News in review
GDP growth at 6.9% in first quarter
China's gross domestic product in the first quarter rose 6.9 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the
GDP growth in the first three months remained steady at 0.2 percentage point higher than a year ago, showing a stabilizing trend in the economy, analysts said.
Although consumption growth dropped slightly, increasing at 10 percent in the first three months, down by 0.4 percentage point compared with the whole of 2016, an uptick in infrastructure investment and a higher export growth have contributed to the stable growth.
Fixed-asset investment expanded at 9.2 percent year-on-year in the January-March period while export growth was 14.8 percent.
More cities impose restrictions on housing sales
The capital of southwest China's
Effective Thursday, newly-bought homes in restricted areas can only be resold three years after obtaining the property certificate, according to an announcement released by
Last month, cities including
The move came as an intensified measure from a slew of steps ranging from tightened mortgages for second-home buyers to restrictions on non-residents making purchases.
The rankings were based on a survey of about 25,000 expatriates nationwide in December and January. The criteria ranged from the living environment and local culture to administrative services and favorable policies for foreign residents.
More than half of all respondents said the environment was the most important factor when considering staying long term, while preferential policies also were a major concern. (Photo 1)
More than 60% of Chinese read via WeChat
A total of 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read via the popular messaging app WeChat in 2016, up 10.5 percentage points year on year, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
About 68.2 percent of adults read digitally in 2016, up 4.2 percentage points from 2015, while 58.8 percent read paper books, only a 0.4 percentage-point increase, according to an annual poll on reading habits, which was carried out in 52 cities.
The survey, conducted by the
On average, Chinese read 7.86 books per capita in 2016, including 3.21 e-books, the survey showed. (Photo 2)
Chinese billionaires account for almost a quarter of the world's billionaires, according to Forbes.
Wang was closely followed by
SF Express's chairman
One of China's internet triumvirate known as BAT (
However, the heads of the other two BAT members, Alibaba's
China becomes biggest later-stage R&D spender
China has become the biggest spender on later-stage research and development, according to a
China is expected to invest up to twice as much as the US, or
The report suggested academic research should align with the interests of manufacturing industries.
The surge in research spending comes as part of the country's decade-long efforts to upgrade its manufacturing sector.
TCM's role in weight loss is identified
Chinese scientists have identified the chemical mechanism of celastrol, which they call one of the most potent natural weight-loss agents, marking another step toward its possible future development into a major weight-loss drug.
The compound is extracted from the roots of thunder god vine, a toxic herb used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to cure arthritis and autoimmune diseases. In TCM, however, it is used in tiny amounts, mainly to treat severe diseases, because of its potentially dangerous side effects.
A research team led by
Zhang said his team will now focus on how celastrol regulates metabolism in greater detail and find ways to reduce the substance's toxicity while keeping its weight loss potency.
Survey: Bullying affects half of students
Younger students in
It found that nearly half of students had been intentionally bumped or knocked down by classmates. About 6 percent said they are targeted by bullies at school every day.
The survey also found that students from ordinary schools experienced more bullying than peers from key institutions, and children from poor families are more likely to be bullied at school.
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
China on launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022.
Lifted by a Long March-7
In space, the cargo ship will dock with the orbiting
China aims to build a permanent space station that is expected to orbit for at least 10 years, and the debut of the cargo ship is important as it acts as a courier to help maintain the space station.
United CEO to visit China after passenger incident
Facing a backlash over the incident this month involving an Asian-American passenger,
Munoz has already stopped at the Chinese consulate in
United controls around 20 percent of the total US-China air traffic, and is also in a partnership with Chinese flag carrier,
Last week, Dr
Willow catkins shroud parked vehicles and a fruit vendor on a street in
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