The Pearl River Delta (PRD) is more open to the world and to the private sector than any other place on the mainland. Zhejiang, the province that is home to globally minded Alibaba, has about 33,000 foreign-invested firms, and Shanghai about 75,000, but Guangdong has over 110,000. In Liaoning, an industrial province in the northeast, SOEs account for about 31% of total industrial revenues, and in Shanghai for more than 36%, but in Guangdong the share is less than 14%. And the delta alone generates nearly half of the mainland’s high-quality international patent filings, leading China on innovation.
Shandong is the home province of Confucius and birthplace of Confucianism. An integral part of Chinese civilization, Confucianism believes that “a just cause should be pursued for the common good” and champions harmony, unity and a shared community for all nations. Its emphasis on unity and harmony has much in common with the Shanghai Spirit, namely, mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diversity of civilizations and pursuit of common development. The Shanghai Spirit’s focus on seeking common ground while setting aside differences and pursuing mutually beneficial cooperation has won widespread international endorsement and support.
Guided by the Shanghai Spirit, our organization has delivered fruitful outcomes in security, economic and cultural cooperation and made historic strides in institution-building. Today, with eight member states, four observer states and six dialogue partners, the SCO has become an important force for upholding regional security, promoting common development and improving global governance.
Qingdao is a famous international sailing capital. It is from here that many ships set sail in pursuit of dreams. Tomorrow, we will hold the first summit of the SCO after its expansion and draw up a blueprint for its future growth.
The Qingdao Summit is a new departure point for us. Together, let us hoist the sail of the Shanghai Spirit, break waves and embark on a new voyage for our organization.
A blue paper released on Tuesday by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences says that nearly 30% of young people in China have experienced cyber bullying. According to the paper, around three-quarters of the respondents to a survey reported being the target of insulting words or sarcasm, and around half had been sent malicious images or threatening words. Social media platforms were the most common place where young people encountered cyber bullying, although some also experienced it on internet message boards and in short videos on sharing platforms. The research showed that young people who don't live with their parents were more likely to be targets of bullying. More than 60% of young people chose to ignore abuse they receive online, and less than 10% report it to their parents or friends.
Chinese actor Zhai Tianlin, who has a PhD from Beijing Film Academy and is a postdoctoral candidate at Peking University, found himself in hot water recently after allegations of plagiarism. Beijing Film Academy said on Monday that it has organized an investigative team to look into Zhai's case and has zero tolerance for academic misconduct. Zhai raised a flurry of chatter online in August when he said in a live video appearance that he did not know what the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) was. CNKI is the largest and most widely used online academic library in China for university students writing theses and dissertations. A Sina Weibo blogger uploaded a paper by Zhai, which was published in an academic journal, to a plagiarism software platform, and the similarity score for the 2,783-word article was 40.4%. Another post by the same blogger claimed that Zhai's doctoral graduation dissertation could not be found in the CNKI database, while all the graduation dissertations written by his classmates could be found there.
Spending on retail and food services during the Spring Festival period, from Feb 4 to Feb 10 this year, exceeded 1 trillion yuan for the first time, up 8.5% year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Shopping, dining out, travel and entertainment accounted for most of the consumer spending during the week-long holiday. Emerging areas for spending such as the internet, customized products, experiences, digital products and services were growth areas during the holiday. Analysts said the strong domestic demand will inject further growth momentum into the economy in 2019 as the government unveils more policies to spur consumption.
A new trend of "shareable make-up rooms" aimed at urban women is igniting debate in China, as companies try new ways to grab a slice of the world's largest market for beauty products. The rooms represent a new frontier in China's vast sharing economy. Some think they are an affordable way to get to use expensive make-up, while others shudder at the thought of sharing a lipstick with a stranger. Although they have been springing up in many Chinese cities since late last year, a recent opening in Wuhan has prompted a flood of discussion online. Products in the Wuhan store are worth an estimated 4,000 yuan, according to the Chutian Metropolis Daily newspaper, so it is not surprising that CCTV watches over users as they beautify themselves. It costs a small amount to use one of the rooms from anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes. In the Wuhan branch, the maximum a customer can expect to spend in one sitting is 58 yuan.
Ten departments jointly released an action plan on Tuesday to further tap commercial use of 5G technologies and consumer potential in the country. According to the plan, China will also speed up the process in issuing licenses for commercial use of 5G technologies that feature low latency, massive bandwidth and wide coverage, and encourage a broad range of projects to bolster use of information products and services. Video productions with ultrahigh definition will also be promoted in China as central and regional TV stations receive support in offering 4K high-definition videos. Where conditions permit, regions can offer subsidies for the promotion and application of ultrahigh-definition TVs and TV boxes along with virtual and augmented reality devices.
Microsoft is helping you battle fake news on your phone: Its Edge browser now tells you how reliable sites are. The company started installing the NewsGuard plug-in on all mobile versions of the browser, as reported by The Guardian. After turning on news rating in Edge's settings menu, you can see NewsGuard's shield icon in the browser's address bar whenever you visit a news site. Green indicates a reliable outlet, while red suggests you should be skeptical about what you read. The plug-in rates sites based on various criteria including repeated publishing of false content, deceptive headlines and methods of gathering information, in addition to revealing the site's ownership, credibility history and transparency.