New Di­rect Flight

Beijing Review - - This Week Economy -

A flight con­nect­ing the Chi­nese cities of Tian­jin and Xi’an to Lon­don was launched on May 7.

The flight stops in Xi’an, cap­i­tal of north­west China’s Shaanxi Province and home of the Ter­ra­cotta Army, en route be­tween Tian­jin and Lon­don.

As the first non-stop ser­vice be­tween Shaanxi and Bri­tain, it is ex­pected to strengthen ex­changes be­tween the two places.

A 260-seat Air­bus A330 will op­er­ate the ser­vice. A one-way flight takes 13 to 14 hours, not in­clud­ing the two-hour stopover in Xi’an. busi­nesses in the province, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced on March 13.

The com­pe­ti­tion will fo­cus on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, smart man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­dus­trial big data, which are of vi­tal im­por­tance to the province’s in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing.

“Dif­fer­ent from other in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tions, we will of­fer con­tin­ued sup­port for par­tic­i­pants af­ter the con­test in ad­di­tion to award­ing the win­ners,” said Feng Xiguo, deputy di­rec­tor of the province’s over­seas Chi­nese af­fairs of­fice.

The win­ners will be awarded prize money rang­ing from 50,000 yuan ($7,922) to 600,000 yuan ($95,069).

The com­pe­ti­tion is sched­uled for June in Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Hubei. Reg­is­tra­tion opened on March 13.

China’s econ­omy has en­tered a pe­riod of medium-high rather than fast growth, fea­tur­ing an up­graded eco­nomic struc­ture and in­no­va­tion. These changes in the world’s sec­ond largest econ­omy are driv­ing the de­mand for skilled work­ers and en­trepreneurs.

An in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion will be also held in the south­ern city of Shen­zhen in April to draw high­cal­iber for­eign tal­ent to help the city’s sci­en­tific projects and en­cour­age in­dus­trial in­no­va­tion.

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