China has set up 587,000 libraries in rural areas, according to a meeting about rural libraries held in Shenyang, capital of northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, on Monday.The Rural Library Project began its pilot scheme in 2005 and went into full swing in 2007. Since the establishment of libraries was basically completed in 2012, the libraries have been updating books and opening to the public.According to statistics, each rural resident owned 0.13 book, excluding student textbooks, on average i

After borrowing 1,400 yuan (212 U.S. dollars) to buy a computer, Ren Qingsheng made his first online sale in 2010, earning 600 yuan in profit from the deal.That year, Ren, the first business owner to tap into e-commerce in Dinglou Village, in east Chinas Shandong Province, made a total of 7,000 yuan from online sales.Previously, he had made a living travelling across the country with bags of costumes, selling to photography studios, but the profits were humble.This year, my annual revenue is abo

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinas State Council Wednesday called for more efforts to foster new types of agricultural businesses in the country.Projects will be launched to support diverse business entities that integrate different industries and link to the Internet Plus strategy, said a statement released after a State Council meeting chaired by PremierLi Keqiang.Training plans will be started to cultivate new types of professional farmers to spur entrepreneurship and innovation in rural are

The First Xinjiang Agricultural E-commerce Festival was recently held at the Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone (Toutunhe district), local media reported on Dec 16.The 10-day event provides a platform for agricultural product producers, traders and farmers regarding e-commerce marketing to standardize the production of Xinjiang-featured agricultural products and promote brand marketing.Jiang Xiaoyang, president of Xinjiang Laodao Agriculture Technology Co Ltd, introduced a new in

Workers sort strawberries in a factory in Donggang, northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, Dec. 19, 2017. Taking the advantage of e-commerce, Donggang City has brodened the distribution channels of the strawberries and brought more profit for local people. (Xinhua/Long Lei)Workers sort strawberries in a factory in Donggang, northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, Dec. 19, 2017. Taking the advantage of e-commerce, Donggang City has brodened the distribution channels of the strawberries and brought more

Premier Li Keqiang inspects a piece of high-standard farmland in Changge of Henan province on Sept 24, 2015. [File photo]Premier Li Keqiang urged all departments to fully utilize results of the third national agricultural survey, as the results were reported to the State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li on Dec 13.He looked through the report documents carefully at the meeting, calling all government departments to fully analyze the statistics listed, compare them with data from th

BEIJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinas top legislature on Wednesday adopted revisions to the Seed Law, the first change to the legislation after it was enacted in 2000.The revised law left the major-crop seed approval system unchanged, but has cut those that need to be approved by regulators before hitting the market from 28 kinds to five major seeds -- rice, corn, wheat, soybean and cotton -- so as to stimulate seed research innovation while guaranteeing Chinas food security.Producers for seeds oth

BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Major revisions to Chinas Seed Law began Friday to better regulate the industry, which is second only to the United States.A draft amendment to the Seed Law was submitted to the top legislature for a second reading at the start of the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National Peoples Congress. The meeting will last from Friday to Wednesday.Under the amendment, barriers will be removed for those applying for a seed production and trade license,

Photo shows the construction site of the Feihe plant in Kingston, Canada. (Courtesy of Feihe International Inc.)OTTAWA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Feihe International Inc., a top manufacturer of infant formula in China, is building a manufacturing plant valued 300 million Canadian dollars (234 million U.S. dollars) in Kingston, Canada.Leng Youbin, Chairman of Feihe International Inc. told Xinhua on Tuesday in Ottawa that Feihe board decided to invest to set up the plant in Kington city in Ontario provin

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), held in October 2017, called for implementing the national strategy of revitalizing rural villages and townships. So-called internet plus agriculture was identified as an important tool for modernizing agriculture and supporting the strategy of revitalizing villages.Agriculture employs more than 27% of the countrys population but contributes less than 9% of its GDP. This implies that there is large potenti

HANOI, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam imported 140,000 tons of cotton worth 244 million U.S. dollars in January, up 49.7 percent in volume and 51.1 percent in value against January 2017, according to its Ministry of Industry and Trade on Friday.Vietnam, whose yarn industry heavily depends on imported cotton, has imported increasingly bigger volumes of the material in recent years to feed its growing textile and garment production and export, local economists said, noting that its biggest cotton impo

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia attracted the fixed asset investment of 333.4 million U.S. dollars from its ASEAN member states in 2017, according to a governments report on Friday.ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.According to the report of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, four ASEAN countries - Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia - had invested i

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Trade volume between China andASEANcountries hit a record high in 2017, according to the Ministry of Commerce.Bilateral trade totalled 514.8 billion U.S. dollars last year, up 13.8 percent year on year, the fastest growth pace between China and any of its major trading partners.Chinas exports to ASEAN countries reached 279.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, up 9 percent year on year, while imports grew 20 percent year-on-year to stand at 235.7 billion U.S. dollars.China

NEW DELHI, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Heads of governments of 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members headed for New Delhi on Wednesday for the India-ASEAN commemorative summit scheduled for Thursday.The summit, with the theme Shared Values, Common Destiny, will mark 25 years of Indias ties with the Southeast Asian bloc.The 10 ASEAN leaders will attend Indias Republic Day parade and other functions as chief guests on Friday.Trade and business are expected to top the agenda of the summ

Hong Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam, addresses a reception marking the 68th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam as well as the upcoming Spring Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan. 20, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Di)HANOI, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- China-Vietnam relations have entered a new stage of development after 68 years of growth, now facing an important opportunity of quality upgrading, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong said here on Saturday.H

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- As Cambodia and China are commemorating their 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this year, a Cambodian ruling party lawmaker said the relationship between the two countries can be a role model in modern international relations.In an article published in the Khmer Times on Wednesday, Suos Yara, a lawmaker from the Cambodian Peoples Party, said China is the engine of global growth and a core development and strategic partner of Cambodia.The Cambo

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)PHNOM PENH, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese PremierLi Keqiangmet with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha here on Wednesday, and both sides vowed to further promote bilateral cooperation.Hailing the sound momentum of China-

BANGKOK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thailand is expected to have some 9.5 million tons of rice for export this year, a senior government official said on Wednesday.The 9.5 million tons of the Thai rice will bring some 4.7 billion U.S. dollars in export value thoughout 2018, according to acting Foreign Trade Department director general Adul Chotinisakorn.That compared to last years 11.48 million tons of the Thai rice which secured 5.1 billion U.S. dollars in export value, the acting department chief sai

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia had received the fixed asset investment of 5.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, according to the report of the Council for the Development of Cambodia on Wednesday.The report provided to Xinhua showed that last year, the Southeast Asian nation had granted licenses to 117 investment projects in the fields of agriculture, agro-industry, manufacturing industries, tourism, telecommunication and transportation.Cambodian investors topped the chart among all investo

YANGON, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar will soon introduce online trading system on Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) this month, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.The project aims to attract more investors in the countrys stock market as well as to promote stock trading value.At present, four listed companies -- First Myanmar Investment (FMI), Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings (MTSH), Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB) and First Private Bank (FPB) are being traded on YSX.YSX has recently ap

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