Shaolin soccer becomes a reality inHenan province
A soccer training center for teenagers opened on Tuesday at a martial arts school in Dengfeng, Henan province.
The move brings to real life the Stephen Chow film Shaolin Soccer, a hit comedy about a group of monks from Shaolin Templewhoform a dynamic football team.
Liu Haiqin, headmaster of the Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, one of the biggest kung fu schools in China, said it was good to promote the popularity of Chinese soccer, especially among youth.
In March, the State Council issued a guideline for the reform and development of the Chinese soccer industry.
The martial arts training course focuses on aged 10 to 12 years.
Organizers expect to enroll 100 students in two classes, one for boys and one for girls.
Candidates include the nearly 30,000 students at the school, Liu said.
The willpower, motivation and courage emphasized in the martial arts will also be stressed in soccer training, he said.
“Their principles are similar. They both aim to build power with both defensive and offensive capabilities,” Liu said.
Zhang Guiyi, a soccer fan, said the new form of the game may mix the martial arts with soccer, but he doubts it will become a cradle for professional players because soccer involves competition, not performance in the field.
China’s mining and top energy-consuming industries suffered a sharp slowdown in factory outputandfixed-asset investment last month, further softening overall growth, according to official data.
In comparison, consumption remained solid in October, which lifted investment in services and promoted the overall economic restructuring process, according to the National Bureau of Statistics onWednesday.
In October, the industrial output growth of the mining industry slowed to 0.4 percent year-on-year, down from 1.2 percent in September. Growth in output from six energy-consuming industries, including electricity and chemical raw material production, dropped to 5.8 percent from 6.7 percent, the NBS reported.
Industrial output growth for all 41 industries slightly declined to 5.6 percent in October, from 5.7 percent in September.
“In the restructuring process, the fast development of new industries, such as hightech manufacturing, still cannot offset the slowdown in traditional sectors, so industrial output may face persistent downward pressure in the future,” said Jiang Yuan, a senior economist at the NBS.
Fixed-asset investment showed growth of 10.2 percent in the first 10 months, down from 10.3 percent in the period from January to September, the NBS said.
Investment in high-energyindustries increased just 0.8 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months, while it declined by 22.9 percent in the petroleum processing and nuclear fuel processing sectors.
Louis Kuijs, an economist at Oxford Economics, said that fixed-asset investment momentum remained relatively subdued as weakness in property construction and exports continues to depress sales and profit margins in large sections of industry.
“Despitesomepositive signs and policy easing already undertaken, growth is likely to
We expect more incremental domestic easing measures in 2016, with a larger role for fiscal policy.”
softenmoreinto2016,” he said. “We expect more incremental domestic easing measures in 2016, with a larger role for fiscal policy.”
The outputandinvestment growth for equipment manufacturing and high-tech industries were much higher than the average levels.
The country’s retail sales, however, reached 2.83 trillion yuan ($444.6 billion) in October, which was 11 percent higher than the same time last year. The growth rate was accelerated from 10.9 percent in September, the statistics bureau said.
The service sector, which accounted for nearly 60 percent of the economy, will be further strengthened by the robust consumption, while maintaining a stable labor market means that wage growth will remain solid, according to experts.