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Industrial shift lures back migrant mothers

Chen Jiangling couldn’t be happier these days. The 35-year-old mother of two has secured a stable job near her home and can now look after her children after work.Chen comes from Sanmenzhai Village in Jianghua Yao Autonomous County, central China’s Hunan Province. Jianghua, located in the mountainous region of Nanling, is one of the country’s poorest counties.For years, Chen and her husband had to travel away from home as migrant workers, leaving their children behind under their grandparents’ care.Chen’s story is not uncommon. In 2016, there were more than 9 million left-behind children across the country and 90 percent of them lived in the less-developed central and western regions. Hunan now has about 700,000 left-behind children.With industries in more prosperous coastal regions facing rising labor costs in recent years, the transformation and upgrade has forced many labor-intensive businesses to move inland, bringing vast numbers of jobs and creating opportunities for migrant working mothers to return home.Two years ago, after learning that Jianghua was soliciting businesses from coastal areas, Chen decided to return from Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province. She finally got a job as a quality inspector at a factory in Jianghua Jiuheng Industrial Park, where her husband, too, found a job.“Working near home feels so much different, I can spend time with my children while still earning money,” she said.The industrial park now employs 10,000-plus people, with an annual per capita income of 30,000 yuan (US$4,424). Another 400 companies in the county have also provided 9,000 jobs for local residents.Pan Jinying is another mother who has returned home to work in Jianghua. In February, she found a job in a clothing factory and earns about 1,000 yuan a month.The 39-year-old has two children — a 17-year-old son, and an 8-year-old daughter. Pan said she hopes her son can join her factory as a technician, and she will have more time taking care of her daughter who is still in elementary school.In 2012, Dongliang Wood Industry moved its manufacturing base from Guangdong to Jianghua’s Mashi Township, creating more than 100 jobs. “The favorable policies and great investment environment have made the inland areas more appealing,” said Yang Yangfang, CTO of the company.Yang is originally from Shaoyang in Hunan. She started the timber business with her husband in Guangdong in the 1990s and now she is bringing the business back to her hometown.“I love my hometown, and I enjoy my life here,” Yang said. “My children were born in Guangzhou, and when they grow older I think I will stay in Hunan.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Jul 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

China sets mark in wetland protection

Wetland areas in China cover a total of 53.6 million hectares, official data showed.The statistics were released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration at the Eco Forum Global Annual Conference held recently in southwest Guizhou Province.China has 57 wetlands that are of international importance, 602 wetland nature reserves and 898 national wetland parks, according to the administration.In the country’s wetland ecosystem, there are 4,220 species of plant and 2,312 species of animals, with the wetland protection rate reaching 49 percent, figures show.With increased policy support and financial investment, China has achieved remarkable results in wetland protection, said Li Chunliang, deputy director of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.According to Li, a total of 8.15 billion yuan (US$1.23 billion) of central investment was arranged from 2013 to 2017, covering more than 1,500 wetland protection and restoration projects. Around 233,333 hectares of wetland was restored, with 51,000 hectares of farmland converted into wetlands.China will step up efforts in strengthening the protection and restoration of wetlands as the focus of ecological civilization construction, and strive to see its wetland area reach no less than 53.3 million hectares with a wetland protection rate of 50 percent by 2020, according to Li.By 2035, the quality of China’s wetland ecosystem will be significantly improved, the official added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Jul 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Officials punished

China has punished 240,000 officials for discipline violations during the first half of 2018, officials said yesterday.According to an announcement released jointly by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, 28 of the punished officials were at provincial level or above. More than 1,500 of the punished were at prefecture level, with about 10,000 at county level.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Jul 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepen trade ties

Israel may be a big ally of the US, but it is moving ahead with ever more business deals with China.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Jul 2018 | 11:04 am(NZT)

China film: Box office hit moves China to act on cancer drugs

Premier Li Keqiang calls for cheaper and more accessible medication after a hit film sparks debate.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Jul 2018 | 2:52 am(NZT)

Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China

Privacy advocates have warned that storing iCloud data on Chinese servers will make emails and messages vulnerable.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Jul 2018 | 1:45 am(NZT)

Task force in works to help Hong Kong businesses in mainland China

An all-new task force comprising heavyweights from Hong Kong’s industrial sector and business chambers will be set up by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, a source familiar with the arrangement has said. The advisory body, likely to be chaired by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah, is to generate ideas to help firms overcome obstacles when doing business on the mainland, particularly in the nearby Pearl River Delta. But a veteran political...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 2:00 pm(NZT)

Tai O villagers urge review of Hong Kong flood prevention amid long clean-up after Typhoon Hato

Disgruntled villagers on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island have demanded a full review of flood-prevention measures in Tai O, where tsunami-like waves destroyed homes during Typhoon Hato last week. The villagers, who were almost stranded by floodwater, debris and rubble strewn across paths and alleys in their coastal fishing settlement, were starting to get back to normal life thanks to dozens of volunteers pitching in to help the clean-up. But villagers were told to expect to wait for two or...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:35 pm(NZT)

Search launched for ‘emotionally troubled’ pregnant woman who fled from Hong Kong hospital

Tuen Mun Hospital is appealing for help to find an emotionally troubled pregnant woman who left the medical institution without approval. The 25-year-old woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, left the observation area at the hospital’s emergency unit without notifying staff at about 3pm on Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. The woman had told the hospital she was dealing with emotional problems, the spokesman added. Police appeal for help in search for Hong Kong girl, 13, missing since July 1...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:02 pm(NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

International group praises green revival

A high-level international advisory body applauded China's efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Monday.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)


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