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Competition hot for new govt jobs

Candidates review materials before the national civil servant exam at a test center in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province, on Dec 10, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

Competition more fierce than usual will characterize this year’s national civil service exam as the job vacancies shrank by almost half.

The annual recruitment effort offered 14,537 positions, compared with more than 28,000 last year.

More than 1.4 million applicants had registered for the exam as of the deadline on Wednesday, down by 15 percent year-on-year, according to Huatu.com, a leading training agency for the exam.

Applicants for civil service are competing for jobs in 75 central government agencies and 20 institutions under them, according to the State Administration of Civil Service.

“The steep drop mainly resulted from the sharp decline of taxation-related vacancies,” Li Manqing, president of Huatu.com, said during a livestream. “The big change in tax-related positions was mainly due to the institutional restructuring of taxation authorities at central and local levels.”

Taxation-related vacancies decreased to 6,046 this year from 17,701 in 2017.

Under the institutional restructuring plan approved by the National People’s Congress in March, revenue departments will be managed by central and provincial governments instead of by the central government alone.

“That resulted in the central revenue department’s reduced demand in the exam for talent,” Li said.

Wu Jiang, former director of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science, thought another factor also might have contributed to the decline.

“All departments have natural turnover of staff, but job vacancies might not have been filled as a result of the institutional reform,” he said.

The ratio of qualified applicants to vacancies this year is higher than 87-to-1, while the ratios from 2014 to 2017 ranged from 50-to-1 to 63-to-1, according to the administration.

Since launching the annual exam in 1994, competition for civil service jobs has always been fierce, as they have long been perceived as secure, lifelong positions with stable pay, especially at the local level.

There were 4,040 applicants seeking the position of administrator for the Guangdong Meteorological Bureau, which was the most competitive vacancy. The lowest-level employee positions of the State Administration of Taxation’s branches in Shanghai and Sichuan were each sought by more than 2,000 people.

Candidates will take the national exam, which is scheduled for December across the country. The majority of the positions in Party and government agencies above provincial level require two years of grassroots work experience, the administration said.

Nation to prohibit most trade of rhino, tiger products

A white female rhino named Carol is seen after she was dehorned by the Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) at Lake Chivero Recreational Park in Norton, Zimbabwe August 25, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

China will forbid and crack down on the illegal trade of rhinoceroses, tigers and their derivative products, the State Council said in a notice on Monday, in another step to strengthen animal protection following the prohibition of ivory trading last year.

Rhinos and tigers are endangered species, and the protection of the two species should be strengthened according to wildlife protection laws and international pacts on endangered species, the document said.

All sales, purchases, import and export of rhinos, tigers and their derivative products, except those approved by the government, will not be allowed, said the five-clause notice.

Administrative approvals are a prerequisite for sales, purchase, utilization and import and export of the animals and their products, under special circumstances, including scientific research and public education.

Tiger bones and rhino horns can be used for medical research and clinical treatment for critically ill patients only when they are collected from the two animals raised by humans outside zoos, and tiger bones can only be obtained after the natural deaths of the big cats.

The State Council approved the establishment of an inter-ministry conference system on cracking down on illegal trade of wild flora and fauna in November 2016, involving 22 departments such as the Ministry of Public Security.

The system’s law enforcement will focus on cracking down on illegally selling, buying, using, importing and exporting, transporting, carrying and mailing rhino and tiger-related products, the notice said. More inspections will be made at markets, online platforms and ports to cut off channels for such illegal trades.

The new notice takes effect immediately, replacing the related State Council notice first issued in 1993. The new document is China’s latest move to eliminate trade of endangered animal-related products and promote ecological protection.

The country now prohibits the display and trade of ivory products in real marketplaces or online platforms, but allows exhibition of ivory products made from raw materials from legal channels at noncommercial places, such as museums and art galleries.

A copy of a famous fresco is on tour in China

The original fresco – Three Bodhisattvas – in the British Museum.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A copy of a famous Chinese fresco, which is on exhibit at the British Museum, is on tour in China.

The original fresco used to be in a monastery in North China’s Hebei province. It was painted by monks from Mount Wutai, a famous Buddhist mountain in North China’s Shanxi province, according to the British Museum.

The fresco – Three Bodhisattvas – was painted during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) in Qingliang Monastery in Xingtang county, Shijiazhuang, according to Hao Jianwen, one of the major painters of the copy.

The fresco was taken away from Hebei province in 1920s, Hao said.

Started last year, Hao and his team of 26 painters spent three months to finish the painting. The copy, 4-meters long and 3.9 meters wide, is the same size as the original piece.

The copy is on display in Shanxi and will be put in the Museum of Xingtang County after its tour exhibition ends, Hao said.

5 dead, 16 remain trapped after Shandong coal mine accident

JINAN – Five miners have been killed, one has been rescued, while another 16 remain trapped after a rock burst at a coal mine in East China’s Shandong province on Saturday, local authorities announced on Thursday.

The accident occurred at around 11 p.m. Saturday at Longyun Coal Mining Co. Ltd. in Yuncheng County. A total of 22 people were trapped in the tunnel after coal fell at both ends from the rock burst.

Rescue work is continuing and the accident is under investigation.

Rock bursts are often caused by fractures in rocks due to wear and tear from mining.

Guangzhou police release figures of foreign population

GUANGZHOU — There are about 80,000 foreign nationals living in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong province, according to the city’s police bureau.

As China’s major trade center, the city has been an important base for foreign nationals living in China. It is known for having a large African community.

The bureau said there are currently 15,000 Africans living in the city. Egypt, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the major sources of African expatriates. Most are engaged in trade or study in the city.

The influx of African nationals began in 2006 when Beijing Summit of the Forum on Sino-African Cooperation was held, attended by heads of state and senior officials from 48 African countries.

Official statistics show that in 2009, about 20,000 Africans lived in the city, but the real number, including illegal immigrants and overstayers, is believed to have been much higher.

The African population has decreased as police have tightened enforcement on illegal immigration. Meanwhile, the cost of living and doing business in the city has also been on the rise.

Currently, half of foreign nationals in Guangzhou are from Europe, Japan or the Republic of Korea, according to the bureau.

Niu Baozeng, an entry and exit administration official, said that the number of foreign nationals in Guangzhou has been on the rise in the past three years. Criminal cases involving foreign nationals have gone down.

The bureau said among 1,000 illegal immigrants detained last year, most were from South East Asian countries such as Vietnam and Myanmar.

Guidelines aim to help overseas investors in Hainan

Hainan has recently taken a large number of measures aimed at making solid progress in building the China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone and a free trade port with Chinese characteristics, and exploring a new open economic system. [Photo/VCG]

Hainan provincial authorities have publicized a service guide to ensure overseas investors fully enjoy the benefits of its pre-establishment national treatment plus negative list management system.

The guidelines on the approval and filing of foreign investment projects, compiled by the Hainan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, stipulate the scope, submissions and processing requirements of foreign investment projects under the approval and filing system, as well as the procedures and a flow sheet.

The service guide is a new measure taken by the country’s southernmost Hainan province to help deepen its reform and opening-up. It is an important move to attract foreign investment and promote construction of the China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone and a free trade port with Chinese characteristics, according to officials with the commission.

The free trade zone negative list said a non-prohibited project with a total investment of $300 million or more shall be submitted to the State Development and Reform Commission for approval, and projects with total investment of $2 billion or more shall be submitted to the State Council for record. A non-prohibited project with total investment below $300 million shall be subject to approval by the Hainan Provincial Development and Reform Commission.

Officials with the provincial commission said the service guidelines have released the rights for approval of foreign investment projects from the provincial authorities to local city and county governments.

The legal approval process for foreign investment projects is 20 working days, but Hainan local authorities promise to complete the approvals in three working days. They pledge the same turnaround time for foreign investment projects that must be filed, which legally require seven working days.

The filing system has become much simpler, as investors only need to hand in an application for project filing, complete the filing form for overseas investment projects and submit it online.

Grassroots officials laud new harvest festival

A grassroots official speaks at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office on Sept 20, 2018. [Photo by Li Lei/chinadaily.com.cn]

The newly created Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival will help elevate the social status of agricultural workers and offer them more opportunities, grassroots officials said at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office on Thursday.

The nation will celebrate its first Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival on the autumn equinox, which this year falls on Sunday.

Yang Shuangniu, Party chief of Gangdi village in Xingtai, Hebei province, said the festival is more than just a harvest celebration, and will boost farmer’s confidence and pride in what they do.

“It is the first time in Chinese history for farmers to have their own festival,” he said.

Huang Guoping, director-general of an aquaculture cooperative in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, said farmers who are more confident are spotting opportunities they hardly noticed in the past.

“Now farmers in my place are more ready to step out of their doors with their farm produce to join various expos,” he said, adding the festival will further boost their sense of pride.

Dong Minfang, who quit well-paid city jobs to head an agricultural machinery cooperative in a rural area in Yueyang, Hunan province, said the festival is recognition of the hard work of the 700 million Chinese working in the agricultural sector.

The autumn equinox, one of 24 solar terms in the lunar calendar, marks the midpoint of autumn. Though climates and crops differ in various regions, most crops mature in autumn in China.

More than 100 activities will be held across the nation to celebrate the new festival.

Faces of Chinese youth: Why are they anxious?

“I’m losing my hair, which makes me pretty agitated the entire year,” says Jia Xue, a 25-year-old woman who has just become a marketing manager at an Internet company in pursuit of a more promising career.

“Baldness” became a buzzword among the post-90s generation last year, a term that is at once a label of self-mockery and a health issue growing more prevalent among young Chinese. It’s not the only tag the Nineties have given themselves. Grey hair, insomnia, and gastric distress are among the common symptoms of their generation, who cite social pressure as the main culprit for these problems.

A recent annual report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on social mentality in China reveals that 31.6 percent of respondents often feel anxious, and those who reportedly show signs of fidgeting and strain account for 42.8 percent.

Anxiety stemming from issues with housing, education, healthcare, employment, excessive exposure to social media, and identity crises, particularly for those of a lower social status, have stoked unhappiness among the Chinese.

According to the report, the post-90s generation is the least happy while those from the post-80s trail right behind. Meanwhile, those who are at either end of the spectrum – the under-20s and septuagenarians – are the most satisfied.

Yang, a media editor born in 1991, complains about the skyrocketing house prices in Beijing, which have slowed down since mid-2018. “I can never afford a house here with my meager salary, even if one day, I’m given a pay raise,” says Yang, a native of north China’s Shanxi.

For years, prohibitive property prices have been besetting a majority of young Chinese working in first-tiered cities.

“I’ve even lost the motivation to make a more decent living because no matter how hard I try, I’m still unable to buy a house of my own,” Jia Xue tells CGTN Digital. Still, she feels life is more difficult as a woman, given gender discrimination in the workplace, and even the second-child policy, which pressures women to balance family and work. “For now, I just want to stay single without a family to provide for,” she laments.

Over the past couple of decades, the Chinese economy took off. Highways, flyovers, and cloud-piercing skyscrapers seemed to have been built overnight, etching out a fascinating prosperity not only materially, but socially and culturally. The post-80s and post-90s are living in an era of greater material abundance than previous generations, so they tend to embrace more post-materialist values – independence, individuality and self-expression.

“But after growing up, they’ll easily feel frustrated as they find their values at odds with the real world while struggling to earn their bread,” says Qu Yuping, a psychology professor based in Shanghai.

The fast-changing economy quickly restitched China’s employment fabric, which created myriad chances for young people. Nonetheless, it’s easy to get lost in dizzying opportunities.

Yi Chen, a Portuguese-language major, fell into a job where she couldn’t use her skill. “I feel upset at work but I have to accumulate experience, for at least one year, to leave for another one.” She’s been suffering from insomnia upon graduation.

Scant work experience is one of the hurdles for young people in attaining their dream career. For those spending years toiling in a sophisticated environment, it’s tough to get reset with a startup.

Hopes are fading for Wang Yuan, a 35-year-old cofounder of a landscape design company which has just entered its third year. He never thought the real estate industry would decline in a short span of time and recently he enrolled in a floriculture course, deciding to expand the business in search of a silver lining. “Be careful before starting a business. There’s no way back,” he cautioned his younger peers.

While the world’s most populous country is rapidly urbanizing, its rural areas are undergoing a transformation to keep apace with the deluge of economic opportunities spilling from the cities.

Over the last few years, rural youths have swarmed to urban centers to build the modern infrastructure that has wowed domestic and international observers alike.

Among the migrant workers piling up Beijing’s tallest building – the CITIC Tower – a 22-year-old wood craftsman from south China’s Guangdong Province says that he left home for the megacity to get a taste of the economic miracle. But he cannot afford a day off to even see the city, for he would lose the day’s wages. His deepest impression of the metropolis is the high consumer prices.

The widening wealth gap and its consequent ossification of social structures – inevitable byproducts of sweeping changes – have given rise to cases of injustice. “That’s why the young people feel anxious, as they want equality and humane care,” says Qu.

But they should stay optimistic. As the central government pushes for greater opening up and continued free trade in a globalized world, opportunities are more accessible than ever.

(The names used by the interviewees, except that of the professor, are pseudonyms as requested.)

Xi’an to ban smoking indoors

People smoke at an outdoor designated smoking area on Dongfang Road in Shanghai. GAO ERQIANG/CHINA DAILY

XI’AN – Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has unveiled a regulation which bans smoking in all indoor public venues.

The regulation, released on Tuesday by the city government, also prohibits smoking in some outdoor public places, such as schools, stadiums and health institutions for pregnant women and children.

Smokers who do not adhere to the regulation will be fined 10 yuan (1.5 U.S. dollars), and venue owners may be fined up to 1,000 yuan.

The regulation will take effect on November 1.

Xi’an, home to the Terra-Cotta Warriors, is the latest major Chinese city to ban smoking in all indoor public venues, following Beijing and Shanghai.

There are over 300 million smokers and 740 million people exposed to second-hand smoke in China.

The country has set a target to reduce the smoking rate among people aged 15 and above to 20 percent by 2030 from the current 27.7 percent, according to the “Healthy China 2030” blueprint issued in 2016.

Traditional keepsake gives ethnic group a lift

Zhao Poying, 86, makes embroidery balls in Jiuzhou village of Jingxi, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, last month. Almost all of the 500 households in the village are engaged in the business.ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY

For the Zhuang ethnic group in Southwest China, embroidered balls were once keepsakes given by lovers to show their affection.

Nowadays, however, in Jingxi, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the brightly colored, silk-striped balls are a way to grow rich.

Jiuzhou, a picturesque village 9 kilometers from Jingxi, is regarded as the home of the Chinese embroidered ball. Annual production exceeds 5 million balls, about 90 percent of the market.

Almost every one of the 500 households in the village is engaged in the business.

The history of embroidered balls can be traced to the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Girls picked up needlework at a very young age. However, for a long time the balls were not well known-mainly because locals never thought they would interest people from outside.

Huang Xiaoqin, now 73 and the cultural inheritor of the handmade embroidered ball, brought them to the world.

She took up embroidery at the age of 8 and found she had a talent for making the silk balls.

In 2005, Huang was invited to Beijing to demonstrate how to make one. Her skilled performance and the delicate handicraft made a splash.

“People surrounded me and kept asking me what is it and what is it used for. I was greatly encouraged and realized that this is an opportunity for us,” she said.

Since then she has received orders from all over the country.

A foreign trader discovered her works by chance through a local import-export company and placed an annual order valued at 100,000 yuan ($14,700).

Embroidered with images of lotus and mandarin ducks, the balls are regarded as a mascot and cultural symbol of the Zhuang people.

As overseas demand grew, Huang decided to make improvements. She replaced the traditional Chinese images with the spelling of the 12 months in English which turned out to be a commercial success and welcomed by foreign customers.

These days, thousands of tourists are attracted to the village every year and the balls have become a must-buy item. They generate 6 million yuan in annual sales.

However, with many young people leaving to work in cities, the elderly are left alone to continue the business.

What concerns Huang now is how to pass her skills on and still maintain high quality.

“Right now I offer free training for women in the countryside. The skill is, of course, important but innovation is the key to our success,” she said.

According to Yang Zhaoyu, chairman of Jingxi New Development Group, the embroidered ball industry will play a leading role in boosting local tourism. The company already has plans to dig into the potential of local cuisine to make Jingxi attractive.