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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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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’s hotel market moves towards “made for China”

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THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL Group (IHG) has announced further plans for its new hotel brand, Hualuxe, geared towards Chinese preferences and values. This is an example of a shift within the Chinese hotel market and the role of international chains. According to A. T. Kearney, China has just four hotel rooms for every 1,000 people, compared […]

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China set to accelerate broadband speed and cut prices

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IN A DRIVE to bring the internet to more of the population, China’s State Council has announced plans to increase access to broadband in the country, particularly to more rural areas, and to decrease prices. Whilst initial plans were announced as part of the “Internet Plus” initiative earlier this year, the announcement for broadband extension […]

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Apple tops China’s slowing smartphone market

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IN Q1 2015, 99.8 million smartphones were shipped in China, a 4% decrease year-on-year (YOY), marking the first time in six years that the growth of China’s smartphone market has slowed, according to a survey by International Data Corporation (IDC). The news comes at the same time as Apple becomes the leading company with 14.7% […]

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Guangdong to spend Rmb1tr on factory automation by 2018

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GUANGDONG, CHINA’S MOST populous province, plans to spend close to Rmb1 trillion (Rmb943bn) between 2015 and 2018 to automate factories. And the provincial capital, Guangzhou, has a goal of automating more than 80% of the city’s manufacturing production by 2020. Between September 2014 and May 2015, Rmb4.2bn has been invested by 505 factories in Dongguan, with […]

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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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China becomes world’s second-largest vineyard area

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CHINA HAS OVERTAKEN France to become the world’s second-largest vineyard area. The announcement comes as Chinese domestic demand for wine from the burgeoning middle class continues to grow. Whilst Spain continues to lead in overall area of land devoted to vineyards with 1.02 million hectares, China has 800,000 hectares (1.9m acres). France is now the […]

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