China, ASEAN to see closer cooperation

China, ASEAN to embrace brighter future through cooperation
A China-Europe freight train carrying 70 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of machinery parts, textiles, and photovoltaic products departs Hai”an, east China”s Jiangsu province for ASEAN countries, May 26. It is the first international freight train traveling from the Yangtze River Delta region to ASEAN countries. People”s Daily Online/Jiang Ming

A series of Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM) on East Asia cooperation, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) SOM, the East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) SOM, were held on July 20 and 21 via video link.

As countries are still at a key stage in combating COVID-19 and resuming development, the SOMs were of positive significance for regional countries to coordinate epidemic control and development, build political consensus, promote pragmatic cooperation, and push for regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.

China and ASEAN countries are linked by the same mountains and rivers and live alongside each other like members in one big family. China has always taken ASEAN as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and a key area for the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

In recent years, the China-ASEAN (10+1) Cooperation Mechanism and the ASEAN plus China, Japan, ROK (10+3) cooperation mechanism embraced constant achievements and significant progress in regional cooperation. After the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, regional countries successfully held a special meeting of leaders of the ASEAN plus China, Japan and the ROK on responding to COVID-19, the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease, and the Special ASEAN Plus Three Economic Ministers’ Virtual Conference Meeting on COVID-19 Response. These meetings strengthened the awareness for cooperation, revitalized confidence for cooperation, and chart the course for cooperation. They demonstrated China’s firm resolution to offer mutual assistance during the hard time and its profound friendship with regional countries.

True friendship stands out in difficult times, and countries shall join each other to fight the epidemic. During the past days, the voice of China-ASEAN solidarity and cooperation has become even louder.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recorded a video clip to promote China-Thailand solidarity amid the COVID-19 epidemic, and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s trip to China amid the epidemic explained the sincere friendship and mutual assistance between China and Cambodia. People from ASEAN countries donated money and supplies to China to root for the Chinese people, and Chinese government, enterprises, and non-government organizations also offered anti-epidemic materials to ASEAN countries and sent medical expert teams to Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia. Besides, China has also held video seminars over COVID-19 response with ASEAN countries, sharing its experience without reservation and actively promoting cooperation on drug and vaccine development.

Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Kung Phoak noted that China’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as the valuable support offered by the Chinese government to countries and regions around the world deserve to be praised.

Under regular epidemic prevention and control and orderly work resumption, China and ASEAN countries enjoy even broader prospect for cooperation. China and Singapore established a green channel for personnel exchanges, in an effort to jointly straighten the regional supply and industrial chains. The ASEAN-China Transport Ministers’ Special Meeting on COVID-19 was held recently, during which the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation, jointly safeguard the unimpeded logistics and transportation between China and the ASEAN, and protect the stability of global industrial and supply chains.

In the first half of this year, China’s trade volume with the ASEAN rose 5.6 percent and accounted for 14.7 percent of China’s total foreign trade. The ASEAN is now the largest trading partner of China. The launching of the 2020 China-ASEAN Year of Digital Economy Cooperation will created stronger driving force for the two sides’ economic and social development, and inject new energy into the long-term stability and prosperity of the region.

Standing together against challenges again and again, China and ASEAN countries enjoy increasingly closer ties and greater momentum for cooperation. China is committed to pursuing partnership with its neighbors and a neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual-benefit and inclusiveness and fostering a harmonious, secure and prosperous neighborhood. China champions a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security in Asia, and is always promoting regional cooperation with an open mind and active attitude.

The joint construction of the BRI by China and ASEAN countries will benefit regional employment and livelihood, and build a closer people-to-people bond. The constant upgrading China-ASEAN strategic partnership, as well as the efforts to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership are expected to further improve open regional cooperation and depict a new future of common development.

“A partnership forged with the right approach defies geographical distance; it is thicker than glue and stronger than metal and stone.” The joint efforts made by China and ASEAN countries have started a symphony of peace, development, cooperation and win-win results, and a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future is destined to shine brightly.

TCM helps improve global public health

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has made its way to 183 countries and regions around the world, contributing to the improvement of public health across the world.

A doctor treats a patient with moxibustion therapy in St. Petersburg TCM Center, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, July 11. (Photo/Courtesy of St. Petersburg TCM Center, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)

Currently, China has signed TCM cooperation agreements with over 40 foreign governments, regional competent agencies and international organizations.

As TCM has played an effective role in treating COVID-19 patients in China, the country is willing to share its experience using TCM in epidemic prevention and control with the international community.

Established by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM), the St. Petersburg TCM Center is the first TCM hospital acknowledged by the local government in Russia. Doctors’ excellent medical skills in the center have attracted many local patients to come to the center to receive treatments.

Svetlana is a resident who was plagued by dizziness, headache, fatigue, and pain in her shoulders and arms. Though she received some oral medicines and intravenous injections from a local neurologist, the results were not encouraging enough.

When her husband advised her to receive treatment at the TCM center, Svetlana took it with a grain of salt at first. However, the acupuncture and cupping treatment in the center delivered real benefits to her. “My condition significantly improved after receiving the treatment three times, and my dizziness disappeared and the pain was greatly relieved after the sixth time,” she said.

TCM experts in the center have cured a large number of patients with intractable diseases by prescribing TCM therapies and methods, such as acupuncture, heat-sensitive moxibustion, and tuina (massage), winning high praise and recognition from locals.

Since its inauguration on July 3, 2016, the center has received over 4,000 patients, achieving good results in treating 30 types of diseases, including IGA nephropathy, atopic dermatitis, myasthenia gravis and cerebral palsy, as well as symptoms pertaining to pain in the neck, shoulder, waist and legs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in Russia, the BUCM has actively organized online lectures on pandemic prevention, recorded related videos and trained TCM practitioners by relying on the St. Petersburg center. The university also formulated a TCM plan for health management amid the pandemic in both Chinese and Russian, which was issued by the Chinese consulate general in St. Petersburg, providing professional TCM anti-pandemic guidelines for the Russian people and the Chinese community there.

Over the past four years, the center has carried out sound exchanges and cooperation with several medical institutions and relevant research and teaching institutions in Russia. They have also launched training courses on TCM therapies, methods and theory, while establishing clinics to treat patients with intractable diseases through the combined use of TCM and Western medicine.

TCM is also popular in Hungary. “The Semmelweis University in Hungary and Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in northeast China have worked together to train TCM talents since 2010, and the two universities began to set up the China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) Traditional Chinese Medicine Center (Hungary) in 2017,” said Yu Funian, head of the center.

“The center has cultivated many local TCM talents, playing a unique role in promoting TCM culture,” Yu noted, adding that over 3,000 doctors in the country have received acupuncture training and about 600 doctors have opened TCM clinics.

The TCM community in Hungary has also collected anti-virus supplies and shared China’s experience in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A Chinese TCM doctor offered people free herbal tea in Budapest to boost their immunity. Coordinated by the TCM center and TCM associations in Hungary, a batch of anti-virus supplies, mainly comprising Chinese medicinal products, were delivered to the European country.

Former Hungarian Prime Minister Medgyessy Peter said one of the important reasons behind China’s remarkable anti-epidemic achievements lies in the combined use of TCM and Western medicine.

Meanwhile, a similar TCM center was established in Mauritius. The China-Mauritius Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine opened in 2019, becoming the first platform to promote TCM in Africa.

The Shanghai Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine is behind the center’s construction. The hospital and Shanghai Caitongde Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. have staffed two experienced TCM doctors and one TCM pharmacist at the center.

Since its operation, the center has attracted many patients, including some from South Africa. Amid COVID-19 prevention and control in Mauritius, the center has managed to maintain regular operation, while launching lectures on pandemic prevention and answering dozens of questions through a telemedicine platform every day, providing medical support for local people, Chinese-funded institutions and companies, and the Chinese community.

Fitness apps thrive in China

Fitness apps thrive in China
A coach and a female trainee livestream a fitness class in a gym in Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu province, April 23. (Photo by Meng Delong/People’s Daily Online)

Fitness apps experienced booming development in China in recent years. Among the big names are Keep, Codoon, and Joyrun, through which people learn to shape their bodies and build muscle. The screens of smart devices are more and more becoming a source for the people to learn workout moves.

“I used to hit the gym, but never kept doing it,” said Huang Meiling, a fitness enthusiast working in the financial sector in Shanghai. According to her, some gyms became “runaways” because of operational failure, and she also talked herself out of gym classes due to the boring course setting. Later, she resorted to fitness apps and tried to work out and ran at home.

“But it’s also boring because I’m all alone when practicing,’ Huang said. Fortunately, group classes offered by online fitness platforms in the recent years became her new choice.

Group classes refer to those small and convenient workout services offered by online fitness platforms, a product of the integration of Internet and the traditional fitness industry.

These classes are ordered on mobile apps based on users’ own preferences and schedules, which is completely different from the traditional membership and prepayment model of offline gyms. Being more flexible, these classes are also functional as social and e-commerce platforms, and thus make fitness more attractive.

Group classes sparked Huang’s enthusiasm for fitness again, and she even became a part-time fitness coach herself after acquiring relevant certificates.

“These classes are flexible. You can also take customized courses, and meet like-minded people,” Huang said.

“As the Internet helps digitalize information about fitness activities, we can better provide customized services for users,” said Han Wei, founder of LeFit, a fitness chain based in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang province.

Fitness platforms can recommend targeted courses and services to users after collecting relevant information about and feedback from members in a proper manner and analyzing their preferences, Han explained.

During the first half of this year, offline fitness centers and gyms in China suspended operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although we were closed, the coaches and users were still interacting,” said an executive of Supermonkey, a gym chain based in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province.

During the epidemic prevention and control, Supermonkey livestreamed its fitness courses in an online “training camp” project, the executive introduced, explaining that the 14-day project assigned a professional coach to each class for online guidance and diet supervision.

It helped the company keep quite a lot of customers, said the executive, disclosing that by the end of April, 1,500 training camps had been launched, attracting more than 15,000 users.

“Our courses were designed based on home quarantine scenario,” said an employee of Supermonkey, explaining that rag was a tool used in leg muscle building to encourage the users to clean their floors while working out.

Taking the online innovation helped fitness companies secure stable performance during the difficult period. Though offline gyms have gradually resumed business nowadays, online courses are still popular.

“There are more and more online fitness contents right now, and I prefer to have fitness classes online,” said fitness enthusiast surnamed Zhou in Shanghai.

Zhou, who works in media industry, wan once a fan of group classes, but now she likes to join livestream courses or take part in fitness projects that combine both outdoor and indoor activities.

Chinese cattle dealer fights poverty

“I just happen to live in a great era” - story of a Chinese cattle dealer fighting poverty
Ma Manai goes to a cattle and sheep market with fellow villagers. People’s Daily/Wang Jintao

Ma Manai, a cattle dealer from Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China’s Gansu province got up at 3:00 a.m. to go to the largest cattle and sheep market in the prefecture 20 kilometers away from where he lives.

On half of the days in the past 8 years, he got up from bed in the wee hours. “Business counts on credibility,” Ma said, explaining that he was going for a rush order of 16 cattle this time.

Ma lives in Maji village, Yanzhi township, Kangle county, Linxia. With an average altitude of 2,000 meters, Kangle enjoys a favorable ecology and a long history of cattle rearing. However, many people there lived below the poverty line due to high population density.

Ma was born in the 1970s, and has followed his father to sell cattle on fairs since childhood. However, he barely got much profit from the business. He attributed the low return to his wrong selection of market, so he went to the neighboring Minxian county after marriage, where he met some business partners and headed for Qinghai province for purchasing yaks, which were more expensive. He thought the hundreds of yaks he purchased would make him some money when returning home, but they still found no buyers.

He finally figured out that the demand for cattle in Yanzhi township and Kangle county was limited, and the livestock would be unsalable once the supply went high.

“Back then I didn’t even have a place to place these yaks, so I had to borrow some money for feedstuffs,” Ma told People’s Daily. During that time, he understood that his business failure was not because of the wrong selection of market, but the small size of the market and the radius of his sales.

To sell these yaks, Ma had planned to go to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, but was voted down by the high transportation cost and the long distance, as the beef might turn spoiled after long trips. Plus, employing a refrigerated truck would lower his profit to almost zero, so he gave up the plan and kept on selling the yaks on local fairs. As a result, he was always struggling on the poverty line.

In 2004, an expressway was built from Lanzhou to Lintao, a county 20 minutes’ drive away from Kangle. Eight years later, a cold chain cattle and sheep market was put into operation in Kangle. Covering 8.67 hectares, the market has a 2,000-square meter slaughtering workshop and a 1,500 square meter refrigeration house, as well as sewage treatment and cyclic utilization facilities.

The market offers convenient, quality and high-efficiency services for cattle and sheep dealers, said an employee of the market.

Ma’s was once again mobilized. “The market opens at 4:00 a.m. every day,” he said, and it takes only around an hour to get the beef to Lanzhou. Thanks to the market and convenient transportation, Ma’s cattle business finally thrived.

“Now I sell a dozen of cattle each day, which is more than the total I sold in the past 2 decades,” he said, adding that a total of nearly 2,700 cattle were sold last year.

In 2015, Ma established a cooperative in his village and employed impoverished villagers. “I offer both salary and skill training, and now the impoverished villagers have all shaken off poverty and led a great life,” he told People’s Daily.

“Beef industry is one of the five industries that we develop to enrich the people,” said an official from the government of Kangle county, who disclosed that a special poverty alleviation fund of 116 million yuan has been used this year to introduce 6,288 breeding cows and 13,820 ewes. “The next, we will take a dual-approach focusing on both reproduction and breeding, scale up the business while maintaining standard management, and build a brand to further expand our market,” he official said.

“I just happen to live in a great era,” Ma concluded, speaking of his cattle business.

Father builds “gym” for his daughter

A 17-year-old Chinese girl, from northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has broken several school records in long-distance running, and her father should take some of the credit for her excellent performance: he not only accompanies his daughter on her runs before dawn every day, but he has also built a humble “gym” for her.

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A freshman in high school, at four o’clock every morning, Zheng Guohua starts her run on the street with her father. Her father, Zheng Long, always rides a motorcycle to accompany her.

In addition to running, the father has also worked out a stringent training plan for his daughter, while incorporating use of a humble “gym” he made all by himself.

Zheng Long made use of the materials that he collected during his spare time to set up the fitness equipment. It took him half a month to build the gym so his daughter could exercise more efficiently.

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Every time during the school sports meeting, he attends his daughter’s competitions. Zheng Guohua said proudly: “My classmates envy me for having such a good father. They all want to have a father like mine.”

In Zheng Guohua’s eyes, her father is not only a serious coach with a loud voice during training, but also a good comrade-in-arms to accompany her along the way.

Zheng Guohua said that there were times when she wanted to give up training, however, she encouraged herself with her father’s motto: “Only by paying the price of Superman can we get the harvest of Superman.”

China sees boom in homebody economy

China is seeing a boom in its “homebody economy” amid the COVID-19 epidemic, as new forms of business such as online shopping, food delivery, online education, and working from home have seen explosive growth since the outbreak.

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Related enterprises have also witnessed significant profit increases. “During the epidemic, the demand for meal replacement products has exploded, causing a temporary shortage of products such as bread, cakes and potato chips,” said Zhang Xuewu, president of Yanjin Shop Food Co., Ltd. in central China’s Hunan province.

Zhang expected the company to realize a net profit of 125 to 130 million yuan in the first half of the year, almost double that of a year ago.

The number of users of telecommuting tools such as DingTalk and Tencent Meeting, and online education software including Baidu Netdisk and Yuanfudao has spiked, while online food platforms such as Dingdong, Hema and Pinduoduo have witnessed notable trading volumes. In addition, the market values of Chinese internet giants including Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com have hit record highs.

Published performance forecasts for the first half of the year recorded a surge in the profits of listed companies related to the homebody economy. For example, the net profits of Sanquan Food, one of China’s leading frozen food companies, is expected to see a staggering year-on-year growth of 390 to 420 percent, while that of Bear Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. which sells small home appliances, will see growth hit 80 to 110 percent. The net profit of Wuhu 37 Interactive Entertainment Network Technology Group Co., Ltd. is expected to rise 35.5 to 45.2 percent.

According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs, exports of products related to the homebody economy also grew rapidly in the first half of the year despite the sharp contraction in international trade, with that of notebook computers and mobile phones increasing 9.1 and 0.2 percent, respectively.

It’s not surprising that the homebody economy has gained steam, according to some experts and insiders, as some enterprises have made preparations and responded to market changes brought about by the sudden epidemic.

“We had seen a trend of the ‘stay-at-home lifestyle’, so we adjusted our products and launched new ones, invested huge amounts of money in building an unmanned factory, which has been proven to be a unique strength amid the epidemic. We have also promoted vigorous development of e-commerce in recent years,” said Zhang, noting that he is expecting his company to reap huge profits.

In fact, the epidemic has sped up the development of the homebody economy in China and forced enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation.

Many entrepreneurs believe that the homebody economy trend is mainly being seen in the e-commerce sector. New products and services have greatly improved consumers’ shopping experience and cater to young people’s consumption habits. To them, the booming homebody economy is an inevitable trend.

The homebody economy will continue to flourish thanks to China’s progress in information technology and people’s universal access to it, as well as innovation in business models, said Li Yongjian, an expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

“New business opportunities will emerge after the epidemic,” said Chen Chunhua, a professor at Peking University who specializes in research of enterprises, adding that sectors such as online entertainment, games, education, telecommuting, the integration of online and offline retail, logistics and communities services, smart city and comprehensive health care services will also see sound development opportunities.

Village in Hainan confident in prosperity

During his visit to the southern island province of Hainan in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping dropped in on a small village called Bohou and declared that only ordinary people can say whether a moderately prosperous society has been achieved or not.

A B&B hotel in Bohou village. (Photo/Sanya Daily)

Xi’s remarks made the officials and residents in the village in Jiyang district of Sanya city confident that they could shake off poverty.

Bohou village has changed a lot since Xi’s visit. “The annual per capita income of villagers reached 24,520 yuan (about $3,502) in 2019,” said Su Shaohong, Party chief of the village, adding that the village is becoming more confident in its ability to pursue a better-off life, as it boasts competitive industries and villagers have freed their minds.

Due to its saline-alkali land, the villagers of Bohou have never even been able to grow enough food to feed themselves, let alone live prosperous lives. In the 1990s, many residents still lived in thatched cottages. When construction of a national resort was approved in Yalong Bay to the east of the village in 1992, villagers began to work in hotels at the resort, but were still unable to earn a decent living.

Entering the 21st century, Sanya has vigorously promoted the development of the flower industry, encouraging enterprises to put their roots down in the city. “The government’s support has brought opportunities to our village in its poverty alleviation efforts,” Su said.

In 2009, one company began to plant roses on about 66.7 hectares of land obtained through the transfer of land-use rights in Bohou, earning the area the nickname “Rose Valley,” and helping villagers get rid of poverty.

“Now I can earn an annual rental revenue of several thousand yuan per mu (667 square meters) of land from the company,” said villager Su Guojin, adding that he also earns a salary and has savings.

Like other villagers, Su now lives in a two-story house. He also runs a barbecue restaurant that does brisk business.

In 2017, Bohou found new development opportunities as Sanya decided to beautify the village by improving its ecological environment and infrastructure. As a result, Bohou has become one of the most beautiful and cleanest villages in Hainan. In May, it was rated one of the most popular rural destinations for tourists in the province.

In addition, B&B hotels have been springing up in the village. In 2016, Tan Zhongxian, a villager who has received a higher education and worked in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong province for 10 years, decided to run a B&B hotel using all his savings of 2.8 million yuan and by applying for a loan of 200,000 yuan.

It was the village’s geographical advantages and bright prospects for the development of the tourism sector that gave Tan confidence in his business.

“The sound operation of B&B hotels will certainly attract tourists to our village, and tourism revenues are expected to be an important guarantee for the continued rise in villagers’ incomes,” he said.

In May 2017, he opened his B&B hotel. To his surprise, the business performed much better than expected. “In the first year, the rooms were almost fully booked, especially during the Spring Festival holiday,” Tan noted, adding that he has already made back his investment in the business.

Tan’s success has encouraged more villagers to get into in the business and also attracted outside investors. So far, a total of 44 such hotels have been set up or have gone into construction there, offering more than 1,300 rooms to tourists.

Shanghai runs outdoor epidemic test base

Shanghai established the city’s first outdoor station to test for COVID-19 at Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University on July 15, as demand for testing grows, news portal ThePaper reported.

The first outdoor station to test for COVID-19 at Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University in Shanghai is established on July 15, 2020. Photo courtesy of Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University

The station consists of two cabins: one for nucleic acid sampling and the other for taking blood samples. It is connected to four tents where patients can wait for their turn to be tested.

The cabin for nucleic acid sampling follows a non-contact principle in order to avoid cross-infection between patients and medics. The cabin in which doctors take blood samples from patients also features non-contact medical services.

A medic conducts a nucleic acid test on a resident. Photo courtesy of Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University

Medics feel more comfortable working inside the cabins, and no longer have to suffer from oxygen deficit and heatstroke after wearing protective clothing for long periods in high temperatures.

Photo shows the cabin where medics take blood samples from patients. Photo courtesy of Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University

Industrial internet vitalizes manufacturing

The rapid development of China’s industrial internet has injected fresh impetus into the country’s manufacturing industry, making it more intelligent through the application of more digital technologies.

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At an office of Hebei Andy Mould Co., Ltd. in north China’s Hebei province, Zhang Xiangui, general manager of the company, is seen clicking an operating panel to check production schedules and delivery times on the screen. Two years ago, he had to check this information by contacting the workshop and customers by telephone.

Working together with the industrial internet platform iSESOL has brought significant changes to the company. In the past, it offered quotations based on experience. Now, the company uses data, including processing fees and management costs collected by the platform. The platform also enables the company to calculate the processing time for each process, cutting the production scheduling time from four hours to half an hour.

Thanks to the industrial internet platform, the company can save over 300,000 yuan in management costs every year and increase production efficiency by about 30 percent, Zhang said.

Andy Mould is not the only company to benefit from the industrial internet. Previously, whenever equipment failure occurred, engineers from Ningxia Licheng Electric Group Co., Ltd. in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region didn’t know where the fault was until they began maintenance work. At the end of last year, the company partnered with the industrial internet platform Rootcloud and launched a remote operation and maintenance system.

By analyzing and collecting equipment data, the system can automatically send early warnings of potential faults in spare parts and ensure remote fault diagnosis, according to Xu Zhi, chief information officer of the company.

Another example is a smart home appliance cloud platform in Yuyao, east China’s Zhejiang province, which was launched in May by the China Unicom Ningbo branch and Yundee, a Chinese company that specialises in industrial internet platforms.

By sharing information such as supply and demand, production capacity, talents, and bidding, the platform helps the sector in the region realize the coordination of procurement, sales, supply, and production.

The platform has attracted companies in both the upstream and downstream of the home appliance sector, overcoming the shortcomings of the traditional manufacturing model, and making flexible production possible.

The smart manufacturing, remote equipment maintenance and flexible production solutions represented by the three companies are typical application scenarios for the industrial internet.

The industrial internet is not only a technology and a type of infrastructure, but also a new production method and business model, said Yu Xiaohui, deputy dean of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology and secretary-general of the Alliance of Industrial Internet.

China will accelerate the development of the industrial internet through further integration of internet information technologies into the manufacturing sector.

Carpenter’s ancient skills a hit online

A 63-year-old Chinese carpenter’s traditional skills have become an Internet sensation as he creates woodwork with nothing more than a single piece of wood, without glue, screws or nails.

Wang Dewen, known as “Grandpa Amu” on YouTube, has been dubbed as the modern day Lu Ban, a revered Chinese structural engineer during the Zhou Dynasty, thanks to his vast carpentry knowledge.

Grandpa Amu’s most popular video, which shows him making an intricate wooden arch bridge, has gone viral on Youtube, gaining more than 40 million views.

“If you do something, you have to love it, and you have to be interested in it; however, being interested doesn’t mean there’s only happiness and no pain,” Grandpa Amu shared when talking about his excellent carpentry skills.

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His most popular works include a sophisticated folding stool, a model of the China pavilion from the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and an apple-shaped interlocking puzzle, known as a Lu Ban lock.

Grandpa Amu follows an ancient Chinese mortise and tenon technique, which means no nails or glue are involved in the entire process of building the arch bridge.

The master carpenter has also made several wooden toys for his grandson using the same technique. His young grandson’s favorites include a walking Peppa Pig and a bubble blowing machine.Attracting over 1.17 million subscribers on YouTube, Grandpa Amu’s videos so far have gained more than 200 million views.

His extraordinary woodworking skills, using the same mortise and tenon joints found in the Forbidden City, were developed from the age of thirteen as a means of supporting his family in East China’s Shandong province.

“The grandson is so happy, as there have been so many exquisite and unique toys made by grandpa from an early age,” commented one netizen; while another said “It’s amazing. I hope these traditional crafts can be passed on!”