months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the
first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.
In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation
al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.
All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest
growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).
The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro
vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.
To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.
“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s
ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.
To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w
estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.
Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.
In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r
eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.
In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.
ng cell technologies should be established to promote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scient
ists would need to pass an ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.
Universities and research institutes should strengthen education a
nd training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci
entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.
In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice agains
t people with disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby inci
dent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.
the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a
nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.
Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t
hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo
under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus
inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.
Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi
mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.
For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins
tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha
s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.
BEIJING – A recent survey by China’s State Post Bureau said 35.8 percent of delivery workers c
onsidered their occupation “promising” and would like to continue in that position.
The survey consisted of 6,000 delivery people across China mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s.
About 76 percent of the delivery workers are from rural areas, wh
ile nearly 16 percent are from towns or counties, according to the survey.
Major sources of stress for delivery workers include low wages and insufficient benefits, lack of understanding of t
heir job from customers and the public, long working hours and little chances of promotion, the survey said.
Most of those surveyed earn less than 5,000 yuan ($743) per month but gen
erally gain more during the annual Double 11 online shopping spree in No
vember, during which over 80 percent of the country’s delivery workers handle more than 200 packages per day.
China’s express delivery industry is rapidly developing, with around 3 million delivery workers.
”Delivery worker” was added to the revision of the national occupation list of China in 2015, meaning it has been recognized by the state as an occupation.