Jun 15
Los Angeles seeks further partnership with Chengdu
The event, put together by the China General Chamber of Commerce - Los Angeles and Sister Cities of Los Angeles, was a sendoff for the 20 students in the Hamilton High Jazz Ensemble.
They are headed next month to the 12th annual Sister Cities International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu, as LA explores a partnership with Chengdu as a sister city.
The July 23-to-Aug 4 trip is being sponsored by the Chengdu city government, CGCC-Los Angeles and Chinese companies in the US.
Serving as cultural ambassadors, students will first mingle with counterparts from performing arts groups of Chengdu's sister cities around the globe and then embark on a four-day trip to Shanghai.
"This is the first time that Los Angeles high school students will perform at the International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu," said Mr. Zhang Ping, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles. "It fosters the exchange between students from the two regions, and also, speaking from a wider perspective, it promotes mutual understanding and friendship between people of the two countries."
Los Angeles has been a sister city to Guangzhou for a long time, Mr. Zhang said. The Chengdu trip will lay the groundwork for the possible further ties between Los Angeles and Chengdu.
Ms. Patti MacJennett, senior vice-president of business affairs at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, said tourism is the most important form of cultural exchange, and China continues to be an important contributor to LA tourism.
"In fact, China has become our No. 1 overseas market for travel to Los Angeles since last year. We are the first US city to get over 1.1 million visitors from (China)," she said.
The agency opened an office in Chengdu last year to go with their branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, said Ms. MacJennett.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 15, 2018)
Jun 14
Delegation from Redding visits Chengdu Medical City
The Chengdu Medical City plans to become an international hub for the health industry over the next 10 years, further promoting the development of the industry in Chengdu.
The principal of the planning exhibition center at the Chengdu Medical City explained to the delegation the urban development of Wenjiang and the industrial construction of the medical city.
During the visit, the delegation also got a detailed understanding of the investment environment and policy support at the Chengdu Medical City.
Finally, the delegation praised the Chengdu complex as an international professional innovation park, and said it hopes to deepen the cooperation and promote the construction of health industry parks both in Redding and Wenjiang to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 12, 2018)
Jun 13
Centers established to enhance cultural ties between China, Europe
One center, set up in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to training young art talent from China and central and eastern European countries, providing them with a platform to show their talent.
"The center will hold regular training and exchange programs in an effort to enhance mutual understanding between young art talent from the two sides," said Yong Dunquan, a professor at the conservatory.
The other center will explore cooperation between the two sides in cross-border commerce of cultural products, incubation of creative industries, art auction, as well as trading of cultural equity.
"Through the center, more exhibitions, shows and art festivals from Europe will be held in Chengdu," said Li Bin, director of the Chengdu International Cultural Exchange Center.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 12, 2018)
Jun 12
Air China to launch direct flight between Chengdu, London
The Air China flight, operated by Airbus 330-300 aircraft, will begin on July 3.
Flights will depart from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 3:45 pm and arrive at London's Gatwick Airport at 8:00 pm local time every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. The return flights will take off at 10:00 pm local time the same day and arrive in Chengdu at 3:40 pm the following day.
"The opening of this new route will provide us with a unique opportunity to further develop the UK's cooperation with Chengdu, Sichuan, and the rest of China's southwest," said Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China.
"It will open a door from the UK to southwest China and we hope to see more tourists, more business people, and more young people coming to Chengdu and Sichuan from the UK," she said.
Statistics show that trade between Britain and Sichuan Province in goods reached almost $1 billion in 2017, an increase of over 13 percent compared with 2016.
By the end of 2017, the number of British visas issued to Chinese passport holders increased by 13 percent, and in Sichuan alone, more than 36,000 applicants applied for visas to the UK.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 7, 2018)
Jun 11
WuXi AppTec to build biotech industrial park in Chengdu
The industrial park will be composed of biological medicine producing base, biological sample library and rare disease hospital. The reason for building such industrial park is to form a biological medicine industry cluster to promote biological medicine industry and healthy industry in Sichuan Province.
WuXi AppTec is a leading global contract research outsourcing provider, serving the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries.
The company chose Wenjiang to build the industrial park because the district has a good bio-pharmaceutical industry foundation and strong potential for innovative R&D, said Li Ge, president of WuXi AppTec.
WuXi AppTec pledged to work closely with local governments to help the development of the pharmaceutical industry in the region.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 6, 2018)
Newborn male, female pandas and mother doing well
It was the first time for Ya Yun, who was impregnated by artificial insemination, according to base chief Zhang Zhihe.
Ya Yun, 8, gave birth to a female cub at 8:20 am. Nine minutes later, a male was born. The female weighed 135.3 grams at birth and the male tipped the scales at 148.8 grams, Zhang said.
Unlike most mother pandas, Ya Yun is believed to be willing and able to take care of her two babies, he said.
New mother pandas are notorious for abandoning one of their offspring if twins are born, due to an instinctual quirk.
While 50 percent of newborn pandas are twins, a mother typically chooses to care for only one. A mother panda first tries to care for both cubs. But several hours later, she realizes for some instinctual reason that she cannot, according to Zhang Hemin, executive director of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wenchuan county, Sichuan.
Mother pandas will often desert one cub, even if it cries, he said.
But Ya Yun can hold her two babies while continuously licking them clean. Both mother and babies are doing well, Zhang Zhihe said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com, June 7, 2018)
Jun 08
Exhibition in Seoul reveals the creative side of China's culture industry
The event was among a series of cultural activities under the China Week: Inheritance and Innovation project to showcase the creative development of China's cultural sector, as well as to promote cultural exchanges between China and South Korea.
"Exhibition China Week: Creative Chengdu introduces contemporary Chinese culture to South Korean people while appreciating South Korea's creative culture, which will further enhance cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between China and South Korea," said Mr. Qiu Guohong, Chinese ambassador to South Korea.
Sixteen cultural institutions and companies from Chengdu showcased their products at the four-day exhibition.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 5, 2018)
Jun 07
More foreigners settle in Chengdu
In June 2016, Natalia Kosana Goldysiak was employed by the Chengdu branch of a Polish logistic company. The company has partnered with China in the China-European rail links that connects Chengdu with Poland.
Goldysiak and her colleagues opened an exhibition hall demonstrating Polish products sent via the railway. She has also been acting as a liaison for Chinese and Polish companies, and over 300 Polish products have been sold in China as a result of her company's work.
She now lives like a local Chengdu resident, riding an e-bike and enjoying spicy food.
Daisy Velven Peak, from Britain, has joined with several friends in establishing a company in Chengdu that helps Chinese companies to find overseas talent. It has set up two overseas offices in Britain and South Africa, and established cooperation projects with nearly 50 foreign universities. Her company has employees from countries including Britain, France, the United States, and South Africa.
At the 2018 Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair held in May, the company helped organize an overseas talent job fair which attracted over 400 job seekers.
She said that many foreigners chose to settle in Chengdu due to the attractiveness of the city's culture and foreigner-friendly lifestyle.
In June 2017, Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau launched 15 policies to facilitate foreign talent to work or live in Chengdu. Statistics released by the bureau in February show that 17,411 foreigners hold a residence permit of the city, up by about 15 percent from last year.
Mr. Jim Mullinax, Consul General of U.S. Consulate General Chengdu, said the city's support for foreign investment and talent, rapidly developing technological strength and favorable environment for innovation and living are all driving forces for attracting foreign talents.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 5,2018)
Jun 06
Chengdu ranks 3rd among job seekers in China
The survey has found that Chengdu has become the most sought-after city for work among those born after 1995, overtaking Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
Monthly salaries in Chengdu rank 6th nationwide, with people earning an average of 6,859 yuan per month.
Over 100,000 graduates with a bachelor's degree or above chose to find work in Chengdu in the past year.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 5,2018)
First male-female panda twins of the year born in Chengdu
Panda Ya Yun gave birth to the twins at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The female cub weighed 135.3 grams and was born at 8:20 am. The male cub followed nine minutes later, weighing 148.8 grams.
"They are the first male-female panda twins born this year. The mother and cubs are very healthy," base staff said.
Ya Yun, born on September 10, 2010, is the youngest child of Ya Ya, who was born on the day of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Asian Games in 1990.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 5, 2018)