The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou started operations in September 1997. In the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment, the Consulate will organize a series of events with Guangzhou Times Museum, Fei Gallery, Cycle Canton and local Dutch and Chinese communities in Guangzhou on the 15th and 16th of September, in the purpose of further enhancing the people-to-people exchange and collaboration between the Netherlands and southern China.

Pechakucha Night Holland+

On the evening of the 15th September, the Consulate General will kick off the celebration with a Pechakucha Night Holland+, during this event long standing Dutch and Chinese representatives will be invited to share their stories and experience from a variety of perspectives reflecting Sino-Dutch collaborations, from history, art and culture, to business and investment. The Pechakucha style (20 slides x 20 seconds) will showcase the longstanding exchange and cooperation between the Netherlands and southern China with a personal touch.

Cylce through Canton, Discover the Netherlands

On the 16th of September, there will be a cycling tour named Cycle through Canton, Discover the Netherlands in collaboration with Cycle Canton and Mobike. The tour will take you through some of the Dutch highlights and footprints in Guangzhou. For instance, the Canton Tower, a Dutch-designed landmark building by Dutch architects: Mark Hemel and Barbara kuit. During the tour, participants will also be able to enjoy Dutch games and typical Dutch treats. It is a great way to showcase the exchange and collaboration between the Netherlands, as the Kingdom of bikes, and China, being the empire of bikes. The emerging shared bike industry makes this event even more special.

Dutch Bike Design Exhibition, Design Talk and Workshop

In the meantime, a Dutch bike exhibition, Dutch bike design talk and workshop will take place in Guangzhou Fei Gallery. The Dutch Design Exhibition: Bikes of the Future, will display designs that represent the newest, most innovative and special bikes that were part of the world cycling conference Velo-City 2017, curated by Dutch designer Leonne Cuppen. She is the owner of Yksi Connect and Yksi Expo Foundation. Yski Connect aims to connect designers with the industry, provide inspiration, gives direction and resolves issues. Leonne Cuppen will give an overview of Dutch Design and show how Dutch Bikes mirrors the main elements of Dutch Design. On the following day, there are theme events with bikes for the public to participate, to feel the joy and pleasure that bikes and design brings

Guangzhou, the third largest city in China and capital of Guangdong Province, has won a highly competitive bid to host the World Routes air service development forum in 2018.

World Routes is a unique event that moves from city to city every year to highlight different international aviation markets. It is the only route development forum that brings together aviation professionals to discuss new air services on a global scale.

The 24th annual World Routes forum will be hosted by Guangdong Airport Authority, the operator of the third busiest airport in China – Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Around 3,000 of the most senior decision makers from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities are expected to attend the event.

World Routes 2018 will support Guangzhou’s economic development by bringing the international aviation industry to the city. It is a major opportunity to showcase Guangzhou’s commercial strength and the expansion of Baiyun International Airport, which has gained 67 new international services since 2011 including San Francisco, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow and London.

World Routes 2018 will also support President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. The purpose of One Belt, One Road is to create a modern day Silk Road from China through to Central and Western Asia, the Middle East and Europe; strengthening the country’s trade relations through greater international connections by air, land and sea.

Members of foreign media visited Shenzhen’s Drone Maker DJI on April 20. (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

When looking at drone market, one of the world’s most dynamic and promising markets, we have to mention Shenzhen-based DJI Innovations Technology Co, one of the giants in the world industry.

Foreign media showed great interest when they visited the company on April 20th. Most of them already knew its fame and tried to learn something new through the visit.

Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered as China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from its direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talents. It has grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 3,000 with offices in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, China’s Beijing and Hong Kong.

“Currently DJI has taken up 70% of the world’s consumer drone market. Most of our products are about oneyear ahead of others, considering an average RD cycle of one year,” Fancy Zhang, PR Specialist told the media.

Fancy said that DJI puts the greatest effort in RD, but he couldn’t disclose the exact number. “It is the most important sector of our company.”

Members of foreign media visited Shenzhen’s Drone Maker DJI on April 20. (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Although there are more and more new companies joining the industry, Fancy disagreed that the market has turned to red-ocean strategy. “I would say it’s too soon to conclude it a red-ocean market. It is still a new one with infinite potentials. It’s true that there are more competitors, but DJI welcomes more of them to join in and work together to educate, nurture the market. To make it big”.

“For the industry, this year is considered the first year of a new era,” Fancy told Newsgd.com. “Agriculture sector is our new focus. Also we are cooperating with our partners to build up a whole industrial chain. Customers can get financial loan service, flying training and maintenance service from DJI,” explained by Fancy.

Huawei, the third largest small phone brand in the world, is another innovativecompany in Shenzhen. “Huawei is the number one international patent filter in the world. Our total RD investment in the past decade amounted to 30.7 billion USD,” Roland Sladek, vice president of International media affairs told foreign media.

Den Daas from Dutch Financial Daily said that this was his second time to visit Huawei. “Compared to last visit, now 4G has become 5G, and more new products are coming out and the company is moving forward.”

According to Den Daas, the advantage for Shenzhen in innovative business is that the region is a big manufacturing center. It is easier for start-up companies to get ideas into scale production in a cheaper way.

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Guests tour the exhibition at the library. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]

There is a story behind each photo. Behind the photos in the exhibition of “Chinese Anzacs: Chinese Australians and World War I”, there are little-known stories about the role of Chinese Australians (and Chinese New Zealanders) in the ANZAC legend.

(ANZAC: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in 1915, and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli.)

Now these stories are going to be known by more people in Guangzhou, as the exhibition is being held at the Multiculture Library (8th floor) of Guangzhou Library for one month.

Guests pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held at the library in the afternoon of May 9. Guests from the Consulates General of foreign countries in Guangzhou and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Guangdong Province attended the ceremony, along with media representatives and visitors.

By oneself, in pairs or in groups, people present were absorbed in watching the photos and reading the stories behind them. Unanimously, almost all of them described the exhibition as meaningful.

“It is really meaningful. I got to know more about the Chinese Anzacs through this exhibition. There were also many Chinese and Chinese descendants who fought for the countries in Europe at that time,” a cultural officer from the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou told the reporter.

“This exhibition is really significative. It marks the contributions and sacrifices of the Chinese ANZACs to Australia. It has positive significance on the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia,” said Mr. Lin Lin, Deputy Party Secretary of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Guangdong Province.

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A group photo of the guests and winners at the award ceremony in Guangzhou on Nov. 25, 2017. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

The winners of the 9th Fu Lei Translation and Publishing Award (Prix Fu Lei), a prize honoring major achievements in French-to-Chinese translation, were announced at Fang Suo Commune in Guangzhou’s Taikoo Hui on Nov. 25, 2017.

Three translated works were named as the winners of the prestigious award. They are “Retour à Killybegs” by Lin Yuan, “La misère du monde, Pierre Bourdieu” by Zhang Zujian, and “Tocqueville: Les Sources Aristocratiques De La Liberté” by Ma Jiening. The three winners share a total of 5500 euro in cash prizes.

This year’s event unveiled 10 finalists, 5 under the category of social sciences and 5 under fiction. They were selected from 59 candidates who submitted applications before April 30 this year. The finalists were chosen based on criteria of both the importance of the books in French literature and the translators’ language level.

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The award ceremony at Fang Suo on Nov. 25, 2017. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

It’s worth mentioning that this is also the first time the award has been held in Guangzhou. Mr. Dong Qiang, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Fu Lei Translation and Publishing Award, said that Lingnan area, especially Guangzhou, traditionally enjoys an advantage in Chinese-French translation, and the famous Chinese-French translator Mr. Liang Zongdai worked as a teacher in Guangzhou for a long time as well.

The Fu Lei Translation and Publishing Award, founded by the French Embassy in China in 2009, is dedicated to honoring prominent Chinese translators who work hard to introduce French literature to Chinese readers. It is named after Fu Lei (1908-1966), one of the most renowned Chinese translators. Fu Lei is known for his translations of Honore de Balzac (1799-1850), Voltaire (1694-1778) and Romain Rolland (1866-1944).

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Shortlisted translations for the 9th Fu Lei Translation and Publishing Award being exhibited and sold at Fang Suo. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
(Author: Monica Liu; Editor: Simon Haywood)

Liu Qibao (R front), a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, distributes smart reading machines and other braille reading devices to the library and education facilities for the visually impaired at the launch ceremony of a campaign to increase digital reading resources for the blind and visually impaired, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 13, 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

China’s central authorities, including the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, on Wednesday jointly launched a campaign to increase digital reading resources for the blind and visually impaired.

The launch ceremony, held at the National Library of China, was attended by Liu Qibao, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, who distributed smart reading machines and other braille reading devices to the library and education facilities for the visually impaired.

The campaign aims to provide convenient braille reading services such as digital audio books and electronic braille for the country’s 17 million visually impaired citizens.

Central authorities will initially provide 200,000 reading machines to 400 libraries equipped with reading rooms for the visually impaired, which readers can use for free.

The private sector is also encouraged to play a proactive role in improving the country’s digital reading resources.

“If the Chinese lawyer hadn’t actively defended me, I would have been executed, considering the amount of drugs seized and the serious harm it caused,” said Theodoros Kourtidis after his 2014 conviction for transporting 2,775 grams of heroin in Yunnan province.

“I didn’t expect the Chinese government would assign a lawyer to offer me free legal services and for the law enforcement authorities to pay attention to protecting my legal rights,” said the 50-year-old from Australia last year from a detention house in the city of Lincang in Yunnan province.

Under Chinese law, a person arrested smuggling no less than 1 kilogram of heroin faces the death penalty. With the help and diligence of a Chinese lawyer, Kourtidis was convicted in July 2014, by the Lincang intermediate court and sentenced to life in prison.

Kourtidis’ case dates back to last January, when he drove a rented car from Guangzhou, Guangdong province, to Lincang to purchase the shipment of heroin, according to the Yunnan Provincial Legal Aid Authority.

On his return trip to Guangzhou, Kourtidis was detained by police at a security checkpoint. Police discovered the heroin tied around his waist.

In March, the Lincang Legal Aid Department appointed lawyer Zhang Zhengyi to provide legal aid to Kourtidis.

“Because of the language barrier and differences in laws and legal procedures, I was desperate and helpless after being detained by the Chinese police,” he said.

Zhang visited the local prosecutors’ department and court several times to review the case files and hold meetings with prosecutors and judges involved with Kourtidis’ case.

In July, the court “adopted some of the lawyer’s defense opinions and gave me a sentence of life in prison, rather than the death penalty”, he said. “I hope good behavior in prison will give me a chance to begin a new life with my only daughter and my elderly father in Australia.”

Kourtidis was one of 800 foreign suspected criminals who received free legal aid in China last year after an amendment to the criminal procedural law took effect in January 2013. Last year’s total is a 20-percent jump from the 2013 figure.

“The amended criminal procedure law has expanded the scope of our legal services to foreign defendants. There has also been a sharp rise in the number of these cases,” said Sang Ning, deputy director of the legal aid center under the Ministry of Justice.

According to the amended criminal procedure law, free legal services to foreigners suspected of committing a crime will expand to those who are short on funds and can’t afford a lawyer rather than only applying to suspects of major crimes.

Sang said most of the cases involved major crimes, such as drug smuggling and trafficking, human trafficking, robbery, murder, rape and financial crimes. The suspected crimes mainly occurred in China’s border areas, such as Yunnan province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, or in developed coastal regions, including Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

He said many of the foreign suspects were from Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and European countries.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the number of foreigners currently staying in China for more than six months has exceeded 680,000, including those who have obtained Chinese “green cards”.

The Ministry of Justice said it has set up a database of 20,000 qualified volunteer lawyers who can provide free legal aid to foreign clients. About one-third of them can communicate in English.

Sang said the ministry will focus on sending more volunteer lawyers to offer legal aid assistance in the nation’s border areas such as Yunnan and Guangxi, where a large number of foreigners have been arrested committing cross-border crimes, including drug smuggling and trafficking or human trafficking. “The key is to increase government financial investment to legal aid and take effective measures to improve the quality of service,” said Wang Zhengzhi, a lawyer from the Beijing Lawyers Association.

According to a new regulation issued by Ministry of Transport of China, adults and children are required to show their ID cards or passports when they buy tickets of long-distance bus.

How to buy coach tickets?

1. Buy tickets in coach station

If you buy tickets in coach station, the ticket seller will register your personal information on the ticket.

2.Get on the coach with ticket-free children

You can collect the ticket with your child’s passport in coach station.

3.Buy tickets on internet

You should fill in your passport information when buying ticket online and collect ticket with your passport.

4. Refund or endorse the ticket

You should show the passport which used to buy the ticket.

You can also buy the ticket with Residence Permit, Allen’s Exit-Entry Permit, Diplomatic Certificate, Seafarer’s Passport and

Requirements

1. Passengers should show valid ticket together with valid identity documents when entering the station;

2. Each valid ID or passport can be used to buy one ticket only.

By Steven

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou held the King’s Day reception last night (on April 27th), celebrating for the King’s official birthday.

Xu Shaohua, Executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, said Guangdong valued the cooperation with Netherlands. Both sides have frequent exchange and collaboration in trade, culture, art and sports, etc.

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In 2015, the trade volume between Guangdong and Netherlands reached over 13.7 billion USD, one fifth of Sino-Dutch trade volume at the same period, according to Xu.

Utrecht and Guangdong established sister province relationship in 1995, and Xu said Utrecht is one of the sister provinces that keep close cooperation with Guangdong.

Tan Zie Chon, general manager of Archurban Shenzhen, the first Singaporean company to offer design and management services in China, is devoted to introducing revolutionary urban and architectural concepts to China. Courtesy of Tan

Tan Zie Chon, wearing sports shoes, dark casual pants, a black blazer and black framed glasses, led me into a well-decorated reception room in their 1,800-square-meter office inside the building near Haibin Square in Futian District, which their company designed and built in 2004.

The 38-year-old business development director and general manager of Archurban Shenzhen, the first Singaporean company to offer design and management services in China, is a third-generation overseas Chinese who grew up and lived in Singapore for some 20 years and graduated from the School of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

Fresh architectural blood in Shenzhen

In 2005, Tan came to Shenzhen for an internship and has remained here since. As the son of Tan Cheng Siong, the one-time key adviser to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Planning Commission and founder of the company, Tan carries on his father’s work and continues to introduce revolutionary urban and architectural concepts to China.

“I came at a time when Shenzhen had already been developing for a few years. It seemed that there were a lot more opportunities in China, compared with Singapore, an obviously smaller market. At that time, everybody wanted to come to China,” said Tan.

During his early days in the city, Tan learned and witnessed how the company, at the helm of the company’s founder and other experienced design architects, introduced new architectural concepts and ideas to the city, sometimes even affecting real changes on certain rules.

Taking the safety regulation problem they hit in the Shenzhen East Pacific Garden Project, the first 3A luxury housing in China, as an example, Tan talked about how they wanted to design a basement car park with open ventilation wells instead of the normally dark and unventilated ones, and by inviting the fire safety department officials to Singapore to study the cases and architectural design schemes there, successfully convinced the department to allow the design and change the rules.

As Tan accumulated experience in the field over the years, he started to lead projects. One of those he considers successful is the Peninsula project in Nanshan District, which is now selling at 100,000 yuan (US$14,492) per square meter. The site sits facing Binhai Avenue and the northwestern corner of the property is a bit oddly shaped, both of which presented difficulties for the team. “With a limited site area, we had to look to distributing the functions both horizontally and vertically,” said Tan.

Tan Zie Chon

Typically in Shenzhen, projects of this kind opt for a traditional ground-level and street-front shopping layout, but Chon and his team decided to design a three-story mini-mall type structure at the odd northwest corner to make good use of the leftover space, thus creating a convenient area for retail activities and ensuring the separation and privacy of the residential areas. Vertically, they designed three tower blocks located above a naturally lit and ventilated half-basement car park, which formed the podium. With vertical landscaping facing the main road, the podium also acts as a screen to dissipate noise pollution.

Brilliant and innovative as they may be, things don’t always work out for the team. As sometimes the clients just aren’t willing to accept new ideas.

One example was the proposal for a low-density villa area in Shekou Seaworld. “My team really liked the location. It was a very promising and precious waterfront district so we wanted to propose a distinct and unique design. We took cues from the spectacular phenomena of circular atoll formations found in some oceans, and proposed buildings with a stepped circular layout and large central courtyards.”

According to their proposal, the ground level would be raised to ensure maximum openness and space. The circular layout would also maximize the view.

The client liked the bold innovative idea, but in the end, a more conservative approach was adopted.

“Still we look for more outlets for creativity and currently we have a few projects under way in Shekou, Songgang and Longhua areas. Though kept under wraps for now, these are going to be very exciting projects, and I am really looking forward to seeing them completed in one or two years.”