ntry in the forest sector by the middle of this century in a guideline on promoting the greening of the homeland issued in November. The count
ry also aims to increase its percentage of forest cover from 21.7 percent in 2018 to about 23 percent in 2020, and 26 percent in 2035.
China’s digital trade is expected to lead global trade development, with the economic value of di
gital trade-enabled productivity benefits to the Chinese economy estimated to reach 37 trillion yu
an ($5.5 trillion) by 2030,according to a report on how China can capture digital trade opportunities at home and abroad.
Digital trade has become increasingly important; there are a lot of definitions of digital trade going on, with
the most common one being e-commerce, including monetary transactions and exchanges of goods and services, said re
search project head Konstantin Matthies, noting the report studies digital trade with a much broader approach.
“Digital trade” refers to the production, distribution, marketing, sale or delivery of goods and servi
ces – domestically and abroad – supported by cross-border digital flows. This consists of trade in digi
tally enabled products and services and cross-border data flows that create economic value in the domestic economy, acc
ording to the report jointly released by the Center for China and Globalization as well as the Hinrich Foundation.
nd we know how to do it,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video, according to the report.
Also on Thursday, an Ethiopian official confirmed news reports that the flight crew of the d
oomed flight had followed Boeing’s recommended procedures, at least in part, by disabling the automated anti-s
tall system of the 737 Max 8 but were unable to regain control of the plane before it crashed.
At a news conference in Addis Ababa, the nation’s transportation minis
ter confirmed earlier indications that the plane’s anti-stall system was repeatedly triggere
d in the minutes between the takeoff and crash, but he did not draw definitive conclusions about the crash’s cause.
“The pilots turned the MCAS on and off, but I can’t say how many times, because we will find t
hat out when we have the final report,” Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s transportation minister, told The N
ew York Times. Moges was referring to the anti-stall Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.
About 20 Chinese martial arts schools in the Wudang Mountain region have tra
ined about 30,000 kung fu enthusiasts from around the world.
Yuan Xiugang, a member of the Wudang Martial Arts Association, has taugh
t over 60 foreign students since 1995. One of his apprentices, Jack, a 29-year-old from Ill
inois in the US, first arrived in Wudang 10 years ago. Now Jack has become a kung fu coach.
“My goal is to open a school in the US, letting more Americans appreciate authentic Chinese martial arts,” he said.
Thomas, another of Yuan’s students, is from France and explores tea culture. He leases about
two acres of a tea garden at Wudang Mountain. After mastering the technique of processing tea leaves, Th
omas decided to sell his products to European countries, like France and Austria.
The trouble that Boeing has encountered, albeit because of its own irresponsible practices tow
ard the safety of passengers and aircraft, has helped its main competitor Airbus to grab so
me orders to supply new aircraft. Airbus’ gain and Boeing’s loss in stock market since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 re
flects a duopoly market’s sentiment, and demand and supply relations. Yet it would be too farfetched, as well as in
humane, to say Boeing’s loss would benefit China, which lost eight of its nationals in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Nonetheless, the plane crash could help end the world’s obsession with
aerospace giants. Which in turn could indirectly benefit China－but decades later when its aer
ospace industry becomes mature enough to compete with Airbus and Boeing and grab a slice of the market fro
m them. Also, China should learn a lesson from the 737 Max crash to focus more on passengers’ safety.
What China should do now is to cultivate more talents who specialize in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, by deepe
ning its education reform. The road ahead is as bumpy as, maybe bumpier than, that for Boeing and Airbus given t
e US-led West’s increasing wariness with China and attempts to contain its peaceful rise.
care, theme parks, pet boarding services are expanding the sector.
The Spring Festival holiday in February was a peak period for such services as more pet ow
ners tended to make use of luxury pet hotels as ordinary boarding kennels were overbooked.
Beijing-based Liu Ronghuan, 35, a college teacher, said she was quite satisfied with the pet hotel she chose for her cat.
It offered fancy services like massages, beauty salons, and pet portrait photos. The s
even-day stay cost Liu about 5,000 yuan, almost the same price as a three-star hotel room.
“Compared with the price, I cared more about whe
ther my cat was having an enjoyable time during the family reunion time,” Liu said.