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Europe's airports in consolidation conundrum

A wave of consolidation among European airlines is putting pressure on the region's airports as it is giving carriers more negotiating power over their hubs, said the head of airports association ACI Europe.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2017/12/14 17:33:41

China's quest for deep-sea oil

Ten years ago, China was lagging behind other countries in terms of developing technologies and equipment for the purposes of exploring and extracting oil in the deep ocean, but now, it is a leader in the field.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/13 17:53:40

Nansha to further open up

About an hour's drive from Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, the Nansha area sits on the west bank of the Pearl River, which is rising as a new gateway to the sea for the province.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/12 19:58:39

Online luxury brands hot in China while more youth shop domestically

Luxury brand sales on e-commerce platforms in China witnessed more growth compared with that of physical stores last year. Meanwhile, a new generation of shoppers is returning to the domestic market to purchase high-end goods, experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/11 19:03:40

Automation didn't start in California, it started in the aerospace industry

Uber's self-driving car. A lot of people are talking about it, but if you think about it, that technology started right here in the aerospace industry.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/7 20:03:39

Evolution creating more jobs, strengthening purchasing power and paving way for future of integration

China's digital economy has been developing at a rapid pace in recent years, with experts noting that this has not only boosted job prospects and consumption, but has also acted as a stimulus for many real economy industries. Those experts also predict that Chinese society will continue becoming more intelligent in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/6 18:48:39

WeChat begins requesting service fee for use of 'Card Repay' feature in Wallet

Tencent Holdings on Friday began charging users who pay their credit card bills via the "Card Repay" service within WeChat Wallet, a move that experts say sends a signal that free-of-charge services within the mobile payment sector are soon likely to come to an end. Cost pressure is the major reason for WeChat's new service fee request. However, it seems that the requirement will not significantly affect users. With the fast growth of the domestic mobile payment sector, China's online payment platforms will continue strengthening their efforts to offer top quality services and seeking expansion within the global market in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/5 19:33:39

Domestic confectionery market to recover as more consumers demand premium, niche chocolate brands

On a per capita basis, the level of chocolate consumption in China still has plenty of room to grow in comparison to the global level, although the domestic chocolate industry has in fact witnessed a big boost in sales recently. With more top international chocolate makers tapping into the Chinese market, their growth engines rely heavily on the high-end and super high-end segments, where sales have soared as a result of the rapid overall consumption upgrade in China. Experts are also pointing their fingers at handmade and niche chocolate as the future craze in the Chinese confectionery market.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/4 17:48:39

Chinese make-up brands catch up with South Korean rivals

While a diplomatic spat between China and South Korea raged this year, many South Koreans as a result felt less welcome in their neighboring country; South Korean businesses were somehow shunned, K-pop concerts were canceled and tourist trade dried up.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2017/12/3 19:28:39

In a traffic-ridden world, vehicle and aviation firms rush to bring futuristic technology to city skies

For metropolises that are infested with traffic jams, the emerging development of flying cars - vehicles that can drive on roads and fly in skies - provides a possible mobility solution.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/30 18:23:40

Authorities take measures to fend off risks in the online lending sector

The online cash loan industry is growing rapidly in China, boosted by the country's expanding consumption power. But problems have also arisen, as small lenders that do not hold licenses have rushed in and offered loans to borrowers without pre-selecting, driving up financial risks. As such, authorities have been drafting rules to fend off such issues, and a nationwide crackdown has already started, firstly by suspending new license issuances. Analysts predict that the new regulation could also focus on setting up a unified standard for issuing licenses, reducing the industry's high leverage ratio and limiting maximum annual interest rates.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/29 18:03:39

Borrower data from micro-finance firms leaked online, tighter regulation needed

As consequences of the rapidly emerging micro-lending services in China, deceptive advertising to attract clients, violent debt collection as well as high interest rates and fees were criticized by the National Internet Finance Association on Friday. Some unqualified lenders have been at the center of numerous scandals after causing financial risks, threatening customers and failing to keep private data safe. Accordingly, the leaking of personal information in the industry is in need of tighter regulation.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/28 20:08:39

Monopolistic practices of Internet giants could pose risks: experts

China's Internet giants, especially Alibaba and Tencent, have been developing at an unparalleled speed over the past two years, not only by pursuing their own business growths, but also by tapping into many traditional industries ranging from finance to transportation to medical care. Experts are optimistic about their future development, however, they expressed concerns over the potential risks of eating up too many market resources.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/27 19:53:39

China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain trade flows

China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms across the northeastern cornbelt, expanding the world's biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2017/11/26 17:53:39

Hawaiian Airlines improving its services to attract more Chinese customers

"China is a very important market for our company," Li Wei, head of Hawaiian Airlines China, said in a recent exclusive interview with the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/23 19:28:39

As AT&T deal opposed, prospect of tougher regulation shakes investors

The top US antitrust regulator has sent a chilling message to dealmakers with his opposition to AT&T Inc buying Time Warner Inc: Companies do not have to be competitors for their merger to hurt competition, and there are no simple fixes to getting such deals approved.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2017/11/22 19:18:39

Sino-South Korean bilateral economic ties show warming-up signs after THAAD dispute

According to foreign reports, the long-stagnant economic relationship between South Korea and China, prompted by tensions over the controversial missile defense system that was deployed in the former, is showing early signs of a revival, especially in sectors such as investment, tourism and retail. But one expert noted that those signs are “fragmented and blurry,” with improvements set to take place only in the long term. Companies in China with South Korea-related businesses also told the Global Times that they are not seeing any significant improvements yet.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/21 19:38:39

China fills part of US void on climate without dominating talks

China has filled some of the void on climate change leadership left by US President Donald Trump's decision to quit the 2015 Paris climate pact by curbing its own greenhouse emissions and it has done so without seeking to dominate the talks, delegates at the most recent talks held in Bonn, Germany said.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2017/11/20 18:03:39