Living in China: students begin tuition free school

Families across the China have begun sending their children to school tuition-free for the nine-year compulsory education. About 28.21 million urban students in primary schools and junior high schools joined rural students at the start of the fall semester yesterday in benefiting from the plan, according to the Chinese Ministry of Education. The students still must pay for textbooks and uniforms […]

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Finance industry employees in China top salary rankings

Employees in the financial sector earned much more than workers in other industries last year thanks to the lucrative financial market, an annual salary report has revealed. The report, released by leading human-resources service provider in Shanghai, was based on a survey of more than 1,000 companies across all sectors throughout the country last year. It found workers in the financial industry were paid an average salary of 4,987 yuan (US$694) per month. The figure is about 40 percent higher than the national average […]

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Millions stranded by the snow in holiday havoc

Heavy white storms staged a comeback late yesterday as China’s transport network remained crippled by the heaviest snowfall in five decades. Millions of people trying to head home for the Spring Festival are stranded. The big freeze has killed dozens of people, impacted on the lives of at least 80 million others and caused economic losses estimated at more than 53.8 billion yuan (US$7.5 billion)…

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China handles 60,000 IPR infringement cases in past 5 years

China’s industry and commerce authorities have handled more than 60,000 intellectual property rights infringement cases amid stepped-up efforts in IPR protection after its entry into the World Trade Organization, according to a senior official. From 2002 through the first half of this year, the country’s industry and commerce departments at all levels have dealt with 60,203 IPR infringement cases valued at 1.4 billion yuan (186 million U.S. dollars), said Li Wenzhang, deputy director of the fair trade bureau of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC)