Archives for: August 2017

08/31/17

Permalink 06:15:09 pm, by dacare, 244 words, 265 views   English (US)
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Ctrip reports strong financial results in Q2

China's biggest online travel agency, Ctrip.com International Ltd (Ctrip), announced that its net revenue surged 45 percent year-on-year to 6.4 billion yuan ($946 million) in the second quarter (Q2) ended June 30.

The company gained a gross margin of 82 percent in Q2, compared to 72 percent for the same period last year and 80 percent for the previous quarter, according to its unaudited financial results.

Net income attributable to Ctrip's shareholders for Q2 was 327 million yuan, compared to net loss of 521 million yuan for the same period last year and net income of 82 million yuan for Q1, the company reported.

"Ctrip maintained healthy revenue growth and achieved continual improvement in operating efficiency," Ctrip CEO Sun Jie said. "We are confident that Ctrip will generate long-term value for shareholders in the years to come."

The company expected its net revenue for the next quarter to grow by approximately 35-40 percent year-on-year.

Strengthening its position in lower-tier cities has been Ctrip's focus of action. The company said both its new customer acquisitions and user engagement in lower-tier cities improved significantly in Q2.

Ctrip and Qunar, a domestic rival acquired by Ctrip last year, had opened over 400 offline retail stores by the end of the quarter, with approximately 200 more in the pipeline, the company reported.

Liang Jianzhang, chairman of Ctrip, said the company will continue to expand into lower-tier cities and invest in international markets.

The company said both its accommodation reservation business and transportation ticketing business delivered healthy growth in Q2.

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08/29/17

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China Guodian merges with Shenhua Group to create new energy giant

China's State Council has approved a merger between China's major power generator China Guodian Corporation and coal producer Shenhua Group, an official statement said Monday.

The two companies will be restructured to form a new energy investment company, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said on its website.

The move came with little surprise, as the listed arms of the firms had suspended trading of their stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange since early June, a move widely considered to signal a merger.

Following the announcement Monday, the listed arm of Shenhua Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange surged more than 4 percent before falling back slightly.

As the world's largest coal supplier, Shenhua Group had total assets of over a trillion yuan (150.7 billion U.S. dollars) by the end of April this year. It ranked 276th among the global Fortune 500 in 2017.

In the first half of 2017, China Shenhua Energy Company, the listed arm of the group, reported revenue of 120.5 billion yuan, an increase of 53.1 percent year on year.

With total assets of more than 800 billion yuan, China Guodian Corporation is one of the country's largest power generators with installed capacity of over 143 GW. It ranked 397th among the global Fortune 500 in 2017.

The merger between the two power giants was in line with the country's aim to cut overcapacity in the coal and power sectors through restructuring state-owned enterprises (SOEs), analysts said.

SASAC has been actively restructuring SOEs this year in a bid to improve their efficiency, with the number of central SOEs falling to 98 after Monday's announced merger, down sharply from 196 in 2003.

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08/28/17

Permalink 03:38:15 pm, by dacare, 200 words, 128 views   English (US)
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Xiamen sees surge in fitness equipment exports to Russia

Eastern China's port city Xiamen, the country's largest exporter of fitness equipment, witnessed surge in trade to Russia in the first seven months.

Data from Xiamen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau showed the city exported $5.35 million worth of fitness equipment to Russia in the first seven months of the year, up 45.7 percent year-on-year.

The city's fitness equipment exports to Brazil rose 32.1 percent year-on-year. Exports to South Africa increased 4.6 percent while exports to India picked up 3.4 percent.

In total, Xiamen's fitness equipment exports to these countries reached $17.5 million, up 15.9 percent from the same period last year.

The trade and economic relations among the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - are getting increasingly closer as the leaders are expected to meet in Xiamen on Sept 3-5 for the group's 9th summit.

Xiamen is the country's largest fitness equipment and message apparatus producer and exporter. Globally it accounts for 60 percent of the treadmill output. Its exports of message devices represent more than 70 percent of the country's total.

There are more than 90 enterprises engaged in fitness equipment and related industries, with more than 10,000 employees.

Of these companies, 60 are exporting companies and 10 boast output value of more than 100 million yuan.

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08/24/17

Permalink 04:54:51 pm, by dacare, 421 words, 196 views   English (US)
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Big retail should be enhanced by social media opportunities

Social media is set to become a major gateway to shopping rather than a mere communication portal, as the younger generation of buyers are inclined to make purchases while watching livestreaming shows, according to a latest survey.

Around 70 percent of those aged between 19 and 22 in China said they would place an order online via social networking sites, global consultancy Accenture revealed in research based on 10,000 consumers in 13 countries including China.

Calling them "Generation Z", Accenture found that 31 percent cited social media as a popular source for product inspiration, while 58 percent have increased their use of social media for purchase decision-making in the past year.

One-third of the respondents in China claimed they prefer video and livestreaming sites as avenues for bargain hunting. This contrasts with just 12 percent among those between 23 to 28 years old and 8 percent among those in their 30s.

"Social media has emerged as a real disrupter in targeting true digital natives," said Koh Yew Hong, managing director and retail lead for Accenture Asia Pacific. "Internet celebrities are gaining traction because they grasp what customers want."

This is reflective in the daily operations of e-tailor sites such as Taobao and Mogujie, both of which introduce online hosts or influencers for product endorsement that are broadcast live in a bid to improve traffic and boost sales.

Social media magnet Tencent Holdings Ltd is also empowering e-commerce players through a Mini Program function that incentivizes users to share their beloved goodies with online contacts.

Meanwhile, Generation Z are seeking a sophisticated shopping experience. Over 40 percent said they would search information directly from the brands' indigenous websites rather than third-party platforms, a percentage significantly higher than the millennials who are mostly 30 and older.

It also came as a surprise that young consumers are equally embracing in-store shopping. Compared with virtual shopping, 31 percent reported they prefer brick-and-mortar stores but heavily rely on digital means, such as chat tools and social media reviews, to facilitate the purchase.

Koh said physical stores are projected to enjoy remarkable renaissance as long as they are digital-ready. "It's because Generation Z values the shopping experience over the utilities of merchandise per se. Omni-channel sales are therefore critical to harness that trend."

China's internet giants including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and JD.com Inc have ramped up efforts to deploy offline channels as pure-play e-commerce growth starts to stagnate. Alibaba has completed a series of buyouts including retail chain Intime Retail Group Co, while JD backed Yonghui Superstores and announced plans to open 1 million namesake convenience stores in five years.

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08/22/17

Permalink 05:40:42 pm, by dacare, 174 words, 135 views   English (US)
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Shares end up on pension fund investment in market

Shanghai shares closed higher yesterday as market sentiment rose on news that pension funds have started to flow into the stock market and also on progress in the on-going mixed-ownership reform in state-owned enterprises.

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.56 percent to 3,286.91 points.

Investor sentiment soared on news that eight provinces and cities have invested the first tranche of 172.15 billion yuan ($25.8 billion) of pension funds in the stock market, Securities Daily said yesterday.

Joyoung, China's biggest maker of soybean-milk machines, and Yantai Zhenghai Magnetic Material both soared 10 percent. The two companies' interim results showed China's pension fund was their major shareholders in the second quarter.

"The pension funds which flow into the A-share market are going to stabilize the market,"said Li Chao, chief analyst at Huatai Securities.

Investors were also buoyed by progress in mixed-ownership reform in state-owned enterprises.

China Unicom, the country's second-biggest telecom firm, surged by the daily limit of 10 percent to 8.22 yuan ($1.23) after saying yesterday it planned to draw investors such as Alibaba Group, Tencent Holdings and Baidu under its reform.

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08/21/17

Permalink 04:46:21 pm, by dacare, 336 words, 108 views   English (US)
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Regulator OKs China Unicom's non-public offering of shares


China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said on Sunday night it approved the non-public offering of shares in China Unicom's mixed-ownership reform plan and would handle it as a special case, according to a report by China Securities Journal.

China Unicom can formulate its own non-public offering of shares plan in accordance with the old rules of the refinancing system that were not revised until Feb 17 this year, CSRC said.

On the same day earlier, China Unicom disclosed its mixed-ownership reform plan, announcing it will transfer old stocks, grant employee incentive shares as well as sell shares to strategic investors.

The company will issue 9 billion private shares to strategic investors to raise no more than 62 billion yuan ($9.29 billion), transfer 1.9 billion old shares priced at 13 billion yuan to the structural reform fund and grant no more than 848 million restricted stocks to core employees to raise 3 billion yuan.

The total consideration of the above transaction will not exceed 78 billion yuan, according to the report.

Shares of China Unicom rose by 10 percent, the daily trading limit, to 8.22 yuan per share right after trading resumed Monday morning after months of suspension.

On August 16, China Unicom once published two filings of mixed-ownership reform on the website of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and withdrew them that night.

Analysts said it was because the company's non-public offering of shares plan, the pricing of the new shares and investors' shareholdings might have contradicted February's newly-revised regulations, according to reports by China Securities Journal and caixin.com.

The revised rules require the number of shares issued shall not exceed 20 percent of the total equity base before the issue. However, in China Unicom's plan, the proportion reaches 42.63 percent, China Securities Journal reported.

CSRC said on its announcement Sunday it has recognized that China Unicom's mixed-ownership reform is significant for laying a foundation for and deepening the reform of State-owned enterprises.

The company's strategic investors include domestic tech titan Tencent Holdings Ltd, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Baidu Inc and JD.com Inc and Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd.

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08/18/17

Permalink 04:27:52 pm, by dacare, 242 words, 145 views   English (US)
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Madcap monikers! Odd company names to be banned in China

"Beijing Afraid of Wife Technology" and "What You Looking at Technology" are just two examples of the kind of company name that will soon be a thing of the past.

After launching a campaign to eliminate public signs with poor English translations, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) is targeting firms attempting to register names that are excessively long or strange.

The Legal Daily paper cited names of existing firms that would not be allowed under the new rules, including "Shanghai Wife Biggest Electronic Commerce" and "Hangzhou No Trouble Looking for Trouble Internet Technology".

The newspaper also gave the example of a condom company called "There is a Group of Young People with Dreams, Who Believe They Can Create Wonders of Life Under Uncle Niu's Leadership Internet Technology".

The restrictions were introduced by the SAIC this month, while also banning company names deemed offensive or racist or having religious or political connotations.

Outside China, other countries have also made moves to regulate "inappropriate" company names.

According to China National Radio (CNR), companies in Russia can use only Russian words when registering businesses. Untranslated foreign words are banned by the administration.

Although the UK has few rules governing what name a company may trade under, firms are forbidden from using any words related to royalty, such as king, queen or prince.

Government-related words like Government, British and Britain are also taboo for local companies to use in their names, said CNR.

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08/17/17

Permalink 05:16:18 pm, by dacare, 213 words, 108 views   English (US)
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Lenovo drives big data take up in car making industry


He Zhiqiang, president of Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, and Sun Zhongchun, general manager of Haima Car Co Ltd, at a news conference in Zhengzhou, Henan province, Aug 16, 2017.

China's biggest personal computer giant Lenovo and domestic auto maker Haima will join forces to promote the use of big data and artificial intelligence technology in the auto manufacturing industry.

Under the deal announced on Wednesday, Lenovo will examine Haima's sales data to come up with solutions to help the car maker target potential customers. In the future, the two companies will collaborate in areas like new car design and development, and smart manufacturing.

The move comes as the hardware veteran is gearing up its expansion in big data to go with its traditional strengths in manufacturing.

In 2016, the company's big data arm began offering services to other companies, before that it was an internal operation. By utilizing its own big data analysis platform, Lenovo has provided solutions to clients from various industries including metallurgy, medicine and tobacco.

Relying on its experience in manufacturing and its big data technologies, Lenovo is making efforts to drive China's manufacturing enterprises to transform and upgrade, He Zhiqiang, president of Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, said at the strategy cooperation signing ceremony held in Zhengzhou, China's Central Henan province.

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08/16/17

Permalink 05:23:19 pm, by dacare, 432 words, 113 views   English (US)
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JD Finance spinoff paves way for listing


JD Finance promotes its online financing products to consumers in Nanjing.

JD Finance, the finance unit of China's second biggest e-commerce player JD.com Inc, has been deconsolidated from JD as a result of the reorganization as of June 30, 2017, which is expected to pave the way for the former's eventual listing.

Accordingly, JD Finance's historical financial results for periods prior to July 1 are reflected in JD's consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations, according to the company's second quarter financial results.

Analysts said JD Finance's spinoff is seen as a preparatory move towards it listing on a domestic stock exchange, as well as obtaining more financial licenses.

Yu Baicheng, an expert at wangdaizhijia.com, a web portal that tracks the internet finance industry, said the move will let JD Finance develop its businesses more independently.

"The spinoff will allow JD Finance to move more aggressively, as it could carry out more financial business easily, as well as help JD focus on its core e-commerce business," said Li Zichuan, an analyst at Beijing-based internet consultancy Analysys.

"We don't rule out the possibility that JD Finance will seek an initial public offering on a domestic stock exchange in the next few years," Li added.

JD Finance has sought privatization and a split from JD at the beginning of last year. In January 2016, JD Finance raised 6.65 billion yuan ($992 million) from investors such as Sequoia Capital China, China Harvest Investments and China Taiping Insurance.

Its business scope now covers supply chain finance, consumer finance, wealth management, crowd funding, insurance and security. The company is applying for financial service licenses as the country's middle class surges in size.

In November 2016, JD announced it would reorganize JD Finance, to make it a wholly Chinese-owned entity to facilitate its development in certain licensed financial service businesses and take advantage of the liquidity provided by the Chinese capital market.

In March, JD agreed to sell its 68.6 percent stake in its finance unit, JD Finance, for 14.3 billion yuan in cash by the middle of this year, and post-deal, JD will hold neither legal ownership nor effective control of JD Finance.

The spinoff of JD's financial arm is similar to that of Ant Financial Services Group, the financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding. It was split off from Alibaba and obtained business independence in 2014, making it a powerful financial player.

JD also announced that its net revenue reached 93.2 billion yuan in the second quarter, an increase of 43.6 percent year-on-year. Its gross merchandise volume in the second quarter increased 46 percent to 234.8 billion yuan, from 160.4 billion yuan in the same period last year.

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08/14/17

Permalink 06:01:30 pm, by dacare, 133 words, 119 views   English (US)
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China sees steady employment in July

China continued to see a stable job market in July, with the unemployment rate at a relatively low level, data showed Monday.

The country's urban surveyed unemployment rate was around 5.1 percent last month, lower than that for July 2016, according to Mao Shengyong, spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics.

The surveyed rate in major Chinese cities continued to stay at a relatively low level of less than 5 percent, Mao added.

"It was not easy to maintain the low unemployment rate in the month when college students graduate," Mao said. College graduates this year reached 7.95 million, up about 300,000 from 2016.

Some 8.55 million new jobs were created in China's urban regions from January to July, up 200,000 from the same period of last year, he said.

The Chinese government aims to create 11 million new jobs this year.

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08/11/17

Permalink 01:47:08 pm, by dacare, 184 words, 163 views   English (US)
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Chinese banks should seek clients to profit

Banks in China should focus on clients to pursue higher profit and reduce reliance on capital expansion as part of reforms in the industry, McKinsey said in a report yesterday.

Banks will usually spend between 5 and 15 years on reforms in order to improve asset quality, said John Qu, senior partner of McKinsey & Company.

"Reforms in China's banking industry is an all-out battle that involves retail, corporate, asset management, organization, information technology, and risk management risks," said Qu. "Banks need to focus on all these six sectors to ensure success."

Profit growth of Chinese banks hit a brake in the past five years amid interest rate liberalisation, slower economic growth, and tighter regulation against leverage.

The overall profit growth in the banking industry slowed from 13.1 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2013 to 4.6 percent in the first three months of this year, data from the China Banking Regulatory Commission showed.

McKinsey said Chinese banks will have to prioritize improving client experience across retail, corporate, and asset management units as part of their reform process, said McKinsey's quarterly Chinese banking industry CEO report.

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08/10/17

Permalink 01:42:14 pm, by dacare, 104 words, 113 views   English (US)
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GE to close part of New York facility, move work to China

General Electric (GE) announced late Tuesday that it will close its manufacturing facility in Rochester, New York and move the work to China.

GE told Xinhua on Wednesday that "the assembly of the electronic boards at this facility is not core to GE's manufacturing capabilities," and the company has already contracted 80 percent of these products to external partner suppliers.

The company said it will close the site by June 2018 and about 90 employees will be affected by the decision.

The work will be moved to China, where it will be done by GE's partner supplier, a U.S. manufacturing services company called Jabil, GE said.

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08/08/17

Permalink 05:32:35 pm, by dacare, 124 words, 119 views   English (US)
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Xiongan New Area sets up company to fund construction


Photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows the scenery of the county seat of Rongcheng, north China's Hebei Province.

The management committee of Xiongan New Area has announced that a special company has been established to fund construction of the area.

With registered capital of 10 billion yuan (about 1.47 billion U.S. dollars), China Xiongan Construction & Investment Group is a state-owned company.

The Hebei provincial government approved its founding in July.

The company will raise fund to build houses and apartments, develop the Baiyangdian water area, and to build transport links, energy infrastructure and public facilities in Xiongan.

China announced plans in April to establish the Xiongan New Area, a new economic zone about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing. It covers Hebei's Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties.

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08/07/17

Permalink 03:57:07 pm, by dacare, 298 words, 101 views   English (US)
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Foxconn announces increased investment in China, US

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has announced the company plans to increase investment in both China and the United States, according to a report released by the Securities Times on Monday.

"We are doing business. Foxconn has ambition. Market and technology are both directions we are chasing for," Gou said in a recent interview with the newspaper.

"In terms of technology, Foxconn will have big development in China and the United States, with large investments on both sides. However, investing in one market does not mean other market's investment will reduce."

Foxconn, the world's largest electronics contractor, announced on July 27 the company will invest $10 billion to build a liquid-crystal display panel manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, United States, in the next four years.

The investment will be the largest new greenfield investment made by a foreign company in the history of the US, and will create a total of 3,000 new jobs and an additional 10,000 more in the future, Foxconn revealed in a statement.

On Aug 2, media also reported Foxconn planned to spend $30 billion on the project, which would be three times the amount of money the company has previously pledged.

"We are not sure if the investment figure will reach $30 billion in the United States," Gou said.

"Besides Wisconsin, Foxconn is also in talks with other states. We will cooperate with Michigan on next generation auto technology, such as Internet of Vehicle (IOV) and self-driving cars."

"The Michigan investment will be unveiled soon, yet the transaction amount cannot be released," Gou said.

Gou refused to comment on whether an Apple supply chain will partly transfer to US, but added the most important thing is to complement each other's strengths.

Taiwan-based Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, is a major supplier to Apple Inc for its iPhones.

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08/04/17

Permalink 05:23:16 pm, by dacare, 758 words, 145 views   English (US)
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Rising incomes fuel 'sense of gain' among Chinese

Despite rising housing prices, Han Jianhua, an assistant director of a furniture company in east China's Fuzhou City, felt confident about buying a home in the near future.

"A bicycle was all I owned when I started working five years ago. Now I drive my own car to work. My next plan is to buy an apartment and settle in the city," he said.

Han's monthly pay was about 3,000 yuan (440 U.S. dollars) when he started as an ordinary employee. Thanks to multiple promotions, his income has doubled.

"Including my wife's salary, we believe it will not be a problem to buy a home after some time," he said.

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012 proposed to increase people's income and boost their "sense of gain." A series of measures have been implemented over the past five years, making sure the country's "centenary goal" of building a "moderately prosperous society in all respects" will be realized by 2020.

In addition to continuous job creation in both urban and rural areas, the central government has worked with local authorities to raise standards for pensions, minimum wages and social welfare in recent years.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the per capita disposable income of the country was 23,821 yuan in 2016, up 44.3 percent compared with the 2012 figure, and an actual increase of 33.3 percent after adjusting for inflation.

In the meantime, the income gap between urban and rural residents is also narrowing. Statistics show that the per capita disposable income of rural residents was 12,363 yuan last year, an actual increase of 36.3 percent over 2012.

Zhang Yan, in Taiping Town in Changchun, provincial capital of Jilin, never thought he could step away from farm work and spend weeks traveling around the country each year.

"I make tens of thousands of yuan from farming and machinery rentals each year," he said. "We no longer need to worry about food. We now want to see more of the world."

Higher incomes have changed consumption in China.

Han Haoxuan, a native of Nanchang in east China's Jiangxi Province, enjoys going to see movies and theater in his spare time.

"The performance market has boomed in recent years, so we have more opportunities to go to the theater and enjoy the shows," he said.

China's box office reached 45.7 billion yuan (6.8 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, attracting 1.3 billion movie-goers, data from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television showed.

Meanwhile, per capita consumption in the country was 17,111 yuan in 2016, up 33.1 percent from 2012. Average per capita consumption in cultural, educational and entertainment activities registered an annual increase of 9.1 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Spending on meat, egg, dairy and sea food products in rural areas grew as people sought better living standards, as did purchases of electric appliances and private cars.

In 2012, rural residents owned only six vehicles per 100 people. Last year, it was 17.

"The change in consumption habits leads to transformation in supply and demand, and in the end promotes the growth of relevant industries and economic development," said Jin Xiaotong, professor at the business school of Jilin University.

Since the 18th CPC national congress, poverty eradication has been a priority for officials at all levels. Targeted poverty alleviation has transformed the lives of tens of millions of Chinese people below the poverty line.

According to official data, there were 98.99 million impoverished rural people in 2012. By the end of 2016, the figure was reduced to 43.35 million. About 14 million people shook off poverty each year on average.

Rural residents in far west Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have become paid workers at workshops in their villages thanks to assistance programs that pair companies and provincial governments from China's developed eastern and southern regions with poor areas in Xinjiang.

Kiwi fruit, peppers, peaches and tobacco produced in the remote mountains of central China's Hunan Province, home to one of the poorest regions in the country, have become hot sellers, thanks to better transportation and preferential agricultural policies.

The 18th CPC national congress set a goal for rural and urban residents' per capita incomes to double by 2020 compared with 2010. Official data showed that by 2016, the per capita disposable income of the country registered an actual increase of 62.6 percent over the 2010 level.

A promising employment situation and economic development have provided powerful support for the rapid growth of incomes in China, said Gao Wenshu, a researcher at the Institute of Population and Labor Economics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

"Looking at the current situation, the 'income doubling' goal is likely to be realized before 2020," he said.

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08/02/17

Permalink 05:07:31 pm, by dacare, 469 words, 138 views   English (US)
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Salary and potential trump city size among job hunters: survey

After graduating from the Communication University of China in Beijing, Chen Xiao left the capital to work for an education institution in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality.

"I don't have a sense of belonging in Beijing. It is hard for me to get used to the climate and life style," Chen said.

"Rent, traffic expenditure, and meals take a large bite out of our salaries," Chen said. "And if I stay in Beijing, it's likely that most of my time will be occupied by work." Life is not only for working, she added.

"I know it is very hard to live there. Many people work in Beijing for some years and then return to their hometowns, saying their work experience can help them gain better jobs. But I think it is better to return after university," she said.

Chen is one of a growing number of graduates who choose to leave first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and work in second-tier cities such as Wuhan, Changsha and Chengdu.

Although small and less developed, these cities have favorable conditions, including entrepreneurial incentives, housing subsidies, registered residence permits, or Hukou, and settlement policies, to encourage talent to live and work here.

Instead of swarming to first-tier cities, more students said salary and development space were more important factors than city size when they came to decide in which cities to start their career, a recently survey found.

The survey, which was conducted by a research center under China Youth Daily, canvassed 2,002 college students and graduates, and found 64.3 percent said salary was the first thing they considered when choosing which city to base themselves in, followed by the potential for career development, at 59.3 percent, and city size, 43.9 percent.

Around 59.9 percent said they hoped second-tier cities could provide a more relaxing environment for employees and entrepreneurs, while 49.7 percent said the cities' preferential terms were attractive.

Compared with first-tier cities, second-tier equivalents needed to improve public service systems, according to 63.7 percent of respondents, with 58.3 percent saying they hoped these cities could expand their economic volume and create more jobs. About 33 percent of respondents said promoting cities' soft power was crucial.

This year, the number of college graduates in China is expected to reach 7.95 million, an increase of 300,000 over last year, according to the Ministry of Education.

Some second-tier cities have offered various preferential policies to attract talents during graduation season. The most alluring policies for graduates are incentives for employment or starting up businesses (65.9 percent), favorable housing policies (64 percent) and easier Hukou policies (51 percent), the survey shows.

Jian Xinhua, a professor with Wuhan University, said high-quality labor was an important factor that could drive city development. Higher living costs and cut-throat competition in megacities was daunting. With favorable employment terms, second-tier cities would become more attractive to college graduates, it was added.

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08/01/17

Permalink 03:47:42 pm, by dacare, 258 words, 111 views   English (US)
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Live-streaming host becomes most in-demand job for Chinese college students

Live-streaming host is a most sought-after job for more and more Chinese college students.

Though the new profession is not well accepted by society, especially by parents, nowadays it is not rare to see college students hosting online broadcasts.

A junior student from Tsinghua University has earned at least 10,000 yuan (close to $1,500) since she started teaching high school students on a major live-streaming platform a month ago. In fact, this is a common story for a great number of Chinese college students.

Huajiao is the first Chinese live-streaming platform that offers a "college channel." According to the site, more than a million college students from 98.7% of the country's universities are using the platform to host shows. More than 10,000 of them are students from elite universities, 1,000 of whom are studying at Tsinghua University and Peking University, China's top two schools.

College students have improved people's impression on the profession. Rather than low-quality and vulgar performances, they are providing shows with more intelligence and talents.

Flexible working hours and high income are the major reasons for students to choose the emerging profession. Statistics show that the average monthly salary of college broadcasters on the platform of Huajiao is 16,000 yuan. Some earn as much as 1.9 million yuan a month, 275 times of the 2016 average monthly salary of white collar workers in Beijing.

A survey conducted by Communication University of China found that a quarter of China's college students have hosted shows on live-streaming sites.

With further development of the industry, there will be more and more college students taking up the profession.

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