Permalink 03:38:50 pm, by dacare, 447 words, 69 views   English (US)
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Xi calls for safe cyberspace, reassures U.S. business titans

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with tech executives at 8th U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle, Sept 23, 2015.

Seeking better ties with U.S. businesses, especially information technology elites, President Xi Jinping called for more cooperation in trade between the two nations on Wednesday. A few hours later he addressed another closely-watched issue – cybersecurity. [Special coverage]

Xi's busy schedule in Seattle took him to a roundtable discussion with business leaders from both countries, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook and BerkshireHathaway's Warren Buffett.

The visiting president encouraged more investment and reiterated support for U.S. businesses operating in China, hosted by the Paulson Institute. The event highlighted China's market potential.

"We support large American businesses in setting up regional headquarters or research and development centers in China, and encourage more small- and medium-sized companies to expand their businesses in China. Meanwhile, China will keep increasing its investment in the United States," Xi said citing China's market-friendly policies.

Pushing for more active trade cooperation, Xi said trade is mutually beneficial as the American businesses that operate in China and cooperate with Chinese counterparts have played a positive role in China's development and, by harvesting generous profits at the same time, helped boost the American economy.

A few hours later Boeing Co announced a $38 billion package to sell 300 aircraft to China as Xi toured the airplane manufacturer's plant in Everett, 25 miles (40 km) north of Seattle.

Boeing also revealed plans to build an aircraft finishing center in China, its first outside the United States.

To the east of the U.S. west coastal city, at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, where Xi was welcomed by Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates and its CEO Satya Nadella, he spoke at the 8th U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum that saw the gathering of several tech executives, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Tencent founder Pony Ma Huateng.

A safe and stable cyberspace is of great significance for world peace and development, Xi said.

Addressing cybersecurity, one of the pressing concerns that is believed to sometimes strain China-U.S. relations, he added that China, besides advocating building a peaceful, safe, open, and cooperative cyberspace, proposes that all nations enact Internet public polices which are in accordance with their particular conditions.

"We are on the same boat," said Lu Wei, China's chief Internet regulator, highlighting the two nations' shared pursuit of safer Internet.

Xi also visited Lincoln High School in Tacoma, south of Seattle, along with wife Peng Liyuan. The sports-loving president received a jersey while watching the school's football team practice.

He will head to Washington on Thursday where he will meet his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

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Permalink 11:12:17 am, by dacare, 402 words, 78 views   English (US)
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Holidays spark shopping spree

Travelers are expected to spend more than $1,560 on average in top cities

Big-spending Chinese tourists are embracing a longer vacation as this year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls close to the National Day holiday in October.

Ctrip, China's leading online travel service provider, said the number of tourists who booked long-distance trips during the National Day holiday increased by 150 percent compared with the same period last year.

"Shopping is still one of the major goals for Chinese outbound tourists. We have many tailored travel groups with shopping as the only activity," said Zhang Shuo, publicity officer with the global shopping platform under Ctrip.

The top overseas destinations for shoppers from the Chinese mainland for the coming two holidays include New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong.

Average consumption in the top 10 favorite overseas destinations is expected to surpass 10,000 yuan ($1,569), while in New York, the number could exceed 21,000 yuan.

"We also noticed some changes this year based on the overseas consumption data of the past nine years," Zhang said. "Barcelona, Spain, is gaining popularity. The growth rate surpassed 71 percent year-on-year."

Hong Kong and South Korea used to be the top choice of Chinese mainland tourists. But political agitation in Hong Kong and a fear of MERS in South Korea means they are losing Chinese mainland consumers to Japan.

"Consumption in Hong Kong and South Korea is bouncing back, but it still takes time to reach the previous level," Zhang said.

About 36 percent of Chinese tourists selected shopping as their purpose for outbound tourism, said the Market Research Report on Chinese Outbound Tourist Consumption by the World Tourism Cities Federation.

Zhang Jinfang, 27, a staff member at a government-funded research institute in Beijing, said she had already planned to visit Japan during the National Day holiday.

"Some friends and relatives asked me to buy something for them. So I planned two days for shopping," Zhang Jinfang said. "Not only are prices more reasonable, the quality of goods in Japan is more trustworthy. Besides, I will have more choices if I travel around and buy local brands."

Chen Songchuan, a lecturer at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, said the surge of overseas consumption reflected the gap between Chinese consumers' preferences and Chinese-made products.

"Historically, we had many world-famous luxury goods such as porcelain, silk or tea," Chen said. "However, the lack of high-end made-in-China products is pushing Chinese consumers to overseas markets."

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Permalink 11:51:02 am, by dacare, 189 words, 76 views   English (US)
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Didi Kuaidi signs deal with Lenovo in drive to target corporate clients

Didi Kuaidi, China's largest car-booking mobile app company, signed a corporate deal with Lenovo Group Ltd on Monday.

The agreement with the world's largest personal computer manufacturer marks a new push into the corporate sector as most of its clients are individual customers.

There is also a family connection to the deal. Didi Kuaidi president Liu Qing is the daughter of Liu Chuanzhi, founder and chairman of Lenovo.

Under the agreement, Lenovo will open a corporate account on Didi Kuaidi's online platform, which will allow employees at the PC maker to use the service. Fares will be billed directly to the corporate account.

"Didi Kuaidi boasts abundant car resources and stable dispatching systems," Dai Jingtong, vice president of Lenovo, said. "Its professional services will help Lenovo reduce cost and boost the efficiency in internal management."

Lenovo's office system will be open to Didi Kuaidi, which will have access to the group's list of employees.

In January, the car-booking company launched a corporate platform. So far, 7,200 companies have set up accounts, but Lenovo is the first client to actually use the mobile app version, Didi Kuaidi said in a statement.

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Permalink 10:58:44 am, by dacare, 177 words, 107 views   English (US)
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Apple Pay sets up shop in Shanghai FTZ

An Apple Pay base has been set up in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), according to the Shanghai FTZ management committee.

The company was registered in the Shanghai FTZ in June, according to literature distributed by the management this week, which included the Apple Pay company among ventures established in the zone.

Apple has been working to introduce its Apple Pay service to China and is reported to be in talks with China's bankcard association China UnionPay to tap into the country's nearly 1 trillion dollar mobile payment market.

Apple did not respond to Xinhua's request for comment.

Apple's payment service uses near field communication (NFC) and its fingerprint recognition technology to allow users to make contactless payment in stores.

China UnionPay has been promoting NFC payment across China by teaming with telecom operators and deploying NFC-enabled POS machines at stores.

Such mobile payment methods, however, remain niche despite UnionPay's promotional campaigns. An alternative payment solution, offered by domestic internet firms Alibaba and Tencent, which lets users scan QR code to complete transactions, is far more popular.

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Permalink 10:39:12 am, by dacare, 133 words, 127 views   English (US)
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Standard system to be applied to all Guangdong manufacturers

Authorities in Guangdong province, a major manufacturing hub in South China, unveiled a plan in provincial capital Guangzhou on Thursday to develop a standard system of high-end equipment manufacturing.

The plan covers the development of systems of equipment for intelligent manufacturing, general aviation, urban rail transit and ocean engineering and shipbuilding, which are listed as strategic emerging industries of Guangdong.

According to Zhang Yanfei, deputy director of the Guangdong Quality and Technology Supervision Administration, the system will be of importance to the healthy development of high-end equipment manufacturing in the near future.

"Guangdong's strong electronic and information industry has laid a solid foundation for development of high-end equipment manufacturing, which will help upgrade the province's industrial structure," said Zhang.

The plan was unveiled during a Pan-Pearl River Delta conference on regional quality cooperation.

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Permalink 11:52:20 am, by dacare, 243 words, 69 views   English (US)
Categories: Investing in China

Reform opens up more sectors to foreign investment

China vows to further open up domestic markets to foreign investors with fewer restrictions as the country's economic reform goes deeper.

"We have largely slashed restrictions to market access to the Chinese market to further lure foreign investment," said Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a news briefing on Wednesday.

He added that restrictions over the proportion of foreign equity have also been further eased in the foreign-invested projects, especially in the service and manufacturing sectors.

"It's very important to set up a new system for an open economy and create a business environment that is more legalized and more international", he said. "And the country's efforts have paid off."

China's foreign investment has bucked the trend of the cooling global economy to increase 9.2 percent during January-August, among which investment in the service sector surged 20.1 percent from a year earlier.

In March, the country halved the number of industries that used to be off-limits to foreign investors, another big step toward a more favorable business environment amid reforms.

Lian said the country has been gradually shifting to the "negative list" approach to better regulate market access and encourage foreign investment.

The negative list, which identifies sectors and businesses that are off-limits for investment and allows investment in all other sectors, was first announced in September 2013 in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and then extended to the other three FTZs in Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian a year later.

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