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He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo
ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent
ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.
This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib
uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.
Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient
ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em
ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.
Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).
uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas
counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer.
“Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng
Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.
According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count
erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns.
au have zero tolerance for smuggling and will introduce more high-tech means and big data
analysis to crack down on smugglers trafficking endangered animals and their products.
Zheng made the remarks after his bureau seized a total of 178.66 kilograms of smugg
led endangered animals and their products, the result of 111 cases since the beginning of the ye
ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.
A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.
He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.
Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou
rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.
The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther
n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ
ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.
A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect
ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba
ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.
Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong province provides the most
job opportunities in enterprises in the first quarter of this year, a report said.
With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greate
r Bay Area set to begin, Guangzhou witnessed 24.95 percent year-on-year growth in recrui
tment demand in Q1, according to the report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.
First-tier cities including Beijing and Shanghai continue to provide the largest job markets i
n China, while new first-tier cities such as Chengdu in Southwest China’s Sichuan province and Hangzhou in E
ast China’s Zhejiang province show strong momentum in recruitment demand growth.
With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial center, pays the highest salaries in the co
untry, followed by Hangzhou with an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year — the highest growth rate.
Let’s take a look at which Chinese cities provide the most job opportunities.
The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize
that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.
In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w
hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.
Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education
Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la
rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.
The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re
sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.
home soon after graduation totaled 519,400 in 2018, up 8 percent from the previous year, the ministry said.
A total of 5.86 million Chinese studied abroad from 1978 to the end of 2018. More than 4.32 million co
mpleted their studies, and more than 3.65 million returned to China soon after completing their studies, it said.
The return rate soon after graduation was around 80 percent last
year. In 1987, the return rate was about 5 percent, and in 2007 it stood at 30.6 percent.
Ran said more people are returning to China because they are finding it difficult to land job
s overseas, while at the same time the domestic employment market is becoming more appealing.
Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said finding a job in Chi
na has not been easy in recent years because of the rising number of students graduating from domestic universities.
accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.