China Is Concerned About HK Court Ruling



Central gov’t spokesperson expresses strong concern over HK court judicial review related to mask ban


A central government spokesperson on Tuesday expressed strong concern over the serious negative social impact of the ruling on the judicial review related to the anti-mask regulation by the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Emergency Regulations Ordinance in force in Hong Kong was confirmed to be in accordance with the HKSAR Basic Law by the relevant decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in February 1997 and adopted as a law of the HKSAR, said Yang Guang, spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.

“This shows all the provisions of the ordinance are in accordance with the Basic Law,” Yang said.

The HKSAR Chief Executive in Council invoked the power under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to put in place the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation, which was an exercise of the Chief Executive’s functions in accordance with the Basic Law and relevant decisions of the NPC Standing Committee, he noted.

“The regulation has played a positive role in curbing violence and chaos since its implementation,” he added.

The Court of First Instance of the High Court of the HKSAR ruled that the provisions of the Emergency Regulations Ordinance which empower the Chief Executive to make related regulations under certain circumstances were inconsistent with the HKSAR Basic Law and that the main elements of the anti-mask regulation failed to meet the proportionality test.

“This is a blatant challenge to the authority of the NPC Standing Committee and to the power vested in the Chief Executive by law to govern. It will have serious negative social and political impact,” said Yang, adding that the central government will closely follow the development of this case.

The spokesperson expressed the hope that the HKSAR government and the judiciary will perform their duties strictly in accordance with the HKSAR Basic Law and jointly shoulder the responsibility of ending violence and chaos and restoring order.

China moon base to aid deep space exploration



China moon base to aid deep space exploration


China is carrying out in-depth research and long-term planning for its manned lunar exploration, and has formed a consensus and a preliminary plan, a senior space engineer has said.

At the 1st China Space Science Assembly in Xiamen in southeast China’s Fujian Province, from last Friday to on Monday, Chen Shanguang, deputy chief designer of China’s manned space program, said the trend of manned space travel is to explore the moon, establish a lunar base for scientific research, gather technology and experience for going deeper into space.

“The long-term goal is to send people to Mars,” Chen said.

Manned lunar exploration will help improve humans’ understanding of the evolution of the moon, as astronauts may set up facilities to obtain scientific data and samples, Chen said.

Astronauts may carry out multi-disciplinary research in fields such as physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology, and in-situ resource utilization by taking advantage of the characteristics of the moon, such as low gravity, its weak magnetic field and high vacuum. The research could promote innovation and the development of basic science.

Solving the scientific problems of human survival on the moon could lay a foundation for humans to go further into deep space.

China: Online residence registration for foreigners



Online residence registration for foreigners

China International Import Expo

From Friday, foreigners arriving in Shanghai can register their residence online instead of going to the police in person.

The law requires people from overseas to register their residence on the Chinese mainland within 24 hours of arrival. Previously, apart from those staying in hotels, everyone had to go to a police station to register their temporary address.

Shanghai is the first city in China to introduce online residence registration. The system could benefit about 500,000 people a year, according to official estimates.

People can scan the following QR code with their mobile phone or log onto to register. So far, the only language options are English and Chinese.

Online residence registration for foreigners

To register, people need to sign up with their e-mail address, upload a picture of their passport page with personal data and picture, and give their address in Shanghai and their entry and exit dates.

An SMS message will confirm receipt of the digital registration form.

Jiang Lili, a French citizen who lives with her husband’s parents in the city, said online registration made the process much more convenient.

“While the police stations have working hours, the online registration doesn’t,” she said. “Also, previously I had to present proof of the authenticity and legality of my residence to the police, but this system doesn’t require that.”

Ye Jun, director of the foreigner administration division of the public security bureau’s exit-entry administration bureau, said online registration exempts foreigners from providing certain materials to make the process easier.

“We will have community police officers to come up to them at the registered address, and if any cheating in this regard is discovered, legal action will be taken,” he said.

More convenience at CIIE

Police said this was one of the exit-entry measures to help foreigners attending the second China International Import Expo.

“Last year, we found that a number of foreigners lived in residential communities during the expo because hotel rooms were not available, and some of them didn’t have enough time to register at police stations which are not always on their doorstep,” Ye said.

Last year, exit-entry police had a stand inside the venue which offered consultation and emergency services to foreigners attending the event. An office at the venue this year will allow foreigners to apply for or extend visas.

There is a photo booth and a visa application form printing machine. By scanning their passport and the bar code generated on their picture, applicants don’t need to fill out basic information about themselves by hand.

The office is on the first floor of the B0 office building, opposite Gate 13.

Cai Baodi, director of the foreigners’ exit-entry document administration division of the exit-entry administration bureau, said the office will likely be open during other large-scale events at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Online residence registration for foreigners

Shanghai police

A foreigner applies for a visa at the exit-entry police office at the expo venue, the National Exhibition and Convention Center, on Friday.

Shanghai China: City’s economy grows by 6%



City’s economy grows by 6%

Shanghai’s economy grew 6 percent year on year in the first three quarters, 0.1 percentage points higher than the growth rate in the first half, according to the city’s statistics bureau.

Its gross domestic product hit 2.54 trillion yuan (US$358.8 billion) in the nine months ended September 30, with value-added production in the tertiary sector accounting for 72.2 percent of overall GDP, 2.6 percentage points higher than the same period last year.

The gross industrial output value of larger enterprises dipped 2.6 percent year on year to 2.48 trillion yuan, but the decline was narrowed by 1.3 percentage points compared with the drop in the first half.

Of the city’s key industrial sectors, biomedical producers’ output rose 6.9 percent while that of petrochemical and fine chemicals grew 5.5 percent, both posting rapid growth in the January to September period, according to the bureau.

The industrial added value of strategic emerging industries edged up 0.1 percent to 775.36 billion yuan from a year earlier, rebounding from the 3.1 percent decline seen in the first six months.

The bureau also highlighted rises in the biological sector, new energy, and high-end equipment production, at 6.9 percent, 4.6 percent and 2.4 percent year on year respectively.

Fixed-asset investment maintained steady growth to advance by 4.8 percent year on year, with investment in the industrial sector up 16.3 percent to be the 18th consecutive month of double-digit growth.

FAI in real estate development, meanwhile, increased 4 percent from a year earlier, 0.4 percentage points faster than the first half, while that in infrastructure fell 5.6 percent, a 1.1 percentage point smaller drop compared with January-June.

Shanghai’s foreign trade in the first three quarters slipped 1.5 percent year on year to 2.48 trillion yuan, compared with the 1.8 percent drop in the first half, according to data from Shanghai Customs.

Exports edged down by 0.1 percent to 992.88 billion yuan while imports fell 2.4 percent from the same period last year to 1.49 trillion yuan.

The total contract value of Shanghai’s foreign direct investment amounted to US$36.61 billion in the first nine months, up 8.9 percent from a year earlier, 2.6 percentage points faster than January-June.

The paid-in amount of foreign direct investment jumped 13 percent to US$14.63 billion.

The city’s general public budgets increased 0.2 percent to 596.41 billion yuan, among which personal income tax decreased by 26.8 percent due to new tax-cutting measures such as an increase in the personal income tax threshold.

The city’s local general public budget expenditure was 573.353 billion yuan, down 2.7 percent from the same period last year.

Consumer prices in the city advanced 2.2 percent in the first three quarters year on year, 0.1 percentage points higher than in the first half, with prices for consumer products and services both gaining 2.2 percent from a year earlier.

The bureau also said the city’s employment situation remained stable in the first three quarters with 548,800 new jobs added. By the end of September, the number of registered urban unemployed was 189,300, down 3,200 from the same period last year.

Merck’s first innovation hub in China settles in Shanghai



Merck’s first innovation hub in China settles in Shanghai

Merck's first innovation hub in China settles in Shanghai

Stephan Oschman, CEO of Merck, addresses the opening ceremony of the Merck China Innovation Hub.

A Merck Innovation Hub, the first in China, opened in Shanghai on Friday as Merck announced a 100 million yuan (US$14 million) seed fund injected into the China Innovation Hub, the first investment by M Ventures, the strategy investment arm of the Merck group.

Stefan Oschman, chairman and CEO of Merck said, “We always have faith in China, and the 100 million seed fund is our commitment to China.”

The innovation hub will serve startups, academic institutions and people with good idea mainly in biopharma and biotech, materials science and health care, the three business sectors of Merck.

“The innovation hub will accelerate Merck’s innovation in China and we hope to promote innovation and serve China together with partners,” Oschman added.

The hub is located in “Front Bund” (Qian Tan in Chinese) in the Pudong New Area, and covers an area of 1,000 square meters.

Merck's first innovation hub in China settles in Shanghai

Ti Gong

The hub is located in World Trade Center.

“When we decide to set up an innovation hub in China, without hesitation, we chose Shanghai because of its innovation ecosystem, especially in biotech and life sciences”, Oschman said.

Merck plans to open a second innovation hub in Guangzhou in November. The company set up hubs in Germany and the US in 2018.

Allan Gabor, president of Merck China Co Ltd said that, “China is not just a huge market, but also one of significant factors influencing global trend and strategy.”

Isabel De Paoli, chief strategy office of Merck, said, “The China Innovation Hub will play major role in the future development of Merck by connecting to the another two innovation hubs in Europe and in the US.”

Sophie Sun, director of Merck China Innovation Hub said, besides giving financial support for the potential programs, they will share Merck’s technology ability such as research team and labs.

Merck is a technology company focused on three fields: medicine and health care, life sciences and performance materials such as liquid crystal used in smart phone and flat screen television. It has 52,000 employees worldwide and in 2018 its sales totaled 116.9 billion yuan.

China: Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life



Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Nine foreign writers, invited by the Shanghai Writers’ Association to stay in the city for two months, tour the Bund.

As one of the iconic landmarks of Shanghai, the Bund has attracted countless travelers from all over the world with the charm generated from its century-old history as a waterfront foreign street where East meets West through the cluster of Western-style buildings.

Yesterday, it received a new group of visitors, nine foreign writers, invited by the Shanghai Writers’ Association to stay in the city for two months to experience life here as part of the 2019 Shanghai Writing Program. They are from countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia and Mexico; some first-time visitors.

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The foreign writers learn the history and stories about No.1 Waitanyuan, the former British Consulate in Shanghai, during their tour.

Three famous buildings were selected as their tour stops — the No. 1 Waitanyuan (former British Consulate in Shanghai), Fairmont Peace Hotel and its inner museum, and the Shanghai Customs House and its clock tower — so that they could have a better understanding of the area’s history.

At the No. 1 Waitanyuan, last in the line of 23 waterfront heritage buildings on the Bund, the writers enjoyed the elegant inner decoration of the place where the former consuls lived in olden times and the beautiful grand view of its yard.

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The writers look at a photo album of celebrities who once lived in the Fairmont Peace Hotel at a small museum inside the hotel.

The Fairmont Peace Hotel, once the “tallest building in the Far East,” looks like a grand dame standing still on the Bund. The well-designed structure and stairs are like a glamorous dress, while the elaborate and ornate decorations are like jewelry, which kept the writers busy with their cameras. They also visited a small museum about things related to the hotel.

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The foreign writers listen to Wei Yunsi (left), the bellman at the Shanghai Customs House, who provided historical details about the building and its clock tower.

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Mexican writer Noe Morales Munoz points at something of interest in the clock tower of the Shanghai Customs House.

The Shanghai Customs House opened its clock tower to the writers, where the 91-year-old Shanghai Customs House clock was sleeping. It wakes up every quarter of an hour and sings the song “Dongfanghong,” or “The East is Red,” at different length — a quarter is the shortest and an hour is the longest. Inside the tower, writers learned the history of the building and the clock — and how it works. They also enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the Bund from the tower.

Foreign writers get a taste of Bund life

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The nine foreign writers talk about the differences between the architecture and culture in their hometowns and in Shanghai during the forum “Explore The Bund”.

In the afternoon, a forum “Explore the Bund” was held at the Shanghai Archives for the writers to discuss their thoughts on the tour, and the differences between the architecture and culture in their hometowns and in Shanghai.

“I really like Shanghai architecture. And in particular, I like the fusion of all traditional China and modern Shanghai,” said Viola Di Grado from Italy. “The reason why I like this mixture is because I feel like my psychological landscape is a bit like Shanghai because I have all these different things inside me. So I feel like I’m a bit of a Shanghai type of soul.”

British novelist Gerard Woodward told Shanghai Daily: “It’s been amazing. It has been so incredible to see the inside of these buildings, especially being up here, in the clock tower of the customs house. That’s all about the history of the city and the relationship between Shanghai and the outside world.”

Wang Wei, vice chairman of the writers’ association, revealed that the Shanghai Writing Program, an important cultural exchange activity in the city, has been running for 12 years.

“Literature is the easiest language in communication. Through this program, we bring foreign writers and discover how literature grows in their countries. Meanwhile, our literature goes overseas.”

The event was co-organized by the Bund Subdistrict, Huangpu District Culture and Tourism Bureau, and Shanghai Daily.

5G subscriber count reaches 9 million in China



5-G subscriber count reaches 9 million in China

About 9 million people have subscribed to 5-G services in China, while mobile carriers have offered discounted prices and added 5-G base stations since the 5-G licenses were issued in June.

By October 5, more than 5.32 million people have subscribed to China Mobile’s 5-G services, followed by 1.75 million subscribers for China Unicom and 1.76 million subscribers for China Telecom.

The carriers haven’t officially kicked off 5-G services in the local market, and 5-G coverage is limited. But carriers are expected to launch the services this month, industry insiders said.

Smartphone vendors such as Huawei, Vivo, Xiaomi, ZTE and Samsung have already launched 5-G models in China. Carriers have offered bundled packages with discounted prices for 5-G smartphones.

In Shanghai, 5-G signals are available in spots like People’s Square, Nanjing Road, Zhangjiang and Hongqiao Railway Station.

By the end of 2019, 10,000 5-G base stations will cover the whole of downtown Shanghai. The city will spend 30 billion yuan (US$4.4 billion) to build 30,000 5-G base stations by 2021, offering full 5-G coverage, local officials said.

For Shanghai’s 5-G smartphone users, carriers now offer 100 Gigabyte free data packages each month. But they will charge users when full-coverage is available.

China: Flights canceled as typhoon approaches



Flights canceled as typhoon approaches

Over 100 flights have been canceled at Shanghai’s two airports on Tuesday morning due to rain and thunder brought by the approaching Typhoon Mitag.

Pudong and Hongqiao international airports issued alerts for convective cloud clusters enveloping both airports around 7am. Over 70 flights were then canceled at the Pudong airport and another 30 were canceled at Hongqiao.

The alerts were removed around 8am as weather conditions improved at both airports, but downpours and thunder are still expected to influence flights at the airports as the typhoon moves closer to the city.

China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines have announced the cancellation of over 90 domestic flights mainly in east and southeast China for Tuesday. Half of the cancelled flights were scheduled to take off or land at the Pudong or Hongqiao airports.

Air China has cancelled 13 flights to or from the Pudong and Hongqiao airports on Tuesday. A dozen of the carrier’s flights between Pudong and northeast, southeast and northwest China have been cancelled in advance.

China Eastern has promised effected passengers free refunds or schedule change services within a week. Passengers are advised to check their flights on the airlines’ app or the official website of the Shanghai Airport Authority before heading to the airports.

The city’s airports expect to handle over 2.3 million passengers during the holiday from Tuesday — 1.5 million at Pudong and 860,000 at Hongqiao.

The peak day for travelers leaving from both airports will be on Tuesday, with most flying back between October 5 and 7, the authority said.

On peak days, Pudong will handle some 220,000 passengers while Hongqiao will have 130,000.

The Hongqiao airport has beefed up its security check measures through Wednesday.

Passengers are suggested to allow additional time before takeoff and simplify their luggage. All electronic devices and portable chargers must be removed from carry-on baggage for manual inspections.

China wows the world with commerce, trade leaps over 70 years



China wows the world with commerce, trade leaps over 70 years: official


70 Years On

China has made solid development in commerce and trade during the past seven decades, impressing the world with investment, consumption and foreign trade hikes.

China is now the world’s second-largest consumer market, with its retail sales of consumer goods at around 38 trillion yuan (US$5.4 trillion) in 2018, up from 27.7 billion yuan in 1952, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan told a press conference Sunday.

Compared to US$1.13 billion in 1950, China’s foreign trade volume in 2018 topped the world at a whopping US$4.6 trillion, among which US$2 trillion came from imports, said Zhong.

As an increasingly favorable destination for foreign investment, China came in second in the world with US$138.3 billion in foreign direct investment in 2018, with 960,000 foreign-invested companies by the end of last year.

China’s outbound direct investment also snowballed over the past decades to rank second worldwide at US$143 billion in 2018, contributing to the economic growth of local communities around the world, Zhong said.

China: 250,000 Tibetans relocated to new homes in anti-poverty fight



250,000 Tibetans relocated to new homes in anti-poverty fight


Nearly 250,000 people in Tibet have moved into 910 new settlements as part of poverty alleviation efforts by August, according to the region’s poverty-relief headquarters.

China has planned to invest 19.78 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion) in a relocation program to build 60,931 houses in around 970 settlements for 266,000 poverty-stricken citizens in the southwestern autonomous region of Tibet.

By the end of August, 93.6 percent of the investment fund had been used and 56,000 houses had been completed.

Tibet seeks to lift 266,000 residents out of poverty by relocating them from harsh living conditions and ecologically fragile areas, of whom 3,359 from 939 families originally lived at an altitude of over 4,800 meters.

Tibet has been using relocation as a means of poverty reduction. By offering job opportunities in industrial parks and cities, the relocated residents are ensured ways to make a better living.