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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: over 592 million users by the end of May/2008

The mobile phone subscribers in China soared to 592 million by the end of May/2008, nearly half of its 1.3 billion population. The number rose by 44.8 million in the first five months of this year as mobile operators cut phone rates to attract customers, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Ministry of Information Industry. It said the number of fixed-line accounts fell by 6.5 million to 358 million. The fixed-line users, however, dropped by 6.5 million to 358 million…

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Living in China: GDP could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030

China’s economy could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030, based on Japan’s experience and the yuan’s appreciation against the greenback, a senior Chinese economist says in Harvard Business Review’s Chinese edition. The forecast by Justin Lin Yifu, head of Peking University‘s China Center for Economic Research and recently appointed chief economist of the World Bank, in the May issue of the magazine published on Thursday is one of the most ambitious for China’s economic growth…

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Chinese People and their Mobile Phones: over 555 million mobile phone users

The number of new mobile subscribers hit a record high of 8.48 million in January, taking Chinese total mobile users to exceed 555 million, accounting for 41.6% of the country’s population (user density), sending over 54 billion short messages, averaging 3.17 per phone number a day. The continuous falling of handset prices and user charges has directly led to a sharp increase in the number of mobile phone subscribers, Wang Lijian, a spokesman with the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) told Xinhua on recently…

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Living in China: Average lifespan in Shanghai has passed 81

The average lifespan for Shanghai people reached 81.08 last year – the first time it has passed 81. Infant mortality was three in 1,000 and the pre and post-natal mortality rate for women was 6.68 in 100,000, according to statistics for 2007 just issued by the Shanghai Health Bureau. That’s way above the national average: although Chinese people’s average lifespan has almost doubled since 1949 — shoting up by 36 years and people now live to 71 — other cities in China, like Beijing, will only reach 80 by 2010

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Chinese People and their Mobile Phones: 40% of the Population Uses Mobile Phones

According to a recent report by the Ministry of Information Industry, at the end of November/2007, the number of China’s mobile phone users had increased by 78.3 million compared with the number at the end of last year. There are 7.1 million more users each month and now a total of 539 million mobile phone users. One-way phone charges are being carried out nationwide, and the mobile phone fees are dropping. As a result, there has been a drastic increase in mobile phone use

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Part II

An energy structure with a low utilization rate, and an economic growth mode with serious, hazardous emissions have posed stark challenges for the sustained growth of Chinese economic society. Faced with such a grave situation in energy saving and emission reduction, more than 6,000 science, technology workers, as well as scientist-turned-entrepreneurs on met recently to discuss issues such as energy saving and environmental protection. Among them were more than 100 members from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the highest palaces for scientific research achievements and engineering progress […]