More young people dive into homemaking industry

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Nowadays, more people born in the 80s or 90s are choosing jobs in the homemaking industry, a sector which was previously considered only for the elderly or those with a poor educational background.

As society progresses, more young people now choose a job that they like and find meaningful, said Xu Weihua, COO of 51 Home Service, a Guangzhou-based housekeeping service provider.

Employees who were born in the 80s and 90s account for 84 percent of front line workers in the company and 88 percent of the logistics support staff, according to Xu.

Xu said the company established a relatively sound promotion system to attract young people. Eighty percent of the company’s management personnel, such as training directors and product managers, are selected from front line employees.

New technologies have promoted the industry towards high-end development that features specialization, skills, and professionalism, noted Zhang Qinling, manager of the homemaking company Mamalaile in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

Many young people now take orders on the apps on their mobile phones and provide door-to-door services with professional tools.

The homemaking industry has potential, and practitioners are usually well-paid, said Sun Jingtao, chairman of the Shenzhen Domestic Economy Association, adding that emerging intelligent tools and standardized procedures have helped reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Sun also pointed out that the homemaking industry is being developed and subdivided, which has generated new professions. For example, services for new mothers and babies range from post-birth recovery to tutoring and health management.

China mobile sci-tech museum holds exhibitions in Myanmar

Burmese students have an interactive learning experience in the museum. (People’s Daily/Sun Guangyong)

The China Mobile Science and Technology Museum held exhibitions in Mandalay, the largest city in northern Myanmar, starting in November, to promote scientific education among local people.

Co-hosted by China Science and Technology Museum and the Ministry of Education in Myanmar, the mobile exhibition is scheduled to be held in Mandalay for two years.

Covering an area of over 800 square meters, the exhibition includes more than 60 items such as 3D printing technology, intelligent robots, and Naked Eye 3D televisions, ranging from such fields as basic science and life science to information technology and health.

After it opened to the public, 12 universities and several high schools and primary schools expressed their intention to visit the museum. About half a month after it was open, thousands of people had already visited the mobile museum.

This exhibition will open a window to science for Burmese teenagers and cultivate their interest, innovation and curiosity in science, said Thein Win, Director-General of the Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, Myanmar.

Mandalay boasts a number of science and arts colleges, normal universities, and technical schools, but these schools are not equipped with advanced devices for their science courses.

“Based on the mobile sci-tech museum, we plan on building a Mandalay science and technology museum to popularize scientific knowledge among the local people,” said a docent with the museum.

A Belt and Road project, the China mobile sci-tech museum first landed in Myanmar at its capital Naypyidaw in June 2018. The 18-month exhibition has received a total of 50,000 visitors and organized training courses for 600 primary and high school principals and teachers.

Many post-90s open and rational in credit consumption

While credit services are popular among young people, it seems that the post-90s generation are remaining rational while spending their future money in advance, Workers’ Daily reported.

42.1 percent of young people only take out loans for personal consumption and will repay them in that same month, with many settling their bills within the interest-free period, a recent report said.

Instead of burdening young people with debt, credit services have actually made life easier for them, since they are interest-free within a certain period of time, said Wang Xiao, a post-90s person fond of credit cards and other financial products.

90 percent of the post-90s generation use Huabei, Alibaba’s micro-lending service, to save money, and are clear that they won’t buy things they don’t need.

A report on youth lifestyle showed that the young generation is not obsessed with purchasing luxuries. Instead, more and more young people are willing to pay for spiritual experiences, such as travel.

Young people are also extremely curious about individualized and new products. By paying for certain products and services, they are actually expressing their beliefs, ideas and lifestyles.

Young people in big cities or with higher incomes and educational backgrounds tend to run up more debts, which will drive them to work harder to make money.

In fact, many post-90s people pursue part-time jobs to broaden their sources of income. They are confident in their ability to earn money and feel more free to spend their potential income in advance.

Court judges dabble in webcasts for judicial auctions

It’s common to see Chinese stars or Internet celebrities advertise products including clothing and cosmetics via live video streaming on e-commerce platforms, but can you believe that someone bought a house with a sea view via a webcast hosted by court judges?

On December 12, more than 8,000 netizens watched a special live broadcast on China’s largest e-commerce platform Taobao, an online auction held by Jin Shou and Cui Zhiyong, two court judges from Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

More than 8,000 netizens watched a special live broadcast on Taobao, an online auction held by Jin Shou and Cui Zhiyong, two court judges from Ningbo, Zhejiang province. (Screenshot from Taobao)

Instead of selling clothes or cosmetics, Jin and Cui offered over 50 items from all over the country, including a house with a sea view located in Qingdao, Shandong province, a small forest in Anhui province, parking lots and cell phone numbers considered to bring good luck.

A total of 34 items were sold during the event, which lasted just over an hour, with transactions exceeding 100 million yuan.

While introducing the products, the judges also answered questions and simplified judicial knowledge for viewers. For example, the hosts said if a person bids for the items yet fails to make the final payment, the judicial organ will confiscate his deposit and forbid him from bidding on the item again in the future.

About 99 percent of courts in China have opened online shops for judicial auctions. By December 12, 2019, Chinese courts had sold 465,842 items through online platforms, with transactions reaching around 987.5 billion yuan.

China to maintain steady trade growth

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China’s foreign trade volume reached 28.5 trillion yuan in the first 11 months of 2019, a year-on-year increase of 2.4 percent. The figure is expected to be around 30 trillion yuan for the whole year.

China has achieved better-than-expected trade growth against downward pressure so far, said Li Xingqian, director of the Ministry of Commerce’s foreign trade department.

China has confidence that it will maintain steady trade growth of improving quality in 2020 despite sluggish global demand, Li said, citing the country’s solid trade foundation and vitality of market players.

The Chinese economy is shifting gear from an extensive model that emphasized scale and speed to a more intensive one emphasizing quality and efficiency, from being driven by investment in production factors to being driven by innovation, from relying only on cost and price advantages to raising its overall competitive advantages such as technology, brand, quality and service.

The export of high-tech, high-quality, and high-value-added products has grown rapidly, with IC, medical device exports witnessing an increase higher than the overall average.

Exports of machinery and electronic products accounted for 58.4 percent of the country’s total exports and private companies continued to play an even bigger part, comprising 51.4 percent of China’s total trade volume.

China is also securing a more balanced international market. Trade with the Belt and Road countries accounts for 29.3 percent of the total trade.

China aims at higher-quality poverty alleviation

Villagers perform folk dance at Menggen Village of Jiujing Township in Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Dec. 4, 2018. Focusing on targeted poverty alleviation and promotion of local economic and social development, Lancang has received and invested 6.5 billion yuan (about 950 million U.S. dollars) to advance agricultural and tourism industries from 2015 to September of 2018. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Around 95 percent of China’s poor population will shake off poverty and over 90 percent of poor counties will be removed from the poverty list by the end of this year.

92 percent of the registered poor households have developed industries based on local conditions to sustain high-quality poverty alleviation, such as orange planting and selling in the Wumeng Mountains, southwest China.

Thanks to the development of characteristic industries, the average annual growth rate of per capita disposable income of rural residents in poor areas is 2.3 percentage points higher than the national average within nearly six years.

With targeted poverty alleviation, China has guaranteed that 5.2 million poor people are free from worries over food and clothing and have access to compulsory education, basic medical services and safe housing by the year end.

The country has increased the provision of centralized water supplies in rural areas to 86 percent coverage. More people from impoverished villages could drink clean water, live in safe houses, and enjoy better medical insurance.

A third-party survey conducted on the 283 poor counties that have shaken off poverty suggests that more than 90 percent of the residents are satisfied with the poverty alleviation achievements in local areas.

With continued effort throughout the next year, China will wipe out extreme poverty in 2020.

Foreign tourists now have easier access to mobile payment in China

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Usually, foreigners have to open a Chinese bank account to pay for things through mobile payment platforms, which can be difficult and troublesome.

Recently, however, Chinese mobile payment platforms like Alipay and WeChat Pay have enabled foreigners to pay with their international credit or debit cards, making it much easier for them to pay for things in China.

Statistics from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism revealed that foreign travelers made 30.5 million trips to China in 2018, a 4.7 percent increase compared with 2017, which requires China to improve the payment experience and bring convenience to foreigners.

Mobile payment, an easier and more convenient payment tool, has become increasingly popular among foreigners. A recent survey on a foreign social media platform suggests that nearly 20 percent of overseas netizens consider it frustrating not to be able to use mobile payment in China, as most Chinese people do.

The new mini-program within Alipay, known as TourPass, makes it possible for foreign tourists. By topping up a digital prepaid card on Alipay via their own credit or debit card, foreigners can now scan a QR code to pay at shops or restaurants.

WeChat Pay has also cooperated with leading global payment solutions such as Visa and Mastercard to allow foreigners to buy train tickets or call taxis on the platform through international credit cards.

WeChat has also launched a new mini-application that enables overseas tourists to get a digital refund tax immediately in their digital wallets, when in the past they could only get the refundable tax in cash or through their bank cards, significantly simplifying the process.

Philippine ambassador praises China’s remarkable development

Jose Santiago Sta. Romana (Photo/People’s Daily Overseas Edition)

For nearly 40 years, Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, ambassador of the Philippines to China, has remained a close friend to China.

His role has changed over the years, from a student in China to a reporter stationed in Beijing and then to a diplomat. Such changes have enabled him to observe the ever-changing country from different perspectives and gather a deeper understanding of the China-Philippines relationship.

While studying in China, Romana witnessed China in a time of scarcity, when it was planning its modernization. Romana thinks that China has experienced hard times in its development, but eventually found a path that works.

Romana said that over 20 years’ experience at the Beijing station of the American Broadcasting Company allowed him to see the various facades of China.

Jose Santiago Sta. Romana’s ID when he studied in China (Photo provided by Jose Santiago Sta. Romana)

According to Romana, he was most impressed by China during the tragic 2008 Sichuan earthquake while he was conducting interviews around the country. He still remembers that over 100,000 military soldiers from all over China rushed to the disaster-stricken area in a few days, showing the world how Chinese people united as one in the face of natural disasters.

Romana pointed out that some western media outlets tend to focus on the negatives of China because they use conflict and drama to sell newspapers. He suggested China share its values and ideas more with other countries to help the world know it better.

As a diplomat, Romana has played an essential role in the milestones of China-Philippines relations. When Fidel Valdez Ramos, former president of the Philippines, made his ice-breaking trip to Hong Kong in 2016, Romana served as a senior adviser in the delegation. He has witnessed and will continue to push forward the bilateral relations.

Jose Santiago Sta. Romana as a journalist working in China.  (Photo provided by Jose Santiago Sta. Romana)

Romana believes that the Philippines and China have common interests in a wide range of areas such as trade, development and infrastructure. He noted that differences between the two countries should not be an obstacle to communication and cooperation.

The best way to improve China-Philippines relations is to stimulate the cooperation in trade, investment and economy, said Romana.

Smart high-speed railway just around the corner in China

The Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed line under construction. (Photo/Xinhua)

China is developing the core technologies related to smart high-speed railways, with the high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou in north China’s Hebei Province as one of its first attempts in the field.

As a major project for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed line will be the first in China to adopt a full-lifecycle Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach for all disciplines involved in the project.

The railway is being constructed in a complicated exterior environment, such as the Badaling tunnel, which poses great technological challenges, according to the China State Railway Group.

The BIM strategy can visualize the construction process in a three-dimensional way, providing possible solutions to optimize the design and reducing mistakes and losses during construction.

The Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway line, expected to be put into operation by the end of 2019, is also the first in China equipped with self-driving technology with a maximum designed speed of 350 kph, which makes it greener and more efficient.

After braking, it will stop to within a margin of error of 10cm and will not be delayed due to driving-related problems.

Technologies such as facial scanning to get into the station, 5G, convenient transfer, and smart instructions have been introduced into the stations to bring convenience and comfort to passengers.

In addition, an intelligent monitoring system will check for wind, rain, earthquakes, landslides and other conditions along the railway line and alert railway workers in emergency situations.

New energy project becomes landmark of Zhangjiakou

The five-megawatt wind turbine used in the national wind and solar energy storage and transmission demonstration project (Photo by Zhu Pengtao)

The wind turbine and photovoltaic panel demonstration project located in Zhangjiakou, north China’s Hebei province, demonstrates the city’s determination to co-host a greener Winter Olympics in 2022 and march toward a sustainable development path.

As China’s national wind and solar energy storage and transmission demonstration project, the Zhangjiakou project has generated a total of 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity since it started operation in December 2011, saving nearly 2.4 million tons of standard coal and reducing almost 6 million tons of carbon dioxide according to international standards.

Constructed and operated by the State Grid Jibei Electric Power Company Ltd., the national new energy storage and transmission demonstration project is the world’s largest and most comprehensive, integrating wind and solar energy generation, storage and transmission.

Typically, new energy, characterized by its fluctuations, will affect the safe and stable operation of the power grid.

The demonstration project, however, has adopted a complete technological system to soothe such fluctuations and made it possible for new energy to be applied on a large scale.