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C919 aircraft maiden flight due by mid-2017

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CHINA’S NEW C919 twin-jet aircraft is due to enter commercial service in the 2nd half of 2017 with its maiden flight due by mid-2017. COMAC (the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China), the developer and airframe maker of the C919, China’s first domestically developed short-to-medium-range commercial twin-jet, has over 500 orders to date from 20 or more aircraft […]

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SF Express to build central China aircargo hub airport

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SHUN FENG (SF) Express, China’s biggest aircargo operator, has announced plans to build an aircargo hub airport at Yanji in central China, within a 100km radius of Wuhan. The rationale for building a new airport in this location is that SF Express will be able to fly cargo to almost any point in China within […]

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China’s Beidou satnav system launches 18th, 19th satellites

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SINCE THE LAUNCH of its first satellite in 2000, the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been moving towards achieving global positioning and navigation coverage. On 25 July 2015, the launch of two new-generation satellites brought Beidou closer to this goal. They join 17 satellites already in orbit, which brings the BDS total to 19. […]

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China express delivery boom driven by e-commerce

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EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICE is booming in China, thanks to major growth in its e-commerce industry.  More than 8,000 express delivery firms operate in China to accommodate growing demand for goods purchased online.  According to a Xinhua report, an estimated 10.2 packages were delivered per person in the past year. Express delivery is leading the growth […]

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Uber taxi service faces uphill battle in China

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TAXI-BOOKING SERVICE Uber has faced legal challenges and fierce competition with domestic companies in China since its soft-landing in Shanghai in late 2013. According to a statement made last Wednesday, Uber’s major competitor DiDi Kuaidi – the result of a merger last February between China’s two largest taxi-booking companies – has allegedly raised more than […]

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China signs US$5.5bn in African rail deals

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CHINESE STATE-OWNED rail company, China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC), has announced that is has signed two contracts in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, worth a total of US$5.5bn. The two projects include an intercity rail line worth US$3.5bn in Nigeria, the Nigeria Ogun State Intercity Mass Transit Project which will be 334km long, and feature a designed […]

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Royal Mail to deliver UK products via Tmall store

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ROYAL MAIL, THE recently listed British postal company, has announced that it will set up a store on Alibaba’s Tmall site. The news comes following the announcement by Amazon that it will launch its own store on Tmall, as well as maintaining its own Amazon.cn website. Alibaba’s Tmall Global (Tmall.com) connects 302 million online Chinese […]

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Space-age New Silk Road to be underpinned by fibre-optics

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF China’s New Silk Road initiative has been boosted by the plans for satellite receiving stations, and the expansion of fibre-optic cables along the route. Presented as China’s outward investment programme since Xi Jinping’s speeches on regional development in 2013, the New Silk Road continues to receive significant coverage in China. There are […]

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Yiwu to Madrid, the world’s longest train journey

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CHINA HAS PLAYED a significant role in sending goods by rail from Yiwu to Madrid, the world’s longest train journey. The feat came during the same week as a new high-speed railway line opened between Shanghai and Guangzhou. Called “Yixinou”, the train carrying 40 containers left Yiwu on 18th November, and arrived in Madrid on […]

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Alibaba bringing e-commerce to the New Silk Road

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ALIBABA, China’s E-COMMERCE pioneer that raised US$25bn when it listed on the NYSE in September 2014, has announced plans to gain a strong position on the New Silk Road. Signing agreements with Gansu province, Ningxia province and Xinjiang autonomous region, Alibaba intends to continue its reach across China’s e-commerce market. The plans also involve cloud […]

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