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.
More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep
artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf
erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.
Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin
gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.
The employers received more than 180,000 res
umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.
As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange
ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.
Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch
ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.
ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.
After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio
n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua
rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.
As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi
na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.
The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ
ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran
and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).
hinese e-commerce giant JD is reducing salaries for its delivery staff across the country by a
dopting a commission-based payment scheme and reducing benefits, in a bid to reduce costs and boost margins
after three senior executives of the company announced their resignation.
JD will replace its couriers’ basic salaries with commission-based compens
ation starting from June, and lower contributions to employees’ housing funds fr
om 12 percent to 7 percent, a move that could result in wage reductions, according to media reports.
JD Logistics, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight, responded via it
s official Sina Weibo account, saying that as the number of orders from individual clients increases, th
e company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
It said that the company’s deliverymen in the second and third-tier cit
ies of southern China could earn more than 8,00
0 yuan ($1,191) under the current pilot scheme. “We expect to add more than 10,000
positions this year as JD Logistics is providing services to more industry customers,” JD said.
that could reimburse me as much as 15,000 yuan,” said a cat owner in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.
Though China’s pet insurance market is still in its early stages, many industry insiders believe that it is only a matter of time before the market hits 10 billion yuan.
“We had less than 5,000 pet insurance clients between 2015 and February 2018, but now our customer base has r
isen to 160,000 after a thorough reform and two rounds of financing,” said Xu Hua, CEO of a pet company.
“Our performance doubled since we launched online channels last November. We estimate that daily orders for our pet insuran
ce products will exceed 300, with 10,000 monthly orders by the end of this year,” said Chen Ye, a pet brand manager.
Though the prospect of China’s pet insurance market looks pretty rosy, a well-developed business model is still needed for
both market players and customers with more companies running under the lowered threshold.
The shared accommodation industry should follow a “platform plus” model to inject new impetus in China’s pre-owned hou
sing market, said the co-founder of Beijing home-sharing company Xiaozhu during the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.
‘Platform plus’ is a reference to China’s Internet Plus strategy t
o integrate new technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing, in traditional industries.
Chen Chi, also the company’s CEO, made the remarks while discussing future trends in Chi
na’s sharing economy with founders from other industry players, such as Booking.com, Grab, and VIPKid.
“The ‘platform plus’ strategy is to complete the missing links in the service industry chain,” Chen said.
“Xiaozhu has been offering numerous value-added services, ranging from housekeeping, ho
me interior photography to smart devices, so as to provide shared home users with a more convenient living environment.”