inesses, McMillon said brick-and-mortar stores have become hybrid, and forward fulfillment centers.
He said Sam’s Club has been gaining strength in the country. The high-end m
embership store that was launched in China in 1996 has about 2 million members nati
onwide. By 2020, there will be 40 such clubs either in operation or in construction in the country. The format ha
s 23 stores currently in 19 cities stocking quality fresh food and membership products.
Globally Walmart has 11,300 stores, with a third of them large stores.
According to Kantar Worldpanel, in 2018 Walmart’s market share was 5.4 percent, an improvement from t
he 5.2 percent in 2017. Last year it opened 33 new stores, including 21 hypermarkets, four Sam‘s Club and eight compact stores.
Jason Yu, general manager of Kantar Worldpanel China, said Walmart has to roll out
more innovations to further improve its operational efficiency and achieve growth through
than 150 countries, including 37 heads of state or government, for the thre
e-day event starting on Thursday, Wang said, adding the forum, themed “Belt and Road Coop
eration: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the initiative.
President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the op
ening ceremony of the forum, and chair the leaders’ round-table summit, Wang said.
Saying the BRI has delivered real benefits to participating countries, Wang stated the hats like “debt traps” cannot be put onto t
he head of the Belt and Road, and this is not something any participating country would recognize.
He added that international communities should base their understandings and comments about the BRI on the facts.
Trade volume between China and the countries participating in the B
RI has exceeded $6 trillion, the number of investment is over $80 billion and arou
nd 300,000 jobs have been created for the people from the countries involved in the initiative, Wang said.
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
efforts on cross-border sales in China and to keep improving the experience for bo
th Chinese customers and global selling partners.
Amazon entered China in 2004, when it bought a local online boo
kseller for $75 million. Since then, it has invested in wareh
ouses, data centers and programs to teach Chinese sellers how to get their goods to Amazon customers.
In October 2016, Amazon launched in China its Amazon Prime, the first unlimited free cross-border shipping memb
ership program that operates globally, in an attempt to lure the rising number of quality-conscious Chinese buye
rs to buy foreign products.isual China Group, which owns Chinese photo platform vcg.com, was fined 300,000 yua
n ($44,758) for flawed supervision of user content, according to a company statement late Thursday.
officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put thems
elves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe,” Walker said.
The police said the incident was not related with terrorism.
According to media Sky News, police opened fire on a vehicle outside the Ukrainian emb
assy after the driver deliberately rammed into the official car of the country’s ambassador to Britain.
“The ambassador, Natalia Galibarenko, was not at the embassy at the time and no other staff were injured,” said the report of Sky News.
The 16th Chinese Bridge, an annual Chinese proficiency contest for school kids, college
students and adult learners of Chinese, was held at the University of Latvia Friday and Saturday.
This year’s competition, themed One World, One Family, gathered 64 contestants
in total in Latvia, including 14 in the adult group, 24 in the high school group and 24 in the primary school group.
The contestants were required to demonstrate their Chinese language skills by introducing themselves and m
aking speeches on various topics in Chinese, participate in a quiz on Chinese culture and perform in a talent show.
Each division, namely college students, high school students and
primary school students, has three groups of senior, intermediate and junior.
China’s first cinema that shows films in the Burmese language opened in Ruili, Southwest China’s Y
unnan province, on Saturday, as the city celebrated one of its most important festivals, the Water Splashing Festival.
Named Bao Bo Hall in Chinese – transliterated from the word “brotherhood” in Burmese, the dedicated screening roo
m is in a 1,500-square-meter new cinema built with an investment of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million).
Films to be shown in the hall will be dubbed and subtitled in Burmese.
A major border crossing between China and Myanmar, Ruili is now home to ap
proximately 60,000 Burmese people, accounting for about one-third of its population.
In benefitting from the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, the small city has seen a
n increasingly close and active interaction between the two nations, both economically and culturally.