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Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

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Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium
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Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

2024-04-22 13:59 Last Updated At:16:47

International navy officers and attachés in east China's Qingdao City for the 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) stressed the importance of keeping the world's oceans secure so that maritime resources can benefit all.

The four-day biennial meeting opened in the port city in Shandong Province on Sunday with more than 180 navy representatives from 29 countries gathering to set the agenda for the future of Pacific security, as well as discuss and vote on issues such as unmanned maritime operations and updating the Disaster Response Guide.

Attendees said international cooperation is key to upholding peace and security at sea.

"We have to work together to maintain this maritime area which can be used by all. So we all are stakeholders and we should work together. And this forum, I think, will provide an impetus to safe, prosperous and stable maritime area and oceans for the future, so our future generations can benefit from this immense, potential and gift from god which has been given to mankind," said Chief of Pakistan's Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf.

"I'm interested in stability in this part of the world. The oceans are important to everybody. Our security, our stability and our prosperity rely on the oceans around the world. So it's always in the UK's interest that we promote resilience to the world's oceans, which is why navies are really important," said Air Commodore Mike Blackburn, defense attaché at UK Embassy to China.

At this year's meeting, foreign navy leaders are invited to discuss the China-proposed Global Security Initiative as well as issues pertaining to maritime peace and global maritime governance.

"[The forum] is just to renew and continue to build relationships and trust amongst navy leaders and to ensure that we understand each other in the way that we do things," said Deputy Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commodore Humphrey Tawake.

"We hope that every country should share and understand, and try to set cooperation, more cooperation in the future," said Captain Parnuwat Samakgarn, naval attaché at the Thai Embassy to China.

As a founding member of the WPNS, China first hosted the 14th WPNS biennial meeting in Qingdao in 2014. At the meeting, member states endorsed the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), a navy-to-navy template designed to reduce misunderstandings and avoid maritime accidents.

Currently, the WPNS has 23 member states and seven observing states.

Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

Naval officials gather in Qingdao for Western Pacific Naval Symposium

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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