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ch year is linked to how rapid urbanization has driven and been driven by China’s historically
high annual economic growth rates over the past four decades of reform and opening-up.
With the benefits of migration increasingly visible, and the main obstacles to rural-to-urban migration removed (including through massively ex
panded transport infrastructures), the number of internal migrants has increased by 35 times between 1982 and 2018.
However, China’s household registration system complicates the migration process. For m
any reasons, a major unintended effect of migration has been the creation of large populations of left-beh
ind family members－elderly parents, spouses and children, each of these subsets totaling tens of millions.
Beyond the gift-sharing and merrymaking of family reunions, Spring Festival pr
ovides opportunities for improving care arrangements for left-behind parents, spouses and children.
This social value of the festival is important since we know that despite on
going improvements, left-behind children and elderly people have poorer ac
cess to quality education, health and social protection services, compared with their peers in the big towns and cities.
ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav
e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.
Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise
to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be
ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou
ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.
According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st
andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa
nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.
Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could
still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.
circulation industry development, said online sales have become an important engine to stimulate domestic spending and i
mports. “Durable consumer goods with high-tech features and branded foreign products have huge commercial potential,” Zheng said.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD reported robust sales between Feb 3 and Friday, with sales revenue jumpi
ng 42.74 percent year-on-year. Smartphones, computers and home appliances were the top three items on JD in terms of sales value.
Chinese consumers tend to buy high-quality and diversified products, the comp
any said. Kitchenware sales posted the strongest growth — 399 percent year-on-year. That was followed by furniture and
luggage, with their respective sales revenue up 185 percent and 148 percent, JD reported.
China UnionPay, the country’s largest bank card operater by market share, saw its total transaction volume over the ho
liday period reach 1.16 trillion yuan, jumping 71.4 percent year-on-year, the company said on Monday.
The region to the north of Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongy
uan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.
The area, which is home to more than 3 percent of the city’s population, mainly migrant work
ers, is nicknamed “Sleeper Town” because a lack of amenities and entertainment facilities mean most of the residents only go there to rest.
Located at the end of subway line 5, a major route connecting the downtown to the northern
suburbs, Tiantongyuan attracted its huge population as a result of its low property prices and relatively convenient location.
However, its dilapidated condition is a major headache for the city and the area faces a ho
st of problems, including a lack of infrastructure, both social and industrial, allied to heavy traffic congestion.
Priced at 2,650 yuan per square meter in 1999, Tiantongyuan was built to provide affordable housing
. Nearly 20 years later, property prices in the community have risen more than fourteenfold to 38,000 yuan ($5,600) per sq m.
An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni
ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.
The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au
kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a
bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.
In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg
ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”
The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit
h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.
According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to
submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch
eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.
said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re
gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w
as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.
More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l
inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.
Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be
tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.
“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n
ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w
ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”
ANTARCTICA — A total of 37 members on China’s 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.
They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The sta
tions are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964.
The Chinese researchers, 21 of them from the Taishan team and 16 from the Kunlun team, came to Zhongshan after successfully completing their tasks. The two te
ams together departed on Dec 18 from near Zhongshan for their missions.A helicopter transfers fuel oil to the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese res
earch base in Antarctica, Feb 9, 2019.
The Taishan team completed the construction project of the supporting facilities at Taishan in 38 days, a week ah
ead of schedule. Taishan was put into operation in February 2014 after its main building on the ground was completed.
The Kunlun team conducted research works on astronomy, ice berg and surveying and
mapping, among other things. For instance, they on Feb 7 set up a new automatic meteorological station, so
me 100 km away from Zhongshan. The team members arrived at Taishan on Jan 31 to join the researchers there.
The members of the two teams are scheduled to board on China’s icebreaker Xuelong
on Feb 15, leaving Antarctica for home. They are expected to arrive in Shanghai on March 10.