Monthly Archives: April 2016

Experts: Nation is hotbed for innovation

China will breed a new wave of innovators, industry insiders, investors and government officials said at the 2016 Asia Beat Xiamen, an international competition for start-up projects that ran from March 17 through 19. “China’s industrial development once relied on labor-intensive sectors, but now must depend on innovation,” said Cai Wensheng, chairman of Longling Capital, which focuses on investment in start-ups.

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Contest buzzing with unique submissions at global event

Virtual reality games, intelligent robots, cameras as thin as sheets of paper and many other creative products vied for bragging rights and seed money at the 2016 Asia Beat Xiamen, a competition for international start-ups and innovations. Under the theme of “fundraising and market entry”, the competition, held from March 17 to 19 in the coastal city in Fujian province, comprises about 80 teams from 15 countries and regions across the Asia-Pacific region, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Israel.

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Space capsule returns after 12-day odyssey

Recoverable module brings back completed science experiments, Cheng Yingqi reports. The returning capsule from SJ-10, China’s first microgravity satellite, landed safely in Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on April 18.

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Give me speed but give me peace, too

While traveling from Beijing to Shanghai the other day, I recalled a video clip that did the rounds of the internet last year that showed someone balancing a coin on its edge on the windowsill of a high-speed train going in the opposite direction. So I tried the same trick. It worked, although, since I was using a dime, not the best choice for such a trick, it balanced for just 20 seconds before falling onto its side.

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Expats fulfil business dreams and coastal lifestyles in Xiamen

Kraemer, 37, and partner David Krings, 38, opened their second bar of the same name in the Shapowei Art Zone, a former harbor area that now houses start-ups and young entrepreneurs, in the Zengcuo’an area last year. Kraemer is one of many foreign business owners in Xiamen, which was known as Amoy in the past. After studying design at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, he and his friends visited a number of major Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, before deciding in 2012 to live in Xiamen.

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Chengdu opens further with new air, rail links and friendship ties

“I have a dream that one day I can take a direct flight to Chengdu from Prague,” said Milan Hovorka, the deputy minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, during the eighth E.U.-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair in Chengdu in 2013. That dream came true in February, when Sichuan Airlines began direct flights between Chengdu and Prague.

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