This article is by: CNN
Read more: China has announced a new plan to crack down on most single-use plastics by 2025
An excerpt from CNN:
"The Chinese government has announced a new plan to crack down on plastic pollution across the country by 2025, including a ban on single-use plastic straws and bags.
In a statement Sunday, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said both the production and use of a large number of single-use plastics would be slowly phased out across the country by the middle of the decade.
The new policy included a detailed timeline outlining which plastics will be banned by a certain time in areas across the country. Major cities can expect to see changes sooner, while smaller towns or rural areas will be given more time to adjust.
For example, according to the document, the catering industry will be banned from using single-use plastic cutlery in major cities by the end of 2020, while non-degradable plastic straws will be unavailable nationwide."
This article is by: Technode
Read more about it here: How Tech is Changing Agriculture in China
An excerpt from Technode:
"The technological development that has taken over China’s cities is finally hitting rural areas. With the help of government subsidies, farmers are acquiring drones to automate water and pesticide spraying as they deal with an uphill battle against labor shortages brought by urbanization.
Chinese farmers use more pesticides relative to land size than any other country in the world (...)
Farmers can reduce the need for 30% to 40% of pesticides, and 90% of water by using XAG drones, Justin Gong, co-founder and vice president at the Guangzhou-based company, told TechNode. The firm’s drones are fully automated: farmers have only to press a button and artificial intelligence will do the rest."
This article is by: Visual Capitalist
Read more about it here: How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World
An excerpt from Visual Capitalist:
"AidData, a research lab at the W&M Global Research Institute, has compiled a massive database of Chinese-backed projects spanning from 2000–2017. In aggregate, it creates a comprehensive look at China’s efforts to grow its influence in countries around the world, particularly in Africa and South Asia.
For example, Ethiopia has seen a number of changes within its borders thanks to Chinese financing. This is particularly evident in its capital, Addis Ababa, where a slew of transportation projects — from new ring roads to Sub-Saharan Africa’s first metro system — transformed the city.
Billions of dollars in Chinese capital has also funded everything from highway construction to renewable energy projects across Pakistan. Pakistan’s youth unemployment rate sits as high as 40%, so jobs created by new infrastructure investments are a welcome prospect. In 2014, Pakistan had the highest public approval rating of China in the world, with nearly 80% respondents holding a favorable view of China. (picture of Pakistan map)
To view the interactive map made by aiddata.org check the link below:
This article is by: South China Morning Post
Read more about it here: China’s ice festival features mass snow wedding and crystal towers
An excerpt from South China Morning Post:
"China's annual ice festival in Harbin has kicked off with couples lining up for a snow-themed mass wedding, swimmers braving frigid waters and frozen palaces rising from the ground. Fireworks marked the festival’s opening on Sunday night as tourists wandered between colourfully illuminated ice towers and monuments in the northeastern city.
This year’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang required 170,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic feet) of ice harvested from the Songhua River by more than 100 workers. The workers toiled for hours on the ice each day in the weeks before the festival, cutting out thousands of pieces of ice every 12-hour shift.
The Harbin festival, featuring glittering palaces and fantastical scenes sculpted out of ice, has drawn millions of people over the years to one of China’s coldest cities. "
This article is by: CNBC
Read more about it here: Livestreaming in China is growing, offering hopes of fame and wealth to ordinary Chinese
An excerpt from CNBC
In five minutes this past November, Chinese livestreamer “Xin Ba” sold 42.5 million sets of Whoo Korean skincare products, and made more than 400 million yuan ($57 million) in sales during that day’s shopping event, according to Kuaishou, the Tencent-backed video platform.
For many Chinese, it’s the dream of overnight wealth, and the social mobility it can bring. For global brands, these internet personalities — “key opinion leaders” or KOLs — are emerging as the most effective way to reach China’s hundreds of millions of shoppers.
For Kuaishou users with more than 1 million fans, transaction volume in the last 11 months grew 9 times, versus 34 times for those with 200,000 fans, Wang Yulin, CEO of Mockuai, a Kuaishou partner, said at a conference in Beijing on Dec. 17.
This article is by: McKinsey
Read more about it here: China Consumer Report 2020
An excerpt from McKinsey
Research from McKinsey's latest Chinese Consumer Survey offers insight into what over 5,000 consumers in the region think about spending, brands, health, and more.
This article is by: Decrypt.com
Read more about it here: China's banks are racing to adopt blockchain
An excerpt from Decrypt.com
"The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) will soon test its blockchain-based digital currency payments system in the cities of Shenzhen and Suzhou, according to a report Chinese financial news outlet Caijing this Monday.
Seven state-owned companies—four commercial banks and three telecom firms—will help PBOC to conduct the test. The central bank has even initiated a kind of “horse race” between banks to encourage the submission of new implementation strategies, according to an anonymous source who is close to the project.
The pilot program will focus on such areas as education, transportation, medical care and commerce. Some of the banks will reportedly cooperate with telecom companies to develop SIM cards with built-in digital wallets, while others are developing their own wallet apps."
This article is by: China Daily
Read more about it here: Smart construction platform builds better high-rises
An excerpt from China Daily
"A smart platform independently developed by a Chinese company which integrates all functions involved in construction has managed to make the creation of super high-rise buildings more efficient and environmentally friendly.
The platform developed and made by China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co Ltd in Hubei province is able to not only construct buildings but also rise higher as the construction proceeds. People have dubbed it a ""Building Machine in the Air"".
Because it can easily rotate 360 degrees and bear loads of over 1,000 metric tons, the platform provides a safer working environment than traditional construction sites.
It can be equipped with four tower cranes, shortening construction time by 20 percent comparing with traditional construction methods, according to the website of Chinese Construction. The platform can construct one floor within four days. It can construct a building as high as 1,000 meters."
This article is by: Asia Times
Read more about it here: Train tickets becoming a thing of the past for China rail passengers
An excerpt from Asia Times
"Travelers on China’s busiest intercity railway are now able to hop on a bullet train anytime without purchasing tickets beforehand. All they need to do is tap on their WeChat app to launch a QR code for a quick scan at designated station turnstiles and they are good to go, with their identity verified, fares charged and seats allocated almost instantaneously.
China State Railway Guangzhou Group Ltd, the operator of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen express trains and the nation’s first intercity rail link, announced the new service on Sunday to expedite the flow of passengers on the 147-kilometer trunk route, which has the highest ridership in the country as measured by passenger-kilometers traveled.
The 100,000-plus travelers that shuttle between the two economic dynamos on any given day can now use the ubiquitous WeChat app to spare themselves the hassle of queuing for tickets and producing ID documents for manual inspection."
This article is by: Washington Post
Read more about it: A huge Siberian pipeline binds Russia and China, as gas flows for the first time
An excerpt from Washington Post
"In China, the pipeline will run 3,175 miles from Heilongjiang province in the northeast to Shanghai. The pipeline posed an engineering challenge, traversing swamps, rocky mountains, areas prone to earthquakes and regions of permafrost where the temperature fell to minus-50 degrees Celsius (minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit) last winter.
Gazprom chief executive Alexey Miller said 10,000 workers took part in the construction of the pipeline, which used 130,000 pipes.
“Deliveries of Russian gas to China by pipeline will raise Russian-Chinese strategic energy cooperation to a qualitatively new level and bring the goal of increasing bilateral trade turnover to $200 billion in 2024 closer to being realized,” Putin said, speaking in Sochi, Russia. “More than a trillion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to China through the Power of Siberia pipeline over 20 years.” Xi said the pipeline was a milestone in energy cooperation that underscored the deep integration between the two countries. "
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