Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d
riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pu
shing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported. Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to
5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accountin
g for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China. To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform
hnology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August. According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum
ption is exp
ected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.
ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.
Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film produ
cer. “Every time my cat purrs at me , head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”
Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy
pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.
“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have
to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.” That is important for most young people struggling
to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.
ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu.
To increase financial support for small and micro
firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro
nment, Zhu added.China should step up the const
ruction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che
ical Industry under the State-owned oil giant Ch
ina Petroleum and Chemical Corp. The government should provide fiscal and tax subsidies for the construction of underground gas stor
age facilities and improve the pricing mechanism for natural gas to achieve a more open
gas market system, said Zhang in his sug gestions to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
China consumed 280.30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, u
p 18.1 percent year-on-year, according to the National Development and Reform Commissi
on, the nation’s top economic regulator. The increase is in line with the country’s aim to encourage the use of gas instead of coal to combat air pollution.
and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.
Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultu
ral University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec
ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46
billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh
f intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report. This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies
members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage. In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden
ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.
Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that
we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate
the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.
William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duk
e and Duchess of Sussex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and
They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it
“horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”
son should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement. Here’s the full statement:
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devast
ating attack in Christchurch. We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the
warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the bro
ader Muslim community. It is a horrif
ying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship. We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New
Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.