Chinese smartphones lead Indian holiday sales despite reported restrictions

Chinese smartphone brands are the biggest winners in India’s October holiday sale, beating foreign rivals and lifting the world’s second-largest smartphone market to record sales, despite reported calls among some Indian officials to put restrictions on Chinese telecom firms’ operations in the country due to security concerns.

The win for Chinese vendors in the ongoing online shopping spree in India also points to the strengthening Chinese smartphone industry and offers a unique experience for them to increase their footprint in more overseas markets, analysts noted.

Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei’s Honor are driving sales for one of the biggest online sales seasons in India, which kicked off on Wednesday, according to latest data from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research.

Chinese vendors could account for 70 percent of total smartphone sales during the sales event, which is expected to reach a new record of $1 billion, the data showed.

James Yan, research director at Hong Kong-headquartered Counterpoint Research, said that the domination by Chinese brands in the Indian smartphone market stems from a robust domestic supply chain that puts other players at a disadvantage.

“The Chinese smartphone supply chain is very mature… Chinese companies are very strong in many areas, from supply to research and development,” Yan told the Global Times on Monday, adding that Indian consumers are still keen on more affordable smartphones rather than high-end devices.

“I think only Chinese companies could produce extremely cost-effective smartphones, which are perfect for the Indian market,” said Hu Tu, secretary general of the Bangalore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

He told the Global Times that Chinese vendors have also adopted very effective marketing strategies in India and invested big money in building up brand awareness in the country.

Chinese companies’ sales success in the Indian market also offers a great lesson for reaching out to more overseas markets, Yan added. “Chinese vendors’ strategies in India have been proven very effective, and they can copy these strategies and use them in other markets,” he said.

Political factors

Though demand is the chief factor in the sales success of Chinese smartphones, warming relations between China and India have “definitely” helped, Hu added, noting the overall business environment for Chinese companies and products has improved.

The two Asian neighbors have had strained relations at times, but things took a positive turn after the leaders of the two countries met in Wuhan in Central China’s Hubei Province in April.

Still, there are some media reports that suggest Indian officials might follow the lead of the US and Australia in restricting business operations of Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.

In September, India’s Economic Times reported that Huawei and ZTE were left out in the Indian official list of companies for trials to develop 5G networks. Huawei later denied the reported ban, saying the company is an active participant in India’s growing 5G development, according to ZDNet.

Yan said that such a ban, even if it were true, would only have a minimum impact on sales of smartphones. “Sales of smartphones depend more on demand. For consumer electronics, I think the impact is limited,” he said.

Analysts also noted that if the Indian government moves to ban Huawei and ZTE, which have become main players in the 5G rollout globally, it could also hurt domestic 5G development and eventually consumers.

Source: Global Times


China’s restraint can prevent Cold War

US National Security Adviser John Bolton ramped up rhetoric on China in an interview on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Friday. He accused China of taking advantage of the international order to gain substantial economic and military strength, saying “now is the time” to stand up to China. Bolton also said US President Donald Trump’s tough approach toward China, a country the administration regards as the “major issue this century,” had left Beijing “confused”.

“They’ve never seen an American president this tough before. I think their behavior needs to be adjusted in the trade area, in the international, military and political areas, in a whole range of areas,” he said.

The US recently is piling pressure on China. Bolton’s remarks are a part of it and more like a continuation of the stinging speech against China delivered by Vice President Mike Pence on October 4.

A barrage of high-profile accusations against China made by senior US officials has exerted a bad influence globally. China refuted the false accusations, but meanwhile Beijing didn’t take retaliatory countermeasures to escalate Sino-US confrontation.

China exercised restraint in showing toughness. That doesn’t mean China will concede on issues of principle. Whenever the US provokes China on trade, the South China Sea or the Taiwan question, China never hesitated to strike back.

The US has labeled China a “strategic competitor”. China could have retaliated and defined the US as a “strategic rival”. Seen from the viewpoint of Chinese history, it would not be so difficult to decide that. But today’s China didn’t, not because Beijing fears Washington, but because the country is determined to further reform and open up. China will not close itself up under US pressure.

It’s believed China will not head into a new Cold War with the US, nor will it become a second Soviet Union. China has economic and military power and will respond rationally and powerfully to US provocations on specific issues. China has no interest in an overall confrontation with the US. A new Cold War pattern will not take shape if China exercises restraint.

No matter how the US political and public opinion elites rabble-rouse, the majority of Americans and the world will finally understand the significance of China’s rational strategic restraint.

If these US elites think they can convince the whole of US society to pay the price for a confrontation with China to prevent imaginary threats, they can keep trying.

The US side has been constantly releasing information on a possible meeting between President Xi Jinping and Trump during the G20 summit in Argentina in late November. Its purpose clearly is to put pressure on the Chinese side.

But the fact is: Few Chinese expect a breakthrough at the summit to end the trade war. This round of China-US conflict is more likely to be a protracted war. Most Chinese people are prepared for that.

Despite deteriorating China-US relations, China’s adherence to reform and opening-up hasn’t changed, nor its determination to resolve external conflicts in a reasonable way. China still believes that a peaceful bilateral relationship makes both sides winners while a confrontation makes both losers.

Source: Global Times


China’s development relies on reform and opening-up: MOC

China relies on reform and opening up to achieve economic development, said Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC), responding to the US rhetoric that China’s development is attributed to investment from the US.

The US remarks ignore facts about China-US economic and trade cooperation and mislead the public, MOC spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular press conference on Thursday.

China has accumulatively utilized foreign capital of more than $2 trillion since 1987 when the country started keeping statistics on foreign investment. Investment from the US was $81.36 billion, accounting for 4.06 percent, according to the MOC.

“We never deny that investment from the United States helps China’s development, but the country’s development ultimately relies on its opening-up and reform and the endeavors of its people,” said Gao.

China has continued to open its market to the world based on the principles of mutual benefits and win-win results after the reform and opening-up, said the spokesperson, adding that the country’s contributions to the world’s economic and trade growth are evident.

China has contributed to more than 30 percent of global economic growth every year on average since 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Figures by the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicate that from 2001 to 2017, the proportion of China’s imports of goods in global imports increased from 3.8 percent to 10.2 percent, while the share of the country’s imports of trade in services rose from 2.7 percent to 9.1 percent.

Gao pointed out that China had always abided by rules and principles of the WTO and urged the US not to find excuses for promoting unilateralism and protectionism, in response to Washington’s accusation of China adopting the so-called policies against free and fair trade.

He suggested the US be constructive in taking effective measures to maintain the sound development of China-US economic cooperation and secure a global economic recovery.

The US initiated and continuously escalated trade frictions with China while China doesn’t want a trade war for the sake of protecting the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, the spokesperson stressed.

China’s original intention to maintain healthy development of China-US relations has not changed, and the determination to defend its own legitimate rights and interests will not change either, Gao said.

The “bullying and extreme pressure” from the US would be futile, he said, adding that the US probably has got used to exert influence on another country’s economy through its so-called self strength, but upgrading trade frictions will do no good to resolving differences.

Meanwhile, China’s economy keeps steady growth with progress and sound momentum from an overall perspective, and is marching toward high-quality development with rapid growing new driving forces, the spokesperson noted.

Victims to Apple account fraud have varying experiences with getting reimbursed

Several Apple users in China have reported losses from their accounts in recent days, ranging from several hundred yuan to thousands of yuan. The cases have sparked concerns about the security of Apple accounts, reported on Oct. 11.

A user surnamed Zhang in Anhui in east China said that someone stole his Apple account on Oct. 1, spending 3,000 yuan ($433) over several transactions to purchase mobile games.

On Oct. 10, Alipay, the leading payment provider operated by Ant Financial Services Group, released an alert warning on Weibo, saying it had detected risks of stolen Apple accounts and suggested that users set lower transaction caps to limit risks.

Security risks for Apple accounts have been detected before, said chief technology officer of Team Pangu Chen Yexuan, who suggested users set up two-factor authentication to avoid possible hacking attacks.

Zhang contacted Apple to recoup the loss, submitted required documents for compensation and soon after that he received the reimbursement. But some users said they haven’t received any compensation.

A lawyer in Beijing said Apple should take responsibility for protecting users from the risk of data leaks or account theft, and if not, users can contact Apple to have their losses reimbursed.

China’s armed police force carries out sniper training

A 40-day long sniper training was recently held by a unit of Chinese armed police force in central China’s Henan to hone the special operation force known as the Ghost Busters.

Nearly 100 elite special ops and scouts participated in the training that adopted experience and advanced concepts found in special operations both at home and abroad and worked through a total 37 items in seven categories including theory learning, mental and physical ability cultivation and also some memory as well as attention training.

Snipers specialized in decapitation and precise strike have strategically important roles in the battle fields, said Jiao Senlin, deputy chief of staff of the unit. Competitions were carried out during the training through which soldiers were motivated and further enhanced by what they had learned.

Replicas of looted frescoes debut in China

The mural exhibition, funded by a 2017 China National Arts Fund program, was co-hosted by Taiyuan Museum of Art and east China’s Jiangsu University of Technology. (Photo provided by Taiyuan Museum of Art)

Thanks to the traditional mural production craftsmanship and advanced technology, 80 looted grotto murals that are still lost overseas for the first time were revealed to the Chinese public in north China’s Taiyuan in the form of replicas, reported on Oct. 10.

In the 1920s, a large number of relics including murals were looted to museums and personal collectors in Europe, America and some other Asian countries, said Wang Yansong, program director of China National Arts Fund, adding that the temple murals are mostly concentrated in Shanxi province of northwestern China.

All the pieces exhibited are replicas of the same materials, techniques and sizes as the original copies. The program decided to bring those lost treasures back to their homeland in this way so that Chinese visitors can have easier access to those murals through nationwide exhibitions, Wang introduced.

The exhibition was funded by China National Arts Fund and also won support from the academies of fine arts in Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces.

Natural forest coverage reaches 200 million hectares in China
(People’s Daily Online)    16:13, October 11, 2018

The coverage of natural forests in China has grown by 150 million mu (1 hectare is 15 mu), or 10 million hectares to nearly 200 million hectares thanks to the protection efforts over the last 20 years, reported on Oct. 10.

The Natural Forest Protection Project, carried out in 1988, has made great achievements in the protection of forest resources, growth of forest and forest quality improvement.

Sichuan was the first Chinese province to implement the forest protection project. Zhaohua district in Guangyuan city of Sichuan saw 440,000 mu of new forests planted over the last two decades.

According to statistics, by the end of 2017, China had allocated 331.4 billion yuan to the project, making it one of the most heavily invested forest projects in the country.

“Before we implemented the project, we could hardly see the footprints of protected wild animals. But after the project was carried out, the number of wildlife under second class protection reached 13, and at present 90 animal species are under our protection,” said deputy director of the forestry department in a county in east China’s Jiangxi province.

Jin Min, director of the national forestry protection office at the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, said the number of wild giant pandas in China has reached 1,864, and the number of Siberian tigers has also surpassed 30 thanks to the recovery efforts.

Foreigners enjoy Chinese National Day

The Tian’anmen Square on Oct. 1.

October 1 marked the 69th National Day of China. In addition to Chinese citizens, plenty of foreigners also celebrated the holiday to express their love for the country.

A 24-year-old student by the name of Sophia from Hungry was one of them. Sophia, studying in central China’s Henan province, came to Beijing for the first time during the 7-day vacation. She told People’s Daily that she came to Tian’anmen Square to watch the flag-raising ceremony, which has long been a dream of her.

“I felt the pride and confidence of the Chinese as I heard the national anthem and saw the flag rising,” she said, adding that it reminded her of her motherland.

Chinese and foreign players attending an international ice hockey tournament in Beijing celebrate the National Day together on Oct.3.

Mason, an American who came to China two years ago, is an employee at a hotel in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. Visiting the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and other tourism attractions in Beijing, he said that the National Day holiday, or the “golden week”, was a showcase of China’s increasingly improved public infrastructure, developed market economy and strong consumption trends.

Thanks to the Belt and Road Initiative, the German city Duisburg finally regained vitality, said a German by the name of Paul at a photo exhibition held in the city to celebrate China’s National Day.

“Duisburg is a stop along the China-Europe freight train, and our business gets busy again because of it,” he noted. In the eyes of the German, the Belt and Road Initiative was not proposed to pursue China’s exclusive development, but common prosperity of the world.

African students visit a traditional medicine clinic in Wuqiao county, Hebei province on Oct. 5.

On Oct. 6, a Senegalese woman surnamed Averyka sent her blessing for China’s 69th birthday by singing a beautiful Chinese song in the streets of Senegal. Averyka studied in Beijing for seven years, and considers China her second homeland.

The woman is planning to make a music album with elements of Chinese culture and a film that integrates Chinese and African cultures next year to celebrate the 70th Chinese National Day.

What attracted the foreigners to join the celebration of China’s National Day was the country’s glorious achievements.

Pan Liying (left), an English teacher with Yangqiao Middle School in Fuzhou, introduces the art of paper cutting to US guests on Oct. 3.

When Mustafa Mohamed Ahmed Yahi, a Sudanese professor, first came to China in 1995, the Beijing Capital International Airport had only very limited air routes. But now China has established a well-developed transportation network, and the airport has also evolved into one of the busiest airports in the world. The professor was astonished by the rapid development of China over the years, saying China’s achievements are nothing but a miracle.

China’s development not only facilitated its own citizens, but also helped foreigners realize their dreams.

A worker introduces Chinese bonsai to foreign clients at a bonsai expo held in Zhongshan, Guangdong province on Oct. 7.

Gabonese Idoko came to China 16 years ago to study electronics and computer engineering. After graduation, he worked for a Beijing company as a certified engineer. Now he has grown into the backbone force of the company, and established his own family in China. Celebrating the National Holiday in China with his family, Idoko told People’s Daily that China is developing in a rapid manner, and he is proud of his experiences in China.

Mike Pence’s speech adds uncertainties to China-US relations: Young Chinese

US Vice President Mike Pence’s accusations against China’s domestic and foreign policies have made Chinese youths feel shocked and confused about how China-US relations will develop.

Mr. Pence said that competition does not always mean hostility, but regrettably, a big part of his speech embodied a kind of hostility. Pence’s speech was criticized by Taiwan writer and television personality Huang Zhixian, whose remarks were shared by many people.

China has never owed anything to the US, and China didn’t achieve its prosperity and stability today by invading or colonizing other countries, but by relying on the wisdom, sacrifice, and diligence of its people, Huang said.

Compared with the former president’s passionate speech about China-US relations, Mr. Pence’s words were an ignorance of the basic facts between China and the US and were full of pride and prejudice, said a middle-aged professor who listened to former US President Ronald Reagan’s speech in Fudan University years ago.

Pence’s history remarks are not the full story

In his speech, Mr. Pence talked a lot about “facts” on China-US relations. But they are not the full story, and a lot of them are against truth; therefore, they couldn’t enlighten people in an effective way.

Mr. Pence claimed that when China suffered through indignities and exploitations during the “Century of Humiliation,” America refused to join in. However, he didn’t mention that the US sent more than 2,100 people to join the eight-power allied forces to plunder China. The Americans were the first to climb onto the Tiananmen gate tower and at the time they even raised the American national flag.

The vice president said that in the aftermath of the Second World War, America ensured that China became a charter member of the United Nations, and a significant shaper of the post-war world. But he didn’t mention the fact that the US handed China’s administration over the Diaoyu Islands to Japan.

Mr. Pence also said that after 1949, China began to “pursue authoritarian expansionism”, and China and the US fought each other in the mountains and valleys of the Korean Peninsula. But he didn’t mention that it was the US that interfered in the Korean War and even involved China into the war. Our ancestors told us that they fought the Korean War to protect our homeland.

The US is not the savior of China

Mr. Pence said America brought China into the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move he thought China should feel grateful to the US. However, China’s accession to the WTO was a result of conquering numerous hardships and holding rounds of multilateral negotiations, not a gift from the US.

China’s efforts to join the WTO dragged on for 15 years, long enough to “turn black hair white”, said former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji.

That Mr. Pence said China’s GDP has grown nine-fold, and it’s become the second-largest economy in the world over the past 17 years is the result of the efforts of all Chinese.

The vice president thinks the US’s trade deficit with China has made it “rebuild” the latter in the last 25 years. But he was avoiding the fact that the essence of free trade is willingness of both sides for trading.

The economic prosperity of the US is also attributed to fast-growing Chinese economy and the large consumer market in China. A report by the Deutsche Bank indicated that the US actually gained more benefits than China in doing business with the latter.

Double standards on China-US ties

In his speech, Mr. Pence said recently a Chinese naval vessel forced a US ship to maneuver to avoid a collision. But what he didn’t mention was that the US ship had sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese islands in the South China Sea.

The US vice president said China seeks to militarize the South China Sea. But it is the US that has been carrying out military drills there, deploying many advanced weapons and continuously building new military bases there.

The US vice-president complained that China now spends as much on its military as the rest of Asia combined. But the 2019 US military budget reaches $700 billion, a historic high and more than other major countries combined.

Mr. Pence claimed that China now exerts pressure on Hollywood, American universities, think tanks, companies and even local governments, and uses economic, academic, public opinion and political tools to influence the US comprehensively.

But in the speech, he himself was interfering in China’s domestic and foreign affairs, and pointing fingers at China’s reform and opening up policy, “Made in China 2025” strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative.

In the speech, the US vice president said China’s social credit system aims to control virtually every facet of human life. But what he didn’t mention was that the social credit system construction has a history of more than a century in the US.

He said that China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections. This accusation is totally groundless.

Even the Trump administration’s secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen said on Oct. 3 that “We currently have no indication that a foreign adversary intends to disrupt our election infrastructure.” The US should reflect on how it created the Middle East unrest by using social media platforms.

It has become a concern that Chinese as a whole are being demonized in the US. Chinese studying or working in the US, even Chinese Americans, have to be very careful when they send an email to China because if not, they will be regarded as undertaking espionages in the US and will be attacked and excluded because of that.

British scholar Martin Jacques said that China reacted to the US provocative and invasive remarks with great patience and dignity, as well as a clear mind. If China responds to the US in the way it is provoked, the China-US relations will plummet sharply, which will bring severe damages to the world.

We are happy to see the US become great again. But this greatness is not based on outshining other countries, or on pressuring them.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Joint Communiqué between China and the US on establishing diplomatic relations. We Chinese youths believe the development of China and the US is mutually beneficial. By working together, the two countries will be able to create great positive power and benefit the development of themselves and the world.

China unveils first “firefighting” train

China recently unveiled its first “firefighting” train that can arrive at emergency sites immediately after the outbreak of fire, Global Times Online reported Monday.

The locomotive, customized from a flat container car, can run as fast as 120 kilometers per hour. It is equipped with a firefighting container and two can-type water containers, as well as a multi-functional high-pressure fog extinction device. In addition, the train also has a lighting system, warning lamps, alarm, grounding devices and basic hand tools.

The train responds quickly to emergencies, so as to improve the efficiency of firefighting or breakdown rescues along the railway.

Because it can shoot fire extinguishing media as far as 485 meters, the train is capable of putting out fires breaking out on a 16-car high-speed train.

In addition to firefighting, the train can also serve as a water supply device, offering water to trains running in remote and water-deficient areas. Besides, it can clean tracks, bridges and tunnels with the water containers and water torch it carries.