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Will China’s Beijing Winter Olympics spur a snow sports boom in the world’s No 2 economy?

February 3, 2022

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Two years into the coronavirus pandemic and with the Beijing Winter Olympics just around the corner, Nartay Li has seen more visitors flocking to the General Mountain ski resort in northwest China than ever before.Before the global pandemic, the Alps and Japanese ski resorts were favourite destinations for middle-class Chinese skiers, but border restrictions have forced them to turn to domestic ski fields.“It has led to not only a very high number of visitors to domestic resorts, but also a…

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China’s factories are wrestling with labour shortages. Age-old prejudice partly explains why

January 13, 2022

[unable to retrieve full-text content]After graduating from a vocational school with a degree in chemical equipment maintenance in 2019, Zhang Cheng joined a natural gas company in northwest China on a salary of 6,000 yuan (US$941) per month, higher than the national average for all graduates that year.While people around him envied his wage, working on the shop floor was no walk in the park, he said.“I work in a noisy environment, with a lot of soot and steam and low-oxygen levels, and there are a lot of cryogenic liquids around…

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Taiwan’s exports to mainland China, Hong Kong hit record high as semiconductor demand fuels cross-strait trade

January 10, 2022

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The value of Taiwan’s exports to mainland China and Hong Kong hit an all-time high of US$188.9 billion in 2021, thanks to the resilient demand for the island’s computer chips, according to the latest data released by the island.Taiwan’s finance ministry said the total was a 24.8 per cent increase from 2020.It included US$125.9 billion worth of exports to the mainland, marking a rise of 22.9 per cent from the previous year and almost double the 11.9 per cent growth rate seen in 2020.For December…

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China’s Hainan sees duty-free sales boom as shoppers look for ‘convenient’ alternative to Hong Kong

January 3, 2022

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Duty-free sales in China’s island province of Hainan surged to 50.49 billion yuan (US$7.9 billion) in 2021, growing 83 per cent from a year earlier, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit travel abroad and Hong Kong’s stringent quarantine controls make it difficult for mainlanders to visit the city.Hainan’s commerce department said the number of duty-free shoppers to the island increased by 73 per cent year on year, and the volume of duty-free purchases rose by 71 per cent over the same…

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Can China’s creaky health insurance scheme withstand its ageing population and coronavirus?

January 1, 2022

[unable to retrieve full-text content]For two decades, 65-year-old farmer Che Xiuyue had been troubled by osteophytes, bony lumps that grew on her knees, causing her unbearable pain and stiffness.In 2019, unable to stomach the discomfort any longer, she finally had surgery to treat them. But when she received the bill of 10,000 yuan (US$1,569), Che was overcome by a new wave of distress.Though only one-tenth of the original surgery price – thanks to China’s public health care insurance scheme – the charge was nearly equivalent to…

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China-Europe rail trade set for infrastructure upgrade, with container traffic up 30 per cent

December 30, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s largest policy bank has pledged additional funding support to upgrade a key railway link to Europe at a time when both sea and air transport links are struggling from various coronavirus-related pressures.China Development Bank will support the construction of key domestic port stations with bonded warehouses for the China Railway Express, as well as creating hub projects with multimodal transport functions and a strong international influence, according to the state-backed Financial…

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Taiwanese actors Zhang Ting, Lin Ruiyang caught in alleged pyramid scheme as China regulator freezes US$94 million assets

December 29, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A cosmetics and skin care products company founded by married Taiwanese actors Zhang Ting and Lin Ruiyang has had assets worth 600 million yuan (US$94 million) frozen due to an investigation by China’s market regulator over an alleged pyramid scheme.The market regulator in Shijiazhuang, the capital of northern China’s Hebei province, said it had received several reports about a suspected pyramid scheme involving Shanghai Dowell Trading, according to a letter widely circulated on Chinese social…

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China extends economic support for key small firms, aims to ‘deliver real results’

December 16, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China will extend support to firms that form the backbone of its economy, with the latest financial measures viewed as a move to boost refinancing which “will become increasingly important in the future”.Premier Li Keqiang laid out how Beijing will adopt a market-based approach to increasing financial support for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) during Wednesday’s State Council meeting.“The MSMEs and the self-employed are facing great difficulties. In the first half of next…

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China’s Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle announces US$314.1 billion investment plan

December 15, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Chongqing and Chengdu in China’s southwest have released plans to fund 160 projects worth 2 trillion yuan (US$314.1 billion) next year as part of a twin-city economic belt, after spending 93.4 billion yuan in 2020.This blueprint includes joint development of a world-class equipment manufacturing industry cluster, an industrial internet zone, a port logistics system, and a programme to bring carbon emissions to peak.The two cities will strengthen mutual certification in housing, medical care,…

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Starbucks’ problems deepen in China after more food-safety issues reported, US coffee giant orders review

December 14, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A snap probe of most Starbucks stores in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi found further food-safety concerns following an undercover media investigation that exposed expired ingredients being used and forced the US coffee chain to order a nationwide “self-inspection” of all of its 5,400 outlets.Starbucks launched its probe on Monday after an article and subsequent videos by the state-backed The Beijing News appeared to show expired ingredients being used in two shops in the city.The Wuxi Market…

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US coffee giant Starbucks ‘deeply shocked’ by report two China shops used expired ingredients

December 13, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]American coffee chain Starbucks said it was “deeply shocked” after videos of expired ingredients being used in two shops in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi went viral on social media.State-backed newspaper Beijing News on Monday published an article and subsequent videos taken by undercover reporters posing as a member of staff claiming to show expired cocoa liquid, matcha liquid and cream being used in drinks that were served to customers.In one video, an employee can be seen removing an…

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