India and China will sign high-speed rail construction agreement this week

On November 25th, the spokesman of the Indian Ministry of Railways said that India will sign an agreement with China this week and provide a report on the feasibility of constructing a 1754 km high-speed rail line between Delhi and Chennai. It is reported that the rail will be the world’s second longest high-speed one and the two countries are expected to build the rail together.

It is reported that the planned “Delhi – Chennai Route” has a total length of 1754 km, connecting Indian cities Delhi and Chennai. The construction cost is estimated to be 2 trillion rupees (about RMB 200 billion). This is part of “Diamond Quadrilateral” project proposed by India’s new Prime Minister Modi and it is expected that the rail will be the second longest high-speed rail corridor in the world and the longest in India after the construction, with the running speed of 300 km per hour. India’s newly appointed Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu will be in charge of the project and will send a rail team to China for training. The research work is scheduled to begin early next year.

In September this year, in the Joint Statement of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, India expressed its willingness to actively consider to build a high-speed railway with China. Therefore, the above high-speed railway construction agreement can be seen as a follow-up of the Joint Statement.

There is no highway in India and the transportation mainly relies on the railways. Data shows that India has railway lines of 64,000 km, the length of which ranks No.4 in the world, transporting over 23 million passengers every day. Indian Railway Department is the largest employer in the world, with more than 1.3 million employees. The speed of Indian trains is generally low. The current fastest train is the Express from New Delhi to Calcutta, with the speed of 87.17 km per hour.

India and China will sign high-speed rail construction agreement this weekChinese export of high-speed rail is very active this month

On November 3rd, Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the union of China Railway Construction, China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited and four local companies won the high-speed Mexico City to Queretaro rail project and the contract were valued at about RMB 27.016 billion. Though the tender got withdrawn after three days by Mexican government, experts predict that the Union has great possibility of winning the bidding again.

On November 18th, Thailand adopted a Sino-Thai Railway cooperation project. China will participate in the investment and the construction of a double track standard rail with a total length of 867 km.

On November 20th, China Railway Construction and Nigerian authorities signed the commercial contract of coastal rail project in Nigeria. The total contract amounts USD 11.97 billion, indicating the highest single contract amount in Chinese foreign project contracting history.

Russian Railways recently says that they are planning for the high-speed rail project between Moscow and Beijing, with a total mileage of 7000 – 8000 km and an investment of RUB 7 trillion (about RMB 935.2 billion).

China as guest of honor in the International Film Festival of India

On November 20th, 45th International Film Festival of India officially opened in Panaji – capital of Goa – the Indian seaside resort. China is the guest of honor this year and Mr. Gang Tong – deputy director of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, Mr. Tony Leung and Ms. Ziyi Zhang – Chinese famous movie stars, attended the opening ceremony and the lighting function as distinguished guests.

China in the International Film Festival of India as guest of honorChinese movies become a major highlight of this film festival. The Festival especially set up the unit “Focus on China” and nine Chinese films including “Finding Mr. Right”, “Silent Witness” and “Caught in the Web” will be showcased.China in the International Film Festival of India as guest of honor

In addition, Chinese film “Genuine Love” will compete for the big prize of the Festival – Golden Peacock Award in the International Competition unit. The film “The Grandmaster” directed by Wong Kar-Wai will also be played as the closing film of the Festival.

Mr. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance and of Information & Broadcasting, gave a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that films, same as cricket, are beloved by Indian people. In the past decade, Bollywood films are turning commercialized, which is believed to make Indian film industry more professional.

Mr. Jaitley, together with India’s most popular actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, awarded the annual Indian Filmmaker Memorial Award to the Indian legendary actor Mr. Rajnikanth. The film festival organizing committee also announced that Hongkong director Wong Kar-Wai would be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of this Festival at the closing ceremony.

The Festival will end on November 30th and there will be 179 films from all over the world to be showcased.

International Film Festival of India began in 1952, held annually since 1975, is India’s largest and most influential film festival and also one of the international “A” list festivals.

Indian ambassador to China: Huge manufacturing potential cooperation between Chongqing and India

On November 14th, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Indian ambassador to China, visited Chongqing with an Indian business delegation, introducing India’s investment environment and policies to Chongqing enterprises. Mr. Kantha proposed that Chongqing would strengthen the manufacturing and infrastructure cooperation with India, to exploit the industrial advantage between two places and to promote the bilateral trade development.

China and India are both the world’s ancient civilizations and have a long history of connection, of which when Chongqing acted as the auxiliary capital of China during World War II, the famous “Hump Course” put up an important air passage and friendship bridge between Chongqing and India. At that time, India set up the Indian Embassy in Chongqing and the site of which is still standing in Chongqing Nanshan Botanical Garden.

Huge manufacturing potential cooperation between Chongqing and India“Chongqing is the most dynamic economic center in western China.” said Mr. Kantha. This was the first time he came to Chongqing, and he hopes to come frequently in the future with continuous cooperation opportunities. As a vital point between the Silk Road Economic Zone and Yangtze River Economic Zone, Chongqing is playing an important role in the development of western China. Chongqing and India should produce their respective industrial advantages and build the further cooperation in manufacturing, infrastructure, IT, chemical, automotive, textiles and other fields.

Mr. Chen Heping, vice mayor of Chongqing, said that the total import and export trade value between Chongqing and India in 2013 amounted to $ 1.95 billion. In the first three quarters of 2014, the total trade value has reached $ 1.28 billion. Till September 2014, Chongqing has set up four companies in India, covering environmental protection, manufacturing, silk sales and medical fields.


It is understood that Chongqing Yunhe Hydropower Inc., China Chongqing International Construction Corporation, Chongqing Yuneng Taishan Electric Wire & Cable Co. Ltd are proceeding one batch of new projects so far in India, including e-commerce, garment outsourcing, software training, energy and infrastructure construction.

Mr. Kantha said that the current political and economic situation between China and India is encouraging and the relations between two countries affected nearly one-third of the global population. In October 204, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India, further improved the strategic partnership between China and India, and reached a series of consensus with Indian Prime Minister Modi on promoting the investment of Sino-Indian Industrial Park, infrastructure construction, financial cooperation and trade exchange.

“The core of the strategic partnership between two countries is the economic and commercial exchanges.” said Mr. Kantha. Currently India is paying more and more attention on the economy, hoping that China’s western development strategy and India’s Look East policy can enhance each other and create a good environment for the bilateral investment.


Article source: The China Voice

Malaysian Consul-General: Learning Chinese is not only for work

The rise of China has made the country play an important role in the global stage and the inter-regional communication is increasing sharply. More and more foreigners are trying to master Chinese language with the emergence of “Mandarin fever”. Mr. Nasri Rahman, Consul-General of Malaysia in Kunming, is one of the learners. As a diplomat in China, he thinks that he can do a better job after mastering Chinese; in his personal point of view, the bilateral economic and trading relations between Malaysia and China have developed rapidly; the craze of learning Chinese is rising in all parts of the country. Regardless of politics and business, mastering Chinese language is undoubtedly a huge benefit for Malaysians.

Malaysian Consul-General: Learning Chinese is not only for work

My family members are all learning the language

“Chinese language is very important to me, not only for work but also for the frequent communication with local friends.” said Mr. Rahman in the meeting room of Consulate General of Malaysia in Kunming. In his opinion, with the close relation between Malaysia and China and the frequent communication, mastering Chinese language can better understand each other. Currently, the staff in the Consulate General and even his family members are all learning the language.

He told that he came to Kunming two years ago and started learning Chinese shortly after taking office. The Consulate General has built the cooperation with Yunnan Nationalities University; the university will specifically send one teacher majoring in Malay for giving classes twice a week and one textbook – Happy Chinese·Malay version.

“I feel that learning Chinese is very interesting. First of all, Chinese language is a very unique language. In Malaysia there are also a lot of Chinese schools and many people are learning the language. Learning Chinese can lead us to understand the Chinese culture. Through this language, we can enhance social connections and it plays a very crucial role in the economic and trading. Secondly, nowadays more and more foreigners come to China and learn Chinese in the universities, colleges or even private training institutes. So learning Chinese not only eases Malaysians to do business or to settle in China, but also is beneficial beyond the work.”

Speaking of his family members about learning Chinese, Mr. Rahman happily said that his wife is more diligent and she speaks Chinese better than him.11.16_Malaysia Consul-General_02

“She often goes to market to buy grocery, fruit and some other household items; she frequently uses Chinese, and she can bargain with the sellers in Chinese now.”

So far, Rahman is still learning elementary Chinese. Chinese writing is quite difficult for him. He “regrets” quite a bit that he didn’t learn Chinese before taking office. However, he didn’t have such condition at that time. He was not dispatched to Kunming from Malaysia but transferred from Consulate of Malaysia in Jordan.

According to Mr. Rahman, currently, in addition to the Consulate General in Kunming, Chinese language learning activities are carried out in many Consulate-General of Malaysia in other parts of China.

“Many of my friends, including Consul General of Malaysia in Shanghai and Guangzhou, speak Chinese very well. I believe that the projects or activities we are promoting will attract more Malaysians to come and learn Chinese now or in the future.”

So far, Malaysia has established one official cooperation project with Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, sending exchange students mutually. He is also promoting aggressively the similar cooperation between China and Malaysia.

Malaysian government supports the development of Chinese schools

Speaking of the Chinese language education in Malaysia, Mr. Rahman said that Malaysian government treats equally to Chinese schools and other schools and offers same support on the school development.

According to the information fro11.16_Malaysia Consul-General_03m Xinhua News Agency, Malaysia is a multiracial country, where there are more than 500 million Chinese people, accounting for about 25% of the national population. The first Chinese school in Malaysia – Wu Fu Shu Yuan, was founded in 1819 in Penang. There are more than 1280 Chinese primary schools in Malaysia with about 63 million students; 60 Chinese secondary schools with 60,000 students; 3 Chinese colleges with about 5,000 students; and one newly established Chinese language education – based university.

“As we all know, Malaysia is a multicultural country. There are Chinese, Malay, Hindi and Arabic language schools to choose from. Currently Chinese language education is developing well in Malaysia and the government gives great support by offering the same treatment as other local schools. Inside the country people do have a very good learning environment and many can speak Chinese.”

He said that Malaysia and China have maintained a long-term friendly cooperative relations and the relation is still further improved. They send students to China to learn Chinese; the aim is not only to learn the language but also to promote the exchange and cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields between the two countries.

Speaking of the teaching method, Mr. Rahman said, since there are a lot of Chinese in Malaysia and Chinese schools as well, the environment to learn Chinese is very good, so what to learn is almost the same; everyone is learning the language with an integrated system.

Teaching them young: Tots learn to say ‘ni hao’ to Mandarin

Hong se, huang se, lu se… (red, yellow, green),” two-and-a-half-year old Sriana rattles off the colours of the rainbow in Mandarin when her mother points to a picture at their Powai residence in Mumbai. Another Mumbai toddler, three-year-old Rishaan, can sing Zhuni shengri kuai le (Happy birthday to you) in Mandarin with ease. Kolkata boy Ved, 6, insists that his parents call him ‘Da Ji’—a Chinese name he fancies.

Around the time they are learning to prattle in their mother tongue, quite a few urban tots are being enrolled in Mandarin classes. “These lessons are a gift to my daughter for her future,” says Sriana’s mother Chetna Kumar. The international business lawyer hired a tutor to teach Sriana the “language of the world’s fastest growing economy” when she was just 19 months old.

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wooed China with a 30-minute interview in Mandarin last week, Kumar felt vindicated. Apart from spending Rs 700 per session on the tutor, she has also filled their home with books and puzzles with Chinese characters. She even wishes she had Chinese children in the neighbourhood for Sriana to play with.

In Mumbai, around 200 kids under 16—90 of them between 3 and 6 years old—are attending after-school Mandarin classes conducted by ‘Yeh China’ institute at eight schools. Founded by Usha Sahoo in 2010, Yeh China offers a special ‘Fun and Learn Chinese for Preschoolers’ programme that introduces tots to Mandarin through singing, stories and craft.

Eighty students have already enrolled at JBCN International, which tied up with Sahoo just last month to introduce a Mandarin class at their schools in Parel and Oshiwara. “At least 20 of them are just four- or five-year-olds,” says managing trustee Fatema Agarkar.

Apart from evening classes, Da Vinci Montessori School, which has centres at Babulnath and Marine Drive, and Shining Stars playschool in Andheri have also included Yeh China’s Mandarin course in their regular curriculum. “The worth of learning French and German is diminishing. Most parents were thrilled when we included a weekly Mandarin class because it will enhance their children’s future CVs,” says founder Ashani Hirway.

While Yeh China is the only institute that teaches toddlers, many others cater to children aged four and above. Han You Institute in Delhi’s Hauz Khas area is currently teaching 18 children aged 6-8 years. Inchin Closer in Mumbai is training 40 children aged between 5 and 12 years under the Young Chinese Learner’s Test programme. Around 20 children of the same age have signed up for the winter batch at the Chennai Chinese Institute and eight are enrolled at The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata.

“Three to four years ago, there was not a single child in our classrooms. Only adults and that too mostly those with business interests in China wanted to learn Mandarin,” says Charisma Saraff, vice-principal of the Kolkata school.

Today, Shiv Shankar Nayak, business development head at the Chennai institute, says he has had to turn down requests for classes from parents of younger children—some as young as 18 months—due to lack of infrastructure. “Several play schools have asked us to train their teachers so they can in turn teach Mandarin,” he says.

This year, the CBSE board introduced Mandarin as an optional subject in Class VI but parents consider it wiser to start younger. After all, the language is notoriously tough to pick up—one needs to know at least 5,000 characters to be proficient. “My husband and I had tried to learn Mandarin but we found it too difficult,” says Dinky Shah, whose son Rishaan attends the Mandarin class at Da Vinci.

Several studies by neuroscientists and linguists have indicated that children are capable of learning multiple languages in the first five years. Enrolling toddlers for foreign language training has therefore become a norm in the US and UK. But Nazia Vasi, founder of Inchin Closer, believes the same trend should not be “blindly followed” in India. “Unlike American children who speak only English, our children already grow up speaking English, Hindi and their mother tongue so adding another language to the list can put undue pressure on them,” she says. Inchin Closer does not teach children under five.

Kumar, however, says there is no question of burden as there are no set goals. “We let Sriana set the pace of her class. If she is bored, the lesson ends.”

Sahoo says her module attempts to make children fall in love with the language. Walk into her session at the Da Vinci Montessori and you will see tots trying to eat noodles with chopsticks. Ask them about their favourite food and they scream in unison, “miantiao” (noodles). A Chinese puppet called Papa Miantiao — he has noodle-like orange locks — is a regular feature in their class.

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Movie Night: “So Young”

I watched this movie more than twice. It reminds me of the time when I was studying in the university. The movie is based on one novel and shows vividly the Chinese campus life in 1980s. The love stories in the movie display young girls’ different concepts of choosing life partners after graduation.

This movie is directed by one Chinese actress named Zhao Wei who acted in another famous movie in her youth . For me, everytime I watch this movie and read this actress’s name on the screen, I feel like going down the memory lane and going back to that period of youth…

Also I hope you will enjoy the music from the popular band Suede.

The 7th Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for foreign college students came to the end

On November 1st, the 7th Chinese Proficiency Competition for college students in the world – Chinese Bridge – came to a close in Yunnan Normal University. The competition “Chinese Bridge” has been held in Yunnan for three consecutive years.

7th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

The competition was hosted by the headquarter of Confucius Institute, National Hanban and Yunnan provincial government; it was organized by Education Department of Yunnan Province, Yunnan Normal University and Yunnan Broadcasting Station; and it was on the theme of “Learn Chinese Double Your World”. A total of 390 teachers and students from 76 countries participated in the competition, with more participating countries and contestants than all the previous competitions. During the 11 days, the contestants took part in the written test of Chinese language and culture, Chinese speaking competition, Chinese talent competition, group intercontinental tournament and group finals. They also joined in Yunnan ethnic cultural activities, Chinese and foreigner students’ get-together, family cultural activities and overseas Chinese language education forum.

The group finals is divided into four aspects: Q&A, Lightning Round, Friendly Match and Keynote Speech on “I want to be the champion”, which test the Chinese proficiency level and the strain capacity. After four fierce competitions with five teams – South Africa team, USA 3 team, Mongolia team, Germany team and Australia 1 team, Germany team finally gained the championship.

On the finals, all the contestants performed together a dance – Dancing Continents, a sitcom – Journey of Tea Leaves and a musical drama – Colorful Yunnan, which won warm applause from the audience.

United Nations show love of Chinese calligraphy

On August 1st, He Yong, head of United Nations Chinese group said in Wuhan that Chinese calligraphy is becoming popular in UN and currently more than 300 people are learning calligraphy. However, on the contrary, many Chinese often forget how to write the characters while lifting the pen. Ge Changyong, vice chairman of Hubei Calligraphy Association said it is worth an introspection in China.

United Nations' love of Chinese calligraphy      United Nations' love of Chinese calligraphy

At the same day, an art exhibition of UN officials’ calligraphy work was held in Qintai Grand Theatre, displaying more than 60 pieces of calligraphy work by UN officials, of which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s calligraphy work “Qu Ze Quan” was exhibited for the first time in Wuhan and the second time in China.

UN official Terence is getting obsessed about Chinese calligraphy. He said that every Chinese character interprets thousands of years history and profound Chinese culture, “this is the treasure of the world”. He Yong said that currently a calligraphy class is given in UN every week, more than 300 people are eager to attend. Many UN officials showed their calligraphy skills at the exhibition.

Mr. Ge was deeply moved by the foreign friends’ passion on the calligraphy. With the popularity of computers, many Chinese often forget the character while writing in pen, not to mention practicing calligraphy. “Calligraphy is the key to Chinese traditional culture. In comparison to the UN officials’ love of calligraphy, the inheritance of Chinese calligraphy to Chinese people is apparently far not enough.”

The value of Chinese domain names for international brands

As we all know, 2014 is considered the first year of new global top-level domain opening. With ICANN’s permission, many new top-level domain names joined the Internet, of which Chinese domain names such as “.zaixian”(online) and “.zhongwenwang”(China’s net) are pretty unique. Let’s see the value of Chinese domain names.

The value of Chinese domain names for international brands

Foreign products perform better?

At first glance, these two new domain names – “.zaixian” and “.zhongwenwang” – are mostly thought to come from China, but it is wrong. In fact, they are operated by a Finnish commercial company. In order to be better integrated with Chinese culture and language habits, the company even got themselves a Chinese name “Yutong Lianda”. The reason why they applied for these two Chinese domain names is that they lay emphasis on the 600 million Internet users in China and hundreds of millions of Chinese users all around the world. Such a large user base makes the Chinese domain name become an integral part!

“.zaixian” and “.zhongwenwang” have taken all the edges. Simon Cousins (Xia Ming), CMO of Yutong Lianda registration bureau, has joked, “Since the opening of the domain names, the registration amount of “.zaixian” and “.zhongwenwang” has been always on top, even “the small company” like Google is behind us!” Although it is just a joke, the achievement cannot be made without the capacity and opening timing of the market!

The value of Chinese domain names for international brands

Which companies are suitable for “Chinese name tag”?

So far, the dominant position of domain names such as .com, .net, .cn and etc. can still not changed, but in some niche markets and user groups, Chinese domain names have built the value. The main target of “.zaixian” and “.zhongwenwang” is to help foreign brands and companies better explore the Chinese market or consolidate their positions. Through these two domain names, the emphasis on Chinese consumers, customers, partners, governmental bodies and the sincerity of focusing on the products and services are both shown from those foreign companies. It is not hard to understand why we often see the “localized” website of foreign brands, such as “AOL”, “F1 Online”, “MSN China”, “NBA China”, and “Forbes China” etc.

The value of Chinese domain names for international brands

What is the value of Chinese domain names?

The value of Chinese domain names is mainly reflected in the “localized” information services of the companies, which is divided into three aspects: Cultural habit, Brand marketing and Brand protection. Through a Chinese domain name, the company can make such a large Chinese audience easier to understand and accept their brand; it can convey the brand more precisely so that not only the users have an easier access to the website, but also the search engine is more efficient and more accurate. As for a company brand, the synchronized registration of its Chinese domain name can effectively protect the intellectual property of its Chinese name, prevent the brand from being diluted and even being “pirated”.

At present, Chinese domain names are booming. More and more International big brands are entering into the public and this is just a beginning!

Top 6 Jobs with highest starting salary in China

Same as the low employment rate of last year, the situation for this year’s graduates will be more severe.

Faced with such fierce competition, are you still planning to get into the popular industry such as IT, Internet, Finance? Do not underestimate some byways! According to the “Education Blue Book”, their starting salary is already among Top 10 in the industry.

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1. Insurance: Starting salary up to 4181 RMB per month

Practitioners in insurance industry have left Chinese job market a conventional impression, resulting in candidates’ low intention to apply for the job.

The data of one job hunter website shows that insurance is the most “un-inquired” industry in spring 2014.

However, the insurance industry is also categorized into financial sector. “Education Blue Book” shows that the starting salary in the financial sector has reached 4181 RMB per month.

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2. Geological Exploration: 3770 RMB per month as starting salary

Geological exploration requires very high technical background, which also determines relatively less intense competition in the industry.

Hard-working character is also a tacit requirement of this work. It is learnt that the salary of geological exploration starts from 3770 RMB per month.

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3. Agent services

Agent services indicate the activities of providing advice, assessing price and brokerage etc. for business.

Agent service was ranked No.2 in the “un-inquired” profession list.

However, we don’t give comment and just check those news about agent employees getting annual bonus of more than 10,000 RMB.

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4. Environmental management: Starting salary reaches 3576 RMB per month

If you think this profession is very strange, its unpopularity is just illustrated.

The work in EPA, monitoring stations, construction and machinery manufacturing etc. is all related to the environmental management. The starting salary has reached 3576 RMB per month.

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5. Mining industry: Salary starts from 3221 RMB per month

The salary of employees in the mining industry is generally high, especially those who work in the mines in remote areas. The survey from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on miners’ salary shows that their salary is 30% higher than the average.

In China, the average starting salary in mining industry is 3221 RMB per month.

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6. Health services: 3109 RMB per month as starting salary

The third unpopular profession in 2014 is health service, but it cannot be ignored that this profession is at the same time ranked No.10 in the starting salary list, with 3109 RMB per month.

If you have the relevant professional skills, do not miss the opportunity.