating treating the most seriously
team could only help to trans- of rescue techniques and the “More than 70 internation- a four-tier organization reach- the team and giving lectures. injured.
port relief materials. use of professional equip- al rescue teams participated ing down to the county level. At imaging equipment. The team is working to In the past 10 years, the
“Often we knew someone ment. The voluntary organi- in the Nepal earthquake oper- the same time, there were “Our high-tech devices can ensure it will pass the Insarag medical sector nationwide
was buried in the rubble near- zation now has about 30,000 ation and found 178 bodies. 11,000 volunteer rescue teams guarantee to search an area of External Classification has made strenuous efforts to
by, but we were powerless to members who form 419 teams Our 84-member team found with 694,000 members. more than 100 square kilome- appraisal procedure. If suc- improve its capabilities as
help,” he said, recalling a man across the country. 24 of them,” Zhang said. Xiang Dong from Wuhan, ters, and can provide an effec- cessful, Blue Sky will become China works to establish a
who was pinned down in a “If a disaster strikes within capital of Hubei province, tive means of finding the 52nd team in the world to complete emergency response
gap between fallen rocks. China, one of our teams can Newcomers founded a volunteer rescue survivors, missing people and pass the appraisal and only the system. For example, my hos-
Zhang and his team were able be at the scene in about four Since 2008, the handful of team in 2009 after friends escape routes in dark, densely second in China, after the Chi- pital regularly holds training
to pass a rope to the man, who hours,” Zhang said. rescue teams in existence told him how frustrated they smoky and foggy environ- nese International Search and sessions on the provision of
tied it around his waist. How- In addition to domestic before Wenchuan, such as had been during the Wen- ments in forests and ravines,” Rescue Team, the national emergency care.
ever, he was wedged so hard operations, the team has tak- Blue Sky, have been joined by chuan relief operation. he said. earthquake rescue team. Meanwhile, we have gained
that it was impossible to pull en part in at least eight relief a raft of newcomers, all dedi- Xiang named the team When he traveled to Nepal to “China is a strong country. experience and learned les-
him free. Despite 10 hours of missions overseas, including cated to providing assistance “Clouded Leopard”, after the assist with relief efforts after Our volunteers have gained sons from taking part in a
efforts to rescue him, the man the Nepal earthquake in April in the face of adversity. big cat renowned for its the 2015 earthquake, Xiang led deep rescue experience and number of disaster relief
died. To make matters worse, 2015. The first batch of Blue According to the recently climbing abilities. a team of three that pulled two have the ability to go beyond efforts, which means the
his mother and brother were Sky members arrived at the established Ministry of Emer- Xiang’s team, which has seriously injured people from China to shoulder the coun- country’s medical rescue
at the scene, constantly affected area just one day aft- gency Management, before more than 300 members, is the rubble during their four try’s international responsi- capabilities have improved
appealing to Zhang and his er the quake, fully trained to Wenchuan there were 27 equipped with 16 drones — days in the country. bilities, so we are making the greatly.
team for help. deal with a variety of tasks. State-backed earthquake res- including ones that can detect He said members of India’s effort to learn and improve,” Now, we are well-equipped
While the members of the Using thermal-imaging cue teams in China — one poisonous gases, and others official rescue team were Zhang said. when we take part in rescue
team were badly affected by apparatus and state-of-the-art national team and 26 provin- designed specifically for res- astonished to discover that a operations. In addition to hav-
their “failure”, the incident lifting and securing equip- cial outfits — that employed cue operations on water or in voluntary team from China Contact the writers at ing enough equipment and
made them determined to ment, the team, including Blue 4,200 people. high-rise buildings — a com- had access to thermal-imag- houliqiang@ materials, including charging
develop their skills. In the Sky experts, spent 15 days in However, as of March, the mand vehicle and thermal- ing equipment when they chinadaily.com.cn facilities and apparatus such
as defibrillators, the doctors
are assisted by an adequate

Experts call for improved management of volunteer groups number of nurses. When
injured people are sent to us,
we can concentrate on check-
ing and treating them while
By HOU LIQIANG ty, Yunnan province, Li Feng, remained in the square. teers’ vehicles jammed roads diers, using rope skills to since the Wenchuan quake. the nurses deal with fluid
houliqiang@chinadaily.com.cn head of the Green Boat Emer- Eventually, Li’s team com- vital to the transportation of access damaged buildings so Its official team, registered in infusions and other proce-
gency Rescue, assessed the mandeered a group of volun- survivors and medical sup- they could be demolished, 2103, can mobilize 300 to 500 dures.
China must strengthen the level of damage with senior teers who joined the members plies in Ludian, even though a thus helping to alleviate the volunteers, and has partici- As a member of the Cloud-
management of volunteer res- colleagues and then dis- in an isolated village in Qiaojia temporary headquarters had danger posed by the unsafe pated in 12 major rescues at ed Leopard Rescue Team in
cue teams to ensure their patched a 15-strong team to county, providing emergency been established for civilian structures. home and overseas, including Wuhan, capital of Hubei pro-
orderly development and reg- the affected area. relief for several days. teams. While Li is concerned that the 2015 Nepal earthquake. vince, I have regularly provid-
ulate their participation in However, when the team According to Li, similar sce- More recently, the govern- resources will be wasted if the In a statement to China ed training for other team
disaster relief operations, members arrived in Ludian, narios are not unusual, given ment had to call on volun- government fails to oversee Daily, the foundation said all members before they headed
insiders have said. they found the county square the rapid rise in the number teers to stop pouring into the the activities of volunteer res- volunteer teams should be to disaster zones, including
While volunteer outfits was packed with volunteers, of volunteer relief organiza- area around Jiuzhaigou fol- cue teams, the China Social officially registered and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. I
have provided essential assist- many of whom were unsure of tions since the 2008 Wen- lowing a magnitude 7 quake Welfare Foundation has should only participate in have also shared the lessons I
ance in emergency situations the role they were expected to chuan earthquake in Sichuan in the mountainous area of called for industry-style regu- emergency relief efforts learned during the Wenchuan
in recent years, a lack of coor- play. province — the recently estab- Sichuan in August. lations to ensure that teams under government guidance. earthquake.
dination and poor communi- “There were more rescuers lished Ministry of Emergency However, there is no doubt become more professional, “They will only provide the Since 2008, China has
cations have occasionally than victims,” Li recalled. Management puts the num- that volunteer teams can with certain outfits specializ- government with effective made great progress in terms
hampered emergency efforts. Having liaised with the local ber at nearly 11,000 civilian complement the work of offi- ing in specific aspects of relief assistance when they are able of emergency medical rescue.
For example, in August government, Li’s team knew rescue teams with about cial rescue teams. In Ludian, work. to carry out orderly opera-
2014, when a magnitude 6.5 exactly where it was needed, 694,000 members. for example, Li’s team The foundation has partici- tions that do not add to the Liang Jian spoke
earthquake hit Ludian coun- but many volunteers She recalled how volun- worked with a group of sol- pated in disaster alleviation existing problem,” it stated. with Liu Kun.
C H I N A DA I LY L AT I N A M E R I CA W E E K LY Monday-Sunday, May 14-20, 2018 C H I NA 7

Disabled workers warm diners’ hearts


Bakery employees use notebooks,
sign language to communicate
with each other — and customers
Despite being full of cus- full at noon, with long lines of
tomers at breakfast, the bak- customers. On busy days, it
ery Luo Yanan works at is serves more than 500 diners.
quiet but for the clicking and “I started the bakery
clacking of high heels and cash because many of our physical-
registers. ly challenged graduates had
Greeting every customer difficulty finding jobs. But the
with a big smile and a friendly success is totally beyond my
gesture, Luo is among the 18 imagination,” Zeng said.
employees who can neither “It may take an apprentice
hear nor speak at the Silent with a disability three months
Cake bakery in Guangzhou, to finish what’s usually a
Guangdong province. monthlong course because the
At the entrance are signs baker must teach them one by
that explain: “Most employees one. But they are all excellent
in this bakery are hearing- and and professional.”
speech-impaired, so it may Zhang Xubiao is one such
take a little longer for you to student. He is adept at making
order and pay. Please be soft rolls but also enjoys think-
patient.” ing of fresh ideas for new
Instead of verbal communi- products. His “constellation”
cation, employees use sign series of 12 different creative
language or write things down breads is popular with young-
on notebooks. er customers.
Before placing an order, To give the workers a sense
Luo, who is in her early 20s, of accomplishment, Zeng
takes out the menu and a note- offers each employee a stake in
book to let the customer write the business.
down the order and payment “Opening the shop would
method. She packs the takeout have been impossible without
orders. them,” Zeng said.
“We haven’t had any com- A second Silent Cake fran-
plaints since we opened in chise will open soon in
March,” said the bakery’s Guangzhou, serving pastries,
co-founder, Zeng Nan. “The drinks and set meals. It will be
customers are friendly and five times bigger than the first.
always wait patiently, and “All the employees here are
some even help clear tables.” strong and brave. They smile
Many of the employees are through their difficulties and
graduates of Zeng’s culinary stand on their own two feet.
school. They are my role models,” said
Silent Cake has become Fan Xiaoyan, a customer with
well-known by word-of- disabilities. Clockwise from top left: A worker hands coffee to a customer at Silent Cake bakery in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, where most of the 22 employees are hearing- and
mouth and through social speech-impaired. A customer communicates in writing with cashier Yan Ning. A chart at the bakery shows how to convey meaning in sign language. Two customers learn sign
media. Its 40 seats are often XINHUA language with bakery worker Gu Xiaofeng (right) when she is off work. PHOTOS BY CHEN HUI / NANFANG METROPOLIS DAILY

Around China
Grandpa packs a punch
as custodian of culture
JIANGXI FUJIAN worked for Didi Chuxing, the
Wooden house to Fraudster fails to ride-hailing service, has been
detained for investigation
become museum repay 140m yuan after allegedly brandishing a
A 27-year-old businessman knife and forcing a passenger
has been convicted of fraud in Zhaoqing to delete a nega- He shops in vegetable mar-
and is awaiting sentencing in tive review posted on May 5. kets and takes care of his
Fuzhou after he failed to Footage by a passer-by grandson in his spare time, but
repay 140 million yuan ($22.2 who no longer lives in the showed a highly agitated Mai when Huang Zhenjiang puts
million) in debts. Shi Hualin, county, had to be carried to a pull a kitchen knife and on his kung fu attire, he is
who was branded in court as third-floor office for his annu- threaten to stab the customer strictly a martial arts master.
a dishonest person, once al social security review. if he refused to replace the Huang, 68, is officially recog-
owned five companies that Wuhan resident Bai Ni com- negative review with a posi- nized as an inheritor of Cai Li Fo
sold automobiles and parts plained to the media that she tive one. Negative reviews boxing, a style of martial arts.
across Fujian province. He had to drive her father, now posted by passengers can He is also head of Hongsheng
and his companies were taken living with her in the city, hurt a driver’s ability to get Hall, a kung fu club established
A wooden house more than to court twice this year, in back to Hongan after the business. A Didi Chuxing in 1851 in Foshan, a city in
200 years old in Yichun is to January and March, and bureau ordered him to return spokesperson said Mai has Guangdong province known for
be made into a museum ordered to repay their debts. for the annual review. Bai had been suspended. its martial arts culture.
showcasing the beauty of the CQCB.COM to hire three people to carry GUANGDONG TV STATION Cai Li Fo was created by
rare phoebe wood used in its
her wheelchair-bound father Chen Xiang. Legend has it that
construction. Local authori-
BEIJING to the third-floor office JIANGSU Chen, a native of Guangdong,
ties will also list the property
Workers fill in man’s because there was no lift in Teacher accused of created the style by combining
as a historic relic. Located in a
the old building. After the Cai and Li styles with a form of
back alley in Yifeng county, secret basement review, the man had to be car- hot water torture boxing named for the Buddha,
the building from the Qing
ried back to the car. Police are investigating alle- or Fo in Chinese.
Dynasty (1644-1911) covers
CHUTIAN METROPOLIS DAILY gations that a kindergarten The kung fu system is being
1,000 square meters and fea-
student was forced to drink heavily promoted by the city
tures more than 70 phoebe
scalding-hot water as punish- government, with textbooks
crossbeams and columns esti- Itchy holiday ment for talking during class on the art distributed to 11 kin-
mated to weigh more than 40 tattoo regrettable in Yangzhou. The teacher has dergartens in Foshan recently, Master Huang Zhenjiang at the entrance of his kung fu club,
metric tons. All are in good
A tourist is regretting having been suspended, the school according to the city’s sports Hongsheng Hall, in Foshan, Guangdong province. CAI YANG / XINHUA
condition.
his right arm tattooed while said. The boy’s mother, sur- bureau.
JIANGXI NEWS
visiting Indonesia during the named Li, said her son Huang started learning Cai
May Day holiday. Wang Wei’s returned home from school Li Fo when he was a teenager. cise routine featuring fans. The “I have taught students from
SICHUAN right arm became itchy, red reluctant to eat dinner one “My grandpa used to tell me all “fan dance” combines Cai Li Fo Spain, the Czech Republic,
Grandma, 78, starts and swollen after he returned day last month, complaining about the heroic stories of the boxing and gymnastics, and Argentina and Chile,” he said.
online job search home to Wuhan, and his skin that his throat hurt. A doctor masters,” he said. “I decided I makes the learning process “Many of them came to Foshan,
started peeling. Doctors diag- found the boy’s throat was wanted to be like them.” “more interesting”, he said, rented houses and found jobs
A 78-year-old woman has
A property owner who illegal- nosed contact dermatitis swollen and blistered, making With the help of his grandfa- adding that “the exercise is teaching English while taking
become an internet sensation
ly dug a two-level basement caused by the tattoo dye. They it difficult to swallow. Li ther, Huang managed to meet good for their health”. time to learn boxing here.”
after applying for many jobs
under his apartment was said there might be no scar- approached the school to some Cai Li Fo masters. He Huang noted that his stu- Huang vividly remembers a
advertised online in Santai
detained in Xicheng district ring on his arm after treat- demand an explanation after would practice for three hours dents sometimes perform their Spaniard who came to him in
county. Ding Yuqiong, dubbed
on May 4 on suspicion of ment, but the pigmentation her son said he had been every night. In the 1970s, life dance routines during the 2008 after having practiced Cai
“the granny of employment”,
endangering public safety. An could not be removed. Wang forced to drink scalding-hot was hard and Huang did not opening ceremonies of Asian Li Fo boxing in Spain for nine
said she wanted to find a job
investigation found that the said he had been told the hen- water after talking with class- want to waste money on kung kung fu competitions. years. “He said he wanted to
to ease the burden on her
man, surnamed Deng, had na tattoo would fade auto- mates during class. fu shoes. So he practiced bare- In addition to schools, learn the original kung fu here,
family. In her applications she
secretly dug out more than matically in two weeks and THEPAPER.CN foot. Huang also goes to communi- and I was happy to teach him,”
said the family had been hav-
400 cubic meters of earth for that the dye was natural and Years of effort transformed ties in Foshan to teach Cai Li Fo he said.
ing financial problems since
a basement over the course of would not cause skin prob- ZHEJIANG him into a kung fu master. boxing, particularly in Chan- There may be many admir-
her four children lost their
five years. The unauthorized lems. Hongsheng Hall reopened in cheng district, where Hong- ers of Cai Li Fo boxing, but
jobs. Ding said some employ-
basement had damaged the
Surgery secret ends 1998 after being closed for dec- Huang teaches only those who
sheng Hall is located.
ers had invited her to inter-
structure of the building and engagement plans ades, and Huang was asked to The classes usually begin learn the art to strengthen their
views.
could cause it to subside, local A woman, surnamed Yun, has teach Cai Li Fo boxing. In 1999, during the summer and winter bodies, rather than those who
THEPAPER.CN
experts said, adding that been ordered by a court to he was elected head of the hall, holidays, when eager students want to fight.
there could also be other hid- return engagement gifts val- and that’s when he saw an from the community flood the “There has been a rule at
den safety concerns. It took ued at 150,000 yuan ($23,550) opportunity to revive the glory hall to learn from “Master Hongsheng Hall since the
workers 14 hours to fill in the to her fiance, surnamed Hai, of the traditional martial art. Huang”, who teaches them free. beginning: We never teach Cai
basement, which was sealed after he found a scar on her He began to bring Cai Li Fo As the hall is too small to Li Fo boxing to bad people,” he
with concrete. abdomen and learned she had boxing to students in Foshan, host hundreds of students, said. “Morals are important.”
BEIJING DAILY removed an ovary without to pass the style on to young community authorities have When it comes to passing on
telling him. Hai retracted his locals. turned a local field into a prac- the martial art, Huang said the
HUBEI marriage proposal and filed a “I teach boxing to them on Fri- tice venue for the students. government has taken a variety
Bureau apologizes WUHAN EVENING NEWS lawsuit, saying Yun’s father day and Saturday nights,” said “They practice one to two of measures in recent years to
had said his daughter’s scar Huang, whose sessions last two hours a day,” Huang said. support its development.
for retiree’s distress GUANGDONG was the result of an appen- hours. “Sometimes we practice Besides his Chinese stu- “Cai Li Fo boxing is our tradi-
Hongan county’s social secu- dectomy. A court in Huzhou at schools, and sometimes they dents, Huang also has some tional culture,” he added. “We
rity bureau has apologized
Driver flashes knife ruled in favor of Hai after a come to classes at the hall.” foreign apprentices who have must try to pass on our culture.”
after local media revealed after bad review public hearing. To make boxing more popu- come to Foshan out of admira-
that a 90-year-old retiree, A driver surnamed Mai, who ZJ.ZJOL.COM.CN lar, he has even created an exer- tion for the kung fu master. XINHUA
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Monday-Sunday, May 14-20, 2018

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Chinese
musicians
enthrall
on tour
BUCHAREST—
Applause and loud cheer-
ing greeted the finale of a
third encore as the audi-
ence in Bucharest’s Athe-
naeum Hall showed their
appreciation for the April
23 performance by the
Hangzhou Philharmonic
Orchestra.
As part of its tour across
southeastern Europe that
includes Greece, Bulgaria,
Serbia and Romania, the
A huqin player and a vocalist perform together with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on May 5 to celebrate a new performance season. PHOTOS PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY Hangzhou Philharmonic
mesmerized the Romanian
audience with The Flying

NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS
Dutchman Overture, The
Butterfly Lovers violin con-
certo and Rachmaninoff’s
Symphonic Dances Op 45.
So enraptured by the
music and the perform-
ance, the audience urged
the recital of three more
The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra kicks off its new performance season with a showcase of pieces from the east China
orchestra: one by Paganini
traditional musical works from Northwest China. Zhang Kun reports. and two Chinese classical
compositions.
A combination of touch-
ing solos by violinist Ning

T
he Shanghai Chinese gentle side of Chinese national Feng and a powerful
Orchestra celebrated music, and will find an exclu- orchestral performance,
the opening of its sive sound or expression for conducted by Yang Yang,
new performance each hero,” he said. held the audience in thrall.
season with a concert of music Hero will be performed on The Butterfly Lovers vio-
from Northwest China at the Dec 15, under the baton of lin concerto was particu-
Shanghai Grand Theatre on Tang Muhai, chief guest con- larly well received.
May 5. ductor and honorary artistic Although the love story it
A series of new composi- director of the SHCO. depicts is sad, the music
tions premiered at the concert, “Musicians at the SCHO was acclaimed by some in
which showcased local and view their instruments as if the audience as “marvelous
traditional musical elements they are priceless antiques and breathtaking”.
from Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi from the Palace Museum,”
provinces, Ningxia Hui auton- Tang says in a video clip cele-
omous region and Xinjiang brating the SHCO’s new sea-
Uygur autonomous region. son. “Each sound we make
Vocalists and instrumentalists speaks of the beauty of Chinese
from these northwestern prov- culture — just like our lan-
inces and regions took the lead guage. It’s time for the world to
alongside musicians from the know about China’s culture,
SHCO. and China’s music.”
The concert gave a glimpse Earlier this year, the SHCO
of the mission and style of the concerts that are popular with guzheng shares a similar quali- made a successful European
SHCO, said Luo Xiaoci, direct- young audiences,” Luo says. ty of sound with the sitar, an tour, New Oriental, which fea-
or of the company. The SHCO Among the highlights for instrument used widely in tra- tured the sound of an ancient
was founded in 1952, and was the 2018-19 season will be a ditional Indian and Middle flute made from a bone that
the first large-scale modern concert production commis- Eastern music. dates back 8,000 years, as well Artists of Hangzhou Phil-
orchestra to feature Chinese sioned from Shanghai-based “A conversation can be as compositions by contempo- harmonic Orchestra perform
instruments in the country. composer Huang Lei. achieved between these rary Chinese artists such as on April 23 in Bucharest,
Luo summarized the compa- Under the title, The Com- instruments and the music Zhao Jiping and Tan Dun. Romania. LIN HUIFEN / XINHUA
ny’s mission as “presenting mon Home, Huang will bring styles,” he says. “I am working Last year, the orchestra pre-
Chinese music with an inter- together signature music closely with musicians at the miered a new symphonic pro- “This concert has been
national vision and a contem- styles and instruments from SHCO to explore all kinds of duction Shanghai Odyssey — medicine to my soul, they
porary style”. around the globe to create a possibilities.” The Bund during the China are exceptionally good and
The SHCO has been com- concert about “the destiny of The new production is Shanghai International Arts it’s amazing that such a
missioning new compositions all humanity”. scheduled to premiere on Nov Festival, a piece created by Ger- young orchestra, only nine
with artists from both home “Social development has 3, during the China Shanghai man composer Christian Jost. years since its creation, is so
and abroad. By constantly caused serious environmental Top: Bamboo flute and dramyin performers work with the International Arts Festival. Since then Shanghai Odys- skillful,” says Romanian
bringing out new composi- issues, and this is a problem we Shanghai Chinese Orchestra as part of the performance at the Also due to premiere in the sey has toured extensively, musician, conductor and
tions and music productions, all face,” Huang says. “We are Shanghai Grand Theatre. Above: A suona artist and a ballad singer new season is a concert about performing in Beijing and professor of music, Nicolae
the SHCO has brought Chinese all in it together, and I want to perform with the same orchestra. Chinese mythology named Guangzhou. Racu, who has been playing
folk music to a variety of differ- address the topic by combin- Hero, by composer Li Bochan. “It was a great way to intro- Chinese classical music for
ent audiences. ing traditional Chinese instru- “I will create a symphonic epic, duce Shanghai to other parts the past 40 years.
“In the past few years we ments with folk music from all music from around the world eign instruments that would with each chapter named after of China,” Luo says. Racu adds that the
have presented heavyweight over the world.” in an attempt to find musical fit well with a Chinese orches- an ancient Chinese hero,” he young Chinese orchestra
productions that reflect the Together with musicians elements that would suit being tra, Huang tells China Daily. says. “I will work hard to Contact the writer at has already garnered a ven-
main theme of our times, as from the SHCO, Huang is mak- performed on Chinese instru- For example, the traditional present the depth and dignity, zhangkun@ erable reputation due to its
well as lighthearted chamber ing extensive studies of folk ments, while looking for for- Chinese stringed instrument as well as the exquisite and chinadaily.com.cn depth of talent.
During the concert,
exclamations of “bravo”
and “incredible” could be
Dance drama pays tribute to If you go heard emanating from vari-
ous areas of the hall, with
one concertgoer, 50-year-

landmark railway project 7:30 pm, June 30 to July 3.


NCPA, No 2 West Chang’an
Avenue, Xicheng district,
old biologist, Mariana,
describing the perform-
ance as “powerful and awe-
Beijing. 010-6655-0000 some,” adding that she was
By CHEN NAN came about, he says: “I have dance drama. And he then impressed with “the Chi-
chennan@chinadaily.com.cn traveled several times to Tibet decided to use song in the nese sensitivity” for the
and I was impressed by the dance drama. music.
In 2001, when composer Yin beautiful scenery and the The dance drama, titled many stories. People even Yang says: “We came to
Qing read the news about the local people. It is a magical Road to Tibet, will make its sacrificed their lives for the southeastern Europe
start of the construction of the and inspiring place.” debut at the NCPA over June railway.” because we know the region
Qinghai-Tibet Railway, he was The Beijing-based compos- 30-July 3. The drama’s creative team has a very rich tradition of
very excited and wanted to do er, who along with his friend, Speaking about the unique and dancers from the Jilin classical music and the reac-
a song on the subject. lyricist Qu Yuan, Yin wrote a subject of the dance drama, Director Wang Ge (third right) and the main cast of Road to Tibet Municipal Ensemble of Songs tion of the audience con-
The railway, which is 1,956 song, titled Road to Heaven. NCPA’s vice-president Zhao at a news conference for the dance drama in NCPA in Beijing. and Dances, traveled to Qing- firmed my expectations.”
kilometers long, is the world’s And it was later performed by Tiechun says: “The construc- PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY hai and Tibet in August, and Violinist Ning notes that
highest line, and the longest pop star Han Hong and tion of Qinghai-Tibet Railway were inspired to use elements one of his inspirations is his
built on a single plateau. At its became one of Han’s best- was a key project of the coun- of local Tibetan music and Romanian counterpart, the
highest point, it is 5,072 known hits. try’s 40-year reform and open- phase of the railway, especial- Speaking about the change, dances for the dance drama. late Ion Voicu.
meters above sea level. In July 2016, when the ing-up. And people from ly the friendships between the Wang says: “We visited Speaking about what he “It’s an honor for me to
The railway connecting National Center for the Per- around world have enjoyed construction workers and the people who were involved in hopes to project through the come here, because when
Tibet with the rest of world, forming Arts decided to pro- unique culture of Tibet by Tibetan people. the construction of the dance drama, Wang says: “We we studied music, we were
links Xining — the capital of duce a dance drama to mark traveling on the railway.” One thing that is unique railway and listened to their want not only to showcase deeply influenced by the
Qinghai province — with Lha- the 12th anniversary of the Meanwhile, according to about this dance drama by stories. And then we realized how hard people worked for music from southeastern
sa, the capital of the Tibet opening of the Qinghai-Tibet the show’s director Wang Ge, Wang is that it has 11 lead roles that it was not enough to just the railway, but also to show Europe.”
autonomous region. Railway, Yin was invited to be the drama is based on real sto- unlike his earlier shows which have just two or three lead the hopes, the beliefs, and the
Explaining how the song the music director of the ries from the construction have fewer lead characters. roles because there were so dreams of the local people.” XINHUA
C H I N A DA I LY L AT I N A M E R I CA W E E K LY Monday-Sunday, May 14-20, 2018 Image | LI F E 9

From left: Jiang Yuhang is rescued out of the ruins during the Wenchuan Earthquake in May 2008; he arrives at Shanghai Railway Station in December 2008 as a new firefighter of the Shanghai fire brigade; Jiang (left) on
rescue mission near a sluice in Shanghai’s Miaohang town in May 2009. PHOTOS BY JIANG HONGJING AND ZHAO YUN / XINHUA

Firefighter traces his journey


from earthquake victim to lifesaver

Jiang Yuhang now works


PAYING IT
FORWARD
as an assistant to the war
fighting brigade of the
southeastern fire brigade
in Kaili, Guizhou province.
JIANG HONGJING / XINHUA

Photos by XINHUA building in Shanghai was on fire. Jiang


was the first one who dashed into the fire,

O
n May 12, 2008, Jiang Yuhang, managing to pick up the child and get
who had just been assigned to him out.
the highway administration At the end of August 2011, Jiang entered
office of Yingxiu town in the Kunming command school of the pub-
Wenchuan county, was buried in the lic security firefighting force, and also
ruins during the Wenchuan Earthquake. joined the Communist Party of China.
At 17:12 on May 17, after being trapped After that, he was promoted to deputy
for 125 hours, Jiang was rescued by the commander of the Pengpu squadron of
Shanghai fire brigade. the special service detachment of the
“It was the firefighters who gave me a Shanghai fire brigade.
second life. So, I was eager to become one At the end of March 2018, Jiang was
of them,” he says. transferred from Shanghai to his home-
At the end of 2008, the 20-year-old town, Kaili city in Guizhou province, as
man’s wish came true and he became a assistant to the war fighting brigade of
firefighter with the same team that the city’s southeastern fire brigade.
saved his life. Speaking about his professional jour-
In May 2009, Jiang received an orange ney, Jiang says: “In the past decade, I have
emergency rescue suit and joined the learned a lot. And I will use what I learned
Pengpu squadron of the special service to give back to my hometown.”
detachment of the Shanghai fire brigade.
Jiang directs rescue missions at a car accident scene in Shanghai in February. XINHUA Then, a house on the fifth floor of a — ZHANG LEI

A group photo of the southeastern fire brigade in Kaili, Guizhou province. Jiang stands in the middle in the first row. JIANG HONGJING / XINHUA
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DPRK
13 dead in Color photo

details
Indonesian nuclear
site plan
bombings SEOUL/WASHINGTON
— The Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea has
scheduled the dismantle-
ment of its nuclear bomb
Attackers from family of six that test site for between May 23
and 25 in order to uphold its
included two young children pledge to discontinue nucle-
ar tests, DPRK media
reported on Saturday a
SURABAYA, Indonesia — spokesman Frans Barung month ahead of a historic
Suicide bombers who car- Mangera told reporters at summit.
ried out deadly attacks on the scene. That blast was fol- The DPRK’s Korean Cen-
three churches in Indone- lowed by a second explosion tral News Agency said dis-
sia’s second-largest city on minutes later at the Chris- mantlement of the
Sunday were a family of six tian Church of Diponegoro Punggye-ri nuclear test
that included two young and a third at the city’s Pan- ground would involve col-
children, police said, as the tekosta Church, Mangera lapsing all of its tunnels
world’s most populous Mus- said. with explosions, blocking its
lim nation recoiled in horror A witness described the entrances, and removing all
at one of the worst attacks on woman’s attack at the Dipon- observation facilities,
its Christian minority. egoro church, saying she was research buildings and
At least 13 people, includ- carrying two bags when she security posts.
ing all six family members, arrived. “The Nuclear Weapon
died in the attacks in Suraba- “At first officers blocked Institute and other con-
ya and at least 41 were them in front of the church- cerned institutions are tak-
injured, according to police, yard, but the woman ignored A man takes a photograph of himself and his child at the ’Color Run’, a 5-kilometer race attracting more than 3,000 participants in Toronto, Canada, ing technical measures for
in acts that Indonesia’s them and forced her way on Saturday. XINHUA dismantling the northern
president condemned as inside. Suddenly she hugged nuclear test ground ... in
“barbaric”. a civilian then (the bomb) order to ensure transparen-
The bombings were the exploded,” said the witness, a cy of discontinuance of the
worst to target churches in
Indonesia since a series of
attacks on Christmas Eve in
2000 killed 15 people and
security guard who identi-
fied himself as Antonius.
Mangera said three unex-
ploded homemade bombs,
Paris stabbings claimed by IS nuclear test,” KCNA said.
“A ceremony for dismant-
ling the nuclear test ground
is now scheduled between
wounded nearly 100. Reli- two at the Pantekosta church May 23 and 25,” depending
gious minorities in Indone- and one at the Diponegoro PARIS — A knife-wielding sion in the immediate area. tion on potential charges of active in the coalition since on weather, the DPRK For-
sia, especially Christians, church, were detonated by a assailant killed a 29-year-old Beyond the police cordon, murder and attempted mur- 2014, and Islamic State adher- eign Ministry said, adding
have been repeatedly target- bomb squad. man and injured four others however, crowds still filled der in connection with terror- ents have killed more than 200 that journalists from the
ed by militants. Meanwhile, police killed in a lively neighborhood near nearby cafes and the city’s ist motives. people in France in recent United States, the Republic
National police chief Tito four terror suspects in West Paris’ famed Opera Garnier night life resumed its normal “At this stage, based on the years, including the 130 who of Korea, China, Russia and
Karnavian said that the Java province’s Cianjur before he was killed by police pace soon after the attack. one hand on the account of died in the coordinated the United Kingdom will be
father exploded a car bomb, regency early on Sunday, on Saturday night. The Islamic The unidentified attacker witnesses who said the attack- November 2015 attacks in Par- invited to witness the dis-
two sons aged 18 and 16 used saying they had planned to State group claimed the targeted five people and then er cried ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is is. mantling.
a motorcycle for their attack, undertake attacks in capital attacker as one of its “soldiers”. fled, according to Paris police great in Arabic) while attack- “All my thoughts are with KCNA said journalists
and the mother was with Jakarta and Bandung. Counterterrorism authori- and a witness. A 29-year-old ing passersby with a knife, and the victims and the wounded would be invited to cover
daughters aged 12 and 9 for The suspects were killed ties took charge of the investi- man was killed, and four oth- given the modus operandi, we of the knife attack perpetrated the event, to “show in a
her attack. in a gunfight with officers in gation, and President ers were injured. When police have turned this over to the this evening in Paris, as well as transparent manner the dis-
Karnavian said the family a Cianjur bus terminal. It Emmanuel Macron vowed officers arrived minutes later, counterterrorist section of the their relatives. On behalf of all mantlement of the northern
had returned to Indonesia was unclear if the shootout that France would not bow to he threatened them and was Paris prosecutor’s office,” the French, I salute the cour- nuclear test ground to be
from Syria, where until was related to the church extremists despite being the shot to death, according to Molins told reporters from the age of the police officers who carried out”. The exact date
recently the Islamic State attacks. target of multiple deadly police union official Yvan Assi- scene. neutralized the terrorist,” of the closure will depend
group controlled significant “Police confiscated fire attacks in recent years. oma. The Islamic State group French President Emmanuel on weather conditions, the
territory. arms, bullets, bows and Paris police officers evacuat- Authorities are working to claimed that the assailant car- Macron tweeted on Saturday agency said.
The extremist group arrows,” Indonesian police ed people from some build- identify the assailant and any- ried out the attack in response night. The ministry said the
claimed responsibility for headquarters Spokesperson ings in the Right Bank one who might have helped to the group’s calls for sup- “France pays once again the DPRK will continue to “pro-
Sunday’s attacks. Setyo Wasisto told a news neighborhood after the attack, him, Interior Minister Gerard porters to target members of price of blood but does not mote close contacts and dia-
The first attack struck the conference. which happened on rue Mon- Collomb told reporters. the US-led military coalition give an inch to the enemies of logue with the neighboring
Santa Maria Roman Catholic signy at about 9 pm. Bar pat- Prosecutor Francois Molins squeezing the extremists out freedom.” countries and the interna-
Church in Surabaya, police AP—XINHUA rons and opera-goers said counterterrorism author- of Iraq and Syria. tional society so as to safe-
described surprise and confu- ities are leading the investiga- France’s military has been AP—XINHUA guard peace and stability on
the Korean Peninsula and
over the globe”.

Mahathir bars predecessor from emigrating US President Donald


Trump and DPRK leader
Kim Jong-un will hold talks
in Singapore on June 12, the
KUALA LUMPUR — Malay- Malaysian police rejected first-ever meeting between
sia’s new leader Mahathir reports claiming that an a sitting US president and a
Mohamad said he barred his apartment unit owned by a DPRK leader.
predecessor and his wife from relative of Najib was raided in Trump’s Secretary of State
leaving the country to prevent an operation to protect evi- Mike Pompeo said on Friday
them from fleeing from possi- dence. that the DPRK can look for-
ble prosecution over a mas- Kuala Lumpur police chief ward to “a future brimming
sive corruption scandal. Mazlan Lazim told local with peace and prosperity”
Police are seen outside the Immaculate Santa Maria Catholic A leaked flight manifesto media that the police have not if it agrees to quickly give up
Church following a blast, in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on showed that Najib Razak and conducted any raids as its nuclear weapons.
Sunday. REUTERS his wife Rosmah Mansor were claimed by several media Trump welcomed the
planning to leave on a private organizations. DPRK’s announcement.
jet on Saturday to Indonesia’s “We are in the midst of “Thank you, a very smart
Briefly capital, Jakarta, fueling checking the veracity of some and gracious gesture!” he
rumors that he was bolting of these reports and are gath- said in a post on Twitter.
Najib Razak, former prime minister of Malaysia, speaks at a news
the country days after a ering information according- The ROK’s presidential
conference in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. SHEN JIZHONG / XINHUA
SIERRA LEONE was 70, was diagnosed with shocking electoral defeat that ly. The so-called raid at office echoed the sentiment
Envoy attends brain cancer in May last year. ended his coalition’s 60-year Pavilion Residences tonight on Sunday, saying it shows
Prime Minister Theresa May grip on power. listed from leaving Malaysia. told a news conference that (Saturday) is not true,” he was Pyongyang’s willingness to
inauguration said: “The dignity and cour- “There are a lot of com- Mahathir confirmed that he was stepping down as pres- quoted as saying. denuclearize through
Chinese President Xi Jin- age with which Dame Tessa plaints against him, all of he prevented Najib from ident of the United Malays It was earlier reported that actions beyond words.
ping’s special envoy Wang Jowell confronted her illness which have to be investigat- departing. He said there was National Organization and as police and plainclothes law- Kim Eui-kyeom, spokes-
Zhigang attended the inau- was humbling and inspira- ed,” Mahathir told a news con- sufficient evidence to investi- chairman of the National enforcement officers raided man for ROK President
guration ceremony of Sierra tional.” ference. gate Najib over the corruption Front coalition to take an apartment in Kuala Lump- Moon Jae-in, said it was an
Leonean President Julius “We have to act quickly scandal involving the 1MDB responsibility for Wednes- ur on Saturday to search for expression of the DPRK’s
Maada Bio on Saturday. POLAND because we don’t want to be state fund that’s being investi- day’s election debacle. sensitive documents that the willingness to keep to the
Wang, also minister of sci- saddled with extradition from gated in the United States and The announcement came newly elected government promise that Pyongyang
ence and technology, went Two more missing other countries.” other countries. US investiga- after strong calls emerged made during the inter-Kore-
fears may be taken out of the
to Sierra Leone’s capital city miners found dead Mahathir said the investi- tors say Najib’s associates from the UMNO, the linchpin country. an summit on April 27.
of Freetown at the invitation Rescuers searching for three gations would take some time stole and laundered $4.5 bil- of the coalition, for Najib to
of Bio, said Chinese Foreign Polish miners trapped because investigators need to lion from the fund, with some resign. AP—XINHUA REUTERS—XINHUA—AP
Ministry spokesperson almost a kilometer under- contact authorities in other $700 million landing in
Geng Shuang. ground since a tunnel col- countries and gather evi- Najib’s bank account and
lapsed eight days ago have dence. He has said Najib will around $30 million used to
UNITED KINGDOM found two bodies, taking the “face the consequences” if any buy jewelry for his wife. Najib
‘Olympic Games’ death toll from the incident wrongdoing is found. has denied any wrongdoing.
to four, coal company JSW Najib said on social media Najib responded swiftly,
minister dies at 70 said on Sunday. One man is that he was planning to take a saying he respects the Immi-
Tessa Jowell, a former British still missing at the Zofiowka short vacation to spend time gration Department’s ruling
government minister who mine in southern Poland, with his family. The Immigra- and will remain in the coun-
was instrumental in bringing which was struck by an tion Department, which ini- try with his family. He also
the Olympic Games to Lon- earthquake on May 5, ini- tially said there was no travel said he was committed to
don in 2012, died on Saturday tially trapping seven miners. ban, later issued a statement “facilitating a smooth transfer
after a brain haemorrhage, that the former prime minis- of power”.
her family said. Jowell, who XINHUA—REUTERS—AP ter and his wife were black- Later on Saturday, Najib
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Mutual understanding Cai Meng

key to trade talk success

C
hina and the United States have agreed to start
fresh talks in Washington “at an appropriate time”,
which is a positive development to avert an all-out
trade war. Now the two need to think thoroughly
how to achieve more consensus in the talks to push
forward the healthy development of bilateral trade
relations.
The key principle the two sides have to abide by should be
mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual benefits,
which is in the interests of both countries and without which the
talks risk being deadlocked.
The China-US trade differences have been brought to the brink
of a dangerous trade war by Washington’s unilateral actions,
despite China repeatedly expressing its commitment to solving
their disputes through dialogues. But since coercion has not
worked, it has now softened its stance.
The US should draw lessons from its previous dealings with
China. It should bear in mind that the outcomes of dialogue
should be mutually beneficial and China will not accept its inter-
ests being damaged.
China, meanwhile, will continue to take a pragmatic approach
to the talks and is willing to take measures to ensure progress is
made to promote the healthy development of China-US trade
relations, so long as its core interests are not jeopardized and the
US respects the principle of equal-footed consultation in the talks.
China has always taken a constructive approach in opening up
its economy to share with the international community its devel-
opment opportunities. It has recently vowed to open up its multi-
trillion-dollar financial sector, for example, and increase imports
from other countries to contribute to global growth.
At a time when global growth is showing an initial trend of sta- OPINION LINE
ble growth, but with its future sustainability remaining question-
able, China’s new opening-up moves will play a vital role in
maintaining global growth and are in stark contrast with the
Better China-Japan ties
tiesshot
shotin
in Meat scavenging
“America first” approach adopted by Washington.
The Trump administration, ever since its inauguration, has exposes loopholes
shown an entrenched trend of protectionism, which has led to a
series of offensive steps that risk ruining the existing global trade
and economic order, triggering widespread concern over the
the arm for regional cooperation in disposal system
destructive role of unilateralism.
Having suffered setbacks in dealing with China over trade ALTHOUGH IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Tokyo last week has brought VILLAGERS living near a landfill in
issues after it threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese products the estranged relations between China and Japan back onto the right track, Li’s visit, the first by a Chinese Jinping county, Southwest China’s Yunnan
worth $150 billion, the US should be aware that it must become premier in eight years, was of practical importance in helping the two countries begin to rebuild their long province, have been collecting and selling
more cooperative and constructive in the trade talks with Chi- lost mutual trust. Beijing Youth Daily comments: the expired or shoddy meat products that
na. the authorities have disposed of there. The-
It should cast away its unilateral mentality so that the two In his speech marking the 40th anniversary of will guarantee the sustainability and vitality of paper.cn commented on Sunday:
sides can make efforts to find a solution to bilateral trade fric- the China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty, Li their cooperation.
tions. expressed his anticipation that the two countries That the trade with each other only accounts for It is estimated the villagers recovered
will advance their cooperation by taking advan- 20 percent of their foreign trade, and their capacity and sold nearly 250 tons of meat products,
tage of the the opportunity presented by the in cooperation on industries, environmental pro- ranging from beef to chicken’s feet, until a
Carrier’s sea trials show progress that has been made toward resolving the
Korean Peninsula situation.
tection and energy saving, among other things, is
yet to be tapped speaks volumes about the prospec-
post revealing the practice went viral on
social media and the county government
The consensus reached at the summit of the tive benefits that could be realized through a trilat- put a stop to it last week.
navy ‘stands up in the East’ three countries on advancing their economic coop-
eration paves the way to push forward their long-
eral free tade agreeement.
Also, the memorandums of understanding
Once a new load of meat had been
dumped in the landfill, hundreds of local
anticipated trilateral free trade agreement, which between China and Japan on strengthening their villagers would rush to the site and start

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lthough, as the navy said, the trial is only to test the reli- will also give a shot in the arm to efforts to promote service trade and cooperation in third countries, working around the clock to gather as
ability and capacity of its propulsion system, the maid- the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partner- which is closely related to the Belt and Road Initia- much of it as possible.
en sea trials of China’s first domestically designed ship. tive, and their agreements on the building of sea This reportedly had been going on for
aircraft carrier on Sunday morning stirred the emotions This is a different tune to that being sung by and air liaison mechanisms and restarting negotia- years with most of the meat finding its way
of many Chinese. Washington, which is following a unilateralist tions on a currency swap agreement all indicate the to roadside eateries and countryside food
Since its doors were forced open from the outside by Western score that has been building to a protectionist cre- two neighbors have made the first strides toward workshops. And the operation has been
navies in the late 19th century, it has been a dream for China to scendo. greater economic cooperation. going on openly for several years.
have a strong navy, so that there will be no repeat of the gunboat The potential of the three Asian neighbor’s coop- Now is the time to carry on the momentum and To prevent it from happening again, the
diplomacy and seaborne humiliations of the past. eration and collaboration is huge, and it is this that materialize these consensuses. country government is now mixing caustic
Although it is not the latest-generation carrier technology, soda and cement among the meat products
"Type 001A", as the vessel is currently known, is endogenously before dumping them.
designed and built. Expected to be commissioned by 2020, it But it would not have been difficult for
embodies both China’s self-reliance, the industrial and technolog-
ical progress it has made, and the degree to which its naval capa-
Car-hailing firm may be liable in killing the government to discover the dirty trade.
Yet it did nothing to stop it.
bilities have progressed. Even without the scavenging, to bury
As President Xi Jinping said last month when conducting a DIDI CHUXING, a car-hailing service company headquartered in Beijing, has suspended its car-hail- hundreds of tons of meat products in one
review in the South China Sea, notable progress has been made in ing operations for a week to conduct thorough rectification after a 21-year-old flight stewardess, was alleg- place without any processing measures
modernizing the country’s navy. The new carrier reinforces his edly murdered by the driver of a car she ordered in Zhengzhou, Henan province, last week. Beijing News beforehand, not only violates the rules for
message that the Chinese navy has “stood up in the East” with a comments: the disposing of meat products, it also pos-
brand new image. However, it still has a long way to go. es a serious risk to the local ecology and
But that does not mean, as the sniping of some would have peo- According to reports quoting his neighbors, the fied to drive a hail car, but he had in fact earned his environment, contaminating the soil and
ple believe, that the carrier is intended as a means with which to driver of the vehicle hailed by the woman was driv- living in the business for more than two months. water.
grab overseas interests. Rather, it is a means to prevent China’s ing a car registered under his father’s name on the Something the company was unaware of. These expired meat products can be
national interests from being encroached upon. Didi Chuxing platform that night, breaching the Also female passengers have frequently com- turned into organic fertilizers and bio-fuel
Although the Chinese navy has developed rapidly in both size company’ rules. The company said the father had plained about the obscene remarks of male car- for power plants.
and quality over the past five years, the abuse and menace that passed the verification process and criminal back- hailing drivers. So the company must know about Now is the time to track down the indus-
are regularly directed the country’s way means it would be remiss ground checks required by the company. the problem. Yet, it has done nothing about it. trial chain and hold relevant officials,
for it not to have the means to urge caution. Yet despite having a facial recognition system The company needs to stem the loopholes in its including those in the food safety and com-
Nor should the expanded role the navy is being asked to play be for its drivers, the company had no idea who was mode of operations to prevent any such tragedies merce administration departments, and
dismissed. As well as the inshore defense that has been its mis- driving the car until the police found it and made happening again. the sellers responsible, as their dereliction
sion for decades and the safeguarding of the country’s territorial inquiries, and even though the victim complained But although the driver drowned himself in a riv- of duties and dirty business have constitut-
integrity, it also has to be able to protect the country’s develop- of the driver’s verbal sexual harassment to the cus- er after the case — his body was found in the river ed a huge threat to food safety and public
ment interests including its trade routes and Chinese citizens tomer service department of the company before on Sunday — that still should not put an end to the health.
working overseas. her death, the company failed to contact the driv- case. The woman’s family or the public security The case should ring the alarm bells
As the world’s second-largest economy, China is taking increas- er, and did nothing to address the woman’s con- organs have every reason to sue the company and nationwide for the authorities to strength-
ing responsibility for maintaining world peace and protecting the cerns. the culprit’s family for civil compensation, if the en their supervision of the processing of
world economy. This also requires the country to have a strong The police found that the suspect was not quali- court confirms the driver was the killer. refuse, especially in the countryside.
navy, which will enable it to do whatever it can to respond to any
humanitarian and rescue emergency.

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Tariff barriers will lead nowhere Cai Hong


The author is China Daily Tokyo bureau

T
he threat of a full- chief.
fledged trade war caihong@chinadaily.com.cn
between China and the
United States might
have receded thanks to the recent
Sino-US trade talks. But many
Abe may not be
still fear China will suffer a bigger
blow if a trade war breaks out,
because it relies heavily on the
able to revise
US to keep its enormous export
operation going.
The facts are different. Despite
Constitution
China exporting more products
to the US than the US exports to
China, there is no reason why
next summer
Washington would emerge the

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winner in a trade war. Since having a ripple effect, going n May 3, Japan observed the 71st
many US companies could lose all the way back to the sup- anniversary of its Constitution
access to the Chinese market and pliers across the world, that went into effect in 1947.
products in the event of a trade many third countries Despite strong opposition from
war, US citizens in general would could also suffer collateral people at home and abroad, Japanese Prime
have to not only pay more for damage. Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to amend the
consumer products, but also face Trump’s trade policy is Constitution that, in his words, was
pay cuts or lose their jobs. a reflection of mercantil- imposed by the United States on Japan after
Worse, since farmers in the US ism. Viewing global World War II.
would be caught in the middle of trade as a “zero-sum An opinion poll conducted by Kyodo
a trade war, as their agricultural game”, it favors protec- News in Japan last month showed 61 per-
produce exported to China could tionism in order to cent of the respondents were opposed to
be one of the main retaliation derive maximum profits, any constitutional revisions while Abe is in
targets for Beijing. And regard- when the fact is, interna- office, compared with 38 percent in favor.
less of US President Donald tional trade is a win-win On May 3 last year, Abe gave called for
Trump’s claim that trade wars are game that benefits all par- specifying the Self-Defense Forces in the
“good, and easy to win” — which ticipants. Constitution, arguing that the lack of refer-
was immediately criticized by Trump should realize ence to Japanese armed forces leaves room
many Americans — the US would that the US’ trade deficit for them to be seen as “unconstitutional”.
suffer huge losses in a trade war. with China is not a result of The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has
The tit-for-tat retaliation would China adopting unfair policies. come up with a proposal on how to amend
be beneficial to neither the US Instead, it is a result of many fac- the Constitution in line with Abe’s wishes.
nor China. tors, such as different compara- Under the LDP’s plan, the first paragraph
MA XUEJING /
Besides, a trade war would have tive advantages, the US’ of Article 9, which renounces war, and the
CHINA DAILY
a damaging effect not only on the restrictions on the export of high- second paragraph, which prohibits Japan
US and China, but also on global tech, low savings rate of Ameri- from possessing any “war potential”, would
trade and thus the world econo- cans, and the US dollar being a be retained, but a new clause stating the
my. Tariff barriers would retard global currency. So it is unfair to provisions of the preceding paragraphs do
GDP growth for both countries, discriminate against Chinese not preclude the country from taking “nec-
which in turn would slow the products by accusing China of ples on which it was established essary” self-defense measures would be
global economy even before it has practicing unfair policies. as a nation. Besides, Trump’s added.
fully recovered from the impact of Building tariff barriers as part “America First” policy is against To make the new clause in Article 9 rele-
the global financial crisis. of a trade policy is, to some the rules of the WTO. vant, the Japanese government has defined
China’s would not be the only extent, unilaterally declaring a Protectionism will cause tangi- the SDF as an organization with strength
economy to be affected by US tar- war against multilateralism, ble losses to the US economy. It “below war potential”. And Abe has claimed
iff barriers, because a wide net- and pitting protectionism will also cause intangible losses that the proposed revision of Article 9 will
work of value chains feed against free trade, which is a fla- to its soft power and world lead- bring “no change” to the role and nature of
different materials, components grant violation of the cardinal ership. And mercantilism, which the SDF.
and sub-components into the principles of the World Trade promotes the building of tariff
global manufacturing and Organization. barriers to global trade, not only
assembly base that is China. The US for long saw itself as causes damage to the rule of law
Many other economies could suf- the beacon of non-discrimina- in international trade, but harms Opinion polls show no
fer, as many of the manufactur- tion, fair competition, free trade, global and regional peace.
ing companies operating in openness and rule-based multi- clear rise in popular
China are registered in other lateralism. But under Trump’s The author is director of the Cen-
countries, including in the US. leadership, the US seems hell- ter for Global Governance, Xia- support for constitu-
And with the retaliatory tariffs bent on violating the very princi- men University of Technology.
tional revision.

Alfred Schipke and Longmei Zhang The Abe administration has already sub-
stantially eased the constitutional limits on

Good but uncertain times could be on way the “armed forces”. Japan’s Constitution
allows the SDF to act only in self-defense,
but the national security legislation that
took effect in 2015 allows Japan to respond
to attacks on its allies as well. Japan will

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ur Regional Economic emerging markets. Among the mies face the risk of “growing old tion, deal with the demographic now expand its role in United Nations
Outlook suggests a larger economies, growth in before they grow rich”, and the transition, address climate peacekeeping operations, increase contin-
strong global and Japan has been above potential In the longer run, adverse effect of aging on growth change, and support those affect- gency planning with the US, and explore
regional growth for eight consecutive quarters and fiscal positions could be sub- ed by shifts in technology and new areas of defense cooperation with
momentum. But there are also and is expected to remain strong
Asia’s growth stantial. A second challenge is trade. And to reap the full bene- “like-minded states”.
clouds on the horizon for which
all need to prepare and now is
this year at 1.2 percent. And in
India, after temporary disrup-
prospects could be slowing productivity growth.
Besides, the global economy is
fits of the digital revolution, Asia
will need a comprehensive and
Still, the Japanese government is consid-
ering arming the SDF with highly aggres-
the time to do it. China’s reforms tions caused by the currency heavily affected by becoming increasingly digital- integrated policy strategy cover- sive weapons, moving further away from
have stabilized the economy and exchange initiative (called ized, and while some recent ing information and communica- the country’s defense-only policy. It is con-
progress has been made in finan- “demonetization” in India) and demographics, advances could be truly trans- tions technology, infrastructure, sidering modifying its largest helicopter
cial deleveraging. The key will be the rollout of the new Goods and formative, they also come with trade, labor markets and educa- destroyer, the Izumo, so that US F-35B
to stay the course. Services Tax, growth is expected slowing productiv- challenges, including those relat- tion. stealth fighters can land on and take off
As we note in our recently to recover to 7.4 percent, making ed to the future of work. Asia in In China, reforms in the past from its flight deck.
released “Regional Economic it once again the region’s fastest ity growth, and aggregate is embracing the digi- two years have contributed to a And US defense contractor Lockheed
Outlook”, the Asia-Pacific region growing economy. tal revolution, but the degree reduction of near-term risks and Martin Corp., according to Reuters, plans
remains the main engine of the For China, this year is projec-
the rise of the dig- varies significantly across the stabilized the economy. In partic- to offer Japan a stealth fighter design
global economy, and near-term
prospects have improved since
ted to see growth ease to 6.6 per-
cent from 6.9 percent last year, as
ital economy. region. ular, progress has been made in
financial deleveraging, which
based on its export-banned F-22 Raptor
and advanced F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
our report of October last year. financial, housing and fiscal
tightening measures take effect
Aging populations Strong forecasts should continue. Recently issued The proposed aircraft is said to combine
But there are many risks on the regulation on asset management the F-22 and F-35 and “could be superior to
horizon, including a tightening and net exports contribute less. are an important help build buffers products and new liquidity rules both of them”.
of global financial conditions, a Such a slowdown is necessary The strong economic outlook are welcome and should help fur- Japanese lawmakers in favor of a consti-
shift toward protectionist poli- and will benefit China in the long challenge, as provides a valuable opportunity ther unwind risks accumulated tutional revision have a two-thirds majori-
cies, and an increase in geopoliti- run, as it reflects the economy’s to focus macroeconomic policies in the financial sector; the key ty in both houses of parliament, a
cal tensions. In addition, over the transition from a focus on quan- many economies on building buffers, increasing however, will be steadfast imple- threshold for initiating an amendment to
longer run, Asian economies will tity to quality of growth. Inflation resilience, and ensuring sustain- mentation. the Constitution. However, they may lose
face major challenges from aging is expected to rise from 1.6 per- face the risk of ability. In many countries in the It will be important to further this advantage.
populations and slowing produc- cent in 2017 to 2.5 percent in region, continued fiscal support slow credit growth and improve The election to the upper house is sched-
tivity growth, as well as the rise 2018, but remain moderate and
“growing old is less urgent given the strong credit allocation efficiency, which uled for the summer of next year, when
of the digital economy, which
could yield huge benefits but also
in line with the regional trend. before they grow economic performance, and poli-
cymakers should focus on ensur-
should go hand-in-hand with
State-owned enterprise reforms
half of its 242 seats will be contested. The
LDP, Komeito and two small parties that
bring major disruptions. Complex factors rich” ... ing that debt remains under and more forceful exit of zombie favor constitutional revision hold the nec-
Given these uncertainties, control. Some countries should companies. Fiscal policy that fos- essary two-thirds majority in the upper
macroeconomic policies in the
influence outlook also focus on revenue mobiliza- ters consumption, while curtail- house.
region should be conservative Risks to near-term growth are tion to create space for infra- ing excessive investment, Since 69 seats held by LDP members will
and aimed at building buffers balanced, but downside risks and financial vulnerabilities. structure and social spending especially at the local level, be up for grabs, it has to win something
and raising resilience, while tak- prevail over the medium term. More inward-looking policies in and to support structural would facilitate rebalancing and close to this number to hold on to the two-
ing advantage of strong econom- On the upside, the global recov- major global economies, as high- reforms. contribute to higher quality of thirds advantage. And wining a number of
ic conditions to implement ery could again prove stronger lighted by recent tariff actions As for monetary policy, the pol- growth. seats in the mid-sixties range will be no easy
structural reforms to promote than expected. The new Compre- and announcements, could dis- icy stance can remain accommo- And these reforms should be task for the LDP, which won only 55 in the
sustainable and inclusive growth. hensive and Progressive Agree- rupt international trade and dative in much of the region accompanied by further most recent upper house election in 2016.
Regional growth is expected to ment for Trans-Pacific financial markets and have a given that inflation is generally strengthening policy frame- With this in mind, Abe may well push to get
remain strong at 5.6 percent this Partnership and the successful substantial impact on Asia, still muted. Nonetheless, central works, for example, giving the a set of amendments approved by the Diet
year and next — up by about 0.1 implementation of the China- which has benefited so much banks should be vigilant, since People’s Bank of China more before the summer 2019 election.
percentage point from our previ- proposed Belt and Road Initia- from economic integration. our analysis suggests that much operational independence to Abe wants the amendment to be adopted
ous forecast — supported by tive, assuming debt sustainability Finally, geopolitical tensions of the undershooting of inflation implement monetary and in 2020. But he may find it difficult to set a
strong global demand and favor- and project quality are main- could have serious financial and targets in Asia has been exchange rate policy, and allow- date for a national referendum because of a
able financial conditions. tained, could support trade, economic repercussions. explained by temporary, global ing the market to play a more series of big events next year, from Emperor
As in other regions, inflation in investment and growth. In the longer run, Asia’s factors, such as commodity pri- decisive role. Akihito’s abdication to the G20 Summit and
Asia has largely remained sub- Asia, however, remains vulner- growth prospects could be heavi- ces and imported inflation, the Rugby World Cup.
dued despite the pickup in able to a sudden and sharp tight- ly affected by demographics, which could reverse. Alfred Schipke is IMF senior resi- Opinion polls show no clear rise in popu-
growth. We project that inflation ening in global financial slowing productivity growth, and Therefore, tailored measures dent representative for China, lar support for constitutional revision. So
will remain at 1.4 percent on conditions, while extended peri- the rise of the digital economy. are needed to boost productivity and Longmei Zhang is IMF dep- even if a set of amendments is approved by
average in advanced economies ods of easy financial conditions Aging populations are an impor- and investment, narrow the gen- uty resident representative for the Diet, it is not certain they will be ratified
and 3.3 percent on average in could risk a buildup of leverage tant challenge, as many econo- der gap in labor force participa- China. in the referendum.
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RETURN OF STABILITY
Talking Business

Decades pass, yet


Residential property gathers speed in lower-tier cities even as metros withstand curbs, higher prices
By WANG YING in Shanghai
real(i)ty bites hard
wangying@chinadaily.com.cn
By WANG YING in Shanghai
China’s lower-tier cities are
7.4 percent
wangying@chinadaily.com.cn
stealing the residential proper-
ty market thunder from bigger About a decade ago, a TV
places as home prices continue series called Woju (meaning compound annual
to rise, thanks to fewer restric- a narrow dwelling, like that growth rate of Shang-
tions on purchases there. of a snail) became a huge hit hai’s immigrants from
But realty industry experts among Chinese audiences. 2000 to 2017
said first-tier cities, which The series depicted how
have seen curbs to prevent hard it is for young people
overheating amid speculative working and living in big cit-
investments, will stay resilient ies to buy an apartment in house to lease it to more ten-
and stable in the longer term. such places. ants.
Contracts were struck The series’ popularity can “The development of
online for some 360 apart- be attributed to many rea- long-term rental housing is
ments in first-tier cities during sons. One of the most impor- supported by such factors.
the first two days of the May tant reasons was that most The population inflow into
Day holiday. The figure more of the houses were indeed big cities in East China is
than halved year-on-year, unaffordable for young peo- boosted by the expansion of
according to data from prop- ple. So, the series struck a service industries and
erty consultancy Centaline. chord. robust leasing demand.
Yet, the housing market in Aspects like having to save Such demand is caused by
major cities saw steady per- every yuan possible toward the unaffordability of home
formance in March and April. making the down payment purchases in first- and sec-
But the transaction volume for a house first, followed by ond-tier cities.
has not returned to peak days allocation of a major part of “Another reason is prefer-
seen before policy-tightening income for monthly mort- ential policies by the central
late last year, said Zhang gage payments, reflected the government. There are now
Dawei, chief analyst at Cental- reality of the day. principles like same rights
ine Property Agency Ltd. In order to repay housing for home leasing and pur-
According to data from the loans, people became risk- chases, and that homes are
National Bureau of Statistics, averse and couldn’t muster for living in, not speculative
prices of new homes in top-tier courage to change jobs. They investments,” said Chen
cities edged down 0.6 percent sacrificed their life quality to Tiedong, director of Colliers’
year-on-year in March; while save more. They were nick- East China research divi-
in the secondary market, resi- named house slaves who sion.
dential property prices slid 0.1 abandoned their dreams. As at the end of 2017,
percent from a year ago, the I wonder sometimes if the Shanghai’s permanent pop-
first such drop in recent years. situation now is any differ- ulation of immigrants from
Liu Jianwei, a senior statisti- ent. elsewhere in China reached
cian at the NBS, attributed the The key reason for decid- 9.73 million, having grown
return of stability in the residen- ing to buy an apartment is to at a compound annual
tial property market to meas- overcome factors like unpre- growth rate of 7.4 percent
ures by local governments as dictability and uncertainty from 2.87 million in 2000,
well as the continuity in the pro- that shroud home rentals. according to Colliers
vincial-level housing policies. An acquaintance was once research.
The macro-level policies
that took effect in the past year
Home sweet (and pricy) home forced out of a rented flat in
the middle of the night. She
During the period 2000-
17, the annual net popula-
have been effective, and home M-o-m change in prices of new homes in first-tier cities over an eight-month period was sharing the flat with two tion inflow was about
prices in first-tier cities will be other girls. As it turned out, 400,000. The large size of
stable throughout this year, Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen she was ejected by the land- the immigrant population
said Zhou Jing, head of project 100 100 99.3 99.6 100.3 99.8 100 100 99.9 99.8 100.2 100.3 99.7 99.8 100.2 99.6 99.6 100 100.1 100.2 100.2 99.9 lord who illegally changed
99.8 99.9 99.5 100 99.8 99.9 99.7 99.8 99.6 99.4
sales, JLL Shanghai, an inter- the internal structure of the See RENTAL page 14
national real estate consultan-
cy.
“First-tier cities were some
of the earliest to implement
(market-)cooling measures
and continue to have some of Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18
the toughest restrictions,
while also having some of the
highest prices,” said James Y-o-y change in prices of new homes in first-tier cities over an eight-month period
Macdonald, senior director of 113.3
Savills China research, anoth- Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen
109.4
er international real estate 107.7 106.6
105.5
consultancy. 105.6 103.7 103.1
A report from the Shanghai 103.2 100.5 100 100.8
99.8 99.7 99.7 98.8 98.8 99.7
University of Finance and Eco- 99.7
98 99.9 99.7 99.8 96.6 99.4 99.4
nomics or SUFE had a similar 96.2 96.8
96.7 97 97.5 97.7
conclusion, suggesting both Prospective homebuyers look at a model of a residential
new homes and pre-owned res- Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 project of Country Garden in Yichang, Hubei province, on Nov
idential properties are showing 19, 2017, YUAN TIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY
a downward trend, the China M-o-m change in prices of pre-owned homes in first-tier cities over an eight-month period
Youth Daily reported.
By analyzing NBS data on
China’s major 70 cities
99.8 100 99.8 100.2 99.9 100.3 99.7 100.4 100.1 100.1
Beijing

100.4
Shanghai

100.1 99.9
100.9
Guangzhou

100.2 101.3
Shenzhen

99.8 99.4 100.2


100.7
Market turns fluid
between the second half of 99.4 99.9 99.5 99.5 99.7 99.6 99.9 99.6 99.4 99.5 99.6
2017 and February this year,
the SUFE report found that
these cities’ new home prices’
99.1

amid big churn


growth rate declined signifi- By WANG YING in Shanghai growth in contracted sales
cantly from the first half of wangying@chinadaily.com.cn by reaching 550.8 billion
2017, and most of the growth yuan, followed by China
was contributed by second- Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 The financial perform- Vanke’s 529.88 billion yuan
and third-tier cities. ance of Chinese property and Evergrande’s 500.96 bil-
Sales revenue growth of Y-o-y change in prices of pre-owned homes in first-tier cities over an eight-month period developers has been under- lion yuan.
new homes in first-tier cities going massive changes since In addition to their glitter-
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen
also slumped from nearly 20 118.3 114.7 last year. ing performance, these mar-
112.5 111.7
percent in the first quarter of 109.8 Small firms either closed ket leaders also have
107.6
2017 to a decline of 1 percent in 107.8 105.5 105 or merged with bigger play- substantial amount of land
the first quarter of this year. 103.4 101.4 100.1 101 101.5 102.6 ers as the industry consoli- reserves for securing their
104.7 102.4
According to Macdonald, 100.9 99.9 99.9 99.9 100.3 100.8 98.9
dated or rationalized due to future development.
100.2
factors like tough restrictions 99 99.8 99.1 98.4
constant policy changes. Country Garden holds
96.9 95.4 93.2
on home purchases and high Also, land supply 280 million square meters of
home prices will continue to Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 decreased. Solid growth land as well as about 140
weigh upon these markets. became difficult for develop- million sq m of land in the
Source: Shanghai Lianjia CHINA DAILY
“Weak volumes and softer ers because the market contract pipeline.
pricing does not necessarily shifted its focus from build- Vanke’s carry-over pro-
represent a lack of demand average home transaction year ago, according to Chinese and the increase in new supply cies on home-buying, loan ing and selling houses to jects’ sales revenue totaled
but an inability to convert that took 30-odd days in April 2017 residential property agency is the main driver,” said Zhou requirements, and the developing and leasing 414.32 billion yuan as at the
demand into a sales transac- but extended to nearly 80 days Shanghai Lianjia. Jing, head of project sales, JLL increase in land supply since existing projects, experts end of 2017, a year-on-year
tion. Markets remain general- in February, with homes trad- Although the transaction Shanghai. the second quarter of last year, said. growth of almost 49 percent.
ly stable and the future ed at a lower price level than volume in Shanghai’s new Zhou said demand contained said the SUFE report. Chinese real estate giants Evergrande’s total floor
direction will be largely deter- that of January 2017. home market was approach- in 2017 will be released some- Despite a 142-percent such as Country Garden, area in reserve has reached
mined by changes to existing In Shanghai, 492,900 ing a six-month high, this is what as there are quite a few month-on-month increase in Evergrande Group and Chi- 312 million square meters by
policy frameworks as well as square meters of newly built still the lowest transaction vol- new residential projects that sales volume of pre-owned na Vanke all saw their sales the end of last year, and its
monetary policy,” he said. homes were traded in March ume for March since 2012, will likely boost supply this year. apartments in March to 17,370 revenue exceed 500 billion land reserve value has
Prices and transaction vol- this year, up 143 percent from Shanghai Lianjia said. The cooling of first-tier cit- units, the figure remains the yuan ($78.87 billion) for the already nearly doubled to
umes of pre-owned homes in February, the month of week- “We project new home trad- ies’ home market was attribut- lowest in six years for March, first time in 2017. 1.04 trillion yuan from the
both Beijing and Shanghai long Spring Festival, but ing in Shanghai in 2018 will ed to a string of factors, Country Garden reported
declined. In the capital, an dropped 31 percent from a outperform the previous year, including the tightening poli- See BARGAIN page 14 a 78-percent year-on-year See EXPANSION page 14
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GOING
GOING GLOBAL
GLOBAL
Rental:
Powering up the world with solar Tenants’
age down;
Znshine adds India to its growing
pan-planet photovoltaic footprint
market is
By
By ZHENG
ZHENG XIN
XIN
zhengxin@chinadaily.com.cn
zhengxin@chinadaily.com.cn
growing
Chinese
Chinese solar
solar photovoltaic
photovoltaic From pageYING
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panel manufacturer
manufacturer (There is) new wangying@chinadaily.com.cn
Znshine
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has nailed
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300-megawatt
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ago, a TV
agreement
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like having modeltoissave yet
PV modules, also known as accounted for 24 percent of to prove its profitability,
every yuan possible toward said
self-cleaning PV modules, India’s solar products, with Zhou Jing, head
making the down payment for of project
1500-volt modules and decen- sales growth seen in both cells sales,
a house JLL Shanghai.
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tralized junction box, all of and modules. According
cation of a major to Zhou, part the of
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income forrent monthly a mortgage
landlord
month and are expected to be major overseas market that receives
payments, forreflected
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loans, peopleselling became pricerisk- in
pered and attracted the atten- signed orders for more than Shanghai.
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courage to change challenge
jobs. They will
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if the
solar power generation in 2017 ent power generator in India, additional factor would
situation now is any different. be the
reached 9,628 mW, compared is a win-win as “we can pro- scaling up of asset
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with 4,251 mW in 2016 and vide them with the most-ad- ment
to buystaff capable of
an apartment operat-
is to over-
exceeded the markets of North vanced photovoltaic ing
come factors like residential unpredicta-
America, Europe and Japan. manufacturing technology accommodation,”
bility and uncertainty said James that
The Indian government and professional service from Macdonald,
shroud home senior rentals. research
aims to build 100 gigawatts of China, ensuring a profession- director of Savills
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middle of the night. are thatShe
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internal reputation.
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of long-
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term rental housing is sup- housing and
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portedhousing
by such from a residen-
factors. The
the US would install 10 gW. actively expanding into over- said earlier it was considering ing the manufacture of solar According to Wang Dong, with the University of Science tial management
population inflowperspective.”
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demand. so that Such I candemand
pursue my is
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caused by without the burdens
the unaffordability
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home purchases
maintenance and
in first-
are competing with each oth- With its power station see- halt the fast-expanding indus- saying panels were being sold Seeding a next generation convert more light into elec- housing
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cities. on
er to invest in India’s PV mar- ing an annual capacity of 1.1 try in its tracks and increase too cheaply to the US market. of technology, identifying tricity. my“Another
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Bargain: Pre-owned Expansion: Real estate firms


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member dealing with home have enough liquidity. This is possible results include hold- said experts. China, a real estate consult- income streams; exploring development for sales. How-
loans at ICBC’s Chongqing in keeping with the general ing off on large investments, Since third- and fourth-tier ancy, said the way to stay opportunities; and develop- ever, some have made signifi-
branch, CNR reported. financial de-risking that is tak- such as relocation offices and cities are taking the heat of competitive is by deleverag- ing competencies in nontra- cant strides toward
Meanwhile, starting from ing place and will unlikely the associated fit-out costs, tak- home price growth, the SUFE ing — that is, by paying down ditional asset classes like development of asset man-
the third quarter of last year, have a significant impact on ing on additional operational report projected that home expensive debt commit- housing for the elderly, data agement capabilities and
many commercial banks have the property market,” said costs such as new headcount prices in first-tier cities will ments; ensuring steady cash centers and student housing. either built up or acquired
tightened their home loan pol- Macdonald. (meaning less office expansion likely stabilize throughout flow to ensure debt servicing Developers are reinventing income-producing portfoli-
icies with more restrictions Zhou agreed with the pro- requirements), reducing costs 2018. and continued operations; their role, changing from os,” said Macdonald.
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Trade tensions with Perfect to


China make US expand
farmers fear losses digital fun
WAUSAU, the United States
portfolio
— Luck has not been on the
side of American farmers in
the midwest this year. $ 10.12 By OUYANG SHIJIA
ouyangshijia@
Having endured a record level of soybean futures for chinadaily.com.cn
blizzard that swept through September
the region in mid-April, they Perfect World Co Ltd, a
now face another potentially Chinese movie and gaming
more damaging threat — the company, is targeting digi-
China-US trade disputes trig- market. Over the next two dec- tal-savvy younger genera-
gered by the Trump adminis- ades, the total acreage bal- tion with products
tration that, among other looned from about 25 million protected by intellectual
things, put soybean farmers’ hectares to over 36 million property or IP rights.
income in jeopardy. hectares. Its products span the
In early April, President Kremer said farmers are genres of anime, comics,
Donald Trump proposed to hoping that soybean will trade games or ACG, movies and
slap tariffs on $50 billion above $10 per bushel so that TV dramas.
worth of Chinese imports. Chi- they can earn $50-100 from Lu Xiaoyin, chief opera-
na countered it by planning to each acre (2.47 acres equal 1 tion officer of Perfect
levy duties on US exports to hectare or 10,000 sq m). Automobile plant staff assemble an engine at a factory in Weifang, Shandong province. Charles-Edouard Bouee said he believes the World, said the younger
China, including soybeans, the Soybean futures for Septem- automotive industry will be among those whose business model will change due to AI. WANG JILIN / FOR CHINA DAILY generation, particularly
main moneymaker for farms ber, the usual harvest season, those born in the 1995-2000
in Wisconsin. is $10.12, meaning farmers period, are unlike their par-

Expert says automation


“I’m already looking at a loss would have expanded their ents, and demand a differ-
this year,” Brad Kremer, a soybean acreage, had it not ent kind of entertainment
farmer in Pittville, told Xinhua been for the potential tariff content.
in a recent interview. from China following the US “Today, most of the game
Farmers in the region grow government’s threat of puni- players are young people
a mix of crops, including corn, tive measures. under 30,” Lu said. “They
soybean and wheat. Dairy
products are also a source of
income, but with milk prices
tanking in recent years and
corn barely breaking even,
“Farming is a volatile busi-
ness,” Kremer said. “To make
things worse, most farms are
heavily in debt.”
With about $3 million
will spin long-term gains usually prefer fair games,
the specific culture embod-
ied in the game and shared
gaming experiences. And
they also will pay close
farmers rely solely on soy- worth of idle equipment, attention to the application
beans for profit, thanks to Kremer said he has already improve consumer electron- of the latest technology to
strong demand from China. lost track of how much he Rolang Berger CEO sees rapid growth ics and data analytics. Ulti- the game.”
According to Don Lutz, a
former statistician from the
owed the bank.
The prospect of agriculture
of several industries, emerging fields mately, AI will change
business models in telecom-
According to Lu, Perfect
World will further expand
US Department of Agriculture
or USDA, who has been run-
subsidy promised by Trump is
unappealing to farmers, who By ZHONG NAN sciences, imaging, new
Made in munication, media, financial,
retail, transportation, insur-
game categories, including
female-oriented gaming,
ning a farm in Scandinavia, worry that any relief from the zhongnan@chinadaily.com.cn material, semiconductors China 2025 ance, consumer goods, auto- ACG, e-sports, sandbox
Wisconsin, since retirement, federal government will be and 5G telecommunication motive and education games, simulation games
the US exports some 60 per- unsustainable. Industrial automation on technology are likely to brings equal sectors, he said. and card games.
cent of its soybean products. Lutz said any agriculture the back of the Made in China experience high growth, he “The telecommunication A recent joint report from
Kremer said he did not grow subsidy will have to pass tough 2025 strategy will generate said. opportunities to industry is transforming the Game Publishers Associ-
soybean when he started legislative hurdles as conserv- huge growth momentum for China will completely from 4G to 5G technology, ation Publications Commit-
farming two decades ago. Lat- ative lawmakers would dig in businesses such as industrial open up its general manu- ... companies.” largely supported by the Chi- tee, Gamma Data Corp and
er on, when he saw the Ameri- their heels to oppose any legis- electronics, semiconductors, facturing sector, and access nese government, and brings International Data Corpora-
can soybean, known for its lation that will increase feder- data analysis and telecom- to sectors such as high-tech Tu Xinquan, director of the opportunities to the semicon- tion showed that mobile
high oil yield, gradually gain al deficits. munications in the long run, industrial products, tele- China Institute for WTO Studies ductor industry too. But it gaming is growing stronger
popularity in China, he includ- The farmers interviewed by said the head of a global con- communications, medical at the University of International should be combined with oth- in China as the millennials’
ed the legume on his farm- Xinhua said when they voiced sulting firm. services, education, elderly Business and Economics, Beijing er technologies, which will be purchasing power increases.
land. their concerns to lawmakers, Charles-Edouard Bouee, care; and new energy vehi- decisive in the AI era,” said The report noted that
According to USDA data, the latter told them it is up to CEO of Roland Berger Strat- cles will be expanded, find huge market opportuni- Bouee. mobile gaming accounted
soybean plantation in the US the executive branch to handle egy Consultants, a Germa- according to the annual gov- ties.” To further compete with its for 57 percent of the total
has witnessed a significant the trade deals. ny-headquartered company, ernment plan announced in Agreed Tu Xinquan, direct- global rivals, the Ministry of game sales and reached
uptick since the mid 1990s, said many opportunities March. or of the China Institute for Industry and Information 116.1 billion yuan ($18.5 bil-
when it entered the Chinese XINHUA come from the country’s Policies that support the WTO Studies at the Universi- Technology announced earli- lion) in 2017.
ongoing policy reform, the Made in China 2025 strategy ty of International Business er this year that China will set Currently, China has 583
fast-growing artificial intel- are applicable to all kinds of and Economics in Beijing. up a Made in China 2025 million gaming players,
ligence or AI field and 5G businesses, and domestic and “The Made in China 2025 National Demonstration mostly those born in the
technology. foreign-funded companies strategy brings equal oppor- Zone, nurture several world- 1990s and 2000s, and those
“It’s worth differentiating are treated equally, under the tunities to foreign and class advanced manufactur- born in the 2000s are more
between two major trends government plan. domestic companies and will ing industry clusters and active in the gaming mar-
in the Chinese economy. Bouee said production strengthen the role of the promote integrated develop- ket.
China sets out improving safety and environment pro- market.” ment of the manufacturing As of 2016, nearly 10 per-
and upgrading industries to tection have been identified As high-tech products like sector and internet. cent of mobile gaming play-
a high degree, and the econ- as two key industries that are industrial chips or automo- A group of key landmark ers were teenagers born in
omy is developing an in need of improvement. bile engines are critical to a programs and projects have the 2000s.
increasingly changing com- Therefore, there are opportu- country’s industrial develop- already been launched or Last year, Perfect World
plex business environment nities in each industry for ment, Tu said China will notably developed across the launched a new mobile
on the onset of disruptive professional suppliers of safe deploy more resources to country. game called Mengjianji to
innovation,” said Bouee, production solutions and boost core manufacturing In priority areas such as target female and ACG
whose firm employs 2,400 environment protection, he innovation activities such as large passenger aircraft, inte- users and has reportedly
staff in 34 countries and said. intelligent manufacturing, grated circuits, new material, made it to the top four
regions. “Of course, the oil and gas, green manufacturing and aircraft engines, gas turbines, among the most download-
Given the tremendous mining, refinery, chemical, high-end equipment innova- 5G and new energy vehicles, ed apps on Apple’s iPhones.
investment in research and pipeline, energy and utility tion projects. encouraging results have Now, the company wants
development by the Chinese industries are of particular Bouee said he believes AI already been achieved, to move forward, claiming
A fruit-picker at work in an orchard in the state of Washington. government, the emerging interest. Overall, technology will emerge as a leading according to government it will continue to innovate
WANG YING / XINHUA industries like biotech, life and service providers will industry, and will greatly documents. its key IP rights-protected
products to cater to the
younger generation’s diver-

HR consultants foresee smaller raises due to GDP factor sified and personalized cul-
tural needs.
Tong Qing, senior vice-
president of Perfect World,
By CHEN MEILING nomic performance in the fol- similar talent in the market,” knowledge and who are able said the digital entertain-
chenmeiling@chinadaily.com.cn lowing years, but the data will said Huang. to leverage their expertise to ment industry has become
keep higher than that of devel- That’s why, although the streamline work processes or a key driver of economic
Salaries of employees in oped countries,” Huang said. growth rate of wages is slow- procedures will be highly growth in China, and the
China are expected to grow The growth rate of wages in ing in China, it may not neces- sought after. Consequently, gaming segment has played
at about 6 percent this year, western Europe was estimat- sarily decrease the cost of such professionals will have a significant role in the
compared with about 9.4 ed to reach 2.3 percent in 2018 human resources for compa- the most room for a larger pay overall market.
percent back in 2012, when and that of North America was nies, because the competition rise,” Lee said. “There is a growing trend
the economy’s focus shifted seen reaching 2.8 percent, for a limited pool of employees Professionals who are of spinoff from hot IP rights
from rapid growth to high- while Africa would reach 8.5 with global prospects, innova- adaptable, good at problem- related to games and other
quality development, experts percent, the company said. tive thinking, high adaptabili- solving and have strong inter- forms of entertainment
said. The group studied wages in ty and multiple skills is even personal skills will also thrive, products.
“We have studied the fluc- more than 25,000 companies fiercer. he said. “Based on our key copy-
tuation trend of salaries in over 110 countries and pub- Driven by government-led The pressure for human righted games, such as
worldwide for decades, and lished an annual report based campaigns such as the Belt resources is even higher when Mengjianji, Perfect World
found it is highly linked to a on its findings. and Road Initiative, Made in the domestic labor market is will develop more deriva-
country’s GDP, whose influ- Internet-based, financial China 2025 and Internet Plus, shrinking amid an aging pop- tive works in the form of TV
ence may take one or two and real estate industries Staff of a brokerage address investor queries at a financial expo in many companies are scram- ulation and a growing number dramas, movies, comics
years to show,” said Huang boast greatest potential for Beijing. The financial services industry is among those with high bling for top-end talent on the of young middle-class profes- and novels in the future.”
Xian, senior director of Korn high salaries, while manufac- annual salaries, said HR consultants. WU CHANGQING / XINHUA way to digitalization, transfor- sionals with more flexible Wang Xu, chief analyst at
Ferry Hay Group, a human turing, chemical, oil, gas and mation, technology upgrade choices for working or not to Gamma Data Corp, said as
resources consulting firm. other traditional industries or going global, Huang said. work, Huang said. the demographic dividend
Data from the National will offer generally lower sala- The lowest salaries were For example, average annu- “For instance, human Charlie Li, head of human is disappearing, game devel-
Bureau of Statistics showed ries, led by either booms in seen in textiles and garments, al salaries of stock market resources personnel should resources at KPMG China, opers need to seek new ways
China’s GDP grew 6.9 per- certain industries and light manufacturing, farming, experts decreased from not only know how to recruit said though remuneration is to keep the momentum
cent last year. The corre- declines of others, according forestry, animal husbandry 639,500 yuan in 2015 to people or calculate KPI (key not a key motivator for great- strong, and the IP rights-
sponding figure was 9.5 to KFHG. and fishing companies, whose 411,100 yuan in 2017. Banking performance indicators), but er performance, uncompeti- protected products will help
percent in 2011. Information provider East- average level was about remained at around 340,000 have a deep understanding of tive remuneration will drive cut the cost to attract users.
The growth rate of wages money studied annual reports 90,000 to 100,000 yuan per to 370,000 yuan in the last two the company’s business and its people less motivated to per- In March, the Beijing-
nationwide was 8.5 percent in of over 3,000 A-share compa- year. years, Eastmoney said. future development strategy.” form. based company reported its
2013, 7.2 percent in 2014, 7.3 nies, showing that high annu- Though the wage gap in dif- “Traditionally, companies Agreed Felix Lee, head of “From this perspective, 2017 revenue surged 29 per-
percent in 2015, 6 percent in al salaries were mainly seen in ferent industries was large, the would decide the salary level executive search and recruit- compensation should reach cent to 7.93 billion yuan.
2016 and 5.8 percent in 2017, financial, securities, banking future of some industries at by judging the value of posi- ment services of KPMG China, the level that can make talents And 5.65 billion yuan came
KFHG data showed. and real estate industries last the top of pyramid was not as tion (job-title), the person’s a global consultancy service feel comfortable and happy to from the gaming sector,
“The salary fluctuation will year, which may surpass glamorous as the public imag- competence and working per- provider. join, stay, and get engaged,” he accounting for more than
keep stable along with the eco- 500,000 yuan ($78,578). ined, Eastmoney said. formance, as well as supply of “Those with strong digital said. 70 percent of the total.
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Budget hotels upgrade


Unicorn boom on horizon services for the future
Revised regulations
favor funding for By CHEN MEILING
chenmeiling@chinadaily.com.cn
24-hour bed-and-breakfast brand
Dimi in Chongqing in 2016, whose
startups through net profit margin last year was said
Business transformation and to be 40 percent.
equity investments product upgrades are key to the sur- A few five-star hotels can post 25
vival and future growth of budget to 30 percent of total revenue as net
By CHEN JIA hotels that are in decline — and BTG profits, while budget hotels can
chenjia@chinadaily.com.cn Homeinns Hotels Group, whose barely make 8 to 10 percent of total
first-quarter profit surged over 116 revenue as net profit, he said.
Chinese investors are betting big percent year-on-year to 75.39 mil- A Dimi room sells for 800 yuan to
on a golden decade for unicorns as lion yuan ($11.8 million), is a good 1,000 yuan per night, more expen-
a boom is foreseen on the back of example, experts said. sive than local five-star hotels, yet,
revised regulations that encourage Sun Jian, general manager of BTG its occupancy rate was 95 percent
financing through equity, accord- Homeinns, said the budget hotel last year, Zhang said.
ing to market players. operator renovated or refurbished Dimi has a name for each of its
A unicorn is a startup that proves 100 hotels since 2017 with new guest rooms. The names are
successful and enjoys a valuation of chairs, lamps, sofas and walls. It also inspired by classic Chinese poems
$1 billion or more. set up areas for tea breaks and buf- of the yore. It also offers guests a
In recent years, unicorns have fets, and introduced more fashiona- yard full of flowers, a library for free
been highly regarded by the Chi- ble design, to make customers feel and training classes for tea brew-
nese capital market as policymak- at home, the company said. “Budget ing, ikebana and incense-making.
ers appear to approve such hotels cannot sell (their products Zhang invested 2 million yuan to
startups’ listing on domestic stock and services) for 10 years without open the bed-and-breakfast facility
exchanges. any change,” Sun said. with 14 guest rooms, which broke
Such listings would herald a Budget hotels in China saw a rap- even in less than two years.
break from recent investment pat- id growth from 2005 to 2010. By Jan Yao Weichan, a government offi-
terns. 1, there were 32,444 such hotels cial in a county of Hunan prov-
China has witnessed two waves operating in China. Back in 2005, ince, said she used to choose
of investment in the past 20 years. there were only 522, according to budget hotels, ranging from 120
One targeted foreign trade and the the China Hospitality Association. yuan to 220 yuan per night, when
other property. This also resulted in A mom helps her daughter watch a short film on a multi-sensory viewer that can emit aromas, scents and smells However, such hotels faltered she first began work, in order to
debt expansion and fast growth of related to the content, at the 2018 High-tech Unicorn Enterprise Exhibition held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on when the emerging middle-income save money.
money supply. April 29. Products like high-tech video viewers distinguish China’s unicorns. LIN YUNLONG / FOR CHINA DAILY consumer group began to demand “Once I arrived in another city
“Chinese investors are consider- tailor-made services and better late and had to spend one night in a
ing to shift their investment philos- major way to raise funds for uni- the CDR pilot program will apply to experiences, a CHA report said. room without window. The corri-
ophy and focus more on high-tech corns and support their public lis- overseas-listed firms that operate Rise of rentals, aging of facilities dors were dark and the air quality
and innovative companies, corre- tings. the Chinese mainland with a mar- and competition from mid- to high- wasn’t good. I’d rather pay more to
sponding to the country’s high- The country also announced a kete capitalization of no less than end hotels and bed-and-breakfast live in some place better now.”
quality development blueprint,” pilot program on March 30 to sup- 200 billion yuan ($31.7 billion). facilities also posed a challenge to Yao said she favors hotels that
said Hu Tianxiang, founder of
Chinese investors are port innovative companies’ domes- “China is creating mega unicorns budget hotels. have comfortable beds and are well
Shanghai SuXiang Investment
Consulting Co Ltd, an investment
considering to shift tic listings and issuance of Chinese
Depositary Receipts or CDRs, a
at a fast pace, and some of the lead-
ing companies are now as big as
Industry experts said the proper-
ty management and human resour-
lighted, and would welcome addi-
tional features like flower decora-
consulting and asset management their investment phi- form of equity that will allow Chi- comparable US firms. For example,
Tencent is as big as Facebook,” said
ces costs of budget hotels have tions, green plants and other
innovative surprises like welcome
company. nese investors to gain exposure to grown sharply since 2007 with
Unicorns, which are mainly con- losophy and focus foreign-listed shares. Harry Man, a partner and founding three-star hotels even posting loss- drinks, birthday gifts, customized
centrated in high-tech or emerging Unicorns, especially tech start- member of Matrix Partners China, es. Huazhu Hotels Group said it stationery and travel assistance.
strategic areas like internet-based more on high-tech ups, have fewer opportunities to a venture capital company founded closed 10 budget hotels in the first “Once, I stayed at a high-end hotel
businesses, big data, cloud comput- raise funds domestically so tend to in 2008. quarter of this year and opened 81 during a business trip to Yunnan. I
ing, artificial intelligence, software and innovative com- list overseas, due to existing legal According to Matrix data, the new mid-range hotels. found a towel folded in the shape of
and integrated circuits, “are expect- and technical barriers to listing on total market capitalization of Chi- “Budget hotels will be eliminated a small elephant and roses on my
ed to attract more funding through panies, corresponding the A-share market, including na-based large-cap technology from the market sooner or later, bed, which really touched me.”
direct equity investment”, Hu said. to the country’s high- restrictions on weighted voting companies, which form a large part because their mission to solve the
Li Yang, director of the National rights, or dual-class shares, and of the Chinese unicorn universe, accommodation problem has been
Institute for Finance and Develop-
ment, which is part of the Chinese
quality development mandatory requirements like IPO
applicants’ profitability.
has reached $1.94 trillion by the
end of 2017, compared with $23 bil-
almost accomplished,” said Zhang
Tao, former general manager of a
Academy of Social Sciences, called blueprint.” That is also one of the reasons lion a decade ago. five-star hotel in Chongqing in
the coming decade as a “golden peri- why China’s capital market has The venture capital company has Southwest China. “Costs are rising
od” for equity investment in China. Hu Tianxiang, founder of Shanghai been dominated by traditional invested in 35 unicorns in China, rapidly while room rentals remain
Policymakers are keen on restruc- SuXiang Investment Consulting Co Ltd industries such as property devel- and 27 of them have made IPOs. as low as 100 yuan to 200 yuan per
turing the multi-level capital market opment, finance and industrial Matrix is now running four US dol- night. So, how could you count on
and encouraging direct financing materials. lar-denominated funds and six this to make a profit?” he said.
instead of bank lending, he said. According to the country’s top yuan-denominated funds, with After working in the hotel indus- A Homeinns branch in Nanjing,
Equity investment, including pri- securities watchdog, the China total assets under management try for more than 20 years, Zhang Jiangsu province.
vate equity and venture capital, is a Securities Regulatory Commission, worth more than 20 billion yuan. quit his job and founded his own PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

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