China Sets 2018 GDP Growth Target at around 6.5 %

Given China's economic fundamentals and capacity for job creation, GDP growth of around 6.5 percent will enable China to achieve relatively full employment, according to the report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang Monday morning at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

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Foreign Investment Grows as Chinese Market Matures

REFORM and innovation are two buzzwords defining contemporary China. Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy 40 years ago, foreign companies have injected huge momentum to the Chinese economy, and benefited from the market’s fast growth.

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Striving for a Green Supply Chain

IN September 2017, the German auto-part manufacturer Schaeffler sent a letter to the environmental protection department of Pudong New Area, Shanghai, claiming that its exclusive roller pin supplier was ordered to suspend operation due to an environmental problem. This will affect the company’s supply to customers and may result in a decrease of over three million cars and a loss of RMB 300 billion in the Chinese market. Therefore, Schaeffler pleaded the authority to grant a three months’ buffer period for changing the supplier but was told that suppliers for foreign enterprises must abide by the laws and regulations and the government is resolute in punishing illegal businesses. The “Schaeffler supply chain crisis” sparked nationwide attention. Shi Feng, an official with China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center, said: “I felt sorry for the huge economic losses incurred, but it is a shame that such a major multinational company has not planned to implement green supply chain management (GSCM) procedure yet.”

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[24 Solar Terms] Little New Year

Little New Year (Chinese: Xiaonian), usually a week before the lunar New Year, falls on Feb 11 this year. It is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household. There are numerous customs associated with honoring the Kitchen God and determining the date of Little New Year. The date of this holiday was sometimes assigned according to location, with people in northern China celebrating it on the twenty-third day of the twelfth lunar month, and people in southern China celebrating it on the twenty-fourth.

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Quick Tips to Use Chopsticks

It's commonly known that the Chinese invented chopsticks (or kuaizi in Chinese) as a set of instruments to be used when eating but the reason behind that is not commonly known. Actually, the Chinese were taught to use chopsticks long before spoons and forks were invented in Europe (the knife is older, not as an instrument for dining but as weapon). Chopsticks were strongly advocated by the great Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479BC). Chinese people, under the cultivation of Confucianism, consider the knife and fork bearing sort of violence, like cold weapons. However, chopsticks reflect gentleness and benevolence, the main moral teaching of Confucianism. Therefore, instruments used for killing must be banned from the dining table, and that is why Chinese food is always chopped into bite size before it reaches the table.

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Dragon Boat Festival: Zong Zi

The Dragon Boat Festival (or Duan Wu Festival in Chinese) is on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is a day to remember the great poet Qu Yuan, who was a loyal official in the State of Chu in ancient China and deeply loved by his people.

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Ancient Chinese Recipes for Kids

Sumptuous rice and delicious noodles are best representations of Chinese cuisine. Ancient Chinese food was all about this and traditions such as the use of chopsticks while having food. This tradition is continued even today. This food has been classified into 4 schools since the olden days. These are known as Lu, Chuan, Yue and Yang. Certain foods also has a particular symbolism linked to it. In Northern China, Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi) is a main food item prepared during the holiday season. Today, the food palate cannot be complete without Chinese fried rice either! Ancient Chinese food is thus quite interesting and very delectable although today one may see many variations of the same. Here, we shall look at some basic ancient recipes for kids, which are crafted to make them a little easier to prepare at home with their moms!

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Laba Festival and Laba Porridge

China possesses many traditional holidays, of which Spring Festival is the most important and the most exciting. An extended celebration of the Lunar New Year that lasts for several weeks, Spring Festival encompasses the Laba Festival, Little New Year, Lunar New Year's Eve, Lunar New Year's Day, and the Lantern Festival. Every year, with the coming of the last month of the lunar year, the holiday spirit fills the land. The Laba Festival, which falls on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, marks the official start of Spring Festival.

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Seeking Classic Peking Duck at Quanjude

A taste of Peking roast duck has been considered a must for any visitor to China's capital, on a par with visiting Tian'anmen Square and the Great Wall. With its history of 151 years, QuanjudeThe brand's Hepingmen restaurant, built in 1979, not only offers gourmets a chance to dig into the traditional food but also the whole roast-duck culture, thanks to a 1,000-square-meter museum on the seventh floor. A visit there took me on a journey through 31 delicate steps of preparing the duck, from breeding to roasting, which helped me appreciate what was later on my plate. is a respected place to experience the classic dish.

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