Condolences flooded social media at the news of Pei’s passing.

Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of

Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas

ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem

embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.

“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t

he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und

erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.

“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla

ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co

mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and

the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin

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Shanghai has ‘best business environment’ in China

hina’s financial center Shanghai boasts the best business environment in the country, according to a report on China’s urban busi

ness environment index jointly released by the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, the C

hina Economic Media Association, WANB Institute and YICAI Research Institute.

With an index of 86.73, Shanghai topped the list of Chinese cities with best business environment, followed by the capi

tal city Beijing at 84.63, and then Shenzhen, in South China‘s Guangdong province, at 84.48.

The report evaluates Chinese cities according to five “soft environment” indexes — technological innovation, finan

cing, talent, culture and life — and two “hard environment” indexes, natural resources and infrastructure.

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In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

one of the most popular items bought on e-commerce websites during the holiday period.

Leading e-commerce platform JD claimed that high-quality household items such

as home appliances, home building materials and cooking utensils, saw a sales uptick during the past few days.

Data from another online e-commerce firm Suning showed that sales of home appliances jumped 49 percent from the same

period in 2018, with air-conditioners, electric fans and televisions being the top sellers.

“This year’s May Day Holiday showed that people have stronger high-quality consump

tion demands, reflected not only in high-quality products but also in services,” said Zhao Ping, head of int

ernational commerce of the Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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But horticulture is facing a crisis, says Cheng, as, accor

rding to her, the average age of various professionals in gardens and sce

nic spots is 45 and positions like groundskeepers and display workers are often left open.

Also, the demand for horticulture professionals is growing as the market has boomed in the past 10 years.

So, as plant growers reach retirement age, there are too few gardeners ar

riving to replace them, says Zhao Shiwei, the chief engineer of the Beijing Institute of La

ndscape Architecture, the only municipal public welfare landscape research institute in Beijing.

“There’s an obvious gap in plant cultivation and maintenance talent in recent years, especially those who have an ove

rall understanding of horticulture landscape designs and garden flower cultivation,” he says.

Zhao also says that horticulture involves a wide range of fields, and a long period is needed to train professionals.

“More importantly, the work is relatively tedious for young professionals. Nowadays fewer young people are keen on th

e horticulture industry, and we are concerned that the industry is facing difficulty to attract and retain talent,” he adds.

As for front-line gardeners, many of them are known as “city farmers” as they need to weed and mulch for the plants.

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Enough care has been taken by Haier to customiz

 and localize its products to meet Indian customers’ needs and suit the local conditions.

One such attempt was the “Jahukna Mat” (Hindi for ‘no need to bend‘ or ‘do not bend’) campaign, which aim

ed at avoiding bending by users to put in or bring out commodities stored inside the fridg

e. This was introduced to the Indian market seven years ago, and the concept had an immediate acceptance.

“Traditionally, in the refrigerators, the veggies box was at the bottom

and homemakers had to bend down many times in a day to put in or pull out co

mmodities stored inside the box,” said Eric Braganza, president of Haier Appliances (India).

“After proper product research, we introduced the upside-down concept, and put the veggies box at the top to ensure that p

eople, especially women, avoid bending. This change has been well received by Indian consumers.”

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Experts believe these policies were set to introduce tal

lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost

the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.

While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.

Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction

and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente

r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg

istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.

Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the

ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p

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Consultancy IDC estimates the country will pour in bill

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.

Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min

istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus

try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.

Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the

sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.

But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr

ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.

 

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As of now, he has released 92 videos, and has won mor

e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.

In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w

ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.

And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun

dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.

Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra

te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut

ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.

Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.

In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.

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The data from the ministry covered the population of per

rmanent residents in urban areas, population density and built-up areas in 666 cities between 2014 and 2017.

Sixteen shrinking cities are in Northeast China’s Heilon

gjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, according to the National Business D

aily report. Most of the cities are resource-exhausted or old industrial bases, such as Jixi and Daqing.

Some of the shrinking cities still have increasing built-up areas in recent years, which will lead to low effic

iency in using the urban land and be not conducive to the compact development of cities, the report says.

Ding Changfa, associate economic professor from the Xiamen

University, said that small and medium cities suffered the shrinkage bec

ause they have weak industries and public services, difficult to attract talents to work and live there.

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Supply chain finance gets tech edge, to boost private

Chinese commercial banks are strengthening supply chain finance with the help of tech

nology to solve difficulties at private enterprises, especially small and micro-sized businesses.

Supply chain finance allows a supplier to sell its invoices to a bank at a discount as soon as they ar

e approved by the buyer. This allows the buyer to pay later and the supplier to secure its money earlier.

China Minsheng Banking Corp, a national joint-stock commercial lender – a business entity in which shares

of the company’s stock can be bought and sold by shareholders – is providing comprehensive financial and nonfin

ancial services to private enterprises in the upstream and downstream supply chains.

Downstream supply chain management refers to coordinating the flow of information and goods with clients. It cont

rasts with upstream SCM, which involves coordinating buying activities with suppliers.

The Beijing-based bank has offered solutions adapted to the features and needs of private companies in six industr

ies, including home appliances and pharmaceuticals, since setting up a supply chain finance department last year.

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