Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi
ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.
“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.
Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma
rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.
From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe
rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.
Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe
rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
In September 2015, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma Yun started a program to sponsor rural teac
hers. His Jack Ma Foundation then launched a Rural Teacher Award to honor the 100 top tea
chers around China each year and offer each of them 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and professional training for three years.
In order to attend the ceremony in Hainan on January 13, Thubten Gyatso had to leave Moding vill
age on January 10, ride a mule to Xulong county, and walk for two hours to Simaoding in Yu
nnan Province. From there, he took a bus to Shangri-La county and flew to Sanya, a tourist city of Hainan.
“Without Jack Ma’s campaign, I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to Sanya. I wanted to see what the sea a
nd big city are like,” Thubten Gyatso said.Born in 1986, Thubten Gyatso has worked in Moding village school for eight years. His onl
y colleague is Tashi Chophel, who was also Thubten Gyatso’s teacher when he was a student at the school.
When Thubten Gyatso was a child, he severely injured his right leg while walking in the mountainous roads and ended
up having to use an artificial limb. After graduating from middle school, he was forced to end his education.
“I was heartbroken, but there was no way for me to continue my studies. When I had time, I learn
ed the Tibetan language by myself,” Thubten Gyatso said in a video interview released on iqiyi.com.
The disability also meant Thubten Gyatso could not do any physical work. His teacher Tash
i Chophel suggested he work at the school to earn some money, and more importantly, to teach the children.
Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun
ar New Year, is unique beyond being the most important festival in the world’s most populous country.
Not only is it the longest holiday that most workers in China are entitled to, it also pr
oduces the largest annual human population movement in the world, th
anks to the age-old tradition of family reunions that are at the center of the occasion.
This year, the Year of the Pig, which is strongly believed to be associated with good fortune, has seen hundreds of millions
of workers based in cities and big towns returning to their smaller towns and villages of origin to reunite a
nd feast with their families－including their parents, and, for many, also their spouses and children. The official fo
recast is that this year, nearly 3 billion trips will be generated during the 40-day travel rush from Jan 21 to March 1.
While it might not be so obvious, this huge social phenomenon both shapes and is shaped by the sheer size and dis
tribution of China’s population linked to births, deaths and migration, and the way these three sets of vital events interact.
Border inspection agencies across China have seen more th
an 12.5 million entry and exit trips made during the week-long Spring Festival holiday that started Mo
nday, an increase of nearly 11 percent than that of last year, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Sunday.
Inbound trips exceeded 6.22 million, rising by about 9.5 percent than the figure of 2018, wh
ile outbound trips increased by nearly 12.5 percent to over 6.31 million, according to the NIA.
Over 7.22 million entry and exit trips during the holiday were made by mainland residents for personal p
urposes, including traveling and visiting family members, growing by nearly 16 percent year on year.
Destinations visited most included Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, the Republic of K
orea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the NIA said.