May 25
Ethiopian Airlines to Start Flights to Chengdu of China
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's state owned air carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is to start flights to Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan province, on May 22, adding its roster of destinations to the world's most populous nation to five.
Chengdu is known to be a tourist hotspot in China with attractions including giant pandas and Sichuan's historic artifacts and culinary tradition.
In a statement sent to Xinhua on Thursday, Ethiopian Airlines says it plans to inaugurate the new destination in the presence of China's Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan, ET's CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and Abadula Gemeda, speaker of Ethiopian Parliament at a ceremony on Sunday.
ET currently has four destinations, being Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, one of China's leading manufacturing regions.
(source: Xinhuanet, May 19, 2017)
May 20
China's First 6th-generation AMOLED Display Screen Goes into Production
AMOLED displays, physically flexible with a fast response, high contrast and wide visual angles, are increasingly gaining applications in consumer electronics such as OLED TVs, tablets, smart wearable devices and especially smartphones.
BOE's production line, with an investment of 46.5 billion yuan ($6.75 billion), applies the world's most advanced evaporation technique, the first of its kind in China. This production line, having a designed capacity of 48,000 glass substrates (1850mm by 1500mm) per month, is expected to ship at least 90 million high-end AMOLED display screens per year and realize an annual output value exceeding 30 billion yuan.
Currently, the global AMOLED display market is nearly dominated by South Korean companies. Samsung Electronics's share of the business has topped more than 90 percent, with a 5.5-generation AMOLED production line that can produce 8,000 substrates per month and a 6th-generation AMOLED production line having a capacity of 15,000 substrates per month.
In addition, LG Display has nearly 8 percent of the market. Most of its small to medium-sized AMOLED displays are made in its 4.5-generation production line, which has a capacity of 14,000 substrates per month.
According to consultancy company Sigmaintell, the flexible AMOLED is expected to witness exponential growth rate in 2017 and 2018 and its proportion in the AMOLED capacity will reach 65 percent by 2020, xkb.com.cn reported.
BOE'S smartphone LCD, tablet LCD and laptop LCD shipments topped the global market in this year's first quarter. Besides the production line in Chengdu, it will start building another 6th-generation AMOLED production line in Mianyang, Sichuan province, and achieve mass production by 2020.
China's State Council announced further measures to support "Made in China 2025", a plan to transform China from a manufacturing giant into a world manufacturing power, on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
Key technologies such as high-end and smart equipment will be further developed. Domestic screen makers such as Tianma Micro-electronics and Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology are also enhancing their presence in the OLED industry.
(Source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, May 18, 2017)
Experiencing Chengdu Culture at Concert in Berlin
The folk show, titled Experiencing Chengdu, featured an array of performances including music solos, an ensemble of traditional instruments, dances and the Sichuan Opera.
(source: cn.chinaculture.org, May 19, 2017)
May 18
Continuing Leadership of Western China's Growth
New business projects in the electronic information and auto industries are expected to support Chengdu's industrial upgrading and transformation, helping to build the city into a western economic center.
Global Foundries (GF), the United States' full-service semiconductor wafer producer, is scheduled to complete a new 760,000-square-meter production base in the western park of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in March next year. It is expected to be one of GF's largest and most advanced wafer production bases in the world upon completion. Construction of the project started in February.
GF said that the plant will have both complementary metal oxide semiconductor and fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator technology-based 12-inch wafer production lines. The company's project fills the gaps in 12-inch wafer production in Southwest China. It will enlarge the scale of Chengdu's electronic information and integrated circuit industries, which will help the city to build a globally-renowned integrated circuit industry base, according to an official at the zone.
Upon completion, the total production capacity of the new plant will be 85,000 units per month.
There will also be supporting facilities such as a central power plant and office buildings in the production base.
"Such a large-scale wafer production base is rarely seen in the world," said Yuan Ming, a project manager from Chengdu Construction.
Sanjay Jha, CEO of GF, said Chengdu is the ideal place for the project as the city has the necessary infrastructure, skilled manpower and a high-tech company cluster.
"There is no doubt that Chengdu is an excellent partner for the project. This cooperation will improve Chengdu's reputation as a leader in China's semiconductor and IT industry, and will also help the city to draw more investment from high-tech companies."
Chengdu has considered electronic information to be a strategic emerging industry and has long been committed to cultivating related domestic businesses, as well as attracting foreign industry giants. Chengdu has built complete industrial systems in integrated circuits, smart terminals, internet communications, photoelectronic displays and software and service outsourcing. The city, which attracted Dell, Lenovo, Foxconn, Huawei, Siemens and ZTE, has been playing a more and more significant role in the global market in the electronic information sector, according to local officials.
The city is home to leading global giants including Intel, Texas Instruments, AMD, Taiwan-based MediaTek and Chinese Spreadtrum Communications.
Chengdu said in its latest development plan that the electronic information industry will be the first industrial cluster in the city with annual industrial output value reaching 1 trillion yuan ($145.22 billion) by 2020. That includes 570 billion yuan in the electronic information manufacturing sector, with an average annual growth rate of 20 percent, and 430 billion yuan's average industrial output value in the software and information services sector.
The city set a goal to be an electronic information industrial base with a strong global presence in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20).
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Car industry development
Chengdu has shaped a complete automotive industrial chain to lift the city's competitive capacity.
Volvo launched construction of its scalable product architecture vehicle production platform in Chengdu. The platform, with total investment of 11.2 billion yuan, will be capable of producing 200,000 complete vehicles per year.
Built within Volvo's existing passenger car manufacturing base in Chengdu, the platform will be put into production in late 2017.
Ning Shuyong, Volvo China's vice-president in charge of public relations, said the Chengdu base will produce the next generation of Volvo 60 series vehicles.
Volvo's Chengdu plant is a main production base for Volvo 60 series products. Vehicles produced in Chengdu are supplied to the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. The base has started to export Volvo S60 Inscription to the US and has obtained the highest rating for safety from the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Geely, the brand owner of Volvo, signed three strategic investment agreements with Chengdu's government to expand production of new energy vehicles, SPA-based passenger vehicles and BMA platform-based passenger vehicles. The three projects will allow Geely to produce 600,000 vehicles per year and strongly support Geely's product upgrades.
The automotive industry is a pillar industry in Chengdu. The annual vehicle production volume reached 1 million units in 2016. The expected production volume for this year is 1.1 million vehicles.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, May 14, 2017)
May 16
Chengdu Recognized as Intl Tourism Destination
"This special issue takes readers on a globe-spinning journey to 21 of the world's best destinations," said George Stone, editor in chief of the magazine. "We think this year's list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel. This list is all about exploration and discovery. It's not just about where to go, but why to go now and how to make 2017 a year of enlightenment through travel."
Capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, Chengdu is known for its giant pandas - a strong cultural symbol of the city.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the north of the city is one of the most popular scenic spots in Chengdu. It is dedicated to wildlife research, captive breeding of giant pandas, education on panda conservation and educational tourism. More than 100 giant pandas live in the base.
The pandas are also the stars in the Chinese wildlife-themed documentary film Born in China, which started to air in the United States on April 21. The film was created by Chinese, British and US teams.
Rich history
Chengdu has a history of 3,000 years, with dynamic culture. It was listed in the first group of national historical and cultural cities by the State Council in 1982.
The Jinsha Site Museum has been hailed as a significant archaeological discovery, which was unearthed in 2001. It shows the thriving culture that existed in Chengdu more than 3,000 years ago.
More than 5,000 pieces of precious cultural relics have been found at the site, such as gold, jade wares and metric tons of ivory works. The most famous relic is a round, golden ornament featuring the sun and immortal birds. The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has used the pattern as the symbol of Chinese cultural heritage.
About 40 kilometers northwest of the city center is the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. First built in 256 BC, it is adjacent to Qingcheng Mountain, the birthplace of Taoism. Dujiangyan is the world's oldest and only surviving irrigation system without a dam. It is still functioning today.
In the urban areas of Chengdu there are also many tourist attractions with cultural flavor, such as the Temple of Marquis Wu, built to commemorate Zhuge Liang (181-234), prime minister of the Shu Kingdom (221-263), and Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former residence of prestigious Chinese poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
According to the MasterCard 2016 Global Destination City Index, Chengdu ranked as the world's second global destination city in terms of visitor growth rate.
Overseas tourists receive an 11-percent tax refund when he or she leaves Chengdu's airport on condition that his or her total purchases reach 500 yuan ($72.4) at a single appointed store on a single day.
The city also has a 72-hour visa-free policy, allowing transit passengers from 51 countries who have valid visas and a flight ticket to a third country to stay in Chengdu for three days.
The preferential policies are expected to lure more overseas tourists. It is estimated that Chengdu will receive 8.5 million inbound tourists annually by 2025, accounting for 2.8 percent of overall visitor numbers, according to the city's tourism authority.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, May 4, 2017)
May 05
China to Send Two Giant Pandas to Denmark
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Rasmussen held talks on Wednesday afternoon and witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on food and drug supervision, quarantine and panda protection, among others. It will be the first time China has sent pandas to Denmark.
"The Danish prime minister visited Chengdu to see the two giant pandas to be sent to the Copenhagen Zoo to live there for some time. But the arrival of the pandas in Denmark will depend on when Denmark gets (the Panda House) ready," Liu Weimin, an official with the Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters after the talks.
"The giant pandas, as messengers of friendship, will play a positive role in our bilateral relations," Liu said.
Copenhagen Zoo revealed in March the design of the panda house. Construction will begin in November and take about a year, according to Copenhagen Zoo director and CEO Steffen Straede.
China and Denmark unveiled a plan to deepen cooperation from 2017 to 2020 and agreed to expand two-way trade and investment. Both sides identified agriculture, fisheries, food security, health and tourism as major areas for cooperation.
"China hopes to work with Denmark to advance bilateral practical cooperation and guide the economic globalization towards more inclusiveness and fairness and promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment," Li said.
Rasmussen said developing a comprehensive strategic partnership with China is a diplomatic priority for Denmark and invited Chinese investment to Denmark.
As an EU member, Denmark supports progress in the talks of EU-China investment treaty and contribute to the EU-China relations, Rasmussen said. Before the talks, Li held a welcome ceremony for Rasmussen at the Great Hall of the People.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, May 4, 2017)
Polish Dairy Farmer Turns East to China
WARSAW - Never before has Mariusz Marczak shown so much interest in the Chinese market half a world away from Poland.
"We want to produce more quality milk for Chinese consumers," the 31-year-old cow breeder and milk producer said.
Marczak, also father of a 1-year-old daughter, keeps 170 milk cows in the small village of Lipnice, more than one hour's drive from the Polish capital of Warsaw. Just about 60 kilometers west of Marczak's farm, the city of Lodz now has a direct cargo railway connection with Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province.
The rail connection is one of the symbolic projects of the Belt and Road Initiative, a China-proposed transnational network of trade, investment and economic development.
"As a milk producer, I look to the Chinese market, as there is a huge opportunity. We want to produce more quality product to satisfy Chinese consumers," Marczak said. Marczak took over the family farm from his father who started his career with only three cows in the 1970s. Now his cows stay in pleasant conditions, some were freely eating and drinking, some were enjoying massage with the help of automatically-rotating brushes, and being milked. Marczak has equipped his farm with automatic milking machines and now his farm produces 3,000 liters milk a day.
"In the beginning, I never thought it was possible," said Stanislaw, Marczak's 65-year-old father. But it was due to hard work and good cooperation with Lowicz Cooperative Plant which was created 110 years ago.
"Our cooperation began in the 70s and lasted uninterruptedly until now. And it ensures stable price and reduces risks," he said.
Szymon Makos, export specialist form OSM Lowicz, shares Marczak's views on the Chinese market.
"Last year, we exported about 600 containers of milk products, worth about $11 million, to China, but we do hope it will continue to rise, as we are capable of producing much more," Makos said.
OSM Lowicz now produces more than 250 types of products and exports them to 56 countries and is among top 5 dairy producers in Poland. To meet the taste of the Chinese consumers, the company had done lots of research and developed a kind of Greek-style yogurt drink.
Dynamic increase
Since 2014, more Polish producers have turned to the Chinese market.
According to Polish official data, the value of Polish agri-food exports to China grew dynamically in 2014. Dairy products consist of more than 30 percent of Polish agri-food export to China in 2015.
"The Belt and Road Initiative is an opportunity to improve the bilateral trade cooperation in agri-food sector. We are convinced that the Polish food products can be attractive to the Chinese in terms of price and quality," said Katarzyna Szymanska, head of Unit of Export Support Office of Agricultural Market Agency of Poland.
The increase of cargo trains between China and Poland becomes more appealing as more and more Polish food products, such as wine, has already used this transportation mode.
"The regular, fast rail transport may be a drive to establish new, fruitful business relationships by a greater number of entities whose maritime transport was too long or whose goods did not qualify for this type of transport," Szymanska said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, May 3, 2017)
Apr 30
Feature: How Poland's Lodz Benefits from China-Poland Rail Cargo Connection
In Lodz, a stop along the Chengdu-Europe railway service, the first cargo trains arrived three-and-a-half years ago. "During last year and a half, we've seen more economic activity and export trains are carrying Polish products back to China," Spendcont firm CEO Michal Gawin told Xinhua.
Gawin, whose firm operates a cargo terminal in Lodz, said they observed accelerated business since last year. "This time last year, we operated approximately 15-20 trains a month. In the last half year, we've seen a more than 50 percent increase with 45-50 trains, he explained.
While cargo can be transported from Poland to China by sea and air, the railway transit time and price is most optimal, Gawin said, adding goods transported include mostly electronics and general merchandise from China, while Poland sends industrial cargo, food products with long expiration dates and machine parts.
Recently, measures have been taken to increase the speed of the China-Poland cargo railway connection, such as non-stop cargo-scanning container inspection introduced on the Polish-Belarus border.
"We hope that the Belt and Road initiative continues to develop, so that more high-quality products can be sent from Poland to China and in the opposite direction," Gawin added.
Krzysztof Piatkowski, deputy mayor of Lodz, said his city attaches a lot of importance to this train connection, as well as cooperation with China.
According to Piatkowski, the Chengdu-Lodz connection contributed to the city becoming an important hub. "The train connection is perceived as an opportunity by local food producers of juices, sweets, alcohol, including our famous Lodz cider," he said.
(Source: Xinhuanet, April 25, 2017)
China to Host BRICS Film Festival in June
There will be 30 films from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) screened during the festival, including an anthology by five directors from the aforementioned countries, "Where has the time gone."
The feature film consisting of five 18-minute shorts on the same theme is a joint work by Walter Salles from Brazil, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia, Madhur Bhandarkar from India, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka from South Africa, and Jia Zhangke from China.
"The emotions from all five stories can be shared by anyone in any country," said Jia, adding that the film would be a successful demonstration of the deep communication and cooperation in the film industry among BRICS countries.
Chinese director Xie Fei will be the president of the festival jury.
The first BRICS Film Festival was held in New Delhi, India, last September.
(Source: Xinhuanet, April 19, 2017)
Apr 27
559 Cargo Trains Depart from Railway Container Center in Chengdu to Europe